Manuel Antonio Costa Rica is uniquely breathtaking with the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park (full of lots of animals- more to come on that), beautiful beaches (including the one where Castaway was filmed), good waves for surfing, rafting, zip lining, and more.
If you are planning a trip to Manuel Antonio you must stay at Gaia Luxury Boutique Hotel and Reserve, a 5 star Eco-friendly adult and teen only resort. Nestled in the costal forest and surrounded by its own private nature reserve the property is spectacular. With 5 levels of infinity pools, a pool bar in the middle and waterfalls flowing over you while you gaze out on the natural reserve and to the beaches it is absolute heaven.
We stayed in the Deluxe Suite and let me tell you, it was one of the nicest rooms we have ever stayed in! When you enter the first floor you find a cozy living room and dining room with it’s own balcony that includes 2 lounge chairs resting on it which is quite nice. The bedroom has a lovely king size bed (automen at foot of bed has extra pillows and blankets in it) large closets, window into the living room, tv, coffee maker and full length mirror (yes that is important, I hate when I have to do a balancing act on the edge of a bathtub to see what I look like before going out). The bathroom is huge with his and hers sinks double jacuzzi bath (looks like one of those outdoor jacuzzis), but takes an hour to fill so prepare ahead if time! The best part of this suite… head up the stairs to your very own private roof deck with reflecting pool, shower, canopy beds and chairs! We had lunch up there a few times and had bottle of wine for sunset, it was perfect.The restaurant on the property “La Luna” is one of the best places to watch the sunset, with 180 degree panoramic views of the Pacific coastline and surrounding rainforest. There is live music and a tapas menu for sunset and then the music continues through dinner. The restaurant serves international and local cuisine and includes complementary breakfast. The breakfast was was amazing. There was a fruit station full of delicious and there was a selection of breads then choose a main dish from the menu. The omelets, waffles and local dishes were great! For dinner the tuna appetizer as delicious and refreshing but it was the coconut crusted mahmahi that was one of the best dishes I had on the entire trip! Don’t miss out on that.
For your complementary 20 minute treatment you have a a choose of a facial, mini back massage or reflexology, I went with the facial which was surprisingly very nice (normally I’m not a huge fan of facials). Maybe it was so wonderful because of the head massage while my face absorbed the scrub. We also got massages, it was one of the best massages I have ever had in my life! FYI Couples massage costs $160. There is a gym that is open 24/7, it’s small but has everything you could need.
The hotel sits on a vast tract of lowland coastal forest originally serving as the site of Jardín Gaia, a center for native orchid´s conservation and endangered wildlife rehabilitation. Today the land remains set aside as a refuge for these many precious species. It is here that only our privileged guest may take in the sights and sounds of Costa Rica´s lush and exotic natural gifts.
The staff is amazing, extremely helpful, and had great recommendations (will post about those restaurants next). If you are going on your honeymoon or a romantic trip I highly recommend you stay at Gaia
Gaia, Carretera Quepos – Manuel Antonio, Km. 2.7, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica