We were pretty sure that with all the traveling that we do, that nothing was going to beat the scenery and location of Hawaii. But I'd venture to say that our experience at the Tulemar and the surrounding environment in Costa Rica was at least twice as rewarding as any travel experience we've ever had. We stayed in the Bamboo Villa #3. The villa was at the top of the hill side overlooking the ocean and it's really hard to describe just how beautiful it was every day to wake up to/go to bed to and be around all day long. The beach access was within walking distance, or a drive, which was very convenient. Snorkeling and kayaking is a walk away. The Cafe/Room Service delivery had great options to choose from. Some local bars and live music were a walk away. And the convenience store located on the property had everything we needed for a quick grab. Watching the Scarlet Macaws fly by in the morning and evening was a really nice touch. Waking up to the howler monkeys in the morning was a fantastic alarm (and not too early).
Brian Quarta was our concierge for our 4 night stay. It didn't matter what time of day or what the issue was, Brian promptly and professionally replied to any communication we sent to him. His personality and excitement for what he does really shines through and he was kind enough to give us traditional tamales as a holiday gift that were excellent. I don't usually consider having a concierge to be an impactful part of my trips, but Brian was incredibly unique and he actually made the experience of our trip even more valuable. I've never said that about a concierge. If you get the chance to come to Tulemar, you'd do well to request Brian for your services. The cleaning staff were also very impressive and accommodated our laundry needs and even customized their schedules to meet our demands.
I don't usually have the inclination to visit a place that I've already been to--I enjoy my time and then look forward to the next adventure. And the idea of staying at the same place is usually even less appealing. But we will be visiting Tulemar again. There's no place in the world like Costa Rica--which is obviously a country worth visiting no matter where you can stay--but if you want a trip to remember with staff, services and scenery that will change you as a person after your trip, then you want to stay at Tulemar and connect with Brian Quarta.
- 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 & Villas Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
- Tulemar Bungalows And Villas
- Tulemar Hotel