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By Stephanie Frias
Luxury travel is an essence, an aura, an articulation of spellbinding allure, whimsical locations, and finely polished hospitality. Although desired and touted by many; true luxury hotels tout ethos of a rare and exclusive category reserved for the elite and distinguished. Such hotels embody a character that eludes mass numbers and evades the nature of facsimile.
As resembled by the standards of French nonpareil, the fleur-de-lis is a symbol of vogue grandeur, elegance, and prestige. It also effectively represents exclusive hotels under the honorable title of Relais & Chateaux.
Discerning world travelers scout for these beau monde properties included in a collection of approximately 500 honorable hotels around the globe. Previously restricted to incomparable destinations in Europe, the UK, and North America, the prestige is now arriving with unprecedented allure across Africa, Asia, and in particular – South America.
Oro Verde’s Hotel del Parque Historico is one such hotel to earn the coveted crown in 2019, effectively catapulting the hotel to the #1 spot of the best luxury boutique hotels in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and South America.
How do Hotels Qualify for Relais & Chateaux Status?
The illustrious Relais & Chateaux affiliation comes with more than the point of a finger or the nod of a hat; rather it is earned after passing through the ranks of 300 criteria responsible for separating the average from the elite. After all, veritable luxury embodies sophistication and sovereignty, eluding all characteristics of the commonplace.
The complex evaluation was recently explained by Relais & Chateaux President, Philippe Gombert in an interview with Forbes magazine. Mr.Gombert sheds light on how hotels like Hotel del Parque Historico rise above the masses, earning a reputation among the best hotels in the world. In essence, it’s not about material wealth but rather touches on the inner workings of world-class hospitality through the principles of character, culture, and biodiversity.
Exclusively attainable by one-of-a-kind hotels, the Relais & Chateaux label hones in on properties that boast intrinsic local heritage, genuine human touch, and a passion for preserving multifarious principles related to the local macrocosm. The foundation is secured by the underlying princples known as the “5 C’s,” which stand for the prominent inclusion of Character, Courtesy, Calm, Charm, and Cuisine within each property.
Hotel del Parque Historico Guayaquil Among the 30 best Latin America hotels
So what exactly is the allure held by Hotel del Parque Historico; the distinguishing elements that make it one of just 30 Relais & Chateaux hotels selected throughout Central and South America?
The star component is in its unreplicability of course; namely, the restored 44-room colonial mansion wrapped within the realms of Guayaquil’s most prized green space, Parque Historico. The 19-acre historic park is a habitat for more than 50 native animals and natural flora including rare orchids, and endemic trees, plus endangered animals like the two-toed sloth, the harpy eagle, and the spectacled caiman.
Not to mention the culinary opulence. Included in the criteria for Relais & Chateaux consideration, eligible hotels must feature a note-worthy restaurant with principles that naturally reflect responsible, regional cooking styles. Casa Julian is quick to impress with a dazzling gastronomic affair presented through signature cuisine, served by chef Javier Urrutia, on the Rio Duale riverfront. The illustrious land and sea menu serves unforgettable dishes ranging from gourmet ceviche to octopus and sea bass, duck, veal, pork ribs, and ribeye prepared with palate-stunning (locally sourced and sustainable) ingredients.
While many travelers look to Ecuador for the coveted experience of cruising to the Galapagos Islands, perhaps a stay at the renowned Parque del Historico Guayaquil is a luminary reason to visit Ecuador in its own right.
Even so, the two are a worthy pairing, offering two perspectives of Ecuador’s unsurpassing luxury travel scene.
To book an upscale stay at the discernable Hotel del Parque Historico Guayaquil, contact us or book online today.