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Warwick, New York
Reviewed 14 February 2014

We rented one of the private cottages and had the best time. My husband is a naturalist and when I found this place I knew he would love it! Ecuador is a bird and nature paradise. Playa Escondida and surrounding area are a great place to see them. Kevin and Cathy(restaurant owners) and their staff were helpful, attentive and the...

2Thank Badia28
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 26 January 2014

I stayed at Playa with a group in January '14 and everything was wonderful. Yes the food takes a while and the owners aren't waiting on you hand and foot, but "go with the flow" is Ecuador's middle name. The property is absolutely gorgeous, the rooms are lovely and allow you to listen to the ocean while you fall asleep,...

1Thank Gigikins07
Reviewed 7 January 2014

The place is super well managed - the managers and staff are creating an amazing little piece of paradise. The grounds are well maintained, the restaurant is fantastic . The service is very attentive. The food is fantastic. The rooms are simple - they let you appreciate the surroundings. It is a great place to enjoy the real, natural beauty...

1Thank Court593
Sudbury, Canada
Reviewed 30 November 2013

This place is paradise. It is very quiet and peaceful. Eco friendly surroundings, great staff, very good food, ocean views, rustic accomodations, and fabulous weather made our stay so enjoyable, that we may just have to come back next year .This place is not for anyone looking for night life or excitement. We stayed a whole month, and wish it...

1Thank leoathome
Austin, Texas
Reviewed 15 August 2013

Thank God for Daniel, the Ecuadorean who runs the place single-handedly while Cathy and her husband (who are supposed to be managing) get high and sleep until 3. We witness a very busy Sunday at the restaurant where Daniel was running around trying to serve everyone by himself and the managers were upstairs in their room. People got annoyed and...

4Thank spentana
Reviewed 14 February 2013

Perfect camping spot, no music, no crowds, eco friendly, veggie food, thumbs up. When the tide is low there are kilometers of tidepools to walk through. Its not that far from towns around and not really hard to reach. Staff is just too kind. The restaurant has got vegetarian optons which is a plus. PIctures you'll find in the website...

2Thank Roger P
Reviewed 12 February 2013

We headed there because of it "eco friendly" reviews. When we arrived nobody greeted us and we had to yell for a half hour before someone came out to see us. We decided to eat lunch which took a good hour to come out. I wanted to leave then but my wife begged for us to stay. We were given...

4Thank John G
Quito, Ecuador
Reviewed 21 November 2012

Playa Escondida is an amazing place - a real natural paradise well preserved and performing true sustainable tourism. The hotel is simple yet comfortable. What makes it so special is the friendly people who run the place. Kevin and Kathy who manage the hotel will make you feel special and at home within a few minutes of your arrival. The...

1Thank Sylvain G
Montreal, Quebec
Reviewed 26 August 2012

Had reservations. Once we arrived we were greeted by a barking dog. No one come out to greet us, had to say hello 4 times. I think they were hiding in the kitchen. They knew someone was there as they kept telling the dog to shut up, but would not come out. Seemed like they were hiding and hoping we...

4Thank curlygirlcurlygirl
Parkville MD, United States
Reviewed 3 June 2012

We hit Attacames and stayed at a place called The Chill Inn the first night. Yolanda who runs the Chill Inn has a great but fairly standard beach town hostel. We wanted someplace a little more unique and went out to the Playa Escondida on a recommendation and were glad we did. Don't head out there if you want a...

1Thank Austin W

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
In South America, from the foot hills of the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, the river Malpelo winds down to the Pacific Coast forming a beautiful bay now called Playa Escondida (hideaway beach). Truly off the beaten track, with the nearest town fourteen km's away, you are assured of privacy, safety, a pristine beach and gentle surf. The backdrop for this idyllic shoreline is an ecological refuge of 100 hectares. Here we are dedicated to protecting the diverse flora and fauna of the semi-tropical forest from local hunters, logging, cattle and shrimp farming, not to mention commercial tourism; all forces which the threaten the fragile eco-system of this vital littoral. Come and experience the magic of one of the last frontiers on the Pacific Rim. The refuge currently has capacity for thirty people. Prices range from US$7 to $25 per person. There is a secluded area with lots of shade for camping, with showers. Children up to 10 years old pay half price. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Playa Escondida

Address: km 14 - via Tonchigue | Punta Galera, Galera, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Esmeraldas Province > Galera
Price Range: ₹ 327 - ₹ 2,357 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
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“higher floor is the best”
 of 5 bubbles arzklh, 27 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Ask for a room facing the beach”
 of 5 bubbles Tacklow, 19 Jan 2015 | Read review
“It is rustic, with mosquito nets for all the beds, which are clean and comfortable. All are open to the breezes, with thatched roofs. Ours was up on stilts, we liked that.”
 of 5 bubbles leoathome, 30 Nov 2013 | Read review
“Go down the road...”
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“Ask for a room with a balcony The views are astounding!”
 of 5 bubbles SylvainG946, 21 Nov 2012 | Read review
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