Nature meets luxury at Mashpi, a breathtaking creation of steel and glass deep in the cloud forests of Ecuadorian Chocó, one of the planet’s biodiversity hotspots. With floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows throughout, nothing competes with nature here. You might catch sight of a howler monkey while soaking in the indoor Jacuzzi, or wake up to the flitting of a velvet-purple coronet just outside your room.
Though only three hours from downtown Quito, Mashpi is a true wilderness retreat, set on 3,200 acres of cloud forest of which 80% is primary growth. Its 22 guest rooms are simple, stylish, and spacious, and the dining room soars two stories, so that guests can watch life play out in the trees as they dine on world-class cuisine that incorporates the fruits of the jungle.