Ballenita is a coastal community located in the province of Santa Elena, Ecuador. This peaceful beach town is only 20 minutes from Salinas and 40 minutes from Montañita. On top of a bluff sits a grand four-story house with expansive views of the beautiful, blue Pacific. You’ll watch the humpback whales and other wildlife from its huge balconies and terraces. Boasting eight bedrooms, twelve bathrooms and unique décor from local and far off artisans, this house is a real beauty. The exterior of the house is surrounded with stone pavers, lush plants, and a privacy wall. At the front entrance, you are welcomed by a lovely waterfall. Step inside and notice the staircase that features decorative tile flooring on each landing. While the stairway is beautiful, you may never use it. Instead, step into the ELEVATOR that will whisk you immediately to the rooftop terraces. There you can choose between more than 200 degrees of unobstructed ocean vista or views of all of Ballenita. The lower terrace features a 20 ft bar, a removable shade sail for sunny days, and men’s and ladies’ rooms for the convenience of guests. If you can tear yourself away from the scenery, peer over the back railing of the upper terrace at the 20×40 foot lap swimming pool below, complete with pavilion, removable umbrellas and the Tortuga del Mar Bar. This single-depth pool is ideal for sports. It has removable volleyball poles and comes equipped with basketball and water polo goals. Moving from the terrace down to the third level, you’ll enter a magnificent great room engineered to admit ocean breezes and provide spectacular views. The great room boasts one-of-a-kind slate flooring, a custom made wrought iron and granite dining room set, and a cozy living room set. The open and airy kitchen features custom wood cabinets and a huge Brazilian granite breakfast counter, as well as, sweeping ocean views from large windows on two walls. A large walk-in pantry stores items from the modern supermarket that is only two kilometers away. Opposite the kitchen lies a cozy reading nook offering relaxing ocean views, as well as, a bar with mini fridge, custom cabinetry and seating…a perfect spot for guests to gather and enjoy a libation. Guests might also choose to have their drinks out on the huge great room balcony, which has structurally mounted hooks for up to five hammocks. There is a large bedroom off of the great room, complete with a walk-in closet and large shower. One floor below, on the second level is a similar bedroom. Either of these large bedrooms are easily spacious enough to include an office. Continuing on the second level, the massive master bedroom suite offers beautiful sunset views from the balcony or while enjoying a hydro-massage in the 4HP indoor jacuzzi. The master suite offers a king size bed and two closets, with the walk-in closet doubling as a safe room. The spacious bathroom has dual sinks and decorative tile. After your steaming shower for two, relax on the heated, tiled two-person lounger. Off of the master bedroom is your private oceanfront gym for workouts in front of crashing waves! The ground floor has four more bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. There is a one-car garage with a washing machine and custom cabinets. Finally, there is a nice one bedroom caretaker’s apartment with kitchen and separate bath. I could go on and on about this treasure! Own your own slice of paradise.