La Mirage Garden Spa & Hotel is the best luxury hotel. This is a great place to stay if you are looking for a luxury hotel anywhere in Ecuador. In fact, La Mirage is a great place to stay if you are looking for luxury anywhere in the world!
The upcoming New Year celebrations reminded me of last year’s events event in Cotacachi.
Here is a note from Patricia McCormick, a friend, a reader. She spent New Year’s Eve at the La Mirage Cotacachi spa last year and sent this note:
Happy New Year! At this time of so much change, may you find peace and joy, and may you manifest all your desires in gratitude.
I went with four friends to La Mirage Relais & Chateaux. We walked through a cow and sheep pasture to the front gate – just a stone’s throw from our homes in San Miguel. Can you believe that this extraordinary resort is rated as one of the top ten resorts IN THE WORLD!!! And it is located in our sleepy little leather village, Cotacachi, population about 6,000.
It is probably the most festive New Year’s Eve celebration in my life – the food was exquisite and there were 12 courses, including 3 sorbets – one being a delicious rosemary sorbet. The room was decorated with festive abandon and we were entertained with a show of fireworks in the gardens outside our window. Many balloons were released skyward, spewing sparkles and the grand finale was at midnight when a 3-story structure was lit, igniting a spectacular show of animated figures and breathtaking splurges of lights. Several men worked all day, preparing the fireworks for the event.
The people in Ecuador love to parade and celebrate – there were many parades that day, the sounds of music and fireworks everywhere. In fact, I could hear in the distance the people of the little village up the hill from my home partying with music and singing until about ten o’clock New Years’ Day! They are hard-working, gentle and happy people and I am happy to be here enjoying the beginning of a new year in this land of eternal springtime. What a blessing!
Happy New Year, Love and Light and Blessings to you, Patricia
In a moment, I’ll explain how Ecuador Living subscribers can save as they are immersed in ultra luxury at La Mirage Cotacachi’s premier boutique hotel plus receive special amenities and upgrades.
Merri and I purchased and run a small Cotacachi hotel… Meson de las Flores. Yet I can say without shame that we are not the best hotel and spa in Cotacachi. We are definitely second best, but not even close to best because…
five minutes away is La Mirage a Relais and Chateaux Spa.
I really cannot say enough about how lucky Cotacachi is to have La Mirage spa.
We offer a Cotacachi Spa week that starts with a La Mirage Cotacachi spa with a private, personal, hour and a half, Shamanic Purification Treatment. Enjoy the wisdom of our female Shamana who has inherited years of experience from her father a recognized Shaman in this region. Her purification room has been specially designed on indigenous healing principles to unify the body, mind and spirit. She blends relaxation techniques using the rose petal filled float tank and completes your healing process with an hour long aromatherapy spiritual massage.
Shamana filling the rose petal filled pool during the shamanic purification massage.
La Mirage Spa, one of Cotacachi’s best kept secrets. This is a great place to stay if you are looking for a hotel in Cotacachi…and if luxury is valued more than price.
Here is the entrance to the spa at La Mirage Garden Hotel and Spa.
La Mirage offers pure luxury…surprising for a spa in a village as small as Cotacachi. This spa has such high standards that its prices create an incredible value.
The world is full of surprises but Cotacachi is a sleepy village and at the end of a bumpy, grass lined road sits Ecuador’s (and you may even say South America’s) most luxurious garden hotel and spa.
Gardens at Hotel La Mirage.
Hotel La Mirage is one of Ecuador’s oldest colonial haciendas, located in Cotacachi, ten minutes from the center of Otavalo. The hotel is set in luxuriant gardens full of tropical flowers and wildlife.
As hard as it is to imagine, there are three reasons why you can enjoy even more special treatment at La Mirage.
These three reasons are why you can enjoy this luxury spa hotel in Cotacachi and gain special benefits as an Ecuador Living subscriber.
First… we own an Ecuador hotel. Hotels work together in Ecuador and offer special referrals to help one another.
Second, for the past 15 years, Merri and I have watched La Mirage become one of the most sacred and exquisite hotel 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.
The spa provides a special breakfast with fresh organic fruits and juices, an afternoon of massages, resting in the garden, meditating in the most beautiful meditation room we know and afternoon teas.
Meditation room at La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa in Cotacachi.
This is almost a secret place. 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 hotel spas in the world. This is one of the wonders of Ecuador for sure!
Shamana in shamanic treatment room at Hotel La Mirage spa.
Third, we have one of, if not, the largest, Ecuador oriented websites that reaches over 18,000 (and growing) readers every day. We provide La Mirage with a lot of attention. We do not ask for a cent for it… just that they do something special for the subscribers who support us. So when you subscribe to Ecuador Living you gain extra benefits at La Mirage.
La Mirage hotel grounds in Cotacachi.
La Mirage offers, the highest, most refined, most elegant and delightful experience with the spa and 5 Star restaurant, organic gardens, horses, alpacas, llamas, small river, tennis courts and exquisite beauty.
There are fifteen luxury rooms at La Mirage and a world class spa with lush private gardens and a spa that is pure luxury.
Whether you are dipping into a jacuzzi or enjoying a cozy eucalyptus fire in one of the many beautifully decorated rooms, you will find fresh roses everywhere. No detail is overlooked. Guests range from Hollywood stars and US Senators to royalty. The Queen of Spain chose La Mirage during her stay in Ecuador.
There are also great culinary delights in the La Mirage kitchen that you can now know and enjoy.
We take most course delegates to visit La Mirage spa at least once during a course and enjoy the great Ecuador cooking there. The food is incredible.
The chefs are world class, and presentation is at the top of their list. Appetizers are served in individual wooden music boxes, soup is poured hot into your bowl when served and each plate is a work of art. Here I am with delegates at La Mirage.
Here is the risotto starter up close.
The homemade, organic rose ice-cream dessert is out of this world. Each tiny ball of rose ice-cream hides in the center of a blossom of sugared rose petals.
Everything at La Mirage is exquisite.
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 Garden Hotel and Spa.
We have arranged with La Mirage a special reduced rate for our Ecuador Living subscribers, including a sumptuous breakfast in the glass aviary and gourmet dinner in their glorious dining room…. a complimentary bottle of champagne and a room upgrade when possible.
If you are an Ecuador Living subscriber… contact Bonnie at the Ecuador Living hotline and she’ll provide full details.
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.
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 Meson de las Flores. Our rooms start at $59 (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!
See more about La Mirage below.
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2013-2014 ScheduleSchedule 2013-2014 Seminars and Courses
Delegates taking a break at our Writer’s Camp on Lake Eustis.
Eustis is next door to Mount Dora (the Mt. Dora Chamber of Commerce Building we use is undergoing renovation).
Here is our schedule for 2013
November 15-16-17 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp Mt. Dora, Florida (Gary & Merri Scott)
November 21-22-23 Super Thinking + Spanish Puerto Aventuras, Mexico (Teachers Suzanne & Shawn Bandick) Single $699/Couple $899
Jan 23, 24 and 25 Super Thinking + Spanish Puerto Aventuras, Mexico (Teachers Suzanne & Shawn Bandick) Single $699/Couple $899
February 16 International Club Think Tank (International Club members only)
Feb 20, 21 and 22 Super Thinking + Spanish Puerto Aventuras, Mexico (Teachers Suzanne & Shawn Bandick) Single $699/Couple $899February 27-28 Quito Ecuador “Get Together” seminar. ($699)
March 27, 28 and 29 Super Thinking + Spanish Puerto Aventuras, Mexico (Teachers Suzanne & Shawn Bandick) Single $699/Couple $899
June 13-14-15 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. ($999)
August 30-31-September 1 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. ($999)
October 3 -4-5 International Investing & Business Seminar, Mt. Dora, Fl. ($999)
November 14-15-16 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. ($999)