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... the pool was super refreshing. After lunch, we went to the beach from the first day and walked the shore, finding shells, snails and slugs. Mostly, I have crazy, funny stories to share from today, but seeing as the power just went out, I don't think I can share them now. For dinner, we had the last supper, because it was our last night together before meeting the host ...
... of humans at all and we got some great pictures of them. They were so cute! There were also many small raccoons, much smaller than in the US and they are not nocturnal. They came right up to us as we were lying on the beach and tried to steal my backpack!! Crazy little critters. Then we walked across a small strip of land that leads to Punta Catedral "Cathedral point" (a small peninsula) to get to another beach called Playa Espadilla Sur. ...
... in our new Manuel Antonio digs. When we arrive and actually see the accommodations, we decided to see how many more nights we can eat! The place is fine and even has a man-made waterfall in the living room (whose idea was this?), but it's up at the top of a hill on the wrong side (meaning further from the park or anything worth being close to) of the greasy little city of Quepos. We are delighted when the wi-fi isn't available in the room, as we have some work to do and ...
... in favor of day to day life. The passion I had for the ocean and marine life reawakened when I took my first trip here to Costa Rica in January of 2010, where I had signed up to do an Outward Bound course to learn how to surf etc etc. The trip and resulting passion that awoke, changed everything. From that point on all I could think of was the Ocean, and all I could hear was her call, ...
... on their specials board. Hmmm...we might just have to stop by when we leave. Right after that restaurant were to more and one looked kind of like a covered wagon and the other was a train car; random, but cool =)
So, as we get close this guy stands in the middle of the road and directs us to pull in to park so I do it. I don't know any better. It turns out that he wants to sell us on a tour. Well, the lady that ran the hostel was ...
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WOW Luxury and Adventure!
From the moment I walked up to the huge carved wooden door and was greeted by the automatic lighting, I was impressed. When I entered, I was blown away! I felt as though I had just walked into a copy of Architectural Digest magazine. The view is amazing and the decor is stunning. All the nice touches are present; natural stone floors, granite counters, neat furniture and cool lighting. The bedrooms are away from the common areas and offer a great deal of privacy. We had two families staying at the casa with a total of 5 kids and never felt crowded or cramped. We could gather in the living room, kitchen or mostly on the balcony, and not disturb those in the bedrooms. The large dining table on the balcony was the perfect setting for the fresh seafood dinners that we bought and prepared in the well equipped kitchen. A breakfast tray arrived each morning with breads, fresh fruit, cereal, coffee and juice. It was just the right start for our family group. We shopped at the local market for lunch items, snacks, etc. which stocked the fridge. The under counter icemaker was a great convenience. There is plenty to see and do in the area. The private beach at the resort is fantastic and the staff was friendly and helpful. The casa was a great place to call home for a week. I can't wait to go back.
I recently did some travel in Costa Rica, solo. I stayed in several places, just checking them out through out the country. I went with no reservations and no real plans. When I got to the Manuel Antonio area I looked at a few different places to stay for a night and happened upon Buena Vista Villas and Casas and could not be happier that I did. I was lucky enough that they had space available and stayed in the lower level of a villa. I was only going to stay for one night, but after my first day there I wanted to stay for one more. Everyone was go great to talk with and wanted to make sure that I was having a great time. The concierge at the pool could not have been nicer!!!
This place was beautiful, the landscape, my room, and all of the wildlife...monkeys everywhere, especially in the early morning. Make sure to check out their beach, they've got kayaks and snorkels for you to use....it was amazing!
Sleepless in Costa Rica
My husband and I just got back from a 4-night stay at Buena Vista Villas. I wish I could say that it was a relaxing and restful vacation, but too many things disturbed our slumber. At night it was the concierge's phone ringing...and ringing...and ringing well into the night. Avoid staying in #203 or 303 because it is above the pool and bar, which is the concierge's station (and not much of a view to boot). It also seems to be where the hotel staff congregate, so there was an endless flow of conversation and music, especially in the mornings and evenings. Our mornings began with construction noises that started up around 7am, making the alarm clock unnecessary. Other people mentioned ongoing construction in their reviews of Tulemar Bungalows; it's an issue at Buena Vista Villas as well. I have a feeling construction will continue indefinitely because there are still some lots on the property for sale.
The concierges are very friendly and helpful, but we often found that they were nowhere to be found, so we ended up walking up the steep, long drive to the main road (they arrange for shuttle bus pick-ups for guests). Also, I would think twice before booking the guided hike in Manuel Antonio National Park through the concierge. It's US$40/person and the guide only takes cash. The cost covers round-trip taxi fare and a small plate of fruit at the end of the hike, but you could get a better deal hiring a guide at the entrance of the park (there are guides milling about with their telescopes in tow).
The cons above should be considered along with the pros of this property: private beach (w/ free equipment rental), complimentary breakfast delivered to your room, friendly staff, and a location teeming with wildlife.
I hate to be so negative, but I thought it would be important for anyone thinking of staying at Buena Vista Villas to know about our experience before they spend a lot of money on their accommodations....
We are already fixing these imperfections that you mention in your comments.
Our Concierges works untill10:00 PM, and after that hour nobody answers their phone. We never had comments about 203/303, so we could not know this detail about the phone noise. Same thing we can say about the staff's congregations; they have been already relocated in a more secluded area.
About the construction, we are not quit sure what was your meaning, as we have no construction going on, nearby. We think, maybe, that these noises are product of regular routine maintenance, which we give to all our units constantly to keep high our standards. However, thank to your comments, we switch our maintenance schedule one hour later. Also we rearranged the way Customers can call or find our staff, when needed.
We apologize for all the inconveniences, and hopefully you may decide to come back again.
OVER PRICED, VERY DISSAPOINTING
We were looking forward to staying there, seemed very nice, although if you are spending U$600 per night, you expect much more than just a nice setting; just to mention some items:
* You expect high quality on food, at least at breakfast that is what is supposed to be included on the rate, not just some fruit and coffee....we had to go to the Tule Cafe, which is a restaurant managed by Tulemar Bungalows, there you can find a real breakfast, but of course since it is another company you have to pay them....I can't believe that a 5 star Hotel (According to Buena Vista advertising) doesn't have a restaurant.
* You expect service: trying is not enough, they give you lots of excuses, explaining all their failures; I think management needs to organize everything before running business, not using guests like testing of how much one can take.
I had the opportunity to check the Tulemar Bungalows units, they look very nice and comfortable; I will reserve with them next time, you really can tell the difference in experience and capability on service
Best of the Best~ Buena Vista Villas
My husband and I stayed a week at Buena Vista Villas Tulemar while in Manuel Antonio for our son's beachside wedding. Our villa had an amazing view from the wrap around balcony, from the living area, and from the bedroom. The concierge service (Charlie or Jerome) was cordial and helpful. Often Charlie or Jerome would tell our friends or family our whereabouts- -at the beach, gone to lunch, on zipline tour. (Missed those cell phones!) They were both very accommadating. One of the best things was having Guillermo, the driver, to take us to the grocery, to dinner, to meet friends, etc. He was helpful and very nice. His service was outstanding. The only negatives were a few issues with timely breakfast service and, hopefully, that is resolved. Our AC went out and a repairman came within an hour and fixed it. I got the feeling that they are really trying to please their guests. I would definately stay at Buena Vista Villas again.
Paradise on Earth
We just returned from our second trip to Costa Rica and once again we stayed at the Buena Vista Villas in Manuel Antonio. What can I say but the villas are truly heaven on earth. The views of the jungle and ocean from the villa are amazing and the one bedroom villas are truly luxurious. Our favorite thing though which brought us back a second time is the friendliness of the staff. Charlie the concierge is incredible. He'll assist you with anything and speaks excellent English and is just so friendly to talk to. Guilermo is the van driver and he will take you anywhere you want to go in the vicinity and loves to practice his English with you. The squirrel monkeys visited our balcony almost every morning and put on a real show playing in the hammock. The white faced monkeys would swing in the trees right in front of our villa. We even saw a sloth down at the beach. Buena Vista Villas is the only resort in Manuel Antonio that has it's own private beach which is beautiful. It's about a 7 minute hike through the jungle down to the beach and then you can either walk back or call the van driver and they will drive you back up to your villa. Manuel Antonio is a very touristy place but staying at the Buena Vista Villas makes you feel like you're staying in some remote area. Don't confuse the Villas with the Tulemar Bungalows which are on the same property. The Villas are MUCH MUCH nicer. Buena Vista also has new casas which also look beautiful but we'll definitely return to the villas again and again. Thank you Charlie and Guilermo for making our vacation so special. You're the BEST!
It is well-known that Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Luckily, we found Buena Vista Villas in Manuel Antonio, which made our vacation truly outstanding. The villas have great views, comfortable beds, and oversized patios to enjoy the lush surroundings. We plan on staying in one of the new casas for our next visit, and we expect to return with regularity.
A Magical Destination
Buena Vista Villas and Casas - Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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The Buena Vista Villas and Casas are located in Tulemar Gardens but are a different property altogether so be sure to note this. We stayed in the Casas which are all new. They have 2 and 3 bedroom luxury Casas available. We stayed in a two bedroom with incredible views and sunsets. The property is magical with lush gardens, a fantastic private beach, great service provided by very friendly staff all English speaking who are ready and able to do anything to make your stay memorable.
Manuel Antonio is in my opinion the best place to visit in Costa Rica. We were there in Dec. over Christmas and again in March. Weather was perfect and the foliage lush and tropical. Compared to other destinations, it is not crowded and there is tons to do from river rafting to horse back riding, excellent fishing and great surf for swimming not to mention the two great pools and your very own hot tub on the deck of your Casa. It's hard to be motivated to leave the Casas given the luxury of the facility and the unbelievable setting. Would highly recommend this destination. I know we will be going back.
Perfection on Earth
My fiance and I just returned from a week stay at Buena Vista Villas and Casas. We actually stayed in one of the Casas that had just been completed. The house was spectacularly decorated in Bali/African style, had a beautiful full kitchen, large hot tub on the patio, and a breathtaking sunset view that could compete with that of Santorini. I do not remember ever staying in a more lovely place! Every morning I would walk to the exclusive beach, among all sorts of tropical plants and animals, and then cool off in the Casas' infinity pool. We saw three different types of monkeys, a sloth and even a flock of bright green parokeets from our wrap around patio. Although Buena Vista Villas and Casas are located in Tulemar Gardens, they are not the same as Tulemar Gardens Bungallows, as they are a completely differenent establishment.