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Reviewed August 30, 2017 via mobile

Cannot say enough good things about our experience at this resort/hotel. From the minute we drove up we were impressed. Every single member of the staff was attentive and helpful. Alberto who greeted us and checked us was fantastic! Coco helped us into our room which was breathtaking! Luis and Joshua were our favorite bartenders/waiters and served us VERY well going the extra mile to bring us whatever we needed. Joshua even asked the chef to prepare us our favorite Costa Rican staple "Gallo Pinto" (beans and rice) even tho it want on their menu. The food was incredible. We didn't have one bad meal. From breakfast at the large infinity pool to sushi at the smaller infinity pool for lunch to dinner at the restaurant Arboles , the presentation and flavor of the food was well done. Our room was #S1 Ocean Club with an incredible view of both the ocean and the tropics. Bed was extremely comfortable and the sheets were clean and soft. The room itself was very clean and the decor and layout was fantastic. I will say it is NOT at all handicap friendly. The hotel is literally on the side of the cliff and the walk to and from our room to the two pools and restaurant areas was literally a hike. We got our daily workout in just traversing the grounds! So if you are not in good physical shape or have the use of both legs, this hotel may not be for you. Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this resort. Worth every penny. Close to Manuel Antonio Nat'l Park and inviting/relaxing enough that we spend the majority of our 3 days never leaving it.

Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
Thank drhedlund
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MAKANDAFAMILY, Management at Makanda by the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2017

Dear Doctor,
Thank you for choosing Hotel Makanda and visiting our profile.
We have been working really hard to create the perfect spot for our Customers and realizing that we are accomplishing our goal feels real great.
We have such good guys working in every department and even the monkeys have been doing their part, hehe...
Both the Hotel and our gastronomic offer have considerably grown and we have reached a very high level.
Looking forward to your next visit, call us and let´s make it a week stay ;-)
Have a great and blessed weekend...

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Reviewed August 30, 2017 via mobile

Arrived to the resort around 7pm after a long drive from La Fortuna. Staff was very accommodating and informative. Resort grounds were beautiful and immaculately maintained. The hotel was making certain renovations but it didn't bother our stay at all. Private path to the hotels private beach. Due to the hotels adult only policy, the hotel has a romantic feel at night. 2 infinity pools on the property, one which is open 24 hours a day and the other is open 8-8. During checkout, was given a 15% discount for my next booking. Very much enjoyed everything about the location. My room could have been more updated, however was clean and comfortable which made up for the few antiquated decor. Only thing i could complain about this entire trip is that the hotel has a restaurant on site which was very expensive, yet not worth what they charged. I would suggest driving off the property to eat in one of the many local restaurants. But for the moat part, i was satisfied.

Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
Thank Nathaniel M
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MAKANDAFAMILY, Management at Makanda by the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2017

Dear Nathaniel,
Thank you for choosing our Property and taking from your time to visit our profile.
That drive from La Fortuna might be certainly a beat up, mostly when you are driving.
For your next visit, you might take in consideration that we can help you arrange for a Private Ground Transfer on a nice comfortable SUV with A/C or for a local flight.
We really appreciate your feedback and look forward to host you again, it´s our goal now that your next score for us will be 5 (or maybe more).
Have a great and blessed weekend...

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Reviewed August 29, 2017

Stunning Hotel in Manuel Antonio with amazing views... We spent our 20th wedding Anniversary at Makanda the staff made it the most unforgettbale trip. The service is 5 star... the quailty of food at the Arbor Hotel is like no other....

  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Thank Melania D
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MAKANDAFAMILY, Management at Makanda by the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2017

Buenos días, thank you for choosing Hotel Makanda for such a special event in your life.
It´s a blessing to be part and become a celebration destination.
We are already looking forward for your next visit on your 21st, 22nd, 50th...
Have a great and blessed day...!!!

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Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I have been saving for a couple years in order to have the Best delayed honeymoon possible and of course the Best option was Costa Rica.
You know is not cheap to travel from Far East.
We spent a LOT of hours trying to put together a nice itinerary so it was not only the money but the effort too.
We tried to keep it a little bit standard for the first nights just to put the cherry on the cake for the last 4 nights. There could not be more exquisite, juicy, pumpy cherry than Makanda by the Sea…
OH-MY-DEAR-LORD…!!!
They helped us arranging a Private Ground Transfer from Arenal to Manuel Antonio so their service started even before getting there. Leo @ Reservations made sure driver was on time to pick us up. Comfortable SUV we did not even feel it was 4 hours.
From SUV to Golfcart (if golfcart not there they would probably carry us, hehe).
Delicious welcome cocktails (usually just fruit juice but ask to baptize with Cacique).
Pacific Suite was set already and Alberto tried to make check in process as short as possible so we could jump into the Jacuzzi as soon as possible. 
Minibar is filled with many good items/brands and they also offer room service.
The thing is that you don´t even need to get out of the room, but you gotta do it, I mean they have 2 AWESOME pool areas, one with a sushi bar, God I am gonna miss the Octopus roll.
They just opened a new Restaurant and the design is SO COOL, not to mention the food which is just unreal.
You all probably know or heard about the Pura Vida costarican slogan, beautiful thing is that indeed everything is Pure Life.
We started saving again, since already planned to come back to Makanda as much as possible; it was really hard to leave… I was able to leave only by knowing that I´ll come back.
100% Recommended.

Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Vera_Gavrilchuk
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MAKANDAFAMILY, Management at Makanda by the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

Dear Vera,
Thank you a LOT for choosing Makanda and taking from your valued time to send us this beautiful review.
Considering your effort and special ocassion; we feel so blessed and happy to realize that we fulfilled your expectations and more.
All of our Staff really enjoyed your visit and even the squirrell monkeys are waiting for your return trip. See you in few months.
Have a long life together...!!!

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Reviewed August 7, 2017

Makanda by the Sea is in a spectacular setting and creates the ambiance of total paradise. Perfect for a romantic get away. My fiance and I stayed for one week. Our room was modern, well air conditioned, and had a fantastic comfortable king bed. The floor to ceiling windows on the balcony with the view of the ocean, are unparalleled. We saw more wildlife poolside at Makanda than we did on our excursion to the National Park. The private beach is stunningly rugged. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We asked to see some of the other private homes and rooms for potential future vacations and they showed us many of the rooms that were vacant. The infinity pools are amazing. The food was great! The new restaurant was being constructed while we were there, and I'm sure it will be fantastic. INCREDIBLE and HIGHLY RECOMMEND, can't say enough about it. Trip of a lifetime. We will be back!

  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jena H
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MAKANDAFAMILY, Management at Makanda by the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2017

Good morning Jena, thank you for choosing our property and visitin our profile.
So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. From the description I can tell you stayed in our newest category: Deluxe Suite Ocean Club. How about the Molton Brown aminitites? You will not find those in another hotel in the hole Central Pacific Area.
For your next visit you might want to book the Luxury Villa with the private pool, well; if you would not mind sharing the pool with the white face monkeys.
Looking forward to host you again.
Have a great and blessed day...

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