Sustainability credentials: Fancy discovering a new species of tree frog in Ecuador’s cloudforest? Now you can, sort of, at Mashpi Lodge, which is both a luxury resort and a hub for scientific research and conservation. There you can help the resident biologists with their investigations before relaxing upstairs on the open-air terrace, drinking in the view of the treetops – and excellent Argentinian wines.
What else: Although you’ll be surrounded by lush, verdant vegetation, the lodge is actually located within the Metropolitan district of Quito, Ecuador’s capital. Yep, really – so it’s easy to get to and you’ll be within reach of all the major sights. Winner.
How: Nightly rates start at $681USD per person, including meals, guides and transfers from Quito airport. mashpilodge.com; Iberia fly from London to Quito via Madrid from £735 return. iberia.com