La Mirage Ecuador Hotel and Spa

by | Nov 8, 2006 | Archives

La Mirage Ecuador Hotel and Spa is one of Ecuador’s best kept secrets. This is a great place to stay if you are looking for a hotel in Cotacachi Ecuador. This is a great place to stay if you are looking for a hotel in Ecuador. This is a great place to stay if you are looking for luxury anywhere in the world. La Mirage Ecuador Hotel and Spa is pure luxury and is not available to readers at an ultra special savings. May I explain why you can enjoy this luxury spa hotel in Ecuador that is possible in no other way.

Merri and I have loved our 40 years of travel because it brings so many contrasts. The world is full of surprises and joys from the heartlands of America to the highest peaks of the Andes.

This may be one reason we love Ecuador, a tiny nation that has it all, the same bio diversity as the equator to the North Pole.

Even more these contrasts delight us so suddenly and so often in Ecuador. The Andes jutting so majestically to the highest point from the center of the earth just a few hundreds miles from Pacific. What contrasts of grandeur!

Ancient shamanic wisdom blending with modern Western life is another contrast, as well as profound health benefits and joys.

Merri and I were delighted by another contrast when we first visited Ecuador over twelve years ago. We jumped in a taxi in Quito and told the driver, “Take us to the best place you know”.

One and one half hours later we ended up in the tiny, sleepy village of Cotacachi where at the end of a bumpy grass lined road sits Ecuador’s (and you might say South America’s) best kept secret…La Mirage, one of the most luxurious garden hotels in the world.

Hotel SPA La Mirage is one of Ecuador’s oldest colonial haciendas. Hosteria La Mirage is located in Cotacachi, ten minutes from the center of Otavalo town, set in luxuriant gardens full of tropical flowers and wildlife.

That journey was well worth it. And all these years later, Merri and I have watched La Mirage become one of the most sacred and exquisite spas we have ever experienced. It is a vital part of our life in Ecuador. We have remained best friends with the owners over these years, and we are in love with this undeniably special garden hotel and spa.

Tomorrow, we fly back to Ecuador on Delta’s new non-stop from Atlanta, will get in to our beloved little inn, El Meson de las Flores tomorrow evening. On Tuesday morning, we’ll enjoy our special breakfast with fresh organic fruits and juices in our sunny courtyard (this morning at Little Horse Creek it was in the 20s!), then we’ll stroll over for an afternoon of massages, resting in the garden, meditating in the most beautiful meditation room we know and afternoon tea at La Mirage.

Anticipating our upcoming day, we thought that we’d like to share this secret place with you. Few people can believe that an oasis of such high quality can exist in a tiny remote village high in the Andes. This is one of the most exquisite spas in the world. This is one of the wonders of Ecuador for sure!

And it just happens to be minutes from El Meson de las Flores.

Yet we have not written much about La Mirage lately. Not many people believed me when I wrote that this spa is worth every penny of its normal $250 to $600 (plus 22% service and tax) a night rate, except those of course who have visited it!

The experience is of course worth the price, but now we have something very special to announce to you.

You may feel that it is strange that Merri and I, with our own inn in Cotacachi, recommend another place! We announce to you, our readers, that La Mirage Garden Hotel and Spa is now our Sister Hotel to El Meson with a special price for all of you.

La Mirage offers, of course, a much higher, more refined, more elegant and delightful experience with the spa and 5 Star restaurant, organic gardens, horses, alpacas, llamas, small river, tennis courts and exquisite beauty.

We can now offer the price of $180 for two (plus Ecuadorian 22% service and tax)….including a sumptous breakfast in the glass aviary and gourmet dinner in their glorious dining room.

Our courses and Spa retreats and monthly stays are filling up El Meson to the brim…and we are extremely proud to be able to offer you this exquisite alternative.

But we ask you to not tell anyone else. The price is spectacular and cannot be offered to everyone. Just send us a note if you have more questions or want more details, but please do not tell anyone else.

If you plan to come to Cotacachi to attend one of our courses or on your own and if you would like to experience this ultimate in luxury, care and beauty, consider La Mirage.

We, of course, welcome you at our hotel El Meson de las Flores. Our rooms start at $49 (plus Ecuadorian 22% service and tax) and you will find us a delight. However if you would enjoy gourmet meals and a room at a world class spa all for less than a similar meal would cost in the West, consider upgrading to La Mirage.

The Garden Hotel and Spa La Mirage, is one of the most luxurious spas in the world. This is one of the few Relais and Chateaux listed hotels in South America and guests like the Queen of Spain are not unusual here.

Attention to detail is everywhere. In the lush gardens (where organic vegetables, herbs and fruit are grown) numerous varieties of hummingbirds play and breakfast is served in a glass aviary. The birds accompany your first meal of the day. The fresh fruits and juices, farm eggs and Andean grains are served in impeccable and delicious ways.

Each exquisite suite is unique with fireplaces that are lighted with aromatic eucalyptus for you. Service includes hot water bottles at the foot of your bed and rose petals scattered on your robe and pillow at night!

The food, without parallel, is served on silver by young Otavalons in local costume.

Spa facilities include swimming pools, rose petal covered Jacuzzi with views overlooking broad valleys and Mt. Cotacachi, steam baths with fresh eucalyptus, sauna, facials, volcanic hot stone, Swedish or special Andean shamanic massage. There are also rose oil soaks, volcanic mud wraps, lavender (grown organically on the premises) wraps and treatments. The visit to this wonderful site is worth the trip alone. We have conducted numbers of conferences there over the years, and delegates report that they were life changing for them.

You can see what we have previously written about the La Mirage spa treatments at

You can visit La Mirage’s website at See what others have said about La Mirage.

Until next message, may luxury and beauty be in every minute of your life!


P.S. Join us at one of the courses below conducted in Cotacachi. Stay with us at El Meson or La Mirage.

November 10-12, Fri.-Sun. and Mar. 16 -18, Fri.-Sun. International Business and Investing Made EZ. See

Mar. 9 – 15, Fri.-Thurs. Condensed Super Thinking + Spanish.

Jan. 5 – 7, Fri.-Sun. Investing Beyond Logic, Vedic Astrology. See

Jan. 8 – 10, Mon.-Wed. Ayurvedic Cleanse. See

Jan 13-14, Sat.-Sun. How to be a Wedding Photographer. See

Jan. 21– 26, Mon.- Fri. Self-Fulfilled: How to Be a Writer & Publisher. See

Feb. 20 – 25, Tues.-Sun. Import-Export Course. See

Mar. 9 – 15, Fri.-Thurs. Expanded Super Thinking + Spanish. See

Mar. 16 -18, Fri.-Sun. International Business and Investing Made EZ. See

Mar. 19 – 21, Mon.-Wed. Andes Extension & Real Estate Tour. See

Here is what a few others have said about La Mirage.