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Makanda by the Sea
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Main Road to Manuel Antonio Park, 3 Kilometers, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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San Jose, Costa Rica
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Nice, private, comfortable, pricey...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Makanda by the Sea for our belated honeymoon back in April 2012. The hotel is laid out nicely with very private cabinas scattered in the jungle. They have a very nice infinity pool overlooking jungle and ocean. The food was good. The service was a little casual and the staff, while helpful, was not very courteous and at times hard to locate... They have a 'private' beach that's about a 15 minute walk, but don't be fooled, its VERY steep... I would definitely recommend this hotel to a friend, but I do think its a little expensive! Overall, I enjoyed my stay. I especially liked that they deliver the delicious breakfast to your room... That is a nice touch.

Room Tip: I would avoid Villa 5, it's closest to the road. You can hear cars, passers-by and occassionall...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    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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Tampa, Florida
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73 reviews 73 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We just returned from a four night jungle and beach adventure near Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica!! We did not think we could top our last adventure but WE DID!! Central America has become our new destination of choice because of the non stop and or excellent connections from Orlando Florida. We have health issues and have a tighter budget now and sometimes really enjoy those creature comforts in the hot jungle. This beautiful boutique hotel has the most amazing jungle and beach views. the villas are large and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need. The concierge fellows were fabulous with their suggestions and took my personal requests to heart. You can enjoy extreme sports like zip lining and sport fishing to wonderful quiet jungle hikes in the park, horseback riding beach or jungle forest or just a slow boat tour into the mangroves for peace and animal viewing!! All of these activities are at your door step!! The transportation across Costa Rica is much improves from years ago and there are some reasonable local airfares to get you to all corners. Makanda was the perfect getaway and the staff exceptional. Thank you to all of you and especially Leo, Darwin and Randall the most famous margarita maker south of any border!! ALl the best LIddy and Mitch C. Tampa, florida

Room Tip: Lots of steps but worth it!!!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Monica, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

My wife and I just got back from our trip to CR and stayed 4 nights at Makanda. We stayed in Studio #3 which was smaller than the villas, but still a nice sized room with an amazing view. Makanda is a great balance of both tropical rainforest and air conditioning. There are a few luxury hotels in the area and I wouldn't classify Makanda as luxurious but an eco-boutique. We went to eat at some of the other nice hotels to get a feel for a possible return trip and found places like Gaia and Arenas Del Mar to be much nicer but for different reasons. A couple of dislikes about Makanda would include the pool and restaurant area. It comes off as a few canopy tents put together with faded purple and green curtains from circa 1996. Even on the hotel website the hotel comes off that way, but thought maybe it was just the lack of updating their website. Several things about the hotel could use an update. While still keeping that Costa Rican charm, this is a strong reason that I booked this hotel over the more modernized luxury hotels. We enjoyed the complimentary breakfast every morning from the comfort of our own room. Another plus is that you rarely run in to other guests giving you the feeling of the upmost privacy. Overall, the staff was great and extremely helpful. If you're looking for 5 star luxury stay somewhere else, but if you're looking for a balance of tropical rainforest with private villas and A/C, stay at Makanda.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Porter ranch, ca
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

We LOVED our stay here!! We just came home and miss Makanda already!!
We stayed in room #10 and had wildlife galore! Randall at the Sunspot restaurant is someone you will treasure like family. He really has a great heart and goes up of his way to make sure you are happy.
It is quiet and peaceful at night and the views are just spectacular. We plan to come back in February. I cannot say enough. Breakfast included in your room each day....heavenly.
Thank you Makanda!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jacksonville beach
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Just left Makanda today, after 5 nights. The rooms (villa 5) are beautiful, roomy and incredibly scenic. Randall -- bartender and waiter was the nicest guy ever. Recommended great places to eat and took special care of our family. The restaurant and infinity pool have the most amazing view. Great food in restaurant. Lots of animals (monkeys, sloths, birds) on the premises. Great A/C, which isn't always the case in tropical places. Derwin at the front desk, helped recommend and book our Canopy Tour and White Water Rafting Tour. Both companies were amazing and we couldn't have been happier. I strongly suggest you stay here. The price was very competitive for such an elegant place. The patio had a beautiful view of the ocean, great breeze, hammock, etc.

Room Tip: We stayed in villa 5. 2 adults and a very tall 19 year old boy. Great sleeping arrangements.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Palo Alto
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7 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

This could have been a dream vacation. Imagine your own private hideaway in the jungle with a big king bed and a view of howler monkeys, sloths, and the Pacific right from your veranda. The facility was wonderful. However, the front desk reception staff, who virtually run the resort during low season, were impatient with our questions, rude and forgot about our early breakfast; needed before an early tour of the nearby national park one day. There was no apology or service recovery at all, even though we expressed our disappointment several times. they also closed the bar and restaurant in the pool area without notice. For the price you are paying to stay here, the owners need to hold the staff to a much higher service standard. I'm a frequent traveler and have family members in the hospitality industry. They could do much better with guest service.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Makanda in early July and loved everything about it. Our beautiful villa was incredibly romantic and made us feel like we were in a treehouse in the middle of the rainforest. The entire wall facing the ocean was windows, so we awoke each morning to an unobstructed view of the water. From our deck, where we spent most of the waking hours that we were at our villa, we loved watching the monkeys and listening to the sounds of the forest.
Everything about this hotel felt very personalized, from the "towel animals" that the cleaning staff left on our bed to the made-to-order meals, all of which were fantastic.
The staff at Makanda were so friendly and helpful, it was always a treat interacting with them. Rasta, who works at the restaurant by the pool, was especially great and ordered a special meal for us on our last night.
I knew that July was "green season" and that we could expect rain just about every afternoon/evening, so I wasn't disappointed when that was what happened. Sometimes it didn't rain until we had gone to bed, but we ended up really enjoying relaxing on our hammock listening to the thunderstorms. The other pleasant surprise was that we had no problems with mosquitos. I brought bug repellent but didn't ever use it, and I think I only got two bites the entire time. I would definitely go in July again.
Overall, our stay at Makanda was a wonderful, incredibly relaxing experience, and we can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Makanda by the Sea 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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Also Known As:
Makanda By The Sea Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
Makanda By The Sea Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park

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