We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hotel Makanda by the Sea

Main Road to Manuel Antonio, 3 Km, Manuel Antonio 60601 Costa Rica
COVID-19 update: See the added health and safety measures this property is taking.Read more
View all 12 deals
* Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect average nightly room rates, including taxes and fees that are fixed, known to our partners, and due at time of booking. Please see our partners for more details.
Traveller (1869)
Panoramas (45)
Room & Suite (529)
What is Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best?
This award is our highest recognition and is presented annually to those businesses that are the Best of the Best on Tripadvisor, those that earn excellent reviews from travellers and are ranked in the top 1% of properties worldwide.
Learn more


#11 of 48 hotels in Manuel Antonio
2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
GreenLeaders Platinum level
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.
Read more
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Saltwater pool
Shallow end in pool
Personal trainer
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Canoeing offsite
Tennis court offsite
Nightclub / DJ
Taxi service
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Head massage
Steam room
Adults only
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Show more
Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Show more
Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish


Full view
62Somewhat walkable
Grade: 62 out of 100
18Restaurantswithin 1 km
2Attractionswithin 1 km
1176Reviews68Q+A100Room tips
Traveller rating
  • 910
  • 148
  • 59
  • 29
  • 30
Time of year
Traveller type
  • More
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Мария wrote a review 22 Sep
St. Petersburg, Russia39 contributions18 helpful votes
We rested here together in September. I travel a lot and have visited many hotels, but this one will definitely be remembered for a long time! Incredible ocean view from the room and excellent breakfasts! I wanted to eat everything! The local restaurant is a delight! The exquisite interiors, the serving of the food, the service and the food itself are wonderful! I think this is the best restaurant on the Pacific Coast! The beach is quite small, but beautiful and there was enough space for everyone. The beach has soft sofas and sun loungers with cushions. We were worried about the rain, but we were lucky and the weather was perfect. While we were resting in Makanda, on the territory of the hotel we saw many lizards, beautiful butterflies, sloth, anteater, toucans and many other beautiful birds. The hotel has two communal pools with bars and ocean views. And what I really liked was that Makanda's villas could not be seen either from the road or from the hotel territory, because everything here is buried in greenery! There were some shortcomings like ants, but they were quickly resolved. Thank you Makanda for our unforgettable stay and the soul invested in the hotel !!!
Read more
Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: We were here during the rainy season, but it rained only at night. Wear pretty outfits, cuz this...
See more room tips
1 Helpful vote
Passport565479 wrote a review 20 Sep
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Amazing hotel,wonderful views, breakfast a la carta increíble, prívate beach access and 2 amazing pools Love everything of it súper exclusive. Will def recommend for a romantic getaway or honeymoon. Pura vida
Read more
Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
john d wrote a review 11 Sep
Costa Rica1 contribution1 helpful vote
I've been all over the pacific coast of CR, and Makanda has one of the best Chefs on the hotel scene in 2021. From the "perfectly pouched" Eggs Benedict to an awesome Short Rib for me and Lobster Pasta for my wife. On top of the great cuisine, there was a great friendly staff!!!!
Read more
Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Magda2406 wrote a review 04 Sep
2 contributions1 helpful vote
- Cockroaches in our room EVERYDAY - EXTREME lack of service - 80% occupancy and very few waiters (A LOT OF WAIT FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU ORDER!) - 2 waiters had a verbal fight in front of the clients at breakfast (super unprofessional) Definitely not worth the price.. Clearly customers are not a priority and service is definitely below the standard (which should not be, considering their proces)
Read more
Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Chiarabahamas wrote a review 03 Sep
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island26 contributions6 helpful votes
My partner and I took a spontaneous 5 day trip to Costa Rica /Makanda Resort and what a wonderful treat it was. We travel a lot and this is definitely one of our favorite experiences of all time. I cannot recommend Makanda more. Costa Rica is amazing in itself but the resort is out of this world. The resort is beautifully maintained, the decor incredible and comfortable, the views are stunning, and the staff lovely, helpful, and friendly. We had a beautiful breakfast each morning by the pool with fresh fruits, Costa Rican coffee, and a large selection of breakfast dishes. The resort is built on a mountainside so steep hills and it is a rain forest so it can get slippery so I'd recommend wearing shoes with a good grip. We stayed in the ocean view suite with the private plunge pool and much to our delight we had daily visits from capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys and we loved listening to the howler monkeys in the morning. Arbol restaurant was phenomenal we enjoyed every meal. We also visited the nearby town of Quepos which was very easily accessible by a 10 min taxi ride. The couples massage at the spa was pure tranquility and we loved laying in the swinging pods by the pool and by the sea. Again I cannot recommend this resort or Costa Rica more. We are heading back this fall for a longer visit. As far as Quepos/Manuel Anotnio region goes this is definitely the best resort. There are tons of activities nearby including the national park, waterfalls, hiking, rafting, zip-lining and surfing. We felt very safe and very much enjoyed chatting with the staff who are knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely accommodating. Please do visit Makanda, you will be very very happy with the choice.
Read more
Date of stay: August 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Ocean View with plunge pool was spectacular but all the rooms are lovely!
See more room tips
1 Helpful vote
US$277 - US$526 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
makanda by the sea hotel manuel antonio national park
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasManuel Antonio
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Makanda by the Sea
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
Nearby attractions include Playa Biesanz (0.3 km), La Playita (0.5 km), and Club Karma Lounge (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ape Eclectic Social Bar, Manuel Antonio Falafel Bar, and Shana Restaurante.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Hotel Makanda by the Sea have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hotel Makanda by the Sea offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Makanda by the Sea?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.