If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of any city, if you are an adventurous person who knows how to relax, if you are in love and a hopeless romantic, if you enjoy the finer things in life, if you are in need of privacy and if you have indepth knowledge of refinement, class, gastronomy, wine, and how to appreciate exquisite service, book your trip now to La Mirage - Garden Hotel and Spa, in Cotachachi, Ecuador. I lived in Ecuador for four years in the late 1990's and recently went back to visit some friends last year. I was still awe-struck by the resort as I was back in the 1990's. This garden style hotel and spa is a moment in time where you can unwind, enjoy life, reflect undisturbed, value your sense of self through walks along the hummingbird paths, pamper yourself in any of 17 elite spa treatments, and indulge in world-class haute cuisine that couples both French and Indigenous Regional techniques. Upon arrival at the hotel, you are greeted by one of the managers who will escort you to your unique suite (as all 23 rooms are decorated in exquisite fashion and have different personalities). The bellman then follows with your luggage or belongings while a smiling faced indigenous server brings Champagne to your abode, marking the beginning of this trip of luxury on which you have just embarked. There are many activities in the surrounding areas that you can participate in for a nominal fee or some that are free such as horsebackriding, guided tours, hiking tours around Cuichocha Crater Lake, artesanal handicrafts in several small towns (Cotacachi - leather goods, Otavalo - alpaca and jewelry, misc items, and Ibarra - wood carved goods). All of these activities can be coordinated from the front desk concierge and if transport is needed, they are able to schedule a driver for you. Next, I must talk about the spa which was not opened when I was there in the late 1990's, but was speechless when I returned last year to walk into a haven of purity, serenity and peace. The spa was built to the owners' own specifications and does not mimic any other facility I have experienced in its entirety. It is a place where the world stops for either an hour or two during A Touch by Angels aromatherapy, The Ecuadorian Delight massage, and/or Cleopatra's Bath, just to name a few. Last but not least, the food. As a self-proclaimed foodie and chef in the United States who has worked for the higher echelons of the international diplomatic community, there is no place in Ecuador except La Mirage where I can enjoy fresh ingredients, innovative French dishes with an Indigenous Flair, a wonderful use of fruits and herbs to create 20 different kinds of sorbets and ice creams, traditional Native dishes you don't have to be intimidated of trying and an extensive South American wine list. The owners are on the property everyday making sure the restaurant, gardens and rooms are impeccably clean, flourishing and inviting. If you have any need at all, their personnel are on hand at all times to make sure you are comfortable and enjoying your pampered home away from home. Some might think that the prices are a bit high for a resort in Latin America, but please note that you get your beautifully decorated suite, a four course gourmet dinner served by candlelight, Multi-lingual Satellite TV and an extensive breakfast buffet all included. Finally, La Mirage - Garden Hotel and Spa is Relais and Chateaux certified so if that does not seal this deal for you, I am not sure what will. If you want to escape from your hectic everyday, La Mirage is the place to do it. (Please also take advantage, of course, of Galapagos while you are here, I would go to Galapagos first and then stay at La Mirage at the end of your trip in order to reflect on this marvel of nature!!!)
BTW - they also have a bed and breakfast in the capital city of Quito, where you could stay and they can have a driver take you to La Mirage in Cotacachi, the next day for a small fee.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Mirage is a contemporary resort built on the grounds of a 200-year-old hacienda. Wander through the extraordinary fragrant hummingbird-filled gardens, watching peacocks strolling by. Enjoy delightful regional and international cuisine. Relax in the unique and elegant spa for a variety of 11 different treatments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Mirage Garden Hotel Cotacachi
- La Mirage Garden Hotel And Spa
- La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa Ecuador/Cotacachi