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Makanda by the Sea

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Main Road to Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio 60601 Costa Rica
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#9 of 47 hotels in Manuel Antonio
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2020 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
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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.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
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Adults only
24-hour security
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Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Private check-in / check-out
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
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Kitchenette
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Safe
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Ocean view
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Stephen M wrote a review Jul 2020
Austin, Texas53 contributions2 helpful votes
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Makanda is HANDS DOWN the #1 Hotel, Resort and Restaurant (Arbol) in Manuel Antonio. It is actually one of our favorite places in the world to visit for so many reasons. We travel frequently and I love local experiences, comfort and cuisine - my wife loves good drinks, adventure and luxury. Makanda meets those needs - and then some - for both of us! It really is the embodiment of "Pura Vida!" Over two trips, we have spent two+ weeks total at Makanda...and wish we could live there permanently! Our first visit was in 2019 (our first to Costa Rica) where we were deciding to have our wedding in Costa Rica, then Manuel Antonio and ultimately at this gorgeous and recently remodeled Makanda resort (thank you Darwin for being such a great host and Luis for the amazing drinks). I cannot say enough about how amazing this entire property is and how well situated it is to take advantage of the Costa Rican coast - but I will try. We have visited a few of the other resorts in the area and if you are looking for luxury, romance, fun, and relaxation - this is absolutely where you need to be. I would recommend looking them up on Instagram to see the latest photos of the rooms and property. I have noticed that some of the photos are from pre-renovation. The owners Elena and Igor have artistically and functionally updated the entire property - staying true to the tropical Costa Rica jungle vibe, but in a very elegant and modern way. Also very thoughtfully appointing each of the rooms with modern amenities that will keep you comforted without a worry in the world. THE ROOMS Every room offers very generous space, comfortable bedding, additional seating and just overall very intricate and stylish decoration. All of the bathrooms are uniquely designed and make you feel like you are still in the jungle (but with good air conditioning). They also keep the rooms sparkling clean whenever you leave (thanks Anisa and Lady) which is truly 5 star service! There are many different room types depending on what you are looking for the most - if you want a water feature, balcony, more living space, higher views or easier access to different parts of the property. But you literally cannot make a wrong decision here. We have now seen every room and there is not one at all that would disappoint in any of those areas. It is just a different experience in each room - but all of them amazing. I would recommend also calling the hotel and letting them know what you are looking for - everyone at reception is so friendly - and they will be able to give you a recommendation to match your needs and wishes for your trip! THE RESTAURANTS - Arbol + Sushi Bar Chef Ali and his entire staff (Hola and big thank yous to Brandon, TJ, Eugenio, Diego, Jorge, Amanda, Thiara, Nancy, Christopher y Gabriel) do an amazing job preparing the menu and serving up incredibly fresh food on the daily. Truly 5 stars - the variety that is offered from breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also at the Sushi bar - makes it so that you can try something new every time and always be satisfied and surprised. They also have a great wine and drinks selection overall. This restaurant would thrive in any major city because each dish is so thoughtfully constructed and has complex flavors - all well feeling super healthy! It's a great ambiance for romantic dinners and also they frequently have AMAZING live musicians or DJs that contribute to the cool vibes. We held our wedding here for about 60 people and the entire event was flawlessly executed by the entire team. THE PROPERTY There are so many things to do just on the property itself. You can spend the full day at each of the pools. It's great that the main infinity pool is lit up and you can hang by the bar til late in the evening. There is a private beach on property that is a nice walk to take. We would run up the hills for a good exercise. The Shanti Spa is definitely worth a visit - they have many different treatments ranging from one hour to a full day. We did a few couples massages and our guests took full advantage of this spa center which overlooks the water and the sunset as well. Anna and Milton were our masseuses for both visits. It was great to be able to get a massage and wrap treatment and then share a bottle of champagne in the living room area where there is a TV, lounge and hot tub. There is also a grill area that you can arrange to have a meal set up outside for. It's completely serene out there. THE AREA From where Makanda is there is very easy access to multiple beaches that are a short (but hilly) walk away. You can also take a short cab ride, or a healthy walk, to other restaurants and shops in the nearby plaza area. The entire area feels very safe and open and you will encounter very pleasant folks along the way. There are also other resorts in the area that you can visit for lunch or dinner (we went to Arenas del Mar for a big group lunch one day) as its nice to see other spots around town. Quepos is a quick cab ride where there is more shopping and other food spots to check out and be more immersed in the local culture. Marina Paz Vela is right next to town on the water and offers a very posh area where you can rent boats for fishing or sunset cruise catamarans (we've done Ocean King twice). All of these trips can be coordinated directly through Makanda and pickup right out front of the property. THE STAFF The Makanda Family is the absolute best part of the whole experience. They not only make you feel welcome, but anticipate and respond to your every need and truly are working their butts off to create a magical experience for their guests. We were happy to feel like part of the family and you can tell that the staff there is enjoying their day - which makes your day even better because of the great energy all around. The golf cart drivers Jonathan, David and Jorge really work to make sure you get where you need quickly and handle the movement of luggage up steep hills and major stairs with ease! Major thank you to Darwin, Jackie, Luis, Leo and JC at the reception for always being on top of any requests we had and making our guests feel at home. It's really nice that you can manage your tabs and requests through the online portal and also that they have a WhatsApp line to text with the reception directly. Leo was the main manager we worked with as we did our wedding planning and he is an absolute wealth of knowledge. He handles the property and juggling the needs of guests with operations with ease! We were also fortunate to meet Polina who was working as a manager for the summer. Thank you Polina for all of your coordination and keeping things fun and light with the staff! Clearly I could go on and on about the amazing things about Makanda - so if you're still reading and want to know more - go and see for yourself! I plan to leave more reviews in the future as we want to keep coming back every year! Thank you so much to Makanda for some of the best times ever and for bringing amazing spirit and energy to our wedding week. We absolutely cannot wait to come back and visit all of you again!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Lin wrote a review Apr 2020
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What was supposed to be a vacation of a life time was interrupted by the Covid-19 virus. The beautiful Makanda Hotel made our stay most accommodating under the circumstances. Although, by the end of our stay we were literally one of the last groups of guests left at the hotel, the staff made sure that we were always taken care of the same as if the hotel was full of guests. They always made sure someone was there to make up our rooms and serve us meals when we notified them when it was necessary. A thank you to TJ , Jose, and Darwin for their services and a special thanks to Jonathan (and another worker who drove a white Toyota) who went out of their way to jump start our car in the dark when the battery died. A very special thank you to Polina who always made sure we were taken care of and arranged a departure dinner for us and a few other guests along with the chef and owner. She also contacted us to make sure we got back to our home in the USA safely. We would love to return in better times.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from MAKANDAFAMILY, Public Relations Manager at Makanda by the Sea
Responded Apr 29, 2020
Dear Linda, We thank you dearly for the kind words, for taking the time to remember and thank our staff personally and mainly we are thankful for your coolness :) It was an honour to host you guys! We truly hope to see you again in the nearest future. Of course, this time we will show you all our wonderful amenities and abilities in a 100 percent capacity :) Until then, please stay safe and take care! Warmest regards, Makanda Family
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kmacatuno wrote a review Apr 2020
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I came for a family wedding and the venue was absolutely gorgeous. Not only were there extraordinary views every time you turned but there were AWESOME wild animals for amazing pictures and laughs. The food was delicious and made sure to always make any adjustments that were specific to your needs. On the topic of specific needs, EVERY singe staff member couldn’t have been any better. The best service I have ever received and made everything 100 times easier for everyone. Anything and everything you needed, you got! I was there for a week and for the last couple of days the entire resort was only for family and guests of the wedding. Allowing this, made this wedding feel so homey, except you’re at one of the most beautiful places in the world. I was lucky enough to have 2 spa packages while at the resort, and it was exceptional. If you have time while at Makanda, DO IT. Overall 10/10 or 5 stars. Amazing service, amazing food, amazing rooms, amazing times. Thank you MAKANDA!!!!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from MAKANDAFAMILY, Guest Relations Manager at Makanda by the Sea
Responded Apr 22, 2020
Dear Kara, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and for such praise! We truly appreciate such kind words. Our staff tried their best to make you feel at home here, and are now happy to hear we managed to do so :) . You were a super fun bunch to host. Amazing people! We will happily host you again and again. Until then, please stay safe and take care! Warmest regards, Makanda Family
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daschgirl wrote a review Apr 2020
Orlando, Florida2 contributions2 helpful votes
Our visit to Hotel Makanda was a dream! My son was married at the resort and we spent an entire week amidst the blissful scenery. The service was beyond exceptional, with each staff member tending to our every need with kindness, patience and delight. Our villa, overlooking the ocean, was beautifully appointed and provided a calming experience. The wedding and reception were amazing, with gorgeous floral decor amidst a stunning backdrop. Hotel Makanda is a heavenly destination and we will definitely return. Thank you to the staff for making our visit such a memorable one.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from MAKANDAFAMILY, Guest Relations Manager at Makanda by the Sea
Responded Apr 22, 2020
Dear Leslie, Thank you very much for finding the time to share your experience with us! We are truly happy you have enjoyed your stay at Makanda, and we hope to see you, and your wonderful family again and again! It was an honour to host you! Please, stay safe and take care! Warmest regards, Makanda Family.
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Ali Macatuno wrote a review Apr 2020
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I cannot say enough good things about Hotel Makanda!! This is the most magical hotel we have ever been to and the staff and owners go above and beyond to make it the best vacation of your life. My husband and I visited in March of 2019 as we were looking at a private villa for our 2020 wedding. We stayed at hotel Makanda and within the first day, I looked at my fiancé (now husband) and said, we have to get married here!! Fast forward to March 2020 where we had the best week and day of our lives with 55 of our family and friends at hotel Makanda! All of the rooms are spectacular. Each is uniquically designed with luxury at the forefront but without losing the amazing Costa Rican vibe. Every guest was in awe of their rooms! The have beautifully appointed furniture, all amenities and magnificent views. The staff there is second to none! They are so welcoming and friendly and extremely Professionsional. It was top notch service every day. Everyone at the hotel felt like family by the time we were leaving. We can’t wait to see everyone again next year when we go back. The food and drinks are phenomenal. Every meal was incredible. We spent a lot of our days eating the freshest sushi with amazing cocktails at the ocean club pool followed by amazing dinner and drinks at arebol. For the wedding day, there is not enough good things to say about the resort. From the stunning backdrops and spaces to have the ceremony and reception to the top food and service, the day was a dream come true. Our guest could not stop raving about the food and service!! The hotel went above and beyond to keep the 5 star service while hosting an elaborate event. If you want all your wedding dreams or vacation dreams to come true, there is not a place I could recommend more then Hotel Makanda!!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from MAKANDAFAMILY, Guest Relations Manager at Makanda by the Sea
Responded Apr 22, 2020
Dearest Ali, Thank you so much for your kind words and such great praise! We were truly happy to host you and your wonderful friends and family! And we tried our best to make you feel at home! Special thanks to you from all the kitchen staff ;) They were pleased to serve you and we are delighted you liked the food so much :) We really miss your fun bunch, and hope to see you guys soon again! Until then, please stay safe and take care!! Warmest regards, Makanda Family from the "Hotel Macatuno" ;))
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PRICE RANGE
$277 - $526 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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makanda by the sea hotel manuel antonio national park
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasManuel Antonio
NUMBER OF ROOMS
27
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Frequently Asked Questions about Makanda by the Sea
Which popular attractions are close to 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 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 Makanda by the Sea?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Makanda by the Sea?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Makanda by the Sea?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Makanda by the Sea?
Conveniently located restaurants include Manuel Antonio Falafel Bar, Shana Restaurant & Lounge Pool Bar, and TuleCafe Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Makanda by the Sea?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Makanda by the Sea have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Makanda by the Sea offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is 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 Makanda by the Sea?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Makanda by the Sea?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.