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“We found Paradise and stayed there for 2 weeks - too short!!!”
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Villas Rio Mar
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Dominical
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Kolding, Denmark
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5 reviews
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“We found Paradise and stayed there for 2 weeks - too short!!!”
Reviewed January 20, 2011

After a very long travel from Denmark/Europe we were picked up at San Jose/Alajuela International Airport by Edgar, the driver from Villas Rio Mar. You won't find a better driver, kind and pleasant.
After a bit more than 3 hours drive, through this beatiful country, where we furthermore stopped halfway for a coffee/snack brake at the famous bridge where you will see crocodiles, we arrived to Villas Rio Mar.
This beatiful resort have all you need for a comfortable and fantastic holiday. Both our 2 children, 12 and 14 years, and ourself enjoyed our stay at Villas Rio Mar.
They have the most beatiful and nice receptionists - I tell you!
They have a fantastic restaurant serving the excellent local Tico meals as well as a variaty of international dishes, served by very very nice waiters.
There is a bar, pooltable, beatiful swimminpool surrounded by an impressing and very tastful Rainforest Garden with lots of colourful birds.
The apartments/rooms are nice and placed very charming around the resort, and we enjoyed listening to the wildlife from the rainforest in the nights and early mornings - fantastic.
There are many many good tours avalable, which can be arranged by the reception.
Especially recommendable in our opnion is: Tropical Safari, Fly with Toucans (Zip Liners), Snorkling at Cano Island (Isla del Cano), Cayak tour in the Mangrove, Manuel Antonio National Park. All tours which are very very interesting, fantastic and good also for children.
Also remember to rent Boogie Boards at the reception and have good fun at The Sufrer's Beach, just walking distance through charming Dominical...that's it!
We wished to stay longer - we wish to come back to Villas Rio Mar again one day - we just love you - and Costa Rica - Pura Vida!

  • Stayed December 2010
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Reviewed January 19, 2011

Although it is eco-friendly, the Villas Rio Mar was not as friendly to humans, it seemed. The room was very small and cramped; the bathroom was, too. We actually could not bring in our luggage because there would have been nowhere to set it!

My husband and I both had nightmares the night we stayed at Villas Rio Mar, due in part to the bad beds, poor pillows and the strange noises of people from surrounding rooms. (The units are in pods of four and the walls were paper thin.)

The internet did not work while we were there. The pool had a distinct odor and cramped seating. However, the staff was pleasant and courteous and breakfast was a nice spread.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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MEsquivel, Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review, January 20, 2011
I am glad to read that these guests have enjoyed our staff and breakfast.
In the title is mentioned: “An endless maze of mosquito netting.” I assume they mean the curtains that hang besides the terraces of the rooms. These curtains are there for the privacy of the guests, and also to offer protection against bugs. If someone doesn’t like the curtains, feel free to make a knot in them or shove them open.

I am sorry that the guests have had nightmares, but I think it is a bit unfair to blame this on the beds. We have renewed our pillows and mattresses last year, and we haven’t had complaints since, as you can also read in other reviews.

Like everyone in Costa Rica, we sometimes have problems with the internet. Overall we haven’t experienced long times without internet, I think this was bad luck for these guests, and I am sorry for this inconvenience.

I think these guests have slept in a Standard Room. There rooms are build for two people and their luggage. There is a closet where guest can lay their clothes in, and there is space for normal sized luggage.

This customer has not mentioned anything to our reception department or the management during their stay. If they would have done this, we would have been more than glad to have helped out with everything within our power!
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costa rica
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Reviewed December 16, 2010

I've stayed various times at Rio Mar over the last 18 years, including bringing over 40 people on a tour here in the area, and Rio Mar has always gone the extra mile to make the stay a wonderful experience. The trip in November was during the worst rains in 20 years and the staff were just marvelous, the hotel was kept clean, dry, lots of umbrellas for everyone and the entire staff was just fantastic with an upbeat pura vida energy and news updates. It's just as magical at Rio Mar in the rain as in the good weather .... sitting in your bungalow porch listening to the rain fall and the river run nearby is a special kind of heaven !

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
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Clovis, California
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Reviewed December 16, 2010

This place is a great little resort hidden away off the highway, right near good surfing and adventures on the central southern pacific coast of Costa Rica. Lots to do and great food and helpful staff make this place a great stay. I was there for over 3 weeks over the summer and I couldnt have had a better time.

  • Stayed July 2010
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Nuenen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed November 14, 2010

We stayed in the hotel in september during the rainy season and had a wonderfull time. The hotel is situated in a beautifull well maintained garden and the rooms are very privatedly situated. We stayed in a standard room. The room has a nice terrace with nice view on the garden. Early in the morning you hear the birds singing, you can sea the tucan and more birds. During the evening the swimmingpool is nicely lightened. Food was good and the restaurant very nice. The hotel is situated not far from the centre of Dominical and the beach. Dominical is a simple bathing resort and in the surroundings is very much to see, waterfalls, beautifull reserves and not far away from the Corcovado National park. The hotel is very much suitable for a honey moon!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Zwolle, The Netherlands
1 review
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Reviewed October 11, 2010

I have stayed in Rio Mar with my boyfriend, and we really want to recommend this hotel to everyone!

We had a superior room, it is nice and big and clean. Loved the patio! We even didn’t use the a/c. That is also what we really liked, they are really into sustainable tourism and everywhere there are recycling bins, and in the rooms there are tips to be greener. The staff is very kind and helpful and their English is very good. The food in the restaurant is delicious and fresh, we have eaten here everyday!! There are 2 computers you can use for the internet, and there is wifi in the restaurant (also free). The gardens are very well maintained and we saw a lot of animals, like toucans and coatis. We have had a perfect stay!!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed October 10, 2010

I looove the food is 5 stars quality, the rooms are really comfortable except for the pillows.. and the staff is really friendly and caring. they have great Tours be sure you take the tour to Bahia Ballena is great! and several more... the pool and the garden are relaxing and beautiful!! is a must go place. Just rent a 4x4 car since the road is terrible and pack your pillow :P

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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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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