I have stayed a couple of times in Alandaluz which offers Ecological and Organic Food, Fruit, Vegetables and Drinks. The place is very nice and the beach is very nice. If you want to see Natural Ecology this is the place to go visit. Nice for relaxing vacation, touring and enjoying!
People were friendly, the food was also fine, and the views too. At the other hand the room was certainly not worth 72 dollars. I have stayed in Banos in a place including tv for 4 dollars which were at least as good (but knows that the coast is more expensive through).
If you are passing by and you were not able to make a reservation to stay at this place you also have the option to stop by only to use their facilities and also have one of their amazing options for Lunch like the VIUDO very exotic and also you can enjoy the semi-private beach at this lodge.
The place is really nice, the cabanas are lovely, very rustic, and it has an eco feeling like no other. The service was really good, the pool was always clean, the food was awsome, the beach is pretty much private only for guests. You can camp there also and make a fire at the beach at night. Very romantic place!
Alandaluz was closed in march 2012 and has been re-opened in December 2012 under new management, it is now called CANTAELMAR. The restaurant is mostly vegetarian with some chicken/fish options. It is EXCELLANT! We have stayed there many times since 2010, just returned to the states and are already planning another 2 weeks for this july 2013. The cabins formally known as Santa Rosa have been bought by a family and is now called TRANQUILIDAD, they are managed by Cantaelmar, they have been screened and have MANY new improvements with more being done. The cabins are in their own section and it is very quiet yet only steps from the beach, pool or restaurant. I LOVED not having people crowed above, below or beside me. It was our own little hide-away. The grounds are lush, tropical and amazing! It is the PERFECT place for a romantic get-away or for some much needed relaxation. Massages can be arranged for you in the privacy of your room. There's also a cute little souvenier shop with a really neat little old man working it. Cantaelmar is the perfect distance from Montanita and Puerto Lopez, you can either use your owm vehicle or grab a bus in Peurto Rico right outside of Cantaelmar every 30 minutes. Cantaelmar DOES have a way to arrange snorkeling, whale watching, horseback riding, and surfing. The zip lines are gone. OR, you can make arrangements in the town of Puerto Lopez while walking around enjoying the many quaint shops and having a cerveza on the beach. The staff of Cantaelmar are very wonderful, accomedating and friendly, although limited in english, but i was able to muddle through with my VERY limited spanish and i'm sure i gave them plently of reason to laugh along with me at my attempts! haha! There is a guard at the gate and additional security being added. I felt very comfortable day and night. If you are looking for a Sandles Resort or the Hilton go somewhere else because there isn't a place ANY where in Ecuador that is like that. Enjoy Ecuador and it's people for who and what they are and you will will not be dissappointed! Ecuador is full of raw beauty & good people. and that my friends is what is most important in life.…