by Hilarey Wojtowicz
Located in a 33-acre gated resort area, this boutique hotel (formerly Buena Vista Luxury Villas) that offers families 34 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, with kitchenettes, balconies or terraces, mini-fridges, king or queen beds, cable TV and DVD players. The beach is just steps from the villas and a swimming pool is also on the property for those who want to skip the sand and waves. Breakfast is served daily by the pool, and the restaurant also serves up lunch and dinner, with both local favorites and American fare, such as pizza, BBQ ribs and caesar salad. A spa offers services for adults, like facials and massages, and adventure tours can booked through the hotel.
Other family-friendly features include washers and dryers in some villas, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire resort and shuttle service around the area.
Our Editor Loves
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Large private villas
- Beach, pool and excursions
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
by Jessie K
We went to Tulemar as our friends had spent time there and highly recommended it. This was our family trip after both our daughter and son had graduated from school, to reconnect before they move on to their next life experience. We could not have picked a better country to visit or resort to be at.
We stayed in 401, which was close to the reception, it had an amazing view of the ocean, was in the tree tops right outside our balcony, where we would have dinners, lounge for morning coffee, and spend time in the hot tub. The wild life in the trees just feet from us was amazing (howler monkeys, white face monkeys, sloths, and beautiful tucans, scarlet macaws, and many others that we don't know the names of). We had private bed rooms, and outdoor showers with the same awesome views.
The supermarket was basic but had all we needed to make some great meals and was a quick 5 min walk. The staff would also get what we needed and put into our room as well. The resort has four pools, and private beach and we spent time at all of them. As it was the start of rainy season (which we only had one rainy day) occupancy was low so we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves many times.
The Manuel Antonio National Park was a 10min taxi ride, and we went twice during our stay. It also has a beautiful beach to swim at as well as great trails to hike and plenty of wild life. I would highly recommend having a guide to walk you through as they will see things that we never would have.
Other excursions that we enjoyed were fishing (with Captain Ricardo), Water falls tour (with Paddle 9 -our only rain day which was great for swimming in the waterfalls), Surfing at the public beach (with Macho), Guided tour in the park (Andreas from Iguana Tours).
The staff at Tulemar are amazing and it seemed like any request would be accommodated. We had concierge to look after every need day or night by text. Thank you to Laura, and Orlando who looked after us for our stay. Also shout out to David at the beach, Juan (wine guy), our waiter at the Tula Cafe (sorry we could not remember your name), Nico at the Hotel Bueno Vista (at the public beach but affiliated with Tulemar). Maid service was excellent as well.
We are a family with tree children, 8,6,and 2 years wold.
To start this review I would like to say a big big thank you PURA VIDA to all the staff at the Tulemar resort, a special one to ALEX, who was so kind, and very professional with us, he made sure we had an amazing time there, he even took my husband on his time off to get a hair cut.
The hotel is breathtaking, the view is out of this world, the nature itself is enough. The villas are very private, spacious, clean and safe.
The kitchen has everything you will need to cook if you feel like it, but trust me as soon as you eat at the pool restaurant you won’t want to cook :) , the food is absolutely deliciously fresh!
You will not regret to go fishing, take your kids, they will love it! you ask Alex and he will sort it out :)
Tulemar you’re amazing!! Gracias amigos PURA VIDA ! And see you very soon .