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Where To Stay in The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a very special to me. My family and I use to travel to the enchanted islands almost every weekend in the early 2000s. That being said, I know the islands like the palm of my hand.

If you are looking for hotel recommendations, look no further than the hotels listed below:

1) Villa Escalesia - Santa Cruz Island

Located in Puerto Ayora overlooking Pelican Bay on the Island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos, Villa Escalesia is one of very few private homes available for exclusive hire. This stunning sea-front villa is managed by the team at the island’s leading hotel, The Royal Palm.

Villa Escalesia is a spacious, locally-designed villa with all the creature comforts of home. Sitting on the water’s edge – our villa makes a stunning base for your Galapagos adventure holiday. The layout lends itself perfectly to groups of friends or extended families looking for an alternative to a hotel; it is also a magnificent location for weddings and special occasions.
There are 4 large en-suite bedrooms, all with sea views and an annexe bedroom with bathroom; the villa can accommodate up to 8 guests with a further 4 guests in the annexe which is ideal for children sharing.

The villa has uninterrupted sea views out to Santa Fe Island. The villa enjoys its own private walled garden at the front and to the rear you will find a pool-side bar, an infinity pool, whirlpool, steam bath and sun deck giving the freedom of indoor / outdoor living.

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2) Royal Palm Hotel - Santa Cruz Island

Welcome to The Royal Palm Hotel - a secluded hide-a-way nestling in the lush Miconia highland forests of Santa Cruz in the heart of the Galapagos. The Royal Palm is a spacious and exclusive 156 hectare (386 acres) private estate, only 20 minutes-drive from the bustling port town of Puerto Ayora. With just 8 Casitas and 13 exclusive villas, our guests can enjoy privacy, space and quiet seclusion.

Designed and crafted to complement our natural environment, this is as close to nature as you can get! The native ferns and flora create a carpet of contrast and color that cover the gently sloping hills down to the coast and beyond. Our resident birds include owls, Darwin Short Beak Finches, Garrapatero birds and Egrets and for our more active guests, the longest lava tunnel on the Island is a few steps from reception!


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3) La Fortaleza de Haro - Santa Cruz Island

Located in Santa Cruz, 15 minutes walk from Charles Darwin Station and beach, La Fortaleza De Haro offers an outdoor pool and free WiFi access. Guests can also enjoy a free daily breakfast throughout their stay.

Each air-conditioned room features a cable TV, a private bathroom, with hot water and a hairdryer, and views of the sea and Galápagos National Park. Suites also have a minibar.

La Fortaleza De Haro provides tours around Puerto Ayora for a fee, such as glass-bottom boat trips around the bay, day trips to other islands, and water sports. Airport transfers can also be arranged for a fee.

4) Red Mangrove Hotel - Santa Cruz Island

Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge offers a perfect setting for any holiday. Arriving through a canopy of red mangroves to the entrance creates a sensation of entering an idyllic paradise. Upon entering the Lodge itself, there are white rooms that reflect the sun as it shines in from across the sea with tastefully exposed wooden beams.

Guests typically start their day on the lodge's waterfront terrace in the company of sun-basking marine iguanas, scuttling Sally Lightfoot crabs and soaring frigatebirds. Relax in the sun like a marine iguana or sit back in the bubbles of the soothing jacuzzi.


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5) Iguana Crossing - Isabela Island

Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel is a beachfront hotel in Galápagos Islands surrounded by endemic vegetation giving to guests a privileged accommodation for a memorable and relaxed stay. Decorated with genuine and exclusive materials of the Island, it approaches a harmonic atmosphere between nature and modernity. Named after the "iguana crossing" path, is the best place for the Galapagos tour and travel experience.

After an active day on Isabela Island guests can relax on the poolside terrace, enjoying a book or just laying upon a sunny sky and surrounded by spectacular Galapagos wildlife. We invite you to taste the best culinary of the Island and settle down at the ocean view bar.

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Mariella Molestina Noboa

The art of saying "Yes!" can take you far away. Many people pass on opportunities for many reasons, one of them being fear. Through my life I've encounter many people that forget to live the present for something that might not even happen in the future. If you are constantly waiting for the right time to finally do something, like fulfill your life dream, you are going to spend most of your life waiting.

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