A sustainable jungle hideaway, high in the mist-shrouded cloud forest of Ecuador.

Offering an unusual, unique and breathtaking location, Mashpi Lodge has been designed to present its guests with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Suspended in the cloud forest of the Mashpi Reserve, this enchanting destination is the epitome of sustainable luxury and recently featured in the BBC series, Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby. It is also a member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. It's a springboard for exploring the biodiversity of the forest beyond, with a contemporary design which contrasts with the natural setting — vast floor-to-ceiling windows offer unparalleled views of the world beyond. And with captivating hummingbirds as your neighbours, you won’t want to miss one minute.

Keeping the creatures of the forest firmly outdoors, the towering two-storey Dining Room promises a stunning gastronomic experience with panoramic views. Drawing from the diversity of traditional Ecuadorian cuisine with a distinctly modern twist, the dishes on offer include fresh native ingredients found both on the coast and in the mountains, with the menu changing to reflect the season.

A must-try at this enchanting lodge in the sky is the exhilarating thrill of the Sky Bike. Racing through the canopy on a tandem bike suspended in zip-line style, take in the wonders of the forest, criss-crossed by waterfalls. With almost 400 species of birds to see, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for flashes of colour as you sail past.

Choose between a Wayra Room or Yaku Suite. In Kichwa, Wayra means 'wind' and Yaku translates as 'water' — the former are generous-sized rooms with captivating jungle views, and the latter come with a spacious bathroom including twin basins and a Philippe Starck-designed bathtub with views out into the forest.

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Key information

In the Ecuadorian Choco, Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve sits between lower montane rainforest and cloud forest

Airport transfer time: A 3-hour drive from Quito
Rooms: 24

Good to know

Christmas and New Year's Eve dinner supplements apply

Accommodation information

21 rooms, 3 suites

Activities

• Head out along one of the many trails, including the Howler Monkey Trail and the Cucharillo Trail to see picturesque waterfalls, spectacular plant life • Visit the Life Centre to discover the fascinating science behind the region’s outstanding natural environments •  Climb to the top of the eight-storey high Observation Tower for a bird‘s-eye view of this area of outstanding natural beauty • Spot the numerous indigenous species of birds, including 22 captivating hummingbird species • Soar through the canopy on a thrilling tandem Sky Bike ride • Embark on a guided night walk in the company of expert naturalist guides to discover the forest‘s nocturnal creatures and their intriguing behaviours

Dining

One two-storey Dining Room serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with adjoining bar serving speciality cocktails and natural energy drinks

What's included

• All meals and soft drinks • Guided visits and lectures • Waterproof ponchos and rubber boots • Shared transfers to and from popular Quito hotels.

*Denotes local charge