A member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, this exceptional eco-lodge is just 2.5 hours by road from Quito and has been built with the latest techniques in sustainability. Surrounded by beautiful waterfalls, dense forests and rivers there are over 400 species of birds, trees, frogs and endemic species found nowhere else in the world.
Blending beautifully into its natural surroundings, the lodge has 23 generously sized suites spread out across three different floors and all designed with floor-to-ceiling windows. There are three room types; the Wawa room (the Kichwa word for “baby”), Wayra rooms (Meaning “wind”) and three Yaku Suites (meaning “water”). There is just the one Wawa Room with the capacity for just 1 guest, ideal for solo travellers. The 20 Wayra rooms accommodate guests in either twin or king beds, whilst there are 3 rooms with inter-connecting capabilities ideal for families. The rooms all feature a writing desk, safe deposit boxes as well as ensuite bathrooms with hairdryers, bathrobes and slippers. The three suites are the largest rooms at Mashpi Lodge with king-sized beds and feature an additional sofa, twin washbasins and Philippe Starck-designed bathtubs that look out into the forest.
The lodge is designed in contemporary fashion and features modernist design and décor that is mixed with warm earth tones, steel, stone and glass creating a cocoon of luxury in the middle of the forest. The lodge features plenty of amenities and thoughtful touches from the Expedition Room – housing an extensive library of books – to the laboratory where ongoing scientific research is carried out. The Laboratory also has a specially-designed area for children to engage young minds. Located an easy 20-minute walk from the main lodge, the Life Centre is where you can relax and enjoy breakfast on the wooden deck or see tropical birds come to feed.
Guests here enjoy gourmet meals in the exquisite two-storey dining room. Meals are prepared fresh daily with expert chefs drawing inspiration from the land – from Ecuador’s coastline to the Andes Mountains. Meals are accompanied by fine wines or delightful cocktails from the bar. The extensive and unique cocktail menu has been designed with the surrounding forest in mind.
If you’re not out exploring the diverse landscapes surrounding the lodge, Samay Wellness Centre offers guests a chance to relax and unwind in nature. There are two massage rooms where expert staff offer a number of treatments, an outdoor yoga deck ideal for morning meditation as well as an open air hot tub.
Mashpi Lodge offers a wealth of exciting experiences to enjoy – for singles, couples and families alike. An undoubtable highlight is “The Dragonfly”, an open-air cable car that runs through the forest canopy. The Sky Bike is another exciting aerial adventure that crosses a beautiful gorge carrying just 2 people. Other excursions offered include walking trails, waterfall swims and the 26 metre high Observation Tower.