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Los Angeles, California, United States
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“Best vacation ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We had the most amazing time at Tulemar. Casa de Frutas was incredible, the beach is perfect and the service was OUTSTANDING. Everyone made us feel so special and at home, we have already decided we will have to make it a yearly trip. I cannot say enough great things. It's so nice having a beach you can eat at and get drinks at, it's all so easy and gorgeous. We saw tons of monkeys and sloths inside Tulemar too, so amazing.
Can't wait to return!!

  • Stayed April 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, April 23, 2013
Hi Ellen.....we loved having you and your friends with us at Casa de Frutas.....one of our premier, private villas in Tulemar......the design, decor, luxury and ambiance of the villa.....not to mention the unbelievable ocean views and your own pool.....plus the personal service of Mauricio....your concierge.....make it truly special.....and you have all of the amenities of Tulemar.....our beach with free lounge chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, boogie boards and towel service......food/beverages too.....and the resort shuttle......the hiking trails......and our location.....right in the heart of Manuel Antonio......(there are 10 restaurants, 2 ATM's and a grocery store within 2 blocks of our front gates)......and all the MONKEYS......thanks, again, Ellen for your comments and we're already preparing for your return to Casa de Frutas in Tulemar!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

My boyfriend and I spent three nights in bungalow #116 April 11th-14th. We were amazed by everything about Tulemar from the time we inquired about staying there. Julien was incredibly prompt to respond to any questions and made sure we had everything we needed during our stay. We arrived at Tulemar just after noon, hoping to check our luggage and head to the beach until our room was available, only to be told our room was already clean and ready for us. We headed to the bungalow and we were both blown away by the incredible view of the ocean, which Julien mentioned was one of the best from the bungalows.

Once we were settled in, we headed straight to the beach. While the walk down was a bit of an adventure (flip flops and the hills don't mix very well!), the availability of the shuttle solved that problem for the rest of our stay. The drinks and food on the beach were perfect and let us spend more time in the sun instead of heaving to head back to our room to eat or drink. We also met Michael, one of the Tulemar employees. My boyfriend asked Michael about fishing in the area and, after some conversation, Michael offered to take us out fishing with him during our stay (more on that to follow!). After a few hours on the beach, we headed back to our room and got ready for dinner. Julien called promptly just before dinner time to ask if we needed him to make reservations for us anywhere. We asked for a restaurant with live music and were told to head to the Cantina. We had a rental car so getting to the restaurant was simple, although the place was pretty quiet for 7 p.m. with live music. We soon learned why Costa Ricans head to bed a bit earlier than we are used to in Chicago...

At 5 a.m. the next morning, we were woken up by a monkey outside our bedroom window. We watched him play in the treetops for a bit and then headed to The Falls for breakfast, which is about 100 meters to the right of the Tulemar entrance. We returned to Tulemar and headed to the beach. The beach, by the way, is amazing. While you are there with other guests, it feels completely private. There is enough room to be away from the other guests while still having access to all of the amenities including towels, kayaks, food/drinks, etc. The water is calm and the beauty of the beach outweighs the few rocks we stepped on headed into the ocean. We took a kayak out to the area where the catamarans had stopped to snorkel. The snorkeling wasn't all that impressive with cloudy waters, but it was nice to have the kayaks available at the beach free of any additional charge.

We spent the second afternoon away from Tulemar on a mangrove kayak tour. After returning, we headed to Barba Roja for dinner, again at the recommendation of the staff, and then went to the family pool around 8 p.m. The pool was open and empty, with a great view of the night sky and constellations. Definitely a relaxing way to end the evening!

Our third and final day at Tulemar was split between a trip to Manuel Antonio National Park and heading out fishing with Michael. The fishing was definitely one of the more enjoyable and memorable parts of our stay at Tulemar! Michael met us at the hotel and we headed to a public beach where we rented a row boat and hit the waters for a few hours. Michael taught us about hand fishing (we are used to using fishing poles) and more about the Costa Rican culture. While not a formal amenity offered by the hotel, this experience was the icing on the cake for a great stay!

Aside from the activities and adventures, we continue to rave about Tulemar. The staff was friendly and inviting while always willing to go above and beyond to make sure our time at Tulemar was memorable; the food and drinks, while pricey (about $19 American dollars for a grilled cheese and chicken fingers), were delicious; the bungalow was spotless and the view was second-to-none; the location was perfect with easy access to both Manuel Antonio, a variety of restaurants and Quepos; the wildlife was abundant (sloths, lizards, crabs, iguanas and monkeys galore!); the weather was perfect and, ultimately, we could not have asked for a better start to our 10 day Costa Rican adventure!

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  • Stayed April 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, April 23, 2013
Hi Jackie L.....thanks for the great review on your stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows.........I loved reading your story about your adventures........the Bungalows do have amazing ocean views.....they are so unique/tropical/rustic.......and yes.......your body clock does change down here......we get up EARLY....with the wildlife......and usually are in bed much earlier too......it's not a bad thing at all.......thanks for your comments on Julien.......your personal concierge.......he's one of the best......and our guests adore him.....and Michael.....the friendly van driver.......who took you fishing......Costa Ricans are so proud of their country......and they want everyone to explore/discover/enjoy it........thanks for all of your comments and we'd love to see you again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Tulemar exceeded my expectations. We stayed in upper Villa Mot Mot. It has 2 queen beds and a day bed. It could sleep up to 5-6, we were three. The kitchen is nicely equipped with small burners, fridge, microwave and winecooler. The highlight is the wrap balcony which looks out over the jungle. We had monkeys come play on the balcony and in the hammock. One even swiped my son's sock. The sun sets over the ocean and you can spend hours watching. Woe also saw birds and sloth fairly often. We hired a guide for the national park, but truth be told, I'd just walk around Tulemar which was less crowded and showed us many similar things. Each villa has a concierage who gives you a tour of the premises and makes himself available for anything-- booking activities or restaurants, trips to the grocery tour, etc. We didn't need a car... We could walk to many restaurants or take a quick cab ride. The private beach is delightful and we ended each day at the family pool with the lovely Daniella. The kids made friends and we all drank fruit smoothies. We loved white water rafting and zip lines. Go enjoy nature and beauty.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Hi Luv2Travel15......thanks for taking the time to post a review on your stay in Villa Mot Mot in Tulemar......now you know why it is one of our most popular vllas......the design.....the location....the amazing ocean views.....the large balcony and the wildlife visits.......plus all of the amenities of Tulemar.....the hiking trails.....the pools.....our beach.....the personal concierge service......and we're right in the heart of Manuel Antonio.....with more than 10 restaurants within 2 blocks of our front gates.....thanks for booking with me at 4tulemar.com and we hope to see you back again!

Tulemar Dave
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california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

I have been to Costa Rica twice, and have loved it. The first time for a wedding, and the other to absorb more of Costa Rica. I have stayed at both the bungalows and the GARDEN HOUSE BY THE BEACH. The bungalows were great, but I especially loved staying at the GARDEN HOUSE with it's spaciousness and incredible views. The home is so well appointed with its lovely architecture, inside and out with gorgeous fauna surrounding its beautiful infinity pool overlooking the bay! I felt like I was in paradise especially being able to swim at night in the moonlight. It is such a convenient location being able to walk to its wonderful beach, or have a convenient shuttle in the compound pick you up for the 2-3 minute ride to the beach. The whole experience was so relaxing with daily maid service to make our time so enjoyable. On each visit we went on an the Canopy Safari zipline tour. What an adventure! Can't wait to do it again! The Butterfly Farm was so etherial as the incredibly, beautiful butterflys moved around with the soft sounds of nature. We, also, loved the sunset sail. Needless to say, I cannot wait to return and bring my family this time. It was a relaxing, adventurous, and happy experience as we absorbed the beauty and culture of Costa Rica.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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, April 22, 2013
Hi alalal......thanks for returning to Tulemar and this time....staying in Garden House.....one of our private villas......it is one of our "family friendly" villas......lots of space.....safe for younger children.....and a large pool......plus all the amenities of Tulemar......thanks for the tips on Canopy Safari zip lines......they are one of our favorites too......hope to see you back again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Four women ranging in age from 62 to 71 years young stayed here for 3 nights - what a great experience. On the first morning we were greeted by white faced capuchin monkeys on our deck railing who wanted to check out the new residents. We could see toucans flying a few hundred yards away. Breakfast on the beach was fabulous. Beach staff were wonderful. We body surfed and used boogie boards for hours in the water. There are 3 pools and when the family pool got noisy we simply relocated (with drinks from the bar) to the quieter adult pool.

Room Tip: I don't think there is a bad unit. Keep in mind that it is built on a hillside so walking to an...
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  • Stayed April 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, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, April 21, 2013
HI Nancy M....thanks for the great review on your stay in Tulemar......so glad you enjoyed yourselves.......(but I have a feeling the 4 of you would have fun anyplace!).........Tulemar has so much to offer.....the wildlife.......all three types of monkeys......two types of sloths......exotic birds......all as your neighbors.......plus two hiking trails through the jungle areas of the property.....and the Tulemar Beach......and three resort pools......and the resort shuttle.....plus wonderful ocean views.....thanks for staying with us and we'd love to have you back!

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Paso Robles, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

We were on vacation with one another family with teenagers, so the age range of the people in our group was pretty vast. Garden House by the Beach was just an ideal choice, as one person in our group had issues dealing with stairs. The bedroom on the main floor, which could be entered without dealing with any stairs,made this house our choice. We all love swimming and could not have been happier with the large pool and the convenience of just jumping into it any time of the day, and enjoying the fun of swimming in it late at night with the stars above. The house afforded enough room to give us all our privacy and with televisions in all the rooms. Loved the fact that each bedroom had its own AC so that each of us could control our own temperature environment The maid was great and never in our way, and the house manage, Thomas and his assistant, made us feel like the house was really our own home during our stay., Great to have some food and drink already at the house when we arrived so we did not have to rush out to the store before settling into the house. The teenagers were never bored. Jumped into the pool upon arrival. The beach a short walk within the guarded private community, so it gave them just enough independence. They did not have to wait for all of us to be ready to go out the door. They could just go enjoy the waves and we would meet up with them at our own convenience and pace. We could use the free shuttle which was also handy as it is uphill climb back to the house, but great exercise when you are up to it. The beach itself was wonderful with the fact that you do not have to open your wallet to pay for every single thing you wanted to use, such as the kayaks and boogie boards and snorkeling equipment, Also great was the convenience of being able to have food service right at the beach, although a little pricey well worth the convenience of being able to be served a meal right on the beach with the entire family under the shade of the palm trees overlooking the Pacific. Really a treat. The bar service was also amazing with drinks brought to us right at our lounge chairs, and the service was great even setting up umbrellas for us when we arrived and helping rearranging our lounge chairs for our group. Cannot say enough on how this was an ideal location and house for a family vacation with great memories that will last a lifetime for all of us.

  • Stayed February 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, April 18, 2013
Hi dlevine007.....thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your stay in Garden House.....one of our private villas in Tulemar......we're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay.....Garden House really is our "family friendly" villa.....with accommodations to sleep up to 10 (or maybe 11) guests......perfect for one large or a couple of smaller families......plus it has one of the largest pools in Tulemar........plus great ocean views.......and access to all of the amenities of the resort......our beach.....the hiking trails.....the resort shuttle......plus personal concierge service.....thanks for booking with us and we hope to see you back in Tulemar again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We recently got back from a 3 night stay in a one bedroom villa at Tulemar (our Villa was the Ocelet). It was absolutely amazing! We are a family of 4 - 2 adults and 2 children ages 9 & 13 - and the one bedroom villa worked wonderfully for us. The views of the water and surrounding rain forests are stunning. The villa was very spacious and clean. The deck was great - had it's own hammock which my daughter loved! Sitting out on the deck and just enjoying the surroundings was awesome. We were treated to a pair of titi monkeys visting us on the deck one afternoon as well as sightings of a Kinkajou and Toucan.

As others have said, the beach was great. Very small and private. Dave at the beach was a tremendous help in getting whatever you needed. The kids enjoyed afternoons of boogie boarding (very warm water!) and searching for hermit crabs. My daughter also spent some time in the family pool which was a nice size.

One of the highlights of our visit was having a personal chef come to the Villa to prepare a meal. Chef Jose and his assistant Robbie prepared the BEST meal we enjoyed on our vacation. It was absolutely amazing. They were also very fun to have - our kids loved talking with them and peppered them with many questions which they were great in answering. I can't recommend them enough if you can do this!!

Hiking around the various Tulemar paths is also amazing. The North Beach path in particular has some stunning views and I saw many animals along the way.

All of the concierge help we needed at Tulemar was wonderful as well. Emily was awesome in assisting us prior to our visit and helping to arrange outings.

I would highly recommend Tulemar on your visit to the Manuel Antonio area. Our kids already want to know when they can go back!

  • Stayed March 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, April 18, 2013
Hi Wisconsin Badger......we loved having you and your family with us in one of our 1 Bedroom Villas......the large balcony is perfect for watching the sunset over the ocean or "hosting" a visit by the local wildlife......David at the beach is a treasure........he remembers everyone from years back and is always around to provide lounge chairs, umbrellas, kayaks and boogie boards.......Emily, your on line concierge, is originally from Houston, came to Costa Rica as an English teacher in the local schools and now helps to plan the trips down for other North Americans.......she also knows all the best tour guides and activities including Chef Jose......what a treat for your family......we love him too......thanks for taking the time to post the review and we'll be ready for your return!

Tulemar Dave
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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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