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Main Road to Manuel Antonio, 3 Km, Manuel Antonio, Quepos 60601 Costa Rica
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#10 of 48 hotels in Manuel Antonio
2022 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
GreenLeaders Platinum level
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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Saltwater pool
Shallow end in pool
Personal trainer
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Horseback riding
Canoeing offsite
Tennis court offsite
Nightclub / DJ
Taxi service
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Head massage
Steam room
Adults only
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish


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Grade: 61 out of 100
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3Attractionswithin 0.75 miles
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Herb Eimerman wrote a review Yesterday
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My wife and I first went to Makanda in 2001 and could not believe how magical it was. Since then we have been to Makanda 9 times and going again next year for our 10th time. And Makanda has gotten better and better over the years in large part to Leo who manages the resort. He has gone out of his way every single time to ensure we had the best possible time and he has exceeded every time. We depend on him so much over the years that I consider him my dear friend and I trust him to take good care of us when we are there. He has such an amazing staff that we have known for years too and for us it feels like when we are at Makanda we are visiting family. We love you and you have been a huge part of our lives and memories.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Avery wrote a review Nov 18
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Where do we begin? We based our Costa Rica trip around this hotel for our honeymoon experience & we couldn’t be happier. From the moment we arrived, the staff made our experience absolutely incredible. Everyone that worked there was top-notch. They were so attentive, caring & there to help you at a moments notice. They truly made our experience in Costa Rica so unforgettable. The resort itself if stunning. There is not one cut corner with anything. Everything is luxury & built right in the jungle. You get to experience gorgeous views & wildlife everywhere. Our room had a jungle view with hot tub & private pool. We had the best time being able to experience wildlife right from our patio. We saw so many monkeys, sloths, birds, etc. It was amazing. The food was absolutely incredible. Everything was so fresh. We loved having breakfast there & enjoying the views/wildlife. And lastly - loved the area around this hotel. So close to many restaurants, shopping & beaches/national parks. Couldn’t be happier with the location. Worth the drive! Overall 12/10 experience. We will absolutely be back!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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DogTourist wrote a review Nov 15
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We traveled with another couple for vacation. Were looking forward to staying here based on the photos, etc. When we arrived we were told we were upgraded to the penthouse suite. This, however, did not turn out to be an upgrade as there is not an outdoor jacuzzi and only a cold plunge pool. I intentionally booked the honeymoon villa suite for the ability to sit in a warm jacuzzi at night and instead couldn't enjoy this because we were upgraded supposedly. Elements of the room were stylish but without substance. 'Wood' floor was vinyl veneer and uneven throughout. There are several hazards for guests such as the metal runner for room divider and uneven bathroom stairs. Bathroom window leaked during rain storm. Shower head shot water onto the ceiling and sprayed in all directions. Temporary power outages and loss of wifi also occurred during our stay without apology or explanation as they happened during clear weather. There was also the issue of incomplete blackout curtains not present on all windows. Windows in the bathroom also allow those on the terrace to look up and see into the room, luckily no one seemed to be looking but not exactly the romantic vacation vibe we were looking for. There is also the issue of the on-site restaurant - the food was okay at best and quite overpriced even by major US city pricing. Breakfast was edible but bland. Where the resort is truly disappointing is in its level of service and general attitude. We were met with scrutiny when a guest of ours requested latin music from the DJ at restaurant. She (of latin descent) was told it wasn't the vibe the resort was looking for - instead opting to play american top 40 / 80's hits. Service at dinner was slow, brusque, condescending and generally dismal. We also had an issue of arranging transportation to other restaurants during our stay. Reception has no resort car (despite charging upwards of 1000USD/night for better rooms) and taxi service is quite spotty. It's a shame because local restaurants and people were found to be charming, high-quality and friendly. We stayed at much better places elsewhere in Costa Rica where the staff were wonderful. I'd recommend finding one of those places and giving them your patronage rather than Makanda by the Sea.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Room Tip: If you intend to go despite my recommendation, try to book room with jacuzzi.
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Response from Elena Davydova, Owner at Hotel Makanda by the Sea
Responded 4 days ago
Dear Andrew, It’s such a pity that being upgraded for free to our best possible and most expensive category - Penthouse with Private Pool - didn’t bring any joy to your stay. Giving our service is 1 point is also kinda surprising: you stayed 2 nights and didn’t mention any issue to the Front Desk, Waiters, Drivers or either of our Managers. We are also sorry that our DJ didn’t have the full discography from Luis Fonsi and he was able to just please you with 3 of his songs (btw DJ is latino). Our suppliers of fresh seafood, farm meats and organic veggies have been also informed that their products are boring. Looking forward to host you again for a second chance and pamper you the way you deserved…
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Sapir Y wrote a review Nov 13
The best hotel in Costa Rica. We received perfect service from the hotel manager Leo and from every employee of the hotel. The waiters, golf car drivers, etc. Everyone was kind, sympathetic and always smiling with a good energy that really added to our experience. We had a perfect experience from the reception to the departure of the hotel. We enjoyed every moment so much that we extended our stay at the hotel. We stayed in a villa with a private pool, jacuzzis, a fully equipped kitchen, a pampering shower, a balcony with an ocean view and a huge living room! The villa was really pampering and very clean. We will definitely be back next time we are in Costa Rica. And thanks again to the manager of the hotel Leo. When there is good management, the employees enjoy working at their jobs, which was very noticeable. Thanks for every minute!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Sara B wrote a review Nov 11
I travel often, and I can confidently say that Hotel Makanda by the Sea is one of the most beautiful and well-run hotels I have ever stayed in! After A LOT of research, my friends and I decided on the Hotel Makanda by the Sea for a girl’s getaway. When planning for a group it’s rare to find something that works for everyone. This hotel hits all the marks– private beach access, stunning views, a great pool scene, delicious food options for both our foodies and picky eaters, a gym for the sporty ones, a spa for those who want extra pampering, lux décor in both the rooms and common spaces and exceptionally attentive staff. First impressions are everything and they blew us away! After a breezy check-in, we received yummy welcome drinks and the staff gave us a tour. They insisted on carrying all of our bags and took us around in a golf cart. It felt like we were getting the royal treatment. As far as the room goes – the beauty of this hotel is in the details. There are Bose speakers and espresso makers in the main area of the room, makeup wipes and a Dyson hairdryer in the bathroom, yoga mats in the walk-in closet, and silk eye masks on the nightstand. There are a lot of mirrors and lights in the room – which is overlooked by so many other hotels. I love that there was an option for a bath and a shower. The shower space is huge and has a bench. Also, there are two shower head options (overhead rain and handheld.) The provided slippers and robe are cozy to get into afterward. We stayed in the penthouse and it's EPIC. The personal pool area is heavenly, and the hotel staff served us brunch in the pool – which further elevated the experience. My friends stayed in another style room and it was also incredible. Details were also not missed in the common areas. There are a ton of different types of seating options by the pool/hot tub area (lounge chairs, cabanas, etc..), the showers and bathrooms by the pool are aesthetically cool, and I loved that there was a hydration station with sunscreen and sanitizer. We were here for a birthday and the staff ensured to make it extra special. They provided celebratory food and beverages, decorated my room with balloons, and left a card. Hotel Makanda made this an unforgettable birthday that my crew and I will never forget. When you are traveling with a mix of people, you know it is a success when everyone in the group wants to come back to this hotel – some with their romantic partners and others for another girls trip. Thank you Hotel Makanda by the Sea! We will be back!!!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Jen B wrote a review Nov 10
Hotel Makanda is the definition of a romantic paradise! You know the kind you read about in steamy romance novels or in sappy love story movies. I’m here celebrating one of my best friends 40th birthday’s and it’s been absolute bliss from the moment we arrived and one she won’t ever forget! Not only is this property extremely gorgeous, elegant and the decor exquisite but in addition the hospitality here is beyond measure. The entire staff is so kind, sweet, considerate, thoughtful and wonderful to talk to about everything Costa Rica! They even point out the sloths you don’t see right above the pool with ocean views for days, surrounded by lush jungle greenery as you enjoy your floating breakfast in the pool, which was my absolute favorite! I also enjoyed practicing my Spanish with them as they are wonderful language teachers too! I’m in awe of how above and beyond they go for you and notice the smallest details, almost anticipating your own needs before you do. It’s truly exceptional and beyond special to stay at a place where the staff cares so much and makes you feel right at home. Even the housekeeping staff cleaned my bathroom and bedroom too perfection, making me feel like the most organized, put together person I always wished I could be! I cannot imagine staying anywhere else more luxurious when in Costa Rica and I’m getting really bummed out thinking about leaving tomorrow. Hotel Makanda is truly majestic and pretty close to what I would call heaven on earth! Thinking about my stay here this last week makes me truly happy and relaxed. Whenever I’m back to reality and have a rough day at work or am stuck in Los Angeles traffic I’ll always think fondly of my time here and smile. Pura Vida, Costa Rica and Hotel Makanda! This is what dreams are made of. You made a stressed out New Yorker a brand new woman! 🥰
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Chelsey wrote a review Nov 10
New York City, New York12 contributions14 helpful votes
I’ve been to thousands of hotels across a multitude of countries and this has by far been my favorite experience at a hotel. Yes, out of thousands of hotels this is my #1 pick and I’ll be back as SOON as possible. First, the staff is just lovely. Seriously, I’ve never interacted with a better group of staff before at any resort/hotel before. They truly love their jobs and it shows through their work. They are very detail-oriented and flexible with any unusual or last-minute requests. Second, the FOOD. Oh my gosh. I could have eaten everything. Also, the room service and meal timing was fantastic. I always received my orders within 20 minutes. The rooms are luxurious and every corner is simply breathtaking. Speaking of breathtaking, THE VIEWS are beyond magnificent. Not just of the water, but anywhere you look in the hotel. The owner did a fantastic job with the design, planning, and execution of the entire hotel and operation. This is the perfect getaway for honeymooners, BUT also For friends which is so hard to find. I’ve NEVER been this impressed before, and I’m 100% coming back just to stay here again. I’ve never been this sad to leave a hotel.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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shekevia and sh... j wrote a review Nov 9
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Absolutely loved this hotel and views. Food was absolutely amazing. Hotel staff was amazing especially Derwin he hands down took care of all of our needed during our stay celebrating our honeymoon. The WOW loft was absolutely beautiful
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Luxury Travel Fan 100 wrote a review Nov 6
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I have been privileged to stay in many of the world's finest 5-star hotels, and I have never seen a more amazing, unique and majestic resort as Mankada by the Sea. I cannot begin to describe the exquisite detail in every corner of the the resort. From the suites to the multiple pools and lucious property - including hundreds of monkeys and beautiful birds, this is truly one-of-a-kind. I would be remiss to not include a huge shout out to the very kind, helpful and efficient staff - and the restaurant team and very unique menus. By all metrics, I would consider this a 5-star resort in every area. My three nights there will be cherished - and will certainly draw me back in the future.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Room Tip: I believe every room was designed and built with an ocean view. No bad options!
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Iris L wrote a review Oct 2022
Eilat, Israel1 contribution
The experience at the amazing Macanda Resort in Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica was crazy with a lot of amazing experiences, the service was very personal embracing the many team members from the reception to the hotel management Leo is a wonderful person who provides personal service to the hotel guests always makes sure that everything is going on the best side and that the guest receives the full service courteously and always With a smile, personal and embracing room service, amazing kitchen and restaurant services, Club Car shuttle services, not to mention the amazingly beautiful place, the pools that overlook a breathtaking view next to the animals that live in the jungle, what else can I add to the wonderful week except a taste of more....life The best next to wonderful people thank you Leo 💕
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: I highly recommend visiting Costa Rica. My tip is to take a break from life and learn how to...
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makanda by the sea hotel manuel antonio national park
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasQueposManuel Antonio
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Makanda by the Sea
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
Nearby attractions include Playa Biesanz (0.2 miles), La Playita (0.3 miles), and Club Karma Lounge (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ape Eclectic Social Bar, Shana Restaurante, and Manuel Antonio Falafel Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a sauna, and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Hotel Makanda by the Sea have airport transportation?
Yes, Hotel Makanda by the Sea offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Hotel Makanda by the Sea located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Manuel Antonio.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.