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“Tulemar” 5 of 5 stars
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Tulemar Gardens, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica   |  
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Bend, Oregon, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Tulemar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Unfortunately this place has several different names - I just reviewed it under "Tulemar". At any rate, it's an awesome place. Best thing about it is the amazing service. We stayed in a two bedroom place that was pretty epic. The beach is lovely too. If I go back to Costa Rica, I'm basically going to base everything out of here. About the only thing they could improve on is the Wi-Fi which is pretty hit and miss during normal waking hours. Works fine in the middle of the night, but...

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Buena Vista Luxury Villas, responded to this review, August 18, 2014
Thank you for reviewing us Jack R and thank you for staying and enjoying with us! We have no control over the Wifi as that is a service we contract for in order to provide for our guests. Admittedly infrastructure here in CR is not the same as in the US- anyway WiFi is so bad for your health, better to be outside with us away from you mobile devices. Thank you again, Pura Vida, Chris
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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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Rochester, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We finished out our honeymoon here and cannot say enough good things. From the moment we arrived on the property, the staff took amazing care of us. Our personal concierge Danny made us dinner reservations and gave us his cell phone number to use 24/7. Viviana at the front desk was so accommodating and friendly. The shuttle drivers (woo Joshua!) will pick you up and take you anywhere in the expansive property--which is good because the hills are huge.

The restaurant and infinity pool overlook a beautiful view of the Pacific, as did our villa number 303--the best one! It was so spacious yet cozy, luxurious yet homey. The maid did an amazing job, even doing our dishes if we didn't get to them.

The private beach is so much fun with boogie boards and kayaks to borrow. The beach bartenders even bring you drinks and set up umbrellas for you. Again, phenomenal service.

There is no shortage of monkeys here. This was awesome.

If we were rich we'd hands down buy a villa here. I genuinely miss the staff now that we are back in the states. We loved Buena Vista! Go here.

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Buena Vista Luxury Villas, responded to this review, August 18, 2014
Well Larkin K after a review like that I’d say you definitely have to come back! Kids next time? Congratulations too! Thank you for reviewing and staying with us and to answer your review after I just added to the last review that we are perfect for love birds, Pura Vida, Chris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Visited with two kids (10 and 13) and we all loved our time at Tulemar! Service, accomodations, grounds, food and staff were all incredible!! Really a great place to take kids, lots of wildlife and beach was really nice. Several pools were also clean and inviting. We have traveled a lot and both kids said Tulemar and Quepos were their favorite destination:)

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 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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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Buena Vista Luxury Villas, responded to this review, August 18, 2014
Thank you CBecker23! You covered the bases and we thank you for reviewing and staying with us at Tulemar Bungalows and Buena Vista Luxury Villas the only and official hotel in Tulemar. Only thing I would add to your review is we’re great for love birds too! Pura Vida, Chris
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Plainview, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We are a family of four. We spent 8 nights here and it was spectacular. It's a very small place with only about a dozen villas. You get to know most of the other people in the villas when meeting at the main pool & restaurant/bar. The view from the room windows is breathing!!! Not to mention all the wildlife all over the villa grounds! Howlers, Sloths, Spider Monkeys all over! The property landscaping alone would be reason to stay here! You are literally living in the middle of a rain forrest! Manuel Antonio State Park is literally 15 minutes away. The walk to the front entrance is only 5 minutes away where you come to a street full of restaurants and even 2 supermarkets. I probably didn't need more than 5-6 nights there but I wasn't complaining on the last day.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that is lower down to the ocean. I was in Room 114 which was perfect!!!
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 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, August 18, 2014
Thank you PositivePest for reviewing us and staying with us at Tulemar Bungalows and Buena Vista Luxury Villas the only and official hotel in Tulemar! Little explanation for future guests- the hotel is Tulemar Bungalows and Buena Vista Luxury Villas and we are roughly a little more than 40 units comprised of Standard rooms, One Bedroom Villas, Bungalows and two and three bedroom Premium Villas. We are set in the 33 acres of Tulemar Gardens where there are a number of private homes. Those 33 acres are meticulously maintained which both guests and wildlife appreciate. Beyond that we are perfectly situated in the heart of the hotel zone on the prime road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio making us moments from tours, beaches, stores and restaurants. Thank you again and Pura Vida, Chris
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

From the moment of arrival until signing out and heading to the airport, everything was spectacular. Our concierge Danny happily greeted me upon arrival and gave me a tour of the beautiful property. He had Luis the driver handle all my luggage and then walked me thru resort, introducing some staff members.

I must say walking thru this spacious property I couldn't get over the cleanliness and the other wordly views.

Danny took me to my room and informed me he would be escorting the rest of our party's arrival later in the day and that he would be there for us all week 24/7 for any needs. He definitely came through on that promise. He even went so far as to buy a cake for one of our group's 40th birthday dinner. A positive energy and resource throughout the trip.

Danielle and Arlen the bartenders, Luis and Joshua the drivers along with many other staff and reception were out of this world. Danny set up our water rafting and zip line tours which were both awesome as well.

The view from our room 206 Buena Vista suite was amazing. The beach was wonderful, secluded, tropical and just took your breath away


Thanks again for a bucket list trip that exceeded all my expectations and made me want to come back again. Next time I plan on spending some time at Arenal and Fortuna hot springs at Tabacon and more time at Tulemar. Hopefully all the same wonderful staff will be there. Pura Vida!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 4 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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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Buena Vista Luxury Villas, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
ChrisHarte, Thank you for the review and for staying with us at Tulemar Bungalows and Buena Vista Luxury Villas the only and official hotel in Tulemar. We strive to make each guest feel welcome and “on vacation” when you stay with us! Glad to hear you enjoyed Buena Vista del Sol! Thanks again! Pura Vida, Chris
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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My wife, four-year-old daughter, and myself had the pleasure of recently spending five nights at Tulemar. The place is truly beautiful and the staff are all very helpful and nice. Our concierge Danny went out of his way to make us feel comfortable. Pura vida!

Room Tip: You can't go wrong with a bungalow.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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, August 14, 2014
RoMercy, Thank you! One questions were there 3 or 4 of you?... I answer a lot of these and have to make it fun and interesting for both of us=). Glad you enjoyed and thank you Danny you’re a star. RoMercy thank you for staying at Tulemar Bungalows and Buena Vista Luxury Villas the only and official hotel in Tulemar Gardens. Pura Vida, Chris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Andres was very helpful with giving us ideas on where to eat and how to contact transportation. A little chilly with the air conditioner in the Bungalow. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Loved seeing a sloth in the tree at the entrance. Also loved the beach!

Room Tip: Loved the views in the bungalow.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Buena Vista Luxury Villas, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
Thank you Mary F for your great and concise review and for staying with us at Tulemar Bungalows and Buena Vista Luxury Villas the only and official hotel in Tulemar. Not to sound too cheeky but if the AC is making you chilly turn it down a little=). Glad you enjoyed the wildlife and our very private beach! Pura Vida, Chris
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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 Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) 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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