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“Don't look any further, you have found the best place to stay in Manuel Antonio...” 5 of 5 stars
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Providence, RI
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Don't look any further, you have found the best place to stay in Manuel Antonio...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Tripadvisor did not let me down when it comes to our visit to Costa Rica but the best find by far was the Tulemar Bungalows. Priceless views, shuttle service down to the tulemar private beach, above and beyond concierge service, monkeys and animals galore, basically everything you could ask for in a Costa Rica resort. We also booked ADR adventure through the hotel and they came and picked us up at our bungalow doorstep. I still smile when I think of the other passengers they had already picked up asking "do you have a great view" and I say modestly "yes" while I'm bursting out the seams thinking we have an amazing view, duh. Then they all asked "how did you find this place?" My answer is thank goodness for tripadvisor and all the great reviews.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 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, July 9, 2013
Hi gngsavvytravelers.....so glad you enjoyed your stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows......they really are fun......and they do have priceless views........our concierge staff is happy to help you with all of your tours/activities and restaurant suggestions......you tell us your "activity level".....and we'll suggest the best adventures for you....like the ADR Park.....one of our favorites......thanks, again for staying with us and we hope to see you back again!

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Gilbert, AZ
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11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I highly recommend Tulemar and Nido de Gansos! We were a group of three couples and this house suited our situation perfectly. If you're looking for something with comparable rooms for each couple, look no further. Every room has a comfy king bed, bathroom, and balcony...the master is only slightly larger. There's plenty of space and privacy for everyone!
We enjoyed the private beach...had a great "monkey show" from a family of 8-10! The restaurant down there is just okay, but the drinks are very good! Next to the house, we saw all three types of monkeys, toucans, and a sloth! If you're interested in surfing, don't miss the chance to go out with Diego and his guys: they're great teachers! Both Bill and Diego do a great job making sure the house and its guests are well cared for. I do suggest that you let them know if you're more of an independent traveler. There's an expectation that you'll advise of when you're leaving the house, what your plans are, as well as that they will make all restaurant/activity reservations.
General tips: Take advantage of the grocery-stocking service for just $20: the lowest priced stores will be nearly 200% of U.S. prices. Try going somewhere near Tulemar yourself and it will be 300%. The immediate area has several good restaurants, which I've reviewed separately. Cabs are fairly inexpensive ($10 for a mini-van) and easy to get in shoulder-season. Don't forget to tip all of the people who are providing service at Tulemar. Have some cash for a lump-sum tip the day you leave (for 6 nights our group did around $200). Have fun!

  • Stayed May 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, July 9, 2013
Hi AZjkk.....thanks for the review on Nido de Gansos in Tulemar.....one of our premier private villas.....this 3 bedroom villa does work well for three couples.....as each bedroom has a king bed.....and they are about the same size.....plus it also has three separate social areas....plenty of room to spread out......plus a private pool and ocean views.......and the concierge service from Diego/Bill......(who are happy to provide full or limited service as you request).......thanks for the general tips.....and for tipping the staff.....always appreciated......we hope to see all of you back again!

Tulemar Dave
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Chicago, IL
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8 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

First, I agree with everything Sarapnap described. We stayed in Villa Mot-Mot #307 during June and loved every minute of it! Rainforest, beachfront, views, wildlife, service (Bill was outstanding!), location & distance to grocery store and restaurants, pools ... all were amazing! We loved the mot-mot we stayed in; great lay-out, lots of windows, nicely decorated, everything you could possibly need was there, clean, close to the pool, and my favorite of all .... the large deck with a grill, table, couch, rocking chairs and a hammock - a true rainforest retreat! What a way to relax and enjoy Costa Rica. We even had a cute nightly visitor we named 'Cody Coatimundi' who slept on our deck chair, a three-toed sloth that used our deck rafters as a route from one tree to the other, & monkeys, among all the other animals on the property. If there was one thing that I could have done without, it would have been all the inclines .... to the parking, to the shuttle, to the pool .... However, that aside, we loved every minute of our stay and would stay there again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed June 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, July 8, 2013
HI luvtrvlng1....thanks for the great review on your stay in Villa Mot Mot in Tulemar.....we're so glad you enjoyed your time with us.....Villa Mot Mot is one of our most popular villas.....for all the reasons that you mentioned.....and is often booked 6 months in advance......I do understand your remark about the "inclines"......yes....most of the hotels in Manuel Antonio are built along the hillside in order to get those amazing views and have access to the wildlife......a nice trade off for the ramps or stairs......happy to know that you'll be back.....and we'll be ready for you!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here in June with two young kids (7,5), and they loved it. Bungalow was very confortable for several days. Incredible views. Private beach was nice and empty. Waking distance to grocery store and several good restaurants. Staff and service was exceptional. Easy and cheap bus service to Park. Wildlife was the highlight. Saw 3 types of monkeys, a sloth, several iguanas, geckos, and many birds on the property, before even goig to the park. Pools were very nice. Would absolutely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 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, July 6, 2013
Hi Sarasnap......thanks for taking the time to post a review on your stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows.....we're so glad that you enjoyed yourselves.....the Bungalows are great for a small family......a separate bedroom with 2 queen beds.....living/dining/kitchenette.....perched on the hillside with windows all around to give you those amazing ocean views.....jungle, rustic decor.....kind of like living in a tree house......plus all the amenities of Tulemar......the beach.....4 pools.....resort shuttle.....hiking trails.....and lots of wildlife......thanks, again, for booking with us at 4tulemar.com and we hope to see you back again!

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Laguna Hills, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

This place was incredible, didn't want to leave.... There was 5 of us in a two bedroom bungalow and it was plenty big enough for us. We were staying in the white face monkey and from the outdoor jacuzzi on the upper balcony to the outdoor showers on the bottom balcony it was picture perfect! Lovely resort, great housekeeping and wonderful accommodations. Would be more then willing to stay there again, wouldn't stay anywhere else actually! Pura Vida!!!!

  • Stayed June 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, July 4, 2013
HI Sheleanf.......happy to hear you enjoyed your stay in the Two Bedroom Premium Villas in Tulemar.....thanks for posting the review.....with two bedrooms / 2.5 baths / 2 floors.....indoor/outdoor showers......full living, dining and kitchen......large balcony with a jacuzzi.....they're perfect for 4-8 guests.....plus ocean views.....and wildlife visits too.....and all of the amenities of Tulemar......our beach.....4 pools.....the hiking trails......resort shuttle....plus our location....right in the heart of Manuel Antonio......thanks again for staying with us.....we'd love to have you back again!

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Poway, CA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

This was easily the best place we stayed at in Costa Rica. Chris was very proactively helpful and communicative, even well before our trip started. The bungalows were perfect for our family (we had #111), and the place was clean throughout, even in spots that could've been left dusty in most hotels. The private beach is nice, if a bit rocky... At least it's completely uncrowded, and there's no concerns about your car being left in a public area. Nice pool too. This place isn't cheap, but as I've noted in other reviews, nothing in this area is. Would I say here again? Absolutely.

  • Stayed June 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, July 4, 2013
Hi craiginsd.......thanks for the great review on your stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows......we're so glad that you enjoyed your stay.......and thanks for the comments on Chris.....your personal concierge......he really is one the best in Tulemar......our guests love him.....and he can make the trip so easy too.....helping with all of the details......from transportation to the Manuel Antonio area.....to all of your activities......dining suggestions.....even surf lessons.....he knows the best in the area......the beach has been a bit rocky lately.....only because of the large storm we had a few weeks back.......it's almost back to normal now.....thanks, again, for staying with us and we hope to see you back again!

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Bay Area, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

This hotel was truly exceptional. As many reviewers have commented, the property is on a steep hill and has its own private beach. Rooms have amazing ocean views. The landscaping is lush and tropical. Our family of four (two teenagers) stayed in room 309 which was one of the deluxe villas with a balcony. The room is a suite with a kitchen, living area and bath. The bedroom contained two double beds and we had an extra single bed brought in to the living room for our second teen. Our balcony and the surrounding trees were visited by white faced capuchin and squirrel monkeys nearly every day. It was like staying in our own private tropical tree house - so amazing! The property is very steep, so even though they offer a complimentary shuttle, you really do need to be in good shape to enjoy everything the property has to offer. The hotel staff was incredibly helpful. i'm so glad we chose to stay here and would recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic get away or an unforgettable family trip.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Hi travel_jc......thanks for the review on your stay in one of our 1 Bedroom Select Villas in Tulemar.....we're so pleased you enjoyed your stay.....the 1 Bedroom Villas do work well for a couple (with a king bed) or a small family (with 2 queens)......with a separate living, dining, kitchen area and a large balcony.....there is plenty of room to spread out......and with the ocean views in front and the jungle to the side......lots to see......the 1 Bedroom Select Villas and the Deluxe Rooms are on the steepest hill.....with the most steps/ramps to climb to access the suites......but we have many other accommodations with less......Manuel Antonio is built along the hillside so in order to get the amazing ocean views and have direct access to the beach.....there will be steps......we also have our resort shuttle to give you a ride between your suite.....our beach......our restaurants......and the front gates too.......we hope to see you back and thanks for booking with us!

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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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