About Villas Río Mar
Hotel Dominical Costa Rica

Surrounded by Jungle, Many Amenities, Walk to the Beach and Dominical!

Relax in true nature while enjoying lots of amenities

Eco Hotel in Dominical, Costa Rica

Villas Río Mar is an internationally recognized 3 Star Eco Hotel in Dominical, Costa Rica. The resort style hotel is positioned in a stunning jungle setting; an easy 10 minute walk from the fun and the beach of Playa Dominical, Costa Rica.

All rooms include a private patio and are equipped with AC and TV. We offer 2 large swimming pools and our spacious tropical gardens provide privacy and include many beautiful plants, flowers, and birds, which one can observe from the outdoor patio of the room.

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One of the best restaurants in the area, El Rancho, is located at Hotel Villas Río Mar; we grow most of the veggies ourselves; organically! The area offers a wide array of leisure and adventure activities, including beautiful beaches, four National Parks, and many other nature & wildlife reserves.

Whether traveling as a couple or with family, Hotel Villas Río Mar offers a wide range of amenities, facilities and services guaranteed to make your holiday worry-free and enjoyable. With 61 rooms our hotel can also host medium-sized groups.

Many Hotel Amenities

  1. Spacious Tropical Garden
  2. Large pool with Baby pool
  3. 2nd swimming pool for laps 
  4. Quality Restaurant & Room service
  5. Cozy Bar with sports-TV, billiards and more
  6. Tennis Court
  7. Kids’ Play area
  8. Miniature Golf
  9. Rainforest Trail
  10. Body treatment services
  11. Tour & Transport services

“Gorgeous hotel! Beautiful and comfortable rooms, great pool, good food and very friendly staff. Will definitely stay here again!”


Bailey, February 2022, Booking.com

“Bungalows set in beautiful gardens on a hill bordering the forest. The rooms are spacious and clean. Loved to wake up to the sound of birds in the morning. Breakfast is plentiful. Fresh fruit, juices and cereal as well as fried plantains, rice and beans, eggs. They have a bar and the restaurant serves dinner which is delicious. The staff was friendly and welcoming. Will visit again!”


Martina, February 2023, Booking.com

“Love the location of this hotel next to the river where you can swim. Beautiful rooms and 2 pools. The suites were beautiful.”


Maria, January 2023, Google

“A Very Comfortable 2 Night Stay With All Amenities We Could Ask For! Very happy with: location, pool, service, restaurant, staff”


Farah, August 2022, Booking.com

“Great Riverside Location And Quick Access To The Beach In Dominical. Love The Grounds Here At Rio Mar! Justin and all the staff were incredibly helpful and were able to fulfill all our requests. I had a flat tire one morning and David was very helpful by providing a floor jack to facilitate with putting on the spare. Many thanks to Jorge in the restaurant for exceptional service. The well manicured grounds attract many species of birds. At least 3 species of toucans, Turkeys, oropendulas and many others. ”


Edward, February 2023, Booking.com

Unique Location


  • Surrounded by Jungle
  • Walk to Playa Dominical
  • Walk to the Beach
  • < 3 hours from San Jose International Airport
  • 15 min. North from Uvita
  • 30 min. South from Quepos/ Manuel Antonio


dominical hotel flexible conditions
Up to 30% discount this low season!

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Things to do

The area of Dominical (also known as Costa Ballena or Bahia Ballena) is one of the best place to visit in Costa Rica. Our area offers a wide array of leisure and adventure activities including beautiful beaches, 4 National Parks (Manuel Antonio, Marino Ballena, Corcovado and Chirripo), and many other rainforest reserves like Hacienda Baru or the marine reserve Caño Island. Other things to do are: rafting, kayaking, zip-lining, surf lessons, body boarding, ATV tours or visit one of the many awesome waterfalls of Dominical.

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We are a family friendly resort

Hotel Villas Rio Mar is a kid friendly resort and hotel in Dominical, Costa Rica. The whole family will like our 2 large swimming pools and we also offer a baby pool, a kids play area and mini golf. Our restaurants offers a kids menu and the rooms are suited for families. In fact, children under 5 years old are free of charge (when sharing room with parents – no extra bed – up to the maximum occupancy of the room). Our 4 Kitchen Suites are very popular with families who prefer to cook instead of going out for eating every time.

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Best time to visit Costa Rica

The area of Dominical has nice temperatures year round. Some travelers are afraid of visiting Costa Rica in rainy season (also called green season), but most of time rainy season is not so bad in our area. From May to November you have a higher change of rain; mostly in the afternoon, evening or night. The mornings are mostly sunny. Most people like the cooling effect of a good rain shower. Another advantage is that rates of flight tickets, car rental and accommodation go down, in particular for the low season months May, June, September and October. Hotels and Resorts offer better rates for your holiday in Costa Rica.

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Rooms from $84,-

(date dependent)

We offer 3 room types:

  • Superior Room: 1 King size + 1 Single bed
  • Junior Suite: 2 Kings size beds
  • Kitchen Suite: 2 Double beds + Kitchenette

All rooms include:

  • Private patio
  • Garden view
  • AC & Ceiling fans
  • TV, Wifi, Mini fridge

Buffet Breakfast Included
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We are an Eco friendly Hotel

Eco Hotel Villas Río Mar is committed to work in an environmentally friendly way. We are continuously trying to improve our ways of working that benefits the Environment. This is the reason why we are CST certified in the highest class, named ‘Elite’. Read all about this certification and the Eco things we do, by selecting one of the topics below.


The Eco things we do

Herewith a list of some of the environmentally friendly things we do.

Green energy

All our bungalows have solar panels which provide sufficient electricity for the AC’s to run. Solar panels are also providing the warm water in the rooms.

Waste Collection & Recycling

You will find several waste collection units throughout our resort for guests to use. These units collect waste separately: glass, paper, cardboard and others. In our waste collection center we also separate the waste that we use in the resort. The separated waste will be picked up by a variety of companies that will recycle the waste. A good example is the old oil of our fryers; this waste product is used for the production of things like body creams and bio fuel (and more).

Home grown organic vegetables

We have our own greenhouse to produce the vegetables for the restaurant in an organic way.

Responsible Gardening

We do not use insecticides, fungicides or any other chemical to maintain our beautiful gardens.

Biodegradable Products

All the cleaning products we use are biodegradable; such as hand soap, dishwasher soap, washing machine soap, floor cleaner etc.

Saving water

The urinals in the restrooms of our restaurant, conference room and pool use sophisticated techniques that do not require water.

Keeping our Beach clean

Each month a different group of employees cleans the beach of Dominical. Throughout the year, each employee of Villas Rio Mar helps removing waste from the beach we all love so much.

Corcovado Foundation Partnership

We are a friend and sponsor of the Corcovado Foundation. We ask each of our guests if they want to donate USD 1,- (or more) when checking out.


In partnership with Cuna del Ángel Hotel, Villas Rio Mar helps to plant trees every year. The trees are usually planted in Marino Ballena National Park.

Employee incentives

We give incentives to the employees that want to help us with the Eco friendly activities as mentioned above.

Sustainable Tourism Certificate (CST)

We are the only hotel in Dominical Costa Rica that has the highest possible certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST)

The Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program – CST – is a product of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT). The CST was designed to differentiate businesses of the tourism sector, based on the degree to which they comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management. CST is regulated by the Costa Rican National Accreditation Commission. Hotel Villas Rio Mar is certified with the ‘Elite’ status of CST. We are the only hotel in Dominical Costa Rica that has this highest possible certification.  

CST Elite Hotel Dominical Costa Rica - Villas Rio Mar

The sustainable certification is divided in 4 environments, with different practices for each:

Physic-Biological environment

  • Evaluate the negative impacts the company’s operations can cause
  • Encourage customers to visit protected areas
  • Inform about climate changes
  • Monitor water and energy consumption
  • Manage wastes

Politics of service environment

  • Establish politics, vision and mission
  • Train the staff
  • Consumer friendly environmental products
  • Use friendly environmental cleaning products
  • Have procedures and installations in case of emergency

External customer environment

  • Inform customers about the place and actions made
  • Signs in the rooms about sustainable practices

Socioeconomic environment

  • Hire people from the community and the area
  • Use local products and services
  • Inform about activities available in the community
What you can do

Sustainable tourism

Stay at a hotel or ecolodge which respects the sustainable tourism values and travel with a responsible attitude.

Please contact us in case you want to participate in sustainable programs as carbon compensation or when you want to donate to national parks like Corcovado.

During the tours and activities, respect the following recommendations:

  • Do not leave trash
  • Do not feed the animals
  • Do not extract flowers or plants from national parks and private reserves
  • Always stay on the trail
  • Be silent, do not disturb the wildlife
  • Do not use the flash while making pictures of wildlife
  • Also at sea; do not touch the fishes or other living organism like sea stars
  • It is not allowed to have fires within protected areas
  • It is not allowed to consume alcoholic drinks in protected areas
  • Don´t waste drinking water; close the drinking fountain when you are done
  • Bring your own water container
  • Don´t throw toilet paper in the toilet of protected areas, always in the bin
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