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“Superb service, great location, gorgeous views” 5 of 5 stars
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Tulemar Bungalows & Villas
Tulemar Gardens, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica   |  
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Snohomish, Washington
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“Superb service, great location, gorgeous views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

How do you describe a tropical paradise with beautiful people who provide incredible service and do it justice? Each year we take an annual “Chix Trip” to a warm exotic location and this year we chose Costa Rica. We picked Tulemar Bungalows based on other Trip Advisor recommendations and are so happy with our choice. From the moment we booked our trip, Julien, our concierge, took care of everything. He patiently answered all of our questions, provided information for us to think about before we arrived and gave wonderful packing tips. I can’t say enough about how wonderful it is to have a friend in Costa Rica who speaks the language and takes care of all of the details. His “can’t miss “recommendations and bookings of our transfers and excursions were faultless and enhanced our experience. He was warm, responsive and kind. We stayed in Villa 114 with a panoramic view of the jungle and the bay. After meeting David who always was there with a smile, a towel and kayaks when we wanted to paddle around the bay, we made a friend in Danny our “bartender on the beach”. He whipped up a number of “special drinks” for us to sip as we soaked in the sun under a tree with a two-toed sloth hanging out in the branches. Rather than climb the hill back to the villa, which by the way is a great workout (shuttle provided if you want) we chose a number of times to have lunch on the beach. The fish tacos and chicken mango wraps were perfect. One night there was a spectacular rain storm and we chose to eat at the Buena Vista Restaurant near the pool instead of “going out” for dinner. We had the restaurant to ourselves and the chef did an amazing job. The vegetables and rice were a wonderful complement to the fresh shrimp and mahi mahi, all perfectly cooked with some amazing sauces. A huge highlight for us was the little band of white faced monkeys that trekked through the jungle each day stopping to say good morning as they passed by our window. On our last night, Julien brought us a surprise to say good bye. Three huge warm chocolate brownies, just out of the oven. We will definitely come back to Tulemar someday. Convenient to walk to a small grocery store, some great restaurants and not far from the entrance to Manuel Antonio, coupled with superior service and a gorgeous view, you can’t go wrong.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, November 17, 2013
HI Barb5954.......thanks for choosing Tulemar for your "Chix Trip"......we loved having you.....your group was so much fun.......and thanks for all the kind remarks on Julien, David (at the beach) and Danny.....I agree.....all are very special people.....professionals who really want our guests to enjoy themselves (and Tulemar)......I'm so glad you took advantage of our personal concierge service with Julien.....(it's free!).....he really can make your trip so easy......from your transportation to Manuel Antonio......to your tours/activities.......to the best places for a drink or dinner.....he knows them all......we guarantee all of the tours/activities that we book.....(my nephew (28 y/o) and his friends just spent a week with me and one day told me they had arranged a tour thru some "great people" that they had met on the public beach....."really cheap".....well.....they got what they paid for and we're really disappointed that they had been taken advantage of.....it does happen),,,,,,Barb.....thanks, again for posting this review and we hope to have you back again!

Tulemar Dave
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Paterson, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed in Nido de Ganses, a private OMG house with private infinity pool. We had howler and squirrel monkeys all around, a resident sloth in the tree outside and the beach...words cannot describe the beauty of the private beach! Everything about Tulemar exceeded expectations! Al and Bill were on point and took care of ALL our needs! If you want a top notch guide through the Manuel Antonio Park ask Al. The guide he arranged for us was $50US per person and spotted critters and animals that the average person wouldn't see! The property, house, beach and experience was TOP NOTCH and I'm afraid from now on any vacations we take will be a let down! Thank you Al and Bill for being the nicest, most knowledgeable, friendliest people I have ever met and thank you for ensuring our needs were met always!

  • Stayed October 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, November 16, 2013
Hi DDimery....thank you so much for the wonderful review on your stay in Nido de Gansos in Tulemar.....we're so glad you enjoyed yourselves.....and what a treat......renting this villa for just the two of you.....Nido de Gansos has 3 suites....each with a king bed......with the private pool and social areas (living/dining/kitchen/den) all on the third floor....in order to get the best ocean views.....and at that height....you're in the treetops.....along with the monkeys and sloths.....thanks for the comments on your personal concierge team.......Bill and Al.....they know the best tour guides and activities......and they really take great care of our guests.....thanks, again for booking with us directly and we hope to see you back again soon!

Tulemar Dave
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Phoenix, Arizona
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I found Tulemar on Trip Advisor and am so glad I did. What a place!!! It is in a gated community with access to a private beach, kayaks, nature trails and walking distance to many great restaurants. We stayed in Lower Mirador which was so nice. One bedroom, full kitchen, living room, large bath and a wonderful balcony. The place is very clean and they really go above and beyond with service. We took a quick peek at Upper Mirador before we left and want to stay there next time. It's two bedrooms and two floors but what a view (I thought lower Mirador had a nice view)! Besides being a really great property in a really great area, the service you get is amazing. As soon as you make the reservation you get all sorts of information back regarding the area, tours, transfers, etc. Bill was our "concierge" and seemed to be at our beckon call! He personally took us down to the park, told us about the area, stopped for pictures along the way. For $20 they will even grocery shop for you and have your fridge stocked when you get there. Well worth the money! Without hesitation I would recommend Tulemar!!!

  • Stayed November 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, November 14, 2013
HI CherylGlendaleAZ......thanks for the wonderful review on Casa Mirador in Tulemar......it's a great place for couples.....separate bedroom with a king bed......living/dining/kitchen....and a great balcony ....all with ocean views.....plus you get personal concierge service with Bill and all the amenities of Tulemar......4 resort pools......beach with lounge chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, boogie boards and towel service......resort shuttle....full service restaurant........and our location.....right in the heart of Manuel Antonio......thanks for taking the time to post this review and we hope to see you back again soon!

Tulemar Dave
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Very beautiful lodgings in a splendind ecofriendly environement. Great views of the ocean. The staff concierge services goes out of its way to arrange every trip that you need. Eventhough it rained all three days that we stayed (the risks of coming in the rainy season) we had an active and wonderful time

  • Stayed November 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, November 13, 2013
Hi Miklos F......so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows.....yes, the views of the ocean are amazing.......lots of wildlife in Tulemar as well.....with 33 acres.....plenty of jungle to hike and explore......plus the Tulemar Beach....with free lounge chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, boogie boards and towel service.......thanks for the kind words on our staff too......we are all here to make sure you have a great vacation......thanks for staying with us and we hope to see you back again!

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Troy, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Just returned to Michigan after a weeklong stay at #403 Villa Cielito. Four senior couples age ranging from 60 to 78. Researched extensively for a practical, nice place to stay for a destination wedding. The website lured us in. Our concierge, Chris Madrigal met our transport bus and his 5 star service started. Our 10 pieces of luggage were taken cared of. He drove the 4 wives to the grocery store past his work time, help us run around, translating labels and buying supplies and would not allow any of us to carry the bags. He gave us his personal cell phone number to be used 24 hours.He even got us discounted rates for zip lining. From our terrace, we spotted iguanas, toucans and some monkeys joined us for breakfast!
The facility is super clean, the design is contemporary, the view is exhilarating, the staff accommodating. We had a tray of warm brownies waiting for us one time with a tropical flower arrangement. On our last day, there was a box of the special Costa Rican chocolate on the counter as a surprise.
Costa Rica is not even in any of our bucket list, yet because of Tulemar, we all promised to come back with our grandkids one day. Thank you Tulemar. It was a perfect vacation.

  • Stayed October 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, November 11, 2013
Hi AndynDaisy....thank you so much for the great review on your stay in Villa Cielito in Tulemar......we loved having you with us.....everyone in the wedding party was a lot of fun........and as you experienced......our personal concierge service.....really makes the trip easy and so memorable.......Chris is one of our "stars"......he can help with your travel from San Jose to Tulemar and arrange any tours/activities (having such a large group earned you a nice discount on the tours).....he can also help with the little things that often pop up on a trip......glad you enjoyed Villa Cielito......it has one of the best panoramic ocean views in Tulemar......really breathtaking......thanks again for taking the time to post the review and we'll be ready when you decide to return with the grandkids!

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Our stay did not get off to the best start...after checking in on a Sunday afternoon, swimming in the pool and the ocean, we returned to our bungalow only to find that there was no phone service, no WIFI and no hot water. Since we couldn't call anyone, we trudged uphill to the office to explain our predicament. A staff person soon followed, fiddled around with both the hot water and internet, but was unable to fix it and unable to call a service person as it was Sunday evening. However, Chris, our concierge, was VERY solicitous...offered us the use of the shower in the office, provided us with a temporary cell phone, and gave us the password for the WIFI in a neighboring bungalow. A service person did arrive the very next morning, and fixed the hot water heater. The phone and WIFI issues were then addressed later in our stay. So, while I cannot give it a full five stars (they probably should have checked these things before we checked in), I give them credit for addressing the situation as fast as they could and for going out of their way to make up for the inconvenience: in the end, we were credited back one night's stay (without even asking) and we were also provided a free mangrove boat tour/excursion. Our bungalow (#121) was clean, comfortable and had spectacular views. It was very close to the adult pool, which was very convenient. The resort property was also beautiful and well maintained, and the private beach was to die for...Yes, the food was so-so and a little pricey, but there were plenty of other restaurants within walking distance (or a short taxi ride away). The bungalow had a mini kitchen which allowed us to buy groceries, which meant we didn't always have to go out for meals...The staff was always very courteous and helpful, available at a moment's notice to make dinner reservations, book excursions, call a taxi etc. My only caveat: the resort is literally, on a cliff, and there is A LOT of trudging up and down hill...but there is a shuttle service available to and from the beach (which, of course, is at the very bottom of the cliff). So, maybe not the best for someone old or infirm or very small children. But, overall a beautiful, magical place and I would recommend it in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed October 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
    • 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, November 5, 2013
Hi Sarahnock.....thanks for taking the time to post a review of your stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows......we are so sorry for the inconvenience on your arrival day.......we had a major lightning storm a few days prior that blew out all of the appliances in the bungalow....the TV/DVD....microwave.....etc.....we didn't catch that it also blew out the phone line (which carries the internet) and the hot water heater......again.....our apologies.....our staff should have caught that.....I'm happy that you enjoyed our beach....the pools and those wonderful ocean views.....thanks again for staying with us and we hope to have you back again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

If you have children, want a killer view of the ocean, or feel like you're sleeping in a deluxe treehouse, this is your place. It is a splurge but in the off-season can be a good value. One thing that isn't well-known about Manuel Antonio is the fact that most of the hotels don't have beach access, in fact, many are really not close at all to the beach. Tulemar is special in that it has its own private cove beach complete with sand toys, kayaks and chairs. We live in Costa Rica and I will tell you always ask if the beach is swimmable for children and many, many times you will get an honest no. Tulemar is fantastic in that it is safe for kids. The multiple pools on the property were beautiful and loved just as much as the beach.

The bungalows are really beautiful. The view is out of a magazine-- even jaded travelers will be awe-struck. The bungalows are placed high in the trees, the effect is really lovely. We are a family of 5 and it can be very difficult to find accommodations that will work comfortably or at all. Tulemar nails it. The 'living room' had a massive day bed that was: comfortable, big enough, nice-looking and fought over by all three of our children. The kitchenette is helpful for breakfast duties and happy hour. All in all I give Tulemar highest marks for a family locale that is beautiful enough to wow any honeymooners. Gratefully, the property is big enough and well-designed enough that the two won't have to cross paths unless they want to!

Big cheers on service as well. We were able to store our bags all day in a special apartment and actually host another family for the day and I can tell you that hospitality means we will be back. That doesn't happen often because we live in Costa Rica and there is just so much to see. However, our kids unanimously decided that we had to go back.

My only room for improvement comes by way of the food. It was 'meh' and with the price tag it became not just 'meh' but a big disappointment! I think they are working out the kinks and hear they have a new chef but please, bigger portions. . .please. It could be so great!

In short, still talking about Tulemar around here! It is really as good as all the 5 stars say.

Room Tip: Bungalows are a great value. Houses would be fantastic for a reunion or large get-together.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, October 26, 2013
HI Spokanistan......we loved having you and your family with us.....October is a great month for discounts......plus we've been having amazingly "summer like" weather....so it's been perfect for a quick trip over from San Jose.......for a little sun and beach time........thanks for your wonderful comments on the Bungalows.....the pools and our beach.......(yes, it is very safe for swimming).......we appreciate your remarks on our staff and service too.........we've also passed on your comments about the food service to our restaurant manager......my apologies....hope to see you back again soon!

Tulemar Dave
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Also Known As:
Tulemar Bungalows And Villas
Tulemar Bungalows & Villas Hotel
Tulemar Bungalows & Villas Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
Tulemar Hotel
Tulemar Bungalows & Villas Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park
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
#8 Romantic Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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