This was absolutely one of the most memorable and relaxing trips I have taken in South America. Perched on top of an active volcano (which recently blew its top causing an evacuation on July 15, 2013), the views of the city of Banos below, is breathtaking. Keep in mind, you are on an active volcano - most days you cannot see the summit due to cloud cover, but the idea is pretty exciting. Sit in one of the natural thermal pools or the jacuzzi and take it all in. Visit the amazing spa with volcanic mud baths, or soothing deep tissue massages. The rooms are spectacular and provide a very private and intimate setting. All come with a bed and sofa bed. Sorry, no TVs or other electrical appliances - but hey, that is the point, to get away from it all. The shower is very soothing with a rain-like head. The tile floors throughout the room are thermally heated so no matter how chilly it may be outside, your feet are constantly warm - that is a nice feature. The food options that come with the room are great. The chef plays with a fusion method that seems to satisfy just about every pallet. You generally have 2 choices of appetizer, entre and dessert. The coffee is fantastic (of course), and they serve this amazing pineapple jelly on homemade rolls that are to die for. Don't wait any longer. It may be pricey, but it is well worth it. I just hope that volcano doesn't completely go and take this gem with it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luna Runtun, Adventure SPA is a Romantic Hotel for couples, family or friends. It is located in Banos, 170 km (2,5 hours drive) from Quito, the capital of Ecuador, 300 km (5 hours drive) from Guayaquil and 62 km (1 hour drive) from the Amazon rainforest. The setting is unique, surrounded by mountains, 70 waterfalls and thermal water. Spring weather, with an average temperature of 17 - 25°C all year round, and some rainy days. Luna Runtun's 310 acres of unspoilt Andean forest are located on the oriental flank of the active Tungurahua volcano (5.016M), 400m above the charming town of Banos, gateway to the Amazon rainforest, surrounded by Sangay and Llanganates National Parks. Enjoy 25 adventure activities: 11 hikes, rafting, canyoning, biking, horse backriding, travelling throughout the countryside, Amazon rainforest and birdwatching programs; 25 SPA treatments, 4 pools and jacuzzi with hot volcanic water, Runtun Restaurant with fusion food, Cafe del Cielo with 34 varieties of coffee, themed rooms and Romantic Suites decorated exquisitely. Spectacular views! With your loved one, family or friends; Luna Runtun has become the ideal place to celebrate special events: weekend getaways, vacations, relaxing, birthday, wedding anniversary, marriage proposal, honeymoon, reconciliations and romantic getaways. Our Adventure and SPA packages are the perfect combination for your trip to the Galapagos Islands. The volcano has been constantly active since 1999 and showers the sky with her spectacular show of fire and lava, allowing our visitors to partake in one of the world's most impressive natural fireworks displays from the safety of Luna Runtun and the charming town of Banos located in the secure area in the oriental flank of the volcano. Banos and Luna Runtun have not been affected by any type of material in the 16 eruptions in the last 400 years. The Basilica of Our Lady of Holy Water, built in 1944, is made of volcanic stones, as well as Banos City Hall. Adventure, rest, fun and a volcano in eruption. Welcome to the most complete destination in Ecuador! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Luna Runtun Hotel Banos