Just what we needed!!
Submitted: March 27, 2012
Stayed: February 2012
First off, I have to say a big thank you to Amada and her team for providing such an amazing experience for us. Our family stayed at this beautiful home for 5 days and of the three places we stayed in Ecuador, this one had hospitality down to a science. We were a group of 9 people, 6 of whom were children, from 9 years of age down to 1. This house accommodated us all very comfortably. Amada called every morning to see if there was anything we needed, what she could have Sonja cook for us that day, and to see if we needed any transport arranged. Amada had a cab driver, named Sanny, that would drive us wherever we needed. Sanny even brought fresh fish and shrimp one morning for Sonja to cook for us. We ate so well in those five days! Sonja's3 cooking was included in the rental price and Amada asked that we just pay her $5 a day as a thank you. (OK we paid her a little bit more than that.....it was so worth it!)
Amada was an excellent host, an Ecuadorian living in the US, making her quite aware of North American standards of comfort and safety. She was able to make recommendations that were very helpful.
The house was exactly as listed. It was built by an Italian architect for him and his wife. The brickwork alone is worth the visit. Everything was done with an eye for exactness and detail. The atrium was a favorite spot for us to hang out. The property was very well maintained and cleaned. It was very safe, having a locked security entrance to the yard as well as being located in a gated community. It is walking distance to a few shops but mostly you would either need a car or you would need to take a cab. And Sanny was excellent! And the communication between Amada, Sonja and Sanny was very efficient. They all wanted to help and make sure we had a good stay.
The pool in the back worked well for our family of small children. It was often shaded just enough to ease the concern about getting a sunburn. We had a lot of great family time swinging in the hammocks, swimming in the pool, eating good food and enjoying little surprises, such as the pet turtle in the yard, or the fresh mangoes from the tree just in front of the house.
We were at the very end of a 6 week family vacation to Ecuador and did not do any touring in Guayaquil. What we needed was rest and relaxation and a bit of TLC while we waited for our flight home. We could not have asked for a better place to finish up our trip! Thanks Amada!
Owner's Response: First of all, Thanks to Jennifer for that wonderful review!
I am very lucky that I have a wonderful support from my family and friends.
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