International investments can bring profit in many ways. A recent message on international investments and psychometry showed how there have been numerous times that I have had a hunch that brought enormous profit. You can read that message at garyscott.com/international_investments/international_investments_137.html
Today’s message shows how a hunch will bring a New Year’s joy.
Another recent international investments report observed how my ears perked up when I heard that there was now something new…a chocolate massage being offered somewhere in the area of Cotacachi. I promised to investigate, but did not know where to start.
Another recent November 5th report lauded the Relais and Chateaux La Mirage Spa which is just down the road from us and are our old friends. (See more below).
They all converged! Let me explain.
We have a batch of friends and clients here and by New Year’s Eve, there will be 23 of us from around the world to celebrate the coming of 2007. We’ll enjoy organic Ecuadorian wine, organic Swiss cheese both coming from near Cotacachi. A world class pianist will provide excellent music and the evening should be smooth and mellow when enjoying an event with so many like minded souls. We’ll start the evening at a nearby village that has a New Year’s procession and end with fireworks in the village square here.
Then for our New Year’s Day treat we will amble with a group over to La Mirage to enjoy a steam and a massage.
The spa has 17 different treatments and I usually take a Cleopatra’s Bath which is a two hour soak, wrap, massage treatment that begins with a half hour soak in hot herbalized milk but there is a funny story about the convergence and this year’s massage.
Merri came in yesterday grinning like a Cheshire Cat. She had a secret…a new kind of massage that she had arranged for me at La Mirage. She handed the menu to me and I read:
The Total Chocolate Therapy
Chocolate is native to Latin America (it brought the explorers to this continent centuries ago).
Its healing properties – among many others – revitalize and nourish the skin as they relax the body. The treatment starts with a bath of peppermint mineral slats which will soften and renew the skin. This is followed by a complete body exfoliation with native Ecuadorian chocolate. You then receive a full body massage for thirty minutes after which the body is enveloped in a full chocolate souffle mask to hydrate nourish and protect the skin and covered completely for another 30 minutes by a warm thermal blanket. While your body is relaxing you receive a mini facial after which the chocolate mask is then applied for another 20 minutes. A 100 minute service. $75.
Honest I did not know! Here I was yearning for a chocolate massage and before I could even begin to research, it appears right down the road. What a delight.
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.
And it just happens to be just 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 sumptuous breakfast in the glass aviary and gourmet dinner in their glorious dining room.
Our courses and Spa retreats and monthly stays are filling 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, email@example.com 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 to 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 premise) 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.
Now you can also have a chocolate massage as well.
You can see what we have previously written about the La Mirage spa treatments at https://www.garyascott.com/archives/2002/02/09/496/
You can visit La Mirage’s website at www.mirage.com.ec/ See what others have said about La Mirage.
Until next message, may every minute of your life be as rich as chocolate.
P.S. Join us at one of the courses below conducted in Cotacachi. Stay with us at El Meson or La Mirage.
Jan. 22 – 26, Mon.- Fri. Self-Fulfilled: How to Be a Writer & Publisher. See https://www.garyascott.com/catalog/pc/
Feb. 20 – 25, Tues.-Sun. Import-Export Course. See https://www.garyascott.com/catalog/impex/
Mar. 9 – 15, Fri.-Thurs. Expanded Super Thinking + Spanish. See https://www.garyascott.com/catalog/sp7/
Mar. 16 -18, Fri.-Sun. International Business and Investing Made EZ. See https://www.garyascott.com/catalog/IBEZec/
Mar. 19 – 21, Mon.-Wed. Andes Extension & Real Estate Tour. See https://www.garyascott.com/catalog/andeanext/