Costa Rica is known for its eco-lodges, but few can boast green certification and a 5-star rating. The Gaia Hotel and Reserve has both of these distinctions in its favor. Described by Frommer’s as "over-the-top luxury," it was also named Mexico & Central America’s Leading Boutique Hotel at the World Travel Awards in 2015, for the sixth time.
This 20-room hilltop hotel is minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park, home to white-faced capuchin monkeys, sloths and more than 150 species of birds, and sits on a reserve that protects native flora and fauna. Catch views of the pristine habitat while taking a dip in the three-tier infinity pool that rises high above the rainforest.
Rooms and suites are spacious and modern, offering sea or jungle views. The one- and two-bedroom villas are great for small groups, and several room types have private balconies. Each room has a personalized concierge.
La Luna restaurant has an expansive terrace overlooking the coastline and serves up local cuisine such as pan-seared Costa Rican tuna crusted with ginger and panko, and a traditional breakfast of gallo pinto (rice and beans), eggs, tortillas and fried plantains. The on-site spa has a steam bath and offers Vichy shower and body treatments.
From the press:
"Despite the over-the-top luxury here, this hotel is dedicated to sustainable and green tourism practices" -- Frommer’s
"Clinging to the top of a mountain within a 13-acre private nature reserve, this contemporary playground on Costa Rica's western coast suggests a modernistic game of Chutes and Ladders" -- Condé Nast Traveler
Gym / fitness center
Sauna / Steam Room
Extra beds (fees apply)
Complimentary shuttle service to the beach 730AM -430PM
24-hour front desk
24-hour room service
Airport transfer (fees apply)
Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
Currency exchange / ATM
Express check-in / checkout
Hair salon (fees apply)
Room service (limited hours)
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Jacuzzi in some rooms
Outdoor space for some rooms
DVD / CD player & library
Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
Slippers in some rooms
Bathtub (in some rooms)
Accessible bathroom in the Jungle View Suite
Accessible pool area
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 3pm.
Standard checkout time:11am.
Children and additional guests
The hotel is adults only; children below 13 years of age are not allowed. Extra bed available on request: $85 per night (plus taxes and fees) for one adult or child over the age 13 or older.
Pets are allowed on request and require a security deposit of $100 upon arrival.
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
Manuel Antonio is set on the southwest coast of Costa Rica, about two hours and 15 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose. The hotel can arrange for private transfers from the airport; the cost is approximately $185 for up to four passengers (each way). The local Quepos Managua Airport is 15 minutes by car from the hotel (flights to this airport will connect through San Jose).
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