Looking for a place to stay near Manuel Antonio National Park? Tulemar Bungalows and villas in Costa Rica has won countless awards for their various rental properties and their 33-acre resort property.
Tulemar in Costa Rica near Manuel Antonio National Park is the perfect place to enjoy the peace and quiet of your own bungalow or villa with the comfort of the resort amenities. After two different stays at Tulemar (2014 and 2019), we can attest to the impeccable service, gorgeous views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the strides the staff takes to make sure your stay is perfect.
With so many 4 and 5-star resorts tucked into the hills near Manuel Antonio, we will share why the Tulemar bungalows & villas in Costa Rica has raised the bar on luxury accommodations.
The resort features four pools (including one for adults only), a restaurant overlooking the ocean, a private beach with bar service, kayaks and boogie boards as well as countless options for vacation properties. From small studio size standard bungalows to 6-bedroom luxury homes overlooking the bluff and everything in between.
You’ll enter the resort through a gated security checkpoint before passing by the reception. With 24/7 concierge service, you’ll be personally escorted to your bungalow or villa after you complete the processing paperwork at the reception desk.
As soon as the paperwork is out of the way, you’ll continue down the winding road, encountering a variety of properties as you weave and wind down the hill. Towards the top 1/3, you’ll see the full-service restaurant and a large infinity pool of to your right. This is where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served.
Just down the hill from the restaurant are the Tulemar bungalows, most of which are being renovated (2019). Book your stay in a newly renovated bungalow in 2020 here! We stayed in a standard bungalow 5.5 years ago, so it’s nice to see the updates. These properties are budget-friendly and there is a nice pool with a waterfall close by for families to enjoy. However, the bungalows are tucked in and amongst the pedestrian paths, so you’ll have to park your car and either walk up or down depending on where your bungalow is located.
If you continue down the road, you’ll pass a few other larger properties, such as the Tulemar villas before you reach the Casa Panorama and Casita Panorama properties. This is where we stayed most recently. These properties feature either a one-bedroom or two-bedroom property with a large deck and views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as lush vegetation. Parking is right in the front and there is a nice sized family pool just up the other side of the hill, for quick access.
The remaining roads lead to larger properties with stunning architecture and views! Perfect for multiple families renting a place together. Below is a sample of the interiors of those villas.
Casita Panorama Villa
Casita Panorama is one of the recently renovated properties in Tulemar with all new bathrooms, flooring, cabinets, and countertops. It is a cozy and private 1 bedroom suite complete with king-size bed, large picture windows and connects to a large deck with gorgeous views over the jungle and the Pacific Ocean below.
The living room features a pull-out sofa, full kitchen and is also attached to the large deck with grill, a small table, and chairs, as well as loungers to watch the wildlife.
There is a large bathroom with a newly renovated tile shower, large vanity, and complimentary toiletry items. Plenty of soft fluffy towels were provided throughout our stay.
We enjoyed our stay at Casita Panorama. The one-bedroom suite was large enough for our family of three and we really enjoyed listening to the wildlife from the porch in the early morning. The sunsets are also stunning!
Above Casita Panorama is a 2-bedroom unit with its own private entrance called Casa Panorama, which sleeps up to 6. Our only complaint was the jacuzzi above us on the deck for the Casa Panorama property. When the guests were using the jacuzzi, it was quite loud and can be heard both inside and outside the Casita Panorama property.
At the very end of the winding road, you’ll reach the Tulemar beach in Costa Rica. This private beach is perfect for couples and families with plenty of amenities. Guests will enjoy ample parking (or shuttle service for anyone who wants to walk). The entire area is lush with flora and well cared for by the staff.
Services include bar service, towel service, chairs with tables and umbrellas, boogie boards, kayaks and food service (brought down from the restaurant). Tulemar bungalows & villas want to make sure you can sit back, relax and enjoy your vacation.
We enjoyed many afternoons playing down at the beach. Our son liked the two freshwater runoffs that were perfect for building dams and splashing around in. My husband and I each took turns at boogie boarding, which was great fun in the medium-sized surf. Then my husband and son took a trip out in the kayaks to explore. There is a nice snorkeling area just outside the bay on the left (around the island), which we discovered on a catamaran cruise.
Tulemar Resort in Costa Rica features four pools scattered throughout their 33-acre property. The first and most noticeable pool is located adjacent to the restaurant at the top of the property. It is a large infinity pool with incredible views overlooking the jungle and bungalows. There are changing tables, bathrooms and plenty of chairs and loungers to enjoy. In addition, the local wildlife frequents this area with a resident sloth that is usually nearby.
The next pool is located just down the hill across from the Casa Panorama properties. You’ll see a slanted path heading up the hill on the right side (as you descend). Walk up the hill and you’ll be delighted with another large pool with changing rooms and loungers. It is absolutely stunning in the evening with all the lights.
If you are staying in the bungalows, you’ll find a pool tucked into the hillside by the culdesac towards the bottom of the bungalows. This is a smaller pool with a waterfall and is frequented by lizards sunbathing on the warm stones.
Lastly, there is an adults-only pool for a bit of relaxation with all the services you would expect. This pool is located at the very top of the resort but on the opposite side road from the reception area.
Note: None of the pools are heated due to the temperate climate in Manuel Antonio. We did find the water a bit cold in November, so we preferred the nice warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Towel service is also provided free of charge at the majority of the pools and at the beach.
Tule Cafe Restaurant
If you are looking for an easy place to grab a bite to eat without even leaving the comfort of the resort property, then be sure to visit Tule Cafe. This is a full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a covered outdoor patio overlooking views of the property and adjacent to the pool. We enjoyed our first dinner and our son’s birthday breakfast at the Tule Cafe.
We really enjoyed the food for breakfast. Our son’s Nutella french toast was delectable, he would hardly share! You can also order freshly squeezed juices along with delicious Costa Rican coffee.
Other breakfast specialties include fresh fruit, burritos and traditional meals such as rice and beans with eggs over easy and plantains.
There are plenty of options to suit any palate ranging from typical Costa Rican dishes to seafood, pizzas, and pasta. Enjoy a mixed drink while watching the sunset into the ocean.
If you don’t feel like cooking or leaving the comfort of your bungalow or villa, you can arrange for a private chef to come and cook for you and your family. You can arrange this service with your concierge before your arrival.
Tulemar’s Animal Wildlife
In addition to all the amenities, Tulemar is a delight for animal enthusiasts. We’ve always been able to spot countless wildlife within the resort including sloths, monkeys, toucans, pelicans, hummingbirds and many more. If you love sloths, be sure to check out the trees and ropes surrounding the pool near the restaurant.
As a guest of Tulemar, you get exclusive access to the Sloth Walks around the resort property. They take place 6 days a week (no walks on Saturdays) and begin at 9 am. It is an additional fee, but an amazing opportunity to work with the Sloth Institute Costa Rica is a non-profit organization who researches and protects the Sloths in this area. There are additional afternoon walks on Sundays and Wednesdays at 3 PM.
Tulemar 24/7 Concierge Service
Lastly, each stay at Tulemar comes with your own personal concierge. You’ll be sent an email after booking your stay and your concierge is happy to help you with anything you need, including car rentals, tours, dinner reservations and even stocking the fridge before your arrival.
Our concierge was able to help us order a birthday cake for our son, arrange reservations for his birthday night dinner and was on hand for any questions we had. Although we weren’t overly thrilled with her service, I’ve read that the majority of the concierges are amazing and will check-in mornings and evenings to see if you require any assistance via their personal phone number.
Tulemar Resort’s Location
We really like the location of Tulemar Resort. It was within walking distance of many restaurants, shops, banks, and grocery stores, making it a great place to stay without a car. In addition, tours can pick you up at the reception whisk you away to your next adventure.
Where is the Tulemar hotel (Costa Rica) located? Tulemar is located an 8-minute drive from the entrance to the Manuel Antonio National Park. The bungalows and villas are also walking distance from many popular restaurants, shops, and markets.
What are some Tulemar Resort amenities? Tulemar is not an all-inclusive resort, however, they offer 24/7 concierge support, a private beach (with boogie boards, kayaks, lifejackets, bar service, and snacks), four pools, a full-service restaurant, maid and laundry service, as well as security.
What is the closest airport to Tulemar (Costa Rica)? The closest airport (15-minute drive) is Quepos La Managua Airport. However, most fly into the Juan Santamaría International Airport, which is a 2.5-3 hour drive. You can either arrange shuttle service or rent a car.
What is there to do in Manuel Antonio? There are so many things to see and do near Manuel Antonio and the city of Quepos, it’s often the decision on what you have time in your schedule. Take a guided tour of the Manuel Antonio National Park. Hike in the not so well known Rainmaker Conservation Project. Go Parasailing and then enjoy a beach day on the shores of the Manuel Antonio National Park beaches. Explore the coastline on a catamaran sail and see the depths below while snorkeling. Get adventuresome with zip lining or white water rafting. However, be sure to save time to enjoy the resort and relax on the private beach or in your own private pool at your villa.
Overall, we really enjoyed our experience at Tulemar bungalows & villas in Costa Rica. We wouldn’t hesitate to stay for a third time to experience more of the resort property and try one of their villas with a few friends.
We’ve stayed in hundreds of properties around the world and Tulemar Resort really stands out with its impeccable service, detail, and privacy. Be sure to sign up for their e-mails for deals or check their website. We stayed during the low season and took advantage of staying two nights and getting one night free, making it extremely affordable.
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