If you are thinking of a Costa Rica adventure, my advice is to just visit this incredible paradise. I rely heavily on trip advisor, so wanted to share my thanks to all the people who leave a review and I will leave mine. We traveled with our 5 and 9 year old girls. Tulemar is like getting to experience Costa Rica handed to you on a silver platter. We stayed at la Villa Mot Mot Feb 5-9th nights, then had to move to Casa Panorama South Lower unit for our last 2 nights. My family is well traveled and I speak Spanish, but, If you are nervous to be in a foreign country, with these houses you will not have to worry a second as their concierge, Bill ,Diego and Kimberly, were absolutely wonderful and there to help or answer any question you may have. Bill was exceptionally fabulous to our family and even brought my hubby a Cuban Cigar when we had mentioned my hubby was going to try to get one to smoke on his 40th b day as it just seemed like the thing to do for your 40th while in Costa Rica!
We loved each place for different reasons. The most marvelous gift of Villa Mot Mot is the daily arrival of monkeys to the deck. This was our dream for our 5 and 9 year old girls. The monkeys made our trip, and as you can read by other reviews, we think the Mot Mot is like a high end tree house with incredible views. We loved walking the steep hills (bring keens.. too steep for flip flops for kids!) and seeing all the wildlife, monkeys, sloths, butterflies, hummingbirds, flora y fauna. Our family loves nature, and we couldn't have been more stunned with the absolute feeling of being on our own adventure with nature every second while in Tulemar. You must remember you are in the "jungle", so don't be bothered by ants or bugs. You will see them, but they don't bother you at all. We thought it was even better here than in the national park where you competed with lots of tourists. Still go to the national park, but enjoy every second at Tulemar! While hiking through the trails to the beach, we often would have our own private beach. With children, this private beach was absolutely perfect, with again, CR being on a silver platter to kayak, snorkel, boogie board or catch a delicious bite to eat. David at the beach was absolutely the sweetest tico and helped put my mind at ease of kayaking with my 5 year old as I was a bit nervous of being tipped with the waves. The people and huge waves in town of Manuel Antonio is something to be seen, but to enjoy worry free the ocean, Tulemar is worth the price.
Casa Panorama was gorgeous as well, but we didn't see any monkeys here. What we loved about this house was its exceptionally spotless cleanliness and more updated modernness. It seemed a bit more upper class with its fabulous details of the lotions, creams and flowers everywhere when we arrived. What details!
We loved both places, and can't wait to go back with our families. Where will we stay next time? Absolutely in Tulemar, but this time a bigger house as after seeing our pics and hearing our stories all of our friends and family can't wait to come back with us next year!
Advice: Bring LOTS of smaller bills for tips. Use cash as much as you can, just bring a "money belt". You do NOT need to exchange a single dollar to colones before you get here as they accepted both everywhere. Although we had called our Credit Card companies before leaving, one still wouldn't work there. The fees on all our cards were ridiculous, so try to just use cash.
Eat at Marlin's (per Bill's suggestion) in Manuel Antonio. They had the best "casado" (national dish) and "agua fresca" of anywhere. We had to go back we loved it so much.
Eat the "mahi mahi" at the Tulemar beach or the 'Tuna" at the pool. These were also some of my favorite meals while there!
If traveling with kids, pack a jar of peanut butter, then buy bread and delicious homemade jams and fruits while here to save some cash on lunch. ) (PB is expensive in latin countries I've found)
Bring more sunscreen than you think you'll need. We went through 3-4 bottles.
Take the public bus for 50 cents (250 colones) in front of Victorias. It's frequent, cheap and you get to talk to the locals.
Avoid Agua Azul for lunch. sweet people, but the worst food we ate while in CR.
HIRE a driver to take you here. THey close roads in CR without warning. Ask Diego, or search Erick Camacho: email@example.com who was our driver from San Jose to Volcan Poas, then to Tulemar, then back to San Jose at the end of our trip. He is a doll and speaks great English for those of you who don't speak el bello espanol.
Enjoy the sweetness of every "tico" as they are the most generous, sweet people!
- 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