The house and property are beautiful and well maintained. We had so much fun during our stay! Having a private home was perfect for us, to do our own cooking, etc. There is a huge selection of books and movies, and the upper two levels were awesome with the outside deck areas. We loved having the washer and dryer as well!
The owner, Tatjana, is very attentive and responds to any needs or questions promptly. Also, her housekeeper, Maria, is very sweet, friendly and helpful.
We stayed with our two children at Casa Opuntia for 3 nights. The casa is more than spacious with 3 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom. Nice work area and a huge kitchen. To our surprise, it was only a few minutes walk from the main centre of Porto Ayora.
We were well received and introduced into the house. Very clean and fully kitted with everything you would need. Unfortunately the WiFi was down, but it is readily available virtually in any restaurant.
A very good guide in english was provided which helped us tremendously.
The garden and surroundings where very neat and it was always relaxing "returning home" every evening.
We could not have asked for anything more. Perfect stay.
Casa Opuntia is a lovely home. It's located very close to the Tortuga Bay trailhead. It is also walking distance to the waterfront. The property is landscaped perfectly to accomplish complete privacy. The casa itself is spacious and has everything (except a dishwasher) you'd want for a self-catered vacation. We enjoyed not having to pack a lot of clothes and utilized the washer/dryer. When you arrive, you are provided a book of information and list of contacts that we found very helpful. We were also given a cell phone in case we needed anything. However, you must put credits on it yourself, which took me some time to figure out. A driver was arranged beforehand to pick us up at the ferry and return us there on the day of our departure. We also scheduled him to take us to the highlands one of the days. Renting a car doesn't seem like much of an option, and that was the only time we needed help getting further than our legs or a boat could take us. Maria maintains the house and would check on us, clean, and replenish our bottled water. She was very sweet and helpful. We especially loved the rooftop patio to enjoy sundowners while our kids played or watched movies, and at night the stars are brilliant! If you like the idea of exploring on your own with little assistance, this is a great place to stay.
This was a great place for us to stay and relax between trips on the mainland and to other islands.
The home is as advertised, comfortable and clean in a beautiful setting.
We really enjoyed the town, it was nice and safe and reasonable to do things. We especially enjoyed taking the water taxi to Finch Bay for lunch and snorkeling at the beach.
Tatjana was very helpful in arranging rides and a tour for us.
We rented through Airbnb, but I could not post a review after 30 days had passed, so I hope the manager sees this review! The villa is situated on a large walled piece of property along with a casita, which we also stayed in prior to moving into the larger house. Beautiful gardens and privacy make this a truly exceptionally quiet and private setting. It is a short walk to restaurants, shopping and boat harbor. The villa is located near the end of the street that leads to the Tortuga Bay trail. We walked to the beach for late afternoon swims on our tour days and almost had the whole area to ourselves! The villa is spacious,very attractively furnished, and has a very well-equipped kitchen.. The rooftop deck was wonderful in the evenings because there was a slight breeze. Recommend booking well in advance of your trip. This is a popular villa and we missed out on getting it for the entire week, so we booked the casita on the property for the first few days. (The casita is far enough from the villa that privacy is maintained for both houses.) There were a few glitches (no hot water because propane ran out, no water briefly because pipe broke, no ride from airport because someone forgot) Each was mildly inconvenient and of short duration, and remedied quickly by my husband, the trouble-shooter, and followed up by Maria, the caretaker. The manager, Tatiana, was very helpful in assisting us when our friends' luggage didn't arrive the day before in Quito. Because we had direct access to Tatiana via email, problems were quickly resolved. We did have difficulty at times reaching Maria - even with the cell phones provided. Would love to go back!
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