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Review of Tulemar's Buena Vista Luxury Villas

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Tulemar's Buena Vista Luxury Villas
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Beautiful setting, beach, monkeys!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

We stayed in a one bedroom select villa for seven nights with our two boys ages 10 and 12. I think the best part of the villa is the wonderful balcony with views of the Pacific, a grill, hammock, and furniture. The beach is very nice with waves to play in and very warm water!! The food and drink service at the beach was good as well.

We ran into people who complained that getting the shuttle to and from the beach involved a long wait at times and they were frustrated. We walked to and from the beach even though it is hilly so we don't have complaints about the shuttle.

We did zip lining, kayaking in the mangroves, a tour of Manuel Antonio national park and
white water rafting. It turns out that the white water rafting with Favia was the best of all the experiences we had! The views were beautiful and there were some small challenging rapids (only considered class II or III). We even saw Toucans flying around and perched in the trees.

My only serious complaint would be that when things did go wrong during our week, they were not handled very professionally. They need to work on finessing their customer service. They were great in helping us set up tours but not so great when my dress got paint on it while sitting on the wicker chair on the deck. My dress and my husband's shorts were ruined. I just wanted reimbursement for the cost of the clothes but it turned into a wheeling and dealing situation with promises to do everything BUT reimburse..including $100.00 gift certificate at Victorias etc. etc. There was a lot of "I have to talk with my boss"
and haggling. It kind of reminded me of trying to buy a car! Anyway, it was very stressful and ultimately we were reimbursed but it could have been handled so simply with an apology and reimbursement and it wasn't. It was almost as if they tried to turn around and make it seem like it was our fault and that we were being unreasonable (at least that's how it felt).

Unfortunately there was also construction going on right next to our villa which lasted from Monday until Friday. I'm wondering why this couldn't have been done in the off season? We were out early and back late many days so it wasn't horrible, but who wants to hear saws and hammering etc when they are trying to get away from it all? They did pay for one of our tours to make up for it, but still....

Despite all of this, however, I think we would go there again! It was just so beautiful!! But I definitely have a sour taste in my mouth from interactions from the various concierge we had to deal with when we had issues.

Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

Don't miss this property. My family, including 11 and 13 year old daughters, had an unbelievable stay at Buena Vista Luxury Villas. We stayed in a 3 bedroom premium villa for 5 nights. Accommodations were spectacular. Amazing views of the beach, monkeys on our porch, full kitchen, 4 bathrooms! Could not be better.

We had a private concierge named Brian who helped us throughout our stay. He made dinner reservations, arranged a white water rafting excursion and even waited with us for our transfer back to the airport.

Top to bottom, first class!

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

WOW!!!!!
We just finished a 7 night stay in one of the bungalows with our 8 and 9 year old boys. It was absolutley perfect!
BEAUTIFUL beach w/ nice waves but safe for kids w/ boogie boards and kayaks for free- this is the best reason to stay at Buena Vista!!!!!
monkeys and birds, even a sloth
simple, affordable and clean accomodations
nice paths, but STEEP so plan on a little execise unless you take the free shuttle
Breakfast and lunch served at he beach
Staff is great

The only thing missing was dinner service but plenty of choices for retaurants nearby. We especially liked Salsipuedes, just a few feet down the road, for it's beachy atmosphere and excellent comida tipica.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Chesterfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

We returned last night from a 5-day stay in a 1-bedroom select villa (which was an unexpected upgrade from the junior suite we had expected). The suite was beautiful, albeit a hike up the hill from the drop-off site at the pool! No complaints - it was a great workout! The view from room 306 was breathtaking to say the very least. We enjoyed visits from both the spider monkeys and the white faced capuchins. I was surprised by the outgoing personality of the spider monkeys when one surprised me by jumping on my chair and taking the banana that was sitting near me! The staff was great and was available whenever we needed a shuttle from the beach, to dinner or the grocery store. We discovered Barba Rosa, a nearby restaurant, the cooked the snapper my husband caught one day and the snook I caught another day. Both meals were great. Be sure to try out Pez Espada for off shore fishing (we caught 13 sailfish) and Pez Rey for inshore! We would go back here in a minute!

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Bigfork, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

We were in Costa Rica for a couple of weeks and ended our trip in the Buena Vista Villas. It was the best of all the places we visited and we really did not want to leave. The pool was just downstairs, the beach close by with lots of activities and we were taken care of by our new friend, Brian. He was there to great us, take us to our villa and show us around. Whenever we needed anything all we had to do was pick up the phone.

The villa was beautifully appointed and the kitchen was a delight to cook in. We ate in the first night from Victoria's Restaurant. It was superb. We were so happy to be with the monkeys and looking at the Pacific that we spent most of our time on the deck.

I could not recommend Buena Vista Luxury Villas more.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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St. Catharines, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

Us 5 ladies loved our accommodations we had our own fridge great kitchen... beautiful big rooms, loved the outside showers that were private. we had our own Private driver and guide to help us get where we needed to go. Brian was wonderful..and he went out of his way to help us. We loved the private beach and we got to see many monkey's , raccoons , lizards and other creatures. It was my favorite place to stay. The service was over the top. Loved it!
Jeannie, Canada

  • Stayed January 2012
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Twillingate, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

After a 5-hour drive from the Arenal Volcano region in one of Costa Rica Vacation's clean white vans, we arrived to the tropical wet-forest area of Manuel Antonio. We drove through Quepos, a real tourist town, and then on past smaller villages, and then we arrived at the gate of the Beuna Vista Luxury Villas. The villas are seemingly tall structures built among the trees on a steep hill. Alongside the brick roadway inside the resort are beautifully manicured plants and colourful bushes.Monkeys swish through the trees as iguanas sun themselves on the side of the road. Suddenly we were away from any kind of hustle and bustle. It was so peaceful there, the quiet broken only by the singing of the birds, and the occasional singing or laughing of the perpetually happy staff who worked there. Compared to all the other hotels and villas we passed along the way, none could compare to the beauty and elegance of this place, or the peace and safety I always felt while I was there. When we arrived, we were given our own personal consierge who then showed us around our villa which was to be home for the next 6 days. What a place! Certainly , you can take the virtual tour yourself, but honestly, walking into the stone and marble living room, looking at the fully equipped kitchen , and then finding downstairs 2 huge bedrooms each with 2 queen sized beds and a private patio......and what bathrooms!!! powder room, bathroom, and then a parctically-outdoor shower room, with a tropical rainforest shower where I could stand and look out an open wall over the treetops towards the ocean. It was like showering outside! Having a shower there was so pleasurable, I had several each day. There was also a laundry room downstairs which was a pleasant surprise. Back upstairs there was (and I've left the best 'till last) a fabulous balcony looking out over the tops of all the trees, and a glorious view of the ocean. On one end of the patio was a lovely big dining room table which seated 6. On the other end of the patio was a hot tub. There was also a bbq, and some very comfy chairs in which we sat so often, watching the monkeys jumping around us.( Early on the last day there, we spied 2 little monkeys sitting on the patio looking longingly in the window at a bowl of bananas we had planned to eat for breakfast!) We particularly loved the private beach. Located at the bottom of a rather steep road it was easy to get to, but we usually got a drive back to the villa in one of the waiting vans. The beach itself was another little piece of Heaven. The young man who worked there, David, went out of his way to make sure everyone on the beach had what they needed: long beach chair, umbrella, towel, etc. He helped us pull the kayaks to the water when we wanted to go kayaking, and he even lent me his own snorkle so I could go snorkling with my friends. The water there is amazing....warm and deep. I spent hours there. While at the beach we also had lunch at the little restaurant there, where we met Paul, the amazing chef who works at the resort. If you've ever tried mahee mahee, a local Costa Rica fish, you'll probably agree it's great, Paul made us open faced mahee mahee sandwhiches, which was one of the best meals I've ever had. We liked it so much, we had it a second day as well. And we liked Paul so much that we asked him if he'd come to our villa and cook a meal on the occasion of my brother's 60th birthday. We were so delighted when he agreed . He arrived with his partner Luis, who served. We had a salad with jumbo shrimp and avacado, followed by fresh-caught red snapper cooked with garlic and olive oil served with a special rice and steamed vegetables. Later he brought out a chocolate chili cake, as a special gift for my brother. Paul is so inventive, and made this night for us a real highlight of our time in Costa Rica. I mentioned Paul, Luis, and David ....I'd also like to mention the young man at the front desk, Andres, with his infectiously joyful personality ! We didn't have such a great relationship with our concierge, Brian, who seemed rather pushy at the beginning. Finally he seemed to give up on us as he put all his concerted energy into a wedding which took place at the resort during our stay there. But we really didn't mind. We arranged some tours with Iguana Tours which were great, especially the mangrove kayaking tour and the boat tour where we watched a humpback whale and went snorkelling with Thomas. We tried out some different restaurants in the area, but truthfully I loved staying home and eating at our villa the most. We were easily able to get groceries at the local market, just up the road from the main gate. Prices seemed about the same as they are here in Canada, except wine which is rather costly, mainly because it has to be imported. But I did like Costa Rican beer, and had an opportunity to try Guaro, a Costa Rican liquor you drink with sugar and lime juice. Because it gets dark in Costa Rica by 6 p.m., we liked to pack as much as possible into daylight hours, so we got up early and were in bed before 10:00 p.m.! I loved our time at Buena Vista Villas so much! Again, I must thank Tara at Costa Rica Vacations for helping us plan this wonderful, magical holiday! So many beautiful and warm memeories stick with me now , 2 weeks later, as I sit by the fire in my Canadian home and watch the blizzard rage outside! Only my fading tan tells me it wasn't all a fantastic dream!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Tulemar's Buena Vista Luxury Villas
Address: Tulemar Gardens, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica (Formerly Buena Vista Luxury Villas)
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tulemar's Buena Vista Luxury Villas 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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