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“Villa Mot Mot - Lower Level Studio Fabulous!”

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Tulemar Bungalows & Villas
Ranked #1 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2013

HI Elizabeth.....thanks for the great review on Mot Mot Hideaway (it has a new name along with the complete renovation!).......our guests love this little suite......and thanks for your comments on Bill....your personal concierge......he really does make the stay so much easier for you.....it was very nice that you rewarded his efforts.....thanks for the many tips to our future guests and we'd love to have you back again!

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

I rented one of the bungalows with my 77 year old mother and her 71 year old friend and we were treated like princesses. Chris was our host and he gave us the full tour and responded to our every whim. the property is beautiful with monkeys everywhere. the beach is luxurious and David is there to make sure you have every comfort or beach toy. there was a shuttle van that carted my traveling partners around, while I chose to hike the steep trails from beach to bungalow to get some exercising in. I would highly recommend this spot. Pura Vida!!

Room Tip: if you can splurge get the bungalows with the balcony. we did not have one and were jealous!
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2013

HI Betsy.....thanks for taking the time to post a review of your stay in Tulemar......Chris loved having you as his guests.......so glad you enjoyed the Tulemar Bungalow and our beach.....David and the staff are happy to provide free lounge chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, boogie boards and towel service......plus food/beverages that you just sign to your account....and good for you....walking back up from the beach.....it is a great workout....but the shuttles work just fine too.......we'd love to have you back again!

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Our experience at Tulemar Bungalows was awesome. We had a great time and a wonderful experience of Costa Rica. We booked with Dave and our bungalow was close to our friends and the front desk to meet for our tours. We will definitely go back to Costa Rica and Manuel Antonio.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2013

Thanks for the post on your stay in one of our Bungalows in Tulemar......we're so glad that you enjoyed the visit......the Bungalows are great......perched on the hillside.......amazing ocean views......surrounded by the jungle....tropical and rustic....with all the benefits of Tulemar.....our beach, 4 pools, the wildlife, resort shuttle.....and located right in the heart of Manuel Antonio.....with more than 10 restaurants within a two block radius of our front gates....thanks again for booking with me and we hope to see you again!

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

We had a two bedroom villa #414 and it was out of this world! It was exactly like the picture and we had the best view! We had a ton of monkey sightings, and the beach was gorgeous! Yes there are steep hills to walk up but the units are built on a hill side so what do you expect! You are on vacation so either take the hills slow or call for a shuttle! We opted to walk down and take the shuttle up most days but by the end of the week the hills did get easier! Julien was our concierge and he was very helpful! We booked zip lining, white water rafting, and a Cano Island tour through him and they were all wonderful! We also ate at Agua Azule, El Avelon,, Kapi Kapi, and Ronnie's. I hope I got the spelling correct but they were all yummy! We opted to eat breakfast on our balcony every morning there is a store right across the street but be prepared it is expensive but you are on vacation right?! We also hadrons of fruit and made guacamole but be prepared tortilla chips are like $8 a bag! But like I said you are on vacation right!? I guess if I had to give one complaint because nothing is perfect we only had a couple hangers and even though we requested more a couple times we did not get any....maybe they just didn't have any? So that is the only negative thing I can say! Drinks and food at the beach were reasonable and good just like any other resort Drinks $9 -$11 and most of the items on the menu were we're around $13 on avg. I would suggest buying your alcohol at the airport we forgot but I did bring a couple bottles of champagne from home. It was my favorite vacation yet we try to go to a new destination every year but I so want to go back to Tulemar and we just got home Yesterday! Manuel Antonio is a great place to visit the locals are never hounding you to buy any thing and in the town of Quepos right below most people speak spanish and never pressure you to buy a thing....but you can always find someone who speaks english so don't worry! Oh one other thing I want to mention we went white water rafting at Rafiki Lodge and I hate camping but I would stay a night here they are tents with a regular bathroom with nice shower and toilet but you are out in the wilderness so maybe try and do this a the end of your stay after rafting it will be worth it! Gorgeous view of the mountains and you get to experience wilderness and the people who run it are really nice.

Room Tip: I don't think there is a room with a bad view but 414 was wonderful and we had another couple wh...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2013

Hi VacationLover43.....thanks for the great review on your stay in Tulemar.....the Buena Vista 2 Bedroom Villas are wonderful......glad you enjoyed yours.....and yes....#414 has a great view.....Julien enjoyed working with your families......handling all of your arrangements......thanks for the comments about the beach, our staff and all the wildlife in Tulemar.......all are a very important part of the "whole package" of your stay......sorry about the coat hangers......sometimes the house cleaners just forget.....I'll follow up.....it was fun seeing you out for dinner on your last night at Agua Azul.....it is one of our favorite spots too! We'd love to have you back again....

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

It was a life long dream of ours to go to the amazing country of Costa Rica and we did a ton of research where to stay. I booked our vacation at Tulemar based upon two things--the high reviews here on Tripadvisor, and the excellent help and responsiveness from Julien during the booking process. I emailed with Julien and he was very helpful in our decision where we would stay on the property. We were two families with 3 children, aged 6 and under. We stayed for six nights and decided to stay in the gorgeous Casa Del Mar house.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Julien and our concierge for the week, Mauricio! They both were very friendly and Mauricio took us to our house for the week. We were blown away as the giant teak door swung open to reveal the most gorgeous place we have seen. We were giddy with excitement and ran out onto the huge porch and the view took our breath away. Views of the Pacific and mountains...it didn't feel real! Mauricio had a huge smile on his face watching us, as I'm sure he frequently sees this with the guests. We mentioned that we were hungry, and he took us down to the beach restaurant on the property. Lou, the restaurant manager was great and the food was very good too. The view was perfect of the ocean and beach.

Mauricio was wonderful to us and made sure we had everything we could possibly need for our stay. He took us to the local grocery so we could get stocked up on essentials, helped plan our week with any excursions we wanted and set up dinner reservations for us. He also coordinated a private chef for us on our last night. The meal was exceptional! Fresh fish, and pineapple flambe....what a great end to our trip! Mauricio made sure everything was easy for us and that was very appreciated by our group! We always felt we were in good hands with him and we had a top-notch experience and stay while in Tulemar.

The house we stayed in was well-appointed, beautiful, and clean. We were very comfortable in the home, even with two famililes. The outdoor rain shower was awesome, and the full kitchen was great. The view was perfect, and the pictures don't do it justice. There are neighboring homes, but we didn't really notice them and it was very quiet. There was a daily maid service and every morning she left us with a fresh pack of coffee from Cafe Milagro. Bonus!

The property is very well maintained, the pools are clean and very pretty. One of the family pools had bar service which was great after a long day of zip lining. The other family pool that is smaller has a lot of frequent visits from Ti Ti Monkeys and white-faced monkeys! Around the corner there was a mother sloth and baby that one of the workers pointed out to us. She was there all week and we loved watching her every day. The baby sloth even peeked her head out to see us! Thank you to the worker who pointed her out--we would have never saw her without
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The private beach was the best. It never was very busy and David quickly set up chairs, umbrellas and boogie boards whenever we needed them. The kids had a blast playing in the surf and we enjoyed the beach and drinks from the bar. We also took a kayak out a few times. All of this is free and included in your stay in Tulemar. Another one of many bonuses of staying at Tulemar!

We loved our stay in Tulemar and the Casa Del Mar home. We did so much but there was still so much more we could have done...this just gives us another reason to return! I know we will definitely stay in Tulemar again, the experience was just so perfect, why would we go anywhere else? Look no further...this is the place for you.

Thank you for the memories!

Room Tip: Casa Del Mar, room #409 was spectacular. Excellent panoramic views, quiet and well-appointed with t...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2013

Hi KristenB....thanks for the great review on your stay in Casa del Mar......we loved having you with us.....Julien and Mauricio do a great job, helping with everything....from transportation to Tulemar......to making sure you are comfortable in your villa.....including tours and activities.....restaurant reservations.....even surf lessons.......Casa del Mar is one of our most popular 2 bedroom villas......the style, design and ambiance are all 5 Star......every one loves the indoor/outdoor showers......thanks again for booking with me at 4tulemar.com......we'd love to have you back again!

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

A bit late in posting this review, but it has been on my mind since we left Casa Panorama. I want to make sure that I let other TA people out there know how perfect this place was, and how perfect everything was for us, when my family vacationed here in August of 2012.

First off, we were a family of 5 – 2 adults, 2 teens & 1 senior citizen. Casa Panorama provided us with more than enough space. It was very clean, spacious & very comfortable as well. The location was perfect & the views were breathtaking. Casa Panorama is truly, paradise.

Our concierge was Kimberly & she took care of us from the moment we landed in Costa Rica, until we left. She arranged for our transportation to & from the airport, arranged all of our tours and a private chef for one evening (highly recommended). I didn’t know Kimberly at all, though we did communicate frequently via e-mail before our trip, however, she is just so wonderful that you feel like you’ve known her all your life once you meet her. She truly takes care of all your needs, and goes out of her way to make sure everyone in your group is taken cared of. She even drove my senior citizen father in law to the bank & stores when he needed to go (though I don’t know if this was part of her job), and happily did so. She also was able to get me my prescription medication that I forgot to pack for our trip, she truly is a life saver. She still brings a smile to my face whenever I remember her.

Tulemar is close to so many restaurants, small shops & a famous coffee house (sorry, I can’t remember the name right now), once you get out of the entrance gate. They also provide a shuttle around the resort that can take you up to the entrance, the beach or back to your casa. Tulemar Beach was nice, and I truly enjoyed sipping on a pina colada while watching my kids & my husband body board.

As for wildlife, we saw some howler monkeys and of course, heard them as well. We also got lucky, because we spotted my favorite animal in the world, a Sloth! on a tree near our Casa. Unfortunately, we weren’t visited by Capuchin monkeys while we were there, but we got our fill when we went on the Mangrove Boat Tour. A few of them decided to join our group and jumped on our boat. We didn’t touch them, but they couldn’t keep their hands off of us. One even bit my son’s head while we were taking a picture of him standing on his shoulder – luckily, he didn’t break any skin – but the little guy was probably just curious & may have thought that my son’s head was a coconut (his head is shaved haha!). Another monkey decided to take off with one of my earrings, luckily I was able to save to other one for memories. It was one of the highlights of our trip. Another tour we did was the Manuel Antonio Nat’l Park Private Tour. It was again, a wonderful tour & we got to see a lot of Costa Rica’s wildlife and yes, some more Sloths! I just love those creatures :) As for our teens, they really enjoyed the ATV Tour through some back roads and up to a mountain where we saw one of the most beautiful waterfalls we’ve even seen.

The only thing we regret is not staying longer, but we are definitely going back one day & will stay no where else, but at Casa Panorama.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2013

Hi Ladiesel.....thanks for taking the time to share the wonderful memories of your stay in Casa Panorama......Kim enjoy your family and we'd love to have you back with us again!

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

We are staying at Tulemar for the 3rd time. Rarely do we repeat destinations let alone hotels, but we love this place and its still got IT.

This was our first time back in 6 years. The last two times we stayed in a bungalow - they were getting a little 'worn'. This time we rented a 2 bedroom villa. What a great place - good design, tons of space everywhere - hot tub on one of the two balconies, both bedrooms have large bathrooms with outdoor rainfall showers. Kitchen and living area is spacious and well stocked.

We love this place because it has a great beach - private and uncrowded. david, the beach guy has been taking care of guests for 7 years, we remembered him from last time and the service is still great. The beach is good for kayaking and boogie boarding (both free) and is perfect for families of all ages as well as adults that just want to hang out. The beach bar has what ever you want to drink, and they serve food. sunsets are spectacular!

If you tire of the beach and the sand, they have four pools - the family one with food and bar service. Sadly the restaurant and bar at the infinity pool is closed and breakfast is no longer included (but we cooked breakfast in our villa a couple of times).

Tulemar is within walking distance of a well stocked (though pricey) market and a # of good restaurants

And Monkeys - as I write this, sitting on our balcony enjoying a nice strong cup of Costa Rican coffee, a group of six capuchin monkeys stopped by to drink out of our hot tub!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2013

Hi WayfarerBlue.....Welcome Back to Tulemar......so glad you enjoyed your stay in one of our Buena Vista 2 Bedroom Premium Villas......our beach......the pools....the wildlife......the location.....(right in the heart of Manuel Antonio)...the staff......are just like you remember.....a wonderful spot for a tropical vacation......thanks for staying with us again and we look forward to your return!

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Address: Tulemar Gardens, Manuel Antonio 6350, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
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
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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: $148 - $339 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 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 
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