Top 5 Galapagos Lodges
If you prefer to visit the Galapagos Islands without spending too much time at sea, then opting for land-based accommodation is a great alternative to a cruise. Or, if you want to stay on the islands for a longer period of time, combining a Galapagos lodge with a cruise is the way to go. There are plenty of fantastic options for those in search of luxury, as well those after a more rustic back-to-basics experience or looking to immerse themselves in nature. What’s more, all of these Galapagos lodges offer a superb range of land-based excursions and island-hopping itineraries. So if you want to experience the full diversity and beauty of the Galapagos by day whilst sleeping in comfortable rooms or luxurious tents at night, look no further! Read on to see our list of the Top 5 Galapagos Lodges...
1. Scalesia Lodge
Scalesia lodge offers guests the chance to sleep under canvas whilst fully immersed in the lush forested highlands of Isabela island. This spectacular lodge, new in 2015, is located on a 16-hectare property on the slopes of a volcano, offering breath-taking views down towards the coast and out across the vast Pacific Ocean. There are sixteen modern luxurious tents that blend seamlessly into the environment. Each features an ensuite bathroom and is filled with all the amenities and creature comforts you could want. The stylish deck is a great place to sit back, enjoy a sundowner and take in the panoramic vistas. The rest of the lodge offers a restaurant serving excellent food, several social areas and an inviting swimming pool.
All-inclusive 3, 4 or 7-day itineraries are incorporate a wide range of daily activities, including trips to the giant tortoise breeding centre, hiking active volcanoes and visiting Las Tintoreras, a famous site to spot reef sharks. Scalesia lodge can also organize island hopping itineraries further afield.
2. Safari Camp Lodge
This welcoming family-owned property draws inspiration from African safari camps to offer guests an unrivaled Galapagos experience in the heart of Santa Cruz Island. This is a luxury lodge, but with discreet designs that make you feel immersed in nature coupled with an unpretentious atmosphere, it delivers the best of both worlds. There are 10 spacious tents decked out with teak floors, custom-made furniture, private balcony and hammock, ensuite bathroom and all the basic amenities you’d expect.
The property is nestled in 135 acres of farmland which is rich in birdlife and offers sweeping hillside and ocean vistas. There’s an outdoor infinity pool, communal lounge and viewing deck for guests to enjoy, along with an elegant bar and fantastic food at the restaurant. The owners pride themselves on their eco-credentials, which include reforestation efforts and growing their own food on site. Safari Camp lodge is very family friendly, welcoming children of all ages who can immerse themselves in the specially-designed kids club with arts classes, cookery lessons, walks and storytelling. The lodge also offers a wide array of exclusive packages incorporating land and sea excursions both locally and to neighboring Galapagos islands.
3. Pikaia Lodge
The incredible Pikaia lodge, located on Santa Cruz Island and rightly renowned as one of the most memorable places to stay in the Galapagos. The lodge is perched in a unique setting on the crater of an extinct volcano, 450 metres above sea level, and offers jaw-dropping a 270-degree view over the surrounding mountains, forest, savannah and ocean. There are 14 beautifully-appointed modern rooms, each with panoramic floor to ceiling windows and private terraces that make the most of the enviable natural setting.
The property boasts its own giant tortoise reserve, a stunningly-situated infinity pool, gourmet restaurant, stylish bar and a heavenly spa. Both the food and level of service are of the highest quality. This is also one of the most advanced green lodges in the world, featuring a unique design and comprehensive alternative energy system. Pikaia lodge operates guided land-based trips to explore the spectacular surrounding scenery, whether through hiking, kayaking or snorkeling, as well as small group excursions aboard their private yacht.
4. Floreana Lava Lodge
If you’re willing to embrace a little more simplicity, whilst still benefiting from a fantastic location and memorable wildlife encounters, this beautiful family-run lodge on Floreana Island is the perfect choice. The real wow factor here is the unbeatable setting in an isolated location right next to the beach and seashore. There are unparalleled opportunities to witness the island’s wildlife up close just a short distance from the lodge, including manta rays, sea lions, tortoises, turtles and plenty more.
Accommodation is in small yet quaint self-contained cabins, with ensuite bathrooms, air conditioning, lovely rustic features and an invigorating back-to-basics feel. All of the cabins face west and feature wooden decks with comfortable chairs for watching the incredible sunsets. At night, the lack of light pollution means you’ll also benefit from a wonderful view of the stars. The staff are extremely accommodating and serve an outstanding breakfast each morning along with a BBQ lunch, all it brimming with delicious fresh produce from the local farm. The lodge offers guests a relaxing lounge area and snack bar, along with kayaks, paddle boards and snorkel gear to rent.
5. Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge
Red Mangrove operate 5 lodges across 3 different Galapagos islands. Join one of their unique island hopping tours to combine a stay in multiple locations, or opt to base yourself in their main lodge situated amid mangroves and right next to the shore on Santa Cruz Island. The lodge has 14 well-appointed rooms with views overlooking the mangroves or the ocean. Each one features stylish furniture, tastefully exposed wooden beams and plenty of natural light, along with air-conditioning, private bathroom, WiFi and plasma TV.
A highlight is the incredible range of wildlife that can be observed from the water-front terrace. Enjoy watching the resident sea lions, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and frigate birds as you sit down to a leisurely breakfast or bask in the soothing Jacuzzi. The lodge is located a short distance from the town of Puerto Ayora and there are complimentary bicycles you can use to get around. The Charles Darwin Scientific Station is located only 200 metres from the lodge entrance. This is also the place to come if you’re interested in scuba diving. Red Mangrove boast one of the best dive centres in South America and offer numerous excellent diving-focused island hopping itineraries. They also offer plenty of other adventure activities, including kayaking, hiking, snorkelling and sailing.
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