Without a doubt Mashpi Lodge must be one of the most unique and elegant settings for any nature lover who at the same time is looking for a first class hotel to relax after a days adventure. The hotels' architecture is in a crystal setting with elegant minimalistic design. The nature guides are prepared and superb, room service great, the food first class with original dishes using many local ingredients. The administrative staff, extremely helpful. Service is most important and personal. Transfers to and from the Lodge are comfortable and educational. The hundreds of species of birds and butterflies, the different trees and varied foliage, are thoroughly enjoyed as you transport yourself on the "air bike", high above. The briefings you receive daily explain very well what you will observe in your walks and hikes. Your activities are very well organized but you can also suggest your specific preferences. The jacuzzi is wonderful after a days activities.
About April 2013, the 2 Km. funicular/gondola should be operating. It will be a wonderful asset for this unique visit to a natural environment.
All in all, I highly recommend spending some days in this unique and well managed environment. You will definitely not be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The sophisticated and strikingly-contemporary lodge is designed as the ideal springboard for exploring the biodiverse world of the Ecuadorian cloud forest. A hideaway in the clouds only accessible to its guests and located on a high plateau, Mashpi Lodge features views of the forested mountains on one side and the forest right up close on the other through its floor-to-ceiling glass windows.The Lodge, built with the latest techniques in sustainable building and employing hydroelectric power in the near future, is designed to blend beautifully with its surroundings. It features contemporary, minimalist decor, mixing warm earth tones, notes of bright colour, clean lines and striking angles and vistas: a luxury cocoon amid the cloudforest with the natural world just beyond, ideal for contemplation and relaxation.Mashpi Lodge is intimate, accommodating a maximum of 44 guests in 22 understated yet luxurious rooms, including 3 "Yaku" suites and 19 "Wayra" rooms. ... more less
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