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 cabanas, pool umbrellas

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Makanda by the Sea

4.5 star property
Adults-only beach hotel with spa, near Playa Espadilla

9.4/10 Exceptional

375 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
The price is $380
Price available on 7/7/2022
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
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Swim-up bar
For families
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Living room
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
Cleaning & Safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitizer provided

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About this area

What's nearby

  • On the waterfront
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - 21 min walk
  • Biesanz Beach - 1 min drive
  • Playa Espadilla - 2 min drive
  • Playitas Beach - 1 min drive
  • Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge - 6 min drive
  • Manuel Antonio Beach - 7 min drive
  • Playa La Macha - 9 min drive
  • Marina Pez Vela - 10 min drive

Getting around

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

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 just a 5-minute drive 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 sauna, and a steam room. The helpful staff and restaurant get great marks from fellow travelers.

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
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • 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 (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
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Full-service spa
  • 2 spa tubs
  • Sauna
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Steam room


  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Grab bar near toilet

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

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

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Minibar
  • Espresso maker
  • Bathrobes
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Down comforter
  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished and decorated
  • Separate living room

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 (laptop compatible)
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


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.


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

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • 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).


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.

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

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10/10 Exceptional

Makanda by the Sea is special!
We loved our stay at Makanda by the sea. This is a boutique hotel for adults only. Great service, beautiful property, rooms are large with beautiful views. Loved seeing moneys, birds, etc on the property.Breakfast is included and it is good, but not amazing.
Alyssa, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Sebastian, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Best trip I’ve ever experienced. The hotel was beyond amazing, staff was so engaging and helpful. A perfect atmosphere.
Stephanie, 3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Stephanie, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Hannah, 1-night trip
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6/10 Good

Samuel, 4-night trip
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2/10 Poor

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
Alixandra, 6-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful place with great food and amazing staff. Monkeys everywhere so the experience was unique.
Maikel, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing service and staff. I will be back!
Gregg, 4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The property is amazing as is the wildlife. This was a destination I’ll never forget. Took someone with me for our forth date and we were both were amazed at how beautiful the property is. Close by were other places to dine that were just as delicious as the restaurants on the property. Both pools were gorgeous. Would recommend staying here to anyone.
Robert, 3-night romance trip
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