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Review of Tulemar Bungalows & Villas

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Tulemar Bungalows & Villas
Certificate of Excellence
Mashpee, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Incredible!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

Four women ranging in age from 62 to 71 years young stayed here for 3 nights - what a great experience. On the first morning we were greeted by white faced capuchin monkeys on our deck railing who wanted to check out the new residents. We could see toucans flying a few hundred yards away. Breakfast on the beach was fabulous. Beach staff were wonderful. We body surfed and used boogie boards for hours in the water. There are 3 pools and when the family pool got noisy we simply relocated (with drinks from the bar) to the quieter adult pool.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nancy N
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, April 21, 2013
HI Nancy M....thanks for the great review on your stay in Tulemar......so glad you enjoyed yourselves.......(but I have a feeling the 4 of you would have fun anyplace!).........Tulemar has so much to offer.....the wildlife.......all three types of monkeys......two types of sloths......exotic birds......all as your neighbors.......plus two hiking trails through the jungle areas of the property.....and the Tulemar Beach......and three resort pools......and the resort shuttle.....plus wonderful ocean views.....thanks for staying with us and we'd love to have you back!

Tulemar Dave
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Paso Robles, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

We were on vacation with one another family with teenagers, so the age range of the people in our group was pretty vast. Garden House by the Beach was just an ideal choice, as one person in our group had issues dealing with stairs. The bedroom on the main floor, which could be entered without dealing with any stairs,made this house our choice. We all love swimming and could not have been happier with the large pool and the convenience of just jumping into it any time of the day, and enjoying the fun of swimming in it late at night with the stars above. The house afforded enough room to give us all our privacy and with televisions in all the rooms. Loved the fact that each bedroom had its own AC so that each of us could control our own temperature environment The maid was great and never in our way, and the house manage, Thomas and his assistant, made us feel like the house was really our own home during our stay., Great to have some food and drink already at the house when we arrived so we did not have to rush out to the store before settling into the house. The teenagers were never bored. Jumped into the pool upon arrival. The beach a short walk within the guarded private community, so it gave them just enough independence. They did not have to wait for all of us to be ready to go out the door. They could just go enjoy the waves and we would meet up with them at our own convenience and pace. We could use the free shuttle which was also handy as it is uphill climb back to the house, but great exercise when you are up to it. The beach itself was wonderful with the fact that you do not have to open your wallet to pay for every single thing you wanted to use, such as the kayaks and boogie boards and snorkeling equipment, Also great was the convenience of being able to have food service right at the beach, although a little pricey well worth the convenience of being able to be served a meal right on the beach with the entire family under the shade of the palm trees overlooking the Pacific. Really a treat. The bar service was also amazing with drinks brought to us right at our lounge chairs, and the service was great even setting up umbrellas for us when we arrived and helping rearranging our lounge chairs for our group. Cannot say enough on how this was an ideal location and house for a family vacation with great memories that will last a lifetime for all of us.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dlevine007
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Hi dlevine007.....thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your stay in Garden House.....one of our private villas in Tulemar......we're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay.....Garden House really is our "family friendly" villa.....with accommodations to sleep up to 10 (or maybe 11) guests......perfect for one large or a couple of smaller families......plus it has one of the largest pools in Tulemar........plus great ocean views.......and access to all of the amenities of the resort......our beach.....the hiking trails.....the resort shuttle......plus personal concierge service.....thanks for booking with us and we hope to see you back in Tulemar again!

Tulemar Dave
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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

We recently got back from a 3 night stay in a one bedroom villa at Tulemar (our Villa was the Ocelet). It was absolutely amazing! We are a family of 4 - 2 adults and 2 children ages 9 & 13 - and the one bedroom villa worked wonderfully for us. The views of the water and surrounding rain forests are stunning. The villa was very spacious and clean. The deck was great - had it's own hammock which my daughter loved! Sitting out on the deck and just enjoying the surroundings was awesome. We were treated to a pair of titi monkeys visting us on the deck one afternoon as well as sightings of a Kinkajou and Toucan.

As others have said, the beach was great. Very small and private. Dave at the beach was a tremendous help in getting whatever you needed. The kids enjoyed afternoons of boogie boarding (very warm water!) and searching for hermit crabs. My daughter also spent some time in the family pool which was a nice size.

One of the highlights of our visit was having a personal chef come to the Villa to prepare a meal. Chef Jose and his assistant Robbie prepared the BEST meal we enjoyed on our vacation. It was absolutely amazing. They were also very fun to have - our kids loved talking with them and peppered them with many questions which they were great in answering. I can't recommend them enough if you can do this!!

Hiking around the various Tulemar paths is also amazing. The North Beach path in particular has some stunning views and I saw many animals along the way.

All of the concierge help we needed at Tulemar was wonderful as well. Emily was awesome in assisting us prior to our visit and helping to arrange outings.

I would highly recommend Tulemar on your visit to the Manuel Antonio area. Our kids already want to know when they can go back!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WisconsinBadgerfan1
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Hi Wisconsin Badger......we loved having you and your family with us in one of our 1 Bedroom Villas......the large balcony is perfect for watching the sunset over the ocean or "hosting" a visit by the local wildlife......David at the beach is a treasure........he remembers everyone from years back and is always around to provide lounge chairs, umbrellas, kayaks and boogie boards.......Emily, your on line concierge, is originally from Houston, came to Costa Rica as an English teacher in the local schools and now helps to plan the trips down for other North Americans.......she also knows all the best tour guides and activities including Chef Jose......what a treat for your family......we love him too......thanks for taking the time to post the review and we'll be ready for your return!

Tulemar Dave
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Washington, DC
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

We spent 3 fabulous days at Tulemar enjoying the wonderful beach, gorgeous house, friendly service, and ideal location. The beach and cafe are so special- not crowded but enough people you feel secure to swim in the water. We walked to three fantastic dinners. It was a great place to end our CR trip!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Caitlin O
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Hi Caitlin....we loved having you with us in one of our Tulemar Bungalows.......thanks for mentioning our "ideal location"......we are right in the heart of Manuel Antonio........there are 10 restaurants within 2 blocks of our front gates....as well as 2 ATM's......and a grocery store.......plus you have all the conveniences of the resort.....our beach....the pools....the resort shuttle......the hiking trails.......and our personal concierge service to help with all the details of your stay.....thanks for booking with me and we hope to see you back again!

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

We spent four nights in a two bedroom villa at Tulemar in early April. I can't say enough nice things about our stay. The service was impeccable, as was the villa and the grounds. For us the best part was the wildlife and the birds. We had monkeys right around our house on several occasions. They were not at all aggressive, and actually let us take pictures as they ate fruit from trees just a few feet away.
We will definitely go back to Tulemar at the first opportunity.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PatCurrySteiner
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Hi Pat......thanks for the wonderful review on your stay in Tulemar......we are so fortunate to have so much wildlife within our 33 acre resort......all three types of monkeys.....both types of sloths......plus exotic birds and reptiles........all in your "backyard".......we try to inform our guests of the dangers of feeding the monkeys......it is such a temptation....but besides the health issues.....(on both sides).....it can make them aggressive......when they don't get fed.....we sure appreciate your respect of the animals......in order for everyone to enjoy and their well being too.....thanks for coming to Tulemar and we'd love to have you back!

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Cincinnati, OH
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121 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

We just got back from an amazing vacation at Manuel Antonio, and we loved every minute of it. We stayed in the Red Frog Casa (one of the three-story villas) with six adults and three young children. Because my son is only 9 months old, our concierge (Bryan) acquired a crib and high chair for him. Additionally, Bryan added netting around the balcony to make it safer for such a small child. We were greeted by squirrel monkeys soon after arrival, and my older kids (ages 3 and 5) jumped into the hot tub immediately. The villa and Tulemar property are so delightful, my kids wanted to stay all day! We enjoyed some excursions to the Fincas Naturales and the Manuel Antonio National Park, but we were happy to hike the beautiful Tulemar trails and play on the beach most days. The private beach was perfect; we enjoyed eating on the beach and meeting other guests. We also used the boogie boards and kayaks to enjoy the ocean. We spent every afternoon at the spectacular family pool. The drinks were delicious, and both kids and adults loved the water. It was an easy walk from our villa, and my kids had fun meeting other kids at the pool. We usually ate breakfast at the villa, and there are several local restaurants that are less than 5 minutes away. We also ordered takeout, and delivery to Tulemar was exceptionally convenient! All in all, we could not have asked for a more perfect vacation. Even with three small children!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LizCincinnatiOH
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Hi Liz....thanks for sharing your experience at Tulemar.....so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay in one of our 3 bedroom villas......and that Bryan took such good care of you.....Tulemar sounds like it was "perfecto" for your family......the villa, our beach, the pools, our hiking trails.....all made for a great stay.....we'd love to have you back again!

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Michigan
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32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying in the Buena Vista 3 Bedroom Villas for a week at the end of February. We had a group of 10 adults, with 6 of us staying in the 3 story, picture perfect villa. First, the staff at Tulemar is amazing, but we absolutely fell in love with Julien our concierge for the week. He arranged excursions, taxis, dinner cooked in our villa by a chef, massages in the room and helped us with any other needs we had. Julien showed us that vacationing in Costa Rica is all about Pura Vida. Tulemar is a gorgeous property with multiple pools for those that like to lounge around, but the private beach with free kayaks, snorkeling equipment and boogie boards is where the action is! There is a great snack bar down at the beach, so you can enjoy breakfast and lunch with cocktails in the Costa Rica sun. There are multiple restaurants with amazing food in walking distance from Tulemar, so you will never go hungry! We were all very sad to leave, but would highly recommend Tulemar and it's staff to anyone that is looking for an amazing trip to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mooseo9
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Hi Moose09....thanks for the great review on your stay in one of our 3 three bedroom villas and Tulemar......we're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and your personal concierge.....Julien....(our little Frenchman)......Julien moved to Costa Rica right after graduating from school in France.....learned Spanish and English.....married a Costa Rican.....and now has a wonderful family.....and works for us exclusively.......Julien knows the best tour guides, massage therapist (that come right to the villa).....private chefs.....and can even arrange surf lessons......Julien also teaches kick boxing.....if you are interested!......having a personal concierge really makes the trip easy and so much fun.....plus you have all the amenities of Tulemar (our beach, the pools, the shuttle, the hiking trails)........and the perfect location.....right in the heart of Manuel Antonio.....thanks again for booking with me and we hope to have you back again.....Julien will be waiting!

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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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