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Hotel Villas Gaia

3-star beach hotel with beach shuttle, near Marino Ballena National Park

  • Free local cuisine breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking

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35KM al Sur de Dominical, Ballena, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Our villa was located at the front of the property and there is 24/7 noisy heaven truck…

    Feb 23, 2019

  • The propert consists of several different cottages spread throughout the property and…

    Feb 17, 2019

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  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 14 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant and 2 bars/lounges
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Spa services

For families

  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Children's pool
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate sitting area

What’s around

  • Marino Ballena National Park - 1 min walk
  • Playa Ballena - 1 min walk
  • Pinuela Beach - 12 min walk
  • Arco Beach - 32 min walk
  • Ventanas Beach - 2.6 mi / 4.1 km
  • Uvita Beach - 3.1 mi / 5 km

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Standard Villa, 1 Bedroom
  • Superior Villa, Garden View
  • Family Villa

What’s around


  • Marino Ballena National Park - 1 min walk
  • Playa Ballena - 1 min walk
  • Pinuela Beach - 12 min walk
  • Arco Beach - 32 min walk
  • Ventanas Beach - 2.6 mi / 4.1 km
  • Uvita Beach - 3.1 mi / 5 km
  • Playa Colonia - 3.1 mi / 5 km
  • Tortuga Beach - 3.7 mi / 6 km
  • Playa Garza - 4.5 mi / 7.3 km
  • Terraba Sierpe National Wetlands - 4.8 mi / 7.7 km
  • Punta Uvita - 5.9 mi / 9.5 km

Getting around

  • Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 70.3 miles/113.2 km
  • Drake Bay (DRK) - 27.4 miles/44.1 km
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Beach shuttle (surcharge)
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35KM al Sur de Dominical, Ballena, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 14 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 1 floor


  • Check-in time 2 PM-6:00 PM
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

There is no front desk at this property.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Babysitting/childcare*


  • Pets stay free


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink

  • Free local cuisine breakfast daily
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • Restaurant
  • Poolside bar
  • Room service (during limited hours)

Things to do

  • Ecotours on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Golfing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby


  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff


  • Year Built - 1996
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library


  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan

Sleep well

  • Premium bedding
  • Sleep Number by Select Comfort mattress

Things to enjoy

  • In-room massage available
  • Individually decorated
  • Separate sitting area
  • Furnished balcony

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. Services include massages.


On Site

  • Ecotours on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site


  • Golfing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of CRC 120000 per vehicle (roundtrip)
  • Beach shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Children & extra bedsPay at property

  • Rollaway beds are available for CRC 7000.0 per night
  • Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge
  • Airport shuttle service for children costs CRC 120000 (roundtrip)

Pool, spa & gym (if applicable)Pay at property

  • Reservations are required for massage services and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation


This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club and JCB International.

Also known as

  • Hotel Villas Gaia
  • Hotel Villas Gaia Ballena
  • Villas Gaia Ballena
  • Villas Gaia
  • Hotel Villas Gaia Hotel
  • Hotel Villas Gaia Ballena
  • Hotel Villas Gaia Hotel Ballena

*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges


  • Yes, Hotel Villas Gaia does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Yes, there are 2 outdoor pools and a children's pool.
  • Yes, pets are welcome.
  • You can check in from 2 PM - 6:00 PM. Check-out time is noon.
  • Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that offers international cuisine and garden views. Nearby restaurants include The Aracari Restaurant (2.7 mi), Fusion Sushi (3.3 mi), and Heliconia Restaurante (3.6 mi).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is CRC 120000 per vehicle roundtrip.
  • Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as hiking. Additional recreation onsite includes ecotours. Enjoy a swim in one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools or use the hotel's other amenities, which include 2 bars and spa services. Hotel Villas Gaia also has a garden.
  • 8.0.Very good

    Great little hotel located on the main highway just outside Ojochal. Ambience was jungle perfect with a peekaboo view of the ocean. A good walk from the beach but no problem if you have a car. Truck noise at night was annoying at times. Restaurant and meals were excellent.

    C, 3 night business trip, Feb 15, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Great swimming pool!

    2 night romance trip, Feb 12, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    VILLA Gaia

    The staff were always friendly and helpful. Jose at the front desk was a pleasure. The pool was fantastic with ocean views. The casita we were in was comfortable for the 4 of us, but the AC was super loud and only in one room. Running it kept my daughter from sleeping well, but we didn't really have a choice since the area is so hot and humid. The entrance door to the casita was beautiful, but really hard to lock. It felt a little insecure and left a huge gap when closed that allowed bugs in. The shower was great and hot, and the beds were comfy. All in all, and despite the little things in the room, our stay was enjoyable. I would recommend as an affordable and comfortable option close to Uvita.

    Joshua, 1 night family trip, Jan 30, 2019

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  • 2.0.Poor

    Trip to Ojochal.

    The place needs lots of repairs. We changed rooms twice. The staff was great. The owner needs to spend money. It's great for seeing monkeys and Toucans.

    4 night family trip, Jan 7, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Peacefull place, excellent place to relax and share with the family. Nice places around the hotel, like Uvita and Ventanas

    3 night trip, Jan 2, 2019

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  • 2.0.Poor

    Disregarded my reservation and gave room away

    This hotel had my reservation, but gave all their rooms away. When I arrived, they just said sorry we don't have any rooms left. Had to scramble to find a room in the area during very busy holiday season. Also, didn't even process a refund quickly.

    1 night romance trip, Dec 30, 2018

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  • 6.0.Good

    It's a nice place, the first day we didn't got the room we booked and some stuff was damaged, but everything clean. The next day the woman from the staff was so kind and with the best attitude and change us from room where everything was perfect. Really nice place to stay.

    2 night trip with friends, Dec 28, 2018

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  • 8.0.Very good


    Estuvo bien, pero seria bueno que cambiaran el aire acondicionado de la villa 1 y ademas q pusieran TV. X lo demas todo bien! El personal super atento.

    María José, 2 night family trip, Apr 18, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Lontano dalle rotte turistiche

    Non facile individuare il sito sprovvisto di insegne ben chiare sulla strada. La location nonostante bella e immersa nel verde è troppo vicina alla strada nazionale. Colazione scarsa e personale disinteressato. Il sentiero dall'albergo per accedere a piedi alla spiaggia è poco curato e con alcuni divieti parziali. Viene permesso l'accesso alla piscina anche a persone non ospitate nell'hotel probabilmente famigliari dei dipendenti. Sicuramente da apprezzare le stanze spaziose e immerse nella vegetazione a contatto con animali e fiori. A piedi puoi raggiungere una panetteria e più lontano nel piccolo paese un supermercato. indispensabile un'auto per apprezzare le bellezze naturali vicine.

    sergio, 2 night trip with friends, Apr 6, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Hotel fonctionnel grande chambre et personnel très sympathique Un peu proche de la rue

    2 night trip with friends, Mar 17, 2019

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