- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located in Manuel Antonio, Tulemar Resort is minutes from ADR Adventure Park and close to Finca Naturales Wildlife Refuge. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Nahomi Park and Marina Pez Vela.
Make yourself at home in one of the 34 air-conditioned rooms featuring microwaves and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have showers and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include safes and coffee/tea makers, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. After dipping into one of the 4 outdoor swimming pools, you can spend some time at the private beach. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). The complimentary beach shuttle makes getting to the surf and sand a breeze.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, where you can take in a garden view, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink at a beach bar, a poolside bar, or one of 2 bars/lounges. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, multilingual staff, and luggage storage. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
Our villa at Tulemar Resort was truly a “House of Dreams!” The view was breathtaking and the amenities were luxurious. Our family enjoyed the private beach with complimentary boogie boards and kayaks. Our favorite time was sitting on the balcony & watching the clever Capuchin monkeys and beautiful Macaws. Everyone at the resort went out of their way to make sure we were happy, comfortable and safe. Gracias to our concierge, Jean Carlo, shuttle drivers, Alex & Nacho and the grounds keeper, Jugo, and housekeeper, Gabriel. You made our Costa Rican adventure one we will never forget!
My wife and I spent four nights at Tulamar in Mid-September, our fist trip to CR. The resort is absolutely amazing, and we really enjoyed Manuel Antonio. My wife and I celebrate our anniversary each year with vacation to unwind and and get some alone time together. Tulemar was the perfect place for this.
The town of Manuel Antonio is on top of a ridge line, Including entrance to Tulemar. The resort goes from there all the way down to the beach. It is mostly jungle throughout, with some steep driveways, concrete paths, and a couple of hiking trails to get through the resort. It is a beautiful mix of landscaping and jungle. The Villas and Bungalows are located in the top half, and amazing huge houses are located in the lower half. We saw a few other people besides employees while walking around the resort. It felt very private, exactly what we wanted.
Jean Carlo was our Concierge, and he was great. He seemed to dial in on our tastes immediately, and all his suggestions for food and our tours were spot on. Upon our arrival He provided a quick tour around the property, pointed out some monkeys and sloths, and gave us some hospitality drinks at Tule Cafe. He even brought my wife a bathrobe, which made her day!
September is part of the rainy season in CR, and the resort seemed under capacity because of that. With the down season, there was some construction going on on a few units near the Villa we booked. Our concierge, Jean Carlo, gave us a few options to get away from this. We ended up in the upgraded bungalow that was beautiful and much bigger than what we had booked.
The Bungalow was everything we wanted and more. Most important to us, it had a huge covered terrace overlooking the property and Pacific. There were a few other bungalows nearby. They are all nestled in the jungle very well, so it was still very private. Inside it was decorated beautifully with a lot of exposed wood. It had a full kitchen which we did not use except the coffee maker and fridge. The bed was very comfortable and housekeeping was on top of everything.
The terrace was our absolute favorite. It had two wooden lounge chairs with cushions that my wife and I could pull next to each other like a giant outdoor bed. As expected we had some rain every day, and one full day of rain, but loved being there nonetheless. We spent hours out there on the terrace enjoying the sounds and sights. One morning I even saw humpback whales in the cove below us. Even when downpours came through we could enjoy reading and relaxing on the terrace.
People told us there are no private beaches in Costa Rica. Since the beach at Tulemar is only accessible from the resort or the water it ends up being a private beach. It felt very private with only about eight groups out there on the busiest day. There were huge 6+ ft waves, but was strangely comfortable being out in them. Perfectly spaced, they broke very cleanly and there was very little current pulling you in any direction. Food and drink service is available and our server, Simon was very friendly and prompt. We absolutely loved the patacones on this menu; plantain tortillas with guacamole, beans, salsa...delicious! A big 2ft long lizard was pretty excited about them as well. Coming as close as he felt comfortable in hope of scraps.
The beach attendant, Nacho, enthusiastically helped setting us up with a Kayak and getting us set up at the beach each day. We used a double kayak and enjoyed exploring the cove while getting some exercise. It would have been really cool to have been out there early enough to get paddle with the whales, but we took our time getting to the beach each day.
The whole resort being built on the steep mountainside provides plenty of opportunity for exercise. The driveway goes all the way to the beach, and Tulemar has a quick shuttle service to take you around the property. My wife and I are fit and choose to walk everywhere for the exercise, experience, and to explore the property. We took the road sometimes and the hiking trails others. We loved it, but this would not be for everyone. My watch said it was 300 ft / 100 m of nearly continuous climbing from the beach to our Bungalow.
Since the resort was one of the main reasons we chose to go to MA, and were there for just four nights, we decided to do just one tour. We are both adventurous, and wanted something we could not easily do in the US. So we chose canyoneering. Jean Carlo set us up with Quepo Canyoneering, and they were great! A really unique experience to begin with, but the enthusiasm of the people that ran it made it super fun. I did review this separately.
One of our favorite parts of the trip was the food. We love seafood, ceviche, plantains, guac, . . . One of the first things I did when I got back was look for a Costa Rican restaurant in Atlanta, which unfortunately appears not to exist. We ate on site at the Tule Cafe the first night and really enjoyed it. Our server Elliot had good suggestions and we really enjoyed speaking with him about the local culture. Most lunches were on site at the beach, patacones!!!
The whole town of Manuel Antonio is really cool. It is small with only local restaurants and hotels. We enjoyed being able to easily walk to the great locals restaurants, that seemed very authentic. There appeared to be at least as many local Costa Rican’s being served as tourists. The local restaurants all appear to be open air and casual, so my wife felt that she had overpacked with the dresses she brought. We always eat well on these trips. The places in MA were more casual than other trips, but we loved them and the food none the less.
I had picked Emilio’s as a good option from my research prior to the trip and the food was great! Unfortunately, we got there too late to enjoy the stunning view that saw when we checked it out earlier in the day. Jean Carlo also suggested Cafe Milagro and we ended up there for dinner and breakfast, another great suggestion.
We loved Tulemar and Manuel Antonio and would definitely go back. It would be great to bring our kids there sometime as well. The resort was great for couples, but there were families there as well. Our kids would have loved it. I would not describe this a place for a straight up pampered vacation, but a unique mix of slight adventure, beautiful accommodations, great service, and delicious food.
One last thing I would suggest is to bring plenty of small bills in either USD or Colons for tips. I had $20 USD bills and had difficulty getting these changed for small bills. USDs are fine but smaller bills. Jean Carlo was helpful with this, but even he had trouble getting my $20 bills broken for me. Everything else on site can be charged to your room / CC including tours. Some tips can be as well, but that is not easy with the beach service, shuttle driver, ... that do not bill you for anything.
Jans was the first to welcome us at the front desk. He was extremely kind and helped us however we needed from getting settled to educating us on tours that would fit our family. He was in touch throughout our trip ensuring we were enjoying the amenities. The rooms are peaceful with breathtaking views, The meals are delicious. We enjoyed dining and chatting with our waiter, Elliot! The first 10 minutes at the resort we saw a sloth. The beach was quaint and relaxing, yet fun for the kids with the boogie boards they have available to use. This is a great place to stay while seeking adventures in Costa Rica. Pura VIda!