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 pool cabanas, pool umbrellas

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Makanda by the Sea

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

9.4/10 Exceptional

393 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
  • Non-smoking
The price is £334
Price available on 3/10/2022
1 Kilometro al Oeste de Centro Comercial, Plaza Vista, Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, 60601
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Private beach
  • Restaurants and 2 poolside bars
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • Full-service spa
  • 2 outdoor pools and 2 spa tubs
  • Breakfast available
  • Fitness centre
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Beach sunloungers
  • Beach towels
For families
  • Separate sitting area
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities

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About this area

What's nearby

  • On the waterfront
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - 4 min drive
  • Manuel Antonio Beach - 7 min drive

Getting around

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

About this property

Makanda by the Sea

5-star luxury hotel by the ocean, rejuvenated in 2020
Consider a stay at Makanda by the Sea and take advantage of a round-trip airport shuttle, 2 poolside bars and a swim-up bar. With a nearby private beach, beach massages and sunloungers, this hotel is the perfect place to soak up some sun. Treat yourself to a Swedish massage, aromatherapy or a body treatment at the on-site spa. The on-site restaurant, Arbol Restaurant, features international cuisine. Yoga classes are offered at the gym; other things to do include ecotours. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi, and guests can find other amenities, such as a terrace and a garden.
You'll also enjoy the following perks during your stay:
  • 2 outdoor pools with free cabanas, sunloungers and pool umbrellas
  • Free self-parking
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast (surcharge), wedding services and luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket information, concierge services and a front desk safe
  • Guest reviews give top marks for the dining options, beach locale and helpful staff
Room features
All 29 individually furnished rooms boast comforts, such as premium bedding and Laptop workspace, as well as perks, such as climate-controlled air conditioning and separate sitting areas.
More amenities include:
  • Egyptian cotton sheets and down duvets
  • Free toiletries and hairdryers
  • 55-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels
  • Separate sitting areas, daily housekeeping and phones


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 or hotter
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)


Contactless social distancing 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 sanitiser 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 until 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 cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


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


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours a day)*

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
  • Snorkelling 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 sunloungers
  • Beach towels
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


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


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


  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish

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 duvet
  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished and decorated
  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • 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 on-site 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 specialises 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 specialises 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)

  • 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 sanitiser.

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 lifts.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

This property reserves the right to pre-authorise 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 that you 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 2 Oct 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Makanda by the Sea on 3 Oct 2022 start from £334, including 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 sanitiser, 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 an 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 social distancing and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Makanda by the Sea and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities such as boat tours, rafting and snorkelling. Additional recreation on-site includes ecotours and yoga. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and soothe your senses in one of the 2 hot 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. Nearby restaurants include Playitas Restaurant and Bar (8-min walk), Emilio's Cafe (9-min walk) and La Lambretta Pizzeria (9-min walk).
What's the area around Makanda by the Sea like?
Makanda by the Sea is a short 1-minute walk from Playa Pará and 7 minutes' walk from Playa Espadilla.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Pura Vida!
Beautiful hotel. luxurious and modern. Online pictures are amazing but don’t do the property justice. So much better in person. You will see more wildlife at the property then on a tour of the national parks. Our waiter Alex was great, funny and so helpful with anything we needed.
Phillip, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Unforgettable Stay- Makanda by the Sea! Pura Vida
Makanda by the Sea is now our favorite hotel experience in all of our travels around the globe. The service is impeccable- 5 star for sure! They told us if we needed anything to ring the reception desk- and they truly meant it. They were one step ahead and anticipated our needs for everything! it's beautifully situated and has the most rich and unique decor and design! The rainforest animals all came out during our stay as they are living in a beautiful location. And the bed was so comfortable that it was hard to get out until I opened my eyes to the majestic view through the large windows overlooking the ocean. The welcome drink was fabulous- the Pipa! The private beach was so cool and the opportunity to rest on comfortable hammock beds under beautiful trees with a view like that was unbelievable. And the pools - awesome designs/ decor- are so fabulous for days or nights. The photos online are not exaggerating- this place is amazing!
3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Tim, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful views, delicious sushi, excellent customer service, clean grounds, modern rooms, and tons of wildlife.
Juan, 2-night romance trip
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6/10 Good

Food was overpriced and not as good for the price. Drinks overpriced as well.
Paulo, 3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The penthouse suite was spectacular. Private pool, unbelievable view, excellent service.
Andrea, 4-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

The location of the hotel is truly stunning with it’s views of ocean. But as other reviewers have said the choice of material on steep walkways to rooms & restaurants, pools & beach is puzzling! Any moisture on them leaves them super slippery regardless of footwear! Yes the golf carts take you around but they don’t take you right to door of your room or for that matter all the way to beach! We managed fine though! Pools lovely. Thought breakfast menu choices were limited ! Loved the monkeys swinging by !
Heather, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great Staff and Customer Service. Our room was beautiful!!
shkethia, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Let’s just say that it was paradise !!! from the beginning to the end a beautiful hotel with fantastic staff…
siobhan, 3-night romance trip
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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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