I was fortunate enough to stay at the cutest hotel in Ayampe - Xanadu!
What I found there was a beautiful, hospitable and super friendly refuge from all the stresses of our fast-paced world.
The owner, Gerry Lakas is extremely helpful, fun and full of wit and wisdom and his associate Chilli is very attentive to the needs of her guests.
The food at Xanadu is five-star and the overall ambiance is unequalled in the area.
The room itself was very comfortable and the common areas are cozy and inviting.
The best treat of all however was the music!
Gerry is an amazing guitar player and he welcomes guests to join in on jam nights.
If you are lucky enough to go to Ayampe, Ecuador....this is the only place to stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Sanctuary Xanadu... Located in peaceful and safe Ayampe, Ecuador, only 25 minutes north of Montanita, the surf capital of Ecuador. We offer over 20 activities onsite or nearby, including surfing and yoga, parasailing, horseback riding, bird and whale watching, hiking, biking, other water sports, music classes, (live music at night!) art projects, personal training, spa services, and much more, all in a location that invites serenity and well being. Our rooms are bright and comfortable and are shared with the world free of charge. ( Donations are always appreciated but not required.) It is the sole intent of Sanctuary Xanadu... To offer a comforting and idealic place of rest and shelter from the storms of life to those in the world who need it most. We invite all who have suffered quietly the difficulties of life, to come, take some time to rest, heal and recharge... There is a very magical quality here. People heal here. Legs grow stronger here... Thoughts become clearer here... There is peace here... Sit among the multitudes of flowers and hummingbirds... Enjoy a jacuzzi water massage and daydream under our waterfall. Let the ocean sounds lull you to a unique and satisfying sleep... This and so much more is our gift to you. Sanctuary Xanadu... There is only one. ... more less