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Tulemar Bungalows & Villas
Ranked #1 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Tulemar Bungalows & Villas was such a tremendous place to stay while in Costa Rica. Everyone from Danny, our concierge, the restaurant staff, the front desk staff, the cleaning staff, the security (Jason!), the personal drivers at Tulemar, to the garden keepers were simply amazing and were so eager to help in any way necessary. The gardeners enjoyed pointing out monkeys, sloths, and iguanas all throughout the place, all during our stay. Danny provided us with his personal phone number just in case we were lost driving around Costa Rica (which, driving was no problem at all). He made sure we went on the best excursions (which included ziplining and a catamaran tour). And, he was very approachable about any questions or concerns we had.
Each day my sister and I would walk down to the beach. There is a staff member that is assigned to the beach from 9a-4p. He, too, pointed out wildlife, helped us with chairs, kayaks, and any beach item we needed. The beach was as little rocky, but fun for being a private beach.
My future stay will always be with Tulemar!

Room Tip: Buena Vista...seriously had the best views!!!
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2014

Hi Nicole S.......thank you so much for the review on your stay in Tulemar.....we loved having you with us.....and thanks for the kind words on Danny.....your personal concierge......and one of our "stars".......he really wants all of his guests to enjoy their stay and he's willing to do whatever it takes to make sure they enjoy Tulemar, Manuel Antonio and Costa Rica...... thanks for the comments on our other staff members as well......we really appreciate you booking with us at tulemar.com and we look forward to your return!

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed 14 June 2014

We traveled with two grandmas 70s, kids (3yrs, & 1yrs,) and a teenager 18yrs and we all had a great time. We didn't have to go far to see the amazing wildlife. the staff always went out of there way to point out the monkeys or sloths on our way down to beach. I was very happy with the service. They put up netting around the balcony to make it safer for the kids, brought balloons for kids. Our concierge was Chris Madrigal, he went above and beyond what most concierge's would do. He was a wealth of info and seemed to know everyone. The weather was great despite it was rainy season and actually rained everyday. Somehow it's not a big deal because its warm rain and only rains once a day for a few hours at night. The food was so fresh & delicious! I really can't imagine needing a better resort than this.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank FamilyDiCristo
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2014

Hi Family Di Cristo.....thanks for staying with us in Villa Cielito in Tulemar......it has one of the MOST amazing panoramic ocean views.....from every room.....(two bedrooms each with 2 queen beds, 2.5 baths with indoor/outdoor showers, living, dining and full kitchen plus a great balcony complete with jacuzzi).....plus a great location near the top of the hill and close to the front gates.....so easy to walk to restaurants, ATM's or the grocery store......plus you get the personal concierge services of Chris.....one of the best in Tulemar.....thanks for booking with us at tulemar.com and we hope to see you back again soon!

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Reviewed 12 June 2014

We stayed in Tulemar Villa Mot Mot early June 2014. Before we arrived, Vanessa helped us figure out which excursions would be appropriate for our young kids (and which weren't!), and got everything booked for us - a huge time-saver! She was wonderfully responsive to several changes to our schedule, and very patient. When we arrived in Costa Rica, Al was right there at the Quepos airport, waiting to take us in a clean, air-conditioned van to our villa. He was super helpful and even stopped at the grocery for us to grab a few things on the way (the kids need snacks, after all!). He gave us a thorough tour of the property and a lot of good advice about where to go and what to do. Diego was very helpful in suggesting restaurants, shopping venues, excursions, and even picking us up and taking us to the store a couple times so we could cook in on the grill in the fully-equipped villa! He personally spoke to our rafting guide about our fears about our young son going rafting, and the owner of the rafting company personally took us out on a raft, making sure our kids were super safe. Diego had an uncanny ability to call our villa to check on us right when we needed something. As soon as we got in from an afternoon at the beach or pool and our thoughts turned to dinner, the phone would magically ring and Diego was there with suggestions and assistance. Vanessa, Diego and Al made everything easier! The villa was beautiful and comfortable - like a home away from home!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

Hi GMBennett_12......thanks for the excellent review on your stay in Villa Mot Mot.....in Tulemar.....and especially on Team Diego.....your personal concierges......as you experienced......they really do make your trip easier and very special........like having a good friend that you can trust in a foreign country.......thanks for your comments on Villa Mot Mot too......we really appreciate you taking the time to post this review and for booking with us at tulemar.com.....we hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed 12 June 2014

We just got back from a family vacation staying in the bungalows. The service was excellent our concierge Michael made sure that we had everything we needed from reservation to tours! We did a zip lining tour at El Santuario with the kids that turned out to be the highlight of the trip! Danielle at the restaurant was so friendly and great with the kids, everywhere we went she went out of her way to make them feel special!
Great views from the pools, especially liked the family pool, it was never crowded and very quiet.. They even had a bar that you could order food from the main pool and they would bring it to you.
Beach area was great, they had towels, beach toys, chairs and boards to use, so nice to not have to bring these items or rent them. We went to Manuel Antonio State Park but came back to swim since Tulemar beach is private so its not crowded and has such great amenities.

Tons of wildlife, we saw more wildlife at the Family Pool than anywhere else on our entire weeklong trip to Costa Rica! Grounds were well maintained and the view were amazing. The staff was by far the most helpful of anywhere we stayed in Costa Rica, I would highly recommend staying here!

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1  Thank stephanieH283
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

Hi stephanieH283.....thank you so much for the review on your stay with us in Tulemar.....the Bungalows are really a great choice for families......tropical.....rustic.....quirky.....almost like staying in a tree house.....with AC and panoramic ocean views.......and thanks for your remarks on Michael.....one of our newest concierges......and a rising star......with 4 pools to choose from......you can usually find one that is deserted.....like you did......so glad you got to see so much wildlife......with 33 acres of jungle to roam in Tulemar.....we have all three types of monkeys.....both types of sloths.....exotic birds and reptiles.....and if you don't see them from the pools.....you'll probably see them from your bungalow.....or the Tulemar Beach......or the hiking trails......or along one of our roadways......thanks for booking with us at tulemar.com and we hope to see you back again!

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Reviewed 12 June 2014

We consider ourselves world travelers, once a month go to the Caribbean, Panama, Columbia, you name it. Have been to Costa Rica several times in past but what made this time the best vacation to date, is the Resort and specifically the staff at Tulemar. From the front receptionist Veronica who is always pleasant to the Drivers (Luis and forgive me, forgot the other name). We utilize the drivers's quite often because we have 5 and 7 year olds but you could walk the property if you desire. The driver even stopped and found a sloth for us in a tree, which was a main goal for my son on this trip, to see a sloth!!! The wildlife on this property was stunning, and every single person/staff from the beach bartender to the restaurant staff, to another staff member who let us tour villas for our next adventure. You cannot find this unique hotel for its location, wildlife, and most importantly staff anywhere! The one bedroom villa was wonderful, always pristine clean and the balcony is a must with the views! Alvaro planned our entire activities prior to arriving, from transportation to tours which were amazing as well, big thanks to him!!! We tried to book at Christmas time to come right back, but all booked, so book in advance!! We are coming back in March! I cannot say enough great things about this resort! A MUST DO!!!

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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

Hi Jen_Mike04......we loved having you and your family with us.......it was so nice to meet you.....glad that you enjoyed your time with us......we were happy to give you a personal tour of our villas for your next stay.......it's so much easier to see them in person and to be able to choose......yes.....we are pretty much booked for New Year's Week but still have some options for Christmas Week......so glad that we found two villas that work for you and your family in March of next year........thanks for your comments on Alvaro.....your on line concierge who helped planned your stay prior to your arrival.....and the shuttle drivers......(driving thru the resort all day they really do know where the animals are!).......thanks again for posting the review and we look forward to see you in March!

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

We just arrived back to Texas from Tulemar. We stayed in the most beautiful home called Casa la Nubes. The home has everything you will ever need. Diego and Vanessa made sure we experienced all there was to offer. He suggested ways to save time by combining excursions. So we did the ATV/Zipline. Which I must say, was a blast! Also, did the rafting which was exciting. They arranged for a chef to come to our house, his name was Tito. Outstanding food... Lastly, Vanessa set us all up for in house massages. Very relaxing after all the adventures.. All the bookings were arranged by them,which was super nice. They even stocked our refrigerator before we arrived. I can't say enough about Tulemar service as you can see. I would definetly return, hopefully sooner than later...

Room Tip: Tulemar is a wonderful resort, shuttle to beach was great. People very helpful and very friendly...
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2014

Hi Vkhuley.....thanks for the excellent review on your stay in Casa Las Nubes in Tulemar....one of our premier, private villas.....I love the fact that even though you stayed in one of our most dramatic and luxurious villas.....your review was a rave on the service provided by Diego and Vanessa.....your personal concierge team......they are certainly a great match for the villa.....making sure our guests get the best of everything......handling all the details.....from transportation options from San Jose......to your tours/activities......dining options including a private chef for that special meal....or even surf lessons or a "spa day" at your villa.....they can do it all......thank you so much for booking with us directly at tulemar.com and we look forward to your return!

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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Just got back from a 6 night stay in the Buena Vista Select Villas for our honeymoon. We had never been to Costa Rica, but Tulemar Resort definitely gave us a beautiful unique experience. All of the views from our Villa's deck was beautiful over looking the forest and the ocean. I fell asleep at least twice for a nap on the hammock out there.

All of the staff here are all very nice and all very helpful. The concierge service was exceptional in helping arrange our trip getting to Tulemar as well as having Champagne in the room upon our arrival so we can further celebrate our honeymoon. Once we arrived, they again were very accommodating in coordinating taxis, restaurant reservations, whatever we may have needed.

We loved not even having to leave the resort to go on a healthy hike (down to the beach), as well as to see new birds that we have never seen, sloths sleeping in the trees, lizards, iguanas and of course, best of all, the playful white-faced monkeys. These little monkeys were definitely playful and were putting on a show for us.

We enjoyed the free use of beach chairs, umbrellas, towels and we also used the free kayaks to go out into the bay area. The 4 pools were also beautiful. 2 infinity pools and there were enough variety in the pools in that it satisfied what you may have wanted that day. One day we just wanted a quiet and secluded pool, they have that too.

Our concierge Danny also helped plan an excursion zip lining tour at El Santuario, just a few minutes away. I never wanted to do this, but my wife talked me into it and I'll be honest, I am very happy that I did it. The tour guides were knowledgeable, fun and were very safe with all of us. If you go zip lining, this is the place to do it. The longest line we road, was the longest in Central America and was a Blast!

Great trip and experienced things I never had before. Tulemar's staff and accomodations were all worth the trip.

Room Tip: we had the Buena Vista Select Villa - full kitchen. Made coffee every morning. Went to market acro...
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2014

Hi TJAdam.......we loved having you with us for your Honeymoon......and the 1 Bedroom Select Villa was a great choice for you.....so glad to hear that you enjoyed it.......the balcony is wonderful......complete with a comfortable seating area and even a hammock....plus those amazing views of the ocean and the jungle....and the wildlife.....thanks for the comments on Danny....your personal concierge and one of our Tulemar Stars......he really wants all of his guests to enjoy their stay.....whether its "active" with the zip lines.....or just relaxing around the pools or at the beach......Danny will make your stay special.....thanks for booking with us directly at tulemar.com and we hope to have you back again!

Tulemar Dave

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Address: Tulemar Gardens, Manuel Antonio 6350, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: £111 - £255 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 34
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 
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