Pikaia Lodge, the new jewel of Relais & Châteaux on the island of Santa Cruz in Galapagos, is nestled in the crater of an ancient volcano overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Pikaia Lodge on Galapagos Island is a haven of peace in the middle of a nature reserve where giant turtles live. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the seven underwater wonders of the world. It is a paradise for adventurers who love nature, looking for really getting in touch with the wildlife.
Luxury and ecology
Standing at 450m above sea level, in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the hotel enjoys a unique and unusual location. Built using eco-responsible methods, with sustainable materials on the island of Santa Cruz, in the center of the Galapagos archipelago, the Pikaia Lodge combines refinement and ecology. Its panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, the mountains covered with tropical forests, the lunar landscapes, make it a jewel of exceptional beauty.
One of the last paradises on earth
The 31-hectare site offers guests a unique opportunity to explore the fascinating natural heritage of the Galapagos Islands while staying in the cozy comfort of a luxury hotel. The building with futuristic design, composed of glass and black volcanic stone, is a marvel of architectural originality. Resting in a cantilever manner on dark steel pillars, its spacious and bright interiors instill serenity and well-being. The eco-friendly Pikaia Lodge features underground rainwater tanks, solar panels, LED lights, walls and furniture made from recycled materials.
An eco-friendly hotel
The Pikaia Lodge has 14 rooms and suites with a sober and refined design. Their large windows opening onto breathtakingly beautiful landscapes and private pools allow guests to relax in complete privacy after a day of sightseeing. The bamboo flooring and the Peruvian travertine marble of the bathroom reinforce the fusion of the lodge in its environment, thus respecting the eco-responsible commitment of the hotel. On the ground floor, near the infinity pool, two lounges of character welcome the guests. The Lobby Lounge is ideal for a drink facing the sea. The Homo sapiens lounge has the advantage of containing a superb collection of books and films on the Galapagos Islands, as well as temporary exhibitions on local history. Enough to discover the archipelago in a responsible way.
A nature reserve protected by UNESCO
In this nature reserve protected by UNESCO, tourists have exclusive access to wildlife and the turtle reserve belonging to the Lodge. They will also have access to the hotel’s private yacht to visit the surrounding islands and catch fresh fish that will be cooked the very evening by the restaurant’s chef. Walking enthusiasts will be able to make many hikes to explore, in the company of guides and according to the weather of the day, the migrations of animals, kayaking, snorkeling and strolls on the beautiful beaches. The impressive lava tunnels will make them discover the many facets of this Ecuadorian island lost in the middle of the ocean. As for the brainy people, the opportunity will be given them to deepen their scientific or organic knowledge at the Charles Darwin research center.
About Relais & Châteaux
Founded more than 60 years ago, the Relais & Châteaux association brings together great hoteliers and chefs. Now a reference in hotels and restaurants, it offers 540 exceptional houses in the world. These authentic places of high-end hospitality offer distinctive and personal experiences of Art de Vivre and haute cuisine. Relais & Châteaux has been presenting its nicest destinations at International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) 2019 in Cannes.
Pikaia Lodge, Ecological Paradise in the Galapagos in pictures
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One of the most beautiful buildings,so beautifully designed,luxurious and with views to die for.
Wonderful staff,friendly and helpful with an amazing local English speaking manager,Andrew Balfour and a great chef. You could not ask for more. Long may they flourish !