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Beautiful PRIVATE Villa BEACHFRONT near Montañita

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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

Gisella Coello Behr
Member since: 2012
Speaks english, french, german, spanish
Response time
Within a few days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
23 March, 2018

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 Santa Elena

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'


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Santa Elena

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
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
  • Stove
  • 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
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • 6 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • limited accessibility
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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Beautiful PRIVATE Villa BEACHFRONT near Montañita
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Great house, location, staff!

  • 5 of 5

This house has an excellent layout--beach, yard, pool, covered patio, living room all in one sight line--which makes it very easy to keep an eye on kids. The beach was great: quite lightly used (even at Christmas time), gets deeper slowly, no nasty rip currents. Its only flaw is that there are occasional sharp rock outcrops. I would recommend wearing beach shoes so your feet don't get cut. There are occasional merchants on the beach (selling fish or ice cream) but they are not persistent or obnoxious. The pool is great and the hot-tub soothing. The rooms are fine--upstairs there are two large bedrooms with great views of the beach, downstairs the rooms are at the back of the house (because the living room is all windows on the beach), but the downstairs rooms are fine. The house amenities (internet, fridge etc) all worked well and the property is very safe (nothing we left out accidentally overnight was touched). The staff are friendly and helpful but not omnipresent. Gina is really a good cook. Contacting Gisella (the owner) can be a little challenging as her internet access is spotty, but in a pinch you can get a message to her by contacting which is a B&B in Guayaquil run by her family. Overall, a wonderful house where our family of three generations had a lovely stay. There are great things to do in the area, but hanging around the house is delightful too. Highly recommend this place!

  • Review Submitted: 30/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful spot, great caretakers, disappointed with the house

  • 3 of 5

It was about 2-1/2 hours from the airport in Guayaquil. The driver Eugenio that they recommended was great, he stopped at a grocery store in Guayaquil for us, which was really nice. It was amazing to be right on the beach, with our own private pool and hot tub. We almost had the whole beach to ourselves. Once in a while someone would go by selling fresh fish or ice-cream. There was some nice outdoor furniture, but lots of missing and broken tiles in the pool/hot tub area. Our hosts Gina and Daniel were great. Gina cooked for us three times. She made amazing ceviche, shrimp and fish on the bbq and chicken, with potatoes, rice, plantains, salad, etc. We just gave her the money for the groceries the night before the meal. It was so nice to have the fresh, delicious food and not have to cook for ourselves! They also bought us fresh, delicious buns from the bakery each morning, enough to have for breakfast and lunch. Daniel was very helpful, he took my husband down the beach on his quad to rent a surfboard for my son, he had the hot tub nice and hot every evening, and when the lights in our bedroom wouldn't work he got an electrician there right away to fix the problem. They also helped us with catching the local bus to Montanita and Puerto Lopez. I was shocked at the condition of the house when we first walked in. It was quite run-down. The kitchen appliances worked and were clean, but beat up looking with several marks and dents. The counters were very old chipped tile. The cupboards were old as well. More chipped, broken and missing tiles in the bathrooms. Two of the bathrooms looked like they had been renovated sometime in the not-too-distant past. The master bath was really old, with an old stained and scratched jacuzzi tub and lots of broken tiles. The master bedroom had a saggy ceiling with some pot lights hanging down a bit. There were two dirty old (used to be white) sofas in the main area that they covered with pretty blankets. The beds were all good and comfortable. Basically, the overall impression of the house was not good. I was very surprised, because of all the great reviews. We settled in and had a great time anyway! We took the bus to Puerto Lopez and took a boat trip out to Isla de la Plata, with whale watching along the way. It was great. We saw a lot of whales, turtles and blue-footed boobies! We spent 2 days enjoying the pool and the beach. It could be an amazing property with a renovation!!

  • Review Submitted: 22/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 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: 20/01/2016
  • Date of Stay: December 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: 12/04/2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quebec, Canada

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: 20/10/2014
  • Date of Stay: October 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: 14/01/2014
  • Date of Stay: January 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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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.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$394.62
Pet Fee AU$131.54
Cleaning AU$197.31

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.