Pikaia LodgeSanta Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador
Pikaia Lodge takes accommodation in the Galapagos Islands to a new level.
This fabulous luxury eco-lodge sits atop an extinct volcano on Santa Cruz Island in the centre of the archipelago and comprises a main lodge building with bar/dining area, lounge areas and resource room, swimming pool, spa, 12 deluxe rooms and two fabulous suites. There are panoramic views in all directions.
The striking modern architecture by Ecuadorian architect Humberto ‘Coro’ Plaza offers sophisticated luxury with eco credentials that are second to none. But Pikaia Lodge has also raised the gastro experience on the Galapagos Islands to a new level with young chef Norman Brandt turning out local dished with a modern twist. The beautiful infinity pool is strategically placed to receive direct sunlight throughout the day and there is a covered area to enjoy meals and cocktails from the bar. The Sumaq spa and gym on site will help you to keep your body and mind in top condition to enjoy your visit here.
The hotel now offers flexible stay packages, which include all meals and excursions on Santa Cruz Island. In addition, Pikaia Lodge operates its own private 100ft yacht ‘M/Y Pikaia I’, where guests are allocated their own air conditioned cabin for the day and get taken to the nearby islands of North Seymour, South Plaza and Bartolome. These contain some of the richest wildlife in the Galapagos Islands with large colonies of blue footed boobies, red footed boobies, together with a variety of other bird species including frigate birds, Galapagos hawks and pelicans. Marine iguanas and sea lions are ubiquitous, you have to take care not to walk into them. And you should also see land iguanas. For some of our favourite photos check out our Galapagos Wildlife Gallery The options for excursions are decided by guides who check weather and tides daily to determine the best places to visit and include hiking, kayaking, snorkelling, visiting beaches, organic craters and lava flows, looking for giant tortoises, visiting the Charles Darwin scientific research centre, or visiting the organic coffee farms in the highlands.
For a new way to experience the Galapagos Islands look no further than Pikaia Lodge – see Horatio Clare’s article in Condé Nast Traveller magazine and Sasha Slater’s recent article in the Daily Telegraph.