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“Peaceful Escape” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Cape Cod
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Peaceful Escape”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

The Makanda ranks as one of the best hotels we have experienced. We stayed in a villa nestled away in the jungle with a breathtaking view of the ocean. It was a very peaceful and intimate setting. The decor is very simple, clean and serene. The staff was very accommodating, providing pleasant and responsive service. The poolside restaurant served delicious meals and a knock-out view. The hotel does not provide shuttle service into town as some other do, so best to have your own transportation or plan to hoof it up and down the many hills. If you are looking for a truly peaceful vacation, you should consider this very small, intimate hotel. Careful when you choose to travel, since Makanda abuts the rainforest - you can expect some downfalls in the evening but may want to stay away from the wet season.

Room Tip: The villas are probably the best accommodations. We stayed in villa #5 which had a very nice view o...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Fantastic & romantic boutique hotel. Loved it from the second we arrived - pictures don't do it justice. All the rooms are private & wonderfully integrated w/ the jungle.

Only 12 or so villas and studios- so very private.

Loved the walk to the beach and running the quiet streets in the morning for exercise.

Monkeys and sloths all over the place.

Pool was amazing. Drinks at pool were great, too. Breakfast is great, as everyone else says, too.

For our last night, Makanda was booked, so we moved to Arenas Del Mar. Down the street from each other. Arenas was nice too but Cheryl different. We preferred Makanda without a doubt.

Walk to town for dinner was very easy. Flashlight in the room - 15 mins tops.

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  • Stayed December 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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I can't say enough positive things about Makanda. Beautiful grounds, knowledgable, friendly staff, absolutely perfect rooms, great in-house restaurant and bar, romantic infinity pool, howler monkeys nearby, etc. Book your stay now. Oh, and spring for the villas if you can. The "deluxe" room was nice, but didn't hold a candle to villa #1.

Room Tip: Villa #1. Seriously.
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  • Stayed December 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I have found TripAdvisor as a great resource for vacation planning and have used for a while now, but never had an account. Let me start with saying that even though my wife previously wrote her individual review about this property, I created an account just to write my personal opinion about this hotel for future travelers.

To begin with, let me say that there were several issues with this Hotel - the delay to check-in and get the room set-up, unavailability to dine in the restaurant because of rain in a rain forest (!), mediocre quality of room service food and a night long nuisance of fruits dropping on the roof right on top of the bed. We were absolutely willing to pay the first night charges plus early check out penalties and check out the next morning. We did so too and what makes the experience about this hotel more horrible is the delay in getting our money back. We stayed at the hotel on July 9th, and after at least 20 rounds of e-mails and phone conversations back and forth (I can post copies of the e-mail conversations here if anyone is interested) and finally having to file a dispute with our credit card company, we got the refund back on Nov 5th. There is no reason to require travelers to pay in full in advance when no other places around asked to do so, there is no reason for the hotel to not pay the remaining refund if travelers need to check out early and there in absolutely no reason why the hotel should take 4 months to refund the money they had agreed to and signed on. I'd highly encourage future travelers to check out other options in the area and certainly question paying in full in advance.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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HotelMakanda, Owner at Makanda by the Sea, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
This is the third time you have posted your bad review, and your continued harrassment of our hotel will not be tolerated. As shown my the overwhelming positive reviews for Hotel Makanda, perhaps the entire problem was not necessarily with us. We will no longer even attempt to be polite with you, and we will not fold to attempts at blackmail or defamation of character on your part. Move on, it's been 6 months! We apologize to all the other travelers and hope they understand that some folks cannot be satisfied no matter what lengths one goes to, but enough is enough! Pura vida!
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131 reviews 131 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

My Fiance and I stayed at Makanda towards the end of our Costa Rican vacation and loved it. If you're looking for good service and an amazing view - this is your place! The view from the infinity pool & rooms is to die for - absolutely breathtaking. The pictures don't do it justice. We were also extremely pleased with the upscale rooms on the property. The beds were extremely plush and comfortable and the bathrooms were expansive and clean. We enjoyed our sitting out on the balcony in the mornings with breakfast delivered to the room. Try the pancakes - they are amazing.

The restaurant on the property cinsists of 4-5 tables on the pool deck. It was just OK, our food for dinner took a good 45min and wasn't necessarily worth the price paid. But it was perfect for lunch by the pool, where we got pizzas, sandwhiches and salads (all of which were excellent).

The drinks at the poolside bar were wonderful - as was the friendly bartender. We saw a ton of wildlife from the pool area: white faced monkeys (pictures attached), howler monkeys and sloths. Really neat.

The small beach is a bit of a hike (200+ stairs down and back up). I would suggest the beach off of Quepos for swimming and sunbathing.

In all, we had a wonderful stay and would recommend Makanda to anyone visiting the MA area!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

This is our 3rd trip to Costa Rica and every year we end up in Manual Antonio area. Part of the reason we come back is because of the Makanda. The rooms are awesome and the service is even better. It is extremely clean, upscale, and quiet. The staff at this place are there from year to year and remember us and treat us like royalty. Can't say enough great things about this place.

Room Tip: If you like to be more secluded, unit 10 or 11 has the best view
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Reston, Virginia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

There are very few hotel experiences where one can't find a single flaw...my experience at Makanda was flawless. The location, infinity pool, restaurant, private beach at low tide, privacy in the room, view from the room, landscaping, personalized breakfast in bed, friendly professional staff, amazing cocktails at the pool...the list goes on and on...
Experience it for yourself...you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed March 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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Additional Information about Makanda by the Sea

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 Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 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*
Number of rooms: 11
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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