Galapagos Islands
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

Visitors to the Galapagos looking for an alternative to a cruise, or perhaps time on the beach afterwards, should definitely consider a stay at Finch Bay.

One of the National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, this charming eco-friendly retreat is all about location. Surrounded by mangroves, it fronts one of the islands most picturesque beaches yet lies within a short walk and water taxi from Puerto Ayora.   Facilities include a large swimming pool and Spa whilst comfortable, contemporary rooms feature hammocks to enable wildlife spotting from you deck. With its very own yacht, land-based certainly doesn’t mean land-locked either!

 

Facilities & Activities

The hotel is blessed with a wonderful location just in front of a beautiful sandy beach. The outdoor pool with stunning ocean views, is often visited by the local herons and pelicans – adding a new dimension to your relaxation time! As well as an inviting lounge space, there is a TV room and most tempting of all, a fully equipped spa, nestled in a beachside grove. Treatments incorporate local mineral and plant-based elements and can be booked daily with extended opening times for the gym and yoga deck. Private yoga lessons with knowledgeable local instructors can be arranged upon request (24 hours in advance).

There is a water-taxi service running between the hotel and Puerto Ayora and there is plenty to see on Santa Cruz island itself. From the beguiling resident wildlife which includes sea lions, marine iguanas, giant tortoises, finches and Galapagos fur seals to something more adrenalin-inducting such as scuba-diving, hiking, kayaking and mountain-biking, the team at Finch Bay are happy to organise or make suggestions.

Where Finch Bay excels is in the range of programmes and day excursions on offer; guests can join daily boat excursions (fees apply) to see the Galapagos’ Central Islands aboard their very own Sea Lion Yacht – one of only 12 yachts in the Galapagos that offers day tours to the Galapagos National Park in the company of certified naturalist guides. Limited to 20 guests these are charming, intimate excursions that give you real insight into the fascinating local wildlife and their habitats.

Excursions include:

Bartolome Island  – one of the most fascinating and otherworldly islands in the Galapagos, where you can expect to see Galapagos Penguins, Blue-footed Boobies and Galapagos Sea Lions.

South Plaza Island  – with crystalline waters, volcanic shorelines, and mesmerising colours you can spot Galapagos Penguins, Blue-footed Boobies, Land Iguanas and Frigatebirds (Great and Magnificent).

North Seymour and Las Bachas Beach – teeming with history and nature everywhere you look, this is the place to see American Flamingos, Blue-footed Boobies and Marine Iguanas

Santa Fe Island – offering pristine landscapes with endemic and iconic fauna, Santa Fe is home to the Galapagos Hawk, Blue-footed Boobies and Santa Fe Land Iguana.

All excursions are guided and include snorkelling activities, lunch, and complimentary towel use. Prices on request.

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Dining

The airy restaurant-bar serves both local and International dishes, with plenty of seafood on the menu. The elegant setting, stellar service and noteworthy wine list ensures a wonderful dining experience. All dietary preferences and needs can be accommodated, and ingredients are fresh and organic, with a focus on natural herbs and vegetables grown in the hotel’s own garden.

There is a buffet breakfast from 06:15 to 10:00 and a la carte lunches and appetizers are served from 11:00-18:00. Dinner is an à la carte affair or you can opt for a three-course set meal, available from 18:30 to 22:00.

From romantic poolside dinners to ceviche cookery classes with the chef, the hotel will happily create a one-of-a-kind experience for you, perhaps for a special occasion!

Rooms

The hotel can accommodate up to 53 guests and offers 2 room categories. Finch Bay Rooms and Finch Bay Suites offer comfortable interior and exterior spaces that complement the hotel’s natural, peaceful setting. With a neutral palette for the rooms, the addition of black-out curtains, crisp bed linens, and air-conditioning ensure a good night’s rest.

The 21 Finch Bay Rooms are arrayed in a ring around the property, connected by an attractive wooden walkway through the hotel’s landscaped gardens. All have balconies with hammocks, perfect for a read or a snooze after a day discovering the islands. Measuring a comfortable 20 m2 (217 ft2), rooms are available as single or double options.

Finch Bay Suites are split into two sets: four to the west of the property and two to the east. All are slightly elevated, giving them unparalleled views across the bay. Their balconies are the ideal place to relax after a day exploring, while the bedrooms and bathrooms are ample, at 32 m2 (344 ft2).

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Family

Children are welcome here and families are in good hands with the friendly staff who are happy to help with any request.  The pool and beach access are surely likely to be a big hit!

Four of the suites are interconnected (and can facilitate an extra child sharing in an additional bed), making them a great choice for families or friends travelling together.

 

Sustainability

To support the local economy and the responsible consumption of organic products, the hotel makes use of providers based in the Galapagos Islands. Additionally, a fair amount of the fruit, vegetables, and other ingredients used in the Finch Bay’s kitchen are grown in the hotel’s very own organic garden.

Everyone who works at the hotel is a resident and share in the philosophy and commitment that distinguishes the Finch Bay Hotel as the only National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World™ in the archipelago. For example, each morning, the hotel staff comb the Playa de los Alemanes beach to collect any rubbish they find. They have also planted over 500 mangrove trees in the surrounding areas in an effort to promote care for the environment and to conserve the beauty of this fragile ecosystem.

Finch Bay has incorporated the use of solar panels, LED lighting, and motion sensors alongside additional energy-saving measures.  Plastic has almost been eliminated from every process at the hotel.

Location

Positioned on the South side of Santa Cruz Island, in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, your room is mere steps from one of the prettiest beaches on the Island. Close contact with the local wildlife is inevitable: the hotel is surrounded by a protected National Park whose feathered and scaly residents like to drop in from time to time!  The hotel is located on the other side of the harbour from the town of Puerto Ayora, accessible by one of the frequent water-taxi services, located a 10 minute walk from the hotel.

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