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Samari Spa Resort

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Samari Spa and Resort is a cosy countryside hotel built in Spanish colonial style close to Banos in Ecuador's Andes.

Samari Spa Resort is a welcoming countryside property inspired by the design of a Spanish colonial hacienda with an authentic Ecuadorian ambiance and décor. Inside the low whitewashed buildings with their heavily tiled roofs, you’ll find a warm atmosphere with open log fires, dark wooden beams, antique furniture, terracotta floor tiles and exposed brick walls. It’s a family friendly place with snug and homely en suite bedrooms featuring cosy beds smothered by goose-feather duvets for chilly nights.

You’ll dine in the tavern-style restaurant which offers traditional and contemporary Ecuadorian food or seek out one of the bars dotted about the property. The on-site spa is a highlight, offering an array of relaxing treatments; there’s a sauna and a particularly lovely swimming pool.

The centre of Banos is around a 20-minute walk away and offers plenty of dining options, as well as acting as the hub for a collection of soft adventure activities such as rafting, walking, horse riding, bike riding and quad biking. The town is also famed for its thermal baths which provide a relaxing alternative to the more active excursions.

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What our clients say

  • The Galapagos was as expected beautiful and interesting but we were pleasantly surprised by the visits to the rose plantation and panama hat factory which turned out far more interesting…

    MW, London
  • We had a wonderful holiday to Quito and Galapagos with Journey Latin America. We just wish it had been longer!

    HS, W4
  • It was all brilliant, we expected the Galapagos to be the highlight, but all the other trips were as good in different ways. All the Ecuadorians encountered at hotels, restaurants,…

    AH, Eastleigh
  • Ecuador is perhaps a most underrated country for a great visitor experience. The people are great and helpful and, for anyone with an interest in the natural world, there is…

    IB, Kendal
  • Avenue of the Volcanoes was superb plus swimming with sea lions and penguins.

    JK, Sheffield
  • Most memorable experience: "Where to start? Huge evening skies on the Napo river, pulling out of Chimbacalle station on the Tren Crucero in a cacophony of whistling and hooting; the…

    DH, Portsmouth
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Our Expert's Opinion

I loved the traditional décor and character of this hotel which made for a cosy and homely place to stay for a couple of nights. The staff were highly attentive and eager for us to feel at home. The hotel is set in beautiful grounds with plenty of terraces, gardens and picture windows from which to enjoy the view.

Kathryn
Kathryn Rhodes Travel Expert Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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