Mashpi Lodge, an eco-lodge in the middle of the ecuadorian jungle.

Mashpi Lodge, an eco-lodge in the middle of the ecuadorian jungle.

 

This stunning eco-lodge, all floor-to-ceiling glass and slate floors, stands in splendid solitude in a private 3,000-acre reserve, amid one of the world’s most biodiverse cloud forests. It’s phenomenal – alive with the sounds of frogs and howler monkeys, and iridescent with the colours of hummingbirds. Return from a jungle trek or an expedition on the aerial gondola that cuts through the tree canopy, and you’re greeted with warm smiles, cold towels and the freshest lemonade.

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Steel stairs lead up to your bedroom, where dirty clothes dropped in the basket at your door have already been returned, cleaned and pressed perfectly. Grab one of the three suites with a deep standalone bath by the big windows – the jungle pushes right up against the glass and stares back at you as you wallow.

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There are books on local wildlife, a terrace to watch it all, and downstairs, a huge hot-tub to hang out. The spa menu is full of organic produce from the garden and forest, as is the menu for the restaurant. This place has reset the Ecuatorian boundaries.

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Luisa Montero

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