What to Expect at Royal Palm Galapagos

by GO GlobeHopper

Secluded on a 160-hectare estate in the Miconia Highland Forests adjacent to Galapagos National Park, Royal Palm Galapagos is a Curio Collection Hotel by Hilton which features the look of an Ecuadorian Hacienda.  This is a unique resort for travelers seeking serenity and wildlife encounters.

Located amid the panorama of the Galápagos Islands, approximately 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador and situated between two extinct volcanoes in a valley, this resort is designed to respect the eco-sensitive region while optimizing the experience of each guest. The hotel features nine areas of geological interest including lava tunnels and craters.

The hotel’s 21 villas and deluxe rooms pepper the lush landscape and offer modern yet laid-back accommodations that are decorated with local textiles, earth-toned fixtures, and artisan touches. Eight deluxe rooms feature spacious bedrooms, sitting and dining areas, and a porch or terrace. Each of the eight villas includes a bedroom, bathroom, jacuzzi room, living and dining area, plus a fireplace, and offer stunning views of the resort property as well as Santa Cruz Island.

The executive villas are secluded cottages with a private garden, indoor sauna, and a living room and dining area with an open fireplace. The largest suite on the property is named in honor of British royals and boasts extreme privacy, including two bedrooms, a sauna, private garden areas, an open fireplace, a dining area, and more. There are also three camping sites on the property, offered by the hotel via an overnight camping program so that guests preferring an outdoor experience can also enjoy the resort and the biodiversity of the Galapagos.

Royal Palm Galapagos offers a distinct dining experience featuring regionally-sourced ingredients, including fruits, vegetables and meat from local farmers, as well as sustainably harvested seafood. The resort boasts the Galapagos’ only fine dining restaurant located in a lava tunnel 60 feet underground. This culinary experience includes a guided tour through the lava tunnel, and finishes at the volcanic vault with a six-course dinner.

The Royal Palm Restaurant serves international and local cuisine featuring a variety of Galapaguenian recipes with fresh ingredients from its house farm and catch of the day. The 50-seat restaurant combines elegant colonial style and traditional island design with warm mahogany furniture that reflects the glow of the open fire. On warm evenings, guests can dine on the terrace under the stars while enjoying an extensive range of wines from South America.

Beyond cruises of the islands, guests have the opportunity to help conserve the endangered species that reside on the property including the Galapagos Crake (bird) and Galapagos Short Eared Owl.


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