Fodor's Expert Review Gaia Hotel & Reserve

Km 2.7 Carretera Quepos, near Plaza Yara, Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, 60601, Costa Rica

On 13 acres of private reserve, this boutique hotel is contemporary and very chic, with rooms rendered in slate, hardwood, and rattan with Italian fittings. Elegance abounds with soft hues of cream and white and pampering extras like 500-thread-count Egyptian-cotton bed linens and Turkish robes. Jacuzzi tubs and (shared) rooftop sundecks encourage relaxation, as does the Terra Spa complete with a Vichy rain shower, mud room, sauna, hair salon, and six treatment rooms. Higher room categories include a complimentary mini-spa treatment. Three white buildings house the rooms, which are surprisingly spacious—the smallest is 350 square feet. Three family suites have a designated pool, making this former adults-only hotel child-friendly. Wildlife tours of the preserve take place Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 7 am, and beach transportation is offered hourly from 7:30 to 4. The hotel’s La Luna Restaurant has an excellent tapas menu from 4 to 6 and sweeping sunset views, earning it a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Manuel Antonio.

PROS

  • outstanding service
  • free shuttle to beach and town
  • best spa in Manuel Antonio
  • free movie and book library
  • 24-hour room service

CONS

  • awkward high step into the tub
  • rooftop pools are shallow and impractical
  • 3 km (2 miles) from the beach
  • must walk through the restaurant to reach reception

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Quiet
Near the beach
Casual Chic
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2777–9797 | 800-226–2515-in U.S.

HOTEL DETAILS

16 rooms, 3 suites, 2 villas
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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