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Tulemar Bungalows & Villas
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

When we booked at Tulemar,only the bungalows without decks were available, except for one unit that far exceeded our finances. So based on the website photos and descriptions, we held our breath and opted for one of those older bungalows. "Older" meant that first built had the choicest locations, so we were at the top of the hill on which his resort compound is situated and had a stellar view of the jungle, the ocean and beaches below. That the unit was older was apparent in the hand built nature of the carpentry, for one thing and to tell you the truth, I found that charming, unique, and authentic. It was like staying in the ole' family summer cabin of our dreams. It was large (enormous actually), very nicely furnished with modern furniture and decor-- just like the pictures-- but to me, it had a homey, comfortable feel that I think may have been lacking in the newer units. I loved it. It is surrounded by full length windows on every side (except the bathroom, of course, and the kitchen, where the windows are waist up). Surrounded by mature tropical plants so close you could have reached out the windows and grabbed them, it felt that we were in a jungle tree house. The ceiling is quite high and seemed to dome up in the center, like a yurt. One entire side overlooked the ocean and because the bungalow was so high up, we had the advantage of cooling breezes whenever we cared to open all the windows. All of the windows slid open to screens and on the last day, I discovered that even the screens could be slid aside. There was a downhill shortcut to what is called the "family pool" that threads through the jungle on steps and trails. A longer trip takes you down to the beach which is just the most pleasant place to eat breakfast. When it's time to go uphill, a shuttle will mysteriously appear. On one morning walk down to the beach, we saw capuchin monkeys sailing through the trees and across the road way. On another morning, a sloth was down at the beach luxuriating in one of the trees. The family pool is nicely situated with an infinity edge and places to sit and watch the sunset by the bar. The bar, incidentally, serves sandwiches, burgers and the most wonderful real fruit smoothies with an early afternoon Happy Hour just when you want it the most. There is not an onsite restaurant for dinner, but many nice restaurants are available right outside the compound, within walking distance, and several will deliver dinner which you can eat in your own view dining area. Of course, there is also the kitchenette with fridge, burners, etc but since we had no kids along, why bother?! Faced with the same choice, knowing what I know now, I would not hesitate to make the same decision. There are many, many enchanting spots to sit outside, if that's what you crave, in sunshine or in rain, but you would be hard-pressed to experience the charm of this "jungle rustic" bungalow at Tulemar.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2013

Hi DiamondQueen.....thanks for the excellent and detailed review on your stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows......I really appreciate the time you spent and your descriptions.......we try to be as honest and open as we can about all of our properties without overselling them......and raising expectations too high......but I feel exactly as you do about the Bungalows......they are 20 years old......and they do have a rustic, homey feel to them.....with amazing views.....I actually bought one and live in it year round......and I do the same thing as you mentioned.....I open all the windows and all the screens and let the breezes blow in.....it's like sitting on your front porch.....with jungle/ocean views.......thanks for the comments.......and we'd love to have you back again!

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

We had an absolutely wonderful time at Tulemar. Dave and Mauricio are incredible!! Everything was excellent - every recommendation, all aspects of customer service, and of course, the accommodations. I would not hesitate to refer any of my friends to Tulemar and would definitely do it again.

Room Tip: Casa de Frutas or Villa Kiskadee are magnificent!
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

Hi Jake.....thanks for the great review on your stay in Villa Kiskadee......one of our premier, private villas in Tulemar.......we loved having you and your family/friends with us.......Villa Kiskadee was perfect for your group......4 suites.......each with ocean views.....and balconies......plus the social areas have one of the BEST panoramic ocean views in all of Tulemar......plus the most wildlife visits.....due to it's secluded location......and Mauricio, as your own personal concierge.......thanks, again for posting the review and we hope to see you back again!

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed May 11, 2013

So relaxing and I needed it. Walking through the front doors and seeing the breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean was just what the doctor ordered. Waking up each morning to the sounds of the monkeys in the trees around the house and doing my Yoga exercises by the pool with all the wonderful birds and wildlife around was just such an ideal setting. After having breakfast on the pool deck, I would walk to the beach, which was 5 minutes from the front door. It was so great to be able to walk down to it whenever I wanted and often a couple of times a day, and the beach itself is just incredible with a friendly and helpful staff.

The pool at the house was so great and inviting and warm, we could just jump in it day or night.

The tours that I took were great; the sunset sail tour, a horse back riding tour, Canopy Safari Zip line tour All were amazing and ever so much fun and all of the staff and guides offered such great service. I have traveled the world and I can say that this country does really appreciate their tourists.

I plan on returning in July, this time with my daughter, to share with her the wonderful experiences I had in Tulemar.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Draha H
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2013

Hi Draha H......thanks for the wonderful review on your stay in Garden House....one of our premier, private villas in Tulemar.......your description was perfect.....and I'm happy that you'll be returning in July......Garden House is really our best villa for larger families......it sleeps 10 (or maybe 11 with little kids).......it has a big pool too with big sunny decks.......and great ocean views......plus all the amenities of Tulemar.....thanks again for posting the review and we'll see you in July!

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

What a way to end our visit to Costa Rica. Incredible views, warm welcoming staff. Especially Orlando, who provided us with so much local information about where to eat, where to shop and other fun local knowledge.

The villa was nice, a little older than I had imagined, but the property was breath-taking. Lots of Monkeys, sloths, beautiful tropical birds.

The best things however was the incredible view of the rocky Pacific Coast.

Te private beach was great.... so many shade trees that some days we even went without sunscreen in the Tropical Paradise.

I would highly recommend!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank robert r
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2013

Hi Robert R....thanks for taking the time to post the review on your stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows......we're happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay.....and that Orlando took such good care of you......Tulemar is very special......from the amazing ocean views in the Bungalows.....to the amount of wildlife you'll see......and our Tulemar Beach......plus a perfect location in the heart of Manuel Antonio.....yes....the Bungalows are 20 years old......we describe them as "jungle rustic".....but they look exactly like they do in the photos.....if not better......thanks, again, for staying with us and we'd love to have you back!

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We stayed in Tulemar Bungalows the first week of April. We have been to Costa Rica on several occasions and the beauty of this property and the service we received we unsurpassed. We booked through Dave and had Chris Madrigal as our concierge. Chris was extremely helpful in organizing our transportation and our daily activities. We hiked in Manual Antonio, chartered a fishing boat out of Quepos, took the adventure tour through the jungle and took private surfing lessons.

The restaurants in the area are great. Our favorite was Cafe Milagro...we ate there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is an easy walk from the property and the coffee is muy rico.

The Tulemar property is a very special place. The homes are perched high on a hill and a trail leads to a beautiful private beach. If you don't feel like walking there is a private shuttle on the property that is ready to pick you and your gang up for the ride to or from the beach. There are kayaks, lounge chairs, and boogie boards for your use at the beach. When we go back to Costa Rica we will definitely go back to Tulemar.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2013

HI DBWITT.....so glad you enjoyed your stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows........they really are great for a small family......like a treehouse in the jungle......with great ocean views......rustic, but with all the amenities.......and having Chris as your personal concierge makes it even more special......he can take care of all the details.....like transportation from San Jose to Manuel Antonio.....and your tours/activities or fishing boat.....even dining suggestions or a trip to the grocery store.....glad to hear you also enjoyed the Tulemar Beach.......warm, tropical waters......lots of palm trees......and always a monkey or two hanging around......plus free lounge chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, boogie boards and towel service......thanks for booking with me at 4tulemar.com and we hope to see you back again....(Chris says "Hi"!).

Tulemar Dave

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