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“Cannot wait to come back... Costa Rica 2015! <3” 5 of 5 stars
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Tulemar Gardens, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica   |  
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Dunmore, Pennsylvania, United States
2 reviews
“Cannot wait to come back... Costa Rica 2015! <3”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

From the minute we walked into the reception we were greeted by the most welcoming staff. One of which... our concierge for the week... Danny. He began by telling us he would ensure we had the best week ever. Danny definitely made sure that happened... from booking dinner reservations to excursions, helping us celebrate a birthday... by even bringing a cake, and just by being him. You can tell he gives 110% in everything he does for his guests. We feel we came as guests and left as friends! Some others who made our stay at Buena Vista Luxury Villas the best vacation ever, were Daniella, who served some amazing drinks and shared with us some great places to go for dinner or a night out. Luis, who we all nicknamed "Loco Luis", was our favorite driver... get him and Danny together and you will laugh the entire ride. David down at the beach remembered us and how much we loved the sloth our first day and was always quick to point out the other animals around the beach area.

The staff here was more friendly that I could have ever imagined, the property has some breathtaking views, the rooms are comfortable and clean, and the wildlife makes this place a dream come true. We saw sloths, a few different kinds of monkeys, lizards, and birds. The monkeys came around our villa around the same time every morning and would climb on the porches of nearby villas. Even when it rained it was beautiful there.

I cannot wait to come back next year and plan on bringing more family and friends to experience what we all were able to experience this vacation.

Room Tip: Request a room with an ocean view and you will not be disappointed.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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 25, 2014
Sarah H. Thank you for your staying at Tulemar Bungalows and Buena Vista Luxury Villas the only and official hotel in Tulemar and for your kind review! Thank you to my awesome staff too! They are Pura Vida! It is our primary job to make sure our guests have the best hotel experience we can provide and we get a lot of help from the wildlife and the location! Sarah, pretty much all our units have unique sea views in some way shape or form! Thanks 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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Liberty, Missouri
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Pros: We began our vacation at Buena Vista on June 27. We stayed 4 nights. We started out in #414, the 2 bedroom villa, and were amazed at the beauty of the villa and the view. The 5 of us each had our own bed with 1 person on the "day bed". We had a 3 bedroom reserved and moved to it on the second night. The villa was almost identical, except for the 3rd bedroom. The view was almost as beautiful. We were kicking ourselves for not just staying in #414 because the view was just a little bit better. I checked with Andres to see if we could go back to #414, but someone had already checked into it. But that was ok. We still had a beautiful view and a spectacular villa!

The villa was equipped with just about anything you might need. The beds were more comfortable than any bed I have ever slept in at any hotel, ever. The rooms were very spacious and the bathrooms were incredible. The showers were open at the top so you could feel like you were showering in the jungle! The hot tub on the deck was cleaned daily and had the amazing view of the bay. The AC worked great! On the deck, we were visited by little lizards, bats, and giant moths. On the property, we saw a sloth, probably 20 capuchin monkeys, and several howler monkeys.

The food at the bar/restaurant was really good. The drink specials were delicious! We wanted to go into town to watch Costa Rica play in the World Cup game. Andres recommended Bahia Azul. We had a great time there! To be in the middle of such a celebration was exciting!

It was time for us to move on to our next stop, but for the rest of our trip, we were wishing we had stayed at Buena Vista villas the whole time. We would definitely come back and stay there!

Cons: We accidentally left an expensive charger behind in the bedroom. I called Andres as soon as we realized we had forgotten it and he said he would mail it to our home in the U.S. It wasn't waiting for us when we got home so I called him back. He said the owner of Buena Vista villas was travelling to the U.S. the following week and was going to mail it to us when he got to the States. We're still waiting for the charger. I know it's our fault for leaving it, but I would have gladly paid the shipping to get it back, if that's the problem.

Room Tip: Villa #414 has the best view and easy access to a nice pool. It's advertised as a 2 bedroom, bu...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Buena Vista Luxury Villas, responded to this review, August 25, 2014
Thank you Ann H. for your wonderful review and for staying with us at Tulemar Bungalows and Buena Vista luxury Villas the only and official hotel in Tulemar. Glad you enjoyed the accommodations and all the wildlife present on the property. Thank you to Andres too! He is fantastic as your personal concierge. Thanks for staying and we look forward to your return, Pura Vida, Chris
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This ended up being our last stay on our honeymoon. We absolutely loved the beach and the boogie boards and kayaks that were available to all of the guests. The water was fairly wavy, at least compared to our previous stops, so it made for some fun time in the water. There are animals all around the property so it made walking around this fairly steeply inclined property more entertaining. Upon arriving we met Danny who would be our personal concierge. He gave us his cell phone number and told us to call him with anything we needed. We ended up using him to set up an ATV tour, spa treatment and various restaurant reservations. He was incredibly reliable and seemed to genuinely care about our stay at the villas. Be prepared for a good amount of uphill/downhill walking.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 25, 2014
Nick P. Thank you for reviewing and staying with us at Tulemar Bungalows and Buena Vista Luxury Villas the only and official hotel in Tulemar. I’m glad Danny on the spot was there to provide everything you needed while you stayed with us! Yes, as we get deep in to our Green season the waves do tend to get larger none the less our cove is relatively calm and Dave is always there to watch over our guests! Congratulations on your wedding! Pura Vida, Chris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

The property is one of the best I've stayed in - the staff is fantastic and they can organize an amazing trip. The villas are spectacular and every view is stunning. Wildlife is everywhere - all 3 species if monkeys in Costa Rica (in large troops), both two and three toed sloths and iguanas and birds everywhere.

  • Stayed August 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 20, 2014
Thank you Mary A for review and staying at Tulemar Bungalows and Buena Vista Luxury Villas the only and official hotel in Tulemar! Glad we were able to organize a “fabulous experience” for you! Future guests coming to CR for the first time we are happy and very able to create your experience from landing to take off just ask us, Lisa is the best! Thanks again Mary and we hope you come back! Pura Vida, Chris
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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
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Rochester, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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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 ( 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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