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The Royal Palm

Destination overview

Welcome to The Royal Palm Hotel – a secluded hide-a-way nestling in the lush Miconia highland forests of Santa Cruz in the heart of the Galapagos. The Royal Palm is a spacious and exclusive 195 hectare (482 acres) private estate, only 20 minutes-drive from the bustling port town of Puerto Ayora. With just 8 Casitas and 13 exclusive villas, our guests can enjoy privacy, space and quiet seclusion.
Designed and crafted to complement our natural environment, this is as close to nature as you can get! The native ferns and flora create a carpet of contrast and color that cover the gently sloping hills down to the coast and beyond. Our resident birds include owls, Darwin Short Beak Finches, Garrapatero birds and Egrets and for our more active guests, the longest lava tunnel on the Island is a few steps from reception!
Our team are here to help you plan your program of adventure and discovery! Our fully-inclusive packages allow you to choose your activities and design your own itinerary according to your interests. Our packages include every excursion option on land and sea, offering you the best of both worlds! click here to find out more.
Take the journey of a lifetime and discover the unrivalled uniqueness of these Enchanted Islands and their endemic species. Experience a natural world where the rare and harmonious existence between humans and wildlife still exists. Let the natural phenomena of millions of years of evolution intrigue your mind, engage your senses and nourish your soul.

Location and weather

The Galapagos Experience is unique in more ways than one; the Islands are different from any other holiday destination and it is important for us to set the expectation for you. These Enchanted Isles are one of the most unspoilt and natural habitats you will ever visit in your life. Often described as a living laboratory of endemic plants and creatures, you will experience first-hand the rare and harmonious existence between humans and wildlife.

The Royal Palm Hotel is located in the lush Miconia Highland Forests adjacent to the Galapagos National Park of Santa Cruz and equidistant from Baltra Airport and the main town, Puerto Ayora (about 25 mins). Our spacious villas nestle in the secluded 195 hectare (482 acres) private estate. You are surrounded by indigenous fern and forest; no neighbors; no traffic, no aircraft, no pollution… just flora and fauna; you can hear the silence. High-end hotels in the Galapagos are not necessarily like high-end hotels in other, more developed countries; the level of sophistication is perhaps different to what you are used to. At times it can be frustrating; the whole island is only connected by “satellite” which means that the Internet for example, can be a bit intermittent. The force of Mother Nature in the sub-tropics can take its toll on the environment including our hotel building and grounds, so our maintenance program runs constantly. We ask for your understanding when some areas of our beautiful estate look a bit “weather-beaten.” There are multiple micro-climates and these eco systems can change the weather quite suddenly. When it is hot and sunny on the coast, it can be cool, over-cast and sometimes misty in the highlands. This is not your typical, laid-back beach holiday. To visit the Galapagos takes effort and determination but the reward is a life-enriching adventure experience!

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