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Hotel Description

4.5-star beach hotel near Marina Pez Vela

Walk to the beach

Within a 10-minute walk of the hotel, you'll find Playa Espadilla and Playitas Beach. Also, Biesanz Beach is within half a mile (1 km) and Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge is within 3 miles (5 km).

Poolside dining

A full-service spa, 2 outdoor pools, and 2 spa tubs are featured at this luxury hotel. Relax with a drink at one of the 2 poolside bars and enjoy free perks like cooked-to-order breakfast and free self parking. Enjoy the sauna and visit the 2 bars/lounges and swim-up bar for drinks.

Free WiFi, flat-screen TVs

The 29 individually decorated guestrooms offer free WiFi and minibars. Flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and other amenities include living rooms and room service.

Ocean Club Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$470* Per night/room Jan 18 - Jan 19

Luxury Villa 4 People

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Luxury Villa, 1 King Bed, Private Pool

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Honeymoon Grand Pool Villa

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

WOW Suite Premier Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Honeymoon Junior Pool Villa

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Makanda by the Sea ratings based on 3 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Makanda by the Sea

Everyone (2)
5 out of 5
The room and the view were amazing; the staff was friendly

Posted by on Mar 16, 2021

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3 out of 5

Private beachfront Hotel

The hotel is situated on a hill overlooking the private beach. You need to bring good walking shoes as you will be going to the main pool to have breakfast and dinner, if you wish. I brought along a small flashlight based on other reviewers to use at night. There is lighting along the path, we needed additional light as not to slip on wet surface or dropped leaves. The second pool has an expansive view of the coastline. We sat in the round outdoor furniture and swam. The swim up bar serves great shrimp cevechie. We also brought our own beer and liquor as I had read the drinks are pricey. Either way, we ordered drinks here, as to support the service. We stayed in S13. We were happy with room and pics are as seen. There are 2 towel holders on either side of the shower, another rack for bathing suits. The closet is adequate for hanging shirts. There are no drawers to put underwear, shorts, tshirts, so you will be digging through your luggage daily for the day and for evening out. I had read this is a constant complaint to add a small dresser. Since everything is hand crafted, this small chest could go into the large closet. The hotel does not seem to want to address this for guests. Everyone is super in assisting you with whatever your needs are. Until...the last day. My husband was having coffee and the staff encouraged the monkey to take a sugar packet and all hell broke loose. Monkey wanted more and was on the tables, and followed up with pooping the the beautiful pool, 2x!

Posted by , from North Dallas on Nov 26, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Dec 1, 2017 by Management

Dear Joni, Thank you for choosing our Hotel and taking from your time to visit our profile. Glad that you enjoyed the room. What a great ocean view, right? Closet issue is been taken care, I promise :-) Please excuse us for the monkey incident, we don´t encourage our Staff to do that and are now arranging with Kids Saving The Rainforest to come to the Hotel and provide recommendations and/or instructions on how to manage or deal with wildlife visitors, in order to become a safe place for them. Looking forward to host you again. Have a great and blessed weekend!

5 out of 5


Pros: Everything
Cons: Nothing
Makanda By The Sea provided an extraordinary experience for us. Nestled right into the jungle at Manuel Antonio National Park, the vista and setting were exceptional. The mix of plants, trees, flowers, birds, monkeys, sloths and other living things mixed among stone and lava provided a remarkable natural backdrop of Costa Rica’s beauty for a gorgeous and well-appointed five-star property run by an expert, friendly and caring staff. The new Arbol Restaurant has eye-catching wood decor, the Infinity Pool is simply one-of-a-kind, and the private beach is delightful. Our villa was one of the best values that we’ve ever been offered on our travels, a beautifully decorated room with a truly comfy bed framed by scenes overlooking the jungle and ocean that made for many lasting memories. Our patio even had a hammock for a wonderful rustic touch! Good food and a wide variety of beverages including a rotating selection of hand-squeezed fruit juices each morning made for excellent dining and poolside relaxing. Service, specialties and accommodations all were top-notch. This was not our first visit to a Costa Rican luxury resort, but it was far and away the best, and so Makanda now will be our destination again in the near future! For prospective visitors, know that gratuities are not included on bills so have dollars or colons handy, and you must try the Makanda Cheesecake, one of the most cleverly presented and delicious desserts we’ve ever had! Pura Vida!

Posted by , from Maryland on Jul 14, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 17, 2017 by Management

Dear María, Thank you for choosing Hotel Makanda and visiting our profile. We really appreciate your kind words, it is real satisfaction when we get to understand that we are doing a good job. Such a detailed review will also help another customers that are trying to make the right choice. We all miss you and look forward to your next visit. Have a great and blessed week...!!!

Property Features

Unwind on the private sand beach, located just 150 meters away. At Makanda by the Sea you can cool off in one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools and indulge in a pampering afternoon at the full-service spa. Free breakfast is available daily. There's a restaurant on site. For a drink, you can stop by one of the onsite bars, including 2 poolside bars and 2 bars/lounges. WiFi is free in public spaces. This luxury hotel also offers a steam room, a garden, and a terrace. Self parking is free. A complete renovation of Makanda by the Sea was completed in June 2020. This 4.5-star Manuel Antonio hotel is smoke free.

  • 29 guestrooms or units
  • 2 bars by the pool
  • 2 bars or lounges
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast (free)
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Cabanas by the pool (free)
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • No smoking on site
  • Dining venue
  • Swim-up bar


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Makanda by the Sea offers 29 accommodations with minibars and laptop-compatible safes. These individually decorated and furnished accommodations have 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 hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is offered daily and irons/ironing boards can be requested.

  • Living room
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Espresso maker
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Down blanket
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Wheelchair accessible

Food & Drink

Guests are served free cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 7 AM to 9:30 AM.

Arbol Restaurant - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Pool Lounge - This cocktail bar is located by the pool and specializes in local and international cuisine. Reservations are required. Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

2 outdoor swimming pools and 2 spa 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.

  • Ecotours on site
  • Rafting nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site

Spa Services

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.

  • Number of treatment rooms 1
  • Outdoor treatment areas
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Massages on beach
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Facial treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Sauna in spa
  • Spa tub in spa
  • Minimum age to access spa is 16
  • Thai massage
  • Detoxification wrap
  • Massages


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 3 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 16

Special check-in instructions:

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.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 7 AM - 9 PM.
Guests arriving after 9 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

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.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


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-authorize the guest's credit card prior to arrival.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, debit cards, and cash. This property reserves the right to pre-authorize the guest's credit card prior to arrival. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available. Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service. Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

  • Credit card pre-authorization
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Caters to adults only
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Property follows sanitization practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • No elevators
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for lunch
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for dinner
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available through room service
  • Minimum guest age is 16
  • Debit cards
  • Gap period enforced between guest stays - 24 hours


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 160 per vehicle (one way)
  • Late check-in fee

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • 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
  • Makanda Sea Hotel Manuel Antonio, Quepos
  • 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

You should know

  • Makanda by the Sea offers transfers from the airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation with your arrival details prior to travel.
  • Reservations are needed for massage services, spa treatments, and private bath/onsen. For reservations, contact the hotel before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • This is an adults-only property and guests under 16 years old aren't allowed.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.