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Hotel Villas Gaia, Ballena

3-star3 stars
35KM al Sur de DominicalEn playa de Osa, BallenaPuntarenasCosta RicaGreat location! See map

Mountain hotel in Ballena with 2 outdoor pools, 2 bars/lounges
  • Free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
Great pool
Awesome vibe
Reasonable beach
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From 246 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Hotel Villas Gaia, Ballena

from $75
  • Standard Villa, 1 Bedroom
  • Superior Villa, Garden View
  • Family Villa

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

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


  • 24-hour check-in
  • Check-out time is noon
Airport shuttle service is available on request. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • Babysitting/childcare *


  • Pets stay free


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle (available on request) *


  • Free self parking


  • Beach shuttle *

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free breakfast daily
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • Restaurant
  • Poolside bar
  • Room service (during limited hours)
Things to do
  • Beach shuttle (surcharge)
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Children's pool
  • Spa services on site
  • 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

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

Hotel Villas Gaia, Ballena’s small print

Also known as

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


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

Optional extras

Rollaway beds are available for CRC 7000 per night

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

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

Beach shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Hotel Villas Gaia, Ballena


  • Pinuela Beach - 18 min walk
  • Arco Beach - 42 min walk
  • Ventanas Beach - 2.2 mi / 3.6 km
  • Marino Ballena National Park - 3.1 mi / 5 km
  • Tortuga Beach - 3.1 mi / 5 km
  • Punta Uvita Whale Tail - 6.1 mi / 9.9 km
  • Ciudad Cortes Central Park - 17.3 mi / 27.9 km
  • Palmar Norte Park - 21.8 mi / 35.1 km

Getting around

  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) - 172 min drive
  • Free self parking
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Beach shuttle (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Good 7.8 From 35 reviews

Hotel Villas Gaia, Ballena
Enjoyed all, the grounds and views and the food was spectacular!
A Traveler, us1 night family trip
Hotel Villas Gaia, Ballena
Great family friendly location.
We have a wonderful time here. The owner, Ana, was very helpful and gracious. She offered personalized suggestions for things to do. The restaurant onsite was wonderful. We would absolutely go here again! One tip to travelers going: get up early and go see the monkeys at breakfast (the monkeys are wild and eat in the trees onsite, but leave and don't return until the next morning).
A Traveler, us1 night family trip
Hotel Villas Gaia, Ballena
Very Good8.0
Our family trip to Ojochal.
Very nice. Lots of wildlife. The pool was wonderful.
Jay, us3 night family trip
Hotel Villas Gaia, Ballena
Very Good8.0
Fantastic Location but some First World Problems!
The positives: This hotel is in a truly beautiful location with fantastic views from the pool area. The attached restaurant offers great food and service. The rooms (cabins are a better description) are pleasantly different than the normal, "Lets just put a bunch of beds in this small room!" There was a sense of privacy even with shared accommodations. The breakfast was the best we had on our trip. The negatives: More than half the resort is fed off one 40 amp circuit breaker. The power went out 3 times in an hour and was off for the entire night. It was stifling - even with the windows open. Between the heat, the howler monkeys, and the exotic birds, we didn't get much sleep! There also was a problem with the booking but I'm waiting to see how it is resolved by before complaining. Would I recommend this hotel? Absolutely! If you are planning a dolphin/snorkeling tour, this is a great place to be. Warning - Google Waze and our GPS did not know where this hotel was. It is decently signed and does look like a resort. We just relied on technology and it took us more than a mile away from the hotel.
Scott, us1 night family trip
Hotel Villas Gaia, Ballena
In the jungle, nice experience in the morning, noises etc:) but room was not isolated well, so you never know what kind of insects can visit you:( uncomfortable feeling... Very good food in the restaurant-big plus:)
Wioletta, us1 night romance trip

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Hotel Villas Gaia, Ballena

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