A serene five-star hotel in the Galápagos, Royal Palm is indeed royal, with Prince Charles staying here in 2009. Royal Palm is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, and has the location, facilities and service that you would expect of such a designation — all excellent.
Up in the highlands of Santa Cruz island, on a 190 hectare (480 acre) private estate, the hotel is an ideal place to cool down and relax after a day’s Galápagos explorations. On site are a health and fitness centre (with exercise equipment, table tennis, jacuzzi, sauna and massage room), tennis courts, swimming pool, business centre, and a delicious restaurant, complete with grand piano and fireplace.
There are eight rooms (casitas) and 13 stand-alone spacious villas. Each has a jacuzzi built for two and the villas have wood-burning fireplaces. My villa had a view of the sea, birds flitting past, and four very large rooms (six, if you count the separate rooms for the shower and toilet).
Ensure you save time to explore the on-site lava tunnel. Much more interesting than the main Santa Cruz lava tunnel, you’ll be fascinated by the geological history of the island, stories of the original owner’s lava tunnel parties and wine cellar, and learn to identify a lava bomb. There are even a few plants thriving deep underground, despite receiving only two hours of artificial light per day. Aspiring naturalists will be just as fascinated by the tunnel as they are with Galápagos’ endemic animal population.
The Royal Palm is a hotel which takes the environment seriously. They are replanting forests with the rare native miconia plant, collect and filter rainwater (vastly reducing the reliance on water tankers necessary to deliver fresh water to most parts of the islands), and have an organic kitchen garden.
Services and facilities are exceptional, befitting a Leading Hotel of the World. Royal Palm is your perfect choice for a luxe stay in Galápagos.