We stayed 3 nights in Villa 304. Let's start with the pros:
The villa was comfortable and had necessary amenities, and it was nice to have access to the private beach. The location was convenient to get to shops and restaurants, as well as the national park. The view was incredible and we did have a large group of monkeys play on our balcony (however, I don't think we saw half as much wildlife as other reviewers). I can see that it would be a great place for a family or couple, and the kitchen was very convenient to have.
However, we had a 9month old with us and there are several factors that make it less than ideal with a baby:
1) Our villa was a hike up. While this meant a fantastic view, it meant packing up our little one each time we went for a meal or to the beach.
2) The water temperature in the villa was not consistent--every 15-20seconds it would cycle between a difference of at least 15 degrees. This can be annoying for an adult, but with a little one, the difference can mean a burn. To their credit, I brought this up to the reception and they said they would have someone look at it. I never heard about what happened, but my point is that this shouldn't have been an issue in the first place.
Other than the baby-specific issues, I do think that we had certain expectations for the price that we paid, considering it cost more than the other top-ranked lodging we stayed at in Arenal & Papagayo. When we arrived and checked out, the same person helped us with our luggage, but we weren't sure if he was supposed to be our concierge because we didn't hear from him the rest of the time. I mentioned to reception that we had a lot of insects inside. While the maid graciously brought a bottle of RAID, the overall response was that we were in the rainforest. I've gone camping and also travelled out in nature, so I'm not afraid of bugs. However, my only complaint is that for the price that we were paying for a luxury villa, I was surprised that not more is done structurally (i.e. screen doors, making sure there were no gaps in the windows or doors) to minimize this. Every night, we went to bed with small bugs on our bed. One night, a cicada (VERY loud) almost made it through the gap under the balcony door into our living room...and those things are not small.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Tulemar Resort The Premier Resort Hotel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Rated as the number 1 resort hotel in Central America and Costa Rica and number 9 in the World by Trip Advisor Tulemar Resort is a full service resort set in the peaceful 33-acre gated and secure Tulemar Gardens Condominium. A wide variety of standalone accommodations are available for our guests, including the famed Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, as well as our luxurious 1, 2, and 3 bedroom Buena Vista Luxury Villas. The property itself is spectacular, nestled in a lush rainforest overlooking the beautiful Manuel Antonio coastline. Surrounded by nature, Tulemar Resort features incredible gardens, walking paths, thriving wildlife, and the ONLY exclusive sandy beach in the region. At Tulemar Resort you will enjoy the luxury and privacy of your very own villa, along with the amenities of a high end resort, including concierge service, daily maid service, 4 swimming pools, beach bar, spa services, tour desk, and the best sunset bar and restaurant in town. We invite you to review our website for photos and details, then book one of these magnificent villas or bungalows and experience the most unforgettable vacation of your life! ... more less
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