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 operates fixed arrival and departure dates with three-night, four-night and seven-night packages, which include all meals and excursions on Santa Cruz Island. These are undertaken in the resort’s private 100ft yacht ‘M/Y Pikaia I’, the only private yacht of its type in the Galapagos. These trips to neighbouring islands are never done in groups of more than 16. 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.