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Uvita, 63734 Ballena, Costa Rica – Show map
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Grounds, Terrace, Sun Deck
Golf Course (within 2 miles), Fishing, Canoeing, Hiking, Diving, Horseback Riding, Snorkeling, Spa, Massage, Hot Tub, Beachfront
WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
Car Rental, Shuttle Service (surcharge), Airport Shuttle (surcharge), Currency Exchange, Tour Desk, Baggage Storage, Concierge Service, Babysitting/Child Services, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Daily Housekeeping, VIP Room Facilities, Honeymoon Suite
Safe, Non-smoking Rooms, Facilities for Disabled Guests, Family Rooms, Air Conditioning
BM Uvita (3.1miles)
Cristal Ballena (0.6miles) El Castillo (1.9miles) Exotica, Citrus, (2.5miles)
Playa Ballena (219yrd)
From 3:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
Extra beds are not available.
There is no capacity for extra beds in the room.
Pets are not allowed.
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Beautiful apartment - very modern. Close walk to beach.
A very expensive stay that was not needed. Promised laundry facility in apartment, but our dryer was broken. They had us use a dryer from another apartment but only during a one-hour time span - this was awkward being in another guest's apartment and meant that we had to be on site during this time rather than out exploring/adventuring. Our clothes weren't even dry by the end of the hour but we only had a few more hours of sunlight, so we ended up having to lay all of our clothes out to dry in the bedroom. We also had to check out early, but there was no one there to check us out in the morning. The hotel just ended up billing us for the remaining total, but no real send off. Made it less personal and appreciate of an experience.
The design and apt were beautiful. The staff (Edgar) was extremely helpful and friendly. The location was nice.
The description said beachfront/ walk to beach. You can but it's a bit misleading. There is a tv.. it doesn't work. The appliances in the kitchen were not working. The description mentioned laundry and although Edgar was kind enough to allow us to use the one upstairs there was not one in the apt. The wifi was necessary as I was working but I lost the connection often.
We were looking for a place near the beach in the Uvita/Ojocal area and were so happy to find the luxury of Makara Suites available. We loved the fact that we could walk to the beach and drive easily to the variety of restaurants just up the road in Ojocal. We also have never experienced being so close to the howler monkeys which was a stunning experience. We could spend hours on the porch following them through the trees and ran out of space on our cameras for all the photos!
Don't give receipt for the pay.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The apartment was spotlessly clean, the kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed, and the beds were very comfortable.Amazing place to stay, it had been decorated to a high standard. Everything was perfect - FABULOUS apartment. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and always around to answer any of our questions. Thank you!
Absolutely stunning place and a great sense of hospitality
We stayed at the penthouse and it was really beautiful. Big, beautiful furnished and really stunning views. You can wath from high on the trees. We saw a lot of monkeys, tucans and other beautiful birds.
Sometimes its too quied. But when you love that this place is the best.
Really liked that it was 5 room hotel, type guest house.. Decoration just beautiful and the best of the best was the bathroom!!!!!
Need the pool, that we understand they will start this year though that would make you stay a night or two more.. An extra would be to have cable..
Our facility was huge and wonderfully furnished. Has washer and dryer. Full kitchen, beautiful design and furnishings.
Penthouse was beautiful! Super big and with 4 (!) balconies. Especially the outside jacuzzi and the rain show were great! Being in the jacuzzi while watching the monkey's in the trees was a great plus. The Beach at a 6 min walking distance was beautiful and private. The owners will do everything to make your stay as good as possible.
The area is beautiful but quiet. A little too quiet if you ask me.
Amazing experience at makara. Spacious, comfortable and modern apartments in the midst of beautiful trees and vegetation. We were even visited by mangrove monkeys! Outstanding private sandy beach three min (walk) away. Excellent service, wifi, and accessibility to other restaurants in the area (by car). We highly recommend makara.
Craig and Helen (managers) were so helpful with giving us ideas on what to do in the area. We would have never found them on our own. The area is not very touristy so we found (via Helen's map) a beach all to ourselves and a waterfall to ourselves. And out trip is not over yet!
Beautiful house with great interiour! We loved the kitchen- it has everything included like a fridge with ice cube maker or a smoothie mixer. In the shower you can play football! It is huge! The housekeeping is very helpful and friendly! We wanted fresh coconuts from the garden- they climbed up the tree and picked us some. So it was perfect!
We did not have a car- so you need to go with taxi or bus to the next supermarket.
Loved the decoration and staff. Suites are big and veri comfy. Great for privacy and quiet peaceful stay.
A little difficult to access the beach.
We were here 2 night and an excellent choice for Uvita what is as well a great place to visit. We checked in very early and the owner showed us the beautiful beach just behind the accommodation, here you can spend the whole afternoon. The accommodation it self has all the extra's. oke not yet a tv but you don't need that in this kind off places. The place is just open and you have the whole paradise for yourself
after checking in we haven't seen the owner besides when we checked out. If we had any question we had to ask the concierge but are Spanish isn't so great. just mist the engagement from the owner during are stay
Really, everything was excellent and I wouldn't change a thing. The location is perfect: very short walk to the best secluded beach in the area. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and around just enough to answer any of our questions. If you are looking for a place close to the beach but want to be private and away from other tourists, this is it; it was like we had our own modern condo for the week and enjoyed cooking all of our own meals and having the amenities of home. If you are looking for a party scene, lots of hand-holding from a tour guide, and a big social scene then this is not your place (see the northwest coast). But if you want to see/appreciate the beauty of Costa Rica and enjoy exploring what the area has to offer in a clean relaxing environment then this would be a perfect base of operations for you like it was for us.
The highway that runs along the entire west coast is a little too close to the beach for my liking and the thought that overdevelopment will eventually degrade Costa Rica. Hopefully that wont happen; it is very beautiful the way it is.
Once I get a chance to go back I will not search for anything else, everything was marvelous - the comfort, the design of the apartments, the location, the friendly staff ! The beach is dream-like - beautiful, quiet, uninhabited and within an easy walking distance. There are two restaurants on a way to the beach. The monkeys are easily spotted on the Makara's property and there are some blue butterflies on a way to the beach. Thank you all at Makara's !
The road gets a little loud, but realistically there is probably no way in this location to be so close to the beach and away from the road, since the road runs parallel to the beach.
An absolutely stunning place!!! We chosed this place as the last destination of our honeymoon trip and it was a top choice! Interiors are super modern but very tastefully decorated. Especially the penthouse in the last floor was worth evere penny. We just gazed speechlessly the first time we stepped in. So much space!!!4 terraces (one with a wonderful jacuzzi right next to your bed), complete equipment in the kitchen, 2 toilets, stunning bathroom, wonderful views of the garden, mountains and jungle with tucans, monkeys and reptiles. You can hear the ocean (and cicadas) from back of the property. The couple running this place was incredibly pleasant and we felt that every wish we would think of would be immediately fulfilled with a smile on their faces. We enjoyed Makara so much and would always keep this place in our memories and come back in next years.
I can't say enough great things about this resort. It is beautiful. The staff is very courteous and helpful. Hellen who manages the property is a great asset. I've been fortunate enough to travel quite a bit, and this was the best surprise I've ever had. Lots of animals and beautiful peaceful surroundings are here. I can't wait to go back.
a dream location! Awesome well-equipped kitchen, beautiful bathroom, best bed of Costa Rica, great terrace to take a lazy appetizer
This brand new place is simply perfect. Very lovely housekeepers, a beautiful house with so much love for the detail, super clean, perfectly equipped kitchen and close to the most beautiful beach we've been to in Costa Rica. We'd definitely come again!
During our stay at Makara we woke every morning to the sound of howler monkeys! This is the place to get away from it all. The apartments are beautifully furnished and are brand new. Hellen and Craig were very attentive to our needs and helpful in recommending restaurants and other places to go. We absolutely loved Playa Ballena... Hard packed sand for walking and gentle waves for swimming. We were often the only ones there. We hated to leave this place.
There are no restaurants within walking distance although there are excellent restaurants in both directions.
The beach is secluded and beautiful! Just a 10 minute walk. Great bird watching from the balcony.
The sofa bed is not too comfy.
The suites are not in front the beach but real close driving distance to several beaches around the area. The place is brand new.
There was no wifi signal at the room and no tv.
Everything was great: the design of the apartments into the jungle, near the road and main beaches, all the facilities yo have at home, beautiful decoration, clean and new, fresh air, complete kitchen, monkeys, tucans, butterflies and many more. It is just perfect!
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