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“Know what you are looking for, if that is beauty and peace, then go to Saiananda”
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“Know what you are looking for, if that is beauty and peace, then go to Saiananda”
Reviewed January 23, 2011

Saiananda is not a typical impersonal resort, but mostly a family run eco-hotel, which provides freshly cooked meals with natural ingredients, stunning views of the sea and the Bahia bay and Chone river. You can practice water sports, hiking and recharge yourself in a very peaceful surrounding. But beware, if you are looking for night life, clubs and alcoholic drinks this might not be the right choice for you. Saiananda is a peaceful break for your mind, body and spirit. Alfredo -your host - and his lovely daughter are the people behind the words hospitality, Nothing is too much for them. They together with their staff will take care of your every need always with a smile!

Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 17, 2010

Out of 8 places we stayed in Ecuador this was the only one we didn't like because:
1 the staff were hard to locate (no reception) and not very helpful- we were told the wrong time for an outing
2 the food was variable, and wasn't even available on Sunday. There was no beer any day!
3 the bathroom was pokey
4 we don't like birds being kept in small dirty cages
5 the noise during the night was incredible - cockrells, dogs, parrots etc
6 the " reserve" was tiny, and the location on a main road unattractive
The view of the bay was attractive and the outings - to La Segua and Isla Corazon - were very good for birds , but there must be better places to stay to do these trips.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Alfredo H, Propietario at Saiananda, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Saiananda is a few rooms hotel, that makes you feel in family. Our customers are our friends and it's a pleasure to serve them. We are always present, but it can happen that a customer perceive we are hard to find. Sorry for that.

We have not been in charge for their tours, but a tourist business in Bahia downtown, even before they arrive to Saiananda. We can't provide information we don't deal with, but it would have been a pleasure to contact their providers at our customers request.

Breakfast is included in the room price and is always available between 8 and 10 am. At arrival we offer to prepare food, but reservation is required, since we cook only for our guests. On Sundays if we do not have reservations, we give free to our employees after breakfast.

We do not serve alcoholic beverages at all, so, you won't find beer any day!

We do have animals, many of them free and others in cages, and they can be somehow noisy sometimes. If our customers feel affected by the sounds, we try to provide rooms, at request, in more silent areas.

We do have a tunnel crossing under the road and connecting with 37 Has. of reforested area, ideal for walks and exercise. May be we fail to let our customer know.

Our rooms and bathroom are perfectly clean.
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Reviewed March 20, 2010

Saiananda is a haven just outside of Bahia de Caraquez (15 cents for a bus into town). Located on the bay, this Hosteria is lovely with birds and animals everywhere. Alfredo is your host and so kind and helpful! The Hosteria is in the process of expanding the number of rooms so there is construction noise during the day - the upgrades in progress will be great. Our room was lovely with wood ceiling and floor. The highlight might be the hot, delicious breakfast. We decided you couldn’t buy this meal in the US, it’s just not available this fresh. All this for only $20 a day per person. I love the birds, but they are noisy early in the morning (just bring ear plugs).

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Saiananda
Address: Av. Sixto Duran Ballen, Bahia de Caraquez 131401, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Manabi Province > Bahia de Caraquez
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Bahia de Caraquez
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Saiananda 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Saiananda, located 6 kms from Bahia de Caraquez downtown. Saiananda shares with you the life experience of nature's energy reieving the relationship with the inner self.Saiananda is a very special place, we have very nice rooms, the best and healthly food, kayaking, tours, geotherapy, places for meditation, exotic plantas and animal park, Marina, Acuatic sports, visit mangrove, Quarz singing Bowls, Massage, wireless, etc. ... more   less 
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