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January 5, 2018 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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Hotel Makanda by the Sea in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Adjacent to Manuel Antonio National Park, within a 12-acre sanctuary poised 200 meters above the Pacific Ocean, the adult-only Hotel Makanda by the Sea captures the magical spirit of Costa Rica. Open-air and well-appointed villas and studios are sculpted harmoniously into the natural environment, and boast spectacular views of the 60-mile coastline. In this unspoiled wonderland, you can savor fresh seafood, drift in the stunning infinity pool, or watch local wildlife including monkeys and sloths as they wind their way through the rainforest.

Although the resort boasts spacious viewing decks reaching into the jungle canopy, you will want to venture further out, to raft the Savegre River or take a horseback ride along a rainforest trail. Secluded nearby beaches provide sublime settings for surfing, sunning and sea kayaking. You might also snorkel or scuba dive off the volcanic reefs of local islands. For pure indulgence, request a soothing spa treatment. Then unwind over homemade dessert and a cup of coffee freshly roasted at the hotel's own Sunspot Bar & Grill.

Location of Hotel Makanda by the Sea

Hotel Makanda by the Sea
Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Nearest Airport: SJO

Amenities for Hotel Makanda by the Sea

  • General Information
  • 11 Guest Rooms
  • Adults Only
  • Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Bakery
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Outdoor Whirlpool
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryers
  • Satellite Television
  • Kitchenettes
  • Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Parasailing
  • Ecological Excursions
  • ATV Tours
  • White Water River Rafting
  • River Rafting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Surfing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Interests
  • Active & Adventure
  • Summer Getaways

Reviews for Hotel Makanda by the Sea

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

We enjoyed our stay and the reviews are correct. The property is secluded and privacy is at a premium. The property is high above the private beach with amazing views. The pools are glorious, just like the pictures, but more. We had breakfasts and dinner in the restaurant and it was good. There is an intimacy in the settings of this property. A lot has to do with being an adult only property. Expect quiet and serene dinners and lounging by the pool. The rooms (13) have ocean views and balconies. The design is upscale, luxurious and yes, as other guests have pointed out, there is no drawers to unpack your clothes, just closet to hang up a few things. So, have fun living out of your suitcase. You will know what I mean, when you get here. I, too, had to overlook, that comment because Makanda, obviously knows guests would like to have a place to unpack their things. I did not go on the balcony because I witnessed 3 monkeys right up to our sliding door, peeing and pooping, jumping on the outdoor furniture. I just could not get that out of my mind. Yes, you are in the jungle and that comes with the territory. The last day of our visit, my husband was having coffee(6 am) at the pool where we have breakfast and the waiters on duty gave the monkeys a packet of sugar. Anyone that works there knows not to do this and guests are discourages to engage with the monkeys. The monkey that received the packet of sugar, of course, wanted more. My husband said this activity created the monkey jumping on tables and pooping in the beautiful pool. How unsanitary for the tables and what can I say about cleanliness of the pool? I was disappointed to hear this, especially, since it was brought on by bored staff. We pay a premium to use the pools and have clean tables to have breakfast on. My question is, what would the managers do if they had known this? I would like to hear their response. I felt it would fallen on deaf ears and we simply checked out that morning. I am more than happy to provide information Makanda. Take the information for what it is worth and you be the judge.

ogilviejr2017 - Allen, Texas


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

This was our "splurge" hotel that could have been amazing. The view and room itself were breathtaking. But the arrogant manager needs some hospitality training. Our shower leaked so bad it flooded into the bedroom. The "plumber" came and couldn't find anything wrong so he just left without a repair. This prompted us to call again and despite reassurances it was fixed, it flooded again the next day. The arrogant manager was hardly apologetic at all. If you have a problem before 7:00am, there is no one there to answer the phone! As we were checking out, we complained to the staff we had NO hot water for the shower that day. The staff wasn't remotely surprised and said they would pass on the message. While we were rolling our eyes at the lack of response, another customer said they had the same problem. I have been at much less expensive hotels where we had a nicer stay. Attitude is everything, Mr manager. I cannot recommend this hotel for these prices.

natasha2929 - chicago


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband and I chose to stay at Makanda by the Sea for our 5th year anniversary. The day we checked in it was raining and we arrived earlier than expected. From the moment we went into the gate everyone we were treated like family. As we were checking in they heard that it was our fifth year anniversary and decided to treat us on our stay. We went to the pool to receive our welcome drinks when not soon after the property manager met us at our table to let us know that we had been upgraded to one of the best rooms in the entire hotel. The rooms are incredible, it was by far one of the nicest hotels we have stayed in before. My husband and I were able to relax and enjoy great food and loved seeing all the wild life- monkeys and birds- up close. The details that they put into the hotel is incredible. Our room was beautifully decorated and secluded. We had beautifully hand carved doors that lead us to our hotel room. We felt like we were in our own house on a mountain side. The pool and lounge areas are beautiful and the staff is so nice! We ate amazing, fresh food and enjoyed talking with all the staff who worked there. If we return to Manuel Antonio we will definitely stay here again and will always recommend this to our family and friends who might ever visit. Thanks Makanda for making our stay so wonderful!!

513alicia - Charleston, South Carolina


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

Whilst not at the beach this hotel is great for relaxing and an ocean view from both pools. Easy distance to the National Park and Damos Island . Our villa is beautiful , spacious and with a large ,private balcony from which we saw a stunning range of birds and two mating iguanas . Excellent staff , especially ‘Coco’ whose self taught English is superb . He was very helpful and polite . A credit to the hotel . Don’t hesitate to walk up the hill to find great restaurants and well stocked supermarket . The only criticism of Makanda is it’s very pricey wine list

Jennifer E


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to stay, with the best high end restaurant in Manuel Antonio. Superb food, service, views, decor and I especially enjoyed the wine list. Luxury surrounded by rain forest and wildlife. I can highly recommend this place.

fa642014 - Quepos, Costa Rica


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