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Santuario Hibiscus

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via a Gualdeleg s/n, La Union 0000 Ecuador
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Rustic-elegant country villa, fully renovated in 2011. Four individually decorated guest rooms each with its own bathroom. Indoor and al fresco dining, bar; living room set up for DVD watching, meditation/massage room. Private sitting areas, paths throughout the property, spectacular views of the Andes. Nearby attractions include the town of Cuenca (1 1/2hrs drive), the El Chorro waterfalls, hiking, bird watching, visiting sugar cane mills.
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via a Gualdeleg s/n, La Union 0000 Ecuador
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Jaysacto wrote a review Jan 2019
Sacramento, California74 contributions32 helpful votes
Fran and Dan have a glorious place and they generously share with style and high quality food, much of it grown on site. We came to see the Pale headed Brush Finch at the nearby Yunguilla Preserve owned by Jocotoco Foundation. But the big payoff was the rest and nurturing we received in the middle of our marathon month long birdwatching trip to Colombia and Ecuador. Just 1-1/2 easy hours from Cuenca. And a great price. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from DFSantuario, Owner at Santuario Hibiscus
Responded Jan 21, 2019
We created the Santuario Hibiscus with the hope, that it will provide space and a little respite - a place where people can catch their breath and relax. Nature, good and healthy food and a cozy atmosphere are all part of that intention... Thank you for your review - it is a huge compliment and a motivation to continue offering a high quality service. Fran and Dan
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RoznKen wrote a review Jul 2018
Cuenca, Ecuador15 contributions9 helpful votes
We just got back from a 2-night getaway at the Santaurio Hibiscus hosteria in the Yungilla Valley. Living in the Cuenca area, this was our second visit to Hibiscus, only 1 ½ hours from Cuenca, but in a totally different, subtropical climate with amazing views of the immense valley. Staying at the Hibiscus makes it a beautiful and relaxing stay. It’s set amidst lush gardens that include tropical flowers – and the birds and butterflies they attract – coffee trees (they make their own coffee), banana groves, a small 2-hammock garden area, and a clearing for spectacular sunrise or sunset views. The rooms are charming, but with comfortable walk-in showers. Yungilla is also very close to the Giron waterfalls and 1 ½ hours from Machala on the coast, so good options for extra day trips from the Hibiscus; and the Jocotoco Bird Reserve is a short 45 min. hike up their road! Dan and Franziska, owners and hosts, add to the experience. Aside from being enjoyable and interesting people, they are helpful for everything you might need, including giving you a personal tour of the property, serving you a beverage or snack on the patio, making arrangements for transportation, or calling local restaurants for you (not many, but being closer to the coast, always fresh seafood – we recommend for lunch). One of our highlights, Francesca provides delicious gourmet meals nightly (working around any dietary requests you might have). Lunch is available as well, and a hearty breakfast is included. You can take the bus from Cuenca or Hibiscus also provides a door-to-door driver for a reasonable fee ($30-$35, depending on where you are picked up). We look forward to our next visit!
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Room Tip: Our favorite room is #2, which opens onto a big porch overlooking the gardens and patio.
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Response from Santuario_Hibiscus, Owner at Santuario Hibiscus
Responded Jul 27, 2018
Thank you for a rave review! It has been a pleasure to have you staying with us again and we are happy, that you found our place to still be the same small, relaxing hideaway! Only a short drive or bus ride from the city - we always think that the Santuario offers a little taste of a subtropical climate and it sounds like you found just that! Cooking in this country seems so easy and effortless with having all this fresh produce available all year round! Glad to have had a chance to catch up and we will see you soon! Fran & Dan
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Nicola H wrote a review Aug 2017
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We arrived on a Friday evening and were the only guests. So Franziska (owner and founder) welcomed us extremely friendly, explained us all about Yungiulla and cooked an amazing dinner later the day. The next day we followed Franziska's recommendation and experienced the most culture hike one can do within 8 hours. Overall, the hotel is super clean, perfectly located, great food, best coffee from their own coffee plantation and super friendly owners! I can only recommend the Santuario Hibiscus as accommodation.
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Response from Daniel P, Owner at Santuario Hibiscus
Responded Aug 10, 2017
This was a happy weekend for us too - seeing how much you enjoyed your experiences! So much of what you did during your time at our guesthouse is exactly why we are here - to let people experience incredible nature and views and get a first hand look into the culture! Stay curious and thank you for choosing our little hideaway! Franziska & Dan
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Mary P wrote a review May 2017
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...Fran and Dan were gracious and our room was ready. They are awesome hosts and went out of their way with all sorts of special things, like phone calls for us since we don't speak Spanish well enough, touring us about the town and possible rental housing, and letting us leave some personal items while we were out of town for a couple of days. We felt like family AND honored guests. We've stayed in hotels all over the world (on six continents) and Santuario Hibiscus rates up there with the best of the best in terms of hospitality. Fran and Dan easily prepare the best food we've had in Ecuador and it's very reasonably priced. Yum!
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Date of stay: May 2017
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Response from Daniel P, Owner at Santuario Hibiscus
Responded Jun 8, 2017
Mary, Our house has been feeling kind a empty ever since you left...! We are happy to hear that you make good progress in your preparation and settling a few remaining issues. It will be fun to have you as "neighbours" - and please feel free to get in touch should you get stuck with....anything! Smooth travels and see you soon in the valley, Fran & Dan
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BarbaraAshland_OR wrote a review May 2017
Ashland, OR20 contributions4 helpful votes
An absolutely elegant and cozy sanctuary in a spectacular setting only a scenic 2 hour bus trip from busy Cuenca. If you need a get away weekend this an ideal place to relax, recharge and be pampered. Fran and Dan are wonderful hosts, friendly, warm, engaging and both interested and interested. They and the Santuario exude a calmness and serenity that is nourishing and restorative. The meals were healthy and delicious. If you are very lucky, perhaps Dan will serve his mouth watering, melt in your mouth carrot cake. His recipe is secret and but its no secret that it is the best carrot cake in the world!
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Date of stay: May 2017
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Response from Daniel P, Owner at Santuario Hibiscus
Responded May 23, 2017
That is a lot of praise and compliments - thank you! Thank you for taking the time to let us know - it makes everything just that little bit more worth wile... We hope that you find the time to visit again - even if it is just for a leisurely day on our porch. Our best, Fran & Dan
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Frequently Asked Questions about Santuario Hibiscus
What are some of the property amenities at Santuario Hibiscus?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Santuario Hibiscus?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Santuario Hibiscus?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.