Gorgeous Beachfront Estate, 'La Dolce Vita' (House + 3 Apts) Montañita
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Montanita estate description
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 views of sunsets, dolphins and whales. 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 to maid/cook. 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. Many other properties are on much, much smaller lots and lack our privacy... 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 birdwatching 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 up to 10 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.
In upstairs loft there is a flat-screen TV with DVD player with large movie selection, and DIRECT TV included with hundreds of channels including CNN, Fox News and other English channels. We now offer WiFi on property, accessible from every area including the beach.
Grill and barbeque on porch for family gatherings and meals outdoors. Apartments on estate also offer built-in grill and seating areas.
NEW, HIGH-EFFICIENCY CEILING FANS THROUGHOUT THE HOME & IN EVERY BEDROOM
FURNITURE IS OWNER'S OWN, NO HOTEL/HOSTEL FURNITURE. FULL OF DETAILS AND PAINTINGS THROUGHOUT THE HOME.
During your stay you will have 24/7 access to our caretaker, Catalino and his wife, Maria. Catalino is there to help you with groceries, special requests, taxis, transportation, parties, beach canopy setup, and anything else to make your stay comfortable. For an extra fee Maria can assist with cooking and cleaning.
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**
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Housekeeper Optional
- Pets Considered:
- Children Welcome:
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Smoking Allowed:
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, Beds for 16-18
Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms
- 5 full bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Child's Highchair
- Air Conditioning:
- Towels Provided:
- Linens Provided:
- 24/7 caretaker provided free-of-charge however gratuities are appreciated. Sleeps 6+ in main house and 10-12 more in additional apartments on estate. Caretaker's wife provides optional cooking and cleaning services for additional fee. **Crib and high-chair are available** Less than 10 mins from Montanita, (40 cents bus, $3 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 $130 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...moreless
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Video Library
- Mobile Phone:
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Not Necessary
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Jet Skiing
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- 10 mins from Montanita (40 cent bus ride/$3 by taxi)
ReviewsWrite a review
Well-maintained, pleasant home
Well-maintained, pleasant home
We spent 10 days at La Dolce Vita. This place is like staying in a friend's house rather than in a vacation rental. It is homey and well-maintained. In general, it is quiet, though on weekends the family next door arrives from Guayaquil and is a little more noisy. But that is a minor distraction. The beach is quiet and expansive. The caretaker and his wife are unobtrusive but terrifically helpful when asked. The house is roomy, the kitchen and baths clean and well-organized. The front porch facing the ocean is delightful; we spent most of our time there just enjoying the weather and the view. Internet service is decent, though we did have a few problems with it being inaccessible. The owner was on property for a few of the days we were there, and she was pleasant. We would recommend La Dolce Vita without reservation.
- Guest Meg (Milwaukee)
- Date of stay 02/07/14
- Review Submitted 02/25/14
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway.
Beautiful home in an excellent location. We had a group of 15 people, consisting of family and friends. We had plenty of privacy and space, even with 6 children. Safe for the kids to explore and play. Whether you just want to relax or have an adventure, there are plenty of things to do and see. Buses are cheap and stop right out front, or the caretaker can call a cab for you. The on site caretakers were very helpful and Maria's cooking was delicious. Thank you for a wonderful family trip!
- Guest Michelle T. (Acampo, California)
- Date of stay 12/28/13
- Review Submitted 01/27/14
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, sightseeing, tourists without a car, families with teenagers.
House is Beautiful, comfortable and safe. Excellent for family vacations. Housekeeper is always there to help if needed.
- Guest craneo3D
- Date of stay 01/12/14
- Review Submitted 01/22/14
Recommended for: Families with young children, tourists without a car.
Delightful vacation at La Dolce Vita
Delightful vacation at La Dolce Vita
We just spent a wonderful week at La Dolce Vita. There were 12 of us(6 adults and 6 kids ages 9-15). We all had a great time. We rented boogie boards in Montañita(easy 10 min bus ride) and frolicked in the waves for hours everyday. The house keepers, Maria and Catalino were very helpful and Maria cooked fabulous meals for us for an addl minimal fee. It is a wonderful, gorgeous beach and a terrific place to stay. We were all comfortable. Thank you, Cecilia for renting your home to us!
- Guest Jeannine F. (Boulder)
- Date of stay 12/21/13
- Review Submitted 12/30/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, tourists without a car, families with teenagers.
My Wedding at La Dolce VitaGuest comment entered by owner
My Wedding at La Dolce Vita
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.
- Guest Choco
- Date of stay 11/08/13
- Review Submitted 12/18/13
We rented the entire property (including the apartments behind the main house) and could not have been more pleased with the our stay at La Dolce Vita. We had our wedding reception on the property and had several visitors from out of the country. All of my family could stay in the same place as the reception (perfect!) and everyone still can't stop talking about how beautiful it was. The owner, Cecilia, and the guard's family had everything prepared before our stay. We were in constant communication and she was very helpful. In addition to having the breathtaking scenery as a backdrop for my wedding reception, all of my family was able to enjoy several days of beach, bbqs, and (highlight) fresh ceviche lunch straight from a beach cart. We also got oysters a couple of times from a guy selling from his cart - my family and friends really got a kick out of that! I'm an American living in Ecuador, so I've visited a lot of places and stayed at several hotels/rental properties/hostels/etc. La Dolce Vita is a stand-out and should not be missed!!!
- Guest Kristy B.
- Date of stay 05/09/13
- Review Submitted 08/21/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, tourists without a car, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Hello Kristy, We have so much fun everytime a wedding in coming up at La Dolce Vita. Your family and friends enjoyed every minute, they really knew how to have a good time and made the best of everything. There is nothing more rewarding to us than a great review form a happy guest We will keep making improvements to our property to offer the best to our guests all the time. Thanks Kristy for taking the time to write a wonderful review and hope you and your husband have the chance to return in the future. Cecilia
My husband and I & our dog stayed at "La Dolce Vita" for over one week for the New Years holiday. This place is simply amazing - even more beautiful in person!! We even arrived to find a really nice goodie basket in our room. We were also pleased to have cable tv & internet (even though we barely used it). Maria (caretaker's wife) is a great cook - everyday, we ate fresh crab, fish, and shrimp. Catalino (caretaker) would cut down coconuts for us, and we'd enjoy fresh coconut water...delicious! The beach was beautiful and I found it to be the best in the area, compared to others that had a very rocky beach, which makes it impossible to really enjoy if you like to take long walks. Our dog also loved it there! She had so much land to run around on, and she also loved the beach. You really feel as though you have the whole beach to your self. New Years Eve was an incredible experience! We took a 10 min taxi ride to Montanita and immersed ourselves in the culture, music, and food...people danced until dawn! I highly recommend this little piece of heaven....we can't wait to visit Ecuador again and stay at "La Dolce Vita". Thank you, Cecilia for being so friendly and helpful, it made our trip simply AMAZING! :)
- Guest Alexandra (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Date of stay 12/31/12
- Review Submitted 08/11/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, pet owners, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, sightseeing, tourists without a car, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Hi Alexandra, Thank you very, very much for the wonderful review about our beach property. It was indeed a pleasure to have guests such as you and your husband at La Dolce Vita and your little dog certainly enjoyed the beach just as much as you all did. Having the ocean in front of you every day to enjoy is the best feeling of all, great for swimming, jogging, walking, riding bicycles etc. We tried very hard to make sure our guests receive the best we can offer and we appreciate your comments as they are the best testimony of our dedication to do a very good job. Catalino our caretaker and his wife Maria are thrilled to know you enjoyed your visit, and that you and your husband were happy with the meals Maria cook for you. I am sure that New Years in Montanita was a very unique experience that will be in your memories for years to come. Thank you for your visit and hope you return in the near future. Cecilia
Perfect Family Retreat
Perfect Family Retreat
This beautiful house right on the beach was great for our large group. We had 18 people and still felt like we had extra space. Both Cecilia the owner and the caretaker family were extremely accommodating, on arrival we found the house well stocked with all the essentials. The beach access, large yard, and expansive property made this the perfect choice for our large group. However the setup Cecilia has with one main house and several smaller apartments makes this property adaptable for any size party. I can say enough about how much we enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning to La Dolce Vida in the future!
- Guest Kevin (Buffalo, NY)
- Date of stay 07/24/13
- Review Submitted 08/10/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, pet owners, people with disabilities, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, sightseeing, tourists without a car, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Thank you Kevin for such a wonderful review. We are constantly trying to make sure our guests have everything they need, we want their vacation to be a great one with memories to cherish for years to come. "La Dolce Vita" has a perfect location right in front of the Pacific ocean and the mountains on the other side of the property, which offers a beautiful setting almost a retreat for families to bond and enjoy the privacy of this gorgeous setting. We will be delighted to have you and your family return in the near future. Thank you again for your business. Cecilia
Beningno encontro el "Paraiso"Guest comment entered by owner
Beningno encontro el "Paraiso"
Nos hospedamos por 4 dias en este "Paraiso" con toda nuestra numerosa familia y quiero hacer el siguiente comentario: Para subir al cielo se necesita una escalera grande y una chiquita, me falto la chiquita pero igual llegue al "Paraiso" que es un lugar muy hermoso que se llama "La Dolce Vita". Muchas gracias Dona Cecilia
- Guest Benigno y Autumn
- Date of stay 07/19/13
- Review Submitted 08/09/13
Wonderful week at La Dolce Vita
Wonderful week at La Dolce Vita
My wife and I traveled to Montanita with three other couples as a week-long beach getaway. One of our friends has been to Ecuador numerous times and recommended this area, and we found this property beautiful. Upon arriving we were not disappointed, it's even more gorgeous than it looks in the pictures! What's amazing is the lush surroundings and feel of the area, the mountains, the landscape, along with the massive beach frontage, it just feels like another world. A real vacation getaway was had by all, and getting to Montanita whenever we wanted was very easy. a $3-$4 10 minute cab ride. very fun place! The guard Catalino and his wife were very helpful and always around in case you needed something. We all had an amazing time and will stay again when we come back to the area.. Cecilia the owner was easy to deal with and everything went smooth. Thank you for a wonderful stay!
- Guest Paul (Roseville, CA)
- Date of stay 01/12/13
- Review Submitted 08/02/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Thank you Paul very, very much for your great comments of our beachfront property. Your words are the best testament of our work and dedication to our guests. Our caretaker Catalino and his wife Maria are thrilled to know they are doing a great job taking care of our guests. We enjoyed your visit and hope you and your friends return to "La Dolce Vita" in the future.
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
|Holidays & High-Season 2014
Dec 1 - Jun 30, 2014
2 night min stay
|Whale Watching Season 2014
Jul 1 - Nov 30, 2014
2 night min stay
|My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
*SMALL GROUP? We can customize your reservation! Please inquire for details...
*Supplemental charge for Christmas, New Year's and Special Events*
Catalino's assistance provided free-of-charge, however gratuities appreciated.
A driver can be arranged to pick you up from the Guayaquil airport. Up to 11 people in newer, nice van with A/C. $130 USD flat fee each way, which covers the entire group
- Refundable Damage Deposit: $200
- Pet Fee: $100 + tax
- Cleaning Fee: $125
- Taxes Not included
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Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: Hello! We are brother and sister currently residing in Columbus, Ohio, USA. We have had strong ties to Ecuador since we were little 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.
Why the Owner Chose Montanita:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
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. Home is fully furnished with owner's furniture. NO HOTEL/HOSTEL FURNITURE. Paintings, furnishings, mirrors, rugs, etcetera are placed throughout the home and apartments as well. Property feels like a HOME, and not a hotel or hostel.
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Main House 'La Dolce Vita' Beach is directly in front of home
View from porch of main house, enjoy the fresh sea breeze...
Sunset directly in front of estate... Enjoy beautiful moments with loved ones
Another gorgeous afternoon at La Dolce Vita, enjoy fresh coconuts from our trees
Relax on our hammocks and enjoy the ocean breeze
View of lush vegetation taken from main home looking out to ocean
Dining area (main house) Enjoy meals cooked by Maria! (small fee applies)
View of dining area from loft
Remodeled master bath
Master bedroom, partial view(main house) Relax on the hammock and enjoy the view
Master bedroom, queen-size mattress. With A/C Unit and cieling fan
Enjoy whale watching tours
View of our beach. Perfect for bicycling, jogging, yoga, collecting sea shells
Gate to access beach from estate
La Dolce Vita, direct beachfront access
Scenic view from roadway, the estate is located near the middle of the coastline
Private and Secure Entrance Gate for La Dolce Vita. Exquisite brick walls
Living room of main house
Kitchen and breakfast bar, granite countertops (main house)
Recently updated bath featuring beautiful natural wood counter and pedestal
One of the guest bedrooms
Master bedroom, partial view, jacuzzi, Relax and enjoy an ocean view from tub
2nd shot of Loft, notice the lovely window and the abundance of natural light!
Montanita at nighttime
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