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“Beautiful place in a great location!” 5 of 5 stars
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Samai Ocean View Lodge Spa
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Km 700 E15 Via Espondylus | Loma de San Jose - Santa Elena, Montanita EC241756, Ecuador   |  
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“Beautiful place in a great location!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here for 4 days and had the most wonderful time! If you're looking for a place to be at piece and be one with nature, this is your place. The lodge is at a high elevation so the views of the Pacific are breathtaking. I read my book for hours while lounging on a hammock and listened to the peaceful sounds of nature while my wife enjoyed time in the pool and Jacuzzi. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive. The proprietors were well informed about what the surrounding areahad to offer. One day they sent us whale wawatching and another day they sent us to a beautiful remote beach. The lodge is quite close to the main street with shops, restaurants, bars, and the main surfer beach. Overall we had a great experience and highly recommend Samai Ocean View Lodge!

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Tania62_13, Owner at Samai Ocean View Lodge Spa, responded to this review, August 25, 2014
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We were honor to had you as a guest in Samai Lodge.
Best Regards,
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Comfy, relaxed and understated. attractive Eco lodges set in unspoilt forest on a ridge above the sea. The owners are very welcoming and friendly, lovely atmosphere, nothing too much trouble. We walked down to the sea and through the forest, had beautiful spoiling massages, relaxed in the jacuzzi, enjoyed the garden, amazing birds, and even saw an armadillo. Easy to get a taxi, 5 to 10 mins ride to olon or montanita. The perfect way to wind down.

Room Tip: All the lodges looked pretty similar, with views of the ocean...but you could check.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tania62_13, Owner at Samai Ocean View Lodge Spa, responded to this review, August 25, 2014
Dear Costumer
Our vision is to keep a responsible truism with our clients and with the nature (ocean and mountain) that surrender us.
Hope to have you with us again.
Regards.
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I am happy to have stayed with my friends at Samai for four days. We were looking for a serene place away from city noise and we found it at Samai. If you like to meditate and be around nature this place is ideal. The owners of the place are extraordinary. The beach in Olon is close but it's a good hike on the way back so having a car is recommended if you don't like walking. I would consider coming back to Samai and recommend it to those in search of calm and peace.

Room Tip: I believe most room have sort of view.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tania62_13, Owner at Samai Ocean View Lodge Spa, responded to this review, August 25, 2014
Dear Costumer

Your appreciation for our service, help us to keep improving and caring for a responsible truism services.
Regards
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Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We went for a weekend with my family. This is a magic place in which visitors can combine the relax of the own place, with several other activities like Mountain biking, parapent, or even Montañita's party...

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tania62_13, Owner at Samai Ocean View Lodge Spa, responded to this review, August 25, 2014
Dear Costumer

Samai Lodge is a place to unwind.... We were very happy to host you in our installation a provide all the support to create a peaceful vacation.
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We needed a few days to relax and Samai was exactly what we needed. The property is beautiful, sitting on a hill with amazing views of the ocean. If you have been to or heard about the city of Montanita, this is the anti-Montanita. No bars, clubs, party goers and diesel fumes to be had. But you will wake up to amazing views, enjoy a lovely breakfast and have options to explore. The local beach is a great. You can walk to the beach, it takes about 15 minutes. You do not need to walk the road, there is a direct path from the property that leads into the village. We walked every day with our 12 year old daughter, it is steep around the hotel but levels out quickly. Olon is a few minutes away by bus or car. On a day trip, we used the bus for 50 cents to get there and a taxi that charged us $5 dollars to get back to Samai.
In the evening, you can watch the sunset from the pool, the deck, the hot-tub, your patio or balcony and you won't be disappointed.
Tania and Ed, the proprietors of Samai Lodge, are the epitome of graciousness. They offer many tips about the area and are always ready to help with any questions or concerns. If you have a chance, take a meditation/yoga session with Ed, who has great stories and insight. Ed, thanks for the Dulces de Benito tip. We enjoyed the pie and "walked it off" on our way back along the beach.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tania62_13, Manager at Samai Ocean View Lodge Spa, responded to this review, April 9, 2014
Dear Family

It was very inspiring to meet you. Thanks for your visit and good journey back home.
We are waiting to host you again in a near future.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

I'll get this out of the way first: If you don't have your own vehicle-forget it! Samai is not only a few kilometers from Olon (which doesn't have a lot of food options) but even more from Montanita, and surely a couple kilometers(despite the sign that says a mere 1km) up a very, very rocky steep road. Our first taxi couldn't even make it the whole way.

The review that talked about spiders or not being clean - not our experience at all, but it is in a forested area. Yeesh, there's bugs! The room was very clean and the view was spectacular. The layout of the premises was very nicely done. We felt the menu in the restaurant was a bit limited. I could not imagine being there more than a day or so, without a vehicle to be able to eat other places.

I do feel the marketing of this property was a bit deceiving. Seriously, if you do not have transportation, you will be held captive. A taxi to Olon will cost you $8. Luckily we met another couple who had a vehicle and took us into Olon. While the property is beautiful, we decided to leave and book into another fabulous new hotel there (without the noise of Montanita) that afforded us a lot more options, much closer to the beach.

The comment about "great access to the beach" in another review? It's *at least* a 20 minute walk through a path to get to the beach.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tania62_13, Manager at Samai Ocean View Lodge Spa, responded to this review, March 22, 2014
Dear Costumer:

Thanks for your review.
Samai Lodge is located on the Cordillera Chongon Colonche, only 5 places in the world where ocean and rain forest meet. It is a very private place for nature lovers.
We are part of the Ecuadorian Vision: "Green Turism", (Durante la gala mundial de los WTA 2013, celebrada en Doha, Catar, en diciembre pasado, Ecuador obtuvo el galardón como Mejor Destino Verde.)
Sorry about the car inconvenient.
Regards.
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The lodge is a couple of km outside Olon and then up a road in the forest. The main lodge is an open air, beautifully built, building with views looking eastward to an uninhabited forest. The owners mention having seen spectacled bears, howler monkeys and more deeper in the forest. From the restaurant patio, one looks down onto a pool and jacuzi and on to the beach. It is a gorgeous setting with 2 story guest buildings set far apart on the hillside. Each building house 2 - 4 rooms. Ours had a view westwards, down the hill and onto the beach. The owners are very much in tune with the nearby surroundings and use only natural pesticides and cleaning agents. Rooms are clean and airy (with air-conditioners to ensure bug-free nights). There is a lovely smell around the property and many butterflies. In the evening, one can sit by the pool or in the open living area, where a bookshelf holds games and books about the region. We had appetizers which were delicious and a filling breakfast with yogurt, granola, fruit, bread, juice and coffee/ tea. The lodge allowed us to experience the forest which once existed all along the coast and was a nice change from sleeping by the beach.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tania62_13, Manager at Samai Ocean View Lodge Spa, responded to this review, April 9, 2014
Dear Costumer

Greetings from Samai Lodge, thanks fr your review and Hope to host you again in a near future.
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Address: Km 700 E15 Via Espondylus | Loma de San Jose - Santa Elena, Montanita EC241756, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Santa Elena Province > Montanita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 52 Specialty Lodging in Montanita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Samai Ocean View Lodge Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Samai Ocean View Lodge Spa offers a new concept of healthy traveling services where you can experience the environment, eco-tourism activities, cultural exchange, healthy food in first class settings. Here you'll enjoy the serene splendor of the cordillera mountains, pacific ocean and rain forest all in one place! You will find the extraordinary peace and tranquility of Ecuador, that is still largely untouched by civilization, rejuvenating your spirit and give you a new lease on life. ... more   less 
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