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“Wonderful hotel- highly recommended! Loved it!”
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newyork10011
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“Wonderful hotel- highly recommended! Loved it!”
Reviewed 27 February 2012

Just returned from a really delightful stay at the Makanda hotel. It's a tiny hotel, with just 12 rooms/villas, but feels spacious and has all the services you could need of a larger hotel. You can not find a more beautiful natural setting- lush jungle around the property with incredible ocean views from the pool and all the rooms.

We stayed in Villa 1- highly recommended- spacious, nicely appointed, well decorated, giant wall of glass overlooking the ocean with large floor to ceiling glass doors that slide open so that you're just wide open to the forest. Large king sized bed, large kitchen.

They bring you breakfast to your room each day at a time of your choice- it's amazing sitting at your table looking out over the green rainforest and the ocean and watching colorful birds and butterflies go by, hearing the ocean waves. One morning a large group of monkeys went right by the windows.

There is a small beach down quite a steep hill, but it's much quieter and more relaxed than the crowded beaches in Manuel Antonio park. Great for swimming and relaxing.

The reception staff were super friendly and helpful, from helping us book a flight to calling us taxis, to giving us tips on where to eat.

The pool area was beautiful and never too crowded. There is a nice restaurant by the pool (and you can order frozen cocktails and your lunch for example without ever leaving your pool chair if you prefer). We had dinner there one night and it was quite good.

Overall, loved it and would go back again any time.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

This was our first time to Costa Rica, and after a long haul from San Jose being greeted by the doorman at Makanda was a sigh of relief. This was our home for a week and we couldn't have asked for anything better. From our amazing villa to the breath taking views, to Darwin at reception who always smiled question after question we had, to the monkeys and nature that surrounded us. We were in our own little piece of heaven. Highly, highly recommended! I travel quite a bit and this was by far the best vacation I have been on, Makanda tops them all- not only the accommodations, but the staff by far was the main reason we will definitely return! Thank you thank you thank you!

Room Tip: We stayed in Villa 5. All suites and villas have an amazing view!
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

Makanda by the Sea is breathtaking. Set up high overlooking the ocean, we arrived to a jungle setting. Howler monkeys greeted us (just with their call, not actually greeting us!). The staff were delightful, completely had the Pura Vida attitude.

The pool and jacuzzi area were gorgeous. Clean and temperature-perfect. And it was never crowded! At times it felt like we had our own pool and jacuzzi! Of course it was particularly great when the monkeys greeted us in the afternoon.

We had the least expensive room and while we didn't have a hammock, we had a gorgeous private room overlooking the ocean, with a balcony and wonderful housekeeping service. The bathrooms were spotless, with only the occasional friendly earthworm trying to figure out how it got on some tile!

Our walk to the main road was a bit scary in that there are no sidewalks and it's a bit windy, but other people did it, so we did too and while there's a hill, it's a pretty painless 10 minute climb if you're in shape. I welcomed it actually, as it was the only form of exercise I really got! Once you get up the hill, there are loads of great restaurants and bars to catch other sunset views on and have great drinks and food. I loved that it was all within walking distance.

The staff were great about booking tours, there was never a problem. Pura vida was their attitude!

My only mild complaint is that the restaurant didn't feel like it was ever really a place people went to eat. We ate there when we arrived, which was fine, but the food wasn't particularly great. It was totally fine, just not amazing. Same with the complimentary breakfast... it was fine. Though if you like spicy, I recommend the omelette with the jalepenos! That was actually the big winner!

In any case, if you're looking for a place to escape, a touch off the beaten path, but certainly not so far as to not be able to walk anywhere, this is the place. I fell in love with Costa Rica here, so it will likely always hold a special place in my heart.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

Makanda by the sea was the second stop on our honeymoon and it was completely different from our stop in the Arenal area. This hotel has a great view of the ocean from every part of the property and even has beach access (bit of a walk)!

The food at the on property restaurant was delicious and the setting/mood was amazing.

The infinity pool on the property was also amazing!

The BEST part of the entire property was the amount of wildlife! We saw ALL types of monkeys but our favorites were all of the howler monkey! They made a ton of noise but it was great! We also saw lizards, snakes, geckos, birds, fish, etc.

The only thing that might bother some is the lizards at night! They come out to have some fun, they are everywhere! We never saw any in our room but the walls along the walk way to your room you will see plenty! At first it was a little creepy but by the end of our stay it was really cool!

I would def. recommend this place to anyone looking for a relaxing but entertaining stay!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Springfield, Missouri
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Makanda in April of 2011 and had a fantastic time. Very helpful staff, peaceful, quiet, and great, secure, location to base our CR adventures from...if we go back to Manuel Antonio this is a no-brainer, we will go back to Makanda!

Highly recommend staff suggestions on activities such as Brian Jimenez for tours, and the Rainmaker and ADR Ziplining

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Makanda by the Sea
Address: Main Road to Manuel Antonio Park | 800 meters from Plaza Vista, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#10 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price range (per night): $341 - $607
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Makanda by the Sea 4.5*
Number of rooms: 27
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 
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