Unique Hotels and Resorts in Ecuador
Sustainable tourism in Ecuador is continually increasing,
with lots of eco-friendly hotels and lodges around. If your clients are conscious travelers looking to protect the magical beauty of nature, here you can find a handpicked collection of inspiring eco luxury hotels across Ecuador.
Start your adventure at Boca de Cayo, a small quiet fishing village where the Tanusas Villas are located. Abundant and renewable natural elements blend with comfortable living spaces, overwhelmed with modern life features to create truly sustainable homes in harmony with nature.
Tanusas Villas has the widest range of adventurous activities. Enjoy surfing in the most famous Ecuadorian beaches, paddling your kayak through the Boca de Cayo streams, humpback whale watching, scuba diving in Isla de la Plata reefs, hiking the cloud forest or mountain biking in the hills of Chongón-colonche.
LA SELVA AMAZON ECOLODGE & SPA
La Selva Lodge is located in a stunning section of Ecuador’s Amazon Basin region. This luxurious hotel consists of a main building and cabins with 18 guest suites. Many of these suites include marble floors and bamboo and thatch features. It’s the little touches here that really stand out here, such as the fine linens and purified drinking water.
It takes about five hours to travel from your hotel in Quito to your jungle suite, by plane, motorized canoe, by foot, and arriving in a silent paddle canoe.
Finch Bay is a beautiful luxury beachfront hotel on the south side of Santa Cruz Island in Ecuador’s Galápagos archipelago. Expect all the comforting extras here, from the stunning décor to the meals made with fresh local ingredients served in their restaurant. Schedule your spa service after a full day of exploring, shopping in Puerto Ayora, or snorkeling right outside your room.
Closer to Quito than the Amazon rainforest, yet offering the same adventure experience, Mashpi Lodge is every nature lover’s dream. Mashpi Lodge is the place to encounter 400 species of birds, trees, frogs, endemic species found nowhere else in the world, complete with crashing waterfalls and incredible flora. Fly high above it all aboard the Dragonfly Canopy Gondola. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of Ecuador from an eco luxury hotel dedicated to protecting nature.
Authentic Andean Haciendas
Another option for accommodations in Ecuador is for your clients to stay in one of the many beautifully restored haciendas as part of a custom vacation package. These traditional homes give guests a first-hand glimpse into its Spanish colonial past, and a chance to explore the breathtaking scenery of the Ecuadorian Andes and immerse themselves in life in the highlands.
Set on the fringes of Zuleta village, known for its exquisite embroidery, and cradled by a sweeping stretch of the picture-perfect Andean valley, Hacienda Zuleta is a stunning 17th century hotel and working farm of former president Galo Plaza Lasso and his family. Created with his natural warmth, hospitality, and community ties, Hacienda Zuleta is blessed with its own cheese factory, dairy and trout farms, organic gardens, and more. With sophisticated yet traditional style, excellent service, outstanding cuisine, and a serious horseback riding program (they have their own breed of horse), Hacienda Zuleta is Ecuador’s most luxurious hacienda hotel.
HACIENDA SAN AGUSTIN DE CALLO
One and a quarter hour from Quito, capital of Ecuador, stands the beautiful and little-known colonial Hacienda of San Agustín de Callo. Built on the site of an Inca palace, one of the two most important archaeological Inca sites in Ecuador.
Guests here can head out horseback riding, sign up for bullfighting lessons in the old bullfighting ring, or feed the resident llamas and vicunas that roam the courtyard each afternoon. The hacienda’s on-site restaurant is not to be missed, being renowned for its gourmet regional food. www.incahacienda.com
With its roaring fires, sumptuous tapestries and antiques, the restored 19th-century former home of a successful hacienda owner is itself a collection of the culture, art and people of the Andes. The Andean Sierra of Imbabura Province in which Hacienda Cusin is located is ripe for discovery and exploration. It’s home to the famous Otavalo markets, magnificent volcanoes, serene lakes and fascinating indigenous culture. But you don’t even have to leave the hotel for an adventure, whether you relish sports and games or more intellectual pursuits – with Spanish classes, art, books and perennial gardens to enjoy at your leisure.
HACIENDA EL PORVENIR
On the slopes of Rumiñahui Volcano, Hacienda El Porvenir is the ideal spot to explore Cotopaxi Volcano and its surroundings. It is one of the best and most intense ways to get to know, first hand, the Andean way of life and to have the most thrilling adventures. El Porvenir is just an hour and a half away from Quito by car and is located four kilometers from the northern entrance of Cotopaxi National Park.
El Porvenir is a working ranch that is dedicated to sustainable agriculture and cattle farming, conservation, and ecotourism. The farmhouse is made from local building materials, keeping the spirit and essence of traditional Andean construction. www.tierradelvolcan.com
Whether your clients are looking for sustainable travel, comfort, adventure or local history, consider these amazing hotels and haciendas when planning their next trip.
For more information on travel to Ecuador and accommodation options, visit www.ecuador.travel