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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


  •  Adults Only
  •  Bar
  •  Eco-Friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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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


4.5 Very Good 992 Reviews
Beautiful Hotel

My GM & myself just stayed in this hotel for the first time and let me 100 % assure you won’t be the last . This place is simply amazing and the staff is incredible. I like personally thank Leo for the impeccable service and highly suggest this hotel for anyone thinking about Manuel Antonio beach ???? in Costa Rica ????????

Beautiful Choice!

We flew into Costa Rica a day early and booked Wakanda last minute. Everything is run VERY well; the staff is really what makes the place excellent. Big thank you to Jorge for his golf cart rides and reception for the fabulous upgrade. We had a delicious breakfast and the private beach all to ourselves. We saw no animals but I'm sure they were around. The only critique I would give it that it would be nice if they put some signs up directing guests where the amenities were located. I think most people just call for the golf cart, but we would've liked to know where we were going when we took a walk around the property. Overall, excellent choice!!


We stayed in a Villa that had a pool outside our room. The view was something you only see on the television, it was amazing.
Whilst in the pool we could see Monkeys in the trees and a vast array of tropical birds. We were really in the jungle. The 2 guys on reception Darwin and his colleague were amazing. The service was fantastic and they both had a great energy about them, they were always so enthusiastic and consistently recommended things for us to do. We really felt important and looked after.
The Staff are all great and friendly. This place is truly a gem.