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Makanda by the Sea

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Main Road to Manuel Antonio Park, 3 Kilometers, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Queens, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Finished off our CR trip in Manuel Antonio at the Makanda by the Sea resort. This hotel was perfect for our needs (huge room, great food, helpful staff), close to all attractions and great luxury. Despite a small mixup at check in, Makanda was highly professional in all aspects and extremely helpful. Tip: if hiking to the beach below the... More 

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Crewe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an adult only hotel with rooms which feel isolated (even though they're not), with an intimate atmosphere and beautiful views to the ocean. The standard of housekeeping was excellent and unobtrusive. Breakfast was served to your room which was a bit quirky and different but much appreciated - personal preference would be to go to a dining room... More 

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Highworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had 6 nights here at the end of a busy holiday itinerary and we loved it. Our studio (number 4) had lovely sea views and had pretty much everything we needed. The balcony was a little small, but plenty big enough for us to sit our and enjoy the view. The resort is spread amongst the trees and we... More 

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our last stop, three weeks in to exploring Costa Rica. Admittedly, we had just travelled from a simple, beautiful and tranquil Eco lodge, but we felt that we were in a different country. Makanda by the Sea is very smart and chic and not our taste at all, though taste is subjective. Any sounds of nature are cancelled... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw Makanda under construction some 20 years ago and ever since, have stayed there in different villas. Makanda, nestled into the jungle, has been a wonderfully designed small hotel situated for appreciation of nature. Guest comfort has always been paramount, as has been serenity. A new owner is intent on making Makanda something it was not; a trendy, music... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Makanda by the Sea is a hidden gem among the crowds and traffic of Manuel Antonio. A separate comfortable and lovely cabin with a terrace overlooking jungle green and the ocean provides tranquility and beauty and easy to call home while there. A luscious breakfast to order is included and brought to the cabin and set up to eat while... More 

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Austin, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We only stayed here one night, but wow was this place spectacular! We were in room 3 and the room was extraordinary. We had a porch with a view of the ocean and the entire front wall were windows to the same view. It reminded me of a modern bungalow in the jungle. I just wish they invested in the... More 

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Los Angeles
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29 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

After 20 years big changes at Makanda. This is our third year in a row at Makanda and we’ve found it our home away from home. It simply keeps getting better as we know more about Manuel Antonio and coming each year it seems we do less and relax more which is really the purpose of our year-end trip. It’s... More 

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I left Makanda hotel 2 weeks ago. It was a great trip. Maybe, it was the best one! I enjoyed myself, excellent location, the breakfast was great and the scenery was amazing. Staff were incredibly helpful, nice and efficient; especially in a place where customer service seems not to be a primary concern of the service industry, they really stood... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Had a grea lunch at the Makanda Hotel poolside restuauint today. Even saw a sloth climbing down a tree which made it even more special. Beautiful location, excellent and very personable service, as well as a nice view.

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