05 May 2014

Our Stay at La Mirage Hotel: The Best of Luxury in Ecuador

La Mirage

One of the MUST DOs in Ecuador is to stay at one of the country's beautiful hacienda hotels. I had been wanting to do that ever since I started reading about Ecuador. So, on our way back from Colombia, we made that little dream happen by staying at one of Ecuador's most famous, beautiful hotels for Easter. It's called La Mirage and it's in the quaint little leather town of Ecuador called Cotacachi, two hours from Quito. It was a place worth showing on the blog (I had toured it last November when we visited) and so, you know...we decided to do a little "travel research" for you all.  :)  :)  The owner of La Mirage was so extremely kind and generous to oblige by providing us a room.

First of all, the grounds of La Mirage were out of this world!!!! Part of me didn't want to leave the property as you could just wander or sit and enjoy what felt like a secret garden in the Andes.

La Mirage in Cotacachi 

Peacocks were strolling along the grounds (!) Every morning at breakfast we were seated at tables with the most perfect view of the gardens and peacocks while the sweetest indigenous women, dressed in their gorgeous skirts and embroidered blouses, served us. Breakfast had never felt so fancy.


This was our private suite. We had so much space that we only wished all our Brooklyn friends were there with us for a big Easter weekend. Each evening as we walked to our room we could hear frogs singing. It was so magical!


Here's a sampling of some of the rooms. Each suite is completely unique!



Every evening, a gentlemen would come and light the fire in our room. Ahhh...that was heavenly. We would move some comfy chairs closer to the fireplace and talk or read or write something for the blog. A fireplace is definitely on my list for a home someday.




Ecuador is the number one exporter of roses. So, roses are EVERYWHERE in hotels and restaurants. They make everything feel so fancy.
Ecuadorian Roses 

OK, and now let's talk about the food.

You know how Danny and I are very particular about food - especially if it's at a nice place (our expectations are just a little higher then.)

Well, La Mirage knocked it out of the park. We LOVED the dishes and flavors - all using local and typical Ecuadorian ingredients. And the service was really, really delightful. If you ever stay at La Mirage, we definitely recommend treating yourself to a wonderful dinner there!


One fun detail...they brought out part of the meal inside a music box!
La Mirage

And now, the Spa......they are famous for this Spa and now I can see why.
The Spa at La Mirage 

They have female shamans who perform not only massage, but spiritually based rituals and techniques. They first bathe you in an herbal bath in your private room (um, I never experienced that before), then they wrapped me in a hot wrap- for purification - followed by a massage and all kinds of other rituals, and then a facial. It was incredible!!! It was the most amazing thing to do after the hike we did earlier that day.

La Mirage, thank you for the most memorable, delightful stay!! We felt spoiled and cared for and can't wait to visit again. 

I would be beyond giddy if some of you got to enjoy a visit, too. Let me know if you ever stay there! (By the way, they do special engagement ceremonies and vow renewal ceremonies by a shaman. Wouldn't that be so amazing and memorable?!)

And now since I feel a bit spoiled after for sharing this incredible place with you - - tell me, what is the most amazing, fanciest place you've ever stayed? (Growing up - for me that was Motel 6. ha.)


  1. I think we need to an expense a "research" trip down there for the Snapdragon and get some ideas or sell up and just move there might be the key. That spa looks glorious. I've never stayed anywhere this fancy before but being in the industry, I reeeeally appreciate all of these details. I think one of my favorite spots was a hostel built into the stone in Goreme, Turkey. It had so much character and you literally slept in caves. Pretty cool.

  2. I am confused... why do you feel "rotten?" The review was lovely! La Mirage sounds as dreamy as can be. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Perhaps "spoiled" would have been a better word to use :)

      In fact we decided to change the word cause it conveys the feeling we had a little bit better.


  3. JW Marriot in Scottsdale, AZ. Seriously, it's amazing!

    1. Yeah seriously, this is about La Mirage in Ecuador, not a chain in the US

    2. Mara asked people where they have stayed that was luxurious. Don't be so judgmental. She's just answering the question.

  4. I was curious, do you get a special deal/or free because you are writing about them?

  5. I'm sure the stay was gratis for writing about the hotel. That's how most of these bloggers get to do the things that they do.

  6. My junior year of college, I lived in Italy for awhile to do research (I was an Anthropology major). I stayed a few days in the villa near Rome that was so amazing! They had the best salami and blood orange juice (I honestly still have dreams about it, nearly 10 years later)! Really really just an amazing and glamorous place! Love your pics of your trip!

  7. I'm dying to go back. I'm convinced Ecuador is one of the most pristine places left on earth. I miss it so much every day!


  8. Nice post lovely blog...........

  9. Wow. This... Is... AMAZING. Thanks for sharing this. You look so in love. I would definitely would love to visit this Le Mirage.
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