Royal Palm Galapagos
Why We Love This Hotel
- 386-acre resort adjacent to Galapagos National Park
- Travelzoo members receive guided lava tunnel tours ($25 value)
- Largest suite is named for past guest the Prince of Wales
- Features an outdoor pool and two tennis courts
Adjacent to the Galapagos National Park of Santa Cruz Island, the Royal Palm Hotel is tucked away on a private 386-acre estate and surrounded by Miconia Highlands Forest. It is free of traffic, pollution and neighbors.
All accommodations include flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers and minibars. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided, but guests should know the island uses a satellite connection and internet is often slow.
Casitas surround the Royal Fountain Circle, terraced in two rows of four, and are closer to the resort’s amenities than the villas. Guests have the choice of one king or two queen beds, and all casitas feature dining areas and private porches looking out at the gardens. Families can reserve adjoining casitas for additional space.
Villas dot the exotic landscape, with floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy the view. In addition to privacy, the villas feature indoor Jacuzzis and open fireplaces, and some can sleep up to four guests. The property’s largest suite is named the Prince of Wales Villa for His Royal Highness Prince Charles, who stayed there in 2009.
Traditional Ecuadorian cuisine is made in the hotel’s restaurant and sourced locally from the property’s garden and nearby fishing village. Guests can dine indoors, at the cozy bar or on the shaded terrace. A complimentary breakfast buffet is served each morning, and happy hour specials last from 1-7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Guests have access to the hotel’s outdoor pool as well as its two tennis courts, small fitness center and indoor table tennis. The resort offers lava tunnel tours with flashlights, hard hats and guides for $25 per person, but the perk is free for Travelzoo members. Guests can explore the nature trails around the estate, book horseback-riding expeditions, dive and snorkel in the reefs off the coast or kayak and surf at the nearby beaches.