We just returned from an 8 day stay at Tulemar. While the property and the people are fantastic the Tulemar Bungalows left much to be desired for the money. We recommend staying at Bueana Vista Villas which are much nicer and on the same property - although quite a bit more expensive it would be worth the extra cost.
Our first bungalow was located directly next to the restaurant which can be rather load early in the morning and late at night - which is not great when traveling with a 3 year old. The managment tried to be accomodating first moving us to the Panorama suite which is newly constructed but is still lacking in many areas. Firstly, they failed to inform us that the living are which doubles as a second bedroom does not have any curtains - again not great for a sleeping 3 year old. Secondly, there was a major ant invasion throughout the night we stayed in this room.
So off to location #3 which is back in the quite outdated Tulemar Bungalows - the bungalows are fine and this one had an amazing ocean view. It would be nice for the close to $300.00 per night if the bungalows where updated but they still were fine. Unfortunately a huge thuderstorm moved in that evening and our bungalow started to leak - big disappointment. So off to our 4th location which was back very close to the restaurant and only had a partial view.
The staff did what they could and did in the end give us a small discount but we were soured on the property at this point and will not return. The good news is that the Tulemar property is truly amazing with a private beach and the staff all around are really the nicest people. Further to this there is another set of Villas on the property called Buena Vista Villas and they are truly beautifully finished. You have access to the same ammenities accept an even nicer pool.
The private beach really is the best part of Tulemar. The staff (Claudio, Oscar and David) are so nice and accomodating. Yes the equipment is a little worn but if you really just want to chill by the beach, swim in the beautiful water and drink cocktails this is a great spot - definitely better than the overcrowded beaches with no ammenities in the park. The beach is down a steep hill but the shuttle is generally readily available and if not it isn't so bad to sit beachside a little longer.
The wildlife at Tulemar is another big bonus daily we saw many monkeys, sloths, iguana and birds right on the property. Many times from our room, at the beach or at breakfast.
The restaurant definitley could be a lot better, the service is really slow - especially at the beach where the food is prepared up top and delivered to you at the beach. Just be preapred to wait a bit for food here. The actual food isn't bad but not great either. The breakfast is adequate but only for a few days. Cafe Milagro is just accross the street and has amazing coffee, breakfast and lunch. We also higly recommend for an upscale meal La Hacienda you won't be disappointed but expect to pay $$$$.
In the end we did have a great vacation at Tulemar but we won't stay at Tulemar Bungalows again - Buena Vista Villas instead.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Tulemar Bungalows And Villas
- Tulemar Bungalows & Villas Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
- Tulemar Hotel
- Tulemar Bungalows & Villas Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park