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Gorgeous Beachfront Estate, 'La Dolce Vita' (House + 3 Apts) Montañita

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Bedrooms 8
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 10 nights

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3BR/2BA Main House, One 3BR Apartment, Two 1BR Apartments & Caretaker Residence

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Welcome to paradise! *SMALL GROUP? We can customize your reservation! Please inquire for details...*

Perfect location with 12 miles of beach, flourishing vegetation and surrounding mountain views. Upscale neighborhood. Unobstructed view of beach and sunsets. Beachfront location with direct access to the beach and water. Ideal for weddings, reunions and special events. Swimming is very easy, with no rocks to worry about, all sand.

Surfing lessons can be taken right in front of the house. 24/7 access to caretaker and optional cook or maid. World-class surfing in Montañita less than 10 minutes south, featuring dancing, restaurants and bars in the evening. Taxis are on-call anytime, day and night.

What makes 'La Dolce Vita' different from other properties in the region? Firstly, we are on a very large and private lot of 2,000 square meters - and the land is covered by mature plants, fruit trees and flowers. There are no vendors or buses full of tourists all over our beach. The beach feels as if it's all to yourself, but you're only 10 minutes from town. Our privacy, large lot and safety make this ideal for children to run free and play. Also, La Dolce Vita's construction is a combination of stone, brick and natural wood throughout the home, featuring striking wooden ceiling beams creating a rich, rustic and unique charm. The perfect home away from home.

30 minutes north is a town called Puerto Lopez, where tours can be taken to go snorkeling, fishing or to see the whales breaching. Also at Isla de la Plata there are sites for world-class bird-watching where half-day to full-day tours are offered!

Exquisitely landscaped property with coconut palms, fruit trees, flowers and a stunning, custom-built 8 foot brick privacy wall. Featuring gate for car entrance; Parking available for several vehicles.

Main home features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, upstairs loft, living area, gourmet kitchen and vaulted ceilings throughout. Master bedroom upstairs has ocean view and hot tub which looks directly out to ocean. Also features fully renovated master bathroom. Queen-size bed.

2 Bedrooms downstairs share a full bath. One bedroom has a queen-size bed, the other has one full-size bed. **Special requests for an extra bed can be accommodated.**

Living area downstairs features beautiful stone fireplace and dining area off kitchen with seating for six. Kitchen also has bar with 4 stools and features stainless steel appliances.

In upstairs loft there is a flat-screen TV with DVD player with large movie selection, and DIRECT TV included with many channels including CNN, Fox News and other English channels. We now offer WiFi on property, accessible from every area including the beach.

Grill and barbecue on porch for family gatherings and meals outdoors. Apartments on estate also offer built-in grill and seating areas.



During your stay you will have 24/7 access to our caretaker, Catalino. Catalino is there to help you with errands groceries, special requests, taxis, transportation, parties, beach canopy setup, and anything else to make your stay comfortable.

The apartments are not attached to the house; each has separate entrance. Apartments can be rented with or without the house.

Contact the owner for more details on his wonderful property. ALL INQUIRIES WELCOME and prices negotiable.

**No refunds or cancellations, however we will work with you to reschedule if dates are available**

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Cecilia Behr
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016

About Cecilia Behr

Hello! We are brother and sister currently residing in Columbus, Ohio, USA. We have had strong ties to Ecuador since we were young and much of our family lives there. Our mother has managed the property since her retirement and lives in Ecuador full-time. We're very flexible and hands-off, and will do anything we can to accommodate your requests. Please give us a call if you have any questions or concerns before making your reservation.

Cecilia Behr purchased this estate in 2002

Why Cecilia Behr chose Ecuador

The beach frontage and quality of the beach at the property was unmatched. Most of the other homes have rocky beaches or shorelines. Also loved the rustic and warm feel of the home, it feels like a real residence and not like a hostel or motel. We have invested many tens of thousands of dollars in upgrades to the property and our goal is to make this a world-class vacation destination.

What makes this estate unique

Best value in the region. Perfect, unobstructed ocean view and access. Accommodation for large parties while keeping intimacy and privacy. Not a large, cold hostel environment. Full of details and intimacy. Stone fireplace in living room.

Paintings, furnishings, mirrors, rugs, etcetera are placed throughout the home and apartments as well.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The best experience at this property. My current husband and I opted to

celebrate our marriage at" La Dolce Vita", a beautiful property and we just fell in love with this place, the enviroment transmitting only peace and tranquility.

We lived a dream come true. Cecilia the owner took care of every detail

to make sure we had great accomodations, we had everything we needed

and everything was perfect, our guests were fascinated by the place, the

scenery, the ocean and even the weather. Cecilia once again Thank You

for sharing this little piece of paradise with us!!

Our family will cherish forever the moments we spent at La Dolce Vita.
Nov 2013
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Gorgeous Beachfront Estate, 'La Dolce Vita' (House + 3 Apts) Montañita
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 24 reviews

Snowbirds Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This was a FANTASTIC escape from the long winters in the Midwest. The view of the ocean was unparalleled! Just to wake up with morning coffee and see the Pacific Ocean and the palm trees was otherworldly. This property is truly a slice of paradise. Cecelia was very helpful, willing to assist with any request. The caretakers were also very helpful. We had most of our meals cooked by Marjorie - wonderful fresh seafood almost every night. We were a group of ten adults. Between the main house and the cottages, we had plenty of room to move about and still have some privacy. Each room in the main house and the cottages had beautiful furnishings and wonderful decor. You can tell a lot of love and thought went into the estate to make it the most relaxing and pleasant property to spend a vacation. Cecelia is still in the process of improving it to make even more comfortable for the guests. The sprawling front lawn with the lounge chairs was the perfect spot to relax, read, play or just listen to the soothing sounds of the waves coming in. (I personally felt like I was in a movie. All it needed was some Herb Albert music in the background). The town of Olon and Montanita are just a short bus ride away. We had no problem getting groceries, adult beverages or just a quick lunch at many of the beach side stands. It’s a great spot to go off the grid if you want, or not. We were still able to watch the Super Bowl on the flat screen in the loft area. I would definitely recommend “La Dolce Vita” to anyone looking for a laid back, comfortable, home away, seaside experience.

Thank you Cecillia, for creating this great ocean-side oasis!

-Bo, Joe, Melanie, Colin, Pam, Dawn, Yvonne, Vince, Armin and Diane

February 2016

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfectly close and perfectly far from Montanita

  • 5 of 5

Secluded house directly on the beach, with an easy and cheap bus/taxi ride to Olon and Montanita (we usually caught the bus when leaving the house, took cabs back). Cecilia is great to work with and was really helpful in making travel arrangements for us between the house and Guayaquil. Catalino is close by if you need him and can buy groceries and run general errands for you. He doesn't speak much English, so Google Translate was essential, given our terrible Spanish.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington DC

Low-key relaxing property

  • 5 of 5

Great place on the beach. Very close to Montanita. All the rooms were well maintained and very clean. The grounds looked fantastic. Maria and Catalino are awesome caretakers. Cecelia was great to work with as we had a large group and some last minute changes.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arlington, VA/United States

Beautiful and Relaxing. Perfect Beachfront Paradise

  • 5 of 5

I planned quite a trip. Went down to Ecuador with the wife for 6 nights, and then had 7 buddies fly in for another 6 nights. Though it was complicated planning pick-ups and details, Cecelia, the owner of the house coordinated all details with me and was very responsive and everything went off perfectly. The house is on a bus route where rides are 50 cents each way to multiple towns and taxis are available for $3.50. Catalino and his wife Maria are there for any questions and provide option for 2 meals a day which we chose to do. Meals were awesome and everything was super laid back. Catalino will also run to town for groceries which is also nice. We had a great time. Beach was beautiful with some of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen every single day. Ocean was super warm and right out front and we swam every day. We really couldn't have asked for anything more. Thanks Cecelia, Catalino and Maria! We'll be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely, relaxing place

  • 5 of 5

In February we stayed in the main house, our second stay in two years. We were as happy with Cecelia's home the second time as on our first trip. There were five of us, and the house accommodated us very comfortably for sleeping and meals.

Cecelia, Catalino and Maria are all most helpful in assuring the stay is everything you expect. Although we did our own cooking and did not sample Maria's, we called on Catalino for help a few times and were never disappointed.

We had an electrical outage one night, and Cecelia even occupied herself getting through the bureaucracy to assure power was restored as promptly as possible.

Much of the charm of the house is in its superb location - quiet, with wonderful long beach walks a part of every day - and excursions up and down the coast and inland to Machalilla National Park part of the great attraction of this well-situated house. But it is ultimately the loving touches of the house that make it feel like home, and will keep us coming back!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable Beach Living

  • 5 of 5

We have been traveling in South America for two years. This has been my favorite place! We rented the main house for a little over 3 weeks. We walked the quiet beach most days and had bicycles provided for us daily. Even if Cecilia was not there, Catalino and Maria were there to take care of any requests. One day we had Catalino drive a couple hours to the closest town with a full selection of fresh seafood. What a treat. The kitchen was well set up with large refrig and stove and all the utensils needed. I cooked most of our meals, but enjoyed Maria's cooking one night. Our bedroom was large with a Jacuzzi tub that got used often. We loved listening to the surf at night; with screens on the windows, we could keep the windows open. We let Catalino know the hours we needed hot water. My only regret was that we could not stay longer.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

10 mins from Montanita (40 cent bus ride/$4 by taxi)


Rates & Availability

Santa Elena Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High-Season 2017
Dec 1 2016 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Carnivale 2017
Feb 23 2017 - Feb 28 2017
6 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Christmas-New Years 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 1 2018
10 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $250


*Catalino's and Housekeeper's assistance is free-of-charge, however gratuities are greatly appreciated!!

*A driver can be arranged to pick you up from the Guayaquil airport. Up to 9-10 people in newer, nice van with A/C. $150 USD flat fee each way, which covers the entire group. Additional fees will apply for more than 9-10 guests.

***No refunds for cancellations. However, we will reschedule you if dates are available***

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Santa Elena Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Main House Lower Level - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • 5 full bathrooms
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 (House) - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 (House) - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 (House) - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 (Morning Sun Apt) - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 (Morning Sun Apt) - 2 bunk bed , 2 twin sized beds (bunk beds)
    Bedroom 6 (Morning Sun Apt) - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , Bunk Beds, One full sized on bottom and one twin on top
    Bedroom 7 (Garden View Apt) - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 8 (Coconut Suite) - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Housekeeping included, including cleaning of bathrooms, kitchen, sweeping main areas, etc! (For 10+ persons a fee of $15/day will apply.) 24/7 caretaker provided free-of-charge however gratuities are appreciated. Please inquire. Sleeps 6+ in main house and 10-12 more in additional apartments on estate. 10 minutes from Montanita, (50 cents bus, $4 USD taxi) for nightlife, bars, restaurants, shopping and conveniences. Canopy and chairs for beach provided. Fully furnished with owner's furniture. Pickup/dropoff service from Guayaquil airport can be arranged for $150 USD each way (for entire group), air-conditioned shuttle van fits 10-11 people. You will be held liable for any property missing or damaged *IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HAVING AN EVENT DURING YOUR STAY, YOU MUST WRITE/CALL FOR OWNER PERMISSION AND SPECIAL DETAILS. EXTRA CHARGES MAY APPLY FOR CERTAIN EVENTS!

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