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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Main Road to Manuel Antonio Park, 3 Kilometers, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Milan, Italy
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The price is absolutely over rated for Costarica standards! Poor service and old rooms! Staff extremely unpolite (when my boyfriend asked help for the luggage the man at the reception (a little fat man) answered - smiling - that he was strong enough to carry the luggage by its own. Speechless! Is this a 5 stars hotel? Definitely not! Plus,... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We absolutely loved the location, priceless. All the nature around it was amazing. But the staff were to loud, specially the security guards. They were making jokes and kidding around with the guy from the front desk. We'll stay again but next time we'll make the suggestion to be more formal and polite.

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Hermosa Beach, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here as a half way point both coming and going from Osa Peninsula. We absolutely loved it!!! The service was outstanding, and the restaurant was sooooo delicious. shockingly so! Breakfast is served in your room but don't miss out on dinner served at their restaurant. The staff was so friendly. The rooms were gorgeous and well appointed. I... More

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South Elgin, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights a week ago. The location is perfect with the ocean view. The breakfast is pretty neat as well. The best part of the hotel is the quietness and low number of guests. We loved going to the beach and even though it is a little hike back, well worth it. Nobody... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We needed a relaxed getaway and Makanda By the Sea was the perfect spot. The views are incredible, there is an amazing amount of recreational options nearby, and the staff is outstandingly gracious. You cannot beat the experience of sitting in the infinity pool with the perfect drink in hand while gazing at the ocean, to then suddenly have a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Top shelf. That's all I have to say about this place. I mean, seriously, top shelf. Here are my points. 1) Great location, I can't imagine a room there not having a view of the ocean that's landscaped by plush greenery all around it. The view from your room could be a postcard. 2) Great breakfast 3) The drinks at... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The staff are friendly and attentive. The food (especially breakfast) is delicious. The setting/views are incomparable. Every day we woke up and couldn't believe how beautiful this place is. Getting around the hotel involves quite a few stairs but it is so worth it! There is so much privacy and the views are spectacular.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

My husband and I spent four nights in villa number 5 last week. It's true the villas are private, very large, romantic, well equipped, very comfortable and with a sense that you are alone in the jungle. While the steps involved to reach the villas might be challenging for a few, my husband and I are in our mid-fifties and... More

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Just got back from 1 week at Makanda. We were very excited to be staying here and I can tell you that the hotel lives up to the pictures online. The view from the rooms and the pool are breathtaking. The restaurant serves excellent food; has an incredible view and a limited menu of course but we ate there twice... More

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New York City, New York
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3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This exclusive resort is embedded within the Rain Forest of the Manuel Antonio area. There are only 8 villas or studios. Each with its own patio. We had stayed in Villa 8 and it's extremely spacious, has a kitchenette, large bathroom and a walk in closet. Breakfast is bought to you each morning based on the selection(s) you make the... More

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Address: Main Road to Manuel Antonio Park, 3 Kilometers, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Makanda by the Sea 3.5*
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Makanda By The Sea Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
Makanda By The Sea Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park

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Makanda By the Sea is 12 acres of wildlife sanctuary, 100 meters above the ocean. Our fully equipped Villas and Studios are carefully placed in rainforest gardens with spectacular views of the sixty mile coastline. Hotel Makanda is the ideal location for guests wishing to experience “romance in nature”, dazzling sunset views and our personalized boutique hotel ambiance. Offering gourmet cuisine, first class service, and close to Manuel Antonio Park, Spas, Restaurants, Tours and Beaches. ... more   less 
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