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Vistamar offers first rate surf and yoga retreats within the confines of rustic beauty and modern comforts coupled with exquisite cuisine & ocean views!
Matteo is your friendly host and surf guru. He has two decades of surf experience, lifeguard training and years of experience teaching surfing from surf camps in San Diego to private and group lessons here in Ecuador and Peru. He's here to make sure you have a good time and ensure your safety, provide tips, water safety and local condition information, and pinpoint the best conditions and take you to the best breaks the Ecuatorial Pacific has to offer.
Juan is our friendly, bilingual surf instructor with two decades of surfing and a decade of instructing experience. With several years here in Ayampe, he has an intimate knowledge of the nuances of this beach, which translates into you having a productive surf experience!
Lucile is a certified yoga and sup yoga teacher with experience in Yin & restorative, Vinyasa, Hatha and power yoga. She has led yoga and surf retreats and has worked in many studios around the world including London, Tanzania, Colombia, Ecuador and Morocco. Lucile creates an environment that is both relaxed and relaxing to help condition the body for surfing and stretch post surf. Her classes incorporate breath work, meditation, and asanas with maximum hands on assists and modifications to accommodate different levels. Lucile’s classes are both fun and relaxing with an emphasis on the breath
from United States, January 2022
"Awesome week at Vistamar"
Great guesthouse in lovely Ayampe, Matteo and Juan created a special place at Vistamar. The surf was super fun, the food amazing, and the Vistamar community made it an experience to remember. We can’t wait to be back!
from United States, August 2021
"Beautiful Experience "
From the moment I reached out to Vistamar to the moment I left they were responsive, organized, flexible, and on top of everything! The location was beautiful, food was delicious (breakfast was my favorite), activities were great, yoga felt wonderful, and everything was customized to me. They truly made me feel like part of the family! Wish I could’ve spent more time there!
from United States, July 2021
"The most memorable/beautiful experiences I’ve had traveling"
The excursions, hospitality, food, comforts, atmosphere…everything with Vistamar definitely surpassed my expectations. Upon arrival, we received a warm welcome with a printed layout of our personal schedule for the next 5 days. Matteo did an excellent job making our agenda feel well-ordered and also leisurely. We were asked what excursions we wanted to do & our experience with yoga and surfing so that he could do his best to personalize the experience for our comfortability. He made it so that we did every single thing we wanted to do while also having time for ourselves to unwind and relax. The surfing lessons were so well done & extremely fun/attentive! Yoga was wonderful & she did a different practice every morning so it was customized to how we felt each day and/or what activities we were going to do. The food was AH-MAZING. Every single meal I was more impressed by Flor’s abilities- especially bc we eat vegan so it’s a bit of a challenge for some people to accommodate but I was blown away at the fresh cooked meals we received. On every excursion we did Matteo made sure to provide a vegan meal for us if we were going to be away from the camp that day-we always felt very taken care of by him & his team. We went boating to an Island with whale watching/snorkeling, jungle bike rides, horseback riding, etc! The place is so well equipped w/ anything you’d need & the town of Ayampe is a dreamland, I felt safe & friendly gestures wherever we went. I can’t wait to visit again!!
from United States, July 2021
"Ayampe is a magical place "
Vistamar guesthouse is close to everything you could possibly need. The locals are so friendly. The guesthouse has extremely comfy beds, hot water, stocked fridge, fresh drinking water and everything was spotless. There are many places to lounge around and enjoy the presence of others. The amount of thought and detail in every part of the guesthouse is impressive- fans if you get hot, bug nets, extra bath towels, beach towels if you need them, extra hooks to hang your clothes. Each room is provided with locks but I did not lock my room once my entire stay because I felt as though my belongings were safe.
If you are on the hunt for a place to stay while you are traveling this IS the spot. I’d highly recommend doing the all inclusive surf/yoga option. Regardless if you can only stay 3-4 days! It’s totally worth every penny.
from Switzerland, February 2021
"An amazing week in Paradise"
We loved the food that was just downright excellent, the yoga classes (Marissa is amazing!), surf classes, the hospitality, the room( was super clean and lovely - fresh sheets all 3 days and fresh towels all day if you want), the deck with hammocks, chairs and possibility to meditate, do sports of any kind or read is more than awesome and in general the atmosphere was fun, caring and genuinely familial.
thank you Matteo for so much effort to make this week the luxury exception were were treating ourselfs with!
from United States, February 2021
"Great Solo trip"
Matteo was an incredible host & he's built a beautiful retreat. Matteo was attentive to every detail/need- he made this a fun, relaxing & adventurous vacation for me. Ayampe is very simple, set in a beautiful, undisturbed location on the ocean. Vistamar is only a very short walk from beach. It has the 3 floor yoga platform w beautiful views of Pacific. Rooms are very large & mine had large sitting area in front of bedroom. Beds are comfortable & have mosquito nets. I loved the rain shower, hot & cold water w great pressure. I spent time in the relaxing hammock & chair swing watching the sunset.
There's a sitting area on main level, surrounded by beautiful flowers. There's a large dining table & local chefs prepare delicious meals w locally sourced fresh ingredients, including beautiful presentations. It was a treat to eat healthy- so much fruit, guacamole, fish, meat, etc. Breakfasts were mouth watering (pics)
My week at Vistamar was a treat, very hard to leave. Matteo organized yoga daily, surf lessons, massage, boat trip, snorkeling & special trip to Isla de Planta. He thought of every detail & ensured I enjoyed myself. I was able to get an insight into the local culture and people. He is very active in community. His passion for Ecuador, Ayampe & the people have made positive impacts upon the area and those who visit. Vistamar attracts a diverse group of people and I truly enjoyed meeting so many friendly and interesting guests and locals from various backgrounds.