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“Pura Vida” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Villas Rio Mar
Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Dominical
Certificate of Excellence
NYC
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Pura Vida”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2012

This hotel allows you to experience the true nature of Costa Rica. We had a very adequate room with an outdoor living area. The kitchen and dining were in our outdoor living room, with a sofa and chairs. It was "perfect" for viewing the natural environment that is so special in Costa Rica. Birds singing, amazing treees. A lovely pool area, nice dining. It was a great hotel in this part of Costa Rica.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Ithaca, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2012

This place looks like it's been around more than 18 years. It was perfectly acceptable as a place to stay in Dominical area. AC took time to cool down the room. Very nice grounds and a nice pool. All the chairs around the pool were in use so I couldn't hang out there when I wanted to. A decent breakfast included with room - nice area for breakfast. Prices are a bit high for what you get compared to other places we stayed in well travelled tourist areas. We were glad we were only staying for one night. We really liked Dominical, although we didn't spend much time in the area. Neat little funky town.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank snorkelerNan
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clevland, ohio
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2012

the hotel is sited on a large river, consists of about 50 or 60 cottages, all renonovated recently. It has, for the southern pacific, a very large and well maintained pool w/ adjacent restaurant and bar. The hotel is walking distance to the town of dominical and the beach. ...to the south 10 minutes. I you walk to the north , along the road next to the river it is jungle , but safe....an actual costa rican experience. The river is high and rushing in the rainy season and a bed of stone like creek in january /february.
The people that work in this hotel are the best and most helpful. They have a full time peron to help w/ any excursions or sidetrips you wish to take. And can rent a car as well. The people are what makes this a special resort.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank t david h
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Garrison, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2012

We arrived a day early. Our hotel was booked and they recommended Rio Mar. Even though, it is not on the beach, it is close by to the beach and "downtown" Dominical via a dirt road. It is in the jungle, but there are broad lawns separating the buildings. The pool is big. The rooms are not big, but they all come with an outdoor seating area with a small refrigerator and wet bar. The staff was friendly and helpful. Even though there are 50+ rooms, it never feels crowded.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Troy, Michigan
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2012

What can I say, Detroit to Dominical. Two weeks and never a dull moment, from breakfast with Carol then surf with Bob then food at the restaurant from a confident staff. I should of never got back on the plane home. Epic. Costa Rica is a very nice place to spend some time where you don't worry about time. Very friendly and the water is warm and waves -anything you want.

Room Tip: Rooms are fine, clean and the fans work well. Enjoy your privacy.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kevin E
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Barrington, Illinois
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2012

We spent 4 days at Villas Rio Mar and we had a great experience. The staff was super. The grounds are just beautiful. We had a bungalow in the corner of the property and we faced out into the wild. We had a small brook beneath our window and awoke to the sound of water. We looked out and it was like we had our own personal paradise. When it came time to check out, my wife did not want to leave. She told me I could go home without her...The room was very comfortable with A/C and WIFI. There is a huge swimming pool which is perfect for cooling off after a long day. The buffet breakfast which is included was very good. We had a dinner in the restaurant which was quite delicious. The menu prices are a tad on the high side. All in all, an extremely positve experience. I would be very happy to stay there again in the future.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Brian F
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Heredia, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2012

Excellent Place , Amazing staff , place is beautiful . perfect pool , rooms with a/c and dish tv .

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Randall E
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Additional Information about Villas Rio Mar

Property: Villas Rio Mar
Address: 800 m north from the Dominical entrance along the Baru river, Dominical 185-8000, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Dominical
#4 Romantic Hotel in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villas Rio Mar 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dominical ***Eco-Hotel Resort near Uvita & Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Relax in true nature while enjoying a wide range of amenities! Villas Rio Mar is an internationally recognized 3 Star Eco hotel located in a stunning natural setting; an easy 10 minute walk from the fun and the beach of Dominical. Whether traveling as a couple or with family, Villas Rio Mar offers a wide range of amenities guaranteed to make your holiday worry-free and enjoyable. Our hotel includes 52 rooms and can also host medium-sized groups. Our spacious tropical gardens provide privacy and include many beautiful plants, flowers, and birds, which one can observe from outdoor patio areas located in front of the rooms. One of the best restaurants in the area, El Rancho, is located at Villas Rio Mar. The area offers a wide array of leisure and adventure activities including beautiful beaches, four National Parks, and many other nature & wildlife reserves. A wide range of amenities: spacious tropical gardens, jungle trails, large swimming pool with pool bar, quality restaurant & bar (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks), international sports programming, room service, billiard table, darts, foosball, kids’ play area, mini golf, outside gym, tennis court, tour & transport services, massage, nail studio, and other body treatments. 4 room types to choose from: 48 of the 52 rooms have an outdoor patio area with garden views, rooms with AC & TV available, family-sized rooms available (limited), rooms with kitchenette available, mini-fridge and ceiling fans in every room Great price for an excellent service: professional staff, free wi-fi throughout the hotel, complimentary parking, free rental car drop-off (airport & Villas Rio Mar), group discounts available, seasonal discounts; May>Dec. 15th, book now & pay later! Beautiful, easily accessible, with lots to do: - Stunning natural beauty, gorgeous beaches, and nearby tropical jungle teeming with exotic wildlife - Many beaches, national parks, and adventure tours - Easily accessible from SJO International Airport via newly paved roads (<3 hours) - 10 min. walk to Dominical - 15 min. walk to the beach - Relaxing natural setting - Private and secure Meetings & Events: conference room & event planning services for businesses, weddings & private events ... more   less 
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Villas Rio Mar Hotel Dominical
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