The Best Spa and Boutique Hotels in Baños, Ecuador

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26 October 2021

Thermal hot springs, crashing waterfalls and impressive volcanic scenery ensure that the small city of Baños has become Ecuador’s spa capital. There’s no better destination in Ecuador for a relaxing spa break than Baños – but at the same time, you’ll have the chance to experience epic mountain hikes, waterfall treks and adrenaline-inducing ziplines. And after a hard day’s adventuring, you’ll have seriously earned a dip in your boutique hotel’s spa pool or jacuzzi. To inspire your next South American journey, these are the best spa and boutique hotels in Baños, Ecuador – bookable on Culture Trip.

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Aldea Real Eco Resort

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The Aldea Real Eco Resort at sunrise over the mountains
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Perched on the side of a steep valley – surrounded by lush green vegetation and overlooking the churning waters of the Rio Pastaza – it’s safe to say that the Aldea Real Eco Resort has one of the best views in Baños. Enjoy the scenery while swinging from a hammock on your boutique room’s private wooden terrace – or, better yet, fill the spa bath with bubbles, pour a glass of wine and take in the view while you soak up the revitalizing atmosphere.

Hosteria y Spa Isla de Banos

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Escape it all with a relaxing spa retreat at the Hosteria y Spa Isla Banos, one of the best hotels in Baños. Rooms here are bright, colorful and comfy and the hotel is surrounded by lush, tropical scenery that adds to the sense of escapism. The best rooms have private spa-style bathtubs, but the main spa is located in the garden. You’ll be surrounded by nature as you plunge into the spa pool, take a detoxing drawer bath or enjoy a well-earned massage.

Sangay Spa Hotel

4.1/5 (69 Reviews)
The pool and outdoor space of Sangay Spa Hotel
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Now from $66 per night
Banos is the city of waterfalls and from your private terrace at the Sangay Spa Hotel, you’ll be able to see cascades plummeting over the nearby cliffs. The scenery is certainly relaxing and as far as Baños resorts go, the Sangay Spa Hotel has some of the most relaxing spa facilities, too. The hotel’s Indra Ayuverdic Spa has 36 different treatments available – including Ayurveda therapies and medicinal baths. There’s an outdoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a sauna and despite being in the middle of the Ecuadorian rainforest, there’s even a Turkish-style bath.
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Luna Volcan

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Is Luna Volcan the best place to stay in Baños? We’ll let you decide, but after spending the evening in a volcanically heated whirlpool on the edge of a cliff overlooking the bright lights of the city, you’ll find it difficult to stay anywhere else. Luna Volcan has four thermal pools, one whirlpool and 43 treatments to choose from at the Lunda Healing Spa. Order pina coladas from the Moon Bar, have a romantic meal for two at the Moon Restaurant and try one of 34 different types of coffee with a view at Cafe del Cielo.

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  • Jardines de Chamana

    Resort, Garden Hotel, Spa Hotel
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    The Jardines de Chamana lit up at night
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    One of the best hotels in Baños is without a doubt Jardines de Chamana. This quirky boutique hotel has faux-stained glass windows, exposed red brick walls and an array of local materials, sculptures and artworks that all combine to create an unusual setting beneath the mountains. At night – when the bright windows and lights are all lit up – this could be the most colorful hotel in Baños, while during the day, you’ll love the views over the valley and volcano from the quaint terraces.

    La Posada del Arte

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    Take a seat in the green, colorful garden at La Posada del Arte and you’ll be transfixed by the roaring waterfall falling from the cliffs in front of the hotel. It’s a beautiful setting and considering this is a budget-friendly hotel and hostel, you can’t find much better value or views anywhere else in Banos. The hotel is just as colorful as the garden – you’ll find rooms are brightly painted and every inch of the hallways, dining areas and communal spaces are decorated with local artworks.

    Samari Spa Resort

    Resort, Garden Hotel, Spa Hotel
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    The pool area at the Samari Spa Resort
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    With four hectares (nine acres) of gorgeous gardens and an open-air museum to explore, the Samari Spa Resort is the place to reconnect with both nature and the past. This five-star resort sets its heritage-minded rooms around a central courtyard that’s filled with local plants and greenery, while the steamy indoor swimming pool is designed to create a sub-tropical setting. Gourmet Ecuadorian cuisine is served on antique tables at the stone-walled tavern – while the spa facilities include a sauna, a polar bath, a Turkish bath, hydromassages and more.

    Casa Giralda

    3.2/5 (28 Reviews)
    Price Drop
    Now from $53 per night

    Book an Ecuadorian getaway at Casa Giralda and you’ll be staying in a spacious bungalow, cabana, or chalet overlooking the mountain resort’s outdoor swimming pool. There’s an undercover swimming pool, too, that’s kept at a toasty 28ºC all through the year. If that’s not warm enough for you, then take a plunge in the jacuzzi – where the water is heated to 40ºC, or sweat it out in the sauna or Turkish Hammam for the ultimate relaxation session.

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    Hotel La Floresta

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    The courtyard area of the Hotel La Floresta
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    Colorful terraces overlook a bright green garden at the boutique Hotel La Floresta. The unique rooms are decorated with local textiles, paintings and photographs of local flora and fauna – and the beds are delightfully comfortable after a day of hiking around Baños. Relax in a hammock on the balcony, run a soothing bath in your room or order up a bottle of wine and a few local dishes from the La Floresta Restaurant.
    These recommendations were updated on October 26, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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