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Tulemar Bungalows & Villas
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Marlton, New Jersey
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“Absolutley Beautiful”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

What an amazing view from Casa Panorama! The sunsets everyday into the Pacific Ocean are amazing. The frequent trips from the squirrel and white faced monkeys right to your balcony are memories that will last forever. The inside of Casa Panorama upper is beautiful with all of the amenities of home. Very spacious and also great views throughout. The hikes down to the beach are a lot of fun and great exercise. They are steep and Tulemar supplies a timely shuttle if you would like a ride. The walk down gives you a great opportunity to see squirrel, white faced and howler monkeys roaming the trees above. We also spotted a sloth with her baby, a boa constrictor and a toucan. The beach is private and nice with surprise visits from the monkeys. There are many restaurants right outside of Tulemar and the food is very good. Kapi Kapi, Agua Azul, Cafe Milagro and Victorias were some of our favorites. Kimberly is a great host and knows all of the tours and restaurants inside and out. Just tell her what you have in mind and she will provide all of the information you need to make a great choice. She then sets everything up hassel free. White water rafting and a tour with crocodile man were a ton of fun. The tour guides are really knowledgeable and made a novice white water rafter like myself feel completely safe. My girlfriend and myself had a dream vacation at Casa Panorama and can't wait to get back!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Hi Nick.....thanks for the excellent review on your stay in Casa Panorama in Tulemar......I know that you really enjoyed yourselves since you've already booked with us for next year.......Casa Panorama has one of the best ocean views in all of Tulemar....combine that with all the amenities of Tulemar......(the beach, the pools, the wildlife visits, the hiking trails) and the personal concierge service of Kimberly.....and you've got the perfect spot......thanks for mentioning our location too.....right in the heart of Manuel Antonio......from our front gates.....there are over 10 restaurants within a 2 block radius......plus 2 ATM's.....and a grocery store.......thanks again for booking with me and we'll see you next year!

Tulemar Dave
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

This was the most beautiful and relaxing vacation anyone could ask for. Casa Mirador was absolutely amazing. My husband and I stayed here with another couple and were blown away by the gorgeous house,the great amenities, the beautiful views, and the awesome staff. The staff at Tulemar definitely went above and beyond to make our stay one to remember. Our concierge Bill was fantastic. He was very respectful of our privacy but at the same time very attentive to all of our needs. He even made arrangements for us on his day off. David - treated us like royalty at the private beach. He would set up our chairs, offer towels, and provided us with a table for our cooler of beer (i think he mentioned so we didn't have to reach so far for our drinks). Daniela and Al I think are the best bartenders I know. They were quick to mix up drinks pool side that were VERY tasty and refreshing(Coco Loco was one of my favorites and I highly recommend). During our stay we did alot of sight seeing and visited many restaurants but what stands out the most is the Phenomenal food that chef Kris prepared. He came to our house, prepared and enduldged us in the most amazing food! Many mornings we would walk the grounds of Tulemar only to see families of squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, flocks of red and green parrots, a sloth (that the wonderful grounds crew ponted out to us), and many other critters. Who needs the national park when you can see everything with Tulemar. Every night we would end the night by watching the most magnificent sunset from our balcony. We have only been home a couple of weeks and we are ready to go back. Bill get ready we are coming with the entire family. Tulemar definitely made me a Costa Rican lover. Pura Vida!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Hi Kersten......thanks for your review of Casa Mirador.......the villa with such amazing ocean views......great for 2 couples or a family of 3-6 persons......2 bedrooms-2.5 baths-2 floors......2 large balconies (one with a jacuzzi tub).......living, dining and full kitchen......plus the service of Diego and Bill.....your personal concierge team.......to handle all of the details.......and make your stay easy......glad you mentioned the wildlife.......yes, you can usually see wildlife from your accommodations......but the best way to see the monkeys, sloths and exotic birds is to get outside and walk around......either on our hiking trails (early mornings are best)......or just down to the beach........or up to the front gates.......you're sure to see something......and if there is a sloth sleeping in one of the trees......a staff member will likely point it out to you........and having a personal chef during your stay (even for just one special dinner) is such a wonderful experience.......thanks again for booking with me and we'd love to have you back again!

Tulemar Dave
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Stayed 3 nights May 2012. Family of 4 greatly enjoyed staying at the bungalow. Beach was great and at times we were the only ones on the beach! Having the kitchen facilities together with a separate bedroom made these accommodations work so well for our family.

The kids enjoyed watching the variety of wildlife. Monkeys, sloths, iguanas and more.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Hi Molly.....thanks for posting a review for your stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows......they really are perfect for a small family......a separate bedroom with two queen beds.......a living/dining/kitchenette......bath......windows all the way around.....set in the jungle with great ocean views.......kind of like a tree house with air conditioning........plus all the amenities of Tulemar.....the beach.....the pools.....the wildlife.......the resort shuttle.......and we're located right in the heart of Manuel Antonio.......10 restaurants, 2 ATM's and a grocery store within 2 blocks of our front gates....thanks again for staying with us and we hope to see you back again!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

I'm not sure I can even describe how amazing the views are...from the moment we walked in the door I was blown away, the pictures don't do justice to how absolutely gorgeous everything is. I would give more than 5 stars if available. My husband and I traveled with 2 other couples to Casa De Frutas. When we arrived we were greeted by Dave and his staff, I've never felt so welcome and appreciated. The service was outstanding, Mauricio was amazing..he helped us prepare for our trip before we even left the states. We booked about a year in advance, he kept in contact with us and sent helpful info on Costa Rica & available activities. After we arrived he and Julien kept track of everything for us! The amenities are fabulous. We took advantage of the adult pool, massages by the pool and in our home, in home chef two of the nights we stayed (delicious!!!) the beach is also close a few min walk or take the complementary shuttle. I took advantage of the photography lesson, it was wonderful and Sarah was so nice and helpful! (thanks Sarah!) The girls on the trip also had a private yoga session (thanks Sylvia). Others did deep sea diving, fishing, zip-lining, tons of stuff to do. We visited a few shops, and tried many of the recommended restaurants.
The house is absolutely amazing! Truly 5 star, one of a kind, beautiful...it also has its own pool which we took advantage of the entire week. The beds are wonderful, tons of space, styled perfect, gorgeous flowers throughout, however, truly the most amazing thing of all is the view...I can't say enough...its breathtaking! Loved being able to watch all the wildlife, especially the monkeys..I miss them already :) I can't wait to return, and have nothing but great things to say!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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TulemarDave, Owner at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Hi Erica......thanks for the great review on Casa de Frutas.....one of our premier, private villas in Tulemar........I loved your title.....and your description........no matter how we try......we cannot take photographs that capture the amazing panoramic ocean views from this villa and the open air ambiance......it's unlike anything else and one of the reasons it is so popular........Mauricio and Julien.....your personal concierges.......make the trip so easy......from assisting with your travel arrangements to the villa to pampering you once you are here......arranging massages, private chefs, yoga lessons and other tours and activities.......glad you enjoyed your photography class with Sarah too.......plus you have the wildlife visits and a private pool........and access to all of the other amenities in Tulemar........like the beach, the shuttle and the hiking trails.......we loved having you and your friends with us in Casa de Frutas......and hope to see you back again! Check out our web site and see which Hollywood actress recently stayed with us in Casa de Frutas!

Tulemar Dave
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Cleveland, Ohio
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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!!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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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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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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