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 940 Reviews
Green hotel
Reviewed 3 days ago

Honestly, we saw more wildlife inside Makanda than in Manuel Antonio Park🤷🏽‍♂️ Looks like management really taking care and preserve. They said only 10% of land developed, and they have you to sign hotel rules wich is NO 1 “don’t feed the animals”. And this efforts have a great result: we saw toucans, sloths ( adults and mom with just born), 3 types of monkeys, scarlet parrots and even ocelot. IMAGINE!!!! Beautiful place! In the middle of the forest, amazing ocean views and protected smart way. Bravo!

Exceeded Expectations
Reviewed 4 days ago

This hotel exceeded expectations in every way..... amazing room (pacific jacuzzi suite), beautiful grounds, good food, and friendly and helpful staff. An avid traveler, this is one of the few places that pleasantly surprised me as the photos on their website do not do the resort the justice it deserves. Attention to detail at every turn and amazing views. Perfect for couples looking for a relaxing romantic getaway where you can truly disconnect from everything. Great job Makanda by the Sea!!!

Awesome Hotel!
Reviewed 6 days ago

My friend and I enjoyed our stay at Makanda by the sea very much. The hotel is absolutely gorgeous. We found the whole Hotel staff to be very helpful and friendly. From Evelyn at checkin to Jorge who drove us around the hotel. The food at the restaurant was very good and the wait staff to be top notch. We loved every minute of our stay and would recommend it to all of our friends and family.

Most romantic stay in Costa Rica is @ Makanda
Reviewed 7 days ago

This Hotel is 1 of a kind. This is not our 1st visit and we are keep coming back to this place. If you are looking for a romantic get away, this is the place. We have stayed in different rooms and Villas, they are all luxurious and all so different. The pools are breath taking. Food is amazing. I definitely recommend this place.

Pacific Jacuzzi Suit
Reviewed 7 days ago

Spacious room made with great view, very stylish and modern. We even had our own sauna)) perfect for honeymoon, very private. Another thing is wow-breakfast every morning, I mean really WOW. Special thanks to Evelyn who made us try new spa. Literally heaven! Thanks Makanda, we will be back