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“CR 2012”
Review of Villas Rio Mar

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Villas Rio Mar
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Dominical
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Troy, Michigan
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“CR 2012”
Reviewed 10 February 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, travelled solo
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Barrington, Illinois
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Reviewed 7 February 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, travelled as a couple
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

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

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Montreal, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 25 January 2012

Absolutly wonderful, helpful and respectful staff, magnificent gardens, great food and very confortable rooms - ours was adapted for the disabled and greatly appreciated by my husband who is paraplegic - what more do you want?? We stayed there a few times in the last few years and this time, we were there over the Holidays with 4 family members, including 2 children. They enjoyed every minute of it! Every day, we could hear the Howler Monkeys, see Toucans up close, smell different flower essence blooming in the gardens, etc. Access to Dominical beach nearby was easy and there was never a dull moment with all the activities/adventures available in this beautiful region. Actually, being close to the Corcovado Park which National Geographic has called "the most biodiverse place on earth", this area (the Barú region) is extremely luxuriant. I recommend walks along the river early in the morning and - for an amazing concert of frogs and insects - walks in the evening. Special thanks to Estella and her wonderful team who worked real hard to make our stay confortable, to Xinea who organized a night activity for us and who patiently resolved a tricky situation that followed, to the restaurant team who was so professional and friendly, and to the maintenance and cleaning teams who were always helpful. We will be back! Suzy E.

Room Tip: The area being hot and humid, if you tend to suffer from heat, choose a room with A/C.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

I was there for a few days, and the service was very nice. The place is so quiet and peacefuly, because of that I recomend it for couples or small families. The food was great. And the location it's perfect to go to the beach or the mountain.

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms not to close of the pool
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kingsport, TN
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

Absolutely stunning. The grounds, the birds, the river all beautiful. The staff have been a real joy. Thank you.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

Stayed here for 3 days, would not come back.

1. rooms are very musty and do not ventilate well. your bathroom will stay damp and smell like it the whole time you are there

2. hotel is far from the beach and taxis are hard to find. if you have a car, this is less of an issue

3. restaurant is expensive

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review, 20 January 2012
Dear Joe, Thanks for your feedback!

First, as you could see the weather in the South Pacific, Costa Rica is very humid that‘s why the rooms has a large window with mosquito net so, you decide to open it any time you would like it and in the same time the net does not allow the mosquitoes enter to room or other option that we always recommend is to book a air condition room but some people does not like the air condition and they prefer a standard room with a lowest price.

The hotel is 900 meters from Dominical Beach like our web site says, maybe you spend 15 minutes walking to the beach and it is really nice walk surrounding the river, of course during the afternoon or very early morning otherwise during the summer could be really hot, but in this case if you don’t want walk our reception staff will be so glad to call you one of the taxis which works with us.

Hope you enjoyed the food!!!!!

Best Regards!!!!!
Daniela Ceciliano
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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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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:
#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
Hotel Rio Mar
Rio Mar Hotel
Villas Rio Mar Costa Rica/Dominical

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