Montecristi Golf Resort & Villas

Montecristi Golf Resort & Villas

Costal Living at its Finest

By Henry G. Noel
Photographs Courtesy of Montecristi Golf Resort & Villas and Yenis Bejas


Expats looking for a new beach getaway destination, or for those wanting to relocate to a lower altitude with a warmer climate have discovered the mid-coast of Ecuador with the city of Manta as its heart.

Manta is the fifth largest city in Ecuador, the second largest port city, and home to the largest cruise ship port in Ecuador. It offers affordable coastal living, the appeal of beautiful beaches, big city amenities like a new hospital and health clinic, a new airport international terminal (coming this summer), a new bus terminal, a new shopping mall, and a new cruise ship terminal. No other coastal city offers these benefits. The areas mico-climinate produces 300 days of sunshine and “enternal spring” (mid-70’s) weather.

Only seven miles from Manta and nestled in the rolling hills east of the city and north of the Canton of Montecristi sits the Montecristi Golf Resort & Villas. The $80 million, 2,400 acre Montecristi Golf Resort & Villas is the largest luxury resort in Ecuador. Montecristi offers its visitors, guests, and residents a healthy, active, safe and tranquil environment in which to live their life; and it’s in easy reach of all of the conveniences a mid-size city can offer.

Imagine visiting or living in a community focused on health and sports activities, with fine and casual dining, all within walking distance. A tranquil community completely secure and safe, where you can enjoy all the amenities with total peace of mind.

If you are a golfer, tennis player, swimmer, or perhaps your sport of choice is that of a foodie, then you need to come visit Montecristi Golf Resort & Villas.

Montecristi’s center piece is its USGA-rated golf course, Ecuador’s only officially approved golf course for PGA events open to the public.

To design and build this course, Montecristi utilized the talents and vision of world renown designers Kris Savignac and World Hall-of-Famer Jerry Pierman, as well as shaper Jerry Darrough, who converted 140 acres into a challenging 18-hole, par 72 course. The 15-acre clubhouse complex includes a driving range, three restaurants (offering fine and casual dining), swimming pool, golf school, pro shop, soccer field, two tennis courts, and the only fleet of GPS-guided smart golf carts in Ecuador. The golf course and clubhouse are open to the public to promote sports in the region. The golf resort has hosted several national and international tournaments: the Ecuadorian Open, Ecuador's National Tournament, and the USA vs. Canada Tournament held over the Fourth of July weekend, as well as a monthly ranking tournament for players in the region.

The Montecristi Golf Resort & Villas is the first phase of a multifaceted and very industrious land development enterprise with the intended result of creating an all new city named Ciudad Toquilla. All this began as the brainchild of Mr. Carlos González-Artigas Díaz,  owner of LA FABRIL, the 19th largest company in Ecuador. His vision? To create a community focused on health, sports, and security, and with $80 million already invested, his dream is well on its way to fruition. In addition to the USGA golf resort, Ciudad Toquilla will extend 2,400 acres and include several residential communities, hotels, business center, a top rated university and hospital, a retirement community, and a wellness center.

On the drawing board is the “Puerto Conchita” Beach Club & Marina. This will be developed on the 10 acres at the Jaramijó Bay, minutes away from Manta´s international airport. All the residence of Montecristi Golf Resort & Villas will have access to this waterfront resort.

Ciudad Toquilla, named for the Montecristi Superfino Toquilla straw hat of Ecuador—famously called the Panama hat—is a futuristic vision blending nature and luxury and bringing tranquility from the mountains to the sea.

Enjoying the splendor this golf resort offers, along with the many amenities associated with it, I can't help but repeat the words of Darío V. Herrera, Vice President of Business Development and Real Estate: “With the first phase of the project completed, it is now time to turn Ciudad Toquilla into the top-rated destination for residents and international visitors coming to Ecuador. The goal is to create an entire satellite city whose lifestyle focuses on health, sports, and relaxation, regardless of whether you are just visiting or choosing to live here. We strive for you to have the best memorable experiences every day.”

Whether visiting for the weekend or wanting to relocate to an affordable county club life style, Montecristi Golf Resort & Villas is the place to find coastal living at its finest. There is a wide selection of housing offerings to meet every expat’s needs:

- One and two-bedroom condos are available for overnight stays, or extented rentals.

For those wishing to purchase (all with golf course views):

- Buildable lots begin at $57,000
- Condos begin at $84,000
- Three-bedroom villas start at $187,000

Montecristi will also organize day trips to the most popular surrounding destinations.


Montecristi is perfect for ex-pats with investment visas wanting a better return than CD's, or those North Americans looking for safe overseas real estate investment with capital or even self-directed IRA growth opportunities. We recommend you get professional advice on all investments.

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Montecristi wants to make it easy for Cuenca’s expats to come and visit.

As a special incentive to the readers of Cuenca Expats Magazine, Montecristi is offering a special discounted rate for staying at the resort. All readers will receive an exclusive $99 a night room rate for the one-bedroom condo (which sleeps up to 4). That's a savings of over 30%. Included free are breakfast in the main restaurant and car service to and from Guayaquil. Call for reservations today.

*This promotion is not available during holidays or special events and expires 31 Dec 2020.

Cuenca Expats Magazine - Darío V. Herrera / Montecristi Golf Resort & Villas

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Contact Montecristi Golf Resort & Villas today.

You’ll be thrilled you did!

Address: Km 1.5 via Montecristi. Manta, Montecristi, Ecuador
Phone: 593 5-259-0020

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