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“Fabulous Kiskadee will always be remembered”

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Tulemar Bungalows & Villas
Ranked #1 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 12, 2013

My family and I spent ten beautiful days in Tulemar at Villa Kiskadee. We shared a part of Manuel Antonio national park (literally -- only our panoramic glass windows separated us from it all) with butterflies, monkeys, sloths, toucans, Kiskadees, bats, spiders and other wonderful creatures visiting our terrace and lap pool. The people all care deeply about their environment. We learned the true meaning of "pura vida." Everything about our trip was perfect. Mauricio Jara, our concierge, Luz, our housekeeper, and Rodolfo, our gardener, made sure that our needs were met -- including scheduling chefs for dinner preparation, arranging restaurant reservations and activities (fishing, white water rafting, zip line rides), cleaning the mud stains from my white stained linen pants, and pointing out wildlife. We saw amazing thunder and lightening storms, rainbows, and blue and rose skies. I could go on and on about this place. I will most certainly return to paradise.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2013

Hi ljdamiani.....so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Villa Kiskadee.....one of our premier, private villas in Tulemar......you are right about the wildlife visits.....Villa Kiskadee probably gets more wildlife visits than any other private villa in Tulemar....due to its secluded location....and it also has one of the top panoramic ocean views too......with 4 bedrooms / 4.5 baths / 3 floors and a private pool....it was a great choice for your group.......thanks for the kind words on our staff as well.....Mauricio delights in putting smiles on his guest's faces......he always has a special treat or surprise.......thanks, again, for booking with us and we'd love to see you back again!

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Let me say in advance that my family had a good time at Tulemar. The grounds are great.My average rating has more to do with the room itself.

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1. Great staff at restaurants and front office.They are very helpful and booked several average meals.Its not there fought the food was average.The gardner Marvin was also great pointing out sloths to my kids.

2. Grounds are very nice

Cons

1.The room is very average looked like 1980's decor.It reminded me of a very average Holiday Inn.

2.The description says 2 queens and a pull out sofa queen.It isnt that at all.It was a twin with a pull out trundle.This is different to me

3. very slow driver service at beach.All four times i went to the beach it took over 40 minutes to get a car.Shouldn't be a problem except for it's next to impossible to walk up to room.The one time I did i had to change my clothes from sweat.

Overall this isnt a 4 star resort or even close to a 5 star.I have other reviews of places like Trump Soho and Four Season nevis and this isnt in the neighborhood or for that Planet of these types of places.I wouldnt return to this hotel or the city for a second visit.

Room Tip: choose a low room close to beach or do dont go here
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank rmyoung281
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2013

Hi rmyoung281……I'm glad to hear that your family had a good time in Tulemar…..thanks for the kind words about our staff as well……occasionally I will see a review like yours and although I'm sad to see the 3 star rating…..I know it gives me a chance to offer advice to others…..I see you booked thru a travel agent….. that probably has never stepped foot in Tulemar (and maybe never even Costa Rica)…..your expectations of our resort were skewed before you even arrived….(with comparisons of the Trump Soho or a Four Seasons)……if you had booked with us directly…..you would have seen our web site…..and the VERY first piece of information listed is "What is Tulemar?" which reads….. "Tulemar is a 33 acre, gated and secure, residential resort located right in the heart of Manuel Antonio. We have a collection of over 45 different, unique and individual 3★, 4★, and 5★accommodations, ranging from our rustic Bungalows to our luxurious Private Villas. Our properties are surrounded by jungle and the wildlife is abundant; you'll see monkeys, sloths and exotic birds throughout the property and on our hiking trails. At the Tulemar Beach you'll find warm, tropical waters with a sandy beach and lots of shady palm trees plus free lounge chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, boogie boards, towels and food/beverage service.
We are not a traditional 5★ resort, an all-inclusive or a franchised hotel (with loud music playing around the pool areas and lobby). We are continually ranked among the top three properties in Manuel Antonio by Trip Advisor based upon our service, our staff and our accommodations. So What is Tulemar? We are “the total package” and we'd love for you to stay with us!"……this is followed by a video link of Tulemar…..then our 10 bullet points about the resort….and then current photos and descriptions of the accommodations……including the description of "trundle bed in the living room" for the bungalow in which you stayed…….we also have 4 and 5 star accommodations in Tulemar…..you chose the 3 star……we feel giving our guests as much information about the resort will help them decide if this is the place for them……and that's why we always suggest to book directly with us……and not a third party…..you'll get all of the information…..accurately……and we're right here…..in Tulemar……to make sure everything goes well…..I am sorry for the long waits for the shuttle van…..although I feel the "40 minute wait" for each of your 4 trips is an exaggeration……I know it must have been longer than normal to make you write it…..and we will check into that.
Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed August 10, 2013

My husband, son and I just returned from Tulemar. I can't think of any resort, hotel or B&B that would be like Tulemar; no way any place could be comparable in quality and hospitality and the uniquely beautiful, spacious setting.

My experience in planning our trip was exceptional. All questions were promptly answered and all tours arranged for completely before our visit. Tulemar staff are the best I've experience on any vacation anywhere. Diego and Vanessa, Bill and Al helped us considerably during our trip, and were always happy to help, offering anything from drives to the store to taking us somewhere much farther away; like one dayl took us to visit Kids Saving the Rainforest animal rescue.

We were in Panarama North (lower) which was just the right size for our family. The room was always cleaned very well by maid staff and no bugs!

We saw monkeys and sloths nearly every day and really enjoyed the beach and pools.
All staff were friendly and helpful.

There was a couple there on one of the last days of our trip. They had their two young daughters with them. They were renting a house in a nearby town. But, they had stayed at Tulemar before, and regretted not staying there. Even though they were staying there, the staff were really helpful to them and this couple said they'd never stay anywhere else but Tulemar again. Neither would we.

Hope to return one day to this beautiful resort.

Room Tip: We were glad for the air conditioned room. It is very warm mid-day.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank dclcaseys
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2013

Hi dclcaseys......so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay in the lower suite of Casa Mirador......with a separate bedroom with a king bed, bath and full kitchen and living room (with a sofa bed) and large balcony....all with ocean views.....it was a good fit for a family of three.....plus the concierge services of "team Diego"......and all of the amenities of Tulemar.......4 pools......the Tulemar Beach.....full restaurant.....hiking trails......resort shuttle......and all the wildlife......thanks for the taking the time to post your review.....and thanks for booking with us......we hope to see you back again!

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

First time in Costa Rica and we had a great time at Tulemar. Staff went way out of the way to meet every need and even took us on a private snorkeling and surfing trip. House was amazing with great views, great pools and monkeys all around you.

Walked to some great restaurants and close enough to zip line, and all other activities

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2013

Hi 1234Chris77777.....thanks for posting such a wonderful review on your stay in Tulemar......with 4 pools......our Tulemar Beach.....the hiking trails......the services of a personal concierge to help plan and personalize your stay......lots of wildlife on our 33 acres (monkeys, sloths, exotic birds).......and our central location.....right in the heart of Manuel Antonio.....Tulemar is a great choice ......we're glad you found us.....thanks for booking with me at 4tulemar.com and we hope to see you back again!

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Went with my best friend and her family. Between us we had 4 adults and 5 children all under 10. We stayed in a three story bungalow. It had views of the ocean and beaches as well as forest. Monkey's came to visit, we saw a sloth in a nearby tree. Kitchen was lovely, rooms and bathrooms were superb. Beatiful property, great resteraunt, and overall a fantastic experience. Small private beach that supplied kayaks, boogie boards, life vests for the kids and food/ drink on the beach.
couldnt have been happier with this property.

Room Tip: We stayed in a bungalow. Our other friends who met us there stayed in a smaller suite. Theirs was a...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Mercedesct
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2013

Hi mercedesct......thanks for the great review on your stay in one of our Three Bedroom Premium Villas......so glad you enjoyed your visit......with 3 bedrooms / 3.5 baths / 3 floors / living-dining-kitchen / large balcony with jacuzzi and ocean views.....and especially those indoor/outdoor showers in each of the bathrooms.....these villas are perfect for groups like yours......plus all of the amenities of Tulemar.....thanks for taking the time to post your review and we'd love to have you back again!

Tulemar Dave

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Me and my family ( 2 adults and 2 children 15,11), spent 4 nights at Casa Panorama upper south, in July 2013. This place exceeded all our expectations. Everything was fabulous. The location, the beautiful pool which was just next to our house, and the private beach, the panoramic view of the ocean and of course, the house itself which was perfect. Big, cozy, and so nice and comfortable. It was cleaned everyday which was wonderful. We really felt like in paradise.
And of course, we will never forget the amazing concierge, Kimberley Barron- She was always there for us, with her lovely smile, ready to help and advise at any moment.
Pura Vida

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank gali k
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2013

Hello gali k.....thanks for taking the time to post the wonderful review on your stay in Casa Panorama in Tulemar......this villa has one of the best "Panoramic" ocean views in Tulemar.....breathtaking.......plus all of the amenities of the Tulemar Resort (4 pools, beach, hiking trails, resort shuttle).....and the personal concierge services of Kim....to make your stay easy and fun......we're so glad you enjoyed your stay......thanks, again, for posting the review and I know, from our conversation when you were checking out, that you plan on returning!

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

As soon as we pulled into the gated resort and saw its location, we knew it was going to be a great experience. We stayed 3 nights in Bungalow 113 which had great wraparound views of the ocean. The room was clean and just steps away from a new restaurant and pool. Also, there was plenty of wildlife including sloths, monkeys and all kinds of lizards. The beach, which is for Tulemar guests only, was either a 10 minute walk down steep (paved) hills or a quick shuttle ride away. The beach staff was great as well. There were suprisingly big waves, which were great for body surfing and boogie boarding (snorkel gear and kayaks also available). Overall, a great time was had by all!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank skatz927
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TulemarDave, General Manager at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2013

Hi Skatz927.....thanks for taking the time to post a review of your stay in one of our Tulemar Bungalows......you're right.....#113 has an amazing ocean view......as do most of our bungalows......since they were the first accommodations built in Tulemar....they have the premium locations.......so glad you enjoyed our Tulemar Beach and our new restaurant.....serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks all with that same amazing ocean view......thanks for taking the time to post the review and we'd love to see you back 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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