We visited Tulemar and stayed in the lower part of the Villa Mot Mot. We went November, 2012. I scoured the internet as many of the reviewers already stated. We finally decided on this place. The price was exceptionally reasonable for what we got.
The airport you fly into is small but adequate. We actually left our first location one day early. Vanessa helped us find a hotel for one night because our place wouldn't be ready. Diego picked us up and took us to the La Posada for one night. Bill picked us up the next day and took us to Tulemar. When we left La Posada our laundry wasn't done yet, Bill told us not worry he would make sure we got it . It was a little concerning to leave most of your laundry and hope it gets back to you. We soon found out not to worry about a thing because Bill would take care of it and he did. We got our laundry by 3 pm that day.
The entire studio had been remodeled just prior to our stay. There is an outdoor kitchen with a mini fridge, sink and grill. We were able too cook many of our meals in the outdoor kitchen while enjoying a glass of wine. Bill provided us with a cooler and ice for any items we couldn't fit in the fridge. The palm trees are a little high blocking your view a bit. You have to stand up to see the ocean or lay in the hammock. We knew we were on the lower level and wouldn't have as good of a view as the upper unit. No big deal. We like to hang outside most of the time and the patio is huge and very comfortable to just sit, look at the ocean and listen to the wildlife. Since we had people upstairs we were worried they or us might be loud however; we ran into them at the pool and they said they only smelled the food we grilled out. We heard them scoot around a bit on their patio but not a problem at all. You might want to bring an ipod or be able to pull up music on your phone as it's nice to hear the music while you sit on the patio. The patio is a very peaceful atmosphere and we didn't see one mosquito the whole week we were there. Bill told us to give him a call when we left each day and he tried to arrange the cleaning ladies around when we were gone.
One small issue were this really itty bitty ants. They are in the bathroom and on the counter outside but after all you are in the jungle. Just make sure you put all your food in the refrigerator or cooler. Don't leave anything out not even in the room. The tv was a new flat screen and the cable worked fine. THe airconditioner worked great and there are overhead fans too. We didn't leave the door open at night because we could hear the wildlife stirring outside.
We were sitting on our outdoor patio one morning and we heard the trees rustling and we quickly realized the monkeys were visiting. We had two types of monkeys visit within an hour of each other.
The private beach was spectacular although I was a bit surprised the water wasn't as clear as I had anticipated but it was very warm. The high tide comes at 1 pm. You can get bar service at the beach. There are restrooms at the beach which are bit up a hill. There is a beach person there that will move your chairs out and put up your umbrella whereever you want it. The beach isn't that big but that time of year there were only about 4 or so other couples on the entire beach. We took one of the kayaks out and went to another beach area (just take a left). The studio provided beach towels. .
The pool was great...only a few other couples there all week we mostly had it to ourselves. And, we saw a momma sloth in the tree right at the pool. I could have reached out and touched her she was so close.
We quickly found out taking the shuttle to the beach was the way to go as there is a lot of uphill walking (althought the beach is downhill on the way to it from the Mot Mot). We called and the shuttle came right away. I think maybe the time of year we visited which was the "shoulder" season made it a lot less crowded.
The weather was a bit rainy at times after all it was in the "rainy" season but not much of an issue. In fact, we weren't rained out any day just cloudy some days which was a nice break from a few days in a row of sun. If you want all out sunshine almost guaranteed, this isn't the time to go. We saw quite a few cloudy days.
We went to the local store in Quepos which was a bit pricey but not sky high. We ordered pizza and had it delivered it was delicious but it was about $45.
Since we visited during the shoulder season, we expected some of the maintenance work to be going on getting ready for the busy season. However; mid-week into our stay a unit close to us started major renovation - electric saws and pounding from about 7 am until 10 pm. Each unit is individually owned so our owners couldn't have known this would happen. I called Diego and told him if there was anything he could do.
He called me back 30 min. later and said we are going to move you for your last few nights. He moved us to a much bigger, nicer unit at no extra cost. It went exactly as he said they would do. They picked us up at 9 am packed our stuff and showed us our new place. We were absolutely floored by the fabulous new location (and free of any saw noise). Diego went out of his way to make sure he made our vacation right. Actually, we kinda missed our little Mot Mot studio because it was so nice however; the new place was something else.
We gave Bill about a $100 tip (he ran to the grocery store for us alot) and we gave the cleaning ladies about $5 per day. Of course, this is totally volunterary.
The area feels safe. We walked up to the grocery store one day (Bill found out and told us to always call him to go for us or take us that we shouldn't waste our time going to the grocery) and felt completely safe. Costa Rica was more "developed" than we thought...not commercial just a feel of a beautiful place with all the amenities you need. We drank the water with no issues. There was a mix of Costa Ricans as well as Americans. The Costa Ricans make you feel very welcome and they sincerely seem to be glad you are visiting their country. EVERYONE was so nice. There wasn't one person that we incountered that was rude or the slightest bit grumpy and we were there two weeks in many different locations.
There is an ATM right outside the resort. On the night before we left, Bill took us up to use the ATM. The ATM machine took our card. Not to worry...Bill worked it out with the bank to get us in and get our card! So, be careful to take your card right away because it will suck it back in while you count your money. Bill found out this happens a few times a day when he talked to the security guard out front.
You don't need much cash anyway because any beach bar charges are charged to your hotel room. There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance so it didn't matter there wasn't a food place on sight.
Bill and Diego and their team are there to make your stay perfect.
- 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 and our special and unique villas such as Villa Mot Mot, Casa Panorama, Casa de Frutas, Casa Las Nubes, Villa Kiskadee and the new Tulemar Bamboo Villas just for couples. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tulemar Bungalows And Villas
- Tulemar Bungalows & Villas Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
- Tulemar Hotel
- Tulemar Bungalows & Villas Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio