Villas Rio Mar

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Beach nearby, beach massages
Beach nearby, beach massages
Beach nearby, beach massages
Outdoor pool, open 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM, pool umbrellas, sun loungers

Overview of Villas Rio Mar

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Villas Rio Mar

3.0 star property
Riverfront hotel in Ballena with outdoor pool and restaurant

8,8/10 Fabulous

435 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
Dominical Beach, Ballena, Puntarenas, 1350
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Fitness center
  • Children's pool
  • Pool bar
  • Swim-up bar
  • Room service
  • Conference center
  • Airport shuttle
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Children's pool
  • Playground on site
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bathroom

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About this area

What's nearby

  • Manuel Antonio National Park - 69 min drive

Getting around

  • Quepos (XQP) - 32 min drive
  • Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 55.9 miles/90 km
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Villas Rio Mar

3-star family-friendly hotel by the ocean
Take advantage of free full breakfast, a roundtrip airport shuttle, and a swim-up bar at Villas Rio Mar. Adventurous travelers may like the hiking/biking at this hotel. Treat yourself to spa services, such as a body scrub, a body wrap, or a manicure/pedicure. The onsite international cuisine restaurant, El Rancho, features pool views and happy hour. Free in-room WiFi is available to all guests, along with a poolside bar and a terrace.
Other perks at this hotel include:
  • An outdoor pool and a children's pool, with sun loungers, pool umbrellas, and a swim-up bar
  • Free self parking
  • An outdoor tennis court, tennis lessons on site, and a computer station
  • Multilingual staff, concierge services, and smoke-free premises
  • Guest reviews give top marks for the pool and quiet location
Room features
All guestrooms at Villas Rio Mar feature perks such as furnished patios and air conditioning, as well as amenities like free WiFi and separate sitting areas.
More conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Bathrooms with showers and free toiletries
  • Flat-screen TVs with cable channels
  • Separate sitting areas, refrigerators, and free infant beds


English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 48 rooms
  • Arranged over 1 level


  • Check-in time from 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • 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

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


  • Up to 4 children (4 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


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


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast each morning 7 AM–9:00 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Swim-up bar
  • Room service (limited hours)

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free
  • Children's pool
  • Mini golf
  • Playground
  • Children's menu

What to do

  • Tennis lessons
  • Mini golf
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Pool table
  • Beach nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Wildlife viewing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Ziplining nearby

Working away

  • Meeting room
  • Computer station
  • Conference center (947 square feet of space)


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Umbrellas
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • 12 buildings/towers
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Television in common areas
  • Fitness center
  • An outdoor pool
  • Outdoor tennis court


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


  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

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

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Free crib/infant bed
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Furnished patio
  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


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.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

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

Children & extra beds

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

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

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

Hygiene & cleanliness

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).


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 accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Rio Mar Villas
Villas Rio Mar
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
Villas Rio Mar Ballena
Hotel Villas Rio Mar
Villas Rio Mar Hotel Ballena
Villas Rio Mar Hotel
Villas Rio Mar Hotel
Villas Rio Mar Ballena
Villas Rio Mar Hotel Ballena

Frequently asked questions

Does Villas Rio Mar offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Villas Rio Mar does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Villas Rio Mar?
As of 24 September 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Villas Rio Mar on 25 September 2022 start from R2 637, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Villas Rio Mar?
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 staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Villas Rio Mar?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool and a children's pool. Guests have pool access from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Are pets allowed at Villas Rio Mar?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Villas Rio Mar?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Villas Rio Mar?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is CRC 33600 per person one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Villas Rio Mar?
You can check in from 3 PM - 10 PM. Check-out time is noon.
What is there to do at Villas Rio Mar and nearby?
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.
Are there restaurants at or near Villas Rio Mar?
Yes, El Rancho offers international cuisine and garden views. Nearby restaurants include Cafe Mono Congo (10-min walk), Dominical Sushi (11-min walk), and El Pescado Loco (11-min walk).
Does Villas Rio Mar have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a furnished patio.
What's the area around Villas Rio Mar like?
Villas Rio Mar is a short 4-minute walk from PlayaGuápil and 6 minutes' walk from Playa Barú. The local area is popular for its beaches and our guests say it is very quiet.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

A gem in the jungle!
Amazingly beautiful hotel. a little gem in the jungle. I highly recommend this hotel. Very luxurious, very clean, all amenities. A paradise
angelique, 1-night family trip
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6/10 Good

Randi, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Trop cher pour la prestation
Un hotel dans un grand parc . Les bungalows sont très étroits et sombres . Les photos sont trompeuses car la chambre est vraiment petite et sombre . L hôtel est isolé. La piscine est belle. Le prix est trop élevé pour la prestation
Robert, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Excellent service, beautiful setting, good food and the perfect location. Can’t ask for much more, I highly recommend Villas Rio Mar!
Shane, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Shane, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Rodrigo, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Anastasia, 6-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

A great place to stay
A Beautiful Place to stay. My research confirms this is the nicest/reasonable priced place in Dominical Beach. The staff are all friendly, helpful. It is a quiet place; I sleep well here. The pool is clean, big, and very refreshing. House keeping does a great job. The breakfast is amazing, coffee is very good. The restaurant food is very good; some of the best tacos I ever had, and of course the local cuisine is on point, excellent quality. The prices are quite steep though, even for a Canadian, and being charged in USD is lame. I will not pay $13+ CAD for a mojito, no where In the world. When a big bottle of premium rum at the store is $18. Some food had one price on the menu, but I was charged more when it came time to pay. I feel the attitude as a whole in CR is to gouge the tourist. We saved hard to come here, and are not all rich, so why are we charged exponentially higher prices than locals would pay. Perhaps if they charged in colones I would feel better. This is an amazing place to stay, but they need to invest a little more to make the road in drivable. Unless you have a quality SUV, or 4x4, you will ruin your car on the road unless you drive walking speed.
7-night trip
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6/10 Good

Kinda Noisy
Villas Rio Mar has a lot of has a good location and the grounds and setting are very well kept. The restaurant is well above average and I was very pleasantly surprised by traditional Costa Rica meal that I ordered. It was much better than the average "casado." The restaurant staff was also very nice and friendly. The front desk staff was just "so so." They seemed more interested in getting back to texting on their phone rather than helping customers. The rooms were nice, and the bed was comfortable...but the walls are thin and you can hear the entire conversation of whoever is staying in the room adjoining yours. This makes it challenging to sleep.
1-night business trip
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10/10 Exceptional

jay, 2-night trip
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