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  • My Tan Feet Stays At Tulemar

    If you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica, chances are you’ve heard of My Tan Feet. If you haven’t heard of them, they are Costa Rica’s leading travel blog, and they are an incredible resource for planning your trip around the country.  They have vacation guides, travel tips, advice, and personal stories so you can be an educated traveler, and we are beyond honored to have Tulemar featured as a hot destination on the blog.

    Samantha and Yeison, the founders of My Tan Feet, stayed with us a year ago to scope out the property, take a sloth walk, and learn about everything Tulemar offers. They stayed in the wonderful Casa del Mar for 3 nights and wrote an incredible write up of everything Tulemar.

    Here’s some of what they had to say:

    Luxury hotels usually always have excellent service. The employees are nice, attentive and engaging which should be expected for a high end place but at Tulemar, you get much more than quick service. You get your very own 24/7 concierge!

    They meet you at reception, take you to your house, show you around and give you their personal number so that you can always reach them in case you need anything.

    Our concierge, Ashley, called us in the mornings and evenings to check what our plans were, if we needed any recommendations or hotels or tours and just to see how our day was.

    All the employees are incredibly nice and attentive at Tulemar. At the restaurant, the waiters always filled up our waters (a rarity in Costa Rica), the drivers gave us a ride even though they were off duty and the gardener even pointed out a porcupine to us!

    From the moment you enter their property, they treat you not just like a paying guest but as family. They really do go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable as possible.


    So, with some changes happening at Tulemar, it was a no-brainer to invite My Tan Feet back to the resort to cover the news.

    The Tulemar Bungalows are undergoing renovations to become the Premium Bungalows. These Premium Bungalows will provide all the rustic charm of the original bungalows, but with an updated & refreshed feel. My Tan Feet was able to see the renovations happening and wrote a wonderful explanation of all the changes that are happening.

    To check out their article and all they had to say, click here.

    Has their article convinced you to stay at Tulemar? E-mail us at reservations@tulemar.com to book your stay today!

    Pura Vida,


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  • A New Way To Get To Tulemar

    When it comes to getting to Tulemar, there are a lot of options our guests have. From renting a car, taking private transit, or flying a private charter or domestic airline, there are plenty of modes of transportation to choose from when it comes to getting to the resort.

    Now, for those who are looking for a quick and easy way to get to Manuel Antonio, we offer flights from San Jose to Manuel Antonio on a new provider called Skyway.

    Skyway can get you and your family to Manuel Antonio in approximately 20 minutes on a 19-passenger dual engine, turbo prop airplane. Guests will enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains, palm plantations, and the Pacific coastline along the way. You will land at the Quepos Regional Airport and have a quick transit directly to Tulemar.

    We strongly advise our guests to use the expertise of their personal concierge to determine & book the transportation that will work best for them. With varying flight times, weather, and the diverse topography in Costa Rica, choosing how to get to/from Manuel Antonio can be tricky and your concierge can guide you through the process.

    To learn more about our transportation options, click here.

    Safe Travels & Pura Vida,



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  • Video Tour of Tulemar’s Amapola

    Rustic, cozy, luxurious, newly renovated, and located in the heart of world renowned Tulemar Resort, what could be better? Tulemar’s rustic vacation rental home, Amapola (previously Premium Bungalow), provides all that and more.

    Amapola provide all the best that Tulemar has to offer. This 1-bedroom vacation rental has a full kitchen, a living room and dining area, can sleep up to 4, and with its octagonal shape it drinks in all the stunning jungle and ocean views in Tulemar.

    If you’re looking for a cozy and affordable vacation rental inside Tulemar, Amapola is perfect for your next couple or family getaway!

    Take a look for yourself:

    Pura Vida,


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  • Adopt a Sloth With The Sloth Institute Inside Tulemar

    Have you ever dreamed of owning your very own sloth? Now you can with The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica located inside Tulemar amongst its luxury vacation rentals and villas!

    The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica is a non-profit organization located inside Tulemar. Their mission is to enhance the well-being and conservation of wild and captive sloths through research, education, and rehabilitation.

    Sloths are native to Costa Rica, but unfortunately habitat destruction is a major threat to sloths’ environment. Tulemar and The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica have been working together to create an excellent example of how responsible and environmentally respectful development can ensure these creatures – and all the other magnificent wildlife – continue to exist and thrive.

    If you’d like to help the sloths, you can donate or adopt your very own sloth!

    When you symbolically adopt a sloth, you help orphaned and injured sloths return back to the rainforest where they belong. 

    Take a look at some of the sloths available for adoption:

    To adopt a sloth, visit the Sloth Institute website here.

    Pura Vida and #slothlove,


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  • Video Tour of The Tulemar Mini Suites

    Looking for a quaint, affordable, luxurious, and tropical villa for just the two of you? Look no further than the Tulemar Mini Suites for the ultimate vacation rental!

    These spacious and elegant suites marry all the perks of a hotel, resort, and luxury vacation rental in one.

    With a relaxing hammock, expansive ocean views, a comfy king bed, and a mini bar complete with a sink, mini fridge, coffee maker, and microwave, The Tulemar Mini Suites are the perfect vacation rental right in the heart of Tulemar.

    Wanting to bring extra company? Rent both mini suites together for the perfect group getaway in a blended villa.

    Of course, you can’t forget the access to all Tulemar’s amenities, including 4 pools, an onsite restaurant, a secluded beach, and your very own personal concierge.

    But don’t take our word for it… Check them out yourself here:

    Pura Vida,


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    Costa Rica Named The World’s Most Relaxing Destination by CEOWorld

    When people hear the word “vacation” most often images of swinging in a hammock at a private villa, reading a book on the beach, or sipping a cocktail while watching the sunset comes to mind. In other words, images of relaxation and bliss.

    However, with technology taking over our every day lives, it becomes harder and harder to unplug and disconnect from the things that make us feel less-than-relaxed. This means that even on vacation it is difficult to fully let go and recharge the way we should even in our luxurious vacation rentals with ocean views.

    That is why now more than ever, where you choose to vacation is just as important as how you choose to vacation. Choosing a destination that contributes to relaxation and rejuvenation is crucial if you’re looking to unwind and recharge.

    Lucky for you, CEOWorld just named Costa Rica the most relaxing travel destination for 2019! With its high Happiness Index, its stable government, and its lack of army, Costa Rica ticks all the boxes for an environment full of relaxation and peace.

    It one of the most peaceful countries in Central America and holds the image of the land of peace and harmony. It has a high ranking in the Happiness Index as well. Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination and has a stable government and political system. It does not have an army and the living standards of the place is really high. It is also extremely safe for residents as well as tourists. It is internationally famous for its flora and fauna, with plethora of national parks and biodiversity. The unimaginable beauty along with environment-friendly accommodations really add to the exquisiteness of the place. Costa Rica follows the saying pura vida, depicting pure life. It is a way of life lived by most in Costa Rica which inspires us of living a simple life by making changes for well-being and contentment. – CEOWorld

    Curious if it’s worth the hype? Check out Tulemar’s properties and get to booking your next relaxing vacation in one of our many relaxing villas!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Video Tour of Tulemar’s Villa Cielito

    Family friendly. Open and inviting. Cozy. Perfect. Breathtaking. Those are just a few of the cliche adjectives we could use to describe Tulemar’s amazing vacation rental home Villa Cielito. However, this villa is anything but cliche.

    Villa Cielito is a perfect family villa, perched on Tulemar’s hillside with spanning ocean views over the Pacific.

    Its open kitchen and large entertaining area opens up to a spacious deck with a full dining table, a comfortable sitting area, and a large Jacuzzi tub with… you guessed it… incredible ocean views.

    Do we even need to mention the open-air stone showers? Each bedroom comes with its own, and it’s enough to make you feel like you’re at an exotic spa every time you bathe!

    But, we’ve said too much. Take a look yourself in this video tour of the villa. And, trust us when we say you’ll want to watch until the end where you’ll see a debut from one of the villa’s favorite guests!

    Pura Vida,


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  • It’s Whale Watching Season in Manuel Antonio, and Tulemar’s Tour Partner Has Everything You Need!

    “What wildlife can I see when I stay at Tulemar?”. It’s one of the most asked questions we get, and guests are always blown away when we tell them there is a high chance they’ll see monkeys, sloths, toucans, macaws, and lizards right from their vacation rental when staying in Tulemar.  (We can thank our amazing friends at The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica for that!) In fact, our guests often tell us they see more wildlife inside Tulemar than they do in the National Park, and that has us feeling mighty proud if we do say so ourselves.

    But what about marine wildlife? Lucky for you, August and September are common months for migrating whales to have babies. This means that they are active and often seen during daily excursions with Tulemar’s partnering tour company, Sunset Sails.

    Here is what you can find on the company’s site:

    Our company, Sunset Sails Tours has been performing whale watching tours in Manuel Antonio for more than 16 years and our tour guides have a lot of very interesting information about this Magnificent Mammal which they will share with you during the whale watching tour.

    We do recommend going on our morning tour to see the Humpback Whales because as we will mention in this post, the best time to see whales is from August – October and this is considered to be rainy season here in Costa Rica and much of the afternoon time is sometimes filled with rain. The good news is we have a morning whale watching tour from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  This provides you with nice weather conditions and a great chance of viewing the Humpback Whale.

    The best time and considered to be the Peak Season to see Humpback Whales around the coast of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is from August through the end of October.  With that being said, the Humpback Whale does make an appearance through out the year but as we mentioned, the highest chance of viewing them is from August – October.

    If you have an opportunity to take a coastal cruise, when whales are in the area, you really don’t want to miss the chance. Sunset Sails is ideally equipped to take advantage of that opportunity and has helped create many lasting memories of the thrilling experience of seeing these wondrous marine inhabitants.

    There are just a few months of the year, when the humpback whales pass through the waters off of Manuel Antonio, Quepos, on their annual migration from  Alaska to Costa Rica. If you should be fortunate enough to visit Costa Rica, during those few months of the year, you just might be in for an unexpected treat. They are not as plentiful as the ever present dolphins, and they don’t reside in these waters, so a chance to see them is something very special.

    Sunset Sails loves to bring guests out to look for whales and other marine wildlife (like dolphins and turtles, which are seen very often!), however, it’s important to understand that these animals ARE wild, which means there is never a guarantee they’ll make an appearance. However, with a lot of patience and a little bit of hope, you just may spot a visitor whale for yourself!

    Do you want to explore the gorgeous water off the coast of Manuel Antonio and try your hand at spotting a majestic humpback whale? Ask your concierge to book you a tour with Sunset Sails and you’ll be on the high seas in no time.

    Pura Vida,



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    Heat Up While You Cool Off at Tulemar’s Casa de Frutas Luxury Villa

    If you’re familiar with Tulemar Resort’s luxury villa Casa de Frutas, then you are familiar with one of the most unique and arguably beautiful vacation rentals in all of Tulemar. This villa has been favored by names like Jeff Corwin and Felicity Huffman, and there’s no question why. This villa is spacious, it’s unique, it is impeccably decorated, and it oozes tropical luxury.

    No detail was ignored when creating Casa de Frutas… The master bedroom is a zen haven, the two guest bedrooms are separate from rest of the house allowing absolute privacy, the open-air main room has expansive views of the ocean and jungle, and the open concept kitchen is perfect for hiring a private chef or for cooking your favorite meal in the comfort of your own vacation rental.

    But, just when you thought things couldn’t get better at Casa de Frutas, we decided to do just that!

    By popular demand, the Casa de Frutas pool is now heated, and the indoor main room is now cooled by a Big Ass Fan!

    Being the only heated pool in Tulemar, the pool at Casa de Frutas stays the perfect temperature all day under the shade of the surrounding foliage. When you’re ready to dry off and go inside, you can rest assured that you’ll be the perfect temperature under the breeze of the Big Ass Fan!

    Need a visual? Check out the video showcasing the changes:

    Pura Vida,


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  • Video Tour of Tulemar Resort’s Garden House

    What do you think of when you hear the name “Garden House”? Do you picture a beautiful vacation home rental that is surrounded by lush vegetation? Is there a stunning view? Maybe a large infinity pool, a yard, a fire pit, and private terraces? If so, you’re picturing the one and only luxury villa Garden House inside Tulemar Resort!

    This stunning home is the perfect vacation rental for friends or family (or both!). Its colonial Spanish design opens up to stunning ocean views. The large infinity pool is the focal point of a large outdoor entertaining area complete with a large stone table and an outdoor fireplace.

    Garden House has 5 bedrooms across 3 different floors, so it provides plenty of privacy on top of it expansive views. If you’re looking for something that can accommodate your large group, Garden House may be the perfect vacation rental home for you.

    But, don’t take our word for it. Take the video tour here:

    Pura Vida,


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  • Share Your Ideas With Tulemar Resort & Beach!

    Are you a past, present, or future guest of Tulemar? Whether you have a suggestion on how to improve a vacation rental, feedback about your favorite villa, or a new idea that will improve all future guest experiences, we want to hear from you!

    We try to do everything perfect at Tulemar. We pride ourselves on focusing on our guests and providing the best service possible. With that said, we understand that there is always room for improvement, and there is no better place to get feedback than our guests themselves! Of course, the feedback doesn’t always have to be negative… Perhaps you have something awesome you want to share? That’s welcome too!

    Whatever it is that you want to say, we are all ears!

    All you have to do is send us an e-mail to suggestions@tulemar.com.

    We can’t wait to hear from you!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Tulemar’s New Resort Video

    When trying to book an international vacation, it can be overwhelming and confusing to find the right place to stay. A luxury villa, an all inclusive resort, a boutique hotel, or a unique vacation rental home? The options are endless! Sometimes the photos you find online don’t paint the full picture, and you can be left second guessing whether or not a seemingly great option is worth the hype.

    Have no fear! We have worked with the amazing Caramba Films out of San Jose, Costa Rica to create a video outlining exactly what your vacation at Tulemar can entail. The promises of family time on a secluded beach, stunning vacation rental homes, wildlife sightings, relaxation, and endless memories? Yep, it’s all true.

    Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself:

    Pura Vida,


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  • Tulemar Resort’s Fan Art of Destiny the Sloth

    At Tulemar Resort, we love nothing more than finding a guest that loves sloths as much as we do. So, when we met Dee Jay Sturrock and found out that not only is he obsessed with sloths, but he is also a wildlife artist, we knew we were in for a treat!

    Dee Jay has visited Costa Rica many times in hopes of seeing a sloth in the wild and he was delighted when he learned of Tulemar and the Sloth Institute of Costa Rica. Dee Jay was so excited to show off all his sloth knowledge on the Sloth Walk. It was then that he fell in love with The Sloth Institute’s very own “Destiny”.

    Destiny had made her home right outside where Dee Jay’s vacation rental home, Villa Mot Mot. Every day, Dee Jay made a point to try and spot Destiny, and quickly he became inspired to create a painting of her.

    We asked Dee Jay about this experience, and this is what he said:

    Hi! My name is Deejay(Darren James) Sturrock. I have loved(been obsessed with) Sloths for as long as I can remember.

    It was my absolute dream to see some in the wild, and couldn’t wait for my first visit to Costa Rica. I went home disappointed though, after doing three tours that week I had seen zero Sloths. On our families second trip, we decided to spend the week in Manuel Antonio, to guarantee some form of contact with some. While I spotted two in the national park with the help of our guide, they were really high up in the canopy and sleeping. I could barely get a glimpse of a fur ball in my zoom lens. My life changed on my third trip, when I discovered The Tulemar Sloth Institute. I was so excited the first time I visited! Tulemar exceeded my wildest expectations.

    Our first day, we took the Sloth walk. That was when we met Destiny. She was “living” in one of the smaller Royal palms not far from our room at the Villa Motmot. It was instant love. For our weeks stay it became a constant daily activity to “find” our little Destiny. If we couldnt find her, one of the helpful volunteers would give us a hand, as she was under 24hr supervision. I was fortunate enough to catch a few moments with her while she was active, and was super happy when I saw I got some decent pictures of her to use as reference. As a wildlife artist, I couldn’t resist painting her.

    My focus in art has always been orchids. My wife and I have been hobbyist Orchid growers for over twenty years. One of the things we love most about Costa Rica is the amount of orchids you can find clinging to the trees everywhere you go. We certainly don’t have that here in Canada! There are huge clumps of Epidendrum orchids in bloom on the big tree at the restaurant, so thats where I decided to painted Destiny.

    After our second trip to Tulemar, I have more great memories of another week in paradise. It has become more than just a vacation, it was like going to visit family. I cant get over how absolutely amazing everyone at Tulemar is. Sloth-wise, Pocahontas and Simon were the stars this time, almost within reach low in the branches and posing for the paparazzi (me). I have only been back home a few days and am already so inspired to start my next piece!

    I paint watercolour on paper, 22 x30”- when I am not busy tattooing at my tattoo shop/art studio in Montreal, Quebec. “Destiny” took me roughly four months to paint, or around eighty hours. I loved every second of it.

    Thank you Tulemar, hope to come home soon!


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    Instagram @deejaysart
    Check out Dee Jay’s progress pics here:

    Thank you, Dee Jay, for the loyalty, enthusiasm, and the amazing painting! We can’t wait until we see you again.

    Pura Vida,


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  • Tulemar Guest Spotlight: The Frahm Family

    Nothing makes us happier than when a family chooses to make lifelong memories together right here at Tulemar. What an honor! That’s why we were thrilled when we met the Frahm family.

    Jill and Geoff, along with their two girls Emmy (age 9) & Addy (age 11), came to visit us all the way from Loveland, Colorado. They had never been to Costa Rica before, but it was on their bucket list and after a lot of research they realized it was the perfect destination for the whole family.

    Jill loves to put in the time to research their vacations, and once they decided on Costa Rica she was able to narrow down exactly what she needed: a place that is family friendly, has a great beach, and has lots of amenities and wildlife. Luckily for all parties involved, Tulemar checks all those boxes!

    The Frahms chose one of our original Tulemar bungalows. Jill said that the ocean and sunset views were spectacular, and the bungalow was absolutely perfect for a family of 4 (we couldn’t agree more, Jill!).

    We could continue to tell you how wonderful their vacation was, but we think you’d prefer to hear it straight from the mouths of sweet Emmy and Addy:

    Tulemar: We are so happy to hear you loved your vacation! How did you react when your parents told you you were going to Costa Rica?

    Addy: I was really, really, really excited and I couldn’t wait!

    Emmy: I was really excited and happy that we were going to go!

    T: We certainly hope that we lived up to all your expectations! What was your favorite thing about visiting Costa Rica?

    A:  I loved all of the nature; flowers and animals! Snorkeling was awesome.

    E: I have two favorite things: snorkeling and seeing all of the interesting animals at Tulemar!

    T: Oooo, snorkeling! How fun! That’s something you can do at the beach, or in the pool. Which did you like best: The Tulemar Pools or Beach?

    A & E: The beach! We like the hermit crabs and the boogie boards. But we liked the waterfall at the family pool, too.

    T: Those are some of our favorite things too! What was your favorite activity that you did on your vacation?

    A & E: Boogie boarding and zip lining!

    T: How fun. I bet you got to see a lot of wildlife while you were zip lining! How many animals did you see on your trip?

    E: We lost track! A million?

    A: Sloths, white-faced monkeys, iguanas, geckos, macaws, toucans, turtles, dolphins, fish…

    T: That’s a lot! What was your favorite animal that you saw?

    A: Baby squirrel monkeys and dolphins!

    E: I have two, okay 3! Sea turtles in the ocean that we saw on our catamaran cruise, hermit crabs on the beach, and the sloths everywhere!

    T: Okay, lets talk food! What was the best thing you ate in Costa Rica?

    A: We got room service from Tule Cafe one morning for breakfast and the vanilla pancakes were my favorite!

    E: Yep the pancakes and bacon!

    T: You girls seem like you have good taste! Pancakes via room service? We are all about that! What was the funniest thing to happen on your trip?

    A: The funny kissing sound the geckos make at night when they’re eating bugs or talking to each other.

    E: The mommy monkey with her baby that jumped right over my head at the national park!

    T: Wow! What awesome memories! What was the coolest thing about Tulemar?

    A: How connected to nature we were and the free boogie boards!

    E: Tons of animals right outside our bungalow.

    T: And what five words would you use to describe your vacation?

    A: Thrilling, blissful, amazing, different, green.

    E: Amazing, beautiful, wildlife, stay-there-forever, hot.

    T: Those are awesome words… We may need to put you to work in our marketing department! If your friend was going to visit Costa Rica, what would you be sure she knew before she left?

    A: The moving shells on the beach are little crabs, and if you don’t see any shells on the beach just grab goggles and dive a little bit in the ocean and they’re everywhere! Also the big grey fuzzy blobs in the trees are sloths!

    E: There’s tons of wildlife, you’re going to have a lot of fun, and it’s hot! Do the snorkel tour with Sunset Sails…we saw turtles and dolphins! And go zip lining.

    T: GREAT tips! Lastly, how is Costa Rica different than where you live?

    A: There’s more variety of plants, more hills, and you have to use lots of sunscreen, it’s hot!

    E: It’s hotter than Colorado, more exotic animals, cool plants, food is different…in a good way.

    There you have it, folks. Book your snorkel tour, pack your sunscreen, bring your camera, and head on down to make some memories of your own. We are waiting for you.

    Pura Vida,



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  • Tulemar Beach Wins Award for 12th Year in a Row

    Tulemar Beach has done it again! We are the proud recipients of the Blue Flag Ecological Program award for the 12th year in a row! If you’re unfamiliar with what this is, we actually wrote a blog post last year when we won the same award (what can we say, we’re creatures of habit). Check it out:

    It’s no secret that Costa Rica has been blessed with some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the world. It’s lush landscapes and vast picturesque coastlines make Costa Rica a top destination for tourists and gives the locals a lot to be proud of.  That’s why Costa Rica has several programs in place meant to serve and protect the environment to ensure that locals and tourists alike can enjoy the country’s natural gifts for years to come.

    A perfect example is the Blue Flag Ecological Program (Bandera Azul Ecológic). The program is meant to protect the nation’s coastal ecosystems, prevent beach pollution, and honor those who are doing their part to keep Costa Rica a top destination in ecotourism.

    Every year, the Blue Flag Ecological Program grants a prestigious award and certification to beaches that score a minimum of 90% in categories including water quality, coastal sanitation, tourist safety, beach access to garbage containers, drinking water quality, signage, amongst others. Beaches who win the award are monitored monthly to ensure their efforts are being sustained throughout the year.

    At Tulemar, we consistently play our part in ensuring we keep Mother Earth clean and protected, and we are thrilled to announce that our efforts have contributed to our 11th annual Blue Flag Program award and certification! This means that the Tulemar Beach is recognized as one of the top beaches in Costa Rica for its cleanliness and ongoing sustainability.

    Have you been to the Tulemar Beach yet? If not, come see what makes this place so wonderful!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Tulemar in the News: Cosmopolitan Magazine – “The 30 Sexiest Hotels in the World”

    We are feelin’ hot, hot, hot, and it’s not just because it’s summer year round here in Costa Rica! The Tulemar Bamboo Villas were recently listed (ahem, in the #1 spot, might we add) in Cosmopolitan Magazine — once more for those in the back: COSMOPOLITAN Magazine — in the very sultry and sexy article aptly titled “The 30 Sexiest Hotels in the World”.  Yes, you read that right… In the WORLD. We’re not blushing, you are.

    We always knew that these stunning villas were romantic, luxurious, and dare we say it, sexy. But, we know we are biased so sometimes we need some outside validation. And, boy did we get it. Nobody knows sexy like Cosmopolitan Magazine, and their write up us has feeling, well, a little hot and bothered.

    Isn’t it so funny how you know a hotel is sexy if it has a see-through bathroom? As if you’re doing absolutely nothing in the shower besides having super-voyeuristic sex?

    Erotic hotels have a whole vibe that’s mostly corny but also kinda hot…and they should be recognized for their extra efforts in helping you and bae have a truly bangin’ vacation. That said, read on for our guide to the sexiest hotels in the world.

    #1 Bamboo Villas, Tulemar in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

    The Tulemar Bamboo Villas have open-air, three-stories and private infinity pools, showers, and some truly mind-blowing views of the ocean. There’s also a personal concierge who can arrange for chilled champagne and rose petals for an added touch.

    BOOK NOW starting at $345/night

    To read more, visit the article here.

    Pura Vida,


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  • Close Sloth Encounter at Tulemar’s Casa de Frutas

    Can you think of any other animal that is quite as adorable as a sloth? They’ve become very trendy lately, and for good reason! They’re curious, smiley, sweet, and oh-so-cute. We have guests that come all the way to Tulemar just in hopes of seeing one of the many wild or rehabilitated sloths we have on site thanks to The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica. (FYI, it’s VERY likely to seem them during your stay!)

    For our recent Casa de Frutas guests, their wish for seeing a sloth up close and personal became a reality when a curious little sloth decided to pop by their villa to say hello!

    To their surprise, the sloth took a liking to the rain chain right outside the Casa de Frutas dining area. Because of the open-air concept of the villa, he was as close as he could get to being inside their rental! It made for great pictures and wonderful experience for the family. Check out their pics:

    While the sloth looks adorable, and possibly even hungry, we want to remind all guests to never touch or feed the wildlife! This is for their safety, as well as yours. Remember, we are visitors in their home!

    Have a fun story to share about your stay at Tulemar? E-mail us at social@tulemar.com for a chance to be on the blog.

    Pura Vida,


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    Tulemar in the News: Coastal Living Magazine

    At Tulemar, we do coastal living right… Which makes it a no-brainer that we’d be featured in an article by Coastal Living magazine.

    The article came after news broke about our TripAdvisor listing winning the award of #1 Hotel in the World. As if that news wasn’t big enough, having a feature in Coastal Living was the cherry on top of our tres leches cake!

    When it comes to booking a vacation, where you stay can be just as important as where you go. Some might base their decision on a hotel’s killer swimming pool, while others are lured by the swoon-worthy spa.

    But if what you’re after is overall greatness—based on feedback from millions of travelers around the world—you might want to add the off-the-beaten-path beaches of Costa Rica to your vacation bucket list. According to TripAdvisor’s annual Traveler’s Choice Awards, the one hotel that earns the most positive report card in 2019 isn’t a big-name chain in a big-time tourist destination. It’s a 33-acre “jungle resort” in the Costa Rican town of Manuel Antonio.

    Perched on the Pacific Coast with a beautiful private beach, the Tulemar Bungalows & Villas is a part-hotel, part-residential development surrounded by greenery and wildlife. With just eight resort-owned bungalows, the majority of stays are privately owned vacation villas managed by the resort. On TripAdvisor, the property’s earned a near-perfect record from traveler reviews, with almost 3,000 five-star ratings.

    And we can’t help but think that—coupled with the property’s stunning accommodations—it’s the unique beauty of the setting that sets it apart. Perched on a hillside, much of the rental units are surrounded by tropical foliage and gifted with views of the Pacific. There’s a draw for wildlife enthusiasts, too: Because of its rugged location, Tulemar is also home to the Sloth Institute of Costa Rica, which aims to enhance the conservation of wild and captive sloths through research and education.

    Naturally, sloth (and monkey and macaw) spotting is as much an activity here as is lounging on the sun-soaked beaches. Which, in and of itself, explains why Tulemar should absolutely have a place on your travel wish list.

    Want to book now? According to TripAdvisor, you can slip into this sloth sanctuary and seaside paradise for an average cost of $243 per night, with stays including full kitchens, living rooms, and oceanview terraces.

    To see more from Coastal Living, check out the full article here.

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  • Video Tour of Tulemar’s Casita Panorama

    Tulemar’s Casita Panorama is cozy, airy, and absolutely perfect for a relaxing getaway.

    The one bedroom, one bathroom casita sleeps up to 3, and – as the name suggests – has breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean and jungle.

    We think this casita is incredibly relaxing and serene, but don’t just take our word for it! Take a step inside yourself…

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  • Tulemar Resort in the News: Forbes Magazine

    If we can’t be on the cover of Forbes Magazine (Hey! Don’t give up on us yet!), we’ll settle for an article.

    Recently we have been getting some media features, and we’d be lying if we said we aren’t proud of an article in Forbes that features Tulemar’s gorgeous – if we do say so ourselves – resort.

    TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has released its eagerly-anticipated Travellers Choice Awards for  the Best Hotels of the World based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected during the last year from travelers worldwide – and it features many surprises.

    Now in its 17th year, the awards determined by an algorithm based on all reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor users, are divided into nine categories including Top Hotels Overall, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Best Service, B&Bs and Inns, Romance, Family and All-Inclusive.

    The total number acknowledged amounts to 7,812 properties in 94 countries.

    Sounds like a lot? TripAdvisor fields an average of 390 million unique visitors a month with more than 280 new reviews posted on the site every minute. Hence the big numbers.

    The winners of the Travellers Choice Awards vary from a luxury hotel built inside ancient caves in Cappadocia, Turkey, and a Riad in Marrakech, Morocco, to an island resort in Belize, a spa in the Austrian Alps and deluxe suites in Spain’s Canary Islands.

    The #1 hotel in the list of 2019’s “Top 25 hotels in the world” is the Tulemar Resort & Beach, located in Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Costa Rica, and described as “a 33 acre resort with a collection of over 50 accommodations ranging from rustic bungalows to luxurious private villas, surrounded by jungle and  wildlife: you’ll see monkeys, sloths and exotic birds throughout the property and on our hiking trails.”

    Check out the full article here.

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  • The Sloth Institute at Tulemar Saving Lives with Sloth Speedways

    If you’ve ever been to Tulemar, or even just Manuel Antonio, you may remember seeing colorful ropes connecting the treetops. These ropes aren’t placed by mistake. They are “sloth speedways” that have been cleverly placed by The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica to help sloths (and other wildlife!) get safely from tree to tree.

    You may wonder why these animals need these ropes to effortlessly migrate when the ropes were never a necessity before. Unfortunately, rapid deforestation has caused sloths to lose their ability to acquire food & safety easily, which has led them to depend on crossing busy roads or using electrical wires to get from point A to point B. These methods of migration have proven to be dangerous to sloths, and puts them at severe risk of injury or death.

    The Sloth Institute – which has its research and release facility right inside Tulemar’s property – has dedicated themselves to building “sloth speedways” in areas that are high traffic for sloths and monkeys but have become nearly inaccessible. These speedways have helped the creatures continue their natural migration patterns, and has saved many lives!

    If you’re interested in learning more about The Sloth Institute and how you can help in their efforts to saving sloths, visit their website here.

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  • Video Tour of Tulemar’s Casa Del Mar

    Casa del Mar is one of Tulemar’s best family units, and its casual luxury has guests always coming back for more. With two full suites with open-air showers, a jacuzzi tub on the large patio with ocean views, and the open concept main floor with a large kitchen and living room (and day bed for extra guests), this home has it all! But don’t take our word for it. Take a step insider yourself!

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  • Tulemar Resort in the News: INSIDER Magazine

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Tulemar has been making headlines lately, and we are having trouble keeping it a secret. One of the most recent articles was published by INSIDER Magazine, and it has us feeling pretty dang flattered. So naturally, we have to share it with our favorite people: YOU!

    The INSIDER article starts by saying:

    Hotels can make or break a vacation. But thankfully for stressed tourists, TripAdvisor just released its annual Travelers’ Choice awards.

    The list breaks down the best of global travel, including must-see destinations, restaurants, and hotels. At the top of this year’s list is Tulemar in Costa Rica, which was named the top Travelers’ Choice hotel in the world.

    The resort is filled with unique amenities, including access to a private beach and close proximity to a sloth-rehabilitation center. Here are 10 photos that will make you want to book your next trip there.

    Interested in seeing the 10 photos that INSIDER is referring to? You will need to head over and take a look at the article yourself! You can find it here.

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  • 3 Animals You are Sure to Hear in Manuel Antonio

    If you are reading this blog, it’s probably safe to assume that you have done all the research you can to fully prepare yourself for your upcoming Costa Rican adventure (lucky you!). We are guessing that you’ve made a list of all the best tours to experience, the most delicious restaurants in the area, and which animals you are sure to see.

    But, have you prepared yourself for all the animals you are going to hear while in Costa Rica? It’s something that is often not thought about until you arrive in the jungle and you hear what sounds like a gorilla outside your bedroom window.

    Spoiler alert: That’s not a gorilla… It’s one of the animals on our “noisy” list below! So, prepare to be prepared even more than you already thought. Here are our 3 animals that you are sure to hear while in Manuel Antonio:

    • Howler Monkeys
      • Howler monkeys are the world’s loudest land mammal, and they’ll make sure you know it. Referred to as “Costa Rica’s Alarm Clock”, these guys love to warm up their voices first thing in the morning as the sun rises. Their loud growling, howling, and grunting sounds so intimidating that some people even mistake it for a gorilla (don’t worry, we don’t have those here.). But don’t be fooled, the Howlers are as harmless as they are noisy!

    • Geckos
      • We certainly hope you don’t have a phobia of lizards, because little house geckos are abundant in Costa Rica. They can be found crawling on your floors, walls, and ceilings, and they are excellent at keeping the insects at bay.  They don’t consistently make noise, but when they do  they make sure you hear it. Their high-pitched chirping may startle you the first time you hear it, especially if you are sitting in the comfort of your home and not expecting to hear a little animal sound! But don’t worry, it’s just a little gecko letting you know he’s about to eat the troublesome mosquito that has been scouting you out.

    • Scarlet Macaws
      • If you’ve never seen a Scarlet Macaw, you are in for an absolute treat. These majestic creatures love to put on an air show, and the best part is they always announce when they’re coming. Their loud prehistoric squawk can be heard from afar as the Macaws round the corner for a gorgeous fly by. It’s the perfect heads up that they’re on their way and you should get your camera ready!

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  • Mirador Escape

    Video Tour of Tulemar’s Mirador Escape

    Mirador Escape is the perfect property for couples, solo travelers, or families with young children. This 1 bedroom suite has some of the best views in Tulemar, a spacious bathroom, a large open kitchen, and even a BBQ grill.

    If you’re looking for something cozy with great views, Mirador Escape is the property for you! Have a look yourself:

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  • Nido de Gansos Has a New Look

    If you aren’t familiar with Tulemar’s exclusive Nido de Gansos, you are missing out!

    This 4,000 sq ft villa sleeps up to 8, and has a sleek & clean interior that will exceed your expectations. It has a private pool, daily maid service, a personal concierge, jungle and ocean views, and a tropical design with European influences. The villa is perfect for families with older children or small groups, and now with its updated interior its a hard rental to say no to!

    To take a look at the new photos of the unit, look at the Nido de Gansos landing page here.

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  • Last Minute Savings In Tulemar!

    The holiday season is officially over and we are in the new year… Hello, 2019!

    Some people are still recovering from the holiday chaos, some are setting goals for the new year, and some are trying to figure out what day it is and whether or not they’re supposed to be at work (we feel you, guys.).

    For those of you who feel like they need a holiday from their holiday: we got you. We just released some last minute discounts on some of our best rentals, which means you get a vacation plus you get to be kind to your pocketbook which may be looking a little slim after all your gift giving.

    Our current savings include some large villas for families or friend groups, and some smaller units that are cozy and romantic for a couple or solo traveler. Check all of them out here.

    Tropical beach vacation after the winter holiday whirlwind? This is a tradition we can stand behind.

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  • Costa Rican Tamale Recipe

    Tamales are a Christmas tradition in Costa Rica. These delicious and savory little guys can be found all throughout the country during the holidays — and sometimes even year round, especially in touristy areas.

    If you can’t make the trek to Costa Rica for Christmas, but you’re craving this delicious Christmas tradition, fear not! We found a recipe from our friends at Costa Rica Guide so you can make holiday tamales at home!

    Costa Rican Tamale Recipe

    2 lbs instant corn masa mix
    3 lbs (1.4 kg) pork shoulder roast -or- beef roast -or-
    boneless chicken

    ¼ lb (110 gr) pork lard (or vegetable shortening)
    1 cup (240 ml) corn oil
    1 batch (~5 cups cooked Tico style rice, see ingredient list and recipe below)
    2 ¼ lbs (1 kg) potatoes
    8 cloves of garlic
    ½ lb (225 gr) sweet or hot peppers to taste
    1 large onion (optional)
    2 ¼ lbs (1 kg) banana leaves (corn husks can be substituted, or if desperate aluminum foil)
    coriander leaves (cilantro), salt, black pepper, cumin, oregano, achiote (annato)

    Regional Tamale ingedients
    Tamales often include little regional surprises like olives or garbanzos

    If you are adventurous and demand complete authenticity, you must start from raw corn ground for tamales (3 lbs, 1.4 kg Maíz cascado, malido crudo). Soak the flour in water then rinse it well, cook with a tablespoon of achiote, and a little of the garlic and peppers in salted water to just cover until tender then stand overnight. The next day, knead it into dough. You should probably have a demonstration first if you’re going to try this method. For first timers we’d suggest the Masa version described below.

    Chop the meat into large (2″, 5 cm) chunks then brown on high heat in the ½ cup lard or vegetable oil. Add the chopped garlic, peppers, onion, 1 teaspoon salt, 1teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon black pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt for the last minute or two of browning, then cover with water and simmer until very tender (2-3 hours). Remove the meat from the broth and reserve the broth. When the meat is cool shred it finely. While the meat is simmering prepare the potatoes and rice.

    Peel the potatoes and boil with salt, cilantro, and oregano to taste until soft. Cool and cut into ½ inch (1 cm) cubes.

    Rice Tico style

    3-5 sprigs cilantro (coriander leaf)
    1 small or half a medium onion
    ½ small red or yellow sweet pepper (optional)
    3 cups (700 ml) chicken broth or water
    2 cups (350 ml) white rice
    ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt
    1 Tablespoon (15 ml) vegetable oil

    Chop cilantro, onion, and sweet pepper very fine. Add 1 Tablespoon oil to a large pan and sauté the dry rice for 2 minutes over medium high flame then add the chopped onion, sweet pepper and cilantro and sauté another 2 minutes. Add water or chicken broth, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer until rice is tender (20-35 minutes).

    To prepare the masa, allow the meat broth to cool until it is just warm. To the dry masa add 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, and 1 teaspoon ground achiote, and mix dry. Then add the vegetable oil, mix with your hands while adding the warm broth. It should take about 2 1/2 cups to make a paste the consistency of mashed potatoes. Mix and add slowly, and if you over shoot on the broth and get it too thin, add a little more masa.

    Wrap the Tamales & Steam

    Diagram to fold tamales in banana leaves
    Diagram for folding tamales in banana leaves

    Wash the banana leaves then cut them into ~15 inch (38 cm) squares. Spread 2 tablespoons of masa paste in the center, add 1 tablespoon each of potatoes, rice and meat. Fold as shown and tie with cotton string. Cook the tamales in gently boiling water for about one hour.

    If you substitute corn husks, you will need to make slightly smaller tamales, pack the pot full and steam them rather than boiling them, because the husks won’t hold together while floating around.

    We hope you enjoy these delicious tamales, and happy holidays!

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    4 Reasons to Travel For the Holidays

    The holidays are such a special time. They’re full of cheer, good spirits, excitement, and love. They can also be full of chaos and stress, which may sometimes leave you wondering “is it worth it?”.

    We love gifts just as much as the next guy, but we truly believe one of the best things you can do for your family is to forgo the presents take a trip for the holidays.

    Why, you may ask?

    1.) No cooking, cleaning, shopping, or entertaining

    • Have we piqued your interest? One of the most stressful things about the holidays is the chaos of managing your gift list, figuring out when to shop, staying within budget, choosing a menu and planning the time to cook, cleaning up after everyone, then doing it all again the next day! When you travel (ahem, especially to a place like Tulemar…), all that can be taken care of for you! Plan to have a private chef in your villa, or pick a delicious restaurant for your holiday meal. Clean up? No need! Your daily maid service will have your rental looking spotless in no time. Entertaining? Your concierge will handle all tours and reservations so you don’t have to lift a finger.

    2.) Give the gift of memories

    • We truly believe it is better to give experiences vs. things. Do you feel like your toy room is cluttered and your kids already have everything they could ever want, and then some? Giving your family a memory of a lifetime is far more valuable than giving them the trendiest gadget that will get old in 6 months. You’re allowing them to learn and see new cultures, bond with their family, and experience life a little bolder. How can you say no to that?

    3.) An easy place for everyone to meet

    • Interested in bringing extended family along for the ride? Sometimes family members can be scattered about, and choosing whose house to host your holiday can be seriously headache inducing. Plan to all meet in one place so no one gets stuck with all the cooking and cleaning.

    4.) No need to entertain the kids during Christmas Break

    • Do you dread having the kids out of school for Christmas Break because that means constantly needing to entertain them? Hey, just bring them on vacation and they (and you) will be as happy and entertained as can be!

    Pro Tip: If your family isn’t keen on the idea of no gifts, plan to bring a few small things to open while you’re away. Be sure to bring plenty of tissue paper, because it can be used in a “snowball fight” once everyone opens their gifts!

    Happy Holidays and Pura Vida,


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  • NEW: Tulemar Guest Forum on Facebook

    Do you have a trip planned to Tulemar and are wanting some guidance from previous guests? Or maybe you’re a seasoned visitor and want to share all your tips and tricks with future travelers? Or perhaps you are staying at Tulemar now and want to share all your memories with other Tulemar fans. Luckily, we have created the perfect place for you!

    Introducing the Tulemar Guest Forum on Facebook!

    The Tulemar Guest Forum is a private Facebook group dedicated to all past, present, and future Tulemar guests. This is a place to ask questions, share your experiences, and bounce ideas off travelers that are just like you. Want to know the best place for ceviche, how to pack for a trip during rainy season, or how much cash to bring? Come to our guest forum to get first-hand testimonials from fellow Tulemar guests!

    To join, just click here: Tulemar Guest Forum

    And if you’re not already, be sure to follow our Facebook page.

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