The owner of Sacha Jí is both a fully qualified architect and a professional photographer and their skill and passion are evident everywhere in this comfortable, contemporary and ecologically designed hotel.
From the feng shui inspired curved forms of the hotel’s elegant structures to the impressive collection of original photographs that adorn the walls throughout, it is clear that the hotel is in the hands of someone to whom attention to detail is everything.
All comes together to engender a feeling of tranquillity and harmony, putting guests in the perfect state of mind to take full advantage of Sacha Jí’s comprehensive range of activities: from a class in meditative yoga in the purpose built yoga studio to de-stressing with one of the many and varied relaxation treatments at the hands of one of the hotel’s professional therapists.
A sense of wellbeing continues in Sacha Jí’s cuisine, which is largely organic and oriented toward a vegetarian diet (though meat-based menus are also available). Made from ingredients that are sourced locally or come directly from the hotel’s own organic vegetable garden and orchard, the menus are a collaboration with prestigious Ecuadorian chef, Henry Richardson, and are designed to reflect the diverse cuisine of Ecuador’s highland, coast and jungle regions.
Sacha Jí’s 11 spacious guestrooms are set into the hillside in small curved groups to take full advantage of the stunning views of Imbabura Volcano and Lake San Pablo. Each room has a well-appointed private bathroom and most come equipped with a cosy wood-burning stove. Individual decorative touches include locally made Andean rugs, 18th century Spanish wooden doors and fabulous contemporary photographs. The eco-friendly green roofs of the room complexes all sport hammocks in which you can relax and take in the views of the surrounding countryside. A private, self-contained bungalow or ‘Yaku House’ is also available to hire.
As well as the yoga studio and treatment rooms, Sacha Jí has a comfortable reading room and bar area where complimentary wireless Internet access is available, an outside meditation space and delightful walkways throughout the wooded grounds and gardens.