My husband and I just returned from a lovely 3 night stay at Tulemar. We stayed one night in Panorama North and two nights in Villa Mot Mot. Overall we had a fantastic time at Tulemar- beautiful grounds, great service, very nice accommodations. Below are our specific thoughts:
Accommodations: The rooms are fantastic! I would highly recommend both Panorama North and Villa Mot Mot for couples, as they are both one bedroom condos. Panorama North was larger (had a large living room, spacious kitchen) then Mot Mot (which was just a large room with a bed, bathroom- but offered a gorgeous and large outdoor deck, including a lounge couch, hammock, table and chairs, a small mini fridge, cook top and stove)- but we enjoyed both equally. We loved having the kitchens in our units so we could prepare breakfast and sometimes lunch as well. We had some ants in our outdoor kitchen in Mot Mot- but that is of course expected as we are surrounded by the lush terrain. Just be careful in Mot Mot to keep all your garbage wrapped up and clean countertops. Both rooms had modern appliances and amenities- and most importantly- very strong AC!
Grounds: The grounds at Tulemar are immaculate. The roads are constantly being cleared of leaves (those poor guys with the leaf blowers have to be out there all day- I hope they are paid well!) and the were were always being trimmed. Tulemar has 3 (maybe even 4, I am not sure) pools- but we only visited two of them. There is a family pool, which was beautiful- and it had a bar that offered food and drink pool. As the name states, this family pool was packed with families during our stay (read: lots of loud children), so we didn't spend much time here. The other pool we visited was nice- quiet and nicely maintained. Our favorite part of the resort was the private beach. It is gorgeous and we loved the fact that it was private so it never felt over crowded. They have an awesome beach bar a few steps from the beach- great drinks and cold beers for a decent price. Big shout out to Jose- the greatest bartender down by the beach! We really appreciated all his hard work. Also, thank you to Julian (I think that was his name.. sorry if I got that wrong)- who set us up with towels and an umbrella everyday. We enjoyed walking down to the beach everyday, but it is a very steep hill- so most people opted for the van. If you like hikes/nature walks, I recommend taking the North Trail to the beach. It is a nice, not to strenuous hike that brings you up high to get a birds eye view of the private beach. The crew does a great job maintaining the trail as well.
Service: Everyone at Tulemar was very friendly and eager to make our stay enjoyable. Prior to our stay, Diego and Vanessa were great about communicating with me via email regarding our visit. As I already mentioned- the guys down by the beach were our favorite. Daniella always whipped me up a nice cocktail by the family pool as well. Bill- who was our main point of contact once we were at the resort- was also really helpful. He gave us a tour around the resort, arranged for us to have groceries waiting in our room upon arrival, and also helped facilitate our moves between rooms. I have read in the some of the other reviews that some people find the staff at Tulemar "too attentive" (wow- never thought people would complain about that!), and while I can see how some people may be bothered by this- I think as long as you are clear with your concierge with the level of service you want, your concierge will completely oblige. After all, they just want your visit to be perfect and memorable! Overall I thought the staff were very helpful and very friendly.
Surrounding Area: Tulemar is nestled right in the heart of Manuel Antonio and a stones throw away from a number of great restaurants. We enjoyed eating out for dinner every night. We loved and highly recommend Agua Azul for great fresh fish. Barba Roha was an incredible place to catch the sunset and we indulged in one of their delicious burgers. If you are looking for a more upscale feel, Restaurant Kappi Kappi was also great- a little pricier, but the food and ambience were well worth it. The market near Tulemar has all the groceries you will need for your stay. Just be aware that it is very pricey- we bought just a few things and spent over $100 in one trip. Don't forget to pack extra sunscreen since we had to buy some there and it ran us $22 for a small bottle.
- Be aware that all the places to stay in Manuel Antonio are situated on a mountain/hill- so the terrain is very steep. There is a lot of walking involved at the resort, even if you take the shuttle. If you have bad knees/a hard time walking, make sure you get a villa that doesn't require climbing too many stairs.
- The Mahi Mahi sandwich at the beach bar is a must have :)
So in closing- we loved our stay in Tulemar and would absolutely go back- whether it be alone as a couple, a group of friends, or even one day with children! Thank you to everyone there for making it a very nice stay.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tulemar Bungalows And Villas
- Tulemar Bungalows & Villas Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
- Tulemar Hotel
- Tulemar Bungalows & Villas Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park