Metropolitan Touring, the innovator of cultural travel and eco-tourism across South America, has announced the completion of a renovation of Mashpi Lodge, its award-winning eco-lodge nestled on 3,200 acres of Andean cloud forest near Quito, Ecuador. The project, undertaken from February to July 2017, has enhanced the property with focus on wellness, families, and scientific research.
The renovation was led by two of Ecuador’s top designers: Julio Vinueza, who worked with the Mashpi team to redefine the interior design of the Lodge’s public areas; and Roberto Burneo, who led construction of a new outdoor area. Naturally, all renovation work was undertaken with necessary care to protect the ecosystem of the Mashpi Reserve.
Already a relaxed and inviting presence deep in the forest, Mashpi Lodge is now even more so with warm neutral tones inside and out that highlight stunning views of nature through floor-to-ceiling windows. New couches, stools and cushions enliven all social areas, while a new Expedition Room for presentations by naturalists is arrayed with cozy sitting areas for guests to relax and share experiences over a glass of wine from the new Honesty Bar.
The project also created two new guest rooms sized for families on the Lodge’s first floor Lobby Level, separated by a vestibule that, taken together, form a “faux suite”. The guest rooms are located at the site of the original spa area, which has been relocated to the second floor Terrace Level, with two massage rooms, including one sized for couple’s treatments.
Meanwhile, wellness offerings have been expanded into a new outdoor space located adjacent to the Lodge. Called SAMAY (for “soul” in Kichwa), the space includes a covered open-air hot tub and yoga deck. It is accessible via a short winding path through lush foliage often dotted with bird species.
The renovation also enhanced Mashpi Lodge’s focus on research and environmental awareness with a new Laboratory open to guests and resident scientists alike. Specimens of various species are maintained for viewing, and a cheery Kids Corner that invites youngsters to embark on their own journey of scientific discovery.
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