When we arrived at Madre Tierra it was raining and the sun had just set. Little did I know what I was in for when the rain broke and the sun rose the next morning. First my wife and I awoke in a beautifully hand-crafted cabin, from the balcony the view was breath-taking, it overlooked the gorgeous Vilcambaba valley with lush greenery in every direction. Our cabin was gorgeously woven into the beautiful mountain setting, blending perfectly with the garden-like forest.
As much as our day started so perfectly, it only got better when we met the owners and staff at breakfast. To say the food was delicious and the their service was 5-star would be an understatement. We became family immediately.
You talk about falling in love with the little elderly lady that makes the home-made grain bread. I wanted to take her home with me, or at least her recipe, but no cigar. According to the owners, she will take it to her grave. So I recommend going while you still have time to try it.
Next, they offer a spa, you talk about service with a smile. My wife and I had the relaxation package the first day for 3 hours. Absolutely out of this world. The spa is certainly a hidden gem and the price can not be beat. The ladies performing the services, were absolutely well-trained and very professional.
Then there is the little receptionist girl (local) who took our food orders, checked us into our rooms and, well she is an amazing concierge. We were looking for an outdoor adventure off the beaten path and she happily obliged. She contacted a local guide (Paul) who was amazing and took us deep into the mountains, we followed a mule caravan hauling materials to their home at least a 6 hour hike one way. We then ventured off trail to a gorgeous 100 ft + waterfall where we had lunch was our skin enjoyed the spray from the falls.
I can't express enough how the owners of this gorgeous relaxing hotel and spa customize the experience to each guest. We loved evening dinners sitting and chatting with the owners and staff. We felt at home.
Again, thank you to the owners and staff who are absolutely worth the visit again no matter where you are from!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Madre Tierra Resort & Spa is your gateway to Hiking, Bird Watching, Restaurants and the beauty of the Loja Valley. Enjoy the absolute Peace & Tranquility, stunning views, our incredible Guest Services, Famous Full-Service Spa, Restaurant (Breakfast Included), Library, Pool, Gardens, our Travel Assistance and The Madre Tierra Experience. There are an incredible array of Activities to undertake in our beautiful Loja Valley and the Town of Vilcabamba. Madre Tierra is a short walk into Vilcabamba or a $1.25 Taxi ride. Buses pass along the main road every 15 minutes and will stop with the wave of a hand. The Main Bus Terminal is located just off the Town Square. This is an easy place to get around. Any questions - Please inquire at our Reception for whatever you might need to make your time with us the highlight of your travels. We are here to do what we can to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. ... more less
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