My wife, son, daughter and I stayed at Casa Panorama South for a week in January. We had looked at other resorts in the area and read the reviews. Tulemar’s consistent positive comments brought us to them. A quick call to Dave Houck started the ball rolling, Dave answered all my initial questions regarding the trip and I felt very comfortable with the decision to stay at Tulemar. Just like the images shown on their site, Casa Panorama South was just perfect and we really liked the décor of the villa. Kimberly, our concierge, was the best, not to mention her sense of humor. She made us feel quite comfortable with the area and guided us with activities, shopping, and restaurants. As others mentioned, the view was breath taking. Yes, the monkeys visited, the beach was beautiful and clean, the days were sunny and temps in the 80’s. The mornings were filled with the sounds of wildlife, just loved the distant calls of the Howler monkeys. It also amazed me how thorough the maids cleaned daily as if new tenants would be coming in, the accommodation was spotless. My wife and I spent lots of time under the shade of the trees by the beach while the kids enjoyed the ocean, kayaking, and sunning. Food was great, not to mention the drinks, we always made it a point to walk up the hill to lose the calories we had gained! Often the van service would stop and ask if we wanted a ride, but we declined for the exercise. Great restaurants were just a short walk from the front entrance to Tulemar, so was grocery shopping and the bank ATMs which gave US dollars or colones. . . We all enjoyed the Canopy Zip lining experience which was equal if not better than our Zip lining experience in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Very interesting zipping through the lush jungle. My wife and daughter enjoyed horseback riding in the mountains with a knowledgeable guide with Finca Valmy horse tours. We walked Tulemar’s trails to the beach almost daily, really enjoyed the atmosphere and monkey activity, even the sloth hanging out. I love photography so had quite a few walking adventures within and outside Tulemar to find items of interest. One being the 3 mile hike to the town of Quepos which I really enjoyed. I elected to take a cab back for 8 dollars US. At the western edge of the town small fishing boats would return with their catches and clean the fish. Herds of pelicans, gulls and some type of vultures were congregating at the fish cleaning. Great place to capture the birds in flight at close range.
This vacation was one of those where we dreaded its end. It was one where we would come back again knowing you could just relax in all its beauty and/or take on the numerous activities available. Yes, we’ll be back again and will certainly recommend and remember Tulemar as a wonderful vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tulemar is the premier resort development in Manuel Antonio. Gated and secure, the 33 acre jungle resort is perched on the hillside overlooking the Pacific, but continues down all the way to our own beach. It includes the Tulemar Bungalows and our special and unique villas such as Villa Mot Mot, Casa Panorama, Casa de Frutas, Casa Las Nubes, Villa Kiskadee and the new Tulemar Bamboo Villas just for couples. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tulemar Bungalows And Villas
- Tulemar Bungalows & Villas Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
- Tulemar Hotel
- Tulemar Bungalows & Villas Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park