More about Buena Vista Villas and Casas
Romantic place, wonderful stafff
We recently visited Buena Vista Villas for the wedding of our son. It's a romantic place with stunning views, beautifully furnished villas and a truly wonderful staff. People like Jimmy (concierge), Osvaldo (driver), Eugenio (food and beverage) and Andrea (bartender) made our stay absolutely memorable.
I spent 4 days in a Buena Vista Villa in December 2006. I found the property to be mostly as advertised, but ongoing construction interfered with my enjoyment of the property. The Villas reside in a larger gated community with the Tulemar bungalows as well as private casas. The community is not complete and there are still development projects ongoing. I would guess that construction noise will be an intermittant issue for the next several months.
If you do stay at the Buena Vista, I would advise trying to reserve a specific unit, as far up the hill as you can get.. The view is better from higher up, and you will be more likely further away from the areas currently under development.
The kitchen in the unit includes a bar fridge, microwave, sink, and industrial sized ice maker. There is also a two-burner hotplate range, and an outdoor electric grill, but no oven. The utensils and decor of the unit were nice, but the unit is already starting to show some signs of wear.
Breakfast was served at the Tulemar Cafe. (They, quite possibly, have the worst coffee in all of Costa Rica.) Otherwise they serve a decent selection of fruit, cereal, and simple hot breakfast items.
The property is well located among the hilltop area of Manuel Antonio. There are a few restaurants, a cash machine, an internet cafe, and a grocery store within easy walking distance of the community gates. The hotel shuttle will also drive you to these places.
If I were to rebook, I probably would have reserved a cheaper unit in Tulemar. I chose the Buena Vista, because I wanted the outdoor hammock with an ocean view. Due to the construction noise, I wasn't really able to enjoy these features, and would sooner have not spent the extra money on them. The Tulemar units, although not as nice, would still have allowed for access to the beach, and would have provided a superior view of the ocean and surrounding hills.
If I could be 100% certain there was no construction, I would consider a return to the Buena Vista.
Beautiful, secluded & fantastic
This hotel is stunningly located on a hillside with a private beach very close to the national park. It is impossible to overstate the warmth & helpfulness of the excellent staff. We spent most of our time at the hotel lounging on the beach, enjoying the sun & the cocktails. When we were feeling ambitious, we took advantage of the boogie boards, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment (free for hotel guests). We saw howler monkeys, spider monkeys, and sloths on the hotel grounds. Our room was great - it had a balcony w/ hammock & ocean view, and was very spacious, clean & comfortable.
The stunning location does mean that the property is very hilly, and walking around can be arduous. But the hotel van is always available. The driver will even take you off the property to go to a store or a restaurant (and, of course, the van will pick you up when you're finished).
This hotel, though it has resort-like amenities, does not feel like a typical resort at all. The staff is great and very helpful, but it is not the polished, professional service of a Four Seasons - it's a warmer, more personal style. On the downside, the cuisine (at the Tulemar's restaurant) is certainly not up to par with your average mega-resort, but we found the food to be similarly disappointing in most of Costa Rica. (The restaurant does have a fantastic view, at least.) Come to this hotel for a relaxing, private getaway. We will definitely return next time we're in Costa Rica.
We had our wedding at Buena Vista in 12/06. Buena Vista is incredibly beautiful- lush, beautifully landscaped grounds, gorgeous rooms, 3 or 4 great pools, and a great beach. As far as I know, Buena Vista and Tulemar Bungalows share the only private beach in the Manuel Antonio area. We had a chance to see many of the different types of rooms, and the casas are much nicer than the villas, so I'd definitely recommend them if you have enough people. They are higher on the hill so have better views, have the outdoor rain showers (the villas don't), and have private hot tubs. The villas are also beautiful, and the extra money for the 1BR over the deluxe room is worth it for the beautiful balcony and just overall more luxurious feel. Breakfast is included in the Tule Cafe, and isn't bad.
My major complaint with Buena Vista is the organization. I don't think they're doing any more weddings there, and that's a good thing-they couldn't handle it. No one seemed to communicate with anyone else there, and our wedding was very stressful because they were so disorganized. That being said, I think our guests had a great time, and if I were going back to the Manuel Antonio area just for a regular vacation I'd definitely stay at Buena Vista again.
We stayed here after staying at the Tulemar and getting married there. It was a spur of the moment thing, and might have been the best decision we made. We shared a Casa with two other family members, and it was awesome! These places are unreal. First of all, they are huge! Gorgeous mable floors, granite counter tops, top of the line linens, kitchen appliances, patio furniture. It was wonderful. Beautiful views, huge patio with dining tables, rocking chairs, and jacuzzi tub. The showers are outside but covered and have the rain shower and a regular one.(Although the toilet is also outside which is a little odd)The rooms have TV's and DVD's in them. The kitchen has everything you need to cook or entertain(beware of the ants) It was so spacious and comfortable. The pool is peaceful and overlooks the ocean. It was truly the most wonderful place we have ever stayed.
We were a group of 3 families with kids looking for a family friendly accomodation. This place was just perfect. We rented a 3 bedroom casa. The casa we wre in was newly built, very spacious, very well appointed, cery classy and had a beautiful view. The casa is just what it looks like in the pictures on their website.
The private beach was perfect with drinks and chairs to relax. and a sheltered beach (hence not very large waves). Being private beach, only for the guests of Buena Vista and Tulemar, it hadvery few people.
Most of all the service at the villas was great. The (mobile) reception desk was alaways available to help you, provide room service and answer questions. There was daily (extensive) mid service.
Only point to remember is that the grill at the pool gets busy for its size (single guy at a grill) and they forgot/messed up our lunch order as a result we had to leave without lunch after 2 hours of waiting. Go to the Tulemar restaurant instead (the same place where buffet breakfast is served every morning.)
this place is located in paridise, so how bad could it be. there are no tv remotes for deluxe rooms until I complained then they found one, reserve dinner yourself two out of three nights they screwed it up,,,, i still had a great time,,,, david down by the beach is great and gurmo the driver went out of his way to make us feel @ home. we will be back,,,,,,
Incredible Wedding!!! Great Animals!
We were married on the private beach at sunset. It was absolutely breathtaking! We did not use the hotel to plan it, we used www.tropicaloccasions.com and they were absolutely incredible.
Some family stayed in the villas and they all loved them. There were monkeys every morning, birds, and sloths. It is very, very hilly and just walking to the Tulecafe for breakfast will have you sweating!
We stayed with several friends in the Casa. It had a beautiful view and was gorgeous inside and was 3 stories. Outdoor rainshowers were great. BUT, we missed the animals that all of our guests got by sitting on thier porches at the villas down the hill. When we come back, we'll stay in the villas for that reason. The casas were stunning though.
The food was good, and the service was mostly good. One night we waited 2 hours for dinner because there was a wedding at the beach that many of the staff was involved with.
We will difinitely return.
Stayed in one of the villas for a wedding.
The set up was that there was one floor of the villa that had a double room with one bed, living area with open plan kitchen area and balcony with hamock and plenty of seats. Even a George Foreman BBQ
Then below this level with a separate entrance there was another double room with 2 double beds, private bathroom and a kitchen sink area. Also a balcony as well although the lower room only had a view of trees. The upper floor had the best view where you could have beautiful sun rises and sun sets.
Roms really comfortable with air conditioning
Plentiful animals roaming around, common occurrence to walk onto the balcony terrace and see a monkey lying sleeping in the sun or an iguana just sitting looking around. Although if you like to sleep late you will get a wake up call by monkeys running across the roof.
The resort itself is on a hill so walking to either of the 2 pool areas or the cafe for breakfast is a little steep. The concierge does provide a little shuttle bus around the resort which will take you to the private beach, restaurant etc...
The 2 pools were never really busy, plentiful sun longers and unbrellas and towels provided. Can also get drinks and food here too.
You can either get the shuttle to the private beach or you can walk to it (about 5-10 mins walk) it is all downhill though so remember that for the way back. Bar at beach with drinks and food available. Sun loungers, towels, unbrealls all available at the beach. Also there are boogie boards, canoes etc.. to use as well.
All in all you are well looked after here with everyone so friendly and willing to help
Perfect and Beautiful!
My husband and I splurged on the the two bedroom casa for our private wedding ceremony. The casa was perfect with a full professional kitchen, hot tub and outdoor showeres. We had a view of both the ocean and the jungle. I definitely recommend having the kitchen stocked with water and snacks if you plan to stay in a casa with a kitchen. We had private chefs come in to cook us dinner after our sunset balcony wedding. Highly recommended and MUCH better than eating in any restaurant.
The staff was great, from poolside to the beach. We only stayed a few nights, but the staff still made a point of getting to know us. If you want to get married in a beautiful, romantic setting, do it here with www.tropicaloccasions.com. They made the day perfect!
Manuel Antonio Spring Break
My family will be staying at Buena Vista Villas. We plan to go rafting one day, canopy tour and ATV tours other days. Do we need long pants for canopy tour? Is it cool enough at night for a jacket? How far is the Savegre River from Manuel Antonio? Thanks.
RE: Manuel Antonio Spring Break
We just got back and didn't need a jacket any evening . A light weight long sleved shirt is good to protect against mosquitos.
Re: Manuel Antonio Spring Break
Yes, you will want pants for the canopy tour, as well as the ATV tour... We did both. We took a Gore-tex type shell jacket and they were perfect!