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Costa Rica

GAIA Hotel & Reserve

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Why We Love It

  • The 5-star property is surrounded by rainforest and an orchid reserve
  • Won Mexico & Central America’s Leading Boutique Hotel at the 2015 World Travel Awards
  • Stunning three-tier infinity pool overlooking the verdant coastline

"Contemporary playground on [the] western coast" -- Condé Nast Traveler

Map & Directions

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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Overview

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

Amenities

General

  • Bar
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free

Services Complimentary shuttle service to the beach 730AM -430PM

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Jacuzzi in some rooms
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

Bathroom Slippers in some rooms

  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)

Parking

  • Complimentary parking

Accessibility Accessible bathroom in the Jungle View Suite

  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

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.

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 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: Pets are allowed on request and require a security deposit of $100 upon arrival.

Cancellation: 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.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

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The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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