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Ecofriendly Harwood and Bamboo Apartment Close to Beach and Downtown

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,050 sq. ft.
Property type apartment


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Apartment Close To The Beach

Our property is conveniently located close to the beach and downtown area.

Your home is the 1st floor above the ground floor, fully furnished and modern (mini-split) air conditioned- in bedrooms- apartment with two rooms and two baths that can comfortably accommodate 5 persons.

The house was entirely designed to have a comfortable, relaxed, stress free and very enjoyable atmosphere. Thanks to its construction materials (hardwood and bamboo,) the apartment remains cool even in very sunny day (you will find concrete only in the bathrooms).

Come visit or stay for long in UNESCOs (1982) declared 2nd best climate in the world: Playas (General Villamil).

Playas is just an hour and 15 minute drive from the main city of Guayaquil and from Salinas, a fishing and marina port.

When you come to Playas, you can have fun enjoying the sea breeze, relax in an uncrowded, light, fine-sand beach, order seafood and lunch meals that are conveniently low in price, go for a boat ride to near Puna island, where you will, on the way there, find and see marine and bird life, or simply go for a walk at the central park (day or at night).

At night and on weekends, during high season, the downtown and beach area becomes very active. High season is between January and April.

If you are more of a surf addict, there are many nearby places where you can ride the waves: one of them is el Pelado.

Other amenities of the house include two led tvs, a 32 inch in the master bedroom and a 32 inch in the living room, cable tv, blue-ray and blue-ray movies, fast internet connection (wireless), kitchen, two balconies, patio and ground floor, where you can entertain guests.

You can enjoy barbecues on the patio and can get together with friends at night on the ground floor. There is a large yard in-front of the house suitable for gatherings with a pine and orange tree nearby. The nights are great, with clear nights most of the time, and an spectacular climate (averaging 77 farenheit year ound), although between January and March it can get a bit hotter. During the day you can enjoy plenty of sun at the house patio, or if it is too much sun, you can find shade from the nearby trees, bamboo, and cade shades strategically located around the patio and yard.

In case you need smaller accommodations (for friends or visit), we can set them up for you. Just let us know what you need, and we will do our best to find a suitable and comfortable place for your party-stay. If you find the dates you wish to come as been unavailable, send me an email anyway as I may be able to accommodate your party on another floor.

More Details

Frank Alache
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

About Frank Alache

Hi, I am Frank and am an University professor who enjoys outdoor activities as well as nice meals. For me, it has been a long history of family tradition to spend the weekend and beach seasons in Playas, and we continuously adhered to it. This is how I, beginning from my childhood years, became appreciative of Playas, and recently decided to build a comfortable, eco-friendly home here. At the same time, I have a concern for nature and the environment, which is the reason why I had the apartment constructed with as minimum cement as possible. By gaining access and using local natural resources (hard bamboo from Quevedo and hardwoods from Esmeraldas), I was able to have this three story house built from local and environment friendly resources.

Frank Alache purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Frank Alache chose Ecuador

Playas is one of the most peaceful and most untouched beach areas that can be found along the Ecuadorian coastal front. Its people are very accommodating and love the simple things of life: family is at the top, life enjoyment through outside gathering of family and friends is encouraged and practiced, and its people rarely engage in any forms of violence or confrontation.

What makes this apartment unique

What makes this property unique is the construction materials: hardwood and bamboo. Due to this, the apartment stays cool and fresh year long, and the wood texture and color will certainly put you in a relax mood and help you unwind.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Playas in Guayas

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • city centre ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , two lavatories
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Two bathrooms. All walls are floor to ceiling tiled. They are modern and have new and comfortable lavatories and eco-toilets. There is a bathtub in the masters bathroom. Both bathrooms have hardwood finish on the ceiling.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , There is a two seat sofa, a 32 inch led tv in master room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • Master bedroom has a queen bed and is very spacious with a private bath, two lavatories and a tub. The second bedroom has a double bed - 2 plazas and a twin. Closets are spacious and comfortable. The second bedroom bathroom doubles as a guest's bathroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 3 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
We can have a person meet you at the airport and transport you to the property for a small fee. Washing and drying room room open from 9am to 9pm. you will receive a key and must lock the room once you are done using it. Music played on the patio should be lowered at 10pm. You may entertain guests on the patio.


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

Ecofriendly Harwood and Bamboo Apartment Close to Beach and Downtown
average rating of 4.1666665 based on 6 reviews

Clean House, Friendly Host

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I, along with another couple friends stayed in this house. It was cute, nice and Frank was super friendly and helpful. Playas wasn't our favorite town, but this is definitely the place to stay if you are going to be in Playas. The only problem we had were a bunch of ants in the bathroom, but the rest of the place was very nice. Bed was comfortable. Air conditioning was nice. No hot water, but the water coming out of the pipes was warm anyway. I would recommend this place to anyone wanting to stay in Playas, Ecuador.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always love to hear from our guests. Thank you for pointing our successes as well as where we need to improve. Playas is striving to become city of Guayaquil's beach and tourist destination, and along that road it faces some small challenges. We do have hot water in the property. Apparently a bit more communication/instruction on how to access it would have proven helpful. I am glad you did not need it. In the less warmer months from April to November, hot water becomes handy, so we make sure it properly works year-round. Thank you for letting us know about aunts. We work hard to maintain our property as clean as possible, but because of the natural resources of which the house was built with, ants tend to like/enjoy making our property their property too. We do take this very seriously though, and every other year the entire house is pest serviced. Had you told us about this while you were staying, we would have taken care of this immediately. Thanks for letting us know how comfortable you were with some of the house amenities - bed and air conditioning.
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Wunderschöne Bambuswohnung

  • 5 of 5

Es hatte unseren erwartungen in vollster weise erfüllt . Der Vermieter hatte sich um alles gekümmert , wenn fragen waren stand er uns mit rat und tat zur seite.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice little bambo house

  • 3 of 5

Frank was great and very accommodating especially as our previous property fell through at last minute but thankfully Frank came to the rescue! Arrived to find the fridge stocked up with all basic necessities and a fruit bowl full of fruit, bottled water etc.

The house is great for what we wanted and the beds were super comfortable. Wifi worked well.

The house is about 8 blocks to the beach or 10 min walk or you can get a tuk tuk for $1. The mall on the beach was a great escape from the heat when needed!

We had a great week, thanks for having us!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Perfect Rental!!! -From Tampa Fl :)

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for a Honeymoon and Vacation Combo apx 8 days!

We were very impressed with the property and the warm welcome from the owners and staff. The property was walking distances to the beach and restaurants... We even found a Mall that was a $1 taxi ride away. :) Honestly we had a great time and we will be back :)

Also the owners can arrange site seeing tours with a personal driver - we took advantage of this perk apx two times :)

Thanks Mrs & Mr Frank (and staff...)

--Tampa Florida Family :)

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed your stay and look forward to your return trip! The people in Playas are very competitive, friendly, and prompt to quickly help others. This is the reason why prices, at times, can be seeing as inexpensive. Also, It is not unusual that tourists get the same prices as locals, which is something hard to find in other places.
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Well maintained 2 bedroom, very helpful owner

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this 2nd floor (ground, 1st floor, 2nd floor) apartment during the month of February. The apartment and yard are well maintained by staff who are on site 6 days per week. In addition the owner is available for any questions and was very helpful before and during our stay. There's a gated sitting area and small lawn/garden in front of the building. We enjoyed the cool ocean breezes while sitting on the porch in front of our apartment on the 2nd floor.

The apartment is comfortable. The kitchen consists of stovetop, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and enough dishes/glasses/silverware for 4-6 people. We only used the master bedroom and we found the room to be large and the queen-sized bed to be comfortable. Mosquito netting is provided if needed, and we used it because my husband is a mosquito magnet. The bathrooms are good sized and there is plenty of hot water.

The apartment is on one of the main streets in Playas. This added a little more noise than we were expecting, but we got used to it. The town of Playas offers many typical Ecuadorian seafood restaurants as well as a few restaurants with other cuisines. We often walked the 8 blocks or so to the beach, which is well maintained for a public beach. If you are staying for a long time I recommend choosing your beach days during the week and let the families who come from Guayaquil to have it on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great that you stayed with us, even though we did not meet in person. I am glad you mentioned about the cool ocean breeze on the balcony, as I also think that is one of the top things about the house. I understand about the noise, specially because your stay was right in the middle of a political election campaign. Now things have calmed down. Please remember I will always be ready to answer any questions about the house or about Playas or Ecuador. Frank.
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nice place not too far from the beach

  • 4 of 5

My friend and I were very comfortable here during our monthlong stay. This is a nice, clean property with a number of conveniences including a pretty well-equipped kitchen, Internet, cable, and a washer and dryer. The only downside might be the noise level on weekends, but that's not a fault on the property.

Frank was very helpful with whatever we needed throughout our stay - he arranged a taxi to pick us up from the airport when we first arrived in addition to putting us in contact with a local surf instructor after we expressed an interest in it. Frank also helped us with arranging a taxi to take us to our next destination.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Bar El Pescador
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
El Puneno
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
General Villamil (Playas)
Car: not necessary

In 1982, UNESCO declared Playas to have the 2nd best climate of the world. The beach has a very fine sand and the water is really warm. It is so warm that even in the 'cool' season (August through November) you can still get in and find comfortable water temperatures.

The fauna on el Canal del Morro, which separates the Puna Island from the Continental land, is spectacular. You will be able to see dolphins, patas azules birds, fragatas and many more birds that have made the small islands - islotes - their home, as you venture in a boat trip to the Puna Island (15 to 45 minutes- it is up to you how far you want to go), where you can take plenty of pictures and then disembark in any of the three comunas (communal lands) to enjoy more beach privacy and very calm and warm waters.

If you enjoy peer fishing or surfing, el Faro and el Pelado, respectively, will be your favorite places to visit. Both are a 10 minutes drive from your apartment.

You can visit a historic wood church: la Iglesia del Morro (over 500 years old); do roller skating at the central park, bike and climb in el Cerro del Muerto. We can help you contract a small boat or lancha if you prefer going deep sea fishing, diving, or getting snorkeling certified.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Playas, Central & South America

Rental Basis:
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My Off-season Rate
1 May 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £77.59
Pet Fee £46.55
Cleaning Fee £31.03

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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