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Reviewed 7 January 2013

I have found TripAdvisor as a great resource for vacation planning and have used for a while now, but never had an account. Let me start with saying that even though my wife previously wrote her individual review about this property, I created an account just to write my personal opinion about this hotel for future travelers. To begin with,...

5Thank SRP_Austin
HotelMakanda, Owner at Makanda by the Sea, responded to this review

This is the third time you have posted your bad review, and your continued harrassment of our hotel will not be tolerated. As shown my the overwhelming positive reviews for Hotel Makanda, perhaps the entire problem was not necessarily with us. We will no longer even attempt to be polite with you, and we will not fold to attempts at...

Reviewed 3 January 2013

My Fiance and I stayed at Makanda towards the end of our Costa Rican vacation and loved it. If you're looking for good service and an amazing view - this is your place! The view from the infinity pool & rooms is to die for - absolutely breathtaking. The pictures don't do it justice. We were also extremely pleased with...

1Thank Allie O
Mound, Minnesota
Reviewed 22 December 2012

This is our 3rd trip to Costa Rica and every year we end up in Manual Antonio area. Part of the reason we come back is because of the Makanda. The rooms are awesome and the service is even better. It is extremely clean, upscale, and quiet. The staff at this place are there from year to year and remember...

3Thank Linda V
Reston, Virginia
Reviewed 19 November 2012

There are very few hotel experiences where one can't find a single flaw...my experience at Makanda was flawless. The location, infinity pool, restaurant, private beach at low tide, privacy in the room, view from the room, landscaping, personalized breakfast in bed, friendly professional staff, amazing cocktails at the pool...the list goes on and on... Experience it for yourself...you won't be...

4Thank whatplan
Austin, Texas
Reviewed 27 October 2012

Makanda was the only hotel in Costa Rica who charged our credit card the full amount in advance. We reached this place late in the night. The check-in took a while and they put us in a villa. The lights in the villa did not work to begin with. Someone had to come and fix the lights which took 30-40...

5Thank itsmedeepti
HotelMakanda, Guest Relations Manager at Makanda by the Sea, responded to this review

Dear Potential Guests of Hotel Makanda by the Sea, We normally appreciate guest feedback as a way to maintain or even improve the quality of the guest experience when staying at Hotel Makanda. However, most of the facts of this particular review are not accurate, and although it is not our policy to refund prepaid reservations, in this case we...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 18 October 2012

My GF and I were wandering around Manuel Antonio looking for a place to crash for the night, after looking (and then running away) about 3 other places we saw the Makanda entrance and were intrigued. The guy at reception was so great, he showed us one of the suites avail which was GORGEOUS, exactly the aesthetic the snobby angelino...

2Thank esheld01
Bristol, Tennessee
Reviewed 12 October 2012

Our stay in Manuel Antonio couldn't have been more perfect! This boutique hotel is gated and small. You feel as though you are amongst the few elite that are allowed to enjoy such beauty and service. Our villa was sitting above lush jungle, with a perfect view of the Pacific. The entire front of the villa was glass, with large...

2Thank Laura_mauigirl_1
San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed 8 September 2012

My wife and I stayed at Makanda by the Sea for our belated honeymoon back in April 2012. The hotel is laid out nicely with very private cabinas scattered in the jungle. They have a very nice infinity pool overlooking jungle and ocean. The food was good. The service was a little casual and the staff, while helpful, was not...

1Thank tommydphoto
Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 5 September 2012

We just returned from a four night jungle and beach adventure near Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica!! We did not think we could top our last adventure but WE DID!! Central America has become our new destination of choice because of the non stop and or excellent connections from Orlando Florida. We have health issues and have a...

2Thank junglefun123
Santa Monica, California
Reviewed 11 August 2012

My wife and I just got back from our trip to CR and stayed 4 nights at Makanda. We stayed in Studio #3 which was smaller than the villas, but still a nice sized room with an amazing view. Makanda is a great balance of both tropical rainforest and air conditioning. There are a few luxury hotels in the area...

2Thank Thomas W

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Spa
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Hot Tub
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  • Microwave
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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Makanda By the Sea is 12 acres of wildlife sanctuary, 100 meters above the ocean. Our fully equipped Villas and Studios are carefully placed in rainforest gardens with spectacular views of the sixty mile coastline. Hotel Makanda is the ideal location for guests wishing to experience “romance in nature”, dazzling sunset views and our personalized boutique hotel ambiance. Offering gourmet cuisine, first class service, and close to Manuel Antonio Park, Spas, Restaurants, Tours and Beaches. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Makanda by the Sea

Address: Main Road to Manuel Antonio Park | 800 meters from Plaza Vista, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range: $394 - $690 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Makanda by the Sea 4.5*
Number of rooms: 27
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Also Known As:
Makanda By The Sea Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#10 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
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“All rooms are great!”
 of 5 bubbles R7659KFstevek, 21 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Ask for an ocean view”
 of 5 bubbles W3039CPalexandras, 21 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The way the rooms are set up you feel like you're the only ones there”
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 of 5 bubbles kingcountykid, 19 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Ocean view rooms will be positioned close to the new pool which looks super. Villas are quieter and set up away in the hillside.”
 of 5 bubbles es488, 19 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Wait until the work has been completed”
 of 5 bubbles timothy2017, 7 Feb 2017 | Read review
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