Ecuador has traditionally not been much of a luxury travel destination, with most upscale travelers only stopping a night in Quito or Guayaquil on the way to or from the Galapagos Islands. This has been changing this decade, however, with many luxury tourists realizing there is plenty worth sticking around for in this country of high Andes Mountains, volcanoes, jungles, cloudforests, and empty beaches.
Until Mashpi came along, the top hotels and lodges were all focused in Quito, Guayaquil, and the jungle. Most of Ecuador's upscale tourism takes place on the water—on luxury yacht trips to the Galapagos rather than in a permanent structure on land. Several small properties have opened on the islands though for those who want an exploration base instead of spending a week at sea.
Many of Ecuador's hotel guests in the past were either tour groups in transit or business travelers striking a deal. Neither of these led to the kind of attentive, upscale hotel with personal touches that discerning travelers try to find. The rise of independent travelers and high-end tours in mainland Ecuador is giving rise to new boutique hotels and hacienda properties that are a step above the norm, however, a trend that looks likely to keep increasing. As pioneer expatriates move into areas not currently served by luxury hotels or resorts, watch this space for some new accommodations to serve adventurers in new markets.
Amazon Rainforest Luxury Hotels
Sacha Lodge — Amazon Basin Region
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge & Spa — Amazon Basin region
Baños Luxury Hotels
Samari Spa — Baños
Cuenca Luxury Hotels
Mansion Alcazar — Cuenca
Galapagos Islands Luxury Hotels
Guayaquil Luxury Hotels
Imbabura Province Luxury Hotels
Hacienda Cusin — San Pablo del Lago
La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa — Cotacahi, Imbabura Province
Hacienda Zuleta — Angochagua, Imbabura Province
Mashpi Reserve Lodge — Mashpi Cloudforest
Quito Luxury Hotels