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Tulemar Bungalows & Villas
Ranked #1 of 47 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 24, 2013

We stayed at Villa Mot Mot last week. It was awesome! Our room was recently updated and beautiful. The ocean views were stunning. They do an outstanding job maintaining the property. There are 3+ pools including an adults only pool and a private beach complete with beach bar, kayaks, and snorkel gear. The grounds are stunning. You really feel like you're in a jungle. There are unique trails to the beach, monkeys swinging in the trees, and shuttles if that's not your thing. What really makes this place a must go is the service. Bill was our personal concierge while we were there. He was so wonderful to have as part of our trip. He introduced us to the bartenders and servers in town and gave us the best recommendations of places to go. This place is perfect for someone who is looking for a more authentic trip to costa rica. It felt like home by the time we left. I'd highly recommend it. Also, if you go...eat at Kapi Kapi!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2013

Hi Jessica.......happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Mot Mot Hideaway in Tulemar.....one of our most popular suites.......everyone loves the large, new balcony and wonderful ocean views......thanks for the comments, too, on Bill, your personal concierge.......he's been in the area for so long he really does know all the best tours, guides and places to go......our guests really enjoy his service......thanks for booking with us at 4tulemar.com and we'd love to see you back again!

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Overall a terrific place to stay. Here are the pros and cons of Tulemar. Note that we stayed in villa 402.

Pros:
- Well appointed accommodation with 2 bedrooms and plenty of space.
- Rooms were clean and well kept.
- Free long distance and local phone calls, and free wifi.
- Wifi was fast enough to run Netflix for the kids.
- Visiting in March was perfect timing. Weather was great...warm and dry.
- Nice private beach
- Our local concierge was helpful. She arranged fishing, canopy tours, rain forest tours, etc.

Cons:
- Access to the beach was not easy. It's a long walk to the beach...maybe 1-1.5 km. A shuttle is offered.
- The pool was ok. It was pretty crowded at times and seating was limited.
- The restaurant/cafe at the beach was sub-par (the one at the pool was good).

  • Stayed: March 2013
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2013

Hi My Feedback 4 U.....thanks for the review on your stay in one of our 2 Bedroom Premium Villas.....we're so glad you enjoyed yourselves......the Premium Villas are amazing......great views too......since all of our villas are located on the hillside.....(to get those amazing views!)......it is a walk down to the beach.....just 5-7 minutes on our main road......or drive down.....or take the resort shuttle down.....or take our hiking paths......lots of options......we're sorry you didn't care for the beach bar and grill......I really enjoy it......maybe it was just an off day.....but we will check it out.....thanks for posting a review and we'd love to have you back with us again.

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

My family stayed at ”Garden House by the Beach” last month, February 2013. I just want to let anyone interested, that it was marvelous. We are big fans of vacation rentals having rented in eight countries, over the last eight years. This was one of the best! It was everything the ad said it was and more. The house manager and house keeper where there for us when we needed them, and not when we didn't. They went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable, and informed about the area, the nearby activities, and numerous amenities. Being able to just walk to the private beach was especially nice. We really thought that having everything available, kayaks, boogie boards, snorkels, towels, was so nice and made us relaxed and worry free in regards to keeping the kids busy. The private pool that this home has was also special, there is just nothing like having a private pool right out the back door, and just the sound of the birds in surrounding jungle to feel totally relaxed..
And did I mention the view! OMG it was amazing the pictures don't do it justice. Every room, had spectacular views of the ocean.
My family will be going back to “Garden House by the Beach” next year!
In Costa Rica the saying "Pura Vida" interrupts loosely as the good life, that is what staying at this home was!

Room Tip: Our home had a great kitchen so we did our own breakfast most days.
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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 March 23, 2013

Hi Joan.....thanks for the review on Garden House.....one of our premier, private villas in Tulemar...we're so glad that you enjoyed your stay......Garden House is our "family friendly" villa.......5 bedrooms/3 baths......sleeps up to 10 people......with a large pool.....lots of deck area.....and safe for younger children......and as you mentioned......amazing ocean views.......and on top of all that.....you get all of the amenities of Tulemar......thanks for staying with us and we hope to see you back again next year!

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

My husband and I stayed in a Junior Suite Bungalow this past week and it was much more than we could have ever hoped for. It's almost like staying in the middle of a zoo! We saw more animals on the property than we did at Manuel Antonio National Park. The beach is incredible, and we had a blast on the kayaks going out to snorkel in the coral reefs. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for an adventurous and beautiful place to stay.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2013

Hi Dish1021.....thanks for the great comments on your stay in one of our JR Suites........we loved having you with us for your honeymoon......two of our most unique assets are the Tulemar Beach and the amount of wildlife within our 33 acre resort......thanks for mentioning them......the tropical beach is amazing......warm waters, gentle waves, sandy beach.....lots of palms and jungle.....with free lounge chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, boogie boards, towel service, rest rooms and food/beverages......and you'll probably see all three types of monkeys within Tulemar......plus sloths, exotic birds and lots of iguanas......it is like a zoo because we are living in their home....the Costa Rica jungle......thanks again for staying with us and we hope to have you back again!

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

We went to Costa Rica in February. We spent 4 nights in the La Fortuna area and then spent 5 nights at Tulemar. We would highly recommend it to anyone. At Tulemar we stayed 4 nights in the bungalows and one night in a buena vista suite. They both were awesome but we liked the bungalow the best. It had the most incredible views! We loved the resort. We stayed there most of the day on the beach. It was never crowded and there were always kayaks, boogie boards, and snorkel gear available whenever we wanted it. We ate a few times at the restaurant on the beach and although service was slow the food was great. We walked to the super joseth and got cereal and milk and had that in the mornings in our rooms. Each night we walked to a restaurant from the resort. Julian was our concierge and always suggested a place or made a reservation for us. We did an adventure tour (ADV park) and had a great time on it. The guides were very knowledgable and the others on the trip were from Tulemar. We also went to the National Park one day and hiked. We got a guide which we normally wouldn't have done but we're glad we did. They were able to see a lot more than we would have ever seen on our own. We spent the rest of the day on the public beach where the waves were much bigger. We rented a surf board and boogie board. It was fun to big in some bigger waves. The waves at Tulemar aren't as big but still fun for boogie boarding. The hike down to the beach at Tulemar wasn't bad and we normally walked back to our room for the exercise. Several mornings we went running through the roads in the resort and saw tons of monkeys and other wildlife. The weather was awesome while we were there and everyone was always so friendly and nice. We had a great trip and highly recommend staying at Tulemar.

Room Tip: We loved the bungalows but be sure to leave your A/C on all day....if not, it won't be able to c...
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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 reviewResponded March 21, 2013

Hi Mandy.....thanks for the great review on your stay in the Tulemar Bungalows........Julien loved having you as his guests.....(our personal concierge service makes your trip so easy and fun!).....the Bungalows are very special.......tropical, rustic design with amazing ocean views, surrounded by jungle with lots of opportunities to view the wildlife.......almost like a tree house.....plus all of the amenities of Tulemar.......and it sounds like you took advantage of most.....we always suggest people walk down to our beach.....5-7 minutes.....and you will usually see monkeys or sloths or some exotic birds......or be adventurous and take the hiking trails......if you prefer not to walk.....the resort shuttle can take you both directions......thanks for staying with us and we hope to have you back again!

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

A perfect family vacation! Garden House Is so beautiful and comfortable...the infinity pool, the lovely views of the ocean, and jungle, complete with monkeys,iguanas beautiful birds. The staff was wonderful. I did not want to leave! Also we all took an amazing zip line tour at Canopy Safari...great for all ages,even mine.

Room Tip: I liked being on the ground floor, waking up to the sounds of the monkeys!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Jeremy W
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2013

Hi Jeremy.....thanks for the review on Garden House in Tulemar......it's our "family friendly" villa......5 bedrooms.....sleeping up to 10 guests......with a large pool and sunny deck areas.......perfect for 1 large family or 2 families sharing......and you get all the amenities of Tulemar......our beach, the hiking trails, the resort shuttle and the Beach Bar and Grill.......glad to hear that you enjoyed the zip lines too......one of the most popular tours in the area......always something fun to do here......or maybe nothing at all.....just relaxing by the pool with a cool drink......thanks, again for staying with us and we hope to see you back again!

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

The bungalow was very comfortable and the view cannot be beat. It was prepared with flowers and a whole fruit tray prior to our arrival so everything was perfect. Our concierge was always available to help with lots tips and knowledge of the area. I would highly recommend this bungalow if you're staying in the area. It's a little walk to the beach so you might want to take your vehicle but one of the three pools is right across the street. The beach is phenomenal! Beautiful white sand and staff help you with your chairs. There's a little bar/grill so you can lunch there and enjoy the view with your favorite tropical drink. I would do it again and again. It was the best.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Barbra M
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2013

Hi Barbra.....thanks for the review and the kind words about your stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows........Chris, your personal concierge........loved making your stay a little more special with the flowers and fruit.......(plus a few other surprises).......thanks for booking with me at 4tulemar.com.......and we hope to see you again!

Tulemar Dave

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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
Hotel Style:
#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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