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“Stunning property, unbeatable view and great service” 5 of 5 stars
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Massachusetts
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“Stunning property, unbeatable view and great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My family (my husband, me and our two sons, ages 14 and 11) ended our week-long vacation in Costa Rica with a 3 night stay at Casa Cielito at Tulemar. As soon as we opened the door to the Villa we were immediately wishing we had booked it for longer! The property is quite possibly the most gorgeous place we have ever stayed. The view is absolutely spectacular from all of the roooms - although we spent most of our time on the balcony (including eating all of our dinners there - because why go out and miss the sunset??). The casa is well furnished - gourmet kitchen, jacuzzi on the balcony, smart TV, luxury bedding, washer/dryer, etc. And the indoor/outdoor showers were fantastic!

Chris, our concierge, was great. He (and Julien) answered all of my zillions of questions with patience as I was planning the trip. Chris set up a couple of activities for us (Canopy Safari ziplines - BIG thumbs up, highlight of our trip - and horseback riding with Brisas del Nara - which was OK, but not great). We did have one small glitch with the planning of the zip line but it wasn't major.

Chris also gave us a tour of the grounds when we arrived, checked in with us daily, and even brought us a plate of warm brownies that were delicious. Chris also set us up with private chef Jose and his assistant Rudy for a gourmet dinner for our last night. That was a big splurge for us but well worth it. The food was delicious and the service was perfect. My only wish is that we had thought to do it on the first night so we could have eaten the leftovers instead of leaving that all behind when we checked out.

The grounds are incredible. We saw more wildlife here than anywhere else on our trip. Sloths, monkeys, lizards, iguanas, birds and butterflies. The landscaping is lush and the flowers are bright and beautiful. We loved the pools and the beach is even nicer than Manuel Antonio - which is saying something! We just wished we had more time to chill there to enjoy the beach.

The location is perfect - between Manuel Antonio beach and Quepos. There are restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance. We loved El Avion restaurant with its beautiful view and surprisingly great food.

If you stay at Tulemar, be sure to plan for enough time to just relax and enjoy. It is a wonderful place to stay, and the service is top notch. We can't wait to go back and visit again!

Reading other reviews for here and other places in Costa Rica, I know that people can be concerned about safety. But I have to say we experienced nothing but wonderful, friendly, warm people and we never felt unsafe. That said, we also were careful - we locked up valuables when we were out of the house, didn't leave anything in plain view in the car, and someone always sat with our stuff at the beach.

We rented a car and drove all over and found the roads to be better than we expected. The road from San Jose to Manuel Antonio is relatively new and well paved. Up near Arenal it's a little more rustic but still decent. Just be prepared for twisty, hilly roads and bring dramamine if you have people who are motion sick. :)

Overall, this was ranked as one of our best family vacations!

Room Tip: highly recommend Cielito. But it seemed that all properties had a great view.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 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, August 20, 2014
Hi TravelrFromMass.....thank you so much for posting the review on your stay in Villa Cielito.....one of our premium 2 bedroom villas.....we loved having you with us.....this 2 bedroom villa is very different from most others.....even though it may look similar at first glance.....this one has one of the most spectacular ocean views of all......and the owner has upgraded all the electronics.....(TV's/music docks)......and placed different artwork and tons of fresh tropical flowers throughout.....and you get the personal concierge services of Chris and Julien......two of our "Tulemar Stars".....to handle all of the details of your stay.....so glad that you had Chris arrange a personal chef for that special dinner (good suggestion having it early in the stay for the leftovers!)......having a personal chef is such a treat.....and dining on the balcony at sunset is magical....thanks for your comments on safety and security too.....good common sense.......thank you so much for booking with us directly.....our website is the only place you'll find Villa Cielito.....we'd love to have you back again soon!

Tulemar Dave
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

There may be nicer accommodation's in the area but none have the beach Tulemar offer's.The management is very on top of everything. The place continues to grow but maintains a sence of privacy, wildlife and tranquility. The one thing you will want to be very careful of is to make sure there is no new or old construction going on near your location at Tulemar. As with all of the area it continues to grow and nothing puts a dent in ones vacation like having a major building project going on 200 feet away. So just check first and you will very much enjoy yourself in the confines of Tulemar. The beach is not a surfing beach but more so family friendly. Free Kayak's, chairs, picnic tables, towels and great service by David await you. Enjoy...

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Hi Curlybrowndog....thanks for taking the time to post a review of your stay in Tulemar....so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us.....the Tulemar Beach is a jewel.....just as you described...I love my time there.......but please remember.....with accommodations.....we have three, four and five star villas.....something for everyone.....and absolutely some of the finest in all of Manuel Antonio.....I was a little concerned about your comment on the construction.....true....we do have a new villa in the works.....but this villa has been under construction for over a year now....and you are the first guest to post a comment....(I see your stay with us was in March).......it really has not been an issue....we checked with the concierge team and there have been no complaints or comments from our guests about the villa.....and you didn't mention that you had any noise problems yourself.....so maybe you were just letting others know....so....thanks again for the review and for booking with us!

Tulemar Dave
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Bend, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This place exemplifies good service. They take it seriously. For example, I mentioned to them that the mattress in one of our rooms was getting pretty old and cupping, and they replaced the darn thing! I can't imagine. I certainly wasn't looking for that, I just wanted to give them a heads up.

They have a beautiful beach too. We stayed in a two bedroom house that was pretty epic. I'd highly recommend it to anybody.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, August 19, 2014
Hi Jack R.....thanks for the great review on your stay in one of our 2 Bedroom Premium Villas in Tulemar.....we're so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us........we also appreciate your comments about the mattress.....there are four in your villa and you were right.....it was time for that one to go......we're not always able to make things happen that quickly.....but in this case we were......thanks for your remarks about our beach at Tulemar too.....it's one of my favorite features......a small and amazing tropical paradise.......warm waters......shady palms.....sandy beach.....free lounge chairs, umbrellas, kayaks and towel service......food/beverages that you just sign to your room.....thanks again for the review and we hope you return soon!

Tulemar Dave
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We stayed at Casa De Frutas the last week of June with our four children (ages 8,10,11.14). Reading the reviews before we left I was skeptical that it could be that perfect. It not only met our expectations, but exceeded them. The house was amazing-- it looked like something from a movie set. From the moment we arrived Mauricio, Dave(the owner) and the rest of the staff made us feel like pampered house guests. There was a large fruit basket, snacks, beer and soda waiting for us upon our arrival. Throughout our stay Mauricio anticipated our every need without being intrusive. We had reservations at restaurants that didn't take reservations, we received small gifts daily and day trips were organized down to what to wear, We were lucky enough to be there during the Costa Rican World Cup game and Mauricio told us what local bar in town to watch the game --when we arrived the owner addressed us by name and had a table waiting in front of the TV, We did three day trips-- ziplining,white water rafting and snorkeling, The ziplining was thrilling for everyone from our 8 year old to the adults, The whitewater rafting was the perfect amount of excitement-- the rapids were classified as 2-3 but seemed more like a 3-4 in the states. You get to swim under an amazing waterfall and there was almost constant rapids so there was not a lot of down time. Both the ziplining and white water rafting also allowed you to see some of the Costa Rican country side on the drives which was interesting. The only let down of our trip was the snorkeling while the boat ride was beautiful the water was rough and we only saw one or two fish. The wild life was amazing we saw 3 types of monkeys, 2 slouths, iguanas, and many exotic birds all from the house, The grocery store was very convenient a 15 minute walk from the house which allowed us to stock up on stables most days. The beach was great-- with the perfect 5 feet waves that allowed the kids to boogie board and body surf. Overall it was our most memorable family vacation and we hope to return soon.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TulemarDave, Owner at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, August 19, 2014
Hi BrooklineFamily2014......thank you so much for the wonderful review on your stay in Casa de Frutas in Tulemar......one of our premier, private villas......when someone is looking for design, luxury, ambiance, amazing ocean views and unparalleled service......Casa de Frutas is the right choice.....(check out our website to see some of the villas's famous guests)......thanks for the kind words on Mauricio.....to say that he is a personal concierge is an understatement......not only does he help with all the details of your stay...and suggest the best tours/activities....but he can make things happen for you.....(and provide a few surprises as well).......thank you so much for booking with us at tulemar.com.....the only place you can book Casa de Frutas.....and thanks for the taking the time to post this review......Mauricio and I will be ready when you plan your next stay at Casa de Frutas!

Tulemar Dave
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Haymarket, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My wife and I planned a sort of last minute trip to Costa Rica for our anniversary. We only decided to go about 8 weeks ahead of time after hearing only good things about other people's trips to this beautiful country. I had no idea where to stay or what part of the country to go to since we only had a week to spend. After doing a lot of research on Tripadvisor we decided to go to Manuel Antonio. I was very impressed with the reviews of Tulemar. Unfortunately because of our last minute plans, we could only get 4 nights at Tulemar but we took what we could get. A Tulemar Bungalow was available which is just what we wanted.

The Bungalow itself: My wife and I wanted something different. We've stayed in our share of 5 star hotels, but we wanted an adventure. The bungalows had 360 views of the ocean and the rainforest. It reminded us of a luxury cabin in the Adirondacks, rustic but with all the amenities. We were visited by a group of monkeys one morning making their way down to the beach. A monkey stared right at my wife through the window. The views were breathtaking. The bungalow had a great shower, nice kitchenette and was very comfortable. The bed was comfy too and sleeping was great, especially listening to the soothing rain one night. Only problem was a leaky a/c unit which was fixed promptly. The maids kept the room spotless. Internet was excellent.

The Beach: The private beach was fun. The staff was very helpful with setting up the lounges. We saw a sloth in the trees two days in a row and plenty of monkeys in the trees. Watched sand crabs and hermit crabs. The ocean was the warmest I had ever been in and the waves were lots of fun. Very clean. The food was ok. We only went to one pool, the one at the restaurant just down from my bungalow. It was very refreshing and got to watch the monkeys play on the roof of the lounge area one afternoon. Was never too crowded and the view from the pool area was great.

The Staff: I can't say enough about the staff. Ashley was our consierge and she was the best. She called everyday to ask us if we needed anything. She took my wife down to the store in the pouring rain the first night to buy food and snacks for the room. The day we checked out, we went on a tour in the morning. She got our bags from our bungalow while we were gone and held them for us until we got back. Her level of service was impeccable. Every employee was friendly and helpful, from the front office staff, to the shuttle drivers, to the restaurant staff to the beach staff....everyone was great

The property: It is built on a hill. The walking from the top where the office is to the beach is in most places steep. I was able to walk from our bungalow to the office without much problem, but the walk from the beach back to our bungalow was out of the question....too steep. The shuttle service was excellent. Call 10 minutes ahead of time and they'll pick you up and take you wherever you want to go on the property. Once outside the gate, walking was no problem. Not a lot of sidewalks, so you just have to be careful of the traffic in spots. Lots of restaurants within walking distance.

Weather: We went during rainy season, but no problems. Plan your activities in the morning and you'll be fine. It never rained the whole day. One day was rainless and the rest it would start raining about 3 in the afternoon and usually last for 2-3 hours. It only rained once the whole night.

Overall a wonderful experience that we'll never forget. Looking forward to our next visit

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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, August 17, 2014
Hi James R....wow.....thanks for an excellent review on your stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows.....I loved the format of your review....so easy to read and so many details......first....I'm sorry we didn't have more nights available for your stay.....but I am sure happy that you took advantage of what we did have......and thanks for the comments on Ashley.....one of our Tulemar Super Star Concierges......Ashley was born in Costa Rica but raised in Fairbanks, Alaska......(Costa Rican mom and Gringo Dad)......after graduating from college in Seattle she return to Costa Rica with her family and now lives here year round......and as you pointed out....she is wonderful......she really wants her guests to enjoy Tulemar....Manuel Antonio....and Costa Rica....as much as she does.....she knows all the best tour guides and activities......the best restaurants (where locals eat too!)......and where to find everything....from groceries to souvenirs......again.....thank you so much for the thorough review.....I know it will help many searching for the right spot to stay.....thanks for booking with us directly on our web site linked here.....and we're looking forward to your return as well!

Tulemar Dave
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san francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We stayed at a couple of Buena Vista Villas (305 & 308) from August 5 to 9. The property has everything... views, beach, pool, wildlife, great food and convenient to great restaurants and Manuel Antonio Park. This alone will make us come back to Tulemar.

But this property has a big bonus... We travel a lot and the service we received at Tulemar is the best we've ever experienced. Our concierge Danny took care of all our needs. We think that he put a GPS tracker on us because whenever we need him, he seems to find us before we even make the call. All the staff, from the drivers, servers and housekeeping were warm and eager to serve. We were treated like longtime friends.

Pura Vida!

Room Tip: A few tips on the villas. 305 has a great, unobstructed view. 308 doesn't have the best views...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, August 20, 2014
Hi luv2shoot......thanks for the great review on your stay in two of our One Bedroom Villas.....and thanks for the kind words on Danny.....your personal concierge......Danny is one of our "guest favorites".....everyone loves him.....he really does make your stay special......he seems to know just how much time and service each guest prefers.....and he can handle everything.....from tours/activities to dining suggestions to errands.....just ask.....thanks for booking with us directly and we'd love to see you back again!

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Franklin, Tennessee
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

my family and I stayed it Tulemar for five days. We were warmly greeted at the reception and shown around the property. The resort was beautiful. The flora and fauna were amazing. The staff was extremely helpful- the beach staff (Jose and Orlando), beach transportation, restaurant staff. Our concierge Chris even send us warm brownies one night. The resort was in walking distance to the town and they had Great recommendations on local places to eat. The beach was beautiful and very private. we really enjoyed our time here while in costa Rica!

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, August 16, 2014
Hi Hinson5....thank you very much for the review on your stay in Tulemar.....we enjoyed having you with us.....glad that you enjoyed your little tour of Tulemar as well.....with 33 acres to explore.....it helps to have your concierge show you around.....the location of the 4 pools.....the Tulemar Beach.....the two hiking trails.....the restaurant......and of course your Bungalow.....and probably some wildlife along the way......(Tulemar has 3 types of monkeys, both types of sloths, exotic birds and reptiles too).....thanks again for your review and for staying with us....we'd love to have you back!

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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