4.5
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What We Love

  • Spectacular views of the rain forest and ocean
  • Watching the wildlife from the neighboring national park — monkeys, iguanas, sloths — drop by
  • Breakfast delivered straight to your room (plus, the restaurant is one of the best in town)
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What To Know

  • The child-free policy makes it perfect for a romantic break or honeymoon
  • The hotel has a strong commitment to sustainability, with waste reduction and recycling policies
  • It's a fairly strenuous 20-minute walk through a jungle to the hotel's private beach

Amenities

  •  Adults Only
  •  Bar
  •  Eco friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Eco-luxe adults-only retreat in a secluded jungle setting overlooking the Pacific

The Lowdown

Perched in a rain forest high above the Pacific, Makanda by the Sea brings a contemporary feel and design-savvy touch to Costa Rica’s West coast. Eleven light-filled, spacious villas and slightly smaller studios all come with high ceilings, white walls, hand-crafted tile floors and teak furniture, along with iPod docks, cable TV and CD players. The kingsize canopy beds face sliding glass doors that lead to large terraces with stunning views and plenty of outdoor lounge space. They have fully equipped kitchenettes, but each morning breakfast is brought straight to your room (and included in the rate). Lunch and dinner — with a focus on the catch of the day, such as mahi mahi steaks and seafood risotto — are served at the poolside Sunspot Bar & Grill. There’s no spa, but you can indulge in an in-room massage or simply drift in the infinity pool, soak in the Jacuzzi or swing in a hammock and let the wildlife come to you.

In the Area

Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise, and diminutive Manuel Antonio National Park — a rain forest flanked by picture-perfect beaches — is nearby, so you can get there early to beat the crowds. It’s one of the easiest places in the country to spot wildlife, from somnolent sloths to scampering squirrel monkeys. Get some adrenaline-fueled action at ADR Adventure Park, rappelling and ziplining down waterfalls, or get a bird’s-eye view of the forest from the impressive canopy walkway at the Rainmaker Conservation Project. Hike, ride a horse or take to the water and try your hand at whitewater rafting, kayaking, surfing or paddleboarding.

How to Get There

Makanda by the Sea
1 Kilometro al Oeste de Centro Comercial
Manuel Antonio, 60601 Costa Rica

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 901 Reviews
Stunning boutique Hotel
Reviewed 17 hours ago

Truly a stunning hotel, with amazing views , it’s own private beach and outstanding food. This hotel was the 2nd part of our holiday in Costa Rica, after spending 4 days in the OSA peninsula , this was to be 7 days of relaxation and that it was.we stayed in one of there Pacific jacuzzi suite(V7) which was amazing with stunning views, with lush surroundings so you still felt part of the forest, each day being kept company by Howler monkeys or white face monkeys, also Sloths in the trees around the stunning pool area. Also they have a sea water pool with a swim up bar. The staff cannot do enough for you Chris, Juan, Jorge , Luis , James and not forgetting Thiara where all very special and made our stay very special. Also I can’t emphasise how good the food was from breakfast to a snack at lunch to an amazing culinary creation for an evening meal in the stunning Arbol restaurant , we never met the chef but can’t thank him enough he’s food is special. I highly recommend a visit.

Stunning boutique hotel!
Reviewed 4 days ago

I've just returned home from a week at the Makanda Hotel and it was a truly epic experience. The hotel grounds and villas are exquisitely nestled into nature with beautiful design detail like I've never seen before. My ocean club room was spacious and new, I loved the walk-in rain shower, the ocean views from the bathroom and the bed was super comfortable!

The two pools are both gorgeous in their own way. The main pool feels like you're literally immersed in tropical paradise. The sushi at the saltwater pool is delicious and beautifully presented! It's a bit of a shame there wasn't more shade at the saltwater pool bar in the afternoon as it got too hot in the full sun.

My favourite and the most magical time time of day was sunset with happy hour cocktails and monkey party time (i.e. when the monkey troops pass through the hotel). I also watched the sunset from the beach one evening which was incredibly beautiful and worth going down there for.

The staff were incredibly friendly and genuine, they made me feel right at home. A special mention and thanks to Robert the sushi chef, Jorge (bellboy), Alex, Leo and Darwin at reception as well as Jorge and the rest of the team at the bar / restaurant.

I can't wait to go back. Pura Vida!

Total Paradise
Reviewed 4 days ago

I had high expectations of Makanda from all the reviews I'd read, and this hotel surpassed them. From the wonderful welcome from Darwin to the perfection of our room and view, to the wonderful breakfasts. All the staff were wonderful but special mentions must go to Christopher, Amanda, Thiaya and Alex. I am already planning when we can go back to Costa Rica, and Makanda will be definitely be on the itinerary once again. Pura Vida.

Holidays
Reviewed 5 days ago

The hotel was wonderful. The views on the Pacific Ocean were breathtaking and we were close from the nature with different species of animals. The private beach felt like we were alone. All the team was great and thoughtful.

Perfect luxury boutique hotel
Reviewed 6 days ago

Makanda was perfect. Two amazing pools, unbelievable views, very relaxing, monkeys around the pool area around 5pm every day, huge rooms with very comfortable beds and unbelievable personable service.