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April 19, 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

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 6 days ago

We were there for three night in early March and were personally welcomed upon arrival. Everyone is extremely nice! If you intend to book excursions/tours through them, I encourage you to be persistent about it. They offer great ones, just make sure they call as they book up quick! Manuel Antonio is a ten minute/$10 cab ride away so super convenient. Nowhere else I'd stay in the area!

acoleman419 - New York City, New York


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful hotel has been recently updated. The rooms are clean and luxurious. The bathrooms are large and very clean. The staff knows you by name and is so helpful. The hotel is located close to the beaches of Manuel Antonio and the National Park but is secluded enough that you feel like you are in an oasis. I can't wait to go back to this beautiful hotel! Definitely worth it!

caseyfl - Tampa, Florida


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I needed a last minute snowstorm bug out plan, so after some quick research on TripAdvisor, we booked Makanda By the Sea. Having never visited Costa Rica before and knowing very little about the country, it was sort of a gamble booking everything less than 48hrs prior to departure. Luckily, everything went smoothly and we could not be more satisfied with our experience. Transport: The hotel is about 2.5-3 hours away by ground transport from SJO airport in San Jose. The hotel can arrange a shuttle with the driver waiting for you at arrivals. At the time of this writing the rate was 160 USD for two people. We emailed our incoming flight itinerary to [email protected], and received a reply while we were in the air informing us that they were unable to find a driver - luckily my phone had email access in CR, and upon landing we found a taxi that would take us to our destination for 140 USD. I recommend that if you arrange through Makanda, confirm with them prior to departure, otherwise it might make for a potentially frustrating experience if you don't have access to phone/email. Alternatively we could have booked a regional propeller plane (Sansa Airlines or Nature Air) to fly us from SJO to XQP airport (within 15mins of hotel by car). Prices per ticket ranged from 39-90 USD depending on times and weight of your luggage per pound. With taxes, round trip fare approached what we paid for round trip fare from the US, so we elected to enjoy the 3hr nature tour by taxi. Note: later, a guest at the hotel mentioned that the tickets were 25$ per person - I did not do enough research to verify this, but you may want to. Intros: Upon arrival we were greeted by Luis at the gate, two Leos and Darwin at the front desk. The check-in was seamless and we went straight to the restaurant for our welcome beverage and lunch, which by the way was delicious, more on that later. Afterwards, Guillermo manning the golf cart with our luggage provided the 30 second transport to our suite and gave us a brief tour of the accommodations. Accommodations: We stayed at Deluxe Suite Ocean Club 5 - one of the 12 or so suites in the building that opened for guests in late 2016. The suite has a large room with a comfy bed, leather sofa, fully stocked minibar, a Bluetooth compatible stereo system, remote controlled AC and curtains, WiFi and a fingerprint-reading safe. The only thing that's missing were a dresser for your non-hanging clothes and black-out curtains. Adjacent to the main room is a large bathroom with marble walls and flooring - wonderfully decorated, cool-LED lighting, back light mirrors... the works - very nice! A couple of things for the hotel to consider: add a door/curtain for the showers - the floor gets very wet from the regular shower head and especially the rain shower-style shower head. What made the recurrent flooding worse (in our particular room) was the little lip at the basin of the shower had lost some caulking and quite a bit of water drained out onto the floor - it's just a matter of time before the ceiling of the suite below starts to leak something awful; it's a 5 min silicone caulk fix! We made frequent use of our bath towels soaking up the water on the floor. Also consider adding a more opaque curtain on the floor-to-ceiling windows in the bathroom or maybe translucent glass treatment - there's a remote chance that your floor neighbor might wonder out onto your/their balcony area and get a good view of your cash and prizes. The balcony has an awesome view, some patio furniture and a clear acrylic hanging bubble chair (management: take note of the crack that formed at the top of the chair before someone gets a surprise landing). Future guest: take note that there's generally no guardrails of any sort on the spacious balcony/patios throughout the hotel property, so avoid getting stupid drunk and trying your favorite gymnastics floor routine - as you might be 20-40ft above the jungle floor; stay woke fam. Common areas / Bar / Restaurant: Common pool / restaurant area is where we generally spent most of our time throughout the day - choices of lounge chairs and lounge swings all provide a fantastic view of the west coast and the daily sunsets, which are always glorious. Our intent was to do nothing except eat, drink, lounge and decompress - Makanda is very good for this with the infinity pool and hot tub. Luis and Juan Carlos tended the bar most professionally, kept our drinks refilled as needed, and can provide good company if you're tired of the pool and baking in the sun. Drinks are pricey; the most modestly priced beverage is the local "Imperial" lager beer, clocking in at 5 USD. Mixed drinks, pina coladas and shots are north of 10 USD. If you're not a beer drinker, take advantage of the 4-6pm happy hour which has select drinks at half price. Personally I liked the Imperial as it reminded me very slightly of Sapporo. Closer to sunset the local primates may put on a show above in the trees and occasionally may attempt to raid the bar and tables for scraps. As you tear away from your meal to take a sunset selfie never underestimate their quickness. And finally, please don't feed them, they'll develop a taste for easily accessible fruit and pina colada, and won't be able to go back to the fruits of nature. My wife considers us foodies (I just like to eat), and over the course of four days we tasted most of the menu and nearly all the offerings were great (some were ok: burger, tenderloin) but your experience may vary. We loved it as the food was great and we did not have to leave the hotel. Final thoughts: -Bring cash for tips. Their system is not set up for credit card tipping and the staff does work very hard to please their guests. -Don't forget bug spray. I didn't get bit that much, but my wife cannot say the same. -Bring a pair of sneakers if you plan on going to the private beach - steep, 20 degree inclines and some jungle terrain don't bode well for the flip-flop-wearer, especially after it rains. -Don't forget sunblock - I shouldn't have to say this. You're nearly at the equator and will be burnt to a crisp in 15 mins if you're pasty white. -As of two years ago, this hotel is under new management, and it appears they're doing some major face-lifts for your benefit - keep that in mind, as it's all a work in progress and they'll be featuring more restaurants, a new pool, more suites, etc. Please be patient with them. -Wife's advice: "Ladies leave the high heels at home."

amolokin - Olney, Maryland


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there for 3 nights in late Feb 2017. The grounds of the hotel are beautiful! The room was very large (Deluxe suite ocean club) with a couch, balcony and an ocean view. Bathroom was amazing and beautiful. The staff was awesome. Especially Jorge. Also Leo at front desk was wonderful. The entire staff at the bar/restaurant couldn't have been nicer! The infinity pool is to die for! Sipping drinks in the pool with that view was pure heaven. The bar at the pool has food and drinks and both are absolutely delicious. The music by the pool was really bad. I'd recommend they get a more up-to-date playlist. From San Jose airport it's almost a 2.5 to 3 hour drive. My only problem with the hotel was I had arranged through them a private car pick up from the airport.($160). Our flight was delayed for an hour. When we landed our driver was not there. We got through customs in less than 5 minutes and waited for about 20 min. We figured he should be there as they had gotten our flight info and knew the exact new time of our landing. There were only a handful of drivers there holding names of passengers and we were not on any of them. We called the hotel several times and no answer. I even called a cell phone the hotel had provided in arranging the car pick up. Also no answer. We ended up finding a little minivan driver who took us for the same price but it was an old beat up Hyundai with springs coming out of the seats. We chalked it up to being an adventure. But be forewarned and I'd suggest arranging a transfer on your own. Also, the hotel made no gesture of an accommodation to make up for this. In fact they were insisting the driver was there. He wasn't. No matter, the hotel is awesome and I would absolutely go back there again! The little monkeys on the grounds are adorable and Costa Rica is truly a little piece of heaven on earth. Our second stay was at The Peace Lodge in the rainforest. Separate review of that piece of heaven too.

cleo74 - Los Angeles


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place, The room, the food, the pool, the service, outstanding! A "must" in Manuel Antonio! Excelent desing and atention, a very diferent concepto in Manuel Antonio, try the tuna tartar and the quesadillas!

Javier D


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