Casa Ceibo Boutique Hotel & Spa: The Jewel of Manabí
Casa Ceibo Boutique Hotel & Spa is certainly the crown jewel of the Manabi Province. Named the first recipient of the Green Star Diamond Award in all of South America and a finalist in the Condé Nast Johansen’s 2012 Awards for Excellence for most Excellent Eco Resort for the region of South America, Casa Ceibo offers 5-Star lodging and world-class dining. Relax at the spa, enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool or explore the local estuary. Casa Ceibo really does have it all.
Ecuador is not generally known for 5-star hotels and resorts. So it’s safe to say that not many have heard of Casa Ceibo Boutique Hotel & Spa.
Tucked away in the estuary just outside of Bahía de Caráquez in the Manabi Province, Casa Ceibo was recently named the first recipient of the Green Star Diamond Award in all of South America, a new standard for progressive five-star hospitality in this region of the world. Then, in 2012, Casa Ceibo became a finalist in the Condé Nast Johansen’s Awards for Excellence for most Excellent Eco Resort for the region of South America.
Accolades not withstanding, we wanted to see what all the fuss was about. So Your Escape to Ecuador.com sent yours truly to the resort on a recon mission to discover the true nature of this beautiful hotel & spa. And I’m happy to report that those accolades are well deserved.
The hotel’s rooms are spacious, extremely comfortable, and pleasantly furnished. The in-room jacuzzi was a great plus along with the high quality amenities. The rooms are serviced impeccably and regularly.
The staff at the hotel is professional, accomodating, well-trained, and downright friendly. They seem to take pride in giving the guests a unique and relaxing experience.
The public areas of the hotel are tastefully designed and decorated with painitngs, pictures and local handicrafts that adds a unique charm throughout the property. The pool area and gardens are beautiful and well kept. The hotel’s private dock and boats are another added luxury, as the point of departure for many of the exciting activities and tours offered to the visitors.
Co-owner Daniel Jacome says the hotel offers its visitors an enticing opportunity to sneak away from the pool — if they wish. Kayaking, bird watching, and exploring the surrounding ecological and wildlife reserves are all part of the Casa Ceibo experience. But the area of Bahía de Caráquez offers other treasures, such as archaeological history and artisan crafts.
Casa Ceibo sits among the natural mangrove forests of the coast, which saw immense human destruction in past decades but is now being reforested with the hotel’s help. Casa Ceibo works together with the local Portovelo community and the Environmental Ministry to preserve the mangroves and educate visitors about their importance with trips to Isla Corazon Reserve.
The resort also works with the Fundación de Agua Muisne and the Unidad Educativa Satiasay, the latter of which is developing a water purification project that offers clean water at a fraction of the price provided by municipal sources.
In Ecuador, the sea offers an opportunity not just for frolicking, but for tasting some of the riches cuisine on the continent.
Fine dining is now all the rage in Ecuador. Universities are doubling the size of their cooking schools, new books about food are launched every month, and chefs are garnering attention like never before.
Last year, as part of this great gastronomic trend, Casa Ceibo, and four additional luxury hotels and restaurants in Ecuador launched “Ecuador Enriched,” a tour designed especially for seeing and tasting Ecuador, of which Casa Ceibo Boutique Hotel & Spa, is an important part.
Recognizing that great travel is inseparable from great food, Casa Ceibo has taken extra care to offer a distinctive menu that is surprisingly traditional and contemporary at the same time. The award winning chefs at Casa Ceibo provide guests with never before seen culinary encounters: Manabítan cuisine with Peruvian influences, combining the tastes and traditions of the coast with a touch of signature cuisine.
Casa Ceibo offers a different menu every night taking into consideration the preferences of its guests. The hotel’s restaurant also features tasting menus where diners will encounter dishes created only at Casa Ceibo.
The Coastal Serenade is part of Ecuador Enriched – a welcoming meal of hors d’oeuvres served on the Casa Ceibo dock. Champagne soup is served with mustard foam. Pears in wine syrup are offered with a mixed cheese fondue. Finally, “tiradito”: thin layers of freshly cut fish with cream of red pepper.
For the international clients who want something more landlocked, the Carpaccio of thin tenderloin filet on basil pesto is followed by the barbeque steak with fig sauce. Then, a return to the coast: shrimp in a flaky, potato crust with passion fruit sauce. And for dessert: banana cheese cake and black and white chocolate truffles.
Casa Ceibo believes in pairing just the right wine with every meal. For the Serenade you will try all of the following: Concha y Toro, Trio Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling Concha y Toro, Trio Merlot, Carmenere, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
When people come to Manabi, they come not just to be surprised, but to find what they have always known and loved. Casa Ceibo offers traditional flavors such as a shrimp ceviche served with white rice, accompanied by green fried plantain. It is paired with Morandé Pionero Suavignon Blanc.
To give clients some variety, Casa Ceibo likes to look outside the region for dessert: Plum Soufflé bathed in English passion fruit sauce and accompanied by Porto Familia Zucardi Malamado.
For a truly world-class resort and spa experience, give Casa Ceibo a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed.