Royal Palm Galapagos
About the Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel
- 386-acre private estate adjacent to the Galapagos National Park
- One of the longest and most accessible lava tunnels in Santa Cruz
- Features an outdoor pool, two tennis courts, trekking and walking trails
- Best for bird watching and night skies for star-gazing
Adjacent to the Galapagos National Park of Santa Cruz Island, the Royal Palm Hotel is tucked away on a secluded 386-acre estate and surrounded by Miconia Highlands Forest. It is free of traffic, pollution and neighbors.
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 big 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 was renamed the Prince of Wales Villa after His Royal Highness Prince Charles 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 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 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. 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.