AFFORDABLE LUXURY ECUADOR`S BOUTIQUE HOTELS By: Ashley Rogers Luxury Destinations Ecuador (LDE) member of the Condé Nast Group of hotels, offers luxury First Class Boutique Hotels with old-world charm, combined with modern amenities in three of Ecuador’s most unique and sought-after destinations: Cotacachi (La Mirage Garden Hotel and Spa), Cuenca (Mansión Alcázar Boutique Hotel), and Quito (Mansión del Angel). Set amidst dizzying beauty and culture, inspired by Haciendas and Mansions of heritage, these properties are steeped in history and tradition, and are the perfect choice for sophisticated travelers, seeking European-style luxury, tranquility, personalized service and a memorable world-class experience. And, although every LDE Boutique Hotel is unique, each shares a signature appreciation for nourishing the body, mind and spirit. Luxury Destinations Ecuador offers guests an unforgettable dining experience in all of its hotel restaurants. Utilizing high quality, modern, traditional and ancient ingredients the extensive menus provide something for every taste palette, served with exquisite attention to detail, impeccable service, and extensive wine lists and bar offerings. All of the LDE hotels offer exclusive , high-end spa services and anti-aging stem cells therapy. Most prominently featured in La Mirage in Cotacachi, where guests can be pampered and choose from more that 20 treatments and an inviting solar –heated pool set in a Roman Greco bath complex. LA MIRAGE GARDEN HOTEL & SPA – COTACACHI Tucked beneath snow-capped volcanoes and set amidst rolling hills, rose plantations, colorful Indigenous markets and artisan villages, La Mirage Garden Hotel and Spa offers a privileged, scenic and cultural experience in the idyllic mountains of the Andes. Perched on a hillside, less than three hours from Quito, this beautifully restored and refurbished, palatial hacienda combines the native flavor of the Andes with 21st-century flair and sensibilities. An oasis of calm in the small Andean village of Cotacachi (the leather capital of Ecuador), this secluded retreat is set amongst a paradise of plant life, filled with thousands of fragrances from its bougainvillea, hibiscus, and roses, to orchids and freshly cut bouquets that guests will find in their rooms or suites. La Mirage is distinctive for its elegant fusion of traditions, cuisines, decor and services. Its 23 rooms and suites are centered around majestic garden and mountain views, each with complete privacy. The majority of the accommodations also have fireplaces and seating areas. MANSIÓN ALCÁZAR BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA – CUENCA A completely restored and refurbished, turn of the century mansion, Mansión Alcázar satisfies the most discriminating traveler. The boutique hotel is located in the heart of the city of Cuenca-selected as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1999, and said by many to be the most beautiful city in Ecuador. Mansión Alcázar is set within the historical down town of Cuenca City on Simón Bolívar, a culturally prominent and upscale street that traverses the many shops and restaurants in the downtown area. Nineteen rooms with and old world charm and modern amenities join forces in this beautiful, colonial gem, and it is a much sought-after venue for special events, weddings, and formal dinners and parties. The jewel of Mansión Alcázar is its lush gardens, where you can get away from the city noise and the hustle and bustle, enjoying an al fresco meal, cup of tea, or an afternoon glass of wine. The tranquil surrounds and gardens, filled with hummingbirds, glorious plants and flowers, lead to the newer part of the hotel and its spa, where rejuvenating and relaxing treatments are provided upon request and where you can also take a private, outdoor Jacuzzi. MANSIÓN DEL ÁNGEL BOUTIQUE HOTEL – QUITO An old mansion, built at the turn the last Century, Boutique Hotel Mansión del Angel has been completely restored in order to achieve the former splendor of the Ecuadorian Republican era. The mansion used to be the home of an Ecuadorian Tobacco Tycoon, who entertained his guests and buyers lavishly in the large spaces on the Ground Floor, while he and his family utilized the First Floor as their private residence. The property is part of the Architectural Historic Society of the downtown area of Quito, according to the World Heritage Foundation, which considered the capital city to be the first city of the organization according to UNESCO. The building itself houses fourteen large, spacious and luxurious rooms and suites. No two are alike, each one different in size, color scheme and decoration. In addition to an inviting Reception Area, a beautiful and comfortable Salon for relaxation is available, where complimentary Afternoon High Tea is served. Guests may enjoy Breakfast on the Ground Floor, even those who must depart in the very early morning hours.