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Madre Tierra Resort & Spa
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Reviewed 3 August 2017

This amazing place is paradise, every room totally unique and fabulous, most with your private deck and hammock. The stone and tile work is like being in a fine art galley. The owners and employees treat you like family. I worked for Hilton International 27 years and must give them more raves then any 5 star hotel. Treat yourself to the spa too.... The free breakfasts and all things served from the restaurant are lovingly prepared and served. Don't miss the spa, it is tranquil, gorgeous and a full body massage with Sonya will transport you to nirvana for a 10th the price of the USA. Kudos on everything and I will definitely return. It is also an easy walk to town or only $1.25 for a cab. So very convenient.

Room Tip: I loved room 20, but as they are all unique and facing different ways and all have views, I think you would be happy anywhere.
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled solo
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2  Thank jan d
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Reviewed 28 July 2017

Madre Tierra is a great place to stay in Vilcabamba. Peter and Gail go out of their way to attend to their guests needs. Each room is slightly different and all offer beautiful views of the "Valley of Longevity". The hosts look out for their guests and will help arrange for activities such as horseback riding and trekking. The massages in their spa are also first rate. This place has a calm, pleasing and cleansing effect on travelers. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 July 2017

Madre Tierra is located in a quiet area just outside of town but within walking distance of the town center. We walked to town every day, although there are taxis that charge $2 each way if you don't want to walk. The area around the hotel is quiet and beautiful. You can take a hike around the premises and enjoy great views of the rural homes and majestic mountains in the area. Part of the hike is uphill, so it is a workout, and you might encounter a dog or two along the way. They don't believe in leashes in this part of the world.

The breakfast was filling even if a bit redundant. We did enjoy the whole wheat bread made on the premises. We also had one dinner and a lunch there, which were all good and reasonably priced.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay. Vilcabamba has more than its share of American expats, and many are new age hippies looking for the fountain of youth. This part of the trip was disappointing to us, who wanted to experience more Ecuadorian culture. But that's not the fault of the hotel. I'd say Madre Tierra is the place to stay if you want to visit Vilcabamba.

Room Tip: Select the rooms in the middle, good view but manageable stairs.
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Sara A
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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Madre Tierra resort is a very good value for the money. The personnel is very helpful and kind. The rooms are comfortable for families, very clean, extremely quiet at night, perfect for a good night sleep. The Spa offers a variety of services. The hotel is only five minutes away from the town and it's a $1.50 taxi ride to and from the main square. Nice breakfast!

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
Thank Cuqui A
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

Such responsive, lovely staff from the welcome desk to the owners, Peter and Gail. My emails and calls were answered right away and so graciously, even though I had a bit of a complicated spa request and a bunch of questions. We traveled with our two children, aged 8 & 10 years, and they immediately disappeared to explore the extensive grounds as soon as we arrived. The pool was also a hit with the kids. The room was a bit close when we arrived, but soon aired out when I opened the windows. The food at the restaurant was good, too. I especially liked the pesto pizza, though if you don't like a ton of cheese on your margarita pizza, you might want to note that when you order. Definitely check out the spa, even if it's just a 30 min massage. I was a little disappointed that the jacuzzi wasn't working. You might want to ring in advance if this is important to you. Lovely stay, and we'll definitely be back.

Room Tip: Best views are in rooms that are higher up on the mountain, thus may be an uphill trek.
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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1  Thank Abby S
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