Surrounded by dense jungle with old growth bamboo and tall walking palms, our 950 sq ft villa at Makanda by the Sea in Manuel Antonio was a place of tranquil simplicity. We spent much of our time outside and there was ample seating options…the breakfast table, two comfortable lounge chairs or the hammock. Inside, we had a full kitchen, large living area, 4 poster bed with mosquito netting (it’s not really needed) and a modern bathroom with cut out block windows to the jungle.
We enjoyed lunches and dinner poolside with a stunning view of the ocean below. During lunch we preferred the canopied area to shade us from the hot summer sun and at night we dined under the stars, the sound of crickets was louder than the music playing in the background. My favorite squirrel monkeys visited us during lunchtime and one of the servers showed us a half-asleep gladiator frog lounging poolside.
Returning late to our villa on our first night, the crickets had died down and we sat outside on the terrace lounge chairs, chatting quietly while enjoying the warm night air and listening to the waves crashing below us at Playa Biesanz.
Howler monkeys and birds (toucans, specifically) were our wake up call as the light shone through the curtain-less wall to wall terrace doors. From the 4 poster bed, we could see the morning sunlight was just starting to kiss the jungle landscape and the ocean was a bright shade of blue.
We enjoyed a breakfast delivery each morning of gallo pinto (other options were also available) and freshly squeezed guanabana juice and mango juice. And on our last night, after a very busy day, we decided to stay in and order room service for dinner. Kevin enjoyed a steak topped with blue cheese along with mashed potatoes and veggies and I had a flatbread veggie pizza (that I’d love the recipe for!)
Each of the private bungalows at Makanda by the Sea have views of the ocean and are surrounded by lush jungle landscape. We never made it to Playa Makanda, a beach located below the 7,000 sq ft Casa Las Ventanas (a private vacation rental at Makanda) but we did hike down to Playa Biesanz, a white sand beach surrounded by tropical foliage and large volcanic rocks. Kevin even got in a sunset surfing session at Playa Espadilla.
Makanda is an adults only hotel, located in the Manuel Antonio rainforest. They’re known for “Romance in Nature” and while we were there for work, Kevin and I could both see that if traveling with someone else, that’s exactly the experience we would have had.
Enjoy the slideshow… (photos by both me and Kevin)
Note: While I am now paid and/or receive comped services at many of the places I visit, I will always offer my unbiased opinion to you, my readers. Fortunately, I almost always have experiences that exceed my expectations.