Ecuador, Hotels, South America, Travel

LGBT Hotel Review: My Sacha Ji Wellness Hotel and Retreat

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LGBT FRIENDLY HOTEL REVIEW
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My Sacha Ji Wellness Hotel and Retreat
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Meg Cale, LGBT Travelers, Ecuador
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My girlfriend no… my wifeit still feels weird to say that–  and I were invited to spend four days at My Sacha Ji Wellness Hotel and Retreat in Ecuador. 
 
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When we first saw pictures of the property we knew it was going to be an unforgettable experience. We loved the look and laid back vibes of the owner so much that we decided to use it as our wedding venue. My Sacha Ji is the most beautiful and relaxing place either of us have ever experienced.
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The view alone is worth the price per night.
 
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Photograph by Grace Chu via Grace Chu Photography
 
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We appreciate lots of different types of travel. We’ve done- flashpackingurban luxury adorable rural B&Bs– and a ton of other trips. My Sacha Ji was completely unique and unlike any other hotel we’ve ever experienced. The owner focused on creating a beautiful and environmentally sustainable space that ensures guests are focused on their experience rather than tech toys. There is Wifi and a TV, but only in the main lodge. This limited access is just what we needed to stay present and grounded in the moment.
 
 
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“As a blogger, it’s difficult for me to unplug and stay in the moment. I was able to do just that and more at My Sacha Ji. It was an opportunity to quiet the noise around us and focus on each other and the commitment we were making”
 
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The hotel is set on top of a mountain overlooking the city of Otavalo. The view of the avenue of the volcanoes and Lake San Pablo provide a view that’s like a visual breath of fresh air.  We spent four days being pampered and spoiled and just basking in each other. The details are what made our trip and My Sacha Ji itself special.
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The rooftop hammocks were perfection.
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Photograph by Grace Chu via Grace Chu Photography
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Each day we wandered the open grounds playing with the resort’s pups – or watching the llamas chewing their meals. We spent time reflecting in the organic garden and lazing about in the hammocks or the hot tub. We were able to request tours, classes and spa services with the hotel’s manager. We were able to have the perfect combination of quiet reflective moments and touring adventures. We spent one day visiting Otavalo to see the handicraft market and Peguche Falls, the next we spent enjoying the hot tub and fire pit.
 
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The food was one of the best parts. Each meal was better than the next, no exaggeration, it was that good. Even Lindsay who has a very weak stomach and picky palate loved it. The chef’s unique spin on traditional Ecuadorian cuisine was beyond our wildest expectations. Each meal was a three-course experience complete with wine and after dinner herbal teas that caused me to immediately buy a loose tea infuser when we returned home. The chef uses ingredients found in the organic garden on the property and creates combinations that made me want to go back for seconds, thirds, and fourths. Our favorite meal was pescado encocado, a dish made with a coconut cream sauce over grilled shrimp and rice. We loved it so much that we tracked it down at a different restaurant TWICE before we left.
 
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The property itself is huge. Terraces and benches are placed at various viewpoints throughout the property for guests to enjoy the scenic vignettes in privacy. Our room was large with a king-sized bed, seating area, and private modern bathroom. The best part of the room was the wood burning stove that would be lit each night when we returned to our room. The turndown service was glorious. We’d return to Ecuadorian chocolates on our pillows and a hot water bottle heating our sheets after our sleepy time tea at dinner.
 
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My Sacha Ji is about 90 minutes outside of the city of Quito. It’s very secluded which is ideal for a wellness retreat specializing in relaxation and privacy. The hotel owner was kind enough to arrange transportation for us to the hotel. They also have buses and taxis that arrive in Otavalo regularly. If you’re looking for activities, there is plenty to do in town. The hotel staff will happily set up tours and excursions. My Sacha Ji hosted our LGBT wedding. The staff was enthusiastic about helping us celebrate our special day. If that’s not enough, they’re also members of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and have LGBT staff members. We felt nothing but respected and cared for while we were staying at My Sacha Ji. I couldn’t recommend them more.
 
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Our visit was made possible by an invitation from My Sacha Ji. All photos are courtesy of Grace Chu Photography.
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27 Comments

  • Reply Leslie at 3:05 am

    This place really sounds incredible! (I’ve been loving your wedding posts! It’s so in line with what I’d want to do if I get married… fun to read about it!) Really liked the more narrative format; for me, it’s informative, but nice to read about practical tips in the context of your experience.

    • Reply Meg Cale at 4:54 am

      I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying them! I’m trying out some new formatting and writing styles on these posts and kind of playing with the styles a bit. Thanks for your sweet words and for reading!

  • Reply Jimmy & Tina Durham at 1:13 am

    I could totally use a wellness retreat right about now! This place sounds absolutely amazing! And hey you just can’t beat a good nightly turn down service 🙂 I can’t even imagine what it would feel like to be unplugged, I think I’d panic but would come home totally recharged!

    • Reply Meg Cale at 1:39 am

      I was panicking for a minute the first night but then I realized… ya know what? This is exactly where i’m supposed to be. Definitely worth it. I felt more centered and at peace with our journey.

  • Reply Joanna at 2:59 am

    I think that each of us should take breaks from technology and just enjoy the moment, even if that moment means sitting down on that hammock and staring at the view. The property looks amazing and I can’t think of a better place than this for your wedding. It’s such a great thing that they limit the access to the tv and the internet.

    • Reply Meg Cale at 6:55 pm

      It was really an incredible experience. I loved the freedom to indulge without the obligation to document every minute. Thanks for commenting Joanna.

  • Reply Christine Krzyszton at 6:42 am

    Love Ecuador so you got my attention early on in your post 🙂 How wonderful that you were able to turn the getaway into lovely cherished moments. It appears the place is just about perfect – good food, peaceful surroundings, and wonderful service. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Meg Cale at 6:56 pm

      We will definitely be back to Sacha Ji at some point in the future. Ecuador will always have a special place in my heart.

  • Reply Editor-in-Style Good at 9:17 am

    This looks like a beautiful hotel! I love the look of the amenities and the hammocks look super comfy to veg 🙂 Ecuador has been on my bucket list for ages 🙂

    • Reply Meg Cale at 6:57 pm

      You should definitely take a trip to Ecuador, the natural beauty is to die for. With all the waterfalls and different ecosystems it’s honestly a photographer’s dream.

  • Reply Sarj Malanyaon at 1:38 pm

    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!! It does feel weird to switch to saying “wife/husband” after the wedding! After months of being married, I still can’t get used to it. Haha! It sounds like beautiful place where you had your ceremony! Very romantic and the mention of the food was….well, that makes me want to travel there now! haha 🙂

    • Reply Meg Cale at 6:59 pm

      Thank you! I keep awkwardly having to backtrack in conversation lol. Hopefully, it’ll come more naturally eventually. Not to mention the name change. I still think of myself as my maiden name… haha The food alone was worth the trip to Sacha Ji. Their chef was incredible. Lindsay is really picky with her food and even she loved every meal.

  • Reply Nadine Smith at 7:09 pm

    Oh my, congratulations! 🙂 What a beautiful hotel with a mesmerizing scenery! It does look like the perfect place to celebrate your special day with your special someone! 🙂 And it’s so cool that they’re members of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and have LGBT staff members. You couldn’t have picked a better place!
    Nadine | ScenesFromNadine.com

    • Reply Meg Cale at 7:17 pm

      Thanks for commenting Nadine. It was really important to us to pick a venue that highlighted our love for travel but was without any doubt an LGBT friendly space. I’d definitely recommend Sacha Ji to other LGBT couples looking for a more off the beaten path destination wedding. Our 10 day wedding/honeymoon was filled with rappelling, hiking, touring, and eating wayyyy more than we should have. Honestly, it was perfect for us.

  • Reply Brianna at 8:33 pm

    First off, congratulations!! What a way to have a wedding 🙂 It certainly does look like the perfect place to relax and spend time with your partner. That view is certainly incredible!

    • Reply Meg Cale at 12:48 am

      Thank you! The view alone is worth the trip!

  • Reply Ariel Samangka at 8:35 pm

    I think this is such a cool and unique experience for the Hotel has an environmentally sustainable space kind of concept which is appearing to be really environmental friendly. I have never tried staying in a hotel like this, it must be amazing.

    • Reply Meg Cale at 12:50 am

      You should give an eco-friendly hotel a try sometime. We loved that the owners are prioritizing the community over business. I’d love to see more folks doing that.

  • Reply Mohit Agarwal at 8:58 pm

    So great. The place is just so beautiful. The past part of any hotel is its surrounding and if its good your travel is successful.

    • Reply Meg Cale at 12:50 am

      The view is everything right? I loved the facilities and the way they designed the property to highlight the best parts.

  • Reply Clare Colley at 10:37 pm

    It looks like a great place to get married. The views from the hotel are amazing. Congratulations to both of you 🙂

    • Reply Meg Cale at 12:51 am

      Thank you! It was definitely perfect for us.

  • Reply Livia - Chamelle Photography at 4:36 am

    What a perfect spot for a wedding. It looks so cosy and romantic. Do you think you’ll be going back in the future?

    • Reply Meg Cale at 12:51 am

      It really was cozy and romantic. It was the ideal spot for focusing on the commitment over the party. The party will come later lol

  • Reply Punita Malhotra at 2:03 pm

    What an interestingly written post…you described the resort and it’s surroundings and facilities in so much detail. Seems like the perfect choice for your vacation. So appropriate.

    • Reply Meg Cale at 12:52 am

      It was a great place to do a double vacation/wedding combo. We loved it.

  • Reply Adelheid Bethanny at 10:41 am

    This is an amazing post! I’m glad you got to unwind and enjoyed the moment. I hope both of you had a superb time together! Your photos are beautiful btw.

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