Arasha is an internationally-acclaimed tropical resort spa located in the middle of one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in the world. Attractive bamboo eco-bugalows are surrounded by beautifully-kept tropical gardens and of course the pristine forest giving a glimpse of the richness and tranquility of the region. The stress-relieving spa treatments, gourmet dishes and rainforest activities that range from making chocolate from cacao seeds to fashioning handicrafts from forest plants make Arasha a trip that will appeal to each and every one of your senses. The perfect combination of relax, adventure and nature!
The other half of this trip immerses you both in the romance of colonial haciendas and horse-drawn carriage rides in the highlands of Ecuador - you will literally play your role in centuries of history and tradition.
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"The spa was incredible - just what we needed! Asides from the awesome spa treatments we loved the activities that we were able to do as a couple - making chocolate, nature trails, night-safari, learning about medicinal plants, handicrafts - there was never a dull moment. The healthy foods and natural juices were delicious too, and the spa facilities first-rate. The hacienda part of the holiday perfectly complimented the forest and spa and we felt pampered throughout! Thank you for all of your help in making our dream honeymoon come true!" (Leanne and Pete Hughes, UK)
Day 1: (no meals included). Arrival Quito - our driver will meet you in airport arrivals and transport you to the majestic Hotel Patio Andaluz in the historic old town district of Quito. Patio Andaluz is an exquisitely-renovated old colonial house boasting centuries of history, located just 1 block from the central plaza of Quito that was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1978. Free time to relax and acclimatise to your new surroundings.
Day 2: (B included). Quito city tour - a full day to acquaint yourselves with the best sites of the city of Quito. In the morning a tour of the beautiful colonial plazas and churches as well as panoramic city views atop the Panecillo. After lunch a trip north to the equator - stand literally on the middle of the world! In the evening a horse-drawn carriage ride through the romantically-lit cobbled streets of the old town area.
Day 3: (B included). Otavalo market and hacienda - transfer north of Quito to visit the Indian market at Otavalo, famous across the Americas for it's fine handicrafts and colorful locals. In the afternoon and evening there is free time to explore the beautiful grounds of Hacienda Cusin - a charming 17th century estate steeped in history and tradition where you can enjoy a peaceful overnight stay.
Days 4-7: (B,L,D included at spa). Arasha tropical spa resort - 4 days and 3 nights to relax and partake in the many activities at the Arasha spa resort. All transfers and organization is taken care of by us so you can just sit back and enjoy! The spa package includes 1 spa treatment per person (others can be chosen at extra cost at the spa itself), as well as access to a huge range of interesting and fun activities (see list below) - in essence these days are entirely flexible to spend together as you best see fit. On day 7 only breakfast is included and the overnight hotel is Patio Andaluz in Quito.
List of activities included at Arasha:
4 different types of workshop - the world of organic fruits and vegetables, health benefits of natural juices, medicinal plants, exotic flower arrangement.
Primary forest tour
Nocturnal forest tour with torches
Birdwatching from the lookout
Tour to the waterfalls
Wild orchids trail
Use of the natural pool and jacuzzi
Tropical fruit orchard
It would be impossible to include all of these activities into your trip so it is best to treat the above as a "pick and mix" list and opt for the options that appeal most. Only the workshops and the primary forest tour need to be booked in advance, the others can be organized directly at Arasha.
Day 8: (B included). Tour end - after breakfast our driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight out.
This tour can run starting on any day of the week, however if you would like to visit the Otavalo market on official "market day" when there are more sellers then the market visit should be scheduled for a Saturday.
We also offer a full range of tour add-ons that we would be happy to help with.
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