The lodge is a couple of km outside Olon and then up a road in the forest. The main lodge is an open air, beautifully built, building with views looking eastward to an uninhabited forest. The owners mention having seen spectacled bears, howler monkeys and more deeper in the forest. From the restaurant patio, one looks down onto a pool and jacuzi and on to the beach. It is a gorgeous setting with 2 story guest buildings set far apart on the hillside. Each building house 2 - 4 rooms. Ours had a view westwards, down the hill and onto the beach. The owners are very much in tune with the nearby surroundings and use only natural pesticides and cleaning agents. Rooms are clean and airy (with air-conditioners to ensure bug-free nights). There is a lovely smell around the property and many butterflies. In the evening, one can sit by the pool or in the open living area, where a bookshelf holds games and books about the region. We had appetizers which were delicious and a filling breakfast with yogurt, granola, fruit, bread, juice and coffee/ tea. The lodge allowed us to experience the forest which once existed all along the coast and was a nice change from sleeping by the beach.
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- 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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