Cuenca Expats Magazine, Issue 45

Photos: Courtesy of Happy Life

Looking for a quick escape without the hassle of a long drive? Look no further than Happy Life, a serene mountain retreat about an hour south of Cuenca. Nestled atop a picturesque mountain, Happy Life offers an idyllic setting for those seeking a peaceful and affordable getaway. Owned and operated by David and Sabrina Bushnell, Happy Life is more than just a retreat—it’s a dream turned reality. David, a successful restaurateur from the US, and Sabrina, a licensed real estate broker, envisioned creating a private mountain community where residents could enjoy a simple yet fulfilling lifestyle.

“The journey to Happy Life is as delightful as the destination itself. Heading south towards Loja is a breeze, thanks to well-maintained roads. In less than ninety minutes, you’ll find yourself at the gates of Happy Life, surrounded by towering pine trees and the occasional glimpse of wildlife, such as the resident deer.”

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Spread across 26.5 acres, Happy Life boasts a community center and charming cabins that blend seamlessly with the natural beauty of the surroundings. Currently operating like a bed and breakfast, the community center offers cozy accommodations and modern amenities, including a spacious fireplace, indoor and outdoor seating, and a fully equipped kitchen.

Guests also have access to laundry facilities, ensuring a comfortable and convenient stay. Accommodations at Happy Life cater to various preferences and budgets. From intimate one-room cabins to spacious two-bedroom retreats, there’s something for everyone. There is even a small private cabin (our favorite).

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The “all-inclusive” package ensures that guests enjoy three meals a day, each offering a diverse selection of dishes to tantalize the taste buds. Whether you crave a hearty breakfast, a satisfying lunch, or a gourmet dinner, Happy Life has you covered. Vegetarian options are also available, ensuring that every guest’s dietary needs are met. Beyond dining, Happy Life offers a plethora of activities to suit every interest.

Whether you prefer leisurely pursuits like reading against the backdrop of breathtaking mountain views or more adventurous endeavors like hiking, fishing, or horseback riding, there’s no shortage of ways to unwind and reconnect with nature.

For those seeking relaxation, indulging in a massage is the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploration. If your visit to Happy Life leaves you enchanted, you’ll be delighted to know that permanent or part-time residency is within reach. David and Sabrina welcome guests to explore the available lots and view ongoing construction projects, with no pressure to commit. For more information, visit their website or consult with our friend Ashley Rogers, voted Best Realtor in Cuenca (

So why wait? Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and embark on a journey to Happy Life. Whether it’s for a weekend retreat or a long-term stay, the tranquility and the beauty of this mountain sanctuary await. Book your reservation today and experience the joy of Happy Life firsthand.

For reservations and inquiries, contact Happy Life using the information below: Discover the joy of Happy Life—a mountain top retreat like no other.

  • Contacts: David and Sabrina Bushnell
  • Phone 098 795 7134
  • email:
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