3 Chambers/ Bedrooms , 3 Terraces/ Terraces, 2 SDB/ Bathrooms, Piscine/ Pool
Andre Maltais ou/or Guylaine Arsenault
- english, french, Espagnol/Spanish Quebec (Guylaine)
About Andre Maltais ou/or Guylaine Arsenault
ENGLISH BELOW Nous sommes deux amateurs de voyages. Amérique du nord, Europe, Amérique latine, Afrique, Océanie. Il ne nous manque que l'Asie. Expéditions en Kayak de mer, cyclotourisme, pèlerinage de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle. Nous aimons bien voyager et entrer en contact avec les gens: Ceux du pays et eux qui voyagent. Étudiante, Guylaine a laissé l'université pendant 1 an pour voyager en Amérique latine sac à dos. Elle s'est toujours souvenue de l'Équateur, sa route des volcans, la côte et l'Amazonie. ENGLISH We both travel lovers: North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Oceania. Asia is waiting for us. Sea kayak expeditions, cycling and pilgrimage of Saint Jacques de Compostela. We like to travel and get in touch with people: Inhabitants and travelers. A nice way to travel that we adopted several years ago is to combine travel and humanitarian aid. Guylaine When she was student, Guylaine left the university for 1 year to travel backpacking in Latin America. She always remembered Ecuador, its volcanoes' route, the coast and the Amazon. This true “gaspésienne” is a phys. ed. teacher at Cegep and a certified yoga teacher. Nothing more than a rejuvenating session of yoga on one of the villa terraces or on the beach. André André, a civil engineer “saguenéen” by adoption (sorry, I was 1 year old when I arrived, so it does not count), is interested in cultures and languages ... and more. We can talk about politics, religion (caution on these 2 subjects), physics, environment, etc. A nice discussion on the sidewalk with an inhabitant of the country, what a pleasure!
Andre Maltais ou/or Guylaine Arsenault purchased this Villa in 2014
Why Andre Maltais ou/or Guylaine Arsenault chose Mirador San Jose
ENGLISH BELOW Nous avons découvert l'Équateur comme un pied-à-terre idéal. C’est un peu le Costa Rica pour la conscience environnementale mais avec des infrastructures plus modernes (dont les routes). C’est aussi un pays tropical sans cyclone. En effet, les cyclones et ouragans naissent en tout petit de l’équateur (côtes de l’Afrique ou de l’Amérique), pour aller ailleurs en grandissant. C’est aussi une certaine stabilité économique puisque le pays n’a plus sa propre monnaie mais utilise le dollar américain. ENGLISH We found Ecuador as an ideal place to reside. It's a little bit Costa Rica for the environmental awareness but with modern infrastructure (including roads). It is also a tropical country without cyclones. Cyclones and hurricanes are born at equatorial latitudes (coast of Africa or America), growing up to go further. It is also an economic stability as the country no longer has its own currency but uses the US dollar.
What makes this Villa unique
ENGLISH BELOW Nous avons construit cette villa avec quelques idées en tête. Nous cherchions une maison au bord de la mer avec de grandes pièces, lumineuses, avec la possibilité d’être au soleil ou à l’ombre, au vent ou à l’abri. Une maison fonctionnelle dans un milieu apaisant et un site sécuritaire. Une grande plage à proximité où on peut se baigner ou marcher des heures. Dans un pays sécuritaire, abordable plein de possibilités et de paysages de mer, de montagnes, de volcans et de forêts luxuriantes. Voir des baleines sauter en face de la maison a aussi un charme ajouté au reste. Pour Guylaine, c’est un site approprié à sa pratique de yoga et de méditation. ENGLISH We built this villa with a few ideas in mind. We were looking for a home in the seaside with large and bright rooms, with the possibility of being in the sun or shade, in the wind or sheltered from it. A functional house in a peaceful environment and a secure site. A large beach nearby where you can swim or walk for hours. In a safe country, affordable, full of possibilities and sea landscapes, mountains, volcanoes and lush forest. Watching whales jumping in front of the house also has a charm added to the rest. For Guylaine, it is a suitable site for her practice of yoga and meditation.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We migt be back next year..
Regular maintenance is missing, specially the sliding doors.
We had a very good contact with the owner, very gentle. He was taking notes about what needed to be done. He gave us lots of informations regarding the region and our location. There are three good restaurants on the site.
Relax and enjoy your stay!
A super nice home at Mirador San Jose. My family and kids had a fantastic time. The home is new and close to the beach. We were fortunate to observe some whales from the kitchen's window. The home has everything you need for a pleasant and comfortable stay. Everything stated in the site is accurate. I recommend this home to everyone.
Way better than we even thought it would be
While we were expecting a pleasant stay, the house is way better than it looks online. The pictures make the house look a little "orphaned" in the middle of nowhere. The reality is, the area is under construction and will look much more complete in the coming years. The house had a great little pool, and the air conditioning was complete and worked well. (these were issues brought up by earlier travelers, but they are no longer issues.).
We had to make a slight change to our schedule, and the owner was very accommodating and easy to deal with.
The beds were comfortable, the place was very clean. 5 stars across the board.
Beautiful house, very comfortable!
We spent a week at the house recently, and had a lovely stay. The house was impeccably clean, furnishings were comfortable and modern, and the kitchen was fully equipped with excellent pots, pans and implements. Did not have a dishwasher but it didn't prove to be too problematic, even for our family of 5. Kids LOVED the small pool out front, and the views were lovely to wake up to. The only slight negative was that it was HOT the week we were there (30-32C every day) and there were neither ceiling fans nor A/C.. so the house could really heat up in the late afternoon and evening. A portable fan or two would be a great addition. All in all, this is a lovely house, new and comfortable, and the beach is fantastic for kids and adults alike. A very enjoyable vacation!
We have noted your comments. We have a geothermal system in a trial phase. Unfortunately it was not working during your stay. Tests are currently made on the system. If that does not work well, we will install air conditioning systems. In any case we will install ceiling fans. Hope to see you soon.
2016-02-20 Update: Unfortunately the geothermal system does not give the desired performance. We finally installed standard air conditioning systems and ceiling fans.
Parc Machalilla/Park - Plage/ beach de los frailes - Aguas blancas - Isla de la plata - Observation de Baleines/whales watching - Pacoche parc/reserve (observation de singes / monkeys watching) - Fabrication de chapeaux de Panama à Montecristi / Panama hats hand made in Montecristi