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“Can´t be better”
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Eshine Villa
Reinfeld, Germany
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12 reviews
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“Can´t be better”
Reviewed 26 February 2014

Beautiful location, surrounded by mountain in a nice aboriginal village.
Amazing garden with many flowers, as i stayed, i saw many bees flying around.
They have a bakery. Every morning fresh handmade bread. Who can beat that ?
The open heart from the owning couple for poor animals ( they take care for blind and
a homeless dog ) gives many warm feelings. No feeling to be a guest, but feel like to be
already a long term friend. The hot springs nearby did the rest. Will come back again, again, again.....

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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莊姐, 經理 at Eshine Villa, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
just so many many thanks for you two .
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

A friend and I stayed in E Shine Garden for one night, and upon arrival we both wished we were staying several days more. The downstair rooms are spacious, comfortable, with nice details. Its a top notch accommodation. We were very pleased with the place, very peaceful.

The home made bread (we get to taste 3 different kinds, yay!) and breakfast was delicious. The bread by Ms. Chuang was so popular, it has a local following. The fruit salad with home made Hisbiscus sauce was very tasty too. Yum.

The owner Mr. Lü is quite a character. He is optimistic, humorous, and has endless patience, energy and artistic talents too (self-taught calligraphy, painting, etc.). I noticed the 2 djembe drums and he invited me to play and engaged in an improv drum jam. How Fun! ;-)

It's a beautiful place, a retreat, and a treat. My friend and I had a great time there. We felt relaxed and recharged and hope to have the opportunity to come back to visit in the future.

Fun fact - I learned that the name E Shine is actually a combination of the last characters of the Chinese names of the owners - Yi from the wife and Xing from the husband, how cute! (I probably like the fact that the wife's name is first. ha ha).


Ellen from Atlanta, Georgia

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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莊姐, 經理 at Eshine Villa, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Google Translation
謝謝海倫的鼓勵。上次的機器人展示確實開了我們的眼界,也很高興認識你們,當然特別感謝王老師時常回來關心我們。大家都要幸福喔!
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

Wonderful place to stay, in the countryside, 20min. drive north outside of Taitung, near Luye.
The seperate house that we stayed in was new, very modern, very clean and had everything we wanted. It is in a beautiful countryside, farming community. Outside our window we could watch the goings on of the large vegetable and pineapple garden. Very pretty views. Very quiet spot.
The host, Oscar, speaks perfect english and arranged everything we needed.
He arranged a private guide to take my friends on a little known hike to a natural hot springs. There is also a wonderful new public hot springs just down the street from this house that was even better!!! It was great to spend time here, relaxing in the hot springs, outdoors... almost had the place to ourselves.
Breakfast was very good! Oscars wife and staff make fresh and tasty foods.
This place should have and deserves the same reputation as The Wisdom Garden which is a bit of a drive north of here. I would recommend, on a drive along the East Coast, that you spend two nights in both places. This is a good location for biking, hiking or taking a short 15/20min. drive into Taitung to explore in the evenings for a good dinner.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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莊姐, 經理 at Eshine Villa, responded to this review, 21 December 2013
Thank you very much for your encouragement and appreciation. We, Oscar and Grammy, are delighted to meet you guys and we sincerely hope that more people can come and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Taiwan.
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 14 December 2013

After leaving the big noisy city of Taipei heading east and south via Toroko Gorge, arriving in the quiet agricultural Rift Valley at eShine Villa was a real pleasure. We were greeted by one of the staff members who could speak some English which was a great comfort to us. We were shown to our beautiful room with private bathroom located in their guest house.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped and have an enormous vegetable garden that supplies fresh local vegetables that feed the family and guests if you decide to eat at their onsite cafe. The facility is comprised of three buildings, one house for the owners Oscar and Grammy, a large guest house with several rooms with private bathrooms and the main lodge building which houses a commercial kitchen, more common space with piano, the cafe and staff rooms on the second floor.
Our building and room was very clean and nicely appointed. The room was very large and came complete with large clean private bathroom, refrigerator and TV. The building had a nice lounging area for enjoying a drink or morning tea or coffee with a beautiful sunrise over the local foothills. There is even a cooking area located in the porch area if you are inclined to have a barbeque.
The main lodge building houses the café and dining area. Breakfast is included with the room. The breakfasts were very large with a good variety of beautiful local dishes, an assortment of hot teas, gourmet coffee specialty drinks and of course Grammy’s famous homemade breads. Grammy was very accommodating and adjusted meals to accommodate our traveling companions. Don’t pass up the chance to eat dinner at the café. Grammy will prepare a very filling dinner of local dishes including many of the vegetable direct from their garden. It is a lot of fun to watch Grammy cook if you like to cook as I do.

The location is ideal for some good exploring. We had a rental car and arrived via Toroko Gorge and Yuli to the north. eShine is located in the quiet countryside yet close enough to many attractions and the big little city of Taitung. It was nice to get restful sleep in the quiet country with only the sound frogs croaking and wake up to a beautiful sunrise with a hot cup of tea and the sound of roosters crowing.

One day we did an adventurous hike to Lisong Hot Springs near the village of Lidao. Oscar arranged for a guide to meet us outside Lidao and to lead us on the hike. It is a challenging hike that can be done without a guide, but I would recommend hiring a guide because the trail is maintained by the locals and is on their land so it is nice to help pay for the upkeep and also the water crossings can be very dangerous depending on how much rain they have had prior to your hike. The guides know the safest places to cross and whether conditions are safe before you arrive. We also visited Yuan Sen botanical garden. You can tour their specimen garden and enjoy a nice Shabu Shabu lunch buffet that includes many of the local greens and medicinal teas. The famous Antung Hot springs is a short drive. If you enjoy hot springs, there is a local one a few blocks from eShine that is in our opinion much better and less crowded and much less expensive than Antung. We soaked every night with at most one other visitor, very nice compared to Antung. We enjoyed the night life in Taitung a few times. They have a nice open street market (typical of most cities in Taiwan) and a nice artist area at the Old Rail Station Park complete with music on the weekends.

The best part of eShine was the staff and owners. Oscar and Grammy are wonderful people. Oscar speaks English and was instrumental in our planning and guiding for the area. He was great at helping us plan our days and making special arrangements for us by phone in Chinese. Grammy is a very talent cook and artisan baker. She even offers classes to the locals. The staff are friendly students on a working holiday. Oscar did many small things to make our stay more enjoyable including a few cultural things like teaching us how to write our names in Chinese (using calligraphy brushes), including us in family movie night and even a visit to the smallest filling station in Taiwan just down the street. We filled up there with Gerry cans.

Thank you for the great visit Oscar and Grammy,
John and Barbara
San Diego, California

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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莊姐, 經理 at Eshine Villa, responded to this review, 21 December 2013
Though my English is far from perfection, still I enjoy serving foreign guests very much. I hope that when you come back next time, my English will be better :)
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Property: Eshine Villa
Address: No.6-1 Shengping Road, Yanping Town, Taitung County 00953, Taiwan
Region: Taiwan > Taitung County
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 105 Speciality Lodging in Taitung County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Eshine Villa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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