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“Great accommodations!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Stayed 3 nights May 2012. Family of 4 greatly enjoyed staying at the bungalow. Beach was great and at times we were the only ones on the beach! Having the kitchen facilities together with a separate bedroom made these accommodations work so well for our family.

The kids enjoyed watching the variety of wildlife. Monkeys, sloths, iguanas and more.

Room Tip: Bungalows near the pool are an easy walk to the beach. Leaving the beach is uphill and the shuttle...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, March 15, 2013
Hi Molly.....thanks for posting a review for your stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows......they really are perfect for a small family......a separate bedroom with two queen beds.......a living/dining/kitchenette......bath......windows all the way around.....set in the jungle with great ocean views.......kind of like a tree house with air conditioning........plus all the amenities of Tulemar.....the beach.....the pools.....the wildlife.......the resort shuttle.......and we're located right in the heart of Manuel Antonio.......10 restaurants, 2 ATM's and a grocery store within 2 blocks of our front gates....thanks again for staying with us and we hope to see you back again!

Tulemar Dave
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

I'm not sure I can even describe how amazing the views are...from the moment we walked in the door I was blown away, the pictures don't do justice to how absolutely gorgeous everything is. I would give more than 5 stars if available. My husband and I traveled with 2 other couples to Casa De Frutas. When we arrived we were greeted by Dave and his staff, I've never felt so welcome and appreciated. The service was outstanding, Mauricio was amazing..he helped us prepare for our trip before we even left the states. We booked about a year in advance, he kept in contact with us and sent helpful info on Costa Rica & available activities. After we arrived he and Julien kept track of everything for us! The amenities are fabulous. We took advantage of the adult pool, massages by the pool and in our home, in home chef two of the nights we stayed (delicious!!!) the beach is also close a few min walk or take the complementary shuttle. I took advantage of the photography lesson, it was wonderful and Sarah was so nice and helpful! (thanks Sarah!) The girls on the trip also had a private yoga session (thanks Sylvia). Others did deep sea diving, fishing, zip-lining, tons of stuff to do. We visited a few shops, and tried many of the recommended restaurants.
The house is absolutely amazing! Truly 5 star, one of a kind, beautiful...it also has its own pool which we took advantage of the entire week. The beds are wonderful, tons of space, styled perfect, gorgeous flowers throughout, however, truly the most amazing thing of all is the view...I can't say enough...its breathtaking! Loved being able to watch all the wildlife, especially the monkeys..I miss them already :) I can't wait to return, and have nothing but great things to say!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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, March 14, 2013
Hi Erica......thanks for the great review on Casa de Frutas.....one of our premier, private villas in Tulemar........I loved your title.....and your description........no matter how we try......we cannot take photographs that capture the amazing panoramic ocean views from this villa and the open air ambiance......it's unlike anything else and one of the reasons it is so popular........Mauricio and Julien.....your personal concierges.......make the trip so easy......from assisting with your travel arrangements to the villa to pampering you once you are here......arranging massages, private chefs, yoga lessons and other tours and activities.......glad you enjoyed your photography class with Sarah too.......plus you have the wildlife visits and a private pool........and access to all of the other amenities in Tulemar........like the beach, the shuttle and the hiking trails.......we loved having you and your friends with us in Casa de Frutas......and hope to see you back again! Check out our web site and see which Hollywood actress recently stayed with us in Casa de Frutas!

Tulemar Dave
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Cleveland, Ohio
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

First off, I am not one to normally post reviews, but I feel it is an absolute must after spending our honeymoon at Tulemar Gardens. It far exceeded our expectations. We stayed in the Casa Panorama North lower unit and it fit our needs perfectly. The unit was cleaned daily, spacious, and modern. The kitchen was an added bonus, allowing us to prepare meals if we did not feel like going out. Also, the balcony was fantastic--spent every morning out there eating breakfast and it was great for sunsets.

We ended up taking a shuttle (scheduled by Vanessa) from the airport for $180 each way. Not terribly expensive for a 2.5 hour trip and the driver took us to a supermarket which allowed us to stock up on groceries. You can also fly into Quepos from San Jose for approximately $63 per person each way (if your flight times correspond with the local airline schedule--ours did not).

Once at the resort, our concierge Bill greeted us and helped us get settled in. He was a pleasure to deal with. He gave us a tour of the property, pointed out wildlife, and during our stay drove us into town and to Manuel Antonio National Park. He was very responsive and helpful, but yet he respected our privacy. Thank you so much Bill!

The resort itself is nothing short of spectacular. It is perched high on the cliffs with amazing views of the ocean. The grounds are manicured on a daily basis and there is plenty of wildlife to observe. It did not have that "large" resort feel because the houses and bungalows are individual units, providing a feeling of seclusion. The beach is absolutely amazing and never felt crowded. We enjoyed the challenge of hiking to the beach every day--what a workout! They also provide a shuttle service to the beach, but we never used it. David was quick to set us up with towels, chairs, and an umbrella. The kayaks and snorkeling gear are also a huge plus.

There are several restaurants within walking distance of the resort. We ate at Barba Roja, Agua Azul, and Kapi Kapi. All three were great and moderately priced (Kapi Kapi is more high end). The resort does have food service at the family pool and it is sufficient if you are looking to grab a quick bite. We also had lunch at the beach early in our stay, but then it was closed due to its close proximity to the water (apparently some maritime infraction?). The good news is that they were still bringing food and drinks down to people from the pool facilities.

In conclusion, we had a wonderful time and will be back sometime in the near future. Also, we felt very safe during our entire stay. We saw plenty of security (especially at night).

  • Stayed February 2013, 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, March 14, 2013
Hi Brandon.....thanks for posting such a detailed review of your stay in Casa Mirador (new name!) in Tulemar......a perfect, perfect, perfect spot for a honeymoon.......so glad you enjoyed your visit!
Besides the wonderful views, great balcony and separate bedroom with a king bed, you get the services of your own personal concierge.....and as you pointed out....they helped all along the way to make your stay easy and enjoyable.......plus all of the amenities of Tulemar......from our beach.....(and yes the restaurant/bar at the beach is open daily!).....to the hiking trails......the resort shuttle.....and our location......right in the heart of Manuel Antonio.......(10 restaurants within 2 blocks of our front gates)........thanks, again, for booking with us and we'd love to have you back!!
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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We just got back from the best family vacation we have ever had! We spent 6 nights in Manuel Antonio , at Tulemar, Casa Panorama Villa, my husband, 11 year old son and myself!
The villa was wonderful, spacious for a 1 br, pullout sofa ,fantastic views, close to pool and walking distance to beautiful,private beach. Best boogie boarding ! We saw more monkeys,birds,iguana and sloth on the Tulemar property than we did in state park( which was beautiful)!
Kimberly , our concierge was fantastic! She made our trip! Every adventure,activity she set up for us was great! We really had the best of the best! We will definitely go back.
Amanda; Atlanta, GA.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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, March 13, 2013
Hi Amanda....thanks for the great review on Casa Panorama and Tulemar....we're so glad that you enjoyed your stay.......Casa Panorama is really a wonderful choice for a family like yours......with the personal concierge service of Kimberly......(who really does make the trip easy and fun).....plus all the amenities of Tulemar......the beach, the pools, the hiking trails, the resort shuttle.......and our location.....right in the heart of Manuel Antonio......thanks, again, for booking with us and we'd love to have you back again!

Tulemar Dave
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This is to amend the rant we posted a few days ago. Much of the problem we encountered in getting a refund of our rental fee was caused by a series of communications mishaps -- emails to the wrong address, emails that went into cyberspace and so forth. But once that got sorted out, both the owner of Garden House and the resort manager, Dave, acted swiftly and honorably to right the wrong, reaffirm their sincere apologies and send us a full refund. So, although our vacation was marred, our faith is restored.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Thank you, Ann....
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

This was a vacation of a lifetime. Casa Mirador was everything we could have asked for and then some. My husband and I stayed here with another couple and we were absolutely amazed at the beautiful views and all of the amenities that it has to offer. The staff at Tulemar was incredible - our concierge Bill was FANTASTIC...he was very attentive to all of our needs, even on his day off. Daniella and Al - the best bartenders (I highly recommend trying a Dirty Monkey or a Coco Loco!!) David - always set us up quickly with a beautiful spot on the amazing private beach. I highly recommend treating yourself to a night with Chef Kris... one word - phenomenal!! There was so much to see on the grounds of Tulemar...all of the monkeys, birds, all of the other animals and the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. We have been home less than a week and already can't wait to come back!! Get ready Bill we're coming back with the family!!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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, March 12, 2013
Hi Cara.....thanks for the great review of your stay in Casa Mirador.....in Tulemar.......we really appreciate you taking the time to post......Casa Mirador is one of our favorites.......from the amazing panoramic ocean views......to the service by Bill, your personal concierge....(glad you took advantage of the personal chef services too.....that's always a treat)...... and all of the amenities of Tulemar......our beach.....the pools....the hiking trails.....and all of the wildlife......monkeys, sloths and exotic birds.......thanks for booking with us and we'll be ready for your return!

Tulemar Dave
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We recently enjoyed a wonderful 6 nights at Casa Panorama South (lower unit). The property is very well equipped, extremely comfortable and has a balcony with great Ocean views. Tulemar Gardens was all we could have wished for - private beach, shuttle around the property, several swimming pools and monkeys to boot! Also perfect for our two little girls (6 and 4). Kimberly, the house manager at Casa Panorama was especially helpful and could not do enough to make our stay a successful one. We would recomend Casa Panorama to anyone looking to visit the Manuel Antonio region. Oliver and Sandra (London, England)

  • Stayed February 2013, 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, March 9, 2013
Hi Oliver and Sandra......Kim loved having you and your family at Casa Panorama.....we're happy that you enjoyed your time with us.......now you know why Casa Panorama is one of our most popular villas......and then when you combine all of the amenities of Tulemar.....the pools....the beach....the wildlife.....the hiking trails......the resort shuttle......and the personal concierge service......it's the perfect choice.......thanks for taking the time to post your review and we'd love to have you back again!

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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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