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Tulemar Bungalows & Villas
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Huntsville, Alabama
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6 reviews
“Loved Everything About It”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

We just returned from our fabulous stay at Tulemar. We stayed in Villa 403 (Villa Cielito) and the views were just as good as advertised. This Villa is close to the entrance, so closer to restaurants but farther from the beach. That doesn't really matter because the vans that shuttle you from your villa to anywhere in the resort are very responsive. The service was outstanding. Chris was our concierge and he went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. From bringing in our luggage in a rainstorm to getting a custom "baby gate" made for the staircase in our villa. We were able to see monkeys at the beach 2-3 days and from our balcony 1 day. We saw lizards and sloths almost everyday. Our best family vacation ever.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, 10 August 2014
Hi jruf25.....thanks for the wonderful review on Villa Cielito in Tulemar.......this 2 bedroom / 2.5 bath villa has it all......full kitchen/living/dining area......indoor/outdoor showers......large balcony with jacuzzi/sitting/dining area.....and the most spectacular ocean views.....plus its location near the top of the hill makes it easy to walk to all the little restaurants, grocery stores and ATM's right outside our gates......plus you have all the amenities of Tulemar and Chris.....your personal concierge.....as you experienced.....Chris will do whatever it takes to make sure you have a great trip......thanks for booking with us at tulemar.com.....the only place you can book Villa Cielito.....we hope to see you back again soon!

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Ventura, California
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

Don't be skeptical what you read about this resort. It's rated #1 in the region for good reason. The villas are spectacular; the staff is very good, and try the in-villa chef service!

A dozen travelers (of which I was one) recently rented two three-story villas here. They were arguably the nicest accommodations I have experienced in this caliber (a fully-furnished unit with kitchen supplies, full-size refrigerator, oven, stove, etc).

The views of the private bay are terrific. The place looks just like you see on their Website. Sit on your villa patio and watch monkeys and sloths in the trees. Pretty darn cool.

The on-site restaurant is good (typical resort pricing for food and drinks) with a nice ocean view, but if you want a real experience, contract with the resort for an in-house chef (see the restaurant menu for details). My expectations were not high, but was I wrong! Chef "Marlon" put on a spread that would rival any 5-star, posh restaurant. No muss, no fuss. He cooked everything in the villa and had a helper to assist with clean-up. This meal was a true highlight of this epic experience along Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Marlon was personable, engaging, and the price for his services was reasonable.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
Hi Cubric.....thanks for the wonderful review on your stay in our 3 Bedroom Premium Villas......you were a fun group and we're so pleased you enjoyed your time with us......the three bedroom villas are great for 3 couples or a couple of small families......sleeping up to 10 people......plus you get the amazing indoor/outdoor showers that everyone loves.......and that large deck with a jacuzzi, outdoor dining area and ocean views too.....so glad that you took advantage of our Private Chef services...and Marlon who cooked for you.......a unique feature at Tulemar since all of our accommodations (except the Standard Rooms) come with either a full kitchen or kitchenette.....we can arrange a private chef for all of your meals or just that special dinner.....it really makes your stay unforgettable.....thanks for booking with us directly at tulemar.com we'd love to have you and your friends back again!

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Costa Rica
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

I can not say enough about the Tulemar villas and the amazing people. I booked everything with Lisa and she did a great job! I even had her book my tours ahead so we did not have to worry about it when we got there. When we arrived we were welcomed and given a fruit punch. The concierge was Danny and he was beyond amazing. Danny went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed and more. Also Luis our driver was great. We stayed in 303 and had an amazing view from our deck. Thanks to Danny I was able to get pictures of toucans, monkeys and sloths. The beach was beautiful and clean too. If I visit again I will stay here because of the amazing service and the way we were treated. This was our 25 anniversary and it was beyond incredible and so glad we stayed at the Tulemar . Thanks again !!!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
Hi Barbie D.....thanks for spending your 25th Anniversary with us.......we're so glad that Lisa and Danny were able to make it so special......that's one of the benefits of our personal concierge service......just tell us what you want (like the photos of the toucans, monkeys and sloths).....and we'll do our best to make it happen......maybe it's absolutely nothing.....just a quiet place on the Tulemar Beach....under the palms.....with a cool drink.....our concierge team can show you their favorite spots.....thank you so much for staying with us in Tulemar and we hope to see you again!

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

We found Tulemar online and rented one of the Buena Vista 2 bedroom villas. It was gorgeous! Beautiful view, well stocked kitchen, hot tub, nice outdoor seating with dining table, rain shower head in shower that is really cool with rocks, a/c, etc. Definitely recommend splurging on these villas. The grounds are like being in the National Park with monkeys, sloths, snakes, iguanas, birds, butterflies and 2 hiking trail with great views. The staff is very attentive and we loved our own private concierge, Andres. He was so kind and helpful and we called him with any question and he was more than happy to help us, stopping by our condo to check up and even meeting us downtown to take us to his fish monger and the farmers market! At first I was hesitant too use the concierge but it is expected that you do. They really want you to have a great time and they really love their jobs, you can tell. You can arrange to have everything stocked and groceries delivered, you excursions booked by them and practically anything you desire. You really dont need to lift a finger! You can also have a private chef if you choose but we only cooked dinner in one night and there is also a restaurant on premises. The beach staff were very friendly and helpful. The children (17,14,11) liked the free use of kayaks and boogies boards and loved the surf. I liked the happy hour drinks and the laid back feel, not to mention the little tent bat family in the eaves of our villa!

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
Hi NOLAborde......we loved having your family with us.....thanks for the great review and comments.....especially on Andres.....your personal concierge and one of our Tulemar Stars......you are right.....some people are hesitant on using the personal concierge service......(maybe they think there is a fee involved?)......but we provide that service to each of our properties....at no extra cost......your concierge can help arrange everything......from your transportation to Tulemar.....to your tours/activities.....even surf lessons or massages......or maybe just answer a question or help with an errand.....that's one of the many things that makes Tulemar so special.....thank you so much for booking with us directly at tulemar.com and we hope to see you back again soon!

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Ruckersville, Virginia
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Our first trip to Costa Rica. Stayed in a Deluxe room at Tulemar with Danny as our Concierge. Danny was great & the room was comfortable & everything we expected. The Tulemar grounds - including the private beach - are spectacular. I've never been to a beach before that had absolutely no trash on it whatsoever. Not one fleck of paper or one cigarette butt. I'd go back in a second :-).

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Hi Rockersville.....thanks for the wonderful review on your stay in Tulemar......we loved having you with us......and for your comments on the Tulemar Beach......it really is a very special place......a secluded cove.....sandy beach.....shady palms lining the shore......waves that vary with the tides from almost flat to enough for boogie boards and play......free lounge chairs.....umbrellas.....kayaks......boogie boards......towel service.....and food/beverages at our beach bar and grill that you just sign to your room......easy to spend all day here.....and thanks for your comments on Danny....your personal concierge......always around to make your stay even more fun.....and easy too.....just a note.....only the Standard Rooms have no ocean views.....all the rest do......from the Bungalows to the Private Villas.....and all do vary somewhat.....depending on their location.....thank you again for posting this review and for booking with us directly at tulemar.com.....we hope to have you back again!

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

My husband and I rented a Villa - Nido de Gansos. It was gorgeous on the inside and out, breath taking views and private pool. Diego and Al were our private concierges and truly made the trip a perfect 10!!!! They planned our trips, stocked our refrigerator, drove us to store or anywhere else we needed to go. They were so kind and knowledgeable of the area.
Tulemar Resort was set in the jungle and we saw three types of monkeys from our villa balcony! My children 10, 8, and 4 loved the resort, the home, and the staff. The free shuttle service to and from the beach, pools, villa, gate was awesome as it is very hilly and after a day at the beach or in the rain we didn't always want to walk.
The shuttle drivers got to know our children and were really helpful, funny, and friendly.
All of the food we had was great.
We would absolutely return to Manuel Antonio and would definitely stay at Tulemar!!!

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, 5 August 2014
Hi Tiffany M.....thanks for the excellent review on your stay in Nido de Gansos......one of our premier, private villas in Tulemar......with 3 bedrooms (each with a king bed).....and three separate living areas (one with two sofa beds)......it's great for a family or 2-3 couples........the main living area and the pool are located on the third floor......giving them all an ocean view and tree top views of the wildlife......this villa sees it all.....monkeys....sloths.....exotic birds and reptiles.... ..plus you have all the amenities of Tulemar and the personal concierge services of Team Diego.....thank you so much for staying with us in Tulemar.....and for booking with us.....Nido de Gansos can only be booked with us at tulemar.com.....we hope to have you back with us again!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

I'll begin with our concierge, Chris Madrigal, who will simply make you feel like your part of his family. Making sure you have everything you need and making suggestions as to were to eat, things to see and what excursions are the best, plus going out of his way to drive your family to a market or a restaurant late in the evening. Apart from Chris, all of the staff was always nothing but friendly, attentive and very helpful. Now, the property itself, is just incredibly beautiful! Very nicely manicured. The pools were all close by, nice and never overly occupied. The beach is so relaxing and so pretty and the water is nice and warm. I loved the kayaks at the beach for the guests and the drinks too. The food is very good at the resort but you also have great restaurants at walking distance from the lobby. We stayed in a bungalow which was perfect for a small family. It was so nice and clean, with windows all around and beautiful views of the jungle and ocean. Almost every night there was lightning, illuminating the dark clouds over the ocean that just looked so incredible. Thank you Chris, and the team at Tulemar for a wonderful vacation! After visiting Manuel Antonio, i understand the why the ticos of Costa Rica say "PURA VIDA"! We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: Bungalows are very nice for small families or just a couple.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
HI rczrs......so happy to hear that you had a great stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows.....thanks for the review......and for your comments on Chris.....your personal concierge......he really does make his guests feel like family.......Chris (and all of our concierge team) can assist with everything from your transportation to Tulemar.....to tours/activities......to dining suggestions.....and even surf lessons or a massage......we can tailor your stay.....from active to passive......thanks for booking with us directly at tulemar.com and we'd love to have you back again!

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Property: Tulemar Bungalows & Villas
Address: Tulemar Gardens, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
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 National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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