Here’s a tip if you’re thinking of a destination wedding.
Choose a fabulous honeymoon hotel as your venue. That way, you can move seamlessly from the excitement of your wedding day to relaxing and enjoying your honeymoon with your new spouse.
Wondering how this might work? Let’s take a look at one of the best honeymoon hotels here in Manuel Antonio to give you an idea!
Makanda by the Sea
First off, let me introduce you to this amazing honeymoon hotel — Makanda by the Sea.
While there are many options for fabulous 5-star hotels in Manuel Antonio, Makanda is unique in that it is super private and adult-only. Children are a joy, but they’re also active and noisy and that doesn’t jive with how some people would prefer to spend their honeymoon.
Plus, with only 27 rooms, the boutique hotel really offers honeymooners the privacy that they are looking for during this special time.
It is tucked into 12 acres of rainforest near the coast in Manuel Antonio. There is access to a small beach by golf cart and the staff is happy to take you there whenever you like (during daylight hours).
Though there are no “private” beaches in Costa Rica, the difficult access means that there will typically only be you and perhaps a few other hotel guests on the beach. The hotel has also set up comfortable seating and places to relax that aren’t right on the sand, which is always handy.
The hotel itself is beautiful and super interesting. Each luxury suite is painstakingly decorated with unusual, though tasteful, furnishings and decor that are the very definition of tropical luxury.
And the common areas are gorgeous! It’s so fun taking photos of couples at this hotel because there are so many unusual and intriguing backdrops to work with. I can assure you that the images you get of yourselves at this amazing hotel will be stunning!
For the wedding itself, Makanda literally couldn’t make it any easier. The in-house wedding planner handles everything according to your wishes. Share your vision of a perfect wedding with them and they will go above and beyond to make it happen!
These are not cookie-cutter wedding packages, yet it isn’t overwhelming to decide how you want it. Their wedding experts have been at it long enough that they can provide the intuitive service that makes a wedding both special and easy.
Ceremony and Reception
The hotel offers a few breathtaking ceremony spots to choose from. The most common ones include the lounge by the main pool, their Ocean Club terrace, or down on the beach. Every one of these locations is absolutely stunning so you can’t go wrong!
The reception can also be held right on the grounds. There is a covered outdoor space that offers a gorgeous view of the sunset as the wedding couple and their guests enjoy a delicious dinner custom-prepared by the staff.
A live music band will play beautiful strains that you can dance to or simply sit back and soak up the beauty of it all. Lots of nature-themed tropical decor brings the space to life in an incredible way.
Weddings at Makanda are seriously those fairy-tale weddings that many gals dream of!
Luxury Honeymoon Hotel Accommodations
There are no rooms at Makanda, all their accommodations are suites — the smallest of which is about 860 square feet. There’s no cramming your suitcases into a corner in this place!
Each of the 27 suites are tucked into the jungle with a private entrance. Hotel Makanda promises peace and privacy and they go the extra mile to make this happen.
Many of them have private balconies and pools so you can take a private dip with your sweetie. You can even have your breakfast in the pool. The staff brings a floating tray laden with fresh fruit, your choice of main dishes, and mimosas or Boody Marys as well as juice and coffee.
The accommodations are so amazing you could literally spend your entire honeymoon in the room!
For those that want to venture out, the hotel offers plenty of things to do. The staff is happy to arrange excursions such as ziplining, visiting a waterfall, going parasailing, or enjoying a private catamaran experience.
Delicious luxury meals are available at the onsite Arbol Restaurant. Just like the rest of the hotel, the restaurant is tucked into the rainforest and offers an opulent dining experience with an ocean view. Fresh, local flavors prepared daily will wow your taste buds!
For those who still like to stay active, visit the gym where Makanda’s personal trainers will help you focus on your trouble spots and encourage you toward your fitness goals.
For the ultimate relaxation, take a visit to the spa. It’s a great place to visit after an intense session in the gym!
Again, no expense is spared in providing you with the most relaxing experience. It’s a great way to set the tone for this exciting change in your relationship.
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What’s one of the most delightful things about a destination wedding? The morning after your wedding, you get to wake up in full honeymoon mode — especially when you get married at a fabulous honeymoon hotel!
There’s no packing or rushing to grab your flight, just hop on a shuttle and take a leisurely stroll on the beach — whatever time you decide to wake up!
Want to see wedding set ups from a wedding at Makanda by the Sea? Click on the button below.
Curious about other venues in this gorgeous country? Check out the list of my favorites here!