La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa
La Mirage Garden hotel & SpaSo much focus is given to Galapagos, but the mainland has so much to offer. La Mirage is the only Relais & Chateaux in Ecuador and it's one of the best surprises I've had traveling.
The entire time our small group was here we saw no other tourists outside of a visit to Otavalo for it's well known SAT market. The grounds, rooms, and dining are amazing & definitely highlight the land & culture of the Andean highlands. La Mirage is within 20 minutes of several artisan villages, each focusing on a different craft...the closest being Cotacachi specializing in leather goods. The other two focusing on wood & stone carving. The owners are often found in the breakfast room eager to steer you in the directions you seek, even happier to steer those with no plans to fantastic & true examples of the beautiful land they call home. All the while as peacocks strut & pose adding a dreamlike quality to a morning at La Mirage. It's a great place to go with a small group of friends. If you are planning a visit to Ecuador, consider this unforgettable place & it's passion for life.