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Brief Published: 20 Apr 2021

Ecuador Hotels Team Up on Nature-Led Wellness Retreat

Finch Bay Hotel Galapagos

Ecuador hotels Mashpi Lodge and Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel have teamed up on a getaway package that merges outdoor excursions with lush spa treatments. It’s a luxury-level take on the nature-focused retreats that, as we predicted in Top Five Wellness Travel Trends 2021, are leading the return to travel.

This ‘Forest-to-Coast’ trip takes guests from the rainforest surrounding Mashpi Lodge, to the island idyll of Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, giving them a holistic view of Ecuador’s landscape. During their three-day stay at Mashpi Lodge, visitors start the morning with outdoor yoga, before joining expert-led birdwatching walks and flower-spotting hikes, or trying wild swimming and getting al fresco massages. Meals reflect the property’s natural wellness ethos with dishes that highlight local ingredients and boast immune-supportive and anti-inflammatory properties.

The second portion of the trip at Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel focuses on body treatments featuring locally sourced ingredients at the property’s recently renovated spa. Guests can also attend a chef-led tour of the property’s vertical farm, and then sample its produce in plant-based meals at the on-site restaurant.

This combination of active excursions with pampering treatments reflects travellers’ increasing desire for spa-style retreats with a natural edge – a topic we discuss in our 2021 Look Ahead: Travel & Hospitality. Interest in nature-focused itineraries skyrocketed during the pandemic: 69% of global consumers say they’ll prioritise simple pleasures, like spending time in nature, when planning future trips (Booking.com, 2020).

The majority (56%) of global travellers are also interested in booking trips to off-the-beaten-track destinations where they can avoid crowds (Booking.com, 2020). Holidays that can fuse these desires for seclusion, nature and relaxation into a cohesive experience are likely to resonate with travellers booking their first post-pandemic (or post-vaccine) holidays.

For more on the state of travel, see 10 Traveller Priorities for 2021.