Need to know
Ten, including three villas.
Noon, but late check-out is available until 2pm, subject to availability and a fee (50 per cent of the full rate). Earliest check-in, 9am. Guests can store luggage and relax at the bar or by the beach if they arrive early.
Double rooms from $227.00, excluding tax at 22 per cent.
All-inclusive meals by chef Pacheco are included in the room rate.
Manager Pacheco hires staff from the surrounding villages, and he’s embarked on a ‘green’ school project, to raise awareness about rainforest conservation and ethical harvests.
At the hotel
Private beach, spa, gym, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: beach bags, sunhats, free WiFi, minibar, bottled water, Kohler bath products. The Royal Suite and villas have TVs and DVD players.
Our favourite rooms
Set a short stroll from the main house, and shielded from prying eyes by palms and cacti, the Royal Suite is the most secluded. Spend lazy lie-ins gazing at panoramic views of sprawling greenery from your bed. Pre-Colombian artwork adds an authentic air, and a pair of ocean-view sunloungers accentuates the petite private pool’s deck.
Outside the main house, by the bar, there’s an ocean-facing heated pool and a large bamboo-shaded deck. Sink into the sea-coloured cushions of the bucket chairs, rock on the periwinkle hammock, or stretch out on a sunshine-yellow sunlounger.
Open from 7am to 6pm, Ki Spa’s two treatment rooms are prepped for essential-oil massages that’ll leave you as headily scented as the grounds. A steam room, hammam and sauna round off the pampering options.
A pocket-sized Spanish phrasebook if your Español isn’t up to scratch.. Don’t pack that Panama hat: handsome, locally made Metier hats are sold on-site. A cache of GoPros ensures some action-packed holiday snaps too.
Pacheco’s wife owns a fitness studio in Quito and gives pilates and yoga lessons. Please note visitors to Ecuador are required to show proof of public or private health insurance upon entering the country. Without this, you could be denied entrance.
Baby cots (US$50) or an extra bed (US$150) for four-to-12 year olds can be added to rooms, kids' meals are offered, and local babysitters (US$50 an hour) can be hired. The Two-Bedroom Villas are private and spacious enough for families.
Absolutely. There are solar panels throughout and waste is filtered. Ingredients come from local farms, and the hotel owners have started community programmes focused on responsible food production, nutrition and protecting the environment.