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Dominical and Ballena Marine Park Hotels

Villas Gaia

  • Off the Costanera Hwy., 15 km (9 miles) south of Uvita Map It
  • Playa Tortuga


  • Easy access off the highway
  • Serene setting
  • Good restaurant


  • You must climb some stairs to get to the villas
  • Pool is small
  • Beach is down a steep path

Updated 04/24/2014

Fodor's Review

Conveniently just off the highway, these spacious, tasteful villas owned by a Dutch couple are hidden behind a ridge overlooking forest ravines leading to Playa Tortuga. All the villas have air-conditioning, handsome wood furniture and breezy terraces with ceiling fans. A luxurious house has air-conditioning and satellite TV. The sleek and modern restaurant, with chandeliers made of interlaced mangrove roots, has an eclectic and creative menu ranging from Mexican to Thai.

There's also a breakfast terrace under tall palms and a lovely bar by the pool where you can enjoy ocean views and breezes. The pool also has comfortable, contoured teak lounges for sunbathing. A forest trail leads from the villas down to the beach, where you can swim safely. The hotel happily arranges horseback, mangrove, and sea-kayaking tours. Eco-conscious visitors will appreciate that the hotel earned four out of five leaves in the Sustainable Tourism program.

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Hotel Information


Off the Costanera Hwy., 15 km (9 miles) south of Uvita, Playa Tortuga, 60504, Costa Rica

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/2786–5044; /2241–3393-in San José

Hotel Details:

  • 14 cabinas, 1 house
  • Rate includes Breakfast

Updated 04/24/2014

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