I went to visit friends in Quito in October 2012. While I was there my friend suggested we go to a spa in Banks which is about 3 hours away. Having never being to a spa, I was not interested. Reluctantly, I went. It turns out El Refugio Spa I is nothing like an American spa. El Refugio had many different stations that you had to walk to in these beautiful mountainous region. Each little hut had its own special services and after each treatment you are rewarded with fresh fruits, juices and aromatherapy. As you walk to the next station, you can stop at the religious statues and meditate. It was absolutely amazing. The service was incredible. They treated me like a King. It was physically and spiritually cleansing. For all the guys out there, trust me you need this to get your mind and body centered. You won't regret it. I am now planning annual trips with my family to Ecuador and visiting El Refugio will be a required destination from now on.
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