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Makanda by the Sea

5.0 star property
Adults-only beach hotel with spa, near Playitas Beach
9.4 out of 10 Exceptional
9.4/10 Exceptional

417 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Airport transfer
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
The price is $390
Price available on 6/5/2023
1 Kilometro al Oeste de Centro Comercial, Plaza Vista, Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, 60601
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Private beach
  • Restaurant and 2 poolside bars
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • Full-service spa
  • 2 outdoor pools and 2 spa tubs
  • Breakfast available
  • Fitness center
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
For families
  • Living room
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • On the waterfront
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - 21 min walk
  • Biesanz Beach - 2 min drive
  • Manuel Antonio Beach - 10 min drive

Getting around

  • Quepos (XQP) - 17 min drive
  • Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 162 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • El Avión Restaurant - 18 min walk
  • Restaurante Cerdo Feliz - 4 min drive
  • Falafel Bar - 14 min walk
  • Emilio's Cafe - 9 min walk
  • Ronny's Place - 6 min drive

About this property

Makanda by the Sea

Makanda by the Sea offers a private beach where you can get a beach massage or relax in a sun lounger, plus you'll be 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Manuel Antonio National Park. 2 outdoor pools provide fun for everyone, while guests in the mood for pampering can visit the spa to indulge in deep-tissue massages, body wraps, and aromatherapy. Arbol Restaurant serves international cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner. Other highlights at this luxurious hotel include 2 poolside bars, a fitness center, and a sauna. The helpful staff and restaurant get great marks from fellow travelers.


English, Russian, Spanish

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/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in 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 sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 29 rooms


  • Check-in time from 3 PM - 3 PM
  • Minimum check-in age: 16
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

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
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 9 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum guest age is 16
  • Minimum check-in age is 16


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • Caters to adults only

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7:00 AM–9:30 AM
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • 2 poolside bars
  • Restaurant
  • Swim-up bar
  • Private dining
  • Room service (limited hours)

What to do

  • Yoga classes
  • Ecotours
  • Private beach access
  • Rafting nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Whale-watching nearby

Working away

  • Meeting rooms


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Free pool cabanas
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Fitness center
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Full-service spa
  • 2 spa tubs
  • Sauna
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Steam room


  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Assistive listening devices available

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 55-inch flat-screen TV
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Minibar
  • Espresso maker
  • Slippers

Sleep well

  • Down comforter
  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished and decorated
  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Laptop-friendly workspace
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Champagne service


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves with a trip to the onsite spa, which 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.


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.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately USD 30 for adults and USD 30 for children
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 160 per vehicle (one way)

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Guests under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa
  • Reservations are required for massage services, spa treatments, and private bath/onsen and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

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).


This property does not have elevators.
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.

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
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

Frequently asked questions

Does Makanda by the Sea offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Makanda by the Sea does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Makanda by the Sea?
As of May 31, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Makanda by the Sea on Jun 5, 2023 start from $390, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Makanda by the Sea?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Makanda by the Sea?
Yes, there are 2 outdoor pools.
Are pets allowed at Makanda by the Sea?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Makanda by the Sea?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Makanda by the Sea?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 160 per vehicle one way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Makanda by the Sea?
You can check in from 3 PM - 3 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Makanda by the Sea and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities like boat tours, rafting, and snorkeling. Additional recreation onsite includes ecotours and yoga. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and soothe your senses in one of the 2 spa tubs. Makanda by the Sea also has 2 poolside bars, 2 bars, and a sauna, as well as a steam room and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Makanda by the Sea?
Yes, Arbol Restaurant offers international cuisine, pool views, and poolside dining.
What's the area around Makanda by the Sea like?
Makanda by the Sea is a short 7-minute walk from Playitas Beach and 12 minutes' walk from Biesanz Beach.







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10/10 Exceptional

Heaven on Earth
Paradise, literal paradise. We've been all over the world and this is by far one of the most beautiful, calm, and positive places we've ever been. Once you are inside Makanda, you really don't want to leave. While we did a lot around Quepos and loved Costa Rica as a whole, the simple moments inside Makanda are some of the best we've ever experienced. The food is fantastic. The staff is beyond helpful, kind, and friendly. The property is spotless. The wildlife, the environment, the beauty... I could go on forever. Yes, there is a lot of construction going on around the property because the area is growing. It can be noisy at times, but it didn't start until late morning and wasn't awful. It's so peaceful there you just block it out. It's not easy to get here, the roads are tough, and you absolutely should not drive yourself. If you want to go to other areas nearby, you'll need a taxi, it's not walkable beyond a few shops and other resorts/restaurants (which are great though). But, the staff at Makanda makes transportation and tours seamless. I cannot say enough about how much I loved this place.
Steven, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Helene, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

This hotel was wonderful, it had an artsy exotic feel to it. Absolutely Beautiful!
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6/10 Good

Mario, 3-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

The most accommodating staff. The property is so beautiful with so much wildlife. Enjoyed our stay to the fullest!
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10/10 Exceptional

The actual surroundings once in the property are spectacular. Getting there is a different story. Roads leading to property are third world in Antonio Manuel as expected. It’s a nature buff who wants luxury on steroids. Staff magnificent food and bev the same. Highly recommend.
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10/10 Exceptional

Excellent hotel, best service, great staff
Haim, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Staff were great! Property and wildlife was unique and beautiful! Highly recommend waterfall tours and exploring local restaurants and beaches!
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10/10 Exceptional

I have been privileged to stay in many of the world's finest 5-star hotels, and I have never seen a more amazing, unique and majestic resort as Mankada by the Sea. I cannot begin to describe the exquisite detail in every corner of the the resort. From the suites to the multiple pools and lucious property - including hundreds of monkeys and beautiful birds, this is truly one-of-a-kind. I would be remiss to not include a huge shout out to the very kind, helpful and efficient staff - and the restaurant team and very unique menus. By all metrics, I would consider this a 5-star resort in every area. My three nights there will be cherished - and will certainly draw me back in the future.
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10/10 Exceptional

Heidi Lynn, 8-night trip
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