Our third stop on the great Costa Rican tour was Manuel Antonio. After spending a few days in the chilly Cloud Forest of Monteverde, the beachy Manuel Antonio was definitely a welcome change.
View from our hotel, Gaia, in Manuel Antonio
We chose to stay at Gaia Hotel & Reserve in Manuel Antonio and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The hotel was on top of a massive hill surrounded by a nature reserve funded by the hotel owner. To get to the hotel, you have to take a golf cart up the hill. The hotel rooms are all around the outside of a few different buildings on different levels. In the center there is a magnificent infinity pool and an open air restaurant with a fantastic view (see above). At night, the sunset was so beautiful. Unfortunately my crap camera never did capture its full beauty, but I tried every night about 100 times.
This is the coolest post I think I’ve ever seen on Buzzfeed, and that’s saying something since I read Buzzfeed approximately 14 times a day. I love a good vacation (…obviously…) and I’m not terribly bothered about where I stay. No bed bugs please and a bathroom are requirements but besides that, I’m pretty ok with roughing it if it means I get to travel somewhere cool.
That being said, if the opportunity were to arise where I could stay at literally the coolest hotels ever, I’d probably be pretty ok with that too. So, below are my favorites from the list of the coolest hotels on the planet. Um giraffes to share your breakfast with? Yes Please!
Where else in the world could you make friends with a giraffe?! At Giraffe Manor in Nairobi you can get up close and personal with these adorable creatures, who freely roam the property.
2. Kakslauttanen in Finnish Lapland, Finland
At Kakslauttanen you can stay in a snow igloo, a log cabin, or the coolest thing ever…a glass igloo! Lie in your bed with your loved one and watch the Northern Lights for a one of a kind vacation.