Amazing Views, 3 Suites, Sleeps 10, 4 Pools, Tulemar, Pvt Beach [#287852] | View Property
Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths (Sleeps 10)
From $625/nt - $3925/wk
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Can't wait to come backGuest comment entered by manager
Can't wait to come back
Five Stars all the way! We stayed in a Buena Vista three bedroom villa, a beautifully appointed villa that is perfect for a large family or three couples. Every window has a panoramic view of the Pacific. The first morning we awoke to a rainbow outside our window!!! The kitchen was amazing and even though we did not plan to cook we did some. We had everything we needed in a kitchen. It was large and beautiful! We enjoyed a dinner and 3 breakfasts in the restaurant by the pool, where the views are so amazing you barely notice what you are eating. Everyone at this property is extra helpful and accommodating. Our concierge Chris arranged a tour of Manuel Antonio and we had a great experience. He made arrangements for dinners and excursions. The beach is so lovely, and the man who runs the chair concession is always watching out for the guests, moving the umbrella to keep us from burning. And he did it with a smile!! Our kids had so much fun at the beach it was hard to get them to go to the villa. The waiters and bartenders at the beach were really fun and sooo nice (Rudy and Jose). The monkeys joined us for lunch,which was a total highlight. Jose made us a special cocktail , I think it was called the Crazy Monkey...I'm craving it right now,absolutely yummy! We felt pampered and well taken of, and completely enchanted by the natural beauty of this property. Hope to return soon. This is a must stay!!!
- Guest Chelsea Y. San Diego, CA
- Date of stay 01/25/14
- Review Submitted 02/26/14
Perfect Vacation even though we had lost baggageGuest comment entered by manager
Perfect Vacation even though we had lost baggage
We all needed some much needed downtime but also like to explore new places and have the opportunity to do more than just sit on the beach. Manuel Antonio and Tulemar, in particular, turned out to be the perfect spot for us. Travel plans went awry due to bad weather in the U.S., baggage was lost for days, it rained (mostly at night), and we had a few other blips. BUT we had Chris Madrigal, our wonderful concierge, to take care of us and the people of Costa Rica welcoming us with their warm smiles and offers to make our visit a terrific experience. The resort is beautiful with outstanding service every step of the way including being booked on the best tours with the best guides. We saw all the monkeys - squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, white faced monkeys as well as coati, raccoons, toucans, sloths, frogs, anoles, iguanas, butterflys and amazing birds both big and small. We did the ADR, ziplining, tour of the Park, sunset sail and snorkeling, ATV tour and we had a couple of relaxing days at the beach as well. We opted to cook home ourselves at the villa one evening and magically fresh fish and lobster showed up in our refrigerator. Everyone at Tulemar wants you to be happy, enjoy yourself and love the place. And Chris is the absolute best concierge in the whole world! We highly recommend Tulemar! Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
- Guest Chris C, Philadelphia, Penn
- Date of stay 12/14/13
- Review Submitted 12/27/13
Best Vacation EverGuest comment entered by manager
Best Vacation Ever
Our 2 families with kids ranging from 16-22 had the "Best Vacation Ever". The house is amazing. You'll never want to leave. The view, monkeys, Maurcio and all the staff are professional and first class all the way. The chef prepared our last meal.......AMAZING! Our activities included Extreme Adventure (ADR), Dante's Water Sports for surf lessons, White water rafting and the jet ski tour. Kids were thoroughly entertained. Itza Spa came to our home and gave massages. The mother/daughter team was fantastic. You have to have a massage on the deck! We would love to go back every year. Thank you Cindy for suggesting this villa for the "Best Vacation Ever"!
- Guest Julie S, Vancouver, Washington
- Date of stay 12/07/13
- Review Submitted 12/27/13
Great Vacation with FamilyGuest comment entered by manager
Great Vacation with Family
My husband and four teens stayed at a three bedroom villa and had a great time! The villa was incredible - we loved the view, the balconies, the outdoor showers and all the space. We spent a lot of time at the Tulemar beach and the waves were perfect to play in - not too big to be dangerous but big enough to have fun in. We couldn't believe how empty the beach was - sometimes we had it almost to ourselves. We had white faced monkeys visit us on our deck a couple mornings and that was so fun - they seemed to "play" with us, jumping around on the deck and trying to get in. That was a fun surprise! Chris was our concierge and he was great. We didn't require much care but when we did, he was super helpful and friendly. We definitely recommend Tulemar. It's a bit expensive but I would recommend spending a little more to get a balcony, we used ours a lot. Having the private beach available and outstanding views was worth it. We saved money by eating in the villa for most meals - great kitchen. This is a really special place - we almost cried when we had to leave. We miss it already. Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
- Guest Charoletto Fargo ND
- Date of stay 11/16/13
- Review Submitted 12/11/13
Awesome time in Manuel Antonio and TulemarGuest comment entered by manager
Awesome time in Manuel Antonio and Tulemar
We just got back from a trip to Costa Rica and had a wonderful time in Manuel Antonio./Tulemar. My friends and I stayed at one of the three story villas and everything was perfect. Our personal concierge Andres was wonderful, and helped us with everything we needed from arranging a private dinner to recommending good nightlife. Overall we really enjoyed our stay. The private beach was amazing as well as the pools and walking trails. This is a one of a kind place and everyone should try to stay in Tulemar. It is definitely Pura Vida!
- Guest VL, Los Angeles, CA
- Date of stay 08/30/13
- Review Submitted 09/09/13
Great Place, Great StaffGuest comment entered by manager
Great Place, Great Staff
My friends and I stayed here in late August as part of a trip through central america and we had the greatest times of our lives! The Villa was enormous and marvelous. It looked like it came right out of television show. There was a beautiful balcony and hot tub, tons of great looking rooms, and an out of the world view. The beach and pool were impeccable, and they have complimentary boogie boards and kayaks for you to use during your stay. As great as the location and house was, the trip would not have been the same without the outstanding service we got from our concierge Julien. He was available 24/7 and would stop at nothing to make sure our trip was great. We really did not have any itinerary coming in and his recommendations for activities and places absolutely made our weekend. He arranged for transportation for us during the whole weekend, and even got groceries delivered to us! I've stayed at a ton of hotels and resorts during my life and I have never met a concierge as good as him and I doubt I ever will. I could not recommend Tulemar more. Thanks to all of the staff, it was the best experience we had during our month long trip through central america.
- Guest Eddie L, Washington DC
- Date of stay 08/24/13
- Review Submitted 10/16/13
Great place for familiesGuest comment entered by manager
Great place for families
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 villa. 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. Beautiful property, great restaurant, and overall a fantastic experience. Amazing private beach that supplied kayaks, boogie boards, life vests for the kids and food/ drink on the beach. We could not have been have been happier with this property. When you walk out of the gates there are restaurants, a spa, coffee shop and grocery store. What more do you need. Fabulous vacation!
- Guest Marilyn T. SF CA
- Date of stay 07/12/13
- Review Submitted 08/10/13
What could be better then Tulemar!Guest comment entered by manager
What could be better then Tulemar!
We stayed at Tulemar the first week of July 2013 and had an incredible time. There were 8 of us total (two families with kids ranging in age from 6 to 10) and we all agreed it was the best vacation we'd ever taken. We had a three bedroom villa, comfortable and has incredible views. There were several pools nearby and the walks to the beach -- with side trips through the trails for sloth sightings -- were amazing. Our concierge was Chris and he is just a really lovely person. He took care of everything for us -- reservations for horseback riding and zip-lining, dinner reservations, driving us to the grocery store (!) -- it was all wonderful. All week long, we all felt so lucky to be staying at Tulemar! Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
- Guest Bridgette, RI
- Date of stay 07/05/13
- Review Submitted 09/07/13
Family stay was great!Guest comment entered by manager
Family stay was great!
This was a dream vacation!!!! The staff was wonderful and helpful with everything. Our house was centrally located to the beach, park, restaurants and grocery shopping. We were a family of 9 starting at 15 years old going up to 62 and it was perfect for everyone. We have traveled the world and this was a beautiful home and vacation. Lots of excursions to choose from and plenty of help to decide on a safe and fun adventure. We wish we had more time to stay. Fabulous find. Thanks Cindy for suggesting this villa. Stayed June 2013, traveled with family All excellents! Value Location Sleep Quality Rooms Cleanliness Service
- Guest Cam H. Raleigh, NC
- Date of stay 06/07/13
- Review Submitted 07/02/13
Amazing!!!!Guest comment entered by manager
I loved Tulemar. It is a very safe place...there is a guard 24/7 at the front gate and he is very strict about who he lets in. The scenery is great. Pools are fabulous....and the private beach is even better. It's small, but at any given time there is probably less than 20 people on the beach so no need to worry. Water is warm and sometimes has some great waves for body-surfing or boogie-boarding. Kayaks are available at the beach as well. There is also a small restaurant and bar right there on the beach! Beach chairs available. The villa was great. Very clean. Very spacious. Washer and dryer included! I would return here in a heartbeat!!!
- Guest EmNiDa, Burdette, NY
- Date of stay 06/01/13
- Review Submitted 06/19/13
Views, Rain-forest, Hot Tub & MonkeysGuest comment entered by manager
Views, Rain-forest, Hot Tub & Monkeys
I traveled with my family (7 persons) to Costa Rica and our final destination was Manuel Antonio, Tulemar Villas. The units are placed in a steep slope which ends in a small exclusive beach. They have plenty of space, beautiful terraces with hot tub, nice furniture and a very well equipped kitchen. Breakfast was served in a beach side palapa. We spent all day in the private beach, having margaritas from the bar. A wonderful experience. We enjoyed watching the monkeys walking on our villa´s terrace. Can't wait to come back! Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
- Guest Christian A, Santiago Chili
- Date of stay 05/27/13
- Review Submitted 06/19/13
You must stay in Tulemar!Guest comment entered by manager
You must stay in Tulemar!
I'm still in ah of how amazing this place was. Came here with my husband and about 10 of his co-workers. We had 3 villas between all of us and have been here for 4 nights. I do NOT want to leave, it's beautiful.The staff here is incredible and it's nice and quite for those who want to relax. Private beach with ALL amenities included and drivers to take you up and down the hill (from villa to beach). The walk in showers were incredible, probably the best shower I've EVER been in (big shower head coming out of ceiling). Shower while watching monkeys jump from trees? What more could you ask for? This place is a must. Worth every cent. We will be back!
- Guest Tara, NY, NY
- Date of stay 04/20/13
- Review Submitted 05/25/13
Beautiful and spaciousGuest comment entered by manager
Beautiful and spacious
This home was perfect for my group of friends. There were multiple rooms so no sharing beds! Each morning I woke before the sun rose and stepped out on to the patio and viewed jungle and ocean. Absolutely breathtaking! We were a short walk from the beach so each day we were able to start our mornings off at the beach before we had our afternoon activities. While I am all for the relaxing vacation that can get boring. There were so many different activities to choose everyone was able to have the vacation they wanted. The shuttle service really helped with this! My favorite activity was the zip line tour through the jungle. Must recommend canopy safari-great guides made the tour so much fun! While I write this I am missing costa rica more and more. hearing all the monkey's howling right outside your door, watching the sun rise each day. Staying a home was so much better than a hotel, even though we still go the same amenities (hello, I am not making my bed on vacation!), it really felt as though I lived there. The best vacation I have had in a very long time. Thank you Cindy for suggesting this property for us.
- Guest Ryan, AZ
- Date of stay 04/06/13
- Review Submitted 05/26/13
Perfecto!!!Guest comment entered by manager
We just got back from an amazing vacation at Manuel Antonio, and we loved every minute of it. We stayed in (one of the three-story villas) with six adults and three young children. Because my son is only 9 months old, our concierge acquired a crib and high chair for him. Additionally, he added netting around the balcony to make it safer for such a small child. We were greeted by squirrel monkeys soon after arrival, and my older kids (ages 3 and 5) jumped into the hot tub immediately. The villa and Tulemar property are so delightful, my kids wanted to stay all day! We enjoyed some excursions to the Fincas Naturales and the Manuel Antonio National Park, but we were happy to hike the beautiful Tulemar trails and play on the beach most days. The private beach was perfect; we enjoyed eating on the beach and meeting other guests. We also used the boogie boards and kayaks to enjoy the ocean. We spent every afternoon at the spectacular family pool. The drinks were delicious, and both kids and adults loved the water. It was an easy walk from our villa, and my kids had fun meeting other kids at the pool. We usually ate breakfast at the villa, and there are several local restaurants that are less than 5 minutes away. We also ordered takeout, and delivery to Tulemar was exceptionally convenient! All in all, we could not have asked for a more perfect vacation. Even with three small children! We will be back.
- Guest Liz M. Ohio
- Date of stay 04/06/13
- Review Submitted 04/14/13
Wow! Have to go back soon!Guest comment entered by manager
Wow! Have to go back soon!
We spent four nights in a three bedroom villa at Tulemar in early April. I can't say enough nice things about our stay. The service was impeccable, as was the villa and the grounds. For us the best part was the wildlife and the birds. We had monkeys right around our house on several occasions. They were not at all aggressive, and actually let us take pictures as they ate fruit from trees just a few feet away. We will definitely go back to Tulemar at the first opportunity.
- Guest Caitlin O. Columbus Ohio
- Date of stay 04/03/13
- Review Submitted 04/14/13
Supreme AccomodationsGuest comment entered by manager
We stayed in a three bedroom villa and had the most amazing time. The house was beyond incredible with a supreme attention to detail. We sat each morning and watched the monkeys play in the trees as we sipped our coffee. We loved the private beach and how well we were taken care of while we played in the water or sat and enjoyed the sunsets. Between the house, the accommodations of the resort and the staff nothing was missed. If you truly want to enjoy life and relax there is no place better. Oh...and go zip lining...its incredibly fun! Paradise and more.
- Guest Kyle, California
- Date of stay 03/08/13
- Review Submitted 04/01/13
Three Bedroom Villa Perfecto!!!!!!!!!!!Guest comment entered by manager
Three Bedroom Villa Perfecto!!!!!!!!!!!
Tulemar is a self-contained Paradise that has everything you'll find in the Manuel Antonio park, only better! From the fantastic private beach to the beautiful property with pools, hiking trails and abundant wildlife (we saw several monkeys, sloths, birds...including a flock of tucans), you never need to leave Tulemar to experience the coast. We stayed in a three bedroom, three story unit that is well appointed and well maintained with 180-degree views from both balcony levels stretching from the water to the mountains. Balconies (one which has a hot tub) are a great place for bird/nature watching. This Buena Vista three bedroom villa has an excellent staff too. Our family could not have loved it more. We will be back and tell our friends about it also. Nothing else like this place. Thank you Cindy for setting us up.
- Guest Matt, Texas
- Date of stay 02/21/13
- Review Submitted 03/11/13
Wonderful VillaGuest comment entered by manager
This was the most beautiful and relaxing vacation anyone could ask for. Our three bedroom villa was absolutely amazing. My husband and I stayed here with two other couples and were blown away by the gorgeous house,the great amenities, the beautiful views, and the awesome staff. The staff at Tulemar definitely went above and beyond to make our stay one to remember. Our concierge Julien was fantastic. He was very respectful of our privacy but at the same time very attentive to all of our needs. He even made arrangements for us on his day off. David - treated us like royalty at the private beach. He would set up our chairs, offer towels, and provided us with a table for our cooler of beer (i think he mentioned so we didn't have to reach so far for our drinks). Daniela and Al I think are the best bartenders I know. They were quick to mix up drinks pool side that were VERY tasty and refreshing(Coco Loco was one of my favorites and I highly recommend). During our stay we did alot of sight seeing and visited many restaurants but what stands out the most is the Phenomenal food that chef Kris prepared. He came to our house, prepared and enduldged us in the most amazing food! Many mornings we would walk the grounds of Tulemar only to see families of squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, flocks of red and green parrots, a sloth (that the wonderful grounds crew ponted out to us), and many other critters. Who needs the national park when you can see everything with Tulemar. Every night we would end the night by watching the most magnificent sunset from our balcony. We have only been home a couple of weeks and we are ready to go back. Julien get ready we are coming with the entire family. Tulemar definitely made me a Costa Rican lover. Pura Vida!!
- Guest Claire M. Penn
- Date of stay 02/18/13
- Review Submitted 03/26/13
5 Star - Best Vacation EverGuest comment entered by manager
5 Star - Best Vacation Ever
I highly recommend this property! We have traveled a LOT and the Three bedroom Premium Villas at Tulemar are the NICEST accommodations we have ever seen! The pictures don't do them justice! They are "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" nice! In addition to the villas being insanely beautiful, so were the incredibly manicured grounds! We were also SPOILED by the attention of Chris and Julien who made our trip unforgettable! I met them on the web site page and they answered my one million questions happily before my arrival. Our every need or want was taken care of with ease. With that said, Tulemar treats EVERY client as a VIP and we certainly felt it! The VIEW from the villa is fabulous and the BEST part was the VISIT from the MONKEYS on the porch! Our kids will never forget it! MY ONLY WARNING is for FAMILIES with CHILDREN UNDER 4 (and or elderly parents) as this lovely hotel is built on a very steep hill because the town of Manuel Antonio is ON A BIG HILL/small mountain itself!! MOST (if not all) hotel properties are very hilly-nothing you can do about that but it is good to know ahead of time! Walking around the property can be challenging BUT they do offer shuttle service so that can make it work. Also you should know that the family pool is DEEP! Our 9 year old could not touch the ground but they still loved it! Just a warning for kids that can't swim yet! However, it is a beautiful pool with a bar & grill so it's great for families, just a warning for the depth of the pool! Also, the premium villas are three stories (bedrooms downstairs) with lots of stairs which would have been a concern for me when I had toddlers. Also, the balcony has a huge drop off and an open railing system (which made me nervous with my 5 year old) but as soon as I expressed concern two guys were there to install a safety mesh netting over the railing. The fastest response I've ever seen to any hotel issue! If you do have children I recommend you get ABBY to babysit and go out for a child free evening out! Our kids had a blast with her and we loved our date night! I ALWAYS include warnings with my reviews because I like people to KNOW EVERYTHING and as a mom I think it is important to know safety issues. With that said, the only REAL WARNING about this property is that it will SPOIL YOU!! Can't imagine ever being impressed by a hotel again. Amazing vacation!!!!! We will definitely be back.
- Guest Andrea L, Canada
- Date of stay 02/15/13
- Review Submitted 02/26/13
Beautiful location and amazing service!Guest comment entered by manager
Beautiful location and amazing service!
We had the pleasure of staying in the Buena Vista 3 Bedroom Villas for a week at the end of February. We had a group of 10 adults, with 6 of us staying in the 3 story, picture perfect villa. First, the staff at Tulemar is amazing, but we absolutely fell in love with Julien our concierge for the week. He arranged excursions, taxis, dinner cooked in our villa by a chef, massages in the room and helped us with any other needs we had. Julien showed us that vacationing in Costa Rica is all about Pura Vida. Tulemar is a gorgeous property with multiple pools for those that like to lounge around, but the private beach with free kayaks, snorkeling equipment and boogie boards is where the action is! There is a great snack bar down at the beach, so you can enjoy breakfast and lunch with cocktails in the Costa Rica sun. There are multiple restaurants with amazing food in walking distance from Tulemar, so you will never go hungry! We were all very sad to leave, but would highly recommend Tulemar and it's staff to anyone that is looking for an amazing trip to Costa Rica. Thank you Cindy for helping us to select this wonderful villa.
- Guest Moose O, Michigan
- Date of stay 02/08/13
- Review Submitted 04/14/13
Can't wait to come backGuest comment entered by manager
Can't wait to come back
We just completed our second stay in a Buena Vista three bedroom villa which was located at the "top" of the resort. We love the location for its fabulous view and the ease of walking into the village to go to the restaurants, markets, bank, etc. with our grandchildren. Julien was scheduled to be our concierge but he was busy when we arrived so Chris helped us throughout our stay. He couldn't have been more helpful, meeting all our needs. He was great finding a rental car for us at the last moment that would fit our family of 6 and surfboards and gave many helpful suggestions on what we should do. We love the resort. Our granddaughters would have spent their days at the beach or pool and never left it. But once we got them out, they had a great time on the zip lining tour, horseback riding adventure, etc. that were arranged for us. The house was wonderful. The beds are very comfortable, the outdoor showers fun, and the kitchen well equipped. The maids even washed the dirty clothes we had put in the hampers! It is truly paradise in Tulemar. Thanks Cindy for making our arrangements again.
- Guest Camille, California
- Date of stay 02/05/13
- Review Submitted 02/23/13
Fabulous family vacationGuest comment entered by manager
Fabulous family vacation
This was a fabulous family vacation!! Our villa (Buena Vista three bedroom villas) was perfect. We traveled with our 20 and 22 year old kids and loved every second at Tulemar. After much travel and adventure we were finally ready to relax, enjoy the beach, pools, sunshine and just chill. Mauricio was so wonderful. He welcomed us with a big smile, a bottle of champagne and monkeys and toucans all in the first 5 minutes. Our villa was beautiful, plenty of space ,well furnished, full kitchen but the part all 4 of us liked the best were the large indoor/outdoor showers. That was a treat to shower in the jungle wondering if we're going to have visitors. (We didn't in the shower though we did find monkeys in our jacuzzi). We were so happy at the the private beach, with the chair and towel service. We looked forward to hanging with Luis, who managed the beach bar and restaurant. The food was great especially the fish. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. It was a pleasure to have a shuttle service to haul us back up the hill after our relaxing time at the beach. We enjoyed the small hikes exploring the wild life. The restaurants recommended by Mauricio were great. We really liked Kapi Kapi, Agua azul, Ronnie's place and cafe Milagro which became our breakfast spot. We spent a terrific morning on a catamaran with a open bar in the pacific (saw dolphins, and snorkeled in the bay) as well as was cooked another great Costa Rican lunch on the boat. The guides couldn't do enough for us. We also took advantage of the relaxing massages that were set up in our house. Silvia and her friend were terrific. A little pampering never hurts. One evening Mauricio set up a private chef to cook dinner for us. What a special night and the food was fresh and delicious.The rest of the time we spent hiking, surfing and swimming, exploring and just hanging !!! Not only will we be coming back but I can't wait to refer Tulemar Gardens to our friends. Thank you Cindy for suggesting this fantastic villa.
- Guest Julie R California
- Date of stay 01/14/13
- Review Submitted 02/02/13
Fabulous from beginning to endGuest comment entered by manager
Fabulous from beginning to end
What a beautiful place for the perfect vacation! Our family of eight stayed in a Buena Vista three bedroom villa for a week in January and it was fabulous! The home is gorgeous with amazing views and the beach is fantastic! Our concierge, Mauricio, took care of everything (and more!) and he couldn't have been nicer or easier to work with! The beach cafe was a fun place for a breakfast or lunch; heaven! Restaurants are close, excellent and we so enjoyed eating in an open air environment in January! We loved zip-lining, jet skiing and touring Manuel Antonio National Park as well as our days on the private beach. People here are amazingly friendly and kind. This place is tough to top and we will definitely be back! Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
- Guest Ed and Emily, Denver CO
- Date of stay 01/05/13
- Review Submitted 02/23/13
FabulousGuest comment entered by manager
We recently returned from an incredible vacation to Costa Rica. We spent the first several days of our trip in Manuel Antonio, staying in one of the Tulemar Bungalows. I truly can not come up with enough positive words to describe our time there. Our concierge, Chris, was incredible. He assisted with the planning of our trip from the beginning, had a taxi waiting for us at the Quepos airport and greeted us with a big smile and beautiful, freshly cut flowers in our Bungalow. The view from our Bungalow was breathtaking. Chris assisted us with great dinner recommendations where the food was fantastic and even brought us to buy groceries. We greatly enjoyed our time at the private beach, again also incredible, and free use of boogie boards, as well as the convenience of the beach-side restaurant. It is definitely a place I would highly recommend and plan on returning to in the future. Amazing! Thank you!!
- Guest kadmn
- Date of stay 12/12/12
- Review Submitted 01/11/13
Tulemar You have to stay here.Guest comment entered by manager
Tulemar You have to stay here.
We just returned from a family vacation ( 2 adults, 2 teenagers 17 and 18) to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. We stayed in one of the 2 bedroom Buena Vista premium villas which is simply incredible. Very clean, comfortable and well appointed with all the comforts of home. It had the most breath taking views I have ever seen. In addition, we saw monkeys in the trees almost every morning. We were very lucky to have Julien as our concierge. He was available by e-mail to answer our many questions from the day we booked the villa.He pre-arranged our tours prior to our arrival, which I recommend by the way, as they do fill up. So,once we got there there wasn't too much we needed but Julien checked in with us at least daily to see if there was anything he could do for us. It was always a pleasure to hear from him. He helped with dinner reservations and brought us chocolate (yummy) and a bottle of champagne on New Years Eve. We asked him to come to the villa to take some family pictures for us one afternoon and he did so happily. He was terrific. We ate at the beach restaurant several times and enjoyed the food very much each time. The tradition breakfast our first morning was delicious as was the Mahi-Mahi sandwich at lunch. Luiz and his staff were great. The bar tender was friendly and we loved the frozen drinks. Green Paradise and Buena Vista breeze our personal favorites. We ate at only 2 local restaurants as we bought groceries and enjoyed eating on the balcony enjoying the view as much as going out. We ate at Victorias and Agua Azul, both excellent and very close. It was not an issue for us that there is no restaurant for dinner on the Tulemar property as there are many choices very nearby. We did order pizza one night from Victorias and they delivered right to our door and it was really good. The beach is just outstanding, sandy and the warmest water we have ever been swimming in. We took out the free kayaks a couple of times, used the snorkeling gear and boogie boards. Never had a problem getting chairs. David at the beach was great too, setting up chairs, umbrellas and getting kayaks ready for us. I really can't say enough about this amazing place. We felt very well taken care of and enjoyed ourselves beyond our wildest dreams. We loved the Manuel Antonio area and are already thinking about when we can go back. I would not even consider staying anywhere else. It is simply the best. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a stay at Tulemar.
- Guest Dan Marblehead MA
- Date of stay 12/10/12
- Review Submitted 01/04/13
Buena Vista VillaGuest comment entered by manager
Buena Vista Villa
This was my second trip to Costa Rica, last time I stayed at La Mariposa. Tulemar Villas was superior in so many ways. Here are the top reasons to stay at Tulemar, not in any specific order. We stayed here 5 nights before heading to the Lost Iguana(4 star) in Arenal. There was 9 of us in our party. 1. The private beach is amazing. Kayaks, boogie boards, little bar and little breakfast/lunch nook. 2. The villa is unreal. 3. The pools(4) are beautiful. 4. The trails are pristine. 5. Proximity to local eateries and shops is right outside the gate. 6.Friendly staff. 7.Privacy. 8.Wildlife 9.Views 10.Full Kitchen I am a very selective(picky) person when it comes to hotels and this wonderful place has it all! The best!
- Guest Carl S.
- Date of stay 12/03/12
- Review Submitted 12/30/12
Excellent Costa Rican VacationGuest comment entered by manager
Excellent Costa Rican Vacation
We spent 6 nights at your most excellent vacation spot in early November, 2012. Our family stayed at a Buena Vista three bedroom villa. Lots of room for our family. Not only did we experience incredible sunsets, but we also experienced incredible fireworks in the form of lightning that lit up the sky for miles around! Loved the van rides up and down the hill, breakfast at the beach each morning, the sloth in the tree at the beach, the pina coladas at the beach while the rain pored down, the incredible birds flitting about our villa each morning, the very friendly and helpful staff, the list goes on and on! It was a very relaxing end to 3 weeks of hiking and birding across Costa Rica and one that we will highly recommend to our friends. Coming in the slower season has its advantages. The staff are very devoted to ensuring you have an exceptional stay and you certainly get their undivided attention! But it does rain a fair amount ... but it is a warm rain, so one cannot complain! We cannot say enough good things about our stay at Buena Vista Villas except that we hope to return again some time soon!
- Guest Jill Victoria Canada
- Date of stay 11/05/12
- Review Submitted 12/08/12
Wonderful Three Bedroom CasaGuest comment entered by manager
Wonderful Three Bedroom Casa
Our family of 8 stayed at a three bedroom villa called Casa Ylang Ylang for a week in November, and we could not have been more pleased. The house was very comfortable, with gorgeous views of the beach and the surrounding trees (w/ monkeys!). We even casually inquired about buying, which I think says more than anything further I can write. Julien (concierge) was great for us ... arranging tours (ATVs and Whitewater rafting strongly recommended, Zip Lining was fun but fairly tame), reservations, getting my newborn a high chair and playpen, supermarket trips, pharmacy runs. He was extremely helpful and made every effort to go above and beyond, really did make the trip more fun and relaxing. The kids loved the beach and boogie boarding, while the pool was more relaxing. The food at the beach was very good and so were the drinks. We really loved it and I could not recommend it more highly.
- Guest Dimitri and Liz Phil PA
- Date of stay 11/03/12
- Review Submitted 12/20/12
Tulemar-experience the bestGuest comment entered by manager
Tulemar-experience the best
We highly recommend Tulemar as a vacation destination for families. We stayed in a three bedroom villa which was even more beautiful than the pictures on the website. Our boys loved the private beach, playing on the boogie boards, kayaking, and snorkeling which was all available for our use. We saw more monkeys and sloths in Tulemar than in Manuel Antonio National Park. We were impressed with the 1st class service provided by the staff. They checked in often to make sure that we were having a great time. They made arrangements for activities such as white water rafting and zip lining. Every restaurant we tried was outstanding. As a mom, I felt relaxed and pampered. We stayed for 7 nights and could have stayed longer with all of the activities in the area.
- Guest Linda L
- Date of stay 08/09/12
- Review Submitted 10/27/12
Wonderful family vacationGuest comment entered by manager
Wonderful family vacation
We rented this villa for our family vacation and never wanted to leave!! Cindy at Tulemar Vacations, www.2tulemar.com suggested this Buena Vista three bedroom for us. The villa exceeded our expectations. It was beautiful, clean, had a wonderful kitchen and the views were stunning. The kids loved it as well. The monkeys and birds were right outside our patios. We really enjoyed watching and listening to the wildlife. We walked to the beach each morning and spent most of the days there. The tide had fun waves for our boogie board attempts, there were plenty of chairs for beach lounging and beach toys for the kids. The margarita I had was perfect. We had some fabulous meals all within a couple of blocks of the property. We loved Café Milagro for great coffee and breakfast, Sanchos for lunch and Barba Roja for a fun dinner with live music. When we travel I look for a property close to the fun while remaining safe and quite at night and this three bedroom has it all! Julien, the concierge was the perfect match for this property. He was so enthusiastic and professional. He immediately welcomed us with warmth and fabulous tips for eating and shopping. During our stay he continued to check in with us to ensure all of our needs were met. He has a wonderful energy that compliments this beautiful home and location. I would recommend this three bedroom villa to ANYONE for a wonderful vacation
- Guest Katherine M.
- Date of stay 07/14/12
- Review Submitted 10/20/12
Perfect for a familyGuest comment entered by manager
Perfect for a family
Our family of 9 stayed at BVV three bedroom villa for a week in July, and we could not have been more pleased. The house was very comfortable, with gorgeous views of the beach and the surrounding trees (w/ monkeys!). We even casually inquired about buying, which I think says more than anything further I can write. Julien (concierge) was great for us ... arranging tours (ATVs and Whitewater rafting strongly recommended, Zip Lining was fun but fairly tame), reservations, getting my newborn a high chair and playpen, supermarket trips, pharmacy runs. He was extremely helpful and made every effort to go above and beyond, really did make the trip more fun and relaxing. The kids loved the beach and boogie boarding, while the pool was more relaxing. The food was great for beach/pool environment. We really loved it and I could not recommend it more highly. Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
- Guest Adam L
- Date of stay 07/08/12
- Review Submitted 10/21/12
Great PropertyGuest comment entered by manager
Gorgeous villas in a wonderful location. Quepos is close as is Manuel Antonio, there is a small grocery close by. Concierge very helpful, and there are a ton of activities close by (we did mangroves, horseback riding, quads). Pools were wonderful, four of them. Beach is wonderful, sheltered so small kids would have a great time there and its also easy to kayak from shore to coves which are close by. The beach, if you are young and fit, is not to hard to get to though the hill is steep. However if you have mobility issues or are carrying tons of kid stuff it can be very tiring. There is a shuttle that can take you back and forth. Love the little food place on the beach and the toys for use. Great place and can't wait to get back.
- Guest Robert H California
- Date of stay 04/14/12
- Review Submitted 01/04/13
Christmas in TulemarGuest comment entered by manager
Christmas in Tulemar
Wow, Dave, Mauricio and your talented staff- Thanks so much again for another amazing vacation we had this past Christmas! My son and I have visited Tulemar 5x for me, 8x for my son with me or his dad- in the last 3 years and stayed in several homes on the property- Casa De Frutas, Villa Kiskadee, and the Villas. Only once have we not had Dave/Mauricio as our concierge-and the difference was evident. The attention to detail is outstanding (love that!) Remembering little things that returning vis
- Guest tvr
- Date of stay 12/24/11
- Review Submitted 03/07/12
“We have a new favourite place by the sea”Guest comment entered by manager
“We have a new favourite place by the sea”
Six of us stayed at the Ylang Ylang villa, my parents, my two boys, and my wife and I. We all agree, this place is special. Really special. We have travelled extensively, my father was an Air Canada pilot for 37 years. We've stayed in all manor of places but Tulemar is our new favourite place by the sea. It was not perfect but where you could find something imperfect you also found a smiling staff offering ways to make it perfect again. Thank you to Mauricio, Dave and all staff who make this incredible place perfect. Our only regret was leaving.
- Guest DouglasK
- Date of stay 08/05/11
- Review Submitted 08/27/11
"A Piece of Paradise"Guest comment entered by manager
"A Piece of Paradise"
Since this was our first time visiting Costa Rica we weren't sure what to expect but as soon as we stepped into Casa Del Mar we knew this would be our favorite vacation house. Not only is the casita perfect for us as a couple, there would have been plenty of space for another couple too. The home was furnished beautifully and the views of the ocean were perfect. From jungle strolls to the perfect private beach...this home is a winner and we'll definitely be back!
- Guest special guest
- Date of stay 05/01/11
- Review Submitted 06/09/11