|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Villa Bendicion is uniquely situated on a cliff offering a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean and the surf. Bendicion is the Spanish word for blessing. We feel blessed to stay in such a place surrounded by natural beauty. The large terrace and gazebo offer many opportunities to enjoy the day with the sea and sky as a constant companion. I have a special home made chair in the corner of the terrace where I have my morning beverage and contemplate the surf conditions.
El Zonte beach, is a favorite among tourists and locals alike. Sheer cliffs border a 3 kilometer beach. Rock formations rise out of the powdery volcanic sand. At low tide discover tiny sea creatures among the rocks and swim in tidal pools, at high tide swim in a saltwater pool that overflows with the incoming waves.
Keywords: casa, beach house,
Paola and I met at sunset on El Zonte beach in 2001. Her grandfather built one of the original homes in El Zonte in the late 50's. Her family visited the beach almost every weekend. Originally from Virginia, I first surfed in El Zonte in 1995 and bought my first home there in 2000. Paola is a theater actor and I am a visual artist. We have two daughters.
Mike and Paola purchased this villa in 2005
For me, El Zonte means childhood memories. I have the opportunity of having my children enjoy it as much as I did. The house is well located in El Salvador map. We are close enough to San Salvador to enjoy the entertainment dining and art, but far enough to feel the serenity of the beach. The colonial towns of Ataco and Apaneca can be reached by car in a little over an hour as well. Mike traveled a lot through south and Central America and when he came to El Zonte he found the right place for him in its unique, quiet and beautiful scenery.
Our house was designed for relaxation and entertainment. Last year we added lighting mosaic tile, and an underwater bench to our pool. The bench facilitates enjoying the pool with our girls while they learn to swim. We love seafood, grilling a big Red Snapper by the pool, eating fresh oysters brought out from in front of our property, and making ceviche. Our terraces and gazebo are large enough and separate enough to hold group and private activities simultaneously. Often, when we are entertaining, someone is sleeping in the hammock while another group socializes, and someone else meditates or reads at the gazebo.
Amazing location looking over surf point break of El Zonte. Surf is fun and basically down a few stairs. Very accessible and friendly locals. Me and 3 sons had an amazing trip surfing and loafing in pool and hammocks. Mike was very accommodating and arranged maid and cook and rides. Delicious dinners after surf days or tours all ready for us at our place. Comfortable home with AC in rooms. Took 3 trips with Rivas a great tour guide. We went to waterfalls with rocks to jump off, Mayan ruins and tour of volcanic sites. Very informative. We felt like we got a taste El Salvador-the culture, the history and the people. What a cool country. We felt safe and completely at ease. Highly recommend Casa Bendicion for an unforgettable adventure and great surf destination!
Our family of 5 just returned from 8 nights at Villa Bendicion. Mike was really helpful arranging transportation from the airport, to the grocery store and fish market, restaurants and other areas of El Salvador. We spent most days relaxing in the pool, reading or napping in the hammock. Three of us surfed and enjoyed great waves in warm water. No wetsuits! What a treat! The house was very comfortable and we all enjoyed getting to know Mike and his family. Having a few of our meals prepared for us (with the fish we bought at the fish market) was also one of the highlights or our time there. I highly recommend a visit and would return to El Salvador without hesitation.
My husband, our two young girls (age 3 and 1), and I spent an amazing week at Casa Bendicion! This was our first international trip with the kids and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. The house was great, having a pool for the kids was fantastic, the sound of the waves was so nice, and the town of El Zonte was easy to walk to and hang out in. Mike and his family went above and beyond to help us get groceries, a rental car, a cook...whatever we needed. His kids even played with my three year old, which she thought was the best part of the trip. We felt totally safe the entire time we were in El Salvador and had a fun time trying to piece together our broken Spanish. I would absolutely recommend this house to anybody, especially families, as it was a perfect option for us.
Two friends and I just returned from staying at Casa Bendicion for a week and absolutely loved it. Mike and his family are great hosts and can set you up with whatever you need...a ride to and from the airport, a cook, trips to the market, a massage, and local knowledge of places to eat and surf. The weather was perfect and the water was warm. The waves were fun and the locals were all very friendly. We enjoyed making the short walk from the house to the town of El Zonte to eat, shop, surf, etc. We never felt unsafe at all. In fact, it was quite the opposite. We found the locals to be incredibly friendly and helpful. I sustained a small cut on my head while surfing (out of my own carelessness) and when I walked up the beach w/ a bleeding head a small army of locals sprang into action getting me a wet towel, bandages, ice and making sure I made it to the house safely. I was so impressed. I highly recommend Mike's place for anyone looking to get away and just relax. The pool is perfect for cooling off and having AC in each of the rooms made it so comfortable for sleeping. Back in the cold waters of California I am missing this place more than ever and can't wait to get back. We'll be seeing you soon, Caballo. Thanks again for an awesome trip.
While El Salvador is still a bit "3rd world" Villa Bendicion is nothing short of first class. The owner Mike and his family go above and beyond to ensure your stay is the best ever. The property is absolutely stunning, safe, and very well taken care of. The small town of Zonte is a short walk yet just far enough away that you can hear anything at night from town. The amenities and full kitchen at the house make you feel like your at your own home away from home. We cooked most evenings and enjoyed the cooler night time air on the patios and watched the BEAUTIFUL thunder and lightning storms that would pass through.
If your looking to get away from it all but close enough to restaurants and other things this is the property for you.
Truly looking forward to going back!
We had a group of 4, house had everything we needed and then some. Location was excellent, on the less populated side of the beach. I had quite a few mornings on the beach with just me and a couple of dogs. Friendly town with just enough services to be comfortable, but not so many to draw crowds.
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