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Reviewed 1 May 2018

This is a great place to relax and enjoy Nature. The staff is great and the location is perfect. Quiet and closed to everything.
If you surf you will love it, if you are looking for a relaxing time you will love it even more...
Thank you for your help and hospitality. We will be back very soon!!

Rafa

  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled with friends
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José Andrey C, Director de Recepción at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2018

Hi Rafa

Wow, thank you, thank you and thank you, such a terrific review, the way you describe your stay with us is just amazing and it really makes us happy to know that you had a nice time at Villas Rio Mar.

There is nothing more to add on your review about your stay, about surfing here that’s totally true, we get amazing beaches such as Hermosa, Dominicalito, Dominical, Playa Linda and Matapalo, all of this just a few minutes driving and great places to surf, especially Dominical just 1 km from our hotel, you can have fun and adventure with all the great places that surround the area of Dominical and then get lost on tranquility and nature here at Villas Rio Mar.

Please remember that know you have a second house in Costa Rica, it will be more than an honor hosting you again, please send me an email at asistente@villasriomar.com when you want to come back and I will make sure to make it all easier and better for you.

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Reviewed 24 April 2018

Located close to town and restaurants, the Villas Rio Mar was a great place for us. We had a nice little room with cold ac and a big bathroom. The breakfast was super good! We sat by the pool in the evening and enjoyed listening to the music coming from the restaurant and just simply being surrounded by all of the gorgeous flora and fauna. The property is clean and well maintained. The staff was totally helpful and quick to respond when we had trouble getting our TV to work. We were so pleased with our stay!

We do not have any little kids- but there were all sorts of play areas for little ones, as well as adults. The pool was huge and I can see where a large family would thoroughly enjoy this place!
My only complaint was that nobody offered to help us with our luggage- we were moving, and had quite a heavy load, and could have used a hand.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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José Andrey C, Director de Recepción at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Hi dear traveler, thanks a lot for such a great review, they you describe your stay with us is just amazing and saying thanks is not enough to express how grateful we are with you, it is great to read how nice your time was at Villas Rio Mar.

I would also love to tell you thank you for letting other Trip Advisor readers know about our breakfast, we have been improving this a lot and it makes us happy to start seeing results now, in fact we are always improving for you our guest, good music to relax while you enjoy our pool is also part of it, and the playground is a classic here, but we also keep in mind having this always well maintained and looking nice for the little ones that enjoy this a lot, we find energy and lots of courage on your comment and will keep making it better, about the luggage I am so sorry you did not find the help you need it, we love to offer help when is needed, we will make sure to investigate and see why you did not receive this help with your luggage, we do not have a belt man, but this is something that do we when is requested.

I really hope to see you again here, you have a second home in Costa Rica now, hosting you again will be more than an honor.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

really peaceful, clean, fun, great staff, good food, and the best chiliguaro I’ve ever had. the young lady at the pool bar made them and they were dope! I’d go there again just for the chiliguaro. oh, there is also a delicious vegan/vegetarian/pescatarian restaurant right around the corner called Maracatu, I highly recommend eating there

Stayed: April 2018, travelled on business
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José C, Director General at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Hi dear amigo!

What a great review!! we love to see our friends telling specific facts about our Restaurante el Rancho such as the Chiliguaro, to prepare it like this it just requires tomato juice, lemon juice, salt pepper and TONS OF LOVE!! do not forhet the Cacique of course!!!!

It truly makes us happy to see how much you enjoyed! and we do hope to see you again here taking some more shots of chiliguaro and chilling with us!

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

If you are staying anywhere in Southern Costa Rica don't bother staying anywhere else. This is the best place to stay. We stayed for 4 nights and loved it. We left town and came back because the other town's hotel was trash compared to Rio Mar. Best villa ever hands down. The grounds are amazing, don't skip out on their little trail in the back either .This is the type of place where you could just stay on their grounds all day and be happy. We will be back.

We did the Corcovado tour through them that was pretty damn cool, check that out.
They picked us up from a hotel near the airport.Free breakfast,quiet peaceful and beautiful grounds. Like I said just stay here you won't be disappointed! 10/10

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank buffank
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José C, Director de Recepción at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Dear traveler,

Nothing else to add to your wonderful review! the way you describe Villas Rio Mar is simply amazing and even thanks is not enough to describe how grateful we are with you! we love to read our guest telling others travelers this type of comments, this give you a sensation of " oh! I really want to go there and discover why they express like this of this hotel"

We invite other people with plans to visit the southern of Costa Rica to discover why visitors like you are enjoying our hotel the way you describe it!

We are closed to one of the best national parks in the world, Corcovado is an experience full of pure nature and emotion that you can not miss if you come to the south, we are happy that you had a chance to do it and enjoyed a lot.

Please remember that we will continue being your house for all your future visits to Costa Rica!

Pura vida!

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Our stay was spectacular. It's the most eco friendly hotel we've stayed at in Eastern Costa Rica. The gardens are beautiful and filled with local flora and fauna labelled with signs. They provide biodegradable soap, shampoo and conditioner locally made in containers instead of single use plastic. They support the Corcovado foundation which supports sea turtle conservation, environmental education, community cooperation and sustainable tourism. They have an amazing gallery of insects and butterflies. They also support the no straw campaign and only serve straws upon request. The sell local gelato and craft beer from San Isidrio, made just outside Dominical. They have recycling all around the garden and safety zones. It's absolutely wonderful. The staff were also incredible. Thank you Ariel, Gustavo, and Kevin for making it unforgettable.

Suggestion: Add an organic compost to compost the restaurant food to save the planet and reduce global emissions.

Stayed: April 2018, travelled on business
Thank Gloria M
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José C, Director de Recepción at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018


Dear Gloria,

We thank you for such a nice review! the way you describe our eco resort is just amazing!

It is truly important for us to see that you appreciate all our hard work we do to protect our environment, this is a really hard work but we felt in love doing it and now is something that motivate us to keep with this actions that help a lot, we really want to be an example for other hotels that is possible to offer a nice and comfortable stay but also take care of the nature at the same time, we much appreciate you took part of your time to share your experience with Trip Advisor reviewers!

About the compost, we really appreciate your words and suggestion but we actually do that, every day we go twice and sometimes more to our compost located near our trail up on the mountain of Villas Rio Mar.

I have told our staff about your words and they are more than happy to know about it, you have new friends in Costa Rica at Villas Rio Mar and we are already missing you, we really hope to see you back again soon.

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