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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galapagos Islands

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“A beautiful home base for exploring Puerto Villamil.”
Reviewed August 25, 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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On our second visit to Puerto Villamil we chose to make our home base for a week at Chez Manany. From the first correspondence, with Paula, via email to make arrangements to meeting Manany upon our arrival at the harbor our experience was seamless.

Chez Manany is a beautifully handcrafted property with several private, airy, and comfortable apartments. The property is backed up against mangrove on one side and lava fields on the other. The neighborhood is typical of island living on Isabela with a few local family compounds visible from the property and the highlands off in the distance.

This is not a beach front property but the upside is that it is a dry, comfortable living space with pretty linens, comfortable beds, and beautiful bathrooms. The kitchen is perfect and we enjoyed our early morning coffee and late night glass of wine- a perfect ending to our action filled days. The property is impeccably clean an maintained. As an aside, we stayed at a lovely beachside high-end hotel last time in Villamil but our suite was uncomfortably damp and musty which made for a soggy week so I very much appreciated the comfort of Chez Manany in this damp coastal environment..

Manany and Wilson were gracious and helpful hosts and oriented us on arrival with where to eat, shop, and had a back-pocket filled with resources for making the most of our time on the island. Manany even phoned tour operators for us to help determine the best days to be on sea or land excursions- based on weather conditions. The tours we booked were direct operator prices- no upcharges for booking through hotels- and wonderful!

Getting around tips: we obtained a phone number of a taxi driver (who answered 3 out 5 times), rented bikes for getting around, walked, and flagged down taxis as needed. The harbor/concha de Perla is a 7 minute walk with our two 8 year olds in tow and the center of town was a 15 minute walk for us. The vehicles used for taxis are double cab pick-up trucks so it is possible to throw your bike in the back of the truck if needed. Our walks/ bike rides/ taxi rides around town to and from the property added authenticity to our experience on Isabela.

We highly recommend this beautiful property- especially for multi- family travelers or groups who are spending at least 3-4 nights on the island.

Date of stay: August 2016
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Liked best: The property is beautiful, spotless, and the hosts are wonderful.
Liked least: No beach. But our walks to the beach made for an authentic experience.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 26, 2016
Thanks for your review Gitane.
We are very happy to hear you had a wonderfull stay with us. We hope to see you and your family again in a near future.
Thanks again for choosing us.
All the Best
Chez Manany
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