Mashpi Lodge featured as one of the BBC’s “Amazing Hotels”

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Giles Coren and Jose Napa from BBC Amazing Hotels sharing a moment at Mashpi Lodge, embodying the spirit of exploration and community.

Monday 3rd April saw the second installment of the BBC’s new series that’s giving us a glimpse into some of the most unique and spectacular hotels in the world, Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby. The episode featured the hosts Monica Galetti and Giles Coren introduced to our very own Mashpi Lodge!

For this “Amazing Hotels” episode, Giles and Monica joined resident naturalists to explore the magical world of the Mashpi Biodiversity Reserve. Monica put her nerves to the test on board Mashpi’s canopy gondola, the Dragonfly, while Giles caught up with Mashpi’s community leader, José Napa, to hear the inspiring story of how his new life at Mashpi came to be. There were also interviews with the lodge’s visionary founder, Roque Sevilla, highlighting the unique aspects that make it an amazing hotel.

Below, Mashpi Lodge’s operations manager, Marc Bery, shares the low down on Life Behind the Lens and what it was like having the BBC “Amazing Hotels” team descend on our remote 22-room eco-chic jungle lodge.

Amazing Hotels on Netflix featuring Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador episode, highlighting the lodge’s unique hospitality experience.

Please Note

The program is only available in certain countries!

Don’t forget to watch it and find out for yourself why Mashpi Lodge is such a magical place.

Watch the preview

What makes Mashpi Lodge such a unique destination?
Located in the Choco Bioregion, Mashpi Lodge is a luxury nature lodge and one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. The reserve surrounding our hotel in the rainforest is home to over 400 species of birds, alongside numerous species of trees and frogs that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Additionally, its amazing topography includes waterfalls and distinctly unique flora that will definitely make your trek through the forest an unforgettable journey. When choosing where to stay in the rainforest, Mashpi Lodge is certainly one of the best options in South America. Our hotel has received several accolades on multiple occasions, and has been named the best rainforest hotel by several awarding entities. Learn more about our lodge.

What was it like having the BBC film crew of ‘Amazing Hotels’ at Mashpi?

It was the most incredible experience. We were all so excited and nervous at the same time because we wanted to give the best possible impression and remain natural in front of the cameras so we could truly transmit what Mashpi is all about.

Were Giles and Monica good guests? Did they help out in the kitchen?

Monica and Giles were excellent guests! They always had lots of questions and a good sense of humour even though they had been on the road filming for a long time. Monica was very interested in the kitchen and the typical Ecuadorian ingredients, whilst Giles put his efforts into trying all the different dishes!

Did having such an inquisitive bunch as the BBC at the hotel teach you anything about Mashpi (we know they asked a lot of questions!)?

The BBC “Amazing Hotels” team was impeccably professional – as one would expect! They were never tired or lazy, never happy simply with one take and always looking for the very best stories and angles to showcase what they were experiencing to their viewers. They worked in exactly the same way as we do – with lots of passion. It wasn’t a case of learning anything new as such, but the whole experience reaffirmed our pride for this very special hotel, and reminded us all why we love our jobs so much.

How did the guests react to having the film crew there? And the staff?

The guests were very curious about what was going on – even though most had been forewarned about the filming as we had to request their permission to appear on screen. There was a great sense of excitement of being in such a unique place and the staff were feeling both proud and nervous – proud because their hotel was being recognised internationally and nervous for being the focus of all the attention for the first time

What were the highlights of the whole experience for you?

The highlights for me were when they told us that Mashpi had been chosen as one of the final six hotels to appear on the series. The BBC’s rigorous vetting process made it all the more special to have made the final cut.

Another highlight was when the filming finished and we felt we had really demonstrated why Mashpi deserved to have been selected. There were many stressful moments, as we were managing a hotel and our first priority was to ensure that the guest experience was not impacted on in any way, but at the same time we were attending to the needs of the BBC team and helping them to capture the magic of Mashpi on camera, so there were a lot of balls to juggle – especially for a small hotel of just 22 rooms! But every moment was worth it and now we just can’t wait for the episode to air. We hope it inspires many more people to come and visit us in Ecuador!

Thanks to Bird Travel PR for their kind help with this interview.

Please Note

The program is only available in certain countries!

Don’t forget to watch it and find out for yourself why Mashpi Lodge is such a magical place.

Watch the preview

Tourists observing a yellow land iguana in its natural habitat at Finch Bay, Galapagos, included in Mashpi package tours.
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