I loved this property.
I spent 12 nights in Ecuador and stayed in 8 different hotels and this was my favorite location by far. I spent 4 wonderful nights at Luna Runtun. The climate was better there than it was in the highlands, I loved the warm days and cool nights.
The staff at Luna Runtun was great. I would recommend Ruperto as a driver and Celso as a guide for any trips you make, both were very friendly and knowledgeable. We spent 4 nights in the Presidential Suite and did the adventure/spa program. Yes, it was pricey but we enjoyed every moment. I traveled with a friend and we are both in our mid-twenties (for those who are curious).
I lived in the spa. My favorite treatments were the honey and sugar exfoliation and the rose bath. The spa attendants are very friendly but don't speak much english so don't expect to ask questions about the treatments. The spa facilities were nice with comfortable treatment rooms and amazing showers.
In reviewing previous reviews I will note:
Yes, the flowers in our room weren't fresh and they never got changed but I didn't care about the flowers, I was there for WAY more than that and they made up for it.
I had no problem getting a taxi in Banos to get back up to the resort, the taxis are all parked near the city square and there were always plenty.
I had plenty of attention from hotel staff, by the end of our stay most people knew our names and which room we were in.
The hot tubs/pool views are amazing and a nice pool house with all the amenities is nearby. The food was good but it is a set menu unless their are large groups and then you get a buffet. We booked our tours through Luna and they were fantastic. We did go rafting and got EXTREMELY sick about 24 hours later. Either don't go or keep your mouth tightly closed when the rapids come at you, the water is very bad. When we got sick the staff at Luna Runtun were wonderful to us. They brought us everything we needed (bread, water and sprite) and changed all our check-out arrangements for us at no cost.
If you don't use Luna Runtun for your sightseeing there are TONS of adventure tour groups and sightseeing tours in Banos. You can even rent four wheelers and take yourself where you want to go.
One thing I really enjoyed about this resort is that because it wasn't full (off season) we got to know many of the other guests and enjoy some wonderful quiet time in a place as close to heaven as I can imagine.
I would go back and I hope that someday I will!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luna Runtun, Adventure SPA is a Romantic Hotel for couples, family or friends. It is located in Banos, 170 km (2,5 hours drive) from Quito, the capital of Ecuador, 300 km (5 hours drive) from Guayaquil and 62 km (1 hour drive) from the Amazon rainforest. The setting is unique, surrounded by mountains, 70 waterfalls and thermal water. Spring weather, with an average temperature of 17 - 25°C all year round, and some rainy days. Luna Runtun's 310 acres of unspoilt Andean forest are located on the oriental flank of the active Tungurahua volcano (5.016M), 400m above the charming town of Banos, gateway to the Amazon rainforest, surrounded by Sangay and Llanganates National Parks. Enjoy 25 adventure activities: 11 hikes, rafting, canyoning, biking, horse backriding, travelling throughout the countryside, Amazon rainforest and birdwatching programs; 25 SPA treatments, 4 pools and jacuzzi with hot volcanic water, Runtun Restaurant with fusion food, Cafe del Cielo with 34 varieties of coffee, themed rooms and Romantic Suites decorated exquisitely. Spectacular views! With your loved one, family or friends; Luna Runtun has become the ideal place to celebrate special events: weekend getaways, vacations, relaxing, birthday, wedding anniversary, marriage proposal, honeymoon, reconciliations and romantic getaways. Our Adventure and SPA packages are the perfect combination for your trip to the Galapagos Islands. The volcano has been constantly active since 1999 and showers the sky with her spectacular show of fire and lava, allowing our visitors to partake in one of the world's most impressive natural fireworks displays from the safety of Luna Runtun and the charming town of Banos located in the secure area in the oriental flank of the volcano. Banos and Luna Runtun have not been affected by any type of material in the 16 eruptions in the last 400 years. The Basilica of Our Lady of Holy Water, built in 1944, is made of volcanic stones, as well as Banos City Hall. Adventure, rest, fun and a volcano in eruption. Welcome to the most complete destination in Ecuador! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Luna Runtun Hotel Banos