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Villas Rio Mar

3-star3 stars
Dominical Beach, Ballena, Puntarenas, 1350, Costa Rica

Family-friendly hotel in Ballena with outdoor pool and restaurant
  • Free full breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
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Restrictions related to your trip

Costa Rica may have travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19. 

  • Really enjoyed our time here. Liked the two pools. Excellent breakfast and quiet location Feb 25, 2021
  • I was very pleasantly surprised by this resort! I knew Dominical was more hippie than…Jan 19, 2021

Villas Rio Mar

from Rs7,741
  • Superior Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Villa, Kitchen

What’s around Villas Rio Mar


  • Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary - 5.5 mi / 8.9 km
  • Marino Ballena National Park - 14 mi / 22.5 km
  • Nauyaca Waterfalls - 16.8 mi / 27.1 km
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - 25.7 mi / 41.3 km

Getting around

  • Quepos (XQP) - 38 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

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


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

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Costa Rica may have travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19.
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

Travelling with others


  • Up to 4 children 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



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • Free onsite self parking

  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

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
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Number of buildings/towers - 12
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • 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
  • 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.


On Site

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • 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

Villas Rio Mar’s 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 Hotel
  • Villas Rio Mar Ballena
  • Villas Rio Mar Hotel Ballena
  • 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


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.

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)

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 for Villas Rio Mar

  • Does Villas Rio Mar offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    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.
  • 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 requires staff to wear personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at Villas Rio Mar?
    Yes, there's free self parking.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Villas Rio Mar?
    Yes, El Rancho offers international cuisine and garden views. Nearby restaurants include Cafe Mono Congo (12-min walk), Dominical Sushi (12-min walk), and Café Delicias (13-min walk).
  • 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 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.

Recent reviews

Superb 9.0 From 162 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Great place amazing. River and beach 100% every th
Carlos Alejandro, ie2 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Return Visit Earned
Very clean and picturesque property grounds. The staff was very friend and the restaurant staff was very accommodating and allowed me to alter the dining menu. The included buffet breakfast was a plus! My children loved the lap pool.
Sergio, us4 night family trip
Good 6.0
La 3er vez que me quedo, y no fue tan buena la estadía, cortinas viejas, sucias, no había jabón en el baño, solo dos palos cuando éramos tres, no servia el cable, 1h y 20m esperando la comida, el desayuno super escaso no habían opciones, comi pinto y huevo ... El servicio al cliente no fue bueno.
Francia, us1 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
This was a bit paradise! The grounds and pool area were amazing! The breakfast was delicious and staff was kind. It is close to Dominical beach which was a fun spot to surf and boogie board. The rooms are basic but we didn’t care because we spent all out time outside.
Camille, us2 night family trip
Very good 8.0
Nice Space
Very nice staff. Good location
Wade, ca1 night trip
Fair 4.0
Hubo problemas serios de agua y como la estadía fue de una noche nos estropeó parte del viaje. Tuvimos que salir a buscar otro lugar para bañarnos y comer. Al momento de llegar nadie nos dio información al respecto no fue si no cuando ya estábamos en la ducha cuando nos dimos cuenta que no había agua. :(
us1 night family trip
Very good 8.0
Relajante deben mejorar servicio al cliente
El lugar es excelente para descansar muy relajante. Debe mejorar notoriamente el servicio al cliente. Ofrecian un coctel de bienvenida que no lo daban por la pandemia (no tiene sentido). El Hotel lleno y una piscina cerrada lo que contribuye a aglomeraciones sin nadie que lo regule. Lo peor, habia un fuerte aguacero y nos fuimos maleta en mano a la habitación a 300 metros de la recepción. Llegamos empapados. Eramos 4 y nos dieron tres sombrillas una de las cuales no servia. Asuntos básicos y muy puntuales como estos bajan la calidad de un hotel aun cuando es una estancia agradable.
Emilio, us1 night family trip
Very good 8.0
We have been to this property before In high season and even though the services were cut back due to low season, the property is still wonderful and we had a pleasurable time there again.
Sharon, ca4 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
Loved the property, the pool is a good size the staff were acvommodating and the restaurznt was great. I would definitely return.
Barb, us3 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10.0
Great place for a vacation or a staycation!
The rooms were super clean, the staff were friendly and helpful, the pools were fantastic. Overall, this is a great place to spend your vacation. I'll be back for sure
Leyna, us1 night trip with friends

Villas Rio Mar