We have just left the Mandala for Quito, I miss it already! We booked this place based on the recommendation in the Lonely Planet guide and the excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed! We stayed 5 nights in which we had planned to spend some time relaxing and some time exploring the surrounding area.
We stayed in the Butterfly Suite, it was huge with a great balcony, including hammocks. Plenty of hot water. The atmosphere here was so relaxed and there are plenty of games and puzzles lying around to keep the mind occupied! Staff and owners were really helpful and friendly but not overbearing. I was a bit worried about the dogs after reading the previous reviews (not a big fan of dogs) but they are no problem and don't bother the guests at all..even the toddlers we saw climbing all over them!
It's less than a 10 minute stroll along the beach front to the dusty village of Puerto Lopez. It's full of character with lots of little shops to explore. We arranged a boat trip and tour of Isla de la Plata for $30 each. We were told that only 11 tourist boats are certified to take trips to the Island (as it's protected) so prices will probably rocket during high season - whale watching from June to Sept.
We paid $20 for a motor taxi to take us to Los frailes beach and Agua Blanca village - definitely worth a visit.
We would definitely come back here, preferably during the whale watching season.
Great food, great location, beautiful beach with hammocks provided, excellent value...just book it!
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- Hosteria Mandala Hotel Puerto Lopez