We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Beautiful, intimate boutique hôtel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Makanda by the Sea

Save Saved
You added Makanda by the Sea to your Saves list
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 6 more sites!
Makanda by the Sea
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Main Road to Manuel Antonio Park, 3 Kilometers, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica   |  
  |  
Hotel website
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Vancouver, Canada
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful, intimate boutique hôtel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Stayed in Villa 6 and loved it. Truly a sanctuary with comfort inside and out. Gorgeous veranda with a bit of an ocean view, and surrounded by trees, birds, all sorts of wildlife. A/C inside was worth the occasional respite from humidity. Fabulously appointed room, canopy bed, sitting area, luxury bathroom, kitchen. Look at the site's pictures - it's for real.

Staff seemed really friendly and helpful. Delivered breakfast to us early as we wanted to leave for Manuel Antonio by 7:30.

Loved the small pool area, with infinite view overlooking jungle, and Pacific Ocean framed by luscious foliage. Really good restaurant with about 5-6 tables on the far side of pool, served tasty, decent quality food.

The place feels like a semi-private sanctuary, and with only 13 villas/rooms (I think), the property feels quietly enjoyed and appreciated. We did drive into a few other hotels to check them out; some have more units and are inevitably louder and busier. Given the crowds at Manuel Antonio, it was really refreshing to have such a deluxe home away from home.

All of the hotels along here are high up on the cliffs, only one on this ridge gets some beach front access - but that property involves either walking or driving up and down a lot. While Mariposa has killer views from the restaurant (worth a meal there), I think the rooms are nicer at Makanda.

We'd go back. Not with the kids tho - too quiet for teens. Perfect for couples.

Below, where reviewers click to select ratings in categories, I've put value at average - only because at $400, it's about what you'd expect for that price. If it was $200 for this property, I'd give it an "excellent" in that heading.

Room Tip: With variously located rooms / villas, ask about different views.
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

299 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    214
    57
    13
    7
    8
See reviews for
21
201
2
2
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (49)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Morristown, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The Makanda made our latest trip a "best of" experience. We stayed in Villa #1 which is the one pictured in the photograph. It was exquisite, from the wonderful views, the most comfortable bed (with crisp linens), this well-maintained room was perfect and spacious. Everyone at the facility was more than accommodating, every need attended and every question had a helpful answer. My wife and I have vacationed in many places over the years, our experience at the Makanda by the Sea, the immediate area and the country of Costa Rica was most enjoyable. Have a great time!

  • Stayed April 2013, 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Alexandria, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

My boyfriend and I were in Costa Rica and stayed at Hotel Makanda for 5 nights. We loved this place from the moment we arrived. Since there are only 11 rooms in total (max occupancy 2 people per room), you really feel like you are the only people staying there. We can across a few other guests at the pool or en route from our studio, but other than that, you really feel like the place is all yours. Also the fact that is is an adult only resort, doesn't hurt one bit! Our studio # 11 was secluded in the beautiful rainforest and had an AMAZING ocean view. Every morning we woke up, ordered our breakfast and sat on the balcony admiring the wildlife and listening to the sound of waves. The staff at the resort are very helpful and accommodating! They reserved our tours for us and helped us with a minor transportation issue we had. There is a free shuttle to the beach (one way, so you will need to take a taxi back... costs about 5 colones- $10) but totally worth it! The restaurant at the hotel is delicious, they have traditional Costa Rican style food along with burgers, steaks, pizza, etc. We ate there every night, never had a bad dish!
Aside from the sunburn that we both got (I would seriously recommend SPF 50 or higher), our trip to the picturesque Costa Rica was perfect, and we truly feel it was because of Hotel Makanda and their staff!

Room Tip: Studio # 11 had a perfect Ocean View!
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Düsseldorf
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Perfect ocean view. Thats it. Dirt, mould and rust is what we experienced in our studio. What you see on their website is not what you get. Property needs to be renovated. If you like to stay in the Manuel Antonion area we would recommend Si Como No or Gaia.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 7
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HotelMakanda, General Manager at Makanda by the Sea, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Dear Tomtofino,
We once again regret that at the last minute you chose not to stay at our beautiful Tripadivor Voted Most Romantic hotel for whatever reason you decided. As an exception to our normal cancellation policies, we agreed to refund your stay and allow another guest that was enchanted with your Studio to stay with us at Makanda instead. We requested a refund from our bank to yours and have supplied you with the transaction numbers, etc. However, your German bank seems to not agree with our Costa Rican bank, at least according to you. Unfortunately, all we can do is supply the information we get from our bank (we do not have access to your bank information) which we have continued to send to you inspite of your repeated threats to post bad reviews about our hotel because YOUR bank has not credited your refund.
We at Makanda are more than happy to continue to provide the documentation as needed, but in the meantime, we kindly ask other potential guests for Hotel Makanda to please refer to the overwhelming amount of postive reviews and prestigious awards that Makanda by the Sea continues to receive on a regular basis, since at this time we have no other recourse then to defend our actions while this poster can continue to anonymously make claims about our beautiful award winning property at will.
Any questions guests might have, we hope they will feel comfortable in contacting Hotel Makanda directly so we may help you to the best of our abilities to enjoy your Costa Rica vacation!
Sincerely, The Management of Hotel Makanda by the Sea
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
montreal
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013 via mobile

For some reason this place does not get the high ranking it deserves. Our room #3 was spectacular. Large wall of glass facing the sea, comfortable sofa and and an attractive floor of black, polished concrete tiles.
Great infinity pool and a very decent restaurant all in a jungle location without noisy neighbours.
Playa Biesanz is an easy 20 min walk away.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Boulder, Colorado
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

The Makanda by the Sea is sited in the book Elegant Small Hotels listing the best small hotels around the world. That says a lot for this beautiful hotel set amongst tall trees and lush landscaping. We were greeted at the gate with a golf cart to take our luggage and ourselves to the reception desk where we were served a welcoming drink. The hotel consists of 11 villas some of which are attached but provide all the privacy and security you would want. Our villa had a large room with a built in sofa at the foot of the bed. There was also a view of the ocean from our terrace. The room even had a large vase of fresh flowers. There was also a small kitchenette with a refrigerator so we could store cold drinks, coffee maker, 2 electric cooktops, sink and dinnerware if you wanted to prepare something. The bathroom had a huge shower. The swimming pool had an infinity edge making photography especially inviting. It was relaxing to sit by the pool and occasionally dip in. The tree surrounding the pool had a sloth in it the day we arrived. The eating area is located at the edge of the pool. Service is exceptional with the waiter explaining the various items in detail and making suggestions. The shredded pork sandwich is huge and the salads are great. There are several other good restaurants in nearby hotels as well but i would recommend taking a cab since the hill is narrow, steep and curvy with autos speeding up and down. You can take a 15 minute walk through the woods down the hill to the beach which we did once but the hotels pool was just fine for relaxing.

Room Tip: Villa 11 has a fabulous view of the ocean and surrounding trees.
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2013, 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Marco Island, Florida
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We stayed last June for 5 nights in Deluxe 11, the view was breathtaking and everyone at the hotel went out of their way for us. Randall was so informative about the wildlife; he would even call us in the room when a sloth or the family of Monkeys were hanging out by the pool! This was our first time in Costa Rica and we already booked for this year in the Villa (above from Deluxe). Leo and staff is so gracious and the experience we had was wonderful. Thank you to everyone. The reason why I am sending the review so late was the Jan 6th review - badmouthing Makanda - NOT TRUE, it is such a shame that miserable people can ruin such a beautiful place. Please go and stay at Makanda; you will fall in love with it like we did!

  • Stayed June 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Makanda by the Sea? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Makanda by the Sea

Address: Main Road to Manuel Antonio Park, 3 Kilometers, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
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*
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, Booking.com, BookingOdigeoWL, Agoda, Venere and Otel so you can book your Makanda by the Sea reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Makanda By The Sea Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
Makanda By The Sea Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Makanda by the Sea, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.