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Recent Manuel Antonio reviews

  • Phenomenal Vacation at a spectacular location

    "We were a family of 8 travelling from Canada... 4 daughters aged 12 to 23, son-in-law and boyfriend, plus my wife and I. Everything about the trip was fantastic. The listing was not accurate....because the pictures don't do it justice! Unbelievable size, layout, comfort, etc. and what a view. The monkeys came by most days and the weather was perfect. Absolutely perfect. We were very comfortable with 8 people ...and there was room for more. Alex is excellent in his organizing of all our activities. We tried the horse back riding, repelling, national park tour and catamaran sail. All highly recommended. He organizes for pick up and drop off at the front door. Local restaurants were excellent too. Although cab drivers told us the walk to the beach was either "too long or too dangerous (due to traffic)", we walked it every day without problem. It was a great way to get some exercise after spending a day at the beach. Another thing Alex did was organize an on-site meal provided by a local chef (Kukula?). It was one of the best meals we have ever had, and we do a lot of travelling. We didn't rent a car, as the local grocery store was within walking distance, as were the restaurants, and we didn't mind the 20 minute walk to the beach. We flew to San Jose, and Alex organized the 2 1/2 trip for pick up and drop off at the end of the stay. The house was cleaned every day (we didn't realize that), and there are laundry facilities on site. We definitely over-packed. This is a flip flop and short/swim suit vacation. We didn't need to wear a sweater at any time during our stay. We will go back and I recommend this for families, couples, etc. The only caution I would have is for those with small children. The building code is no where near the restrictions that we have in Canada, and as such, the area around the main floor, infinity pool and stairs may be a safety hazard for small children. For adults, it adds to the beauty of this spectacular place! A+++++ and a 12 on a 1-10 scale. Truly spectatular."
    Guest: fish007 Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: February 26, 2014
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  • Stunning views

    "Had a great time in this property at the start of green season. We did have some unbelievable thunderstorms (according to the caretaker, Bismark, the worst he's heard in 40 years), but everything was very nice and exactly as described, so read carefully. Some notes: - the view is gorgeous--this is what sold me on the property and we weren't disappointed in the least. As a bonus, we were treated to daily sightings of toucans and capuchin monkeys. They literally play in the trees & garden between the house and the road. There's lots of other wildlife. You'll wake up to the howler monkeys for sure. - there are a lot of steps to climb up & down. There's a pulley system to help with luggage, but you'll be going up & down steps a lot. - when in doubt, ask. Bismark's entire family is VERY helpful. We had a few bad sunburns; we able to help ourselves to some aloe growing in the garden and were given some aloe-based creme. It's so nice having someone nearby to keep in eye on things and to answer questions. - the beaches are nice--Playa Biesanz is more protected (no riptides) if you have smaller children. We actually drove to the entrance way and parked on the road--it's all up-hill coming back and we wanted the kids to have energy for other stuff. - the balconies banisters are somewhat low and the floor boards are spaced kind of far apart. It's nice but something you might want to consider with kids. - Since we did arrive in green season, it's worth mentioning that although it was somewhat hot, we didn't have any issues with bugs or mosquitoes or anything. There were some gnats in the bathroom sink each morning for whatever reason, but we didn't have any issues with biting insects. We had fans that worked well (we moved the big one downstairs to the 2nd bedroom where the kids slept; that solved that problem). - the kitchen was fine and exactly. The refrigerator/freezer worked well. There's no oven, but I honestly don't want to start up an oven when I'm vacationing in the summer in the tropics. There were dishes and pots & pans, toaster, coffee maker, etc. and those all worked fine. The outdoor shower was really good to clean up after a day at the beach. Also--it's hard not to look at the other non-5 star review... but in my opinion you can't compare properties in Manuel Antonio to Arenal any more than you can compare a mountain lodge in Colorado to a beach house in Hawaii."
    Guest: Markus Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 23, 2014
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  • Great family vacation at the Family Jungle House!

    "We stayed for a week at the "Jungle House": 5 adults, two teens and an 11 and 8 year old. The pool was great- kids and adults loved the slide! (Although I do recommend that you use an old bathing suit because the slide can cause a little damage to your suit...we had a blast and didn't care ultimately!) The wildlife on the property was fabulous. On the second day there a large group of titi monkeys came to visit us and were very comfortable and playful on one of the trees just above us (we took a million pictures of course!), there was a sloth in one of the trees just across the dirt road from the house, and we saw tons of beautiful birds throughout our stay and even bats at night! We loved sitting out on the back porch and enjoyed our coffee in the morning and cocktails in the evening watching the wildlife and the view of the mountain and jungle forest was spectacular at all times of the day and evening. The property felt very safe - with the house alarms and 24 hour security at the entry gate. Josue, the concierge, was fantastic. He helped us plan and coordinate all of our activities each day (Sunset cruise, zip lining, Manuel Antonio National Park, and Parasailing) and was very responsive to whatever we needed. We also really enjoyed having him as our guide for our visit to Manuel Antonio National Park as well. Roxana, the housekeeper, is truly lovely and was very helpful when needed. Basically the entire management of the house and rental process by Heather (the owner), Josue, and Roxana was superb. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend the family jungle house to friends."
    Guest: Heather B. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 13, 2014
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  • 1st Class Accomodations

    "My sister and I just spent 5 days at Tulemar and loved it!! The hotel grounds were beautiful and the accommodations were outstanding. We stayed in Mot Mot Upper level which was very spacious with great views and large balcony. There were monkeys swinging on the trees in front of our bungalow, and we had monkeys visit us on our balcony. We saw plenty of birds, butterflies, and frogs from our bungalow as well. The bungalow itself had a bedroom on one side and sitting room and kitchen with table and chairs on the other side (a wall split the two sides). The bathroom could be entered from either the bedroom or sitting room.The beds were comfortable and there was also a trundle bed/couch in the sitting room. The hotel is set in a jungle setting, so the grounds were beautiful. There were monkeys and sloths in the trees. We saw a mother and baby sloth in the tree by the pool. There was always something interesting to see. Our bungalow was by the adult pool and restaurant, so we were in a convenient location. The beach was about a 5 - 1- minute walk or you could take the shuttle. The service was 1st class. The staff at Tulemar were extremely helpful and friendly. They were always willing to help. Julien organized our transportation from San Jose to Tulemar as well as my sister's boat tour. The van that picked us up from our San Jose hotel was right on time (a little early). The driver was friendly and stopped after an hour or so for drinks and a restroom break. Willie was also amazing with setting up tours, helping us with our safe and driving us to the beach. The restaurant staff (Frederick) were very accommodating. I'm a difficult eater, but they always prepared something I could eat. We chose to eat in our room or at the hotel, but there were also several restaurants within walking distance. A supermarket was also a few blocks from the hotel. A must stay!"
    Guest: Tom M. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: November 19, 2014
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