LOVE: Really delicious food, super nice staff, very comfy bed, generally in jungle-beach paradise! TO KNOW: Showers aren’t hot and there’s currently construction out back so bring earplugs if you sleep light (: Thank you so much to Seaside Garden! I will return.
If you are looking for service with attitude, no hot water and flavourless food, then this is the place to go. The rooms are nice, the view spectacular, the weather a bit cloudy, warm, and the surroundings pristine. It is the mix of those elements that makes so difficult to write a bad review.
Beautiful place to get lost and to be found, comfy close to nature rooms, vibes of harmony between well prepared meals mixed with culture secrets, but most important, Mania and Aldo the creators of this idea. Hope to see you soon again!
Highly recommended for anyone who wants to get away from it all. The genial hosts give you the opportunity to participate in the preparation of meals in their open kitchen on the ground floor and thereby learn a little about Ecuadorian cuisine.
Our stay at Hotel Seaside Garden Lodge was much more than we expected. It is run by a husband and wife team and although the husband was not there during our stay, his wife, Manja, made our visit a true adventure. First, Manja opened up the place just for us as they didn’t have any other reservations during the time we stayed there. She and my hubby hit it off instantly as she is Greek and my husband is a retired Ancient Greek Philosophy professor who has visited Greece many times. During our first night there, she invited me into the kitchen where she and her cooking staff showed me how to make plantains. With dinner, she served the yummiest artisan red ale I’ve ever tasted. Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to find anything even remotely similar back at home. The next night, they showed us how to make fish the Ecuadorian way, wrapped in plantain leaves, which we cooked on a bonfire on the beach. The meals they served were prepared fresh daily and, in fact, the fish we ate with our dinners was caught during the day by one of the staff. During our last day there, she arranged for us a tour of a local plantation where the owner grows cacao trees, plantain trees, and many other native fruit trees and flowers. We got to sample sugar cane and see how the local coffee beans are hand-processed before being sold at market. Our last evening there, we were invited to eat with Manja and her staff, where they pushed the tables together before dinner. Later, she invited hubby and me for cocktails, along with a lone traveler we’d met at Cabanas Las Pigualas just up the beach. If you’re looking for a remote, seaside paradise on the beaches of Mompiche, this is the place you’ll want to stay.…