Luxury Galapagos Hotels and Lodges
The Galapagos Islands are one of the most incredible wildlife watching venues in the world. It is a haven for nature enthusiasts, a place of sublime lava formations, forests of cacti, green highlands and tropical beaches where you can get up close to fearless iconic, endemic species such as lumbering giant tortoises and marine iguanas, swim with playful sea lions and lose count of the bird species you’ve spotted.
While the classic way to discover the archipelago is by yacht cruise, land-based explorations of the Galapagos are a relaxing, luxurious and increasingly popular alternative. It’s also a fabulous way to chill out before or after a few days at sea, and ideal for families.
There are a selection of lavish lodges and even African safari style camps to be found on the two main islands of Santa Cruz and Isabela. Our favourites have excellent eco-credentials and offer range of excursions such as hiking, snorkelling and day trips to neighbouring islands. So, while you may not be able to visit the remoter islands, staying on land doesn’t mean missing out on the Galapagos experience.
Our expert Travel Designers have visited them all and can give you first-hand advice on the best option for your bespoke Galapagos tour.
My first visit to the Galapagos was better than I could have ever imagined and these beautiful islands quickly became my favourite destination in South America. The extreme isolation of the archipelago means it is home to unique wildlife you won’t find anywhere else in the world. You’ll have the chance to snorkel with sea lions, turtles and penguins, hike through the highlands next to giant tortoises and climb up to the craters of dormant volcanoes. Staying in one of our carefully selected luxury lodges is a fantastic way to explore the islands. Whether you choose to stay by the beach or up in the highlands – or both – this is a great option for families or groups who are looking for a little more flexibility.
What to do
- Nature walks
- Boat trips to neighbouring islands
- Diving (only on special dive programs)
When to go
All year round is good for the Galapagos as different seasons present different opportunities for wildlife spotting.
Itineraries including Luxury Galapagos Hotels
Luxury Galapagos Hotels
Here are some of our travel designers' favourite options
Galapagos Safari CampA truly unique way to enjoy the wonderful nature of the Galápagos islands. Set in 55-hectare grounds in a remote corner of Santa Cruz island, the GSC camp has just nine large and very well appointed safari style tents. Each is appointed with private bathroom with a hot water shower. The tents are spaced well and have a large double bed and private balcony from which to enjoy the views. The new family suite has three bedrooms suite (master and two twins), and its location next to the main lodge makes it an ideal option for families who favour more private and cohesive lodging. All the tents surround the main and very elegant contemporary lodge complete with restored antiques and furnishings installed by its well-travelled owners. There is a large main communal area where meals are served and a lounge to relax in. The hotel also boasts an infinity pool from which to admire the landscape. A variety of activities to explore the island and surrounds are possible from the camp. The camp is also renowned for its sustainable and positive impact efforts, including projects aimed at reforestation and protection of endemic flora.
Finch-Bay Eco ResortSet on the island of Santa Cruz, Finch Bay Eco Resort is one of the best and most convenient beachfront hotels in the Galápagos. With a calm protected beach in front and a pleasant pool area, it makes for a wonderful place to relax before or after your Galápagos cruise. The hotel has a good restaurant and offers tours around the island or boat trips to other surrounding islands can also be organised. The hotel is decorated in a relaxed contemporary style, with the best rooms offering a private veranda and views out to the sea.