Makanda by the Sea

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Private beach nearby, sun-loungers, beach towels, beach massages
Private beach nearby, sun-loungers, beach towels, beach massages
Private beach nearby, sun-loungers, beach towels, beach massages
2 outdoor pools, free pool cabanas, pool umbrellas

Overview of Makanda by the Sea

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Makanda by the Sea

4.5 star property

4.7/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 4.8/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Air conditioning
  • Spa
  • Restaurant

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitiser provided
1 Kilometro al Oeste de Centro Comercial, Plaza Vista, Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, 60601

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationPlaya Pará1 min walk
  • Popular LocationPlayitas Beach7 min walk
  • Popular LocationBiesanz Beach12 min walk
  • AirportQuepos (XQP)17 min drive

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About this area

Manuel Antonio

Located in Manuel Antonio, Makanda by the Sea is in a national park and on the waterfront. While the natural beauty of Biesanz Beach and Playa Espadilla can be enjoyed by anyone, those looking for an activity can explore Marina Pez Vela. ADR Adventure Park and Mid World Tour Office are also worth visiting. With snorkelling, rafting and surfing/boogie boarding nearby, you'll find plenty of adventures in the water.

What's nearby

  • Playa Pará - 1 min walk
  • Playitas Beach - 7 min walk
  • Biesanz Beach - 12 min walk
  • ADR Adventure Park - 19 min walk
  • La Selvita - 4 min drive

Getting around

  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) - 162 min drive


  • Playitas Restaurant and Bar - 8 min walk
  • Emilio's Cafe - 9 min walk
  • Ensō Sushi - 10 min walk
  • Agua Azul - 11 min walk
  • Barba Roja - 11 min walk

About this property

Makanda by the Sea

Elegant, adults-only beach hotel
Spend the day catching some rays at Makanda by the Sea's private sand beach, relaxing by one of the hotel's 2 outdoor swimming pools, or pampering yourself at the full-service spa. All 29 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and minibars. Comforts include Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters, and guests will also appreciate thoughtful touches such as espresso makers and bathrobes.
Makanda by the Sea offers 29 accommodations with minibars and laptop-compatible safes. This individually decorated and furnished accommodation has separate living rooms. Beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets, down comforters and premium bedding. 46-inch Flat-screen televisions come with cable channels.

Bathrooms include bathrobes, complimentary toiletries and hairdryers. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and an iron/ironing board can be requested.

2 outdoor swimming pools and 2 hot tubs are on site. Other recreational amenities include a sauna.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Shanti Spa has 1 treatment room. Massages are available on the beach and in the spa. Other services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages and Swedish massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy. The spa is equipped with a sauna and a spa tub.

The spa is open daily. Guests under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitiser provided
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available
  • 24-hour return airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Airport shuttle on request

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast available for a fee daily 7:00 AM–9:30 AM: USD 30 for adults and USD 30 for children
  • 1 restaurant
  • 2 poolside bars, 2 bars/lounges and 1 swim-up bar
  • Room service available

Things to do

  • 2 outdoor pools
  • 2 hot tubs
  • Ecotours
  • Full-service spa
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Yoga classes


  • Front-desk safe
  • No lifts

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Business services

  • Meeting rooms


  • Beach loungers
  • Free pool cabanas
  • Garden
  • Pool sunloungers
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Terrace


  • Aromatherapy
  • Body scrubs
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Couples treatment room(s)
  • Detox wraps
  • Facials
  • Massage - deep-tissue
  • Massage - hot stone
  • Massage - on the beach
  • Massage - Swedish
  • Massage - Thai
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Outdoor treatment areas
  • Sauna
  • Spa open daily
  • Hot tub
  • Treatment room


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Grab bar near toilet
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel


  • Beach towels
  • Couples dining
  • Renovated entire property – June 2020
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Bed sheets
  • Down duvet
  • Egyptian cotton sheets
  • Premium bedding


  • Dressing gowns
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels


  • 46-inch flat-screen TV
  • TV channels

Food and drink

  • Champagne service
  • Espresso maker
  • Minibar


  • Connecting rooms available
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Laptop-compatible safe
  • Laptop-friendly workspace
  • Phone
  • Separate living room
  • Separate sitting area

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Check-in from 3 PM - 3 PM
Late check-in fee
Minimum check-in age - 16


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 9 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 9 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children younger than 16 are not allowed at this adults-only property; all guests 16 and older are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Fee for cooked-to-order breakfast: USD 30 for adults and USD 30 for children (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 160 per vehicle (one way)
  • Late check-in fee

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash
This property reserves the right to pre-authorise the guest's credit card prior to arrival.

We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services, spa treatments and private bath/onsen; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Guests under 16 years old are not permitted at this adults-only property
The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation
Guests under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa

Property is also known as

Hotel Makanda
Hotel Makanda Sea Adults Only
Hotel Makanda Sea Adults Only Manuel Antonio
Makanda Hotel
Makanda Sea Adults Only
Makanda Sea Adults Only Manuel Antonio
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Makanda Sea Hotel
Makanda Sea Manuel Antonio, Quepos
Makanda Sea
Hotel Makanda By the Sea Adults Only
Makanda Sea Hotel Manuel Antonio
Makanda Sea Manuel Antonio
Makanda By The Sea Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
Makanda By The Sea Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park
Makanda by the Sea Hotel
Makanda by the Sea Manuel Antonio
Makanda by the Sea Hotel Manuel Antonio

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 299 out of 373 reviews
5 - Excellent 80%
Rating 4 - Good. 51 out of 373 reviews
4 - Good 14%
Rating 3 - Okay. 15 out of 373 reviews
3 - Okay 4%
Rating 2 - Poor. 3 out of 373 reviews
2 - Poor 1%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 5 out of 373 reviews
1 - Terrible 1%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Hotel makanda by the sea is where you want to visit when traveling to Costa Rica. Nestled in the middle of Manual Antonio rain Forrest is this beautiful luxury resort with only 31 rooms. With a small amount of people at the resort at any given time you will receive top-notch service for sure. This is an adult only resort so no children under 16 years old is allowed. We saw mostly couples during our time here. This hotel is nestled in the rainforest so you will see wildlife. We was so excited to learn the monkeys come out and play by the main pool every day around 4-5pm. It was the cutie at thing seeing them carry their babies around. We was lucky to see a sloth one day scratching hisself in the tree. We saw so many butterflies, birds and this little creature I forgot its name walking slow across the path to our suite. There are little iguanas as well. They are so cute and move so slow lol We stayed in two different types of rooms during our stay. The first room was villa 7. This is the jacuzzi suite with sauna. The sunsets from your patio is amazing. This villa comes with a full kitchen as well if you would like to cook while on vacation. In the middle of our stay we moved to Penthouse SP18. Ok this is what you call luxury with different outside levels, private pool and cabana, outside sun bathing area and a area to eat. The living room has a huge tv, huge walk in closet and bi-level bathroom with wall to ceiling windows. It’s amazing
Stayed 4 nights in May 2022

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Amazing views and lots of wildlife on the property. Great spacious rooms (but please get rid of the ubiquitous animal skin EVERYWHERE!!) half my room was covered in a cow skin mat, so gross. You need to shuttle for some purposes (e.g. bags to rooms, many, many fights of stairs/steep hills and to get to the beach). Could improve the shuttle service - every time we needed to either move bags or go to beach etc, it was a solid 20 minute wait, which we didnt factor into our departure time.
Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2022

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Staff was very willing to help make our stay comfortable. Restaurant was some of the best food we've had. We were able to see monkeys and sloths on property.
Stayed 4 nights in Apr 2022

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Best trip I’ve ever experienced. The hotel was beyond amazing, staff was so engaging and helpful. A perfect atmosphere.
Stayed 3 nights in Mar 2022

1/5 Terrible

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
Disliked: Staff & service
Makanda and I messaged a few times through the Expedia app before my honeymoon, they were to arrange a pick up from the local airport. No one showed, no big deal we got a taxi. We arrive, they didn’t see our name on the list, but assure us it’s fine: they keep our luggage “to send to our room” and send us to check in. The staff at the check in ask for our passports and credit card, again all normal until they say the manager had to talk to us. They sit us down and let us know they don’t have a room for us “due to a glitch with expedia” and that they are trying to make arrangements for us at another hotel. Clearly upset, first day of our honeymoon, the manager offers us a free lunch (yay?). We booked 3 months in advance and had conversations through the expedia app about our arrival time, I even asked for an upgrade. After a while, an older gentleman comes into the lobby to complain because his daughter was getting married that week and they still haven’t found enough rooms for them. It was clear our room was given up for the wedding party. He was upset because 2 of their guests still didn’t have rooms. It seems Makanda booked a wedding and also overbooked the rooms. To top it all off, they swore up and down I would have a refund, and that they would “directly” get me another room at another hotel (had a taxi with our luggage waiting) and sent us off. The other hotel could only accommodate us 2 nights because of the last minute. No refund. Expedia refunded based on my request
Stayed 6 nights in Feb 2022