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
We were picked up by our drive from SJO and were a bit nervous about the 3+ hour drive ahead of us but we shouldn’t have worried. Our concierge Brian had arranged for William to be our driver and although some of the roads were a bit dicey we felt very safe and we’re able to sit back and enjoy the scenery. We had two stops en route, one to see the crocodiles and a bathroom break.
There is little new we can say that hasn’t been said about this fabulous resort. before arriving I honestly thought it really couldn’t be as good as the reviews...it was, and better! We were lucky enough to be able to stay on one of the Bamboo villas....an amazing property with an outstanding view. There is a small convenience store on property which carries the basics so no need to leave the resort if you don’t want to!
We ate at Tulecafe once which was most enjoyable and Victoria’s which was awesome!
The property is maintained to the highest standard and attention to detail is obviously important. Brian ensured we had absolutely everything we could need and nothing was too much trouble. I did think a personal concierge would be a bit intrusive as we’ve not had one before but Brian was perfect and didn’t bother us one bit, in fact he made our stay as perfect as it could have been.
We saw sloths, scarlet macaws, monkeys and an array of other creatures...too many to mention. We did the sloth tour, mangrove boat trip and the evening jungle tour, all of which I would highly recommend, but best to arrange through your concierge or Tulemar as they pick the best tour companies.
My experience at Tulemar was absolutely incredible. The house (casa mirador) was stunning with a beautiful view of the ocean. Our concierge Chris was our right hand man. Anything we needed, he was ready to help with a smile on his face. He, as well as the rest of the staff, was accommodating and pleasant. Our experience was perfect. Pura vida!