SANTA CRUZ ISLAND / GALAPAGOS ISLANDS / ECUADOR
In Santa Cruz Island: Finch Bay Hotel. This chic beachfront eco-lodge, with an organic vegetable garden, is 2 km from the Charles Darwin Research Station and Puerto Ayora’s shops, and 25 km from Galápagos National Park. It has a truly special location in what is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary places on Planet Earth. The hotel was built to offer guests a different and more personalized way of experiencing the Galápagos: Combining excursions to the different islands, visiting the magical sites that Santa Cruz Island offers and enjoying the peaceful surroundings.
The hotel features stylish wood furnishings, the upscale rooms offer balconies with hammocks, garden or ocean views, free Wi-Fi and desks; suites add separate sitting areas. There are no TVs. A breakfast buffet is free. Other amenities include a trendy lounge and an open-air bar and restaurant serving local, healthy and vegetarian options. There’s also a garden with a pool. Activities including guided hikes, snorkeling and yacht trips are available
An architecture in harmony with its surrounding nature; the use of modern technology to minimize negative impact on the ecosystem; and a group of people dedicated to serving their guests with warmth and professionalism, make the Finch Bay Hotel a place you will always want to come back to.
Finch Bay Hotel’s efforts were recently recognized by winning “South America’s Leading Green Hotel” in the 2012 World Travel Awards and a great ranking on Trip Advisor – including a listing in the Top 25 Hotels in South America.