May 14, 2017 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
  • CD Players
  • Direct Dial Telephones
  • Hair Dryers
  • Satellite Television
  • Televisions
  • iPod Docks
  • Kitchenettes
  • Fully-Equipped Kitchens
  • 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 3 days ago

If you are looking for a stylish place to relax - this is Makanda! We stayed in Ocean Club #7 room and we are just in love. The room is huge, super comfortable, with huge marble bathroom, Audio-system and a large TV, laptop safe reading the fingerprint - everything is new and modern. And the ocean view is fabulous! Breakfast at the hotel is served on the menu and has a large number of options to choose from. Excellent menu for dinner with reasonable prices and great food. Special thanks to the hotel staff - friendly, positive lovely people! It's a great job to run a place like that! Thank you very much for our wonderful holiday!

Арсений М

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a really difficult review to write because the Makanda is SO hit and miss in many areas.... It does undoubtedly have potential to be a first-class resort but my experience suggests that it isn't there yet. Room - I would say here that the villas are very much more style over substance - the lighting/gadgets/technology in the villa that we stayed in was "troubled".....the light switches seemed to change which lights they turned on and off....we couldn't even find some of the switches. There were a million lights but none were very useful. Only one side of the bed had a table (in both villas) and the table that was there was massive but with no real space to put anything. The curtains didn't quite close so take an eye mask!!! The kitchen is pointless - I really can't imagine that they ever get used and they take up vast amounts of space. There are no drawers for clothes....not the first time we found this in Costa Rica but it's SO annoying when you're travelling for a couple of weeks and have to live out of a suitcase. The villa pools are very cold, so beware - the main pool is much nicer to swim in because of the temperature....but they're lovely to lie around and watch the sun set. Food - the current restaurant by the pool was fine for breakfast and lunch. Dinner was pretty much an extension of the lunch menu so we went out on most evenings that we were there. The food isn't wow - the veggie choices are really poor. Breakfast was nice and the monkeys that hang out are good entertainment. Staff - again, very hit and miss. Some were really lovely and helpful and the reception team were fab and welcoming - others were very grumpy and we sometimes felt like we were intruding rather than paying guests. Pool service was ok if you went and ordered but there wasn't anybody coming round taking orders which is pretty standard in luxury hotels. Pool - great pool area but be careful on the flags around the edge which are super slippy. Very special, not crowded and really relaxing - some special visits from the wildlife and spectacular sunsets. The construction work didn't really bother us although they were there for the whole time that we were there...I imagine if you're sensitive to it then it would ruin your relaxing sunbed time round the pool. So, all in all, our time there was nice but not amazing and we wouldn't return or recommend it as it currently stands. In my opinion and based on hotels where we've previously stayed, the cost of staying at this hotel far exceeds its current service and 'luxury' status - I really hope that the owners can step up and sort out all of the glitches and make the substance match the style...then you'd really be in for a treat.

sek1711 - Manchester

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

Sometimes when you are really excited about a hotel it has a greater capacity to disappoint as your expectation is higher, I am pleased to report that Makanda-by-the-Sea manages to exceed even your highest expectations. We stayed in the Jacuzzi Pool room and it was lovely. Very spacious, great decor and design and bed, and good shower. The balcony had a lovely view to the ocean. The staff were fantastic, from the bar staff (Teejay and Luis in particular) to the overall ground staff (Coco) and the team who run the hotel, everyone could not be warmer, friendlier or helpful. It really adds to the place. The beach was not for us, rather preferred the pool (has two and both are great) but it is there if you so wish. It is worth a visit though but there are other better beaches nearby. Definitely pop to the National Park when there, it is great, if you go early you avoid a lot of the crowds too and the beach there is lovely.

LonNW3 - London

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

We rented the most luxurious private Villa with private pool (at the highest price possible 1000$+/ngt), guess since it was Easter holiday. Upon arrival with private bus, we were angrily greeted by the gentleman at the gate, that the shuttle cannot enter, and luggage was therefore taken out of car. Then we were angrily informed that the bellman/ cart was busy and we could carry our luggage ourselves, which we denied.... Arrival at lobby was a bit sloppy, but acceptable, not 5 star greeting. Too much novelty info without making feel welcome, no drink nor towel.... we asked for changing to the more lovely surroundings by the bar to finish, and in the end we politely reminded the novice if we could get the promised welcome drink as offered for a genius booker when booking through The breakfast waiter very moody again, so different than your friendly countrymen/ women, why so much attitude? If you like to be a 5 star please have an introduction how to achieve this with a smile and the appropriate service, it's so much missing. ( Jorge at the bar was very nice!) Of course the Villa was not cleaned by noon without calling, although to call reception is 99% failing, due to ???? Perhaps reception does not want to be disturbed? Next day Villa was cleaned by noon, only this time they 'forgot' the terrace and pool which was covered fully in leaves and debris. Of course the reception was not reachable by phone a trip there, only 3-5 employees doing various other things instead taking care of hotel guests. Constructions next to pool and the tiny 'bistro' called restaurant ( very simple...) going on and on the lot everywhere, comes on top, not warned for, the workers were smiling though! Spa never found, golfcart driver was too busy again , possibly they only have one(1) cart, being 5 star, oh forgot.... The decor in the Villa is interestingly done, the technics not working all, like soundsystem and receptacles almost exploded .....electric curtains ( blink at night), overtechnisized digital system for lighting and call the non existent cleaning personal etc.:) Glad to have found pots in the kitchen because we wanted so much to do a special home cooked dinner on vacation.....joke...:) Sorry owners, hotel business needs attention to service and functionality also, not only the design, which is impressive, if the lights would be working coming into the steep steps to our Villa f.i. Only once you in Villa the walkway is lit, meaning dark when you need light. We politely were given a flashlight then. Thanks for a memorable impression !


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

I would never visite such a luxurious hotel, because I'm an inveterate backpacker. But we decided to spend a honeymoon at this hotel. After this rest, I threw out my backpack. All I've seen is full of delight - a pool, a wild beach, the restaurant! Very cute and friendly owners of the hotel embodied in it all their dreams about design, comfort, luxury and aesthetics! I've never seen anything like this. Unfortunately my wife was impressed with this more than me and apparently we no longer travel the same way as before.

duha3abp - Seattle, Washington

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