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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

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

just wanted to write a review of the makanda as i think it deserves the 5 stars we have given it we arrived around 10 pm after a delayed flight, and as a small hotel there wasnt a lot of activity, but the man on security welcomed us and a man from reception met us and welcomed us i cannot give any names as no name tags on the staff shirts we were swiftly taken to reception and proceeded the check in..which took no more than a few minutes we were then taken down a lot of steps to our room we had villa7 which was a jacuzzi villa, although we booked ocean club room we had a lovely free upgrade the room is spacious with a big bathroom, a small kitchen area, a sauna ( yes,a sauna, which i still dont understand),a large balcony ,and a jacuzzi on the balcony..the views were direct towards jungle with sea in the background.. no villas in front , in fact the hotel is so spread out you never see another villa unless you go looking every morning and every evening the monkeys would pop to villa ,which was nice we were basically 15 steps to the main pool, which was amazing we were worried being near pool and bar because of noise but after 9 ish nothing really happens so it was quiet the ocean club pool ( which we could use as part of having the villa) was about 50 yards away ...stunning infinity pool surrounded by ocean club rooms and jungle there was a sloth near the pool for a couple of days which was amazing to watch the resort felt quiet most of the time which is nice, and with 2 pools to choose from then you could always find beds 2 for 1 cocktails were only at the main pool between 4-6, ...with a choice of around 7, at acost of 10.5 us dollars plus tax ...thats for 2 breakfast was at the main pool, and was fantastic, firstly served with tea coffee and juice of the day, then a plate full of fresh fruit then you order of menu and they make it fresh, eg..omlette, eggs benidict, french toast...all flexible to how and what you want there is one evening restaurant which we went to once during our stay...i had steak and scallops with was amazing, and my wife had the duck we ate lunch 2 or 3 times around the pool and that was great with big portions outside the hotel up a steep hill , for about 10 minutes, is where you find restaurants... emilios at too of hill was fantastic...nothing to look at from the the outside, but when inside the views are great, always full with great food,,,we also tried victorias, el elgarto, gabriells steakhouse, el avion.all good quality food, with prices similar or a little less than the uk the hotel buggy took you down the hill to a point where he dropped you off as he couldnt go no further..then its a ten minute trek through the jungle ...coming back is less fun!be aware that the sea is stoney once youre in 10 yards of so. the resort is built on a steep hill with lots of steps and slopes so definately no good if you have walking difficulties... we looked at makanda on tripadvisor for a long time before booking, and definately made the right choice the owners have spend a lot of time and money creating this hotel, which is why it gets such great reviews the only negatives...and in no way did it affect the stay but it helps to point it out our shower floor was made of stone pebbles, which you couldnt really stand on with bare feet there is no info in rooms about hotel , happy hour etc , just a room service menu but as i said that doesnt matter considering the positives

markywales - wales

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

This is an amazing place (if you can afford it). The meals are excellent. Breakfast is free and is a feast if you order after 7:00 a.m. The accommations are lovely. The pools are amazing inifinity pools, just the right temperature. There are swinging daybeds over the pool, and many comfortable chaise lounges. we got to see lots of squirrel and white face monkeys, especially while you are eating breakfast. Watch your fruit! The lush vegetation is beautiful, and you have a view of the Pacific Ocean. All the staff are friendly and very accommedating. You can get golf cart rides to the restaurants and down to the ocean. There is a hike to get to the ocean. Be sure to wear tennis shoes. It is a lovely place to stay.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

Stayed here for 4 nights and the staff was super friendly, the pools and rooms were great. Definitely go visit the private beach and have a massage. This is a great place to relax and do nothing except chill in the pool with drinks. Also you can see a lot of wildlife right at the hotel. Of course the National Park is close by to check out too. The food at the hotel was good but quite international. If you are looking formore local food, go into town for dinner.

emb2010 - Germany

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was awesome was above my expectations beautiful decor,scenery,backdrop the food was delicious seafood was super fresh,staff very attentive on all levels definently the highest level of service I've experienced in Costa rice!! 5 stars without a doubt


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Makanda by the Sea in February 2018 as part of a 25th anniversary trip. Our room was stunning, as were the two pools, restaurant and entire grounds. The food was fabulous, especially the sushi at the sushi bar by the Ocean Club salt water pool. Even though they are currently doing some renovation/construction, it was still pretty quiet. The staff was wonderful - helpful and fun to talk to! Be aware that the grounds are quite hilly and you need to be able to walk up and down some short but steep slopes. They do provide a golf cart shuttle for folks who would find this difficult, but there are still stairs to get to many of the rooms.

danalafontsee - Waterford, Wisconsin

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