Fodor's Expert Review Makanda by the Sea

1 km (½ mile) west of La Mariposa, Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, 60601, Costa Rica

These bright, spacious, white-and-cream villas are among the area's most tasteful (and expensive) accommodations, and the hypnotic views of the jungle-framed Pacific Ocean make this secluded rain-forest retreat worth every penny. Villas have a comfortable seating area and a California king-size bed facing sliding glass doors that lead to large balconies with ocean views and hammocks. The modern kitchens won't be necessary for breakfast, which is delivered to your room. Windows behind the bed maximize natural light, and the small Japanese-style garden out back continues the subtle design. It's worth splurging for one of the remodeled villas with private plunge pools. The smaller studios are darker, and have less impressive views, but have access to the infinity pool and Sunspot Bar and Grill. Adventurous guests can trek 15 minutes through the jungle to a tiny private beach.

PROS

  • tranquil
  • rooms remodeled in 2015
  • ocean views
  • stocked kitchens

CONS

  • 15-minute hike to the beach
  • no children under 16
  • spotty Wi-Fi
  • slippery steps

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Views
Intimate
Near the beach
Casual Chic
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2777–0442 | 888-625–2632-in North America

HOTEL DETAILS

7 villas, 4 studios
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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