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Beautiful PRIVATE Villa BEACHFRONT near Montañita

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Santa Elena

Private Villa with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, panoramic balcony and front porch

Our home is nestled right in front of the beach, offering direct access just a few steps from our generous sitting porch. If you prefer you can enjoy bathing in the swimming pool or hut tub while still enjoying the panoramic scenery only found in this area of the coast.

Upstairs you'll find the master bedroom with one king size bed and it's private bathroom, the only one with jacuzzi. The second bedroom has a queen bed and also it's full bathroom. Both rooms, together with a little TV room, equipped with LCD 32' + satelliteTV, has access to our panoramic balcony. Here you will have a little sitting area to enjoy tea time or a unforgettable nap in the Hammocks, enjoying the sounds of the waves.

Downstairs, there are 2 bedrooms. The first one with a full size bed, twin bed, with full bath can accommodate a small family. The last bedroom has 2 full beds.

All our bed linen and bath towels have been carefully chosen. We provide down comforters and plenty pillows for each room. All our rooms are equipped with A/C.

The kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel appliances. Downstairs you will find also a dining room with capacity for 6, a living room and a fireplace.

The front porch is the area where we spend most of our day. Here you can sit and relax in our custom made teak outdoor living room or if you prefer relax in the hammocks. Our exterior dining room can accommodate 12 and has a panoramic view of the swimming pool and the ocean.

Daniel & Gina, our caretakers, will be happy to help you with everything you'll need: from getting freshly baked bread for your breakfast, to set the umbrellas and chairs on the beach when you need them. Gina is a big fan of cooking, and she will be happy to prepare the local dishes or if you prefer, a more elaborated menu. BBQ nights are always a lot of fun, tell her your preferences, seafood or meat, and sit back and enjoy. There is no extra fee for their services, however gratuities are encouraged.

We can help you with transfers, booking of tours, grocery shopping, among other things. Let us know what are your special needs, we would love to help you with them.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed

Gisella Coello Behr
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
9 September, 2016
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About Gisella Coello Behr

I grew up in Guayaquil and most of my childhood I vacationed by the coast. My family and I love to have company and this made us want to exceed always as good hosts. I studied hotel management in Switzerland and I love to show foreigners the beauty of my country. Welcome to Ecuador!

Gisella Coello Behr purchased this villa in 2004

Why Gisella Coello Behr chose Ecuador

My family purchased this house because it's unique location. The whole area enjoys an extensive 12-mile beach with very little access to the public. We are very lucky to be able to have unobstructed views and direct access to the beach.

The life this region of Ecuador offers is very rural and people is well known for its laid back and compliance attitude.

What makes this villa unique

Beautiful view, extensive gardens, exterior swimming pool & hot tub, direct access to the beach, low traffic beach, close rainforest of 'Cinco Cerros'


based on 8 holidaymaker reviews

Beautiful PRIVATE Villa BEACHFRONT near Montañita
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We wanted to visit the coast of Ecuador and this house was the perfect place. We loved the jacuzzi overlooking the ocean. Best of all we loved that you could step off the porch directly into the ocean or the beach (depending on the tide). From the beach you can walk 20min or so along the beach to one of 2 different small towns and enjoy the local flair. We also grabbed a bus to Montañita to have some coctails and sea food, when we had our fill of the party atmosphere we took a very short taxi ride back to our relaxing stay. We loved the variety the location of this house provided, not to mention the staff was extremely helpful and so nice!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chicago,Ill, Usa

Wow You Can't Get Any Better Than This

  • 5 of 5

I am amazed at the service from this beautiful home. Gisella was absolutely fantastic she met us at our hotel upon arriving into grayquill took us to pick up our rental car and brought us to the grocery store. She was truly a pleasure to work with from start to finish. Upon arrival to this property just started perfect and just kept getting better. Daniel and Gina and their entire family are just beautiful people. The home was clean and very well maintained each and every day. Daniel was there to get just about anything at any time of day for us. He even went to the pharmacy to get me cold medicine. Gina and her children have a heart of gold we even had the chance to teach their little boy to count in english. We spent every wonderful day enjoying the amenities of the house the hot tub at night under the stars, the pool the ocean where simply perfect. It was a majestic experience. I still stay in contact with a couple of their children via email to check to see how everyone is doing. I would highly recommend this home to anyone. We hope to visit again.

M. U. Illinois USA

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location, fantastic beach, beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

2 adult couples...needing a rest after a back country tour of Ecuador, and this house was exactly what we needed.

4 full bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms with the most amazing outdoor patio. Other reviewers have mentioned the patio as a highlight and they are absolutely right as it is stunning and perfectly placed to keep the sun and wind out, but allow postcard views of the pool and beach.The beach is smooth, shallow, warm, and virtually rock free for miles. Swim, boogie board or just relax with a spectacular view.

The caretakers are wonderful, caring and hard working...they live behind the house but always allowing full privacy. They are ready to take care of your needs anytime, with a smile. Gina is an outstanding cook so be sure to work with her to plan delicious and healthy meals. We recommend her Camarones Panados or her cilantro chicken. Her husband Daniel maintains the grounds with excellence, and booked taxis and truly local tours for us. He even waited up until midnight to ensure our companions left on time, safely. Amazing people! The house cant be more perfectly situated. Hire a local taxi for the day (80$) and go tour Montecristi (true Panama Hats and the Civic Centre)...then Manta...stop at Santa Marianita for seafood by the beach...Puerto Lopez (absolute must - the day tour to Isla de la Plata...)

Book surfing lessons in Montanita...then party gently or hard in the bars. Lots of choices.

Note - get all you preferred and basic groceries and toileteries before you arrive...but let Daniel get you langoustine, shrimp...and fresh fish as well as fruits and vegetables daily.

Maritza, Pedro, Gisella...thank you....we will be back, hopefully soon!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your feedback Darrin, Julie, Nathalie & Craig! We are very pleased to hear about your amazing time in the coast of Ecuador and how well you felt in our beach rental. I will pass on your comments to Gina & Daniel, I am sure they will be very happy to hear your appreciation for their efforts. Thanks for all the tips you are leaving for the future guests ;) It was our pleasure to welcome you in our place! Regards, Gisella
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new jersey

great vacation

  • 5 of 5

Great vacation wish we could have spent more time there.The house is very nice very spacious and clean.We rented a car that in itself was a adventure.Its about 3 hrs from Guayaqul airport but well worth the ride.The house is close to Montanita and Olon.Montanita is a fun little town.We also took a ride to puerto lopez to go snorkeling at Salango Island.Also took a ride to Salinas which is about 1 1/2 from the house,

beautiful beach there. Back to the house we had most of our meals on the front porch which had a very nice table to eat the great meals cooked by Gina the caretakers that live in back of the property.Her husband Daniel keep the grounds and pool very well maintained.They both were very helpful.We had arrived late and I realized I forgot to pack my toothbrush and Daniel ran out to get me one.There was a bit of a language barrier but my daughter knows some spanish and we also used the lap top to translate.Can't say enough about Gina and Daniel. There is also 3 freindly litlle dogs on the property that we all loved.Thank you Gisella

  • Review Submitted: Jan 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nancy, It was our pleasure to be able to be part of your Ecuador experience. Your feedback is so valuable to us and I will make sure Gina & Daniel knows about your friendly comments. Thank you again!
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Delaware, USA

What a place to spend a week.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this house in the middle of November with a group of 6 friends. I really can't say enough great things about my experience. For starters, the house and property are both more beautiful than the pictures portray. You walk out the front door, accross the patio, past the pool, then past the hot tub and onto the beach. Moreover, I was rarely inside because I spent nearly all of my time either surfing or on the front porch. The outdoor dinning room is incredible and a great place to hang out. In fact, this is where we ate all of our meals. Speaking of meals, Gina, one of the housekeepers, is an incredible cook. Nearly every day, she prepared and served two delicious meals. Indeed, she and her husband, Daniel, did an outstanding job of cleaning and maintaining the property while also assuring that our group had a pleasurable stay. Both Daniel and Gina are extremelly pleasant, and I enjoyed getting to know them and their family.

As far as surfing is concerned, we did have some good days. On a typical day, we got at least one good session. The swell is the usual Pacific ground swell, and the wave here is laid-back. Thus, it's good for begginers. The break definitely suffered due to on-shore winds for most of the trip. We never got to see what it would do with a favorable wind. Mornings and evenings were calm, so that is when we usually got the best surf. This break seemed best at mid-tide especially when receeding.

Whenever the surf was mush, we had easy access to zip-lining, jungle tours, horseback riding, and snorkeling at the nearby towns and villages: Montanita is 12 minutes by car; Olon is eight; San Jose is three; Puerto Lopez, where you can charter a boat to Isla de la Plata (the poor man's Galapagos), is a thirty-five minute drive.

I definitely recommend this property to anyone thinking of visiting Ecuador.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 26, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ryan, it was really a pleasure for us having you and your friends in our place. Gina & Daniel only had good comments about you. Thank you for your kindness. Hope to be able to welcome you another time. Regards, Gisella
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Delightful, beautiful place and people, we spent two great months!

  • 5 of 5

We spent July and August in this delightful house on the beach, we just got back and cant stop talking about it. This place has many strengths: the description of the property was certainly accurate, we spent most of our time on the beautiful patio for breakfasts and lunch keeping an eye out for adventurous whales (we saw them breaching and frolicking out there two times right from our deck). The house is beautiful and very well maintained and the owners are very responsive, anything we needed done or solved they were on it immediately. They also went out of their way to help us get settled. The family that is in charge of taking care of the house is excellent also, they cooked tasty Ecuadorian dished for us (we came home with many recipes though not sure if we can reproduce them here), kept the house in great shape and they made us feel right at home. We are very happy we got to meet them all and to know this beautiful part of Ecuador.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
180 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Right in the middle of 'Ruta del Spondylus'. This is a perfect spot where you can enjoy the rural life of beach and mountain.

We can arrange tours to the many national parks and reserves of the area. During the July-September period it's a must to go and see the humpback whales swim up the coast and we can help you arranging this too.

Montañita is only 10 minutes away, world known surfing destination offering great variety of restaurants, outdoors activities, nightlife, among other things.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Santa Elena, Ecuador

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Standard Rate
12 Jun 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Peak 2016
1 Dec 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & NYE 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £82
Refundable Damage Deposit £247
Cleaning £123

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Rates are based on maximum occupancy of 12.
Extra person $25 USD/night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Santa Elena in Central & South America

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Recently renewed
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 and 2, have direct access to the upstairs balcony
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Rates are based on maximum occupancy of 12. Extra person $25 USD/night

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