Rainforests, powdery beaches, white-water rivers and towering volcanoes: this relaxed Central American country offers exceptional wilderness adventures in stunning landscapes.
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Gaia Hotel and Reserve
Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica|www.gaiahr.com|
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Spread over a hilly, five-hectare nature reserve, deep in the magnificent coastal forest of the Manuel Antonio National Park, this boutique bolthole offers all the comforts of a city hotel transplanted into wildly beautiful surrounds.
A cluster of contemporary whitewashed buildings house contemporary-feeling, super-comfortable rooms; high-thread linens, polished-wood floors – and top-of-the-line service, including private butlers.
This is a fantastic choice for wildlife lovers; Gaia’s nature reserve is home to sloths, monkeys, raccoons, iguanas and a wide variety of birds.
A range of activities – from hiking to zip lines and all-terrain vehicles – offer different ways to explore the landscapes, or just lie by the shimmering infinity pool and drink in the dreamy Pacific Ocean views.
The hotel and reserve are located on the winding mountain road that leads from the port of Quepos to Manuel Antonio National Park. One of the most popular destinations in the country, this road is cluttered with cafés, bars, shops and eateries. The area’s beaches are a short drive or hike from the hotel.
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