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“Beautiful property” 4 of 5 stars
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The Villages, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful property”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We had a Three Bedroom Premium Villa near the adult pool and about half way between the reception area (road entrance) and the beach. Very nice modern villas comprise of three floor. Main floor is the top floor which has a view of the forest and ocean from our villa. Large outside deck with hot tub, lounging area, and a table that can seat 8 people. Second floor (one down) has two bedrooms with queen size beds and private baths. Showers and toilet are open air but very private. There is a washer and dryer on the second level if needed. Third floor (2 down or 40 steps below living area) has large spacious master bedroom with king size bed and private bath (showers and toilet are open air but very private and sink and dressing tables are inside the room). All rooms and areas have individual air conditioners.

Amenities consist of 3 swimming pools and a medium to small beach area. Adult pool is small and has only seating for 6 in lounge chairs. No bar or phone for ordering food. The family pool has a well equipped bar and a small food service for hot and cold sandwiches and other things. Family pool is larger than the adult pool (1 1/2 times larger than adult pool) and has a waterfall feature and an infinitive edge with a view of the ocean. Seating is limited to 4-6 lounge chairs and a table with seating for 6. The third pool is closer to the beach and is about the same size as the family pool. There suppose to be a wine bar at the third pool (in the evening 6-9 pm) but it was not open while we were there (not reason given expect for shortage of staff). Beach is nice with food and drink service and ample seating and umbrellas, if desired. Kayaks are included in the room package. The property is very steep so be ready for a lot of stairs and steep walks or roads. There is a free shuttle service available on the property but you still have to traverse a lot of steps and steep paved paths to get to shuttle pickup areas. Sometimes there is a long wait for a shuttle.

There is no evening restaurant on site. There are several good restaurants within a short walk of the entrance area (we recommend Victoria's and Kopi Kopi). Your can order in to your room and have food also delivered from Victoria's).

Staff were very nice and accommodating.

Room Tip: We were in the low 400 numbered villas. I think that was a good location for adults and near the c...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Buena Vista Luxury Villas, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Thanks for staying with us and writing a review. Love you accurate description of the 3 bdrm premium villas! In fact you overview of the resort is perfect. I believe there are 10 lounge chairs at the family pool and a number of table and chairs too. At the beach we provide boogie boards, kayaks, towels, umbrellas and snorkel equipment plus kids toys if needed. Glad you enjoyed you stay with us, Pura Vida- The Staff.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Salt Lake City, Utah
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Buena Vista Villas on the second half of our awesome vacation to Costa Rica. We traveled with our good friends, two other couples, whom we travel with often. Buena Vista Villas was a very nice place. The grounds are impecably groomed and beautiful! My husband and I stayed in a Jr suite with a wonderful view of the ocean, where we watched the sunset every night, which was always breathtaking! Behind our suite, just below our veranda, was an awesome jungled forest that was the home of monkeys of all kinds! They came to visit every morning about 6 am and we made it a point to wake up and have coffee outside to watch their show!

Our room was clean and comfortable, with a king bed. Although it did have a small closet, It did lack storage room which left us to have to live out of suitcases rather than being able to un pack. However, with the beautiful, private beach nearby and several very nice pools on the property, we didnt spend much time in our room!

It was quite a hike to get from the pick up area to our room, but the excercise was welcomed! And there was always wild life and beautiful grounds to view along the way! We were always delighted when we called for a shuttle and Michael was our driver! A very pleasant young man who was very helpful, reccomending very good restraunts in town ( while there make sure to visit Barba Roja restaraunt! They have amazing food... especially the Red Snapper and BBq Ribs!!) Michael worked hard to make sure that we wre always having a great time and made sure that our needs were taken care of. Thank you!

We did have an incedent while staying at Buena Vista Villas where we had an in room dinner planned at our friends bungalow. We were told that we would get a call to meet with the chef and plan our menu, etc. but we never got the call and our dinner in our room never happened. It was very disappointing! But we went to Barba Rojas and had an amazing dinner, as well as a great time with our friends dancing to the live band that was the entertainment!

Our trip to Costa Rica was our first and have not quit talking about it since we returned in March! We cant wait to be able to plan our second tour!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Buena Vista Luxury Villas, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review! Glad to hear that you enjoyed our resort and look forward to you return. I’m sorry you felt the storage was lacking and will offer this tip to future guests (please don’t think me trite) pack light for any Costa Rican trip we are a very casual country. Our Jr. Suites are perfect hidaways for lovebirds. Glad you enjoyed Barba Roja, they have done much to up there game in the past months. Thank you for staying with us and Pura Vida! The Staff.
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Pulaski, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We just returned from a visit to Costa Rica and the Buena Vista Villas. I am not sure how you could ever expect more of a true paradise. The resort is spectacular in beauty, from the beautifully maintained grounds, to the wonderful private beach, to the magnificent villas. The villas are super clean, well appointed, maintained with care, and offer some of the more outstanding views I have ever seen. The staff of the facility have ONLY one goal. That is to make sure what you want and when you want it becomes reality. Now matter what we asked, the answer was a yes along with a big smile. We enjoyed all the staff, but got to know Jose (beach bar tender), Andres (our personal concierge), and of course Emily (online concierge). One of our favorite things was the personal dinner we had prepared in our villa by Jose and Ruby. Wildlife was everywhere, including monkeys, Halloween crabs, lizards, birds, bats, and iguanas. We even had a troupe of Squirrel Monkeys on our deck doing a Circus act for our entertainment.

Thanks for everything

Room Tip: Select Villas offer a wonderful deck and fantastic view
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  • Stayed April 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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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Buena Vista Luxury Villas, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Thank you! Please come again! Good to hear we were able to overshoot the expectations; that is our goal. Jose is the James Brown of our beach bar service. The same can be said about all our concierges with all the walking they do on property. Your animal experience is the norm here we hear it all the time more animal here than the national park. Staying at Buena Vista Luxury Villas we want to provide an abundant environment so you don’t want to leave and for sure want to come back! Pura Vida, The Staff.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I traveled with my 70 year old father and 12 year old nephew and Buena Vista Villas was a great place for all three of us! The accomodations were lovely and clean. The two bedroom villa with kitchen and beautiful porches gave us plenty of room. It was great to have a washer and drier in our villa. The beach restaurant was perfect for breakfast and we all had a wonderful time swimming in the ocean and in the family pool just below our villa. Orlando, our concierge, was super helpful and everyone was very kind and courteous. We'd booked some excursions through our travel agent and Orlando confirmed all of the arrangements and made sure that things ran smoothly. He also gave us some terrific restaurant recommendations. It was a terrific place for a family vacation.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Buena Vista Luxury Villas, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Thanks for the good review! Glad to hear everyone enjoyed. Yes the existence of the washer/ dryer and the kitchen in the Premium Villas is fantastic. The kitchen enables you to try our private chef service, not to be missed and kitchens have blenders too for those blended sunset libations. Guest can arrange to have kitchens stocked beforehand too! Or call the concierge to arrange anything you might need. Thanks for staying and don’t forget to come back, Pura Vida, The Staff
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Just returned from Buena Vista Villas and it was a great spot for a family. We stayed on this property at the end of our Costa Rican trip, after staying in two other locations in the country. For our family of four, the 2 Bedroom Villa was over the top beautiful and spacious. Two stories with the bedrooms on the lower level, the view from the the huge veranda was breathtaking. The monkeys right outside our balcony were fun too! Get ready for some interesting and un paralleled Howler Monkey sounds! The showers are walled on 3 sides, but at the same time are completely outside .. so it is open to 'critters' if you will. We did spot a few geckos and a frog out there, but no monkeys or anything crazy. Just took a little getting used to. The toilets are also outside, in a little nook as you enter the shower area. (there is regular indoor half bath on the main level).

Our concierge, and any other concierge around was very helpful throughout the stay... but there are no real services on the property. They will drive you to the beach, as it is a sprawling and hilly property. Beach is nice .. different as it's brown/black sand. Water is warm like a bath.. and waves were fun!

For a family traveling, I absolutely recommend Casa (Villa) 412, it is RIGHT next to the family swimming pool, and has incredible views of the ocean far below at the same time. It truly felt like we had access to our own pool (although it was always busy -not overly busy- with lots of other families as well.) There was lunch service at the pool, which was nice.

Location of hotel is very nicely located in proximity to grocery, and all of the restaurants in the area. And very close to the Nat'l Park as well.

Enjoy Buena Vista!

Room Tip: Villa 412 for families is AWESOME
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  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Buena Vista Luxury Villas, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Thank you for reviewing us; we are always glad to hear also that your stay with us was a good one! For those of you investigating the 2 or 3 bedroom villas on our website you will find many pictures and descriptions of all our different units. If you can’t, call or chat with us on the site! We do offer a number of services here on property: Breakfast and lunch at the beach, lunch and snacks at the family pool, spa services and full concierge services such as dinner reservations or tour arrangement or anything you may need during the course of your stay. As far as a family vacation is concerned this is the perfect spot due to the properties pools and beach and the availability of home/house accommodations. Thanks for staying and comeback and see us, Pura Vida, The staff
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

The property and views are amazing. We saw more wildlife enjoying the natural surroundings everyday than one would find in a tropical zoo. Regular sightings of sloths, monkeys (3 types), toucans and countless other tropical birds.
Beautiful private beach. The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.
Often need the shuttle to get around the property, but they are always available at a moments notice.

Room Tip: There was no pull-out sofa in our one room select suite villa, but they provided a roll-away when we...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Buena Vista Luxury Villas, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Thanks for your review. Yes, the property has amazing wildlife; we often hear it said that our property’s fauna exceeds the national parks. Our staff is friendly and attentive thank you, but then Ticos in general are a very friendly folk! Thanks for spending your vacation with us, Pura Vida- the Staff
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Boston, Massachusetts
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61 reviews 61 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

We just returned from an amazing vacation in Costa Rica. We stayed at the Buena Vista villas and would recommend this property to anyone. The 2 story villa had amazing rooms, an outdoor jacuzzi and two outdoor showers. The villa also an incredible view of the beach and the service was fabulous. Brian, the head concierge, is first rate and made our trip seamless. This hotel was the perfect home base to explore manuel antonio!

Room Tip: We heard from other guests that their rooms were a bit old. I would ask for the updated rooms. Our v...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Buena Vista Luxury Villas, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Thanks for the nice review! Glad you enjoyed your 2 bdrm Premium Villa the hot tub on the veranda and the in/out door showers do truly make these units unique. The views the beach the central location and our fantastic concierges make it the perfect spot to see MA from. Thank you for staying with us. Pura Vida, The Staff
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Additional Information about Buena Vista Luxury Villas

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 Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 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):
Buena Vista Villas is a small, luxury boutique resort located inside Tulemar, a 33-acre gated resort community. Nestled in the jungle with stunning views, our villas offer luxury and privacy with all the amenities of a high-end beach resort: concierge and daily maid service, three pools and our private sandy beach. Breakfast is available daily at the pool with lunch, snacks and drinks at the beach in the afternoon, among monkeys and sloths. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Buena Vista Luxury Villas Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
Buena Vista Hotel And Casas
Buena Vista Luxury Villas Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park

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