We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
10 people are viewing this hotel
Lock in the lowest price from these sites
Expedia.comUS$362
Hotels.comUS$362
Orbitz.comUS$362
eDreamsUS$362
PricelineUS$362
Trip.comUS$630
View all 14 deals
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect nightly room rates, including all taxes and fees known to our partners. Please see our partners for more details.
Payments made by partners impact the order of prices displayed. Room types may vary.
Payments made by partners impact the order of prices displayed. Room types may vary.
Nearby Hotels
Reviews (1,141)
Filter reviews
1,141 results
Traveller rating
879
147
59
27
29
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
Traveller rating
879
147
59
27
29
Show reviews that mention
All reviews ocean club sushi bar saltwater pool private beach costa rica golf cart our honeymoon every morning romantic getaway main pool ocean view pura vida luxury hotel amazing hotel howler monkeys heaven on earth amazing views
Selected filters
Filter
Updating list...
323 - 328 of 1,141 reviews
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Pros - lovely welcome drinks, kind staff, calm and beautiful hotel grounds (feels very private, doesn't seem as if 27 rooms!), 2 gorgeous pools with beautiful views, most comfortable bed, amazing views from room (watched a thunderstorm over the ocean overnight, gorgeous), delicious sushi at swim-up sushi bar (chef came up just to make our roll!); the room service though we didn't order was very reasonably priced (think 13-19$ mains); saw toucans and sloths while in dining area and pool.
Breakfast was fine, different options to choose from (omelettes looked like best bet from observation in the dining area...we had pancakes and french toast, underwhelming) - they had delicious tea (forte tea), best tea we had in costa rica!

Cons - careful of slippery poolside area (even if dry); construction currently (summer 2018) near suite 7; no screens on balcony doors - probably part of ambience, but I would have loved to listen to the ocean at night but didn't want the bugs; lovely huge balcony with great view but only a couple of chairs (was hoping for loungers or something more relaxing?); Music playing by pools didn't really add to the ambience imo - would prefer the quiet.

Overall we felt rejuvenated after our stay here! SO calm and relaxing. In shoulder season, so it was not busy at all and we loved that. sitting in the infinity pool watching the sunset, and eating breakfast watching the toucans and sloth - and very comfortable bed - would consider returning for sure :) Very luxurious!

Room tip: Construction near suite7 (May 2018) - issue if light sleeper or want total privacy on balcony
Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Roadtrip099
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
MAKANDAFAMILY, Guest Relations Manager at Makanda By The Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2018

Dear customer,

As part of the organization values offering top notch service is the reason behind why we take feedback very serious. It is lovely to hear you had the privacy and comfort you were looking when you first booked us. Being located in the middle of a secondary rain tropical forest gives our customers the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy first hand the wild life and breathtaking views. To please the palate of our clients we offer great quality products and we appreciate the fact you have enjoyed them.

Regarding the non very positive side, the hotel is growing - due to high demand - and we are aware that this situation causes inconveniences and we deeply apologize for that. As you also may noticed we are remodeling our driveway for a safer one with non slippery surface to avoid incidents specially during the rainy season.

We are glad that you had a overall wonderful and really appreciate your comments because push us to keep improving our service and the products we offer.

Looking forward hearing from you soon.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

The place is amazing, the stuff are super kind and generous they take care of everything until the last detail. The room and the pools are incredible and the food is delicious.
Feels like heaven! Best place in manuel antonio!!

Date of stay: June 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank omer r
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
MAKANDAFAMILY, Guest Relations Manager at Makanda By The Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2018

Dear customer,

Our main goal is to exceed our customers expectations and offer a top notch service combined with the Costa Rican "Pura Vida" flavor. We are glad to hear you had an incredible time and definitely we look forward having you here again.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

The most beautiful hotel i ever stayed in . Planned so nice and so much attention to the Environment and details. We just loved it !!!
Definitely going to come back . WOW .
Highly recommended .
Service was also outstanding. Food very very good. Great sushi in pool bar

Date of stay: June 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank doronbroman
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
MAKANDAFAMILY, Guest Relations Manager at Makanda By The Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2018

Dear customer,

We are glad to hear you had a wonderful experience in our hotel, specially that you could enjoy the wildlife surrounding the hotel. Exceeding customers expectations are our main goal and that is something we work hard to try to accomplish.

We look forward seeing you here again

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

This place is fabulous!!! Adult only (16 old yrs and up) , 27 room boutique hotel. Our room, the grounds, the staff, the pools, sushi bar, restaurant, food, the grounds....perfection. Hotel is stylish, sleek, contemporary, we loved everything about it. After long mornings on tours, we could not wait to get back to this gorgeous hotel and hang out at the pools. Hotel is also walking distance (10-12 mins uphill) to small grocery stores, restaurants, a few lirtle shops and a bank. Oh and the wildlife...toucans, monkeys, and sloths were fun to watch! So much to see and do in Manuel Antonio. We will be back and will definitely stay here again.

Date of stay: June 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank mmth15
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
MAKANDAFAMILY, Guest Relations Manager at Makanda By The Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2018

Dear customer,

We are pleased to hear that you had a great time while staying with us. The natural beauty and amenities make our hotel a unique choice in the area and we are glad you could enjoy seeing the wild life and the amenities offered.

Definitely looking forward having you here again in a near future.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 22 June 2018

Our room with an ocean view was simply incredible! Surrounded by rain forest, we took some of the best pictures of our trip from our private balcony. The staff was awesome! In particular, Marco, who drove us back and forth in the golf cart and helped us with our luggage (and called me 'My Lady' which I keep trying to get my husband to continue to no avail). And Amanda in the hotel restaurant who was so very kind and answered all our touristy questions. We have never been so pampered and well taken care of. I highly recommend this hotel!

Date of stay: June 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Service
Thank Marsha S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
MAKANDAFAMILY, Guest Relations Manager at Makanda By The Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2018

Dear customer,

It is wonderful to hear you had an incredible time in our hotel and that you enjoyed some of the Costa Rican " Pura Vida" flavor; all of our staff is from the area so the kindness and treat is all pure.

Being located in the middle of the rainforest allow us to "provide" some extra highlights such as amazing view, spot lots of wild animals plus the incredible food offer in both of our restaurants.

We look forward hearing back from you soon.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
View more reviews