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“Private beach, great rooms and excellent staff” 4 of 5 stars
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“Private beach, great rooms and excellent staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Stayed here for 8 days and enjoyed every minute of it. The bungalows are very spacious. A private beach is a very nice option. It is very clean and has decent surf for boogie boarding. Luis who was in charge of breakfast and lunch was very friendly and funny. Daniela provided the drinks with a sassy smile. The concierge staff was excellent and came through on all of our requests. Andres was a stand out here, he was great.
If we return to Costa Rica we will definitely stay here again. A nice extra is the fact that we got to see sloths and 2 different kinds of monkeys on the property. Also, there are hermit crabs all over!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Hi Mozelstein.....glad you enjoyed your stay in our Tulemar Bungalows.....they really are fun....and spacious......kind of like a tree house.....with A/C....and dramatic ocean views......thanks for the comments on Luis and Daniella at the beach bar and grill......both of them are a little sassy......lots of wildlife in Tulemar as well.....all three types of monkeys.....both types of sloths......lots of exotic birds and reptiles....I agree, Andres, one of our concierges, is a standout.....guests really enoy him......we'd love to have you back with us again.....thanks for booking with us!

Tulemar Dave
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Another awesome trip back to Casa De Frutas in Tulemar, Manuel Antonio. My 2nd trip this year. This place is absolutely amazing and a must see. Again, it was a wonderful welcoming by the staff. This place has the friendliest staff and always right there when you need anything. I came back to Costa Rica with no set plans but once i showed up Mauricio and Dave were right there making our schedule and took care of all the excursions.

This place is located right on a hillside over looking the Pacific Ocean. Upstairs has a full kitchen, dinning room, living room, master bedroom and lots of balcony space. Downstairs has 2 identical master suites which also have a great view of the Pacific Ocean with connecting balconies. We saw wildlife from the open air home everyday. Tulemar is a gated community with 24 hr security. Lots of monkeys and a few sloths. We even had a few Toucans hanging around on the tree tops. This home is fully equipped and a grocery store right down the street. A couple nights we even made our own meals and drinks and relaxed poolside enjoying the sunsets and the family of monkeys that come through daily.

The private beach is just a 5 min walk down the hill with awesome wildlife encounters. They even have free transportation to and from the beach. They also serve food and drinks at the beach. I highly recommend brunch or lunch. The staff at the beach were such a great time and friendly people.

Thanks again Dave, Mauricio, Lou, Daniela and the rest of the staff for making it another wonderful and relaxing vacation. You all are wonderful people. See you again soon!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TulemarDave, Owner at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
HI Cole.....thanks for your review on Casa de Frutas......one of our premier, private villas in Tulemar......we enjoyed having you with us again......even though the villa usually hosts 6-8 guests at a time.....we often rent the villa to just one couple......looking for something luxurious, private and unique......the design, ambiance, AMAZING sunset ocean views and personal service from Mauricio keeps it on the top of the list for vacation rentals on Trip Advisor.....thanks for taking the time to post the review and we hope to see you back for visit #3!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012 via mobile

Made our third trip to Costa Rica in the past 18 months in September. As with the first two trips, it was fantastic. All three times we have stayed in Tulemar, but this time was extra special because we stayed at Casa de Fruitas. Wow! We stayed in Casa Panorama the first two times and we thoroughly enjoyed it, but Casa de Fruitas was a cut above.

We stayed with another couple and a solo traveler. The other couple was celebrating a special anniversary and they stayed in the master bedroom. What a great place to celebrate a special occasion. The downstairs bedrooms are truly suites. Private patios, efficiency kitchens, dining area, all with a view of the Pacific.

I don't want to forget to mention our concierge, Mauricio. He is fantastic. He arranges all excursions for you, makes reservations for dinner and can arrange all sorts of unique activities, like a lunch out in a palm orchard. He even brought warm homemade brownies by one afternoon. Also, our host, Dave was amazing. He knows everything about the area and whatever he recommends that you do while here, you should definitely do it. He won't steer you wrong!

If you are heading down to Manuel Antonio check this place out!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TulemarDave, Owner at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Hi Annie.......that is one of the things that is great about Tulemar.....we have so many choices of accommodations......from the one bedroom Bungalows to a 5 bedroom private villa......so many guests return to Tulemar and bring their friends/family and move up to our larger villas like you did.....we loved having you with us at Casa de Frutas for your friends 40th anniversary......and Mauricio....your private concierge........enjoyed making it memorable for all of you.....from a unique lunch in the palm plantations.....to the special dinner under the stars on the Tulemar Beach......we'll be ready when it's time for your return......thanks for booking with me!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012 via mobile

Three generations of my family all came together here at Casa Panorama Sur for a phenomenal family vacation. Admittedly, I am here on the upper deck as I write this. There is a toucan sitting in a tree less than 20 feet away; monkeys have already visited us this morning. All I can think about is how to extend my stay! We have had an unbelievable time here in Tulemar. The pool, the ocean, the hiking trails- all are spectacular! Surpassing all of these things is Casa Panorama Sur itself and all it has given to us. Sunsets that have been so gorgeous even my little talkative 4 year old has been speechless, sightings of birds and animals that are spectacular to see, and of course the unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean.

As other reviewers have mentioned, Dave, Kimberly and everyone else here at Tulemar are top notch professionals in all that they offer and provide to/for the guests. Kimberly helped plan amazing expeditions for my family- and she did so without a complaint as I emailed her ridiculous amounts of time (sorry Kimberly). This is my 2nd time to this part of Costa Rica and this trip has been so much more amazing than my first.

If you are debating a trip to Costa Rica, you MUST come to Tulemar. You will not be disappointed- and if you stay at Casa Panorama Sur you may find me hiding in a closet. I do not want to leave!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Hi Merola Family.....we didn't want you to leave either.....we're so glad you enjoyed your stay in Casa Panorama......you are right.....the views, the wildlife, KImberly and our beach all make it very special.....we loved having you and look forward to another visit....thanks for booking with me.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed at Casa Panorama South in July 2012 and had an absolute blast. We stayed in the lower 1 bedroom unit and could not have asked for a better place. It was a great jumping off point to explore Quepos and Manuel Antonio. From the moment we booked to the time we had to leave early due to a family emergency back in the US Kimberly the house manager made our stay fantastic. She reached out early and offered a ton of information that made it easy to plan our trip to Costa Rica not only to Tulemar but also our trip to Costa Rica as a whole. She picked us up at the airport and gave us a tour of Quepos and Manual Antonio before we even checked in. She walked us through the check in process and was always a phone call away... literally at anytime of the day. She really loves her job and the area and it shows through how she treats her guests. The rental also was amazing.... the amenities, the fruit basket Kimberly provided and the resort itself is perfect. The rental unit was across from a pool with a bar/restaurant and it was a short walk down to the private beach with free kayaks, boogie boards, snorkle gear and also had a beach side restaurant and bar. The beach is perfect for swimming and the resort provides a shuttle to save you from the uphill work. Also the shuttle will bring you to the entrance of the resort where you can walk to a store and a lot of great restaurants. Kim also was a great resource for activities which are plentiful in the area. I recommend the rental to anyone planning a trip to Costa Rica and can't wait to return. We were able to have a great time there and do everything we wanted without a rental car and abig part of that was because of Kimberley's help.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Hi Ted.....thanks for posting the great review of your stay in Casa Panorama in Tulemar......and of Kimberly.....your personal concierge......she really does make your stay easy and very, very special......we're so glad that you enjoyed the villa......the location, the views, the amenities.....all make it one of our most popular villas......thanks again for taking the time to post the review and we hope to see you back again soon!

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Lenexa, Kansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

My family and I spent Thanksgiving week at Tulemar, we stayed in the Mot Mot villa. The villa was well appointed with amazing views. We saw wildlife on our balcony every day! Lots of monkeys and even a porcupine. We booked our vacation at Tulemar ourselves not knowing anyone who had ever been to Tulemar or Costa Rica for that matter. So we did our research on line and crossed our fingers. Boy were we delighted when we arrived at Tulemar. We knew instantly we had made a good decision. The place is truly amazing. The staff and facilities at Tulemar consistantly exceeded our expectations. The website dosen't really do the place justice. So book your vacation at Tulemar with confidence. We took our two children ages 6 and 9 and they had a ball! There is so much to do in the Manuel Antonio area.

Room Tip: Any of the Villas at tulemar are a good choice
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Hi Chase....thanks for the great review on Villa Mot Mot.....we're so glad that you enjoyed your stay....now you know why it's one of our most popular villas......and thanks for posting the wonderful photos below....they really show the Villa, the beach, the wildlife, the pools and the rest of Tulemar.....I love them.....a nice addition......thanks for booking with us and we hope to see you back again soon!

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

From the friendly staff when you book your trip to the bar tender at the beach, the staff at Tulemar are amazing! I spent 7 days with four other friends at Casa De Frutas and had the most relaxing trip ever! From the minute you are greeted by the staff at the house and walk through the door and see the most amazing view of the ocean you know you are in for a awesome trip. The ammonites and detail to the property are that of a 5 star resort. The private beach in Tulemar is breathtaking. The food and drinks at the beach restaurant are sooo good! If your looking for a trip to paradise, look no further!!

Room Tip: Casa De Frutas has two suites down stairs and one up. There is not a bad view from the house!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TulemarDave, Owner at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
Hi Nick....thanks for your comments on Casa de Frutas and Tulemar......and for your return visit......we enjoyed having you and your friends with us......Casa de Frutas is one of the most luxurious villas in Tulemar......the design, decor, ambiance and service keep it at the top of Trip Advisor's ratings for private villas in Manuel Antonio......do you want to know which Academy and Tony Award winner stayed in Casa de Frutas recently? Check out our web site on the link above or at 4tulemar.com!

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Address: Tulemar Gardens, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica
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Location: 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, Buena Vista Villas and privately owned villas such as Villa Mot Mot, Casa Panorama, Casa de Frutas, Casa Las Nubes and Villa Kiskadee. ... more   less 
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