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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 738 Reviews
Wow , amazing
Reviewed 2 days ago

The most beautiful hotel i ever stayed in . Planned so nice and so much attention to the Environment and details. We just loved it !!!
Definitely going to come back . WOW .
Highly recommended .
Service was also outstanding. Food very very good. Great sushi in pool bar

Stunning hotel!
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place is fabulous!!! Adult only (16 old yrs and up) , 27 room boutique hotel. Our room, the grounds, the staff, the pools, sushi bar, restaurant, food, the grounds....perfection. Hotel is stylish, sleek, contemporary, we loved everything about it. After long mornings on tours, we could not wait to get back to this gorgeous hotel and hang out at the pools. Hotel is also walking distance (10-12 mins uphill) to small grocery stores, restaurants, a few lirtle shops and a bank. Oh and the wildlife...toucans, monkeys, and sloths were fun to watch! So much to see and do in Manuel Antonio. We will be back and will definitely stay here again.

Amazing Hotel!!
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our room with an ocean view was simply incredible! Surrounded by rain forest, we took some of the best pictures of our trip from our private balcony. The staff was awesome! In particular, Marco, who drove us back and forth in the golf cart and helped us with our luggage (and called me 'My Lady' which I keep trying to get my husband to continue to no avail). And Amanda in the hotel restaurant who was so very kind and answered all our touristy questions. We have never been so pampered and well taken care of. I highly recommend this hotel!

Recommended
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely Hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Manuel Antonio, the great things about this hotel is that all Suites face the ocean

Staff extremely friendly and helpful, gave us great ideas about tours and activities to do in the area

My Ocean Club Suite was very modern, all amenities. Hotel premises are very nice, with great pool areas and private beach (untouched)

The Restaurant was great. Good quality food and good staff/waiters.

The lounge area outside was also very cool, live music in the afternoons to watch the sunset plus amazing cocktails is the perfect combination to end the day

Recommended

Our own Paradise!!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I spent three incredible days here during our honeymoon in private villa #6. It was absolutely incredible! A stretch for our budget, but overwhelmingly worth it!!

The expansive villa was luxurious and we had our own private infinity pool with outstanding jungle and ocean views...need I say more? Villa #6 is located right in the heart of the property, but the way it is situated, you feel like you’re a hundred miles from anyone.

Each morning, our made-to-order breakfast was delivered to our villa and it was always delicious. We also loved the beautiful birds we saw and the troops of monkeys (three different kinds) that would come right past our pool deck in the late morning. Other highlights included the spa-like bathroom, swivel flat-screen TV to be enjoyed on the couch or in bed and all of the tech features. But, it was really the sparkling infinity pool with iridescent tiles and two water features shaded by a wonderful tree and surrounded by a beautiful pool deck furnished with chaise lounges and that made us never want to leave.

The rest of the property is gorgeous, modern and well-appointed with stunning views and lots of wildlife (including a sloth). One afternoon we were driven down (via golf cart) to the resort’s private beach where we were the only ones there for two hours and got to enjoy a lovely sunset. It was amazing!