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Makanda by the Sea

Adults-only beach hotel with spa, near Playa Espadilla

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast and free WiFi

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  • If you older or not in good shape this hotel is not for you. Very dangerous walking…

    May 7, 2021

  • This place is a dream come true! The service is A-1 and the upscale scenery is endless !…

    Mar 15, 2021

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • 24 hours Gap period enforced between guest stays -
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

Dining options
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 29 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Private beach
  • Restaurant and 2 poolside bars
  • Full-service spa
  • 2 outdoor pools and 2 spa tubs

What’s around

  • On the waterfront
  • Playa La Macha - 44 min walk
  • Playa Espadilla - 7 min walk
  • Playitas Beach - 7 min walk
  • Biesanz Beach - 12 min walk
  • Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge - 37 min walk

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Ocean Club Suite
  • Tropical Suite
  • Luxury Villa, 1 King Bed, Private Pool
  • Luxury Villa 4 People
  • Pacific Jacuzzi Suite
  • Honeymoon Grand Pool Villa
  • Honeymoon Junior Pool Villa
  • WOW Suite Premier Suite
  • Sky Penthouse Private Pool


  • On the waterfront
  • Playa La Macha - 44 min walk
  • Playa Espadilla - 7 min walk

What’s around


  • On the waterfront
  • Playa La Macha - 44 min walk
  • Playa Espadilla - 7 min walk
  • Playitas Beach - 7 min walk
  • Biesanz Beach - 12 min walk
  • Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge - 37 min walk
  • Marina Pez Vela - 3.6 mi / 5.8 km
  • Nahomi Park - 4 mi / 6.4 km

Getting around

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

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 29 rooms


  • Check-in time 3 PM-3 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

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.

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


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • Caters to adults only
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast daily
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • 2 poolside bars
  • Restaurant
  • Swim-up bar
  • Room service (during limited hours)

Things to do

  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Free pool cabanas
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Ecotours on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site
  • Rafting nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Swim-up bar
  • Number of spa tubs - 2
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Pool umbrellas

Working away

  • Meeting rooms


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace


  • 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

In the room

Home comforts

  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Minibar
  • Espresso maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Down comforter
  • Premium bedding

Things to enjoy

  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Number of living rooms
  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Be entertained

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

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Phone


  • 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.

Small print

Also known as

  • Hotel Makanda
  • 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
  • Hotel Makanda Sea Adults Only
  • Makanda by the Sea Manuel Antonio
  • Makanda by the Sea Hotel Manuel Antonio
  • 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

Optional extras

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 160 per vehicle (one way)


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.

Guests under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa.

This property does not have elevators.

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).

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

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.

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.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.


  • Yes, Makanda by the Sea does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • 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 gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there are 2 outdoor pools.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 3 PM - 3 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Yes, Arbol Restaurant offers international cuisine, pool views, and poolside dining. Nearby restaurants include Emilio's Cafe (9-min walk), Cafe Milagro (10-min walk), and Agua Azul (11-min walk).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 160 per vehicle one way.
  • 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 and 2 bars, as well as a garden.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    The best hotel from Costa Rica

    Stephanie, 2 night trip, May 14, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    The room and the view were amazing; the staff was friendly

    2 night trip with friends, Mar 13, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    I loved everything about it. Didn’t not have to leave for anything if you didn’t want to. Had everything I needed delivered from the supermarket.

    5 night romance trip, Mar 10, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Magical Experience

    The experience was truly amazing. The views and pool were beyond impressive. The staff was also very friendly and attentive.

    Merrill, 1 night trip, Feb 21, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Makanda top

    All perfect. Very nice hote

    Fabrizio, 4 night trip, Feb 13, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Excellent hotel, food is amazing, staff is wonderful! Especially Jorge! I highly recommend for the wild life experience! Monkeys, sloths, toucans, crabs, parrots, and more! Also the private black sand beach at sunset couldn't be more surreal. Such a romantic vibe. Thank you Makanda for a great stay!!!!!!! Cheers.

    3 night trip with friends, Feb 9, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Everything about Makanda is perfect from the design to the food to the staff. We had the most perfect stay and the staff truly made us feel like friends. This hotel is worth the price and more! Thank you Makanda staff for the trip of a lifetime, we will be me back real soon!

    4 night romance trip, Dec 16, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Perfect mix of party and laid back

    This hotel is so great. The design is amazing, the staff are super friendly and attentive, the food is delicious, the rooms are huge and the views of both the rainforest and the ocean are amazing. Great vibes, too. Would definitely stay here again.

    Rachel, 2 night trip, Nov 21, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Worth the Splurge

    We arrived at the start of Covid-19 craziness so obviously our view is not of a standard stay. The facilities are gorgeous and serene. The grounds are a challenge to get around on. We enjoyed as we are very active people but if your group has any strength or mobility issues, probably not a good choice. Although there is beach access, it's not a great beach. We hiked down to it the first morning and had a long hike back up. It was fun but I can see that the beach is too rocky and doesn't offer much water enjoyment. There are two other beaches within walking distance and they are much more traditional. The service was outstanding although the hotel was becoming more of a ghost town every day and they started cutting back on items that normally we would have enjoyed but wasn't feasible to keep up with so few guests. We saw more wildlife on the grounds there than when going through Manuel Antonio Park (we didn't want to do group tours and use the same high powered lenses that 30 other people had used the same day). The food and drinks were very good and the daily happy hour was quite reasonable. The stay is a splurge financially but it really is a slice of heave. Pura Vida.

    Marla, 3 night family trip, Mar 15, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Amazing! Best resort I have stayed.

    Rafael, 3 night trip, Mar 6, 2020

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