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“You Just Can't Find A Better Location Or Place To Stay”
Review of Tulemar Resort

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Tulemar Resort
Ranked #2 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 27, 2014

We just returned from our stay at Buena Vista in Tulemar. We stepped up and stayed at a premium villa which is evident from the second you arrive. The eco-friendly vibe definitely adds to the experience. Our concierge, Andres was there from beginning to end and took wonderful care of our every need. Andres helped our group out with everything activity we did and made our stay fantastic!

The weather in Manuel Antonio was perfect and the one thing that surprised all of us was how wonderful the temperature of the water was. Every day was a 10! Buena Vista is set within a private expansive rainforest directly on a picturesque beach. This unique location makes for amazing surprise visits from capuchin monkeys and other exotic wildlife while you're relaxing on the beach or eating lunch at the beachfront area. Our villa had both an Ocean/Jungle View (404 - Pacifico Villa) and it was worth every penny. The furnishings, artwork, kitchen supplies made our stay so memorable. The deck overlooked the ocean and surrounding rainforest. The deck had 4 very comfy lounge chairs, outdoor dining room, and dipping spa. We loved hanging out on the deck area watching the wildlife sipping on coffee and drinks! Each bedroom also had a wonderful private deck with lounge chairs, tables, etc. The best part was the private tub on the deck which was perfect for relaxing after a day of exploration in the sun.

Another compelling factor about the location is that you are walking distance to the best restaurants which was absolutely wonderful. This was a really big advantage! The location was also very convenient to Manuel Antonio Park but we found that we saw as much wildlife in Tulemar as at the park. There is a ton of wildlife to see there in both places

A hugely important factor is that the Buena Vista staff is just incredible and so accomodating. I've been to many resorts with great staff, but the group at Buena Vista seem to be a family and they make you feel like you are part of it while you are there. A few standouts were Orlando, Luis, and Andres who took special care of us and made it a truly remarkable experience. But what's really great is that the staff is so helpful and caring without feeling intrusive. It's a perfect balance that I've actually never seen before. Thank you all for making our trip a wonderful memory!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Tulemar Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2014

Wow! Thank you for staying with us and writing such a great review. Hope to see you again! We often hear it said that you will see more fauna within the gates of Tulemar Gardens than you will in the park. It is due to the largeness of our property and the meticulous upkeep of the grounds that we facilitate! FYI we offer guided tours on property if guests are interested. The central location of our property makes for a CAR free vacation, always a plus! Lastly thank you to my staff for exceeding Cobecky’s expectations! Pura Vida, Chris

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Reviewed January 24, 2014

A luxury villa for sure! The help waited on us hand and foot. There were 3 pools and a beautiful private beach. Boogie boards and kayaks FREE for rental. Monkeys, sloths, and lizards all over the property. Such an great experience!

Room Tip: I went through Costa Rica Vacations travel agency to book.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Jami M
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Tulemar Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2014

Thank You! Gland you enjoyed your stay! FYI to future guests: 4 pools and on the beach you have access to boogie boards, sea Kayaks, towels, beach chairs and umbrellas plus you will be waited on! Lastly always if possible book direct with us for the most knowledgeable staff and custom fit experience regarding your time with us! Pura Vida, Chris

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Reviewed January 22, 2014

Spent 4 nights at Buena Vista after visiting Arenal. Property is very big and like many of the other reviews very hilly, but Lewis who was our driver for our time there, was awesome. He picked us up within five minutes of us calling him. You can get rides to the beach and back and back up to the main reception area, anywhere on the property. Location is really good too... Just a short walk to restuaurants and little grocery store where you can stock up on snacks, drinks, wine, just about anything you want! The private beach was probably our favorite. you will meet Jose and David there.... they were great....Jose kept the drinks coming! Kayaks, boogie boards were there for you to use, which was a plus! you also get your own concierge. Bryan was very accommodating and a very gracious host. We stayed in one of their deluxe villas...The only disappointment I had is we had no view from our room because we were on the ground level, room 203. Next time I won't hesitate to upgrade to the top villa so we have a view of the ocean to watch the beautiful sunsets.. All and all we had a great time! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for top notch place to stay in Manuel Antonio! Hope to be back soon!
Pura Vida, David and Tanya

Room Tip: Not much of a view from our villa #203. The upper villas are a little more expensive, but you will...
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Tanya P
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Tulemar Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2014

Tanya, congratulations and Pura Vida! Thank you for the great review, so glad we could take part in your honeymoon and make it a positive experience. We are centrally located in the hotel district between Quepos and Manuel Antonio so it’s convenient if you don’t have a car since anything you could need is walkable. We realize the topography of our property is radical like our views and thus we provide good van service to go up and down the “mountain”. Many thanks to my staff for there ever striving efforts to bring first class service to our guests! Deluxe room 203’s view is a mix of jungle and ocean and definitely provides a great level of seclusion. FYI for future guests the upstairs unit to the Deluxe room is the Select One Bedroom. Pura Vida Tanya and David! Chris

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

We arrived at Tulemar after 3 days in Arenal and a long drive on some crazy Costa Rican roads. Orlando and Michael welcomed us to Tulemar and set our expectations for the rest of our stay and we were not disappointed. Everyone on the property was friendly and went above and beyond to ensure we had the best experience possible. There are not enough words to describe how amazing the service and staff at Tulemar is. We are looking forward to visiting again soon and have recommended Tulemar to anyone who asks about Costa Rica!

The property itself is amazing but may be a little more rustic than what you might be expecting, at least it was for us, but we quickly got past that. The lush greenery surrounding our bungalow provided amazing views of monkeys and toucans and still included gorgeous views of the water.

The surrounding town is great as well. Orlando and Michael gave us a number of recommendations for dining, as well as activities around the resort. We wanted to try out all of them but only had a short time in MA, so we made a mini taste of Manuel Antonio and enjoyed drinks and appetizers at many of the local establishments. I can't even begin to describe the vistas in Manuel Antonio. They truly are something out of a painting!

Oh! And make sure you get to see the monkeys - amazing!!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank scl04
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Tulemar Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2014

I’m glad you enjoyed your time with us and that we exceeded your expectations! Pura Vida to my staff for their continued excellent work. Yes, our property is not like any other hotel or resort you may have been too due to the largeness and individuality of the accommodations. I’m glad you were struck by the uniqueness of our property and I hope your experience will inspire others. Thanks for the review! Chris

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Reviewed January 12, 2014

Buena Vista Villas was GORGEOUS! Our view from the Villa was absolutely out of this world...to wake up and see this scenery was truly amazing! Everything was perfection from the views, to the private beach to the sunsets....we enjoyed every minute! THANK YOU Eduardo for your recommendations, assistance and greeting us every day with your wonderful hospitality...and for opening up those cages every day...MONKEYS MONKEYS AND MORE MONKEYS!!!! Thank you Jose and Luis the drinks were wonderful and always plentiful...and your hospitality A+++++++! Thank you Chef Marlon and Eric the dinner was FABULOUS, we enjoyed not only the meal but watching you prepare excellence! Many of the restaurants are within walking distance and all have wonderful views...Baba Roja and Kapi Kapi were excellent! Don't miss out on the Chef prepared dinner in your villa...it will exceed your expectations! The scenery, the people, the food...perfection!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Sanja F
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Tulemar Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2014

Thank You! I'm so happy we exceeded your expectations. We've been working very hard to make the restaurant top notch and I look forward to showing your review to Marlen. Our location is perfect should you choose to go off property because there are so many nearby restaurants. Glad you enjoyed the scenery, drinks, food and wildlife. If you are a future guest and have questions about private chef service ask Lisa or the concierge! Pura Vida
Chris

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

Our family enjoyed a beautiful Christmas holiday at Buena Vista Luxury Villas. Andres, our delightful concierge, was extremely accommodating with all of our requests. We did two excursions - the zipline and the guided tour of Manuel Antonio park - and both were highly enjoyable. The local restaurants are short walks away, and we enjoyed our meals at all of them. We decided to cook in one evening, and Andres not only arranged for a grill to be delivered to our Villa, he directed the driver who took us to Quepos that day to take us to a fresh fish market. We had two wonderful dinners at the on-site restaurant, including a lobster dinner on Christmas Eve. Janet, our friendly server with a warm smile, even shared with us tamales her mother had made, for our Christmas breakfast! Daniella at the bar makes killer mojitos. The two-for-one happy hour is great - and it's a beautiful spot to watch the sunset. Lunch was delicious there, too, as was our lunch at the beach spot. We ordered breakfast in on Christmas morning, and it was tasty and arrived quickly. Our villa was very well appointed and comfortable. We practically lived out on the balcony, watching the activities of the monkeys and birds (including two toucans) and the inactivity of a sloth. A staff person came in each morning to clean the hot tub, and the maid service was thorough and unobtrusive. Shuttle service from the beautiful beach was efficient and the drivers personable. Everyone made our Christmas holiday memorable.

Room Tip: We enjoyed Villa 410 - one level down from the road, and close to the entrance. Close to the pools a...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Monica H
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Tulemar Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2014

Wow Monica, you covered the bases, Thank you! Glad we made your holiday enjoyable and I hope to see you again. Janet is great she has a long history with us as does Daniella who makes perfect cocktails! The restaurant/bar is one of if not the best location in MA to see the sunset and as past guests know and future guests will find out sunset watching is a highly anticipated activity here. Again thanks for staying and come back next year, but book early for any holiday season as we sell out far in advance. Pura Vida!!
Chris

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Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in one of the deluxe rooms in one of the villas. Top notch service, good cocktails, friendly staff & great location. Beach was private and beautiful. Safe to swim. 3 pools. Was expensive but it was our honeymoon so paid the price. Would recommend staying.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank beggbie
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BuenaVistaLuxuryVil, Manager at Tulemar Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2014

Congratulations on your wedding! Thank you for sharing it with us. Glad you enjoyed the Deluxe Room it's perfect for honeymooners! When you come back with a family stay in one of our bungalows or premium villas! Pura Vida!
Chris

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Address: Tulemar Gardens, Manuel Antonio 6350, Costa Rica (Formerly Buena Vista Luxury Villas)
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: $163 - $865 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Tulemar Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 38
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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Buena Vista Luxury Villas Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
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