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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Casa Ceibo

Casa Ceibo

This weekend the Ecuadorian coastal city of Bahia de Caraquez welcomed the grand opening of the new exclusive, and exquisite hotel Casa Ceibo. This brand new hotel is the most luxurious resort hotel on the central coast of Ecuador.

Aerial View of Casa Ceibo

Its waterfront location is on the southern entrance to Bahia about 5 km from the city centre, on the peaceful estuary of the River Chone. Well-trained, courteous, multi-lingual staff members are ready to pamper you. It is the ideal place to take a rest from the noise and stress of the world, become part of their family, enjoying the high quality personalized service and attention.
Inagural Ribbon Cutting

Casa Ceibo is unique in design and decorations, constructed with rounded hallways, peaked and open beam ceilings, beautiful wooden floors, and large expansive glass for natural light and garden views.

 Adding to its charm it serves as an open gallery of Ecuador and its wonders. A tribute to local craftsmen and artisans featuring all hand crafted fine wood furniture throughout the hotel.  There are stained glass windows, lamps, and glass cathedrals by Ecuadorian Master Artist Pablo Mora.  Master Eduardo's creations in ceramics include the central mural of the Ceibo tree, native to the area, which also provided the inspiration for naming the hotel.

 There is an extensive collection of paintings from prominent artists in Ecuador such as Miranda, Kingman, Almeida, Catasse, Constante, and others.  Sculptures, pottery, and many other fine details, landscaped with meticulous gardens and waterfalls.

The Hotel has three floors and this surprising gem's wonder begins from the minute you enter the lobby with a waterfall cascading down a multi story rock fa├žade. Large windows facing the estuary allow both ample daylight and beautiful vistas of the courtyard, swimming pool with multi-level decks, and tropical flower gardens.

 The expansive gardens feature a variety of coloured lighting to create a special ambiance. On this thrilling inaugural evening the sky was crystal clear and the stars were twinkling, the skyline of Bahia glowing in the distance. About 200 guests were entertained, and the tropical evening's night air was filled, with a variety of Latin music. Musicians included the resort's owner Daniel Jacome of Ecuador's famed Tercer Mundo rock band. Upstairs from the lobby is the restaurant, and rooms with balconies overlooking the grounds.

This evening the restaurant featured gold-medal international award winning executive chef Hugo Jimenez who provided a culinary experience of samplers and desserts, fusing the local "Manabi" cuisine with international cuisines for a style unique to Casa Ceibo. Wine and house cocktails were provided by the bar staff. The grand opening event was a tremendous success and the staff clearly delivered a superior experience for all the local dignitaries and distinguished guests.

All of the 18 rooms are richly decorated and have 32" flat screen TVs, wi-fi internet, and double Jacuzzi tubs. Hotel amenities include a swimming pool with wet bar and grill, gym with cardio equipment, free weights, steam and sauna baths, private massage room, clay tennis courts, and meeting rooms with audio visual systems.

The northern area of Manabi features a great variety of activities and attractions, including bird watching, nature walks, sport fishing, whale watching, aquatic sports, cycling, eco-tourism, and historic and archaeological sites to complete a truly memorable vacation experience.

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Casa Ceibo - Bahia de Caraquez, Manabi, Ecuador

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