The SpaceCielo, the top of three floors in Casa Tambien, has hardwood floors throughout, a slightly smaller but complete kitchen, and a tile shower and bathtub. Cielo has some of the best views of the Ecuadorean coast, with a commanding 180-degree panorama of the cliffs that extend for miles on either side of Playa Escondida. Looking up, you see a beautiful pyramid roof constructed of tropical woods, bamboo canes, flayed-out bamboo, and thatch. The eaves of the roof extend two meters past the deck which, surrounds the apartment on all four sides. The kitchen, bedroom and living room are all screened in. Everything is hand-made: the exceptionally comfortable Queen-size bed in the bedroom, the bamboo and parchment doors, the two 1x2 meter singled beds in the living rooms, and the dining table on the deck. Locked storage cupboards for backpacks, food, etc. abound in all three rooms. Relax and rejuvenate.
Guest AccessGuests get their own personal keys for accessing the entire floor through a solid wooden door off the exterior staircase, as well as smaller keys for the locked storage areas within the apartment. All guests at Casa Tambien have full access to the beach and lovingly maintained walking trails at Playa Escondida, as well as to its beachfront restaurant and bar. Interaction with GuestsExcept when we’re at our house in Ecuador (1-2 months most years), our contact with guests is via email or phone. Playa Escondida’s owner is Canadian, and other English-speaking workers can provide laundry services, and assist with other questions and needs. The NeighborhoodCasa Tambien sits in Playa Escondida, a secluded, safe ecological reserve, sitting on a forty-foot cliff overlooking a sandy beach with excellent body-surfing waves. Weather and water temperature are almost perfect year round.
The ecological reserve is a 240-acre brain-child of a Canadian visionary and environmentalist. She and her local workers have sculpted beautiful paths in the tropical grounds, built simple thatched roof huts and composting privies by hand, and nested a full restaurant and bar right next to the sandy beach.
While there are four-and five-star exclusive, gated communities and resorts in Ecuador that cater only to the wealthy, Playa Escondida is unsual in that it’s a secluded beach paradise that’s quiet, safe, peaceful, beautiful and affordable.
A small river and estuary running through Playa Escondida created the sandy, protected beach eons ago. The rocky cliffs that extend for miles in either direction, and Ecuador’s designation of this coastline as a Marine Reserve, assure that no other devleopment will occur within miles of Playa Escondida.
Come spend a week or a month in one of the most peaceful, beautiful and isolated spots on Planet Earth.
Getting AroundIt is best to have a car if you plan to go to and from Playa Escondida a lot. For infrequent sorties out of the reserve, inexpensive and infrequent buses--ask the locals for the schedule--or expensive taxis can take you to Tonchigue, seven miles away. There, you can buy groceries, fresh fish off the beach, pharmaceutical supplies, etc. The buses also extend to bigger towns and cities further down the coast.
It’s best to come stay awhile at Casa Tambien...and, if you’re going to cook in one or more of our kitchens, to buy your groceries on the way in (we can provide more details upon your registration).
Other Things to NoteWhile the listing is for ONE bedroom and THREE beds, note that the exceptionally comfortable Queen bed is in a private bedroom. The other two single beds, each one by two meters, thus quite a bit bigger than standard single beds, and made of thick foam, are in the living room or living area.
We, the owners, designed everything in the house: the tiled and hardwood floors, the eleven-foot ceilings, the wide eaves that bring in the morning sun and sunsets, while protecting guests from the midday sun. Linens, kitchen items, wooden counters, etc. have also been selected by us.
We built the house over a number of years, finishing it in 2013. When we first came to the Ecuadorean coast, we expected a cold Pacific Ocean, high heat and lots of mosquitoes. We found none of these. The Humboldt Current keeps the Pacific warm here, 365 days a year. The ocean breezes keep the air temperature between 60 and 85 (occasionally hotter), and nine months a year, in the dry season, you can’t find a mosquito, and even during the “rainy season,” it usually rains only in the afternoon, so the “skeeters” are at a minimum. Still, we’ve got mosquito nets for all beds, and have screened in the entire living areas on all three floors.
That said, we spend most of our time, when in the house, on the expansive shaded decks that surround the living areas. The eleven-foot ceilings provide unbelievable views of the Pacific, the cliffs along the coast, the other thatched roof homes and “pallapas” in the reserve, and the beautiful tropical flora and fauna that surround you.
When you leave the house:
Saunter down to the sea for some body-surfing in water that heals your body.
Enjoy fish, lobster, shrimp or ceviches that were in the ocean just a day or two ago.
Take a walk down the coast through openings made in the rock over thousands of years. Explore for shells, draw a picture, “harvest” some driftwood, sit on a rock.
Read a book. Or three. Or ten.
Paint a picture, on the beach, or on your deck.
Put your feet up on one of the ten hammocks throughout the house. Take a nap.
Do some yoga. Meditate. And think about coming here next time with your entire yoga or meditation group. While there are beds for twelve people in Casa Tambien, if others brought sleeping bags, the house could accommodate many, many more. The screened-in living area comprised only about one-third of the square footage, while the decks comprise two-thirds of the floor space.