Ecuador’s exotic landscapes set the stage for adventures into the deep jungle, along with the Ruta del Sol on the coast, and through the cloud forests and mountains of the country.
These surroundings are also home to spas where volcanic spring water bubbles to the surface in pools overlooking lush hills, towering volcanoes, and distant vistas. Used for centuries and dating back to the people before the Inca, these literal hotspots are home to resorts that melt away the stress of travel and the routine of everyday life. Keep reading for a peek into three of the best spas in Ecuador to relax and rejuvenate while traveling in the small Andean country.
Banos is the outdoor adventure center of the country’s interior. About five hours south of Quito, the town is home to many of the country’s best climbers, a network of rivers where whitewater boaters flock to during the season and popular activities that include day trips cycling the Route of the Waterfalls. The journey includes cable cars and ziplines that carry you across gorges to distant vistas overlooking stunning cascades of water.
The other side of the list of reasons to visit is its volcanic baths and the Luna Runtun Resort-an elegant collection of buildings sitting on one side of the Banos valley overlooking the town.
Luna Runtun is a smartly decorated resort and home to one of the best spas in Ecuador-rooms and suites have lavish furnishings including fireplaces and plenty of natural light. The spa at the resort offers a group of treatments that include facials, massages, and mud baths using volcanic mud, herbs grown on the property, and hot stones.
There are a handful of pools on the property overlooking the valley below and the nearby volcanoes. The infinity pool and the others are fed by spring water heated by lava deposits in the area-a great way to relax for a few days while exploring the town and natural riches of the land.
Papallacta is a small whistle-stop of a town about an hour from Quito. Its claim to fame is its thermal baths and pools. The springs bring people from all over to relax and soak away the worries and stress of life on the road.
The town’s resort, the Papallacta Spa, has multiple pools and areas for guests to use-including a spa that offers steam rooms, body wraps, a variety of massages including deep tissue massages, hot rocks, a bamboo massage, and facials.
After the treatments, the four steaming pools and the polar pool are a great way to keep the momentum moving at a relaxing pace. Options for visiting include a couple’s package that takes care of lodging and relaxation, while providing you with surroundings and services that lend themselves to quality time away from the fray.
Located in the heart of the Ecuadorian cloud forest, Arasha Spa Resort is an oasis that uses the balance of the lush, exotic surroundings as part of the experience. The resort matches elegant interiors, outdoor pools, and day trips underneath the canopy with first-class spa treatments. Options include packages that cover room, three meals a day, drinks, a variety of treatments including massages and mud wraps, and a guided day trip through the forest.
Arasha Spa Resort has a collection of awards to attest to their first class amenities and services-heading the top of the list for the best resort in Ecuador for many consecutive years. It is one of the best spas in Ecuador-elevating the art of relaxation to new heights.
Spa treatments are also available at the destinations around the country including the coast, the Galapagos Islands, and the jungle. For more information about finding a package that is just right for unwinding while exploring the stunning destinations of Ecuador, contact a member of our team by our toll-free numbers, Skype, or by clicking here.