Makanda by the Sea
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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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
We were visiting the Central Pacific area of Costa Rica for business, and having seen almost all of the hotels from Quepos down past Dominical, this was by far the nicest one. We stayed for two nights. The rooms were spacious, tastefully decorated, and filled with great amenities. Darwin from the Front of House team was wonderful at check in and checkout.
HIGHLY recommend staying here at Makanda. The private beach access alone is worth it. We were lucky enough to be bumped up (for free) to the Villa Suite which included a private pool and deck with a breathtaking view. The staff was so helpful and attentive, they truly want you to have the best time here.
Honestly, pictures do not do this place justice. It's 1000X more gorgeous in real life, go check it out!
We loved it here! Room was just as pictured- so beautiful. Reasonably priced as well. Lots of construction was going on, so didn’t get to enjoy everything but that was ok. Staff was wonderful, especially at the bar/restaurant. Good welcome drinks. Good pool area. Nice free breakfast. Great wildlife. Wonderful bedding. Best pina coladas.