Farallon Dillon: an odyssey


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Under the sea lie hidden, unexplored worlds, whose sea dwellers observe us from the deep, keeping their secrets (mostly) inaccessible to us on land…

We shall discover the ways of the ocean and man’s relationship to it along the cliffs of the beach town of Ballenita, at Farallón Dillon. Our first impression is dominated by an imposing vision from the entrance: the entire place weaves elements and decoration styles from around the world, as if walking into a vessel that keeps its memories of life at sea.

This dream was born from the talents of Yolanda de Dillon, interior decorator, and Alberto Dillon, sea captain and collector of treasures. Both artists (and dreamers) 27 years ago decided to open their nautical collection to the public.

Today, Farallón Dillon offers lodging in 23 rooms (each fashioning its own décor, including a room found underground), with a gazebo, restaurant, and a small museum that exhibits many heritage items, some of which are for sale, crafted by skillful artisans from the Santa Elena peninsula.

In addition to table bases and lamps made with items found inside ships, you will find paintings and other antiques rescued from the seafloor, dragged by the current towards the shore of Ballenita’s beach. A sign explains to visitors that these pieces have been preserved by the sea so that younger generations can discover the incredible evolution of maritime transport. It says: “every part of a shipwreck is testimony to epic, fantastic stories, which are always worth telling today and in the future.”
There are many pieces to admire: the famous Capitana galleon’s timbers and frames (with over 400 years of history), diving equipment (and diving fins) used 100 years ago, when English companies exploited oil in Santa Elena. You will find it fascinating to discover many more during your stay.

Also worth highlighting is the natural treasure one admires from the heights of Ballenita: breaching whales, birds (including Blue-footed boobies), and celestial bodies. You will enjoy this peaceful corner of the Ecuadorian coast with an excellent menu that includes dishes such as dorado in walnut sauce and a plantain bolón with a touch of peanuts. Octopus may be difficult to find here because, as Douglas Dillon, manager of the Farallón tells us, “we feel octopus is been overexploited in a non-sustainable fashion.”

The cliff protects all its treasures in one treasure chest: that of conscience. The experience of enjoyment and relaxation allows visitors to discover the nature hidden in a seaside walk, in a plate of oysters au gratin, in a family or business celebration, in the warm, inspiring coastal breeze… and the constant murmur of the sea.

Farallón Dillon
Lomas de Ballenita,
Ballenita, Santa Elena.

+(593 9) 995 222 222


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