Hacienda La Danesa

A little over an hour’s drive from Guayaquil, this delightful hacienda is the family home of the third generation of the Olsen family - originally from Denmark - and a 500-hectare working farm (cacao, dairy, teak). Guests are welcomed into the fold and spoiled with delicious 3-course farm-to-table meals and 8 beautifully designed bedrooms -- choose a Restored Stable room for an alfresco shower. The atmosphere is intimate, relaxed and very friendly; coffee and fresh juice are delivered to your door every morning, and there are yoga mats and binoculars in your wardrobe. Activities are part of the experience too: horseback riding through lush fields, lazy river tubing and the Chocolate Bean to Bar experience, during which guests taste cacao pods and fruit and follow the process through to making their own chocolate bar! Local experiences include, cookery, bee-keeping, in-room massages, waterfalls and all work in tandem with the local community to provide a sustainable tourism model.

Senderos Soul

A mindful approach to the Ecuadorian good life paired with incredible hospitality, design and natural charm. With its lowland rural setting, surrounded by fruit plantations, forests and rivers, and year-round tropical temperatures, Danesa is the perfect small boutique hotel meets working farm to rest and recalibrate after exertions in the high Andes or Galapagos. And where else can you make your own chocolate bar to take home, from bean to bar? I left feeling refreshed - despite a ridiculously short trip - slowed to the pace of a meandering river; and above all wishing I had stayed much much longer. Danesa, and the family that clearly love and care for it it so deeply, are real gems.

Simon, Senderos

La Danesa teaser from Niels Olsen on Vimeo.

Getting there

Hacienda La Danesa sits in the tropical lowlands of Ecuador between Naranjito and Bucay, an easy drive from Guayaquil airport.

by road

BY ROAD

The hacienda is 1hr 15 mins’ drive from Guayaquil (2 hours by train) or 6 hrs 30 from Quito.

by air

BY AIR

Nearest airport Guayaquil. Guests can also arrive by helicopter.