Are you a traveler who likes adventure and nature? Do you prefer places that are respectful to the environment, but that are also comfortable and provide excellent service? If so, the Pikaia Lodge is the perfect lodging for you. Its beautiful “green” facility is close to the white-sand beaches, with easy access to the main sites for wildlife watching in the Galapagos Islands. On a site that rises 450 meters above sea level, the hotel is situated on 31 hectares of private grounds on which its own Galapagos giant tortoises roam free.
All common areas and rooms have great views of extinct volcanic cones, rainforests, lush green farms, the arid savannah of the Galapagos National Park, nearby islands, and the blue horizon of the Pacific Ocean. The hotel was constructed on the small plateau of a crater, giving it a panoramic view of the island. Pikaia’s six first-floor suites, each with a shady terrace, are decorated in a warm contemporary style, have bamboo floors, and are supplied with all the creature comforts: two queen beds or one king-size bed, cotton sheets, duvets and hypoallergenic pillows. In the spacious bathrooms, guests will find a shower area overlooking the sea.
Located on Santa Cruz Island, the highlands of the Galapagos, the hotel is designed as a haven of peace and quiet. Its landscaped gardens, pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, and fountains — as well as the longest lava tunnel in the islands (which is located on the hotel’s grounds) — form a part of the hotel’s magic and its exclusive surroundings.
From its location, just a 20-minute drive from the pier of the dynamic city of Puerto Ayora, guests have wonderful views of the highlands and the ocean. In the eight (8) cabins and 13 exclusive villas of the hotel, you can enjoy privacy, space and a relaxing isolation. The villas are independent, while the cottages have been built around a fountain that faces the hotel. All rooms have luxury bedding and carefully chosen comfortable furniture. With the amenities of any five-star hotel, the Royal Palm Hotel provides Internet access, flat screen LCD TVs with satellite channels, private Jacuzzis, and safes in each room. The Royal Palm Restaurant and Bar combines colonial style with the traditional designs of the islands with facilities that allow guests to dine indoors or out.
The restaurant is open all day and in the evening for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, cocktails and snacks. The fusion of Ecuadorian and international food is the hallmark of the hotel. Many products are derived from nearby fish farms and fishermen. In addition, the Royal Palm Restaurant and Bar offers a fine wine list from several South American countries. To rest up from a demanding excursion or to spend a relaxing day, the Royal Palm has a heated pool, a large Jacuzzi, a small gym, outdoor tennis courts and nature trails.
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