Montemar Galapagos comprises two luxury eco villas situated on a 43-acre private reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Archipelago. The reserve sits within the natural migration path of the Galapagos Giant Tortoises, and it is not unusual to see large numbers of them roaming the grounds. The property is home to giant tortoise ponds, an organic coffee plantation, wild horses, native and endemic flora and fauna, and plenty of activities for guests to experience.
The two villas – eight-guest Villa Tortuga and four-guest Villa Lechuza – are completely separate but can be rented together as a “special buyout” for a maximum of eight guests, whereby the other villa will remain unoccupied for that extra bit of privacy.
The four-bedroom Villa Tortuga has huge sliding windows offering a magnificent view of the island, the ocean, or giant tortoises eating in the garden. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and a two-shower bathroom with a private deck. There are two standard bedrooms with double beds or a king-size bed, each with its private deck. They share a full bathroom with a bathtub. The smallest bedroom has a queen-size bed and a private bathroom. There is a spacious open social area that connects the kitchen, living room and dining room, and it also has an al fresco dining room on the outside deck. Amenities include an Indian wood oven, barbeque, and yoga room.
The Villa Lechuza has two bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed, and the other with a California king-size bed, both have private bathrooms with bathtubs. The social area has an open kitchen, living room and dining room, with an alternative al fresco dining area on the outside deck.
Dining & Activities
Your stay is on the basis of full board, and the local owners and hosts, Roberto and Reyna, a naturalist guide and National Geographic grantee respectively, will be on hand throughout your stay to ensure you make the most of your Galapagos Islands vacation. One way is by sharing their country’s culture and food through delicious chef-prepared meals from local recipes utilizing organic ingredients and sustainably caught fish. Dietary restrictions are catered to.
With their profound knowledge of the islands, and having explored all activity options with their own kids, your hosts are perfectly placed to recommend the most rewarding family experiences, and make your stay personalized and truly special. They can organize an array of daily excursions, all led by expert naturalist guides. Activities include kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing in amazingly clear waters; swimming and snorkeling with playful marine wildlife; hiking, cycling, and scootering around the islands. Or for something a little slower, you can take nature walks on the islands, picnic on the beaches, and visit the local market.
You can even visit neighboring islands by luxury private yacht, and diving trips can be organized. However you may find you don’t want to go anywhere when there is so much to enjoy at the property itself. Enrich and energize yourself with specialized coffee workshops at the on site organic coffee plantation, culinary courses held in your villa’s very own open kitchen, signature spa treatments and mindfulness exercises in the meditation studio, or body-bending al fresco yoga sessions at the outdoor bamboo yoga studio.
As the spectacular result of a sustainable passion project from two true custodians of Galapagos, it’s no surprise that Montemar is perhaps the best example of eco-friendly lodging in the entire archipelago. From water to energy, from food to waste, and from location to construction materials, every single aspect of Montemar eco luxury villas has been carefully selected in order to yield the lowest possible environmental impact. Montemar collects 100% of its water from rainfall, and the property generates 99% of its energy from solar panels and solar water heaters, and grows its own organic produce.
With a focus on slow-paced experiences and off-the-beaten-track adventures, a stay at Montemar eco luxury villas offers a truly awesome experience for groups of friends and families who love being out in nature, learning about the unique wildlife in Galapagos, and sharing quality time with each other. You can look forward to an exclusive insight into island life and an impressive focus on experiential learning.
Suites & Cabins
Located on the 43-acre property of Montemar, Villa Tortuga has 271 square meters (2,917 square feet) of interior space and 120 square meters (1,300 square feet) of outside deck space. It has four spacious teak floor bedrooms with lots of light coming in from massive sliding windows with a magnificent view of the island, the ocean or Giant Tortoises eating in the garden. The master bedroom in the Tortuga Villa has a king-size bed and a two-shower bathroom with a private deck. There are two standard Tortuga bedrooms with double beds or a king-size bed, each with its private deck. They share a full bathroom with a bathtub. The junior Tortuga bedroom is the smallest room with a queen-size bed and a private bathroom. Villa Tortuga can host up to eight guests.
Red Cedar furniture, marble and stainless-steel furnishings in the kitchen and bathrooms, a reinvented high-tech bamboo ceiling, and lots of fine details provide a pleasant stay. Amenities include an Indian wood oven, barbeque, yoga room, office, and private decks in three of the four bedrooms.
Villa Tortuga has a spacious open social area that connects the kitchen, living room and dining room. It has an al fresco dining room on the outside deck. Giant Tortoises, no rush, no agenda, no connection beyond the one that you choose. The redefinition of luxury in the Galapagos Islands.
Located on the 43-acre property of Montemar, Villa Lechuza has 77 square meters (829 square feet) of interior space and has 19 square meters (204 square feet) outside deck space. It has two spacious teak floor bedrooms with sliding windows for a great view of the island and the Galapagos Tortoises. One bedroom has a queen-size bed, and the other has a Cal King-size bed, both have private bathrooms with bathtubs. The social area has an open kitchen, living room and dining room, with an alternative al fresco dining area on the outside deck. Villa Lechuza has a laundry area available for its guests. Villa Lechuza can host up to four guests.
Immerse yourself in a new concept of luxury: silence, wildlife and comfort in the middle of Giant Tortoise Territory in the Galapagos Islands.