I stayed in the Samai Lodge (it does no longer belong to the Red Mangrove Chain as it did when the bad references you find below were written...) for 2 nights, and it was just what I needed: calm environment, beautiful nature, stunning views, great quiet beaches 15 minutes walk down the hill (perfect for a sunrise-run) and really good food (you have to tell the staff in the morning if you'll have lunch or diner there). There are bugs (falling from the trees), however none in our room, but hey: what do you expect, you're in the middle of a natural environment... The pool was small but clean, we didn't use the jacuzzi or massage service, but I wasn't really looking for a spa experience, rather for a quiet nature-surrounded place near the ocean.
The only negative experience was 2 couples singing loud Karaoke on a beautiful night, so one suggestion: get rid of the karaoke! It doesn't belong there... Plenty of those in Montanita I suppose :). SO if you are looking for beautiful surroundings, endless people-free beaches and friendly staff: this is your place to be.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Samai Ocean View Lodge Spa offers a new concept of healthy traveling services where you can experience the environment, eco-tourism activities, cultural exchange, healthy food in first class settings. Here you'll enjoy the serene splendor of the cordillera mountains, pacific ocean and rain forest all in one place! You will find the extraordinary peace and tranquility of Ecuador, that is still largely untouched by civilization, rejuvenating your spirit and give you a new lease on life. ... more less
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