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“Great stay” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tulemar Bungalows & Villas
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Haymarket, Virginia
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Great stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

My wife and I planned a sort of last minute trip to Costa Rica for our anniversary. We only decided to go about 8 weeks ahead of time after hearing only good things about other people's trips to this beautiful country. I had no idea where to stay or what part of the country to go to since we only had a week to spend. After doing a lot of research on Tripadvisor we decided to go to Manuel Antonio. I was very impressed with the reviews of Tulemar. Unfortunately because of our last minute plans, we could only get 4 nights at Tulemar but we took what we could get. A Tulemar Bungalow was available which is just what we wanted.

The Bungalow itself: My wife and I wanted something different. We've stayed in our share of 5 star hotels, but we wanted an adventure. The bungalows had 360 views of the ocean and the rainforest. It reminded us of a luxury cabin in the Adirondacks, rustic but with all the amenities. We were visited by a group of monkeys one morning making their way down to the beach. A monkey stared right at my wife through the window. The views were breathtaking. The bungalow had a great shower, nice kitchenette and was very comfortable. The bed was comfy too and sleeping was great, especially listening to the soothing rain one night. Only problem was a leaky a/c unit which was fixed promptly. The maids kept the room spotless. Internet was excellent.

The Beach: The private beach was fun. The staff was very helpful with setting up the lounges. We saw a sloth in the trees two days in a row and plenty of monkeys in the trees. Watched sand crabs and hermit crabs. The ocean was the warmest I had ever been in and the waves were lots of fun. Very clean. The food was ok. We only went to one pool, the one at the restaurant just down from my bungalow. It was very refreshing and got to watch the monkeys play on the roof of the lounge area one afternoon. Was never too crowded and the view from the pool area was great.

The Staff: I can't say enough about the staff. Ashley was our consierge and she was the best. She called everyday to ask us if we needed anything. She took my wife down to the store in the pouring rain the first night to buy food and snacks for the room. The day we checked out, we went on a tour in the morning. She got our bags from our bungalow while we were gone and held them for us until we got back. Her level of service was impeccable. Every employee was friendly and helpful, from the front office staff, to the shuttle drivers, to the restaurant staff to the beach staff....everyone was great

The property: It is built on a hill. The walking from the top where the office is to the beach is in most places steep. I was able to walk from our bungalow to the office without much problem, but the walk from the beach back to our bungalow was out of the question....too steep. The shuttle service was excellent. Call 10 minutes ahead of time and they'll pick you up and take you wherever you want to go on the property. Once outside the gate, walking was no problem. Not a lot of sidewalks, so you just have to be careful of the traffic in spots. Lots of restaurants within walking distance.

Weather: We went during rainy season, but no problems. Plan your activities in the morning and you'll be fine. It never rained the whole day. One day was rainless and the rest it would start raining about 3 in the afternoon and usually last for 2-3 hours. It only rained once the whole night.

Overall a wonderful experience that we'll never forget. Looking forward to our next visit

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Hi James R....wow.....thanks for an excellent review on your stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows.....I loved the format of your review....so easy to read and so many details......first....I'm sorry we didn't have more nights available for your stay.....but I am sure happy that you took advantage of what we did have......and thanks for the comments on Ashley.....one of our Tulemar Super Star Concierges......Ashley was born in Costa Rica but raised in Fairbanks, Alaska......(Costa Rican mom and Gringo Dad)......after graduating from college in Seattle she return to Costa Rica with her family and now lives here year round......and as you pointed out....she is wonderful......she really wants her guests to enjoy Tulemar....Manuel Antonio....and Costa Rica....as much as she does.....she knows all the best tour guides and activities......the best restaurants (where locals eat too!)......and where to find everything....from groceries to souvenirs......again.....thank you so much for the thorough review.....I know it will help many searching for the right spot to stay.....thanks for booking with us directly on our web site linked here.....and we're looking forward to your return as well!

Tulemar Dave
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

We stayed at a couple of Buena Vista Villas (305 & 308) from August 5 to 9. The property has everything... views, beach, pool, wildlife, great food and convenient to great restaurants and Manuel Antonio Park. This alone will make us come back to Tulemar.

But this property has a big bonus... We travel a lot and the service we received at Tulemar is the best we've ever experienced. Our concierge Danny took care of all our needs. We think that he put a GPS tracker on us because whenever we need him, he seems to find us before we even make the call. All the staff, from the drivers, servers and housekeeping were warm and eager to serve. We were treated like longtime friends.

Pura Vida!

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank luv2shoot
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
Hi luv2shoot......thanks for the great review on your stay in two of our One Bedroom Villas.....and thanks for the kind words on Danny.....your personal concierge......Danny is one of our "guest favorites".....everyone loves him.....he really does make your stay special......he seems to know just how much time and service each guest prefers.....and he can handle everything.....from tours/activities to dining suggestions to errands.....just ask.....thanks for booking with us directly and we'd love to see you back again!

Tulemar Dave
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Franklin, Tennessee
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21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

my family and I stayed it Tulemar for five days. We were warmly greeted at the reception and shown around the property. The resort was beautiful. The flora and fauna were amazing. The staff was extremely helpful- the beach staff (Jose and Orlando), beach transportation, restaurant staff. Our concierge Chris even send us warm brownies one night. The resort was in walking distance to the town and they had Great recommendations on local places to eat. The beach was beautiful and very private. we really enjoyed our time here while in costa Rica!

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
Hi Hinson5....thank you very much for the review on your stay in Tulemar.....we enjoyed having you with us.....glad that you enjoyed your little tour of Tulemar as well.....with 33 acres to explore.....it helps to have your concierge show you around.....the location of the 4 pools.....the Tulemar Beach.....the two hiking trails.....the restaurant......and of course your Bungalow.....and probably some wildlife along the way......(Tulemar has 3 types of monkeys, both types of sloths, exotic birds and reptiles too).....thanks again for your review and for staying with us....we'd love to have you back!

Tulemar Dave
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new york
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34 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

Our family of five stayed here for 4 nights based on the reviews we read here. Everything is completely true. We were in the Casa del Mar which is one of the villas. It is absolutely gorgeous, maybe the nicest place we have ever stayed. The hotel is wonderful, staff is friendly and helpful, our concierge Ashley was terrific. She helped us arrange tours and taxis, and called every day to see if we needed anything. Beautiful pools and beach, stunning vistas. Even when it rained, we stayed in the hot tub on the porch and looked at the view. we would love to return here.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sherdave5
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Hi sherdave5....wow....thanks for the nice review on Casa del Mar.....one of our 2 bedroom premium villas......so glad you enjoyed your stay......the owner of this villa loves to shop and decorate.....and this one is full....from the kitchen (better stocked than my own!).....to the art work.....to the fresh flowers......it's a great villa with ocean views and a large balcony complete with a jacuzzi.....king bed in one bedroom and 2 queens in the other......and you get the personal concierge services of Ashley......one of our Tulemar Stars......thanks for your remarks about her......we really appreciate you booking with us at tulemar.com....the only place you can book Casa del Mar.....and we hope to see you back again soon!

Tulemar Dave
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Canada
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80 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

We have stayed at some really nice hotels in our travels, but Tulemar's customer service is absolutely exceptional. From the moment we arrived, staff welcomed us as if we were old friends. Even my kids were greeted with friendly a 'Hola Amigo!' by restaurant staff, gardeners, cleaning staff, and even maintenance staff. I personally would nominate our concierge, Ashley, for the 'Concierge of the Year' award as she is just lovely!

The location, pools, and beach at Tulemar are perfect. Tulemar is a bit pricy, but the combination of amazing customer service, fantastic location, gorgeous views, and huge list of included amenities really proved to be a great value!

We stayed in bungalow 113, which had stunning views and seemed quite private considering it is almost entirely windows (there's blinds). The bungalow had lots of sleeping space with 2 queen beds and a day bed with a trundle in the living room.

We were disappointed by the small kitchenette, but honestly, it's good for a shorter stay and really you want to spend your time by the beach or in the pools anyway! The kitchenette had a small bar fridge, microwave, a 2 element cook top, coffeemaker, and hardly any counter space (no oven). It also only had 1 pot, 1 frying pan, cutlery, plates, bowls, glasses, and small mugs for only 4 people... so don't expect to cook a gourmet meal! We were able to cook basic stuff like quesadillas, french toast, and spaghetti as we get tired of eating at restaurants every meal.

The beach is nice with tons of beach chairs, sand toys for the kids, boogie boards, and paddle boards with no additional fees (which was a pleasant surprise!). The waves, however, were very strong during our stay and we did find that there was quite a strong current when the tide was going out. The red flag was flying, but people were still swimming and boogie boarding. If you have little kids and are concerned, the beach in Manuel Antonio was calm and perfect for young kids.

We rented our own car and there was parking right near the bungalows. It was also nice to be able to drive down the hill and park beside the beach, as it would be quite a hike back up with our load of beach gear. If you don't have a car, the shuttle will pick you up at the beach and drop you back of at your rental.

There were tons of howler monkeys, sloths, birds, and lizards on the property. Staff were great at letting people know the latest monkey and sloth sightings and we were able to get some really close up photos.

Tulemar is a big property, with everything spread out, which means you never see lots of people. The pools were often empty and we never had to wait for a beach chair or boogie board. I'd highly recommend Tulemar as it is for people who like quiet, nature, and relaxation!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kells_on_holiday
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Hi kells_on_holiday......thanks for the great review on your stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows......we loved having your family with us.....the Bungalows are a good choice for 1-4 persons......lots of sleeping options and with windows all around you have wonderful ocean and jungle views.....(especially #113)......your description of the kitchenette matches ours on the website to a "t".....(including the photo)......they are as you mentioned......good for breakfasts, snacks and drinks.....but not for cooking a large meal......(we do have other units with full kitchens)......thanks for your comments on Ashley and I agree...."Concierge of the Year"......would fit her well.....she really is concerned about her guests and will go above and beyond to make sure they are happy......just one note about our beach......the waves and tides vary all through the day....from nearly flat and calm to larger waves.....and whatever the conditions are at our beach....they will be the same/similar at all the local beaches......just ask David at our beach services what the conditions are before you come down.....he'll be happy to assist.....and yes we do put a red flag out when the waves or tides are stronger......thank you so much for posting this review and for booking with us directly on this web site at Tulemar....we hope to have you back again soon!

Tulemar Dave
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

This place is in a great spot. Right up against the beach and surrounded by monkeys, sloths, etc. That being said, the staff is what makes this place so great. Danny was our concierge. From the start he made sure we had everything we needed and called daily to make sure. He showed us monkeys and sloths, and recommended activities and restaurants. The people in the office were also great. They are all great at their jobs and if I owned a hotel I would love to have a staff like this.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BHandsomeface
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Hi BeHandsomeface.....thanks for the great review on your stay in Tulemar.....and on our staff.....I agree.....I feel our staff is the absolute best......from Danny.....your personal concierge.....to the front desk staff.....the shuttle drivers......the beach crew......the servers at the restaurant.....they all want you to have a great time and enjoy your stay in Tulemar.....and in Manuel Antonio.....and in Costa Rica......we all work hard to make sure you are happy.....thank you so much for staying with us and we hope to have you back again!

Tulemar Dave
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

Second trip to Tulemar but very different for the fact that we had our kids in tow and this is the first time we had been to Costa Rica in the rainy season . We stayed in Casa Mirador with another couple and their 3 kids ( and our two 4,6,yr olds ) . We stayed in the lower and the other couple stayed in the upper which worked out perfect .... '' Team Diego " treated us like family from the very start by bringing us 2 cakes from a local bakery that his family likes and thought we would as well .... and of course we did ! .... nothing is ever too much to ask for Al and Diego they make it so easy...... Kids absolutely loved it here ... so many monkeys, sloths , iguanas , geckos , tucans ..... it really is critter city !! ... We also loved the whole setup at the restaurant / pool it just worked perfect for our family and the proximity of our casa ....although the restaurant has gotten some less than perfect reviews lately, we thought it had great food .... its just what Tulemar needed to make it a true " one stop shop "...... The amenities at Tulemar are endless...... the beach ... concierge service .... 4 pools .... restaurant ... animals ... shuttle service ... can't understand why anyone would go anywhere else ! ...... A few other names worth mentioning this year that gave us awesome service and made our trip unforgettable were Jose the bartender who has a great personality and always went out of his way to say hi to my kids ..... and the other star of Tulemar was Marlon the chef at the restaurant who made us a fabulous meal in our casa one night ( you have to try this ) the best meal of our entire stay .... ( thanks again Dave ) .....I could go on and on about this place and its staff but words cannot describe it ... just book it and see for yourself ..... we are going to try and make it an annual trip ... its that good !!

Room Tip: Don't be afraid to book in the rainy season ..... it was never a washout ...beautiful mornings a...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BIGMIKE7375
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
I've started calling this guest "Tulemar Mike" because he has been such a promoter of Tulemar over the years.....it's always a pleasure to have you back....this time with friends and family......thanks for your stellar review on Casa Mirador.....a perfect choice for two smaller families........with Casa Mirador Upper (2 bedrooms/2.5 baths) and Casa Mirador Lower (1 bedroom/1 bath and sofa bed) it was a the right villa for you.....separate yet together.....each with their own kitchen and living area.....and large balconies.....all with spectacular ocean views......and the personal concierge service of Team Diego......thanks for your comments on our restaurant and the personal chef service.....what a treat.....so glad that you enjoyed it......and thanks for booking with us directly at tulemar.com......the only spot to book Casa Mirador......and we'll be ready for your return!

Tulemar Dave
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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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