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“Visit to Dominical”
Review of Villas Rio Mar

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Villas Rio Mar
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Dominical
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Hotel is beautiful. Lush gardens filled with plants and trees, many identified for those challenged to identify them. Great pool and numerous other activities including an exercise course and tennis court. Room was great, with an outdoor sitting area and very effective A/C unit.

Restaurant is fantastic, with great service. Included breakfast was always highlighter by fresh local fruit.

This is a great base of operations in the region and a perfect family resort.

The only downside for me was the distance from the hotel to the town of Dominical. It is about half a mile along a very rough dirt road (hardly unusual in Costa Rica). Not a great road to walk along after dark, so a visit to town occasioned a trip by car in the evening. Not a show stopper, as there is so much to do at the hotel, but if you expect to stroll to town twice a day, you might be disappointed.

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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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MEsquivel, Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2017

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Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

We loved our 2 days at Villas Rio Mar. Perfect location, great service! Hot Breakfast every morning was a nice treat! Dinner also delicious!Nona was our waitress, so sweet! Reception efficient and friendly. Thank you

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Rhonda W
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MEsquivel, Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2017

Thank you so much for take your time and comment us. We really appreciate.

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Reviewed 6 June 2017

Did not get a chance to write a review before so its a little late. I booked everything online chose to do the package that they offer. It was such a smooth process we made a lot of changes and they worked with us. The only thing is they did charge the wrong card but it might have been due to all the changes we did and providing them with different cards both times. The rooms are well kept. It was 3 girls on this trip this hotel is more of a family hotel so it was pretty quiet but we had so much planned that we still had an amazing time. Once we forgot our phone in a cab and they called the driver back right away. The breakfast was good every day the only I wish they would have a little more options on the menu but the food was good. We had dinner there almost every night and lunch a couple of times so maybe we just went through everything on the menu lol. The staff was always friendly and willing to help. I would def. stay again so close to the beach and the town just a short walk away. Super safe area. I loved that they offer a package deal. 3 meals a day included plus transportation to and from the activity it was just smooth sailing.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Jeanette A
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MEsquivel, Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Thank you so much for take your time and comment us. For us was a pleasure to had you here. Hope you back soon.

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Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

I can be quite picky about places I stay- the Villas Rio Mar was PERFECT. The rooms are bungalows surrounded by beautiful well kept gardens with wonderful smelling flowers, beautiful birds, toucans, iguanas & the occasional monkey. It's in the perfect location along the river, just far enough away from the main street of Dominical to have total peace & quite but close enough to easily walk to all the restaurants & perfect surfing beaches. The room was very clean with new paint & new furniture. The room was quite, our king bed was comfortable, the air conditioning worked great, clean bathrooms, big showers with perfect water pressure. The patio had a fridge, sink and mosquito netting to help keep bugs out. Wonderful big pool at the perfect temperature. The staff were very trustworthy, and absolutely wonderful. 3 out of the 7 staff we personally met have worked there for over 20 years, that says a lot. Jose at the front desk was always there for anything and everything we needed; from pool towels to guiding us on what to do/ see & passed on many valuable tips the tour books don't give you. We planed on staying 2 nights but ended up staying 7 nights! We made Rio Mar our "home base" from which to explore all the other places. Manuel Antonio & Jaco are about an hour away- we chose to do the drive so we could stay in this peaceful beautiful town at the adorable Rio Mar. Thank you for a perfect week.

Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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MEsquivel, Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

Thank yo so much for your wonderful comment, for us is a pleasure that you enjoyed your stay with us. Hope you back soon. I'll be waiting for you.

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Reviewed 29 May 2017

Smallish room but comfortable, beautiful grounds, friendly staff and fabulous food. We plan on returning with our son in the future to take advantage of the pool and playground. A relaxing, wonderful place next to the river with well-groomed grounds and wonderful bird watching.
By the way -- we arrived without a reservation, and the staff attended to us right away and was very accommodating. I even asked the front desk for some bug repellent (since I came unprepared) and they were very nice.

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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MEsquivel, Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

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Additional Information about Villas Rio Mar

Address: 800 m north from the Dominical entrance along the Baru river, Dominical 185-8000, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Dominical
#3 Family Hotel in Dominical
#4 Romantic Hotel in Dominical
Price Range: R891 - R2 012 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Hotel Rio Mar
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