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“In the middle of the rain forest - with comfort”
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Tulemar Resort
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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11 reviews
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“In the middle of the rain forest - with comfort”
Reviewed 2 May 2014

We stayed a couple of nights at the end of April 2014, three generations, grandpa, parents, kids and had a great time. Bungalows are surrounded by forest but have all the comforts, air conditioning, luxurious showers, etc.. Food is fine and friendly service including shuttle transportation to from parts of the large property outstanding. A number of top local restaurants are a few steps or minutes away from the entrance to the resort. Only two caveats: Even with shuttle or own vehicle access to bungalows requires climbing at the equivalent of about 3 stories. And it's not cheap.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I wrote this same review for the Almonds & Corals Hotel in Manzanillo. That review should be pulled. It was intended for this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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2 Thank Pedro K
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Tulemar Resort, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
Pedro, thank you for your stay and the great review! Glad we made the extended family vacation wonderful. You are correct the terrain is radical, but that enables the views and the privacy. Thank God for the shuttle. Luckily once you are on the main road in front of the resort the waling is flat and there are many bars and restaurants to walk to, Pura Vida! Chris
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

A Perfect Vacation to Costa Rica:

The Bungalow #110 had the most impressive views I have every scene a mix of cliffs, jungle, ocean and mountains. The beach was all but deserted in the morning making it feel like we owned it. The surf was fun, challenging yet safe. But the best part was the crazy amount of exotic animal life scattered over the property that you ran into every time you walked outside. The three infinity pools were also a major highlight. We will be back.

Most importantly The staff was superb! Danella, Jose (beach bar), Luis, Orlando, Danny, Mike, Jesus, Xavier and I'm sure i forgot a few. Everybody was amazing. Please view the YouTube link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_kZ3XnoNkk


Jump to minute == 1:50, 6:00, 8:54, 21:30 to view the Beautiful Private Beach at Buena Vista Luxury Villas Tulemar Resort.

Jump to minute == 3:20 to see the amazing Bungalow at Buena Vista Luxury VillasTulemar Resort.

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Jump to minute == 7:00 to see the free kayaks Buena Vista Luxury VillasTulemar Resort offers at their private beach.

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Jump to minute == 20:00 to view the petite and gritty town of Manuel Antonio

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Tulemar Resort, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
Colden, Thank you for the awesome review and the amazing video! We are all very glad to hear your vacation was the best of your life! Hopefully when you come back we’ll do even better! Your observation about the wildlife is on the mark and makes our property very special; we are a preserve for the animals outside the park. One small correction there are 4 pools! Pura Vida, Chris
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

We spent 8 days in Costa Rica (Arenal, Tamarindo and Manuel Antonio). Our last stop was Tulemar for 3 days.

Tulemar is exceptional. The property is maintained extremely well, the staff is very helpful and the private beach area is outstanding.

We stayed in the 3-room villas. They are in great condition and have lots of room and amenities. Very comfortable and clean, and the housekeeping staff are friendly and work hard to make sure your rooms are perfect. There were 4 families (17 total), and 3 families stayed in the villas.

Mari, the online concierge, was a major help before we left the US. Mari helped me book transportation for our entire trip in Costa Rica. She also helped us lock down whitewater rafting for the group. She was very responsive on email which was huge for me.

The concierge and staff on site were also extremely helpful. They helped us book good local restaurants and arrange transportation as needed.
Daniella at the bar served up some of the best mixed drinks we have ever had.

The beach in itself is a special place, especially for the kids. It is well kept, safe and has just enough wave action to boogie boarding (note: you have to travel out of MA to find good surfing). Lots of wildlife around and about (monkeys, sloths, toucans).

Tulemar is a perfect spot for families looking for a beautiful, clean and comfortable stay in Manuel Antonio with easy access to a great beach. The entire staff is top notch.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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2 Thank M W
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Tulemar Resort, responded to this review, 28 April 2014
M W Thank you for the review! Glad to hear we met expectations or even exceeded them! The 3 Bedroom Villas are perfect for large groups willing to live together on holiday! That sounds like it was a good party! Glad we could be a part. Good point you raise on surfing in the MA area it is somewhat tame in terms of waves. That said- good boogie boarding at the Tulemar beach!=) Pura Vida! thank you for choosing us for such a big family vacation! Chris
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We just returned from a week away at Tulemar and I can honestly say it was one of the best trips we've ever been on. From the immaculate grounds, to the friendly staff to the GORGEOUS views and natural beauty, we loved it and miss it already. The bungalow was the perfect size, although we wished we had a balcony, and the views from the panoramic windows were just sensational. We were able to walk to the pools, beach and nearby restaurants in town no problem which for us, was a huge bonus. Our 2 children (ages 5 and 7) enjoyed the boogie boarding and kayaking at the beach as well as the pools and monkey and sloth sightings. We HIGHLY recommend this property for a full Costa Rican experience. We cannot wait to return and have already told all our friends and family to check it out!!! We especially loved our Concierge, Andreas, and Orlando and Mari that were exceptionally friendly and helpful.
-Burke Family (Westchester, NY)

Room Tip: Bungalows don't have balcony's but they have incredible views - which for us was worth it...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Tulemar Resort, responded to this review, 28 April 2014
Thank You Denise Burke, Your review is an excellent description for the bungalows. Next time try the views from the north trail they are a hidden treasure on the property. Glad to hear we provided such an excellent Costa Rican experience and I have to thank the Buena Vista Luxury Villas awesome Tico staff! There friendly open demeanor and spot on advice creates the perfect Costa Rica experience! Thank you again for your stay and review, Pura Vida- Chris
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Accommodations were very good. Staff was even better . Special kudos to Orlando at the office and Daniela our favorite bartender. If you are at the beach do not ask for a ride from the beach around checkin time

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank John P
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Tulemar Resort, responded to this review, 28 April 2014
John P, Thank you for the review. I’m glad to hear we provided and extraordinary experience. I’m sorry if the wait time at the beach was longer than expected. Please come again- try green season our prices are fantastic for a beautiful and tranquil time of year. Pura Vida, Chris
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

We just returned from a 6 night stay at Buena Vista Villas.

All I can say is wow!

Everything was first class. Our villa was beautiful. The service was over the top.

Special thanks to our concierge Andreas. He gave us the special treatment. Gave us insight to local restaurants and cafe bars. Zip line and Manuel Antonio national park is a true gem. Don't forget to surf.

It was truly a vacation we will never forget.

My wife and I are in our early 50's and our three kids are in their mid 20's. All had plenty to do.

Oh yes, there were monkeys galore. They were on our deck a couple of afternoons.

The restaurants we frequented were:
Ronnie's. Great sunset place and food. Try the sangria.
Marlin. In Manuel Antonio. Fresh fish. Good lunch spot. Cold beer.
Cafe Bar. Across the street and south 100 yards. Coffee is off the chart.
El Avion. Drinks. Food nothing special.

Thoughts I had during our plane back:
Buy Imperial beer in aluminum cans, fruit, chips at market just to north of BVV.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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2 Thank Carp_on_Sandyland
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Tulemar Resort, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
Bakersfield, glad to hear you and your family enjoyed your time with us, thank you for the review! Andres is a wonderful concierge and we treasure him. Buena Vista Luxury Villas and Tulemar Bungalows is the perfect place for a family vacation. We have everything you could want or need whether you are staying two days or ten you won’t be bored and everything is walkable! I laughed when I saw your “thoughts” on the plane going back! Thanks for staying with us, Pura Vida- Chris
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Our family of 4 enjoyed every moment during our time at Tulemar. The resort is breathtakingly beautiful, the staff was very warm and helpful, and our bungalow was comfortable and well appointed. We had an amazing time. Extra bonus was when we watched our KY Wildcats make their way to the final 4 in the NCAA basketball tournament from the poolside bar.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Thank A S
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Tulemar Resort, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
A.S. thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed the game with us! Thanks for your stay with us too and I hope you will come back! Pura Vida, Chris
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Property: Tulemar Resort
Address: Tulemar Gardens, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica (Formerly Buena Vista Luxury Villas)
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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 Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Tulemar Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Tulemar Resort The Premier Resort Hotel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Rated as the number 1 resort hotel in Central America and Costa Rica and number 9 in the World by Trip Advisor Tulemar Resort is a full service resort set in the peaceful 33-acre gated and secure Tulemar Gardens Condominium. A wide variety of standalone accommodations are available for our guests, including the famed Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, as well as our luxurious 1, 2, and 3 bedroom Buena Vista Luxury Villas. The property itself is spectacular, nestled in a lush rainforest overlooking the beautiful Manuel Antonio coastline. Surrounded by nature, Tulemar Resort features incredible gardens, walking paths, thriving wildlife, and the ONLY exclusive sandy beach in the region. At Tulemar Resort you will enjoy the luxury and privacy of your very own villa, along with the amenities of a high end resort, including concierge service, daily maid service, 4 swimming pools, beach bar, spa services, tour desk, and the best sunset bar and restaurant in town. We invite you to review our website for photos and details, then book one of these magnificent villas or bungalows and experience the most unforgettable vacation of your life! ... more   less 
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