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“Casa Panorama North--fantastic!”

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Tulemar Bungalows & Villas
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Casa Panorama North--fantastic!”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

First off, I am not one to normally post reviews, but I feel it is an absolute must after spending our honeymoon at Tulemar Gardens. It far exceeded our expectations. We stayed in the Casa Panorama North lower unit and it fit our needs perfectly. The unit was cleaned daily, spacious, and modern. The kitchen was an added bonus, allowing us to prepare meals if we did not feel like going out. Also, the balcony was fantastic--spent every morning out there eating breakfast and it was great for sunsets.

We ended up taking a shuttle (scheduled by Vanessa) from the airport for $180 each way. Not terribly expensive for a 2.5 hour trip and the driver took us to a supermarket which allowed us to stock up on groceries. You can also fly into Quepos from San Jose for approximately $63 per person each way (if your flight times correspond with the local airline schedule--ours did not).

Once at the resort, our concierge Bill greeted us and helped us get settled in. He was a pleasure to deal with. He gave us a tour of the property, pointed out wildlife, and during our stay drove us into town and to Manuel Antonio National Park. He was very responsive and helpful, but yet he respected our privacy. Thank you so much Bill!

The resort itself is nothing short of spectacular. It is perched high on the cliffs with amazing views of the ocean. The grounds are manicured on a daily basis and there is plenty of wildlife to observe. It did not have that "large" resort feel because the houses and bungalows are individual units, providing a feeling of seclusion. The beach is absolutely amazing and never felt crowded. We enjoyed the challenge of hiking to the beach every day--what a workout! They also provide a shuttle service to the beach, but we never used it. David was quick to set us up with towels, chairs, and an umbrella. The kayaks and snorkeling gear are also a huge plus.

There are several restaurants within walking distance of the resort. We ate at Barba Roja, Agua Azul, and Kapi Kapi. All three were great and moderately priced (Kapi Kapi is more high end). The resort does have food service at the family pool and it is sufficient if you are looking to grab a quick bite. We also had lunch at the beach early in our stay, but then it was closed due to its close proximity to the water (apparently some maritime infraction?). The good news is that they were still bringing food and drinks down to people from the pool facilities.

In conclusion, we had a wonderful time and will be back sometime in the near future. Also, we felt very safe during our entire stay. We saw plenty of security (especially at night).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Hi Brandon.....thanks for posting such a detailed review of your stay in Casa Mirador (new name!) in Tulemar......a perfect, perfect, perfect spot for a honeymoon.......so glad you enjoyed your visit!
Besides the wonderful views, great balcony and separate bedroom with a king bed, you get the services of your own personal concierge.....and as you pointed out....they helped all along the way to make your stay easy and enjoyable.......plus all of the amenities of Tulemar......from our beach.....(and yes the restaurant/bar at the beach is open daily!).....to the hiking trails......the resort shuttle.....and our location......right in the heart of Manuel Antonio.......(10 restaurants within 2 blocks of our front gates)........thanks, again, for booking with us and we'd love to have you back!!
Tulemar Dave
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

We just got back from the best family vacation we have ever had! We spent 6 nights in Manuel Antonio , at Tulemar, Casa Panorama Villa, my husband, 11 year old son and myself!
The villa was wonderful, spacious for a 1 br, pullout sofa ,fantastic views, close to pool and walking distance to beautiful,private beach. Best boogie boarding ! We saw more monkeys,birds,iguana and sloth on the Tulemar property than we did in state park( which was beautiful)!
Kimberly , our concierge was fantastic! She made our trip! Every adventure,activity she set up for us was great! We really had the best of the best! We will definitely go back.
Amanda; Atlanta, GA.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Hi Amanda....thanks for the great review on Casa Panorama and Tulemar....we're so glad that you enjoyed your stay.......Casa Panorama is really a wonderful choice for a family like yours......with the personal concierge service of Kimberly......(who really does make the trip easy and fun).....plus all the amenities of Tulemar......the beach, the pools, the hiking trails, the resort shuttle.......and our location.....right in the heart of Manuel Antonio......thanks, again, for booking with us and we'd love to have you back again!

Tulemar Dave
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

This is to amend the rant we posted a few days ago. Much of the problem we encountered in getting a refund of our rental fee was caused by a series of communications mishaps -- emails to the wrong address, emails that went into cyberspace and so forth. But once that got sorted out, both the owner of Garden House and the resort manager, Dave, acted swiftly and honorably to right the wrong, reaffirm their sincere apologies and send us a full refund. So, although our vacation was marred, our faith is restored.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Thank you, Ann....
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

This was a vacation of a lifetime. Casa Mirador was everything we could have asked for and then some. My husband and I stayed here with another couple and we were absolutely amazed at the beautiful views and all of the amenities that it has to offer. The staff at Tulemar was incredible - our concierge Bill was FANTASTIC...he was very attentive to all of our needs, even on his day off. Daniella and Al - the best bartenders (I highly recommend trying a Dirty Monkey or a Coco Loco!!) David - always set us up quickly with a beautiful spot on the amazing private beach. I highly recommend treating yourself to a night with Chef Kris... one word - phenomenal!! There was so much to see on the grounds of Tulemar...all of the monkeys, birds, all of the other animals and the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. We have been home less than a week and already can't wait to come back!! Get ready Bill we're coming back with the family!!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Hi Cara.....thanks for the great review of your stay in Casa Mirador.....in Tulemar.......we really appreciate you taking the time to post......Casa Mirador is one of our favorites.......from the amazing panoramic ocean views......to the service by Bill, your personal concierge....(glad you took advantage of the personal chef services too.....that's always a treat)...... and all of the amenities of Tulemar......our beach.....the pools....the hiking trails.....and all of the wildlife......monkeys, sloths and exotic birds.......thanks for booking with us and we'll be ready for your return!

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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We recently enjoyed a wonderful 6 nights at Casa Panorama South (lower unit). The property is very well equipped, extremely comfortable and has a balcony with great Ocean views. Tulemar Gardens was all we could have wished for - private beach, shuttle around the property, several swimming pools and monkeys to boot! Also perfect for our two little girls (6 and 4). Kimberly, the house manager at Casa Panorama was especially helpful and could not do enough to make our stay a successful one. We would recomend Casa Panorama to anyone looking to visit the Manuel Antonio region. Oliver and Sandra (London, England)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, March 9, 2013
Hi Oliver and Sandra......Kim loved having you and your family at Casa Panorama.....we're happy that you enjoyed your time with us.......now you know why Casa Panorama is one of our most popular villas......and then when you combine all of the amenities of Tulemar.....the pools....the beach....the wildlife.....the hiking trails......the resort shuttle......and the personal concierge service......it's the perfect choice.......thanks for taking the time to post your review and we'd love to have you back again!

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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

This place is very cool. Its a HUGE property with a zillion different types of accommodations. You can easily spend a whole day of your trip just exploring around here. They have an amazing private beach, 4 different kinds of pools and awesome hiking trails. We saw animals everywhere! Squirrel and capuchin monkeys, sloths, iguanas and birds galore! The location is also very ideal. Just a short walk from the property and you have many different restaurants and even a nice grocery store. Great place to pick up snacks and drinks for your stay!

The staff is attentive and was usually available for us when we needed anything. But keep in mind this is not your typical hotel-type accommodation with front desk people available 24/7 and everything available at your disposal. Its more of a condo community and a large one at that. You are pretty much on your own all the time. But I didn't mind that. It was nice to be left alone and just soak in the beautiful environment. The driver of the property Micheal was awesome. We never had to wait for a ride! And also the beach attendant was great too. He worked real hard always setting up chairs and umbrellas for us.

As far as our accommodations- We stayed in one of the Junior Suites and loved it. The room was comfortable with a great view and awesome balcony. We had a small, private pool just a few steps from our room. The only complaints really were the bathroom was very small and sometimes the people upstairs were a bit loud. But overall a very pleasant stay!

This place would be perfect for families and was great for our romantic trip as well. Definitely would visit Tulemar again!

Lastly- I just want to touch on the issue of theft. While I read a lot of things about CR and petty theft, we never experienced any problems. However- we ALWAYS locked our valuables in the safe. Its very unfortunate what others have posted about their electronics being stolen but that's the reason there are safes in these kinds of places. Just be careful with valuables and use common sense and you will be fine. I never ONCE felt unsafe anywhere we visited on our 8 day trip and we walked all over even late at night.

Pura Vida!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Hi Lexi......thanks for the review on your stay in one of our JR Suites........your first paragraph hit it all.......Tulemar and all of the different accommodations.......our beach....the pools....the wildlife........and our location....right in the heart of Manuel Antonio......glad you enjoyed your stay with us.....and thanks for the kind words on Michael and David (at the beach).....they really make our guests feel special......thanks too, for your "common sense" points about thefts......Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio and Tulemar really are safe......but they seem so much like paradise.......sometimes we forget the basics.....thanks again and we hope to see you back with us.

Tulemar Dave
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Mohrsville, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

I can't even put into words what an outstanding property this is...... But here we go anyway ! Lets start out with the casa (formerly casa panorama north) my wife and I stayed here with another couple and couldn't have been happier, the views alone are worth every penny and then some... monkeys visiting daily ... flocks of green and red parrots ( yes flocks ) right off our deck and every amenity that a fully stocked home would have ( toaster , blender , fridge,w/icemaker,etc.)....... But the best amenity this rental home came with in our opinion was the maid service and espicially our personal concierge Bill .... Took care of us in every way .... even on his day off ! ....... We treated ourselves one night to their in house private chef Kris and trust me it was a treat ....another thing well worth the money .... The staff here truly makes this place all that it is .... 5 star .... From Diego and Vanessa helping me set tours up before we were even there to David at the beach , Al and Daniella mixing our drinks ,to Marvin on the grounds crew pointing out numerous critters around the property ..... I've never researched a vacation as much as I did this one and all of it kept pointing back to Tulemar and for good reason it has it all !! ..... So just choose one of the bungalows or casas that best suits your needs and splurge..... you won't regret it ... WE WILL BE BACK!! ( just a warning Bill ... lol )

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, March 9, 2013
Hi BigMike7375.....better known to his friends (and me) as Tulemar Mike for the amount of research he did prior to their arrival......I'm sure he learned more about Tulemar (and the other resorts he researched) than many of our staff....lol.....we're so glad that you enjoyed your stay in Casa Mirador......from the villa itself....to the wildlife.....the staff......the beach.....and the location.....right in the heart of Manuel Antonio......thanks again for staying with us and I'm here.....when you're ready to start the research for your next visit!

Tulemar Dave
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Property: Tulemar Bungalows & Villas
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 Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 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):
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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