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Reviewed 11 June 2021

This is a lovely boutique hotel. You are up on a hillside overlooking the ocean from nearly every spot and surrounded by beautiful plant and animal filled grounds. Outside our room were white faced monkeys, sloth, toucan and macaw along with several other colorful birds, and more iguana than you need. All personnel were super friendly and helpful. We enjoyed an amazing upgrade half way through, as we had planned to change our room, and when we did a "villa" became available and they gave it at the lower priced space (a WOW room). We were in Villa One, which had a hot tub and very nice private pool. That being said we would have been happy in the "ocean 11" we were in, it was very comfortable and great views. These are the Delux Suite Ocean club ( if you choose Ocean view , be sure not to be on the lower level, it is a little closed in, over the pool area and no real view.) While the hotel buildings are on a steep hillside, everything is near by and while you may go up and down some hillsides, they are almost all on a ramp, not so many stairs at all. I navigated it just fine and I'm 72. The golf carts came in very handy when going to their beach, which is stoney but lovely and there are several nice sandy beaches near by, we loved the " secret beach". not so secret, but very pleasant . Breakfast was always very nice, all fresh and a great array of fruit. Each morning a different juice drink, usually a combo of citrus. We ate lunch and /or dinner their a few times, the fish was alway lovely, other courses lacked interest for the most part, and yes it is a bit pricy. I suggest no matter what you are getting, premium liquor in your drink, COVID tests in your room, a boat trip, there is always an upcharge, I made the error of ordering a "premium vodka", ( the one from Texas) at the pool, for a double shot bloody mary, it was over $40 US. This is a resort, so I should have expected it. Nevertheless, think before you buy. I saw a guy at breakfast discretely adding vodka from his thermos to a virgin mary! As I said the space between the buildings is very reasonable to navigate, and what is architecturally interesting is you never think you are in a small compound, it is just the opposite, we always felt we had our privacy. And it was very nice to experience the area on ramps, that did not infringe on the natural beauty of the area with trials. smart ecological decision. Yes,we would certainly come here again, I really have no negatives. It was very very clean, and feeling quit new, the staff were very helpful and there when you needed them. The clientele were mostly 30 something and seemed to be on a honeymoon! It was also a very diverse group of people, which was lovely. Great, great place. Stick to fish dishes and salads and you will enjoy!

Room tip: Call when reserving a room to indicate what you want to avoid, they can guide you.
Date of stay: June 2021
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Elena Davydova, Propietario at Hotel Makanda by the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2021

Dear guest!

Thank you very much for your beautiful comment!

For us the real visual delight is to see the smile of our guests while they allow us to serve them.

This will always be your home where we will wait for you to make you feel like much more than a hotel. Thank you very much!

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Reviewed 29 May 2021 via mobile

This is a glorious amazing jungle paradise that anyone would be lucky to visit. The rooms - gorgeous. Truly unique, and you can see a lot of thought went into the high end design. The pools - gorgeous. Surrounded by jungle and they have hot tubs!! The beach - natural and beautiful!! We saw so many little hermit crabs. There’s even a kayak for guests to use. The ride down is a ball. The restaurant - so tasty!!!! Really exceptional food, best food we had in Manuel Antonio. Artful, delicious, upscale, beautiful. Love this gem of a place, better than the photos

Date of stay: May 2021
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 May 2021

This hotel is incredible from start to finish. The location is perfect. You feel tucked away in the jungle amongst the animals and trees, while being just five minutes from town. The pools are beautiful, with incredible views. The food (breakfast,lunch & dinner) is amazing and fresh. The spa treatments are amazing. The rooms are lux and very comfortable. The staff is beyond amazing. They’re fun, helpful and informative. A beautiful, relaxing and fun getaway spot close enough to any and all Costa Rican activities. A must visit hideaway!

Date of stay: May 2021
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 May 2021

Makanda By The Sea goes a long way to checking all the boxes regarding vacation essentials including service, location, views and amenities. The staff is beyond helpful and exudes a real pleasure in serving you and a joy in their work. The resort’s location, nestled on a hillside amid tropical vegetation, active wildlife and a symphony of bird song, is close enough to Manuel Antonio National Park to allow easy access to its wildlife trails and beaches and yet far enough away from the crowds to be the definition of a “Secluded Romantic Getaway.” While Makanda has its own fine dining open-air restaurant, within walking distance are several nice eating options including our favorite, Emilio’s Café. There are two pools and the hotel’s own safe swimming beach is staffed and kept sparkling clean. The bellmen and their golf-cart transportation are on call to take the effort out of the steep walk back from the beach. From our room’s terrace we saw monkeys and toucans in the morning and stunning sunsets at night. Breakfast is included and offered many tasty choices that were more than satisfying. We were there the beginning of May and were pleasantly surprised at the value. The rain was an on-again off-again companion to our stay, but that is to be expected during the rainy season in tropical Costa Rica and the weather is one thing for which the resort can’t be held responsible. We would return in a heartbeat.

Room tip: We had a fabulous Deluxe Suite Ocean Club room. If it is important to you, you should confirm you have a room with a view of the ocean.
Date of stay: May 2021
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Elena Davydova, Owner at Hotel Makanda by the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2021

Dear guest

Thank you very much!

Our sole purpose is to make you feel better than at home! That is why we do our best. May the beauties of the property be accompanied by the warmth of our staff's service!

Seeing that we managed to provide you with that experience motivates us to continue improving day by day. Our new goal will be to provide you with an even better experience when you give us the honor of visiting us again in Makanda.

We hope you have had a happy return to your country, but this will always be your home.

Best regards!

Hotel Makanda by the sea!

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Reviewed 1 May 2021 via mobile

This property is situated in the natural park Manuel Antonio, with various types of flora and fauna presented. Here, the pieces of modern architecture are harmoniously blended with the wild nature. The rooms are modern designed and it is an aesthetic pleasure to stay here.
The pacific ocean beach can be reached in 15 minutes by walk through the beautiful tropical forrest, or you can get there by golf-car.
The meal in the restaurant is also top - I liked suchi and ceviche much, the beef is also delicious.
We will definitely return.

Date of stay: February 2021
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