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Villas Rio Mar

Family-friendly hotel in Ballena with outdoor pool and restaurant

  • Free full breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking

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Dominical Beach, Ballena, 1350, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
9.0.Superb.
  • We lucked out when we chose Villas Rio Mar. We tend to like more nature immersive…

    Jun 13, 2021

  • The river view in from of the hotel is amazing beautiful. Clean room, good AC,…

    May 8, 2021

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • 24 hours Gap period enforced between guest stays -
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

Quiet
Safe
Easy parking
Walkable
Convenient
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Gym

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 48 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Outdoor tennis court

For families

  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Children's pool
  • Playground on site
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate sitting area

What’s around

  • Nauyaca Waterfalls - 5 mi / 8 km
  • Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary - 5.4 mi / 8.7 km
  • Marino Ballena National Park - 13.5 mi / 21.7 km
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - 25.6 mi / 41.2 km

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Enter dates for 2 guests

Guests
  • Superior Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Villa, Kitchen

Location

Dominical Beach, Ballena, 1350, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Nauyaca Waterfalls - 5 mi / 8 km
  • Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary - 5.4 mi / 8.7 km
  • Marino Ballena National Park - 13.5 mi / 21.7 km

What’s around

Landmarks

  • Nauyaca Waterfalls - 5 mi / 8 km
  • Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary - 5.4 mi / 8.7 km
  • Marino Ballena National Park - 13.5 mi / 21.7 km
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - 25.6 mi / 41.2 km

Getting around

  • Quepos (XQP) - 32 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 48 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 1 floor

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time 3 PM-10 PM
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation. If you are planning to arrive after 10:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Children

  • Up to 4 children stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Transfers

  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*

Parking

  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Swim-up bar
  • Poolside bar
  • Room service (during limited hours)

Things to do

  • Miniature golf on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Playground on site
  • Tennis lessons on site
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby

Working away

  • Conference space
  • Conference space size (feet) - 947
  • Conference space size (meters) - 88
  • One meeting room
  • Conference center
  • Computer station

Services

  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff

Facilities

  • Number of buildings/towers - 12
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Grab bar - near toilet

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains

Things to enjoy

  • Separate sitting area
  • Furnished patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Pay movies
  • Cable TV channels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator

More

  • Daily housekeeping

Special features

Dining

El Rancho - Overlooking the pool and garden, this restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered.

Recreation

On Site

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Miniature golf on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Playground on site
  • Tennis lessons on site

Nearby

  • Ecotours nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby

Small print

Also known as

  • Rio Mar Villas
  • Villas Rio Mar Ballena
  • Hotel Villas Rio Mar
  • Villas Rio Mar Hotel Ballena
  • Villas Rio Mar Hotel
  • Villas Rio Mar
  • Villas Rio Mar Hotel
  • Villas Rio Mar Ballena
  • Villas Rio Mar Hotel Ballena
  • Villas Rio Mar Dominical
  • Villas Rio Mar Costa Rica/Dominical
  • Villas Rio Mar Hotel Dominical
  • Hotel Rio Mar
  • Hotel Villas Rio Mar Ballena
  • Ballena Villas Rio Mar Hotel

Optional extras

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of CRC 33600 per person (one-way)

Airport shuttle service for children up to age 4 costs CRC 0 (one-way)

Policies

Pool access available from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and window guards on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs

  • Yes, Villas Rio Mar does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Yes, there's an outdoor pool and a children's pool. Guests have pool access from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 3 PM - 10 PM. Check-out time is noon.
  • Yes, El Rancho offers international cuisine and garden views. Nearby restaurants include Cafe Mono Congo (10-min walk), Dominical Sushi (11-min walk), and Café Delicias (11-min walk).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is CRC 33600 per person one-way.
  • Have fun with onsite activities such as hiking, and improve your game on the tennis courts. Additional recreation nearby includes game viewing and ecotours. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hotel's other amenities, which include a fitness center and a garden.
9.0.Superb.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    The landscape and environment is amazing. The front open air porch of each villa feels so private and yet so beautifully tropical.

    1 night romance trip, Apr 23, 2021

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  • 6.0.Good

    Dated Resort Hotel

    Our room was O.k. Typical lack of maintenance found in many Costa Rica hotels. Be ready for a long walk with your luggage. No luggage service was offered if it was available. I didn't ask either. The grounds were well kept, and pretty. The river across the street is nice. Need to go into town to find a convenience store. There is a bar/restaurant on the property. I didn't use them, so I can't comment. Two nice swimming pools, big one for play, the other more of a lap swimming pool.

    2 night trip, Apr 17, 2021

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  • 2.0.Poor

    Overall poor experience. Poor WiFi. Not best customer service.

    3 night romance trip, Mar 28, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Everything was great and amazing, the staff is friendly and the room is great, the bed is comfy and the restaurant has many options. We stay for 4 nights and it was beyond great ! If you want a quite and comfy room near dominical beach this is your place. They also have 2 pools one is mostly for kids.

    3 night romance trip, Mar 27, 2021

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  • 4.0.Fair

    The staff was great, the pool was excellent, and the grounds were nicely laid out but that’s about the only good things about our stay. First night, we had a plumbing problem with the sink and a repairman tried to repair it, and the next day they actually had to change the whole sink. Usually anywhere else we’d have been moved to a new room while this was happening but not here. We moved a bed and found old receipts from someone else’s stay so obviously the rooms don’t get a proper cleaning. Everything is old, outdated, and sometimes dirty and breaking. Old gross caulking in the bathrooms, peeling paint, stains, etc. People bring dogs to the property which is awesome, but there’s dog poop around that people don’t pick up. Upon arrival, we were given the tv remote and ac remote and told to bring them back. Made me wonder what kind of people normally stay here if they have to guard their remotes... I usually write fair reviews but to be honest all in all I have to say that don’t expect US/European level standards at this price point. We did, and it seems that we should have paid more for a little bit better place.

    3 night family trip, Mar 21, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    It's a hotel ensconced in the rain forest at the foot of the mountain, right beside a river, and close to the beach. It's a beautiful place. It's shocking at first to see how far you might have to walk to get to your room, but it's honestly very nice to walk. All of the lush greenery surrounding the villas is truly beautiful. Tons of iguanas can be seen scurrying away from you as you walk down the paths. Very cool. Overall, though, we were most impressed with how willing to help the front desk was. They really helped us out a lot. Great staff! This place is not perfect, but it doesn't have to be... it's a true gem in Dominical, and you won't regret staying here.

    5 night family trip, Mar 17, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Cool grounds and layout of room. Great pools and bar/restaurant. But they should allow you to drive up the property road to your villas. WAAYYY too far, to haul up a bunch of stuff.

    1 night trip with friends, Mar 9, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    The shower head was broken. The curtains didn’t close properly and the doors rattled a little bit but all in all it was nice

    4 night romance trip, Mar 7, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Villas Rio Mar was the perfect place for a weekend getaway from Uvita! It was perfectly located and the property was stunning. We enjoyed seeing lots of wildlife, especially colorful birds, during our stay. Don’t miss the delicious ice cream at the restaurant, including vegan options! Would highly recommend staying here.

    2 night romance trip, Mar 5, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Perfect getaway

    Really enjoyed our time here. Liked the two pools. Excellent breakfast and quiet location

    David, 6 night trip, Feb 25, 2021

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