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Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Resort

At a Glance

    Pros

  • expansive beachfront
  • good restaurants in hotel
  • plenty of outdoor activities

    Cons

  • dark and depressing parking garage
  • sometimes there are long lines at the check-in desk

Fodorite Reviews

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Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Resort Review

Guests come to this sprawling 500-acre resort to enjoy a host of outdoor activities, including championship golf and tennis, as well as hiking excursions in the nearby rain forest. The property teems with large groups, whether they're business travelers attending a meeting at the Caribbean's largest oceanfront convention center or packaged tour groups on vacation. If you're feeling lazy, one of the resort's gems is the never-ending beach that offers escape from the hectic atmosphere off the lobby. Multiple pools swirl around the property, including an adults-only haven, and the seven-story hotel wraps around a bevy of gardens, some in better shape than others. The views of both ocean and rain forest are lovely, and Wyndham's signature comfy "Be Well" beds ensure a good night's sleep. Extensive programs for children are available daily at the Iguana Kids Club, and on-site Dragonfly Adventures can organize excursions to nearby places of interest.

    Hotel Details

  • 600 rooms, 72 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
Updated: 12-20-2012

Fodorite Reviews

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    Perfect Vacation

    We enjoyed the resort, the golf and the food. We will go back next year!

    by gastronome, 6/12/08
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    a lovely spot

    We just returned from the Rio Mar and loved it. The beach is absolutely stunning and there are 2 huge pools, one of which is for adults only. This is also one of the few resorts where there are far more chairs at both the pool and beach than there are people--no more running down early to save spots. The rooms aren't huge but they're well laid out and very modern. The staff could not have been nicer and the concierges were as knowledgeable as any I've encountered. Good food, great location. It's not cheap but I also never felt that we were being taken advantage of. I have no complaints at all.

    by pmasonf, 1/16/08
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    Very old reviews.

    I'm interested in the Rio Del Mar but looking at the reviews that are mostly three years old really don't convey many recent opinions or opinions . Hopefully, things do change, good or bad, over a three year term. Come on Fodors, I like your web comments but not three year old feedback ! Nothing worse than "old news". I know you can do better ! Thanks.

    by zippy, 9/29/07
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    Purrfecttttt

    Two great golf courses. many great resturants. Two pools ONE FOR ADULTS ONLY. Super beach. Service was good from valet at door to valet when we left.
    Looking to return

    by edjaguar, 6/13/07
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    Great Resort...But...........

    Booked a Ocean Front room and got a room on the first floor looking at a garden.Restaurants need improving and service.The resort fee of $65.00 a day is a joke.Golf course was very nice as well is the beach.

    by WillyDogs, 3/3/07
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    Great Family Spot

    We recently returned from a trip here (1/07). We loved it. We were greeted by a guest services manager who interacted with us several times during our stay to ensure that we were getting what we needed. We had two connecting rooms for my wife and I and two children (under two). Very good babysitting services are offered ($17 an hour for 2 children). The babysitter was a professional who had been a nanny in the past). Beach was quite nice. Pools were nice, though not heated. Nice toddlers playground is on grounds. 95% of the staff was caring, friendly and attentive. Food is expensive and the resort is somewhat isolated unless you have a car. We enjoyed the food for the most part, but it costs more to eat here than it does in New York City. David's cookies for breakfast offers bagels and cereal and muffins, at only slightly inflated prices but if you're tired of carbs, you pay $24 per person for a buffet breakfast that is good, though overpriced. We ate at Shimas, Palio, Mirabella, and La Coqui (for Lunch). Food was very good, but not great. The options for room service were a bit disappointing. The physical space of the resort is quite nice and easy to get around. Parking is expensive, though if you rent a car from Avis at the resort, then you pay only $5 daily for self parking as opposed to $15 for self parking per day and 20 for valet parking. Family perks that you may not be aware of include the availability of refrigerators and microwaves upon request (there was a waiting list for microwaves though). These are complementary as are diaper genies and "pack and plays". Cabanas were readily available, but expensive at $90 per day including a cooler of soft drinks, a nice fruit plate, and assorted bags of chips and pretzels. Id return either with my family or as a couple. I wouldn't likely return at full price, though. It is a solid 4-star resort.

    by randynyc, 1/28/07

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