Hilton has announced the opening of Royal Palm Galapagos, Curio Collection by Hilton, a boutique estate with 21 luxury villas and rooms brimming with the charm of an Ecuadorian hacienda. Set on a secluded 160-hectare estate in the lush forests of the Miconia Highlands, adjacent to the Galapagos National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Curio Collection by Hilton’s new tranquil sanctuary is a haven of serenity and unique encounters with wildlife.
“Beginning in a destination that organically welcomes travelers to connect with nature, dream and discover, this momentous opening marks the first international hotel brand in the Galapagos Islands, while making Ecuador the brand’s 30th country. Curio Collection by Hilton to welcome travelers to its growing portfolio,” said Jenna Hackett, Global Brand Head, Curio and Tapestry Collections by Hilton. “With more than 115 unique hotels and resorts around the world, the Curio Collection by Hilton properties offer authentic, curated experiences that are both distinctive and inspired by their local communities. Royal Palm Galapagos brings this vision to life, and we look forward to welcoming travelers to this truly unique hotel in his genre.
Nestled amid breathtaking vistas and unspoiled vegetation of the Galápagos Islands, located approximately 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, Royal Palm Galapagos, Curio Collection by Hilton is designed to respectfully maximize interactions customers with remote and eco-sensitive destination. Sheltered in a valley between two extinct cinder cone volcanoes, the hotel includes nine areas of geological interest ranging from craters to lava tunnels and offers newly upgraded rooms, reception, restaurants and a gym. By the end of 2022, guests can expect a new spa, and by mid-2023 the hotel plans to introduce a refreshed pool.
The hotel’s 21 luxury villas and rooms dot the verdant landscape and are adorned with local textiles, earth-toned accessories and artistic touches, and offer contemporary casual elegance inspired by the well-known Enchanted Islands Nature Reserve. loved. The eight deluxe rooms have spacious bedrooms, dining rooms, and porches or terraces to take advantage of the expansive garden and nature reserve views. Likewise, the eight villas have one bedroom, one bathroom, a Jacuzzi, a living/dining room and open fireplaces to take advantage of the panoramic views of the estate and the island. from Santa Cruz. Executive Villas are secluded cottages with a private garden, indoor sauna, living room and dining area with an open fireplace. The property’s largest suite is named for the British Royal Family and offers extreme privacy featuring two bedrooms, a sauna, private gardens, an open fireplace, a dining room and more.
For an additional immersive experience, guests can camp at the crossroads of comfort and unspoilt wilderness amid pristine nature. With three different campsites, the hotel offers a unique way to see the diversity of the Galapagos Islands with its overnight camping program.
The gastronomic experience is the heart of the estate with cuisine largely based on fresh produce from the Galapagos highlands. Royal Palm Galapagos, Curio Collection by Hilton offers a distinct dining experience featuring ingredients sourced from the island, from vegetables and fruits from local growers to grass-fed meat products and sustainably harvested seafood. The hotel’s dining offerings are led by two extraordinary Galapagos born and bred Sous Chefs, Patricio Sisa and Rommel Chalen, who bring their vast experience, passion and enjoyment of their local traditions, including traditional Ecuadorian flavors. and international to their constant evolution. menu while turning Galapagos customs into culinary adventures.
The hotel is home to the destination’s only fine-dining restaurant inside a lava tunnel located nearly 60 feet underground. Opened this year, this new culinary journey begins at Muttini, a 30-year-old building decorated with cannons and anchors, with a guided tour through the lava tunnel and ends at the Volcanic Vault with an inspired six-course dinner. of the local culture. and ingredients.
The Royal Palm Restaurant serves delicious international and local cuisine featuring a variety of Galapaganese recipes with fresh ingredients from its farm and daily catch. The 50-seat restaurant combines elegant colonial style and traditional island design with warm mahogany furnishings that reflect the glow of the open fireplace and on warmer nights guests are encouraged to dine alfresco on the terrace under the equatorial stars. The wine cellar reflects the eclectic nature of the menu and includes an extensive range of some of South America’s finest wines.
Home to one of the last natural island ecosystems in the world, the Galapagos Islands are praised for being the world’s premier destination for exploration and wildlife encounters. From the first glimpse of a giant Galapagos tortoise in its natural habitat as it roams freely in the national park, to snorkeling among volcanic crevices filled with crystal-clear emerald water, hotel-designed experiences offer a unique and local experience. Guests also have the unique opportunity to conserve endangered species that reside on the property, such as Galapagos crab, Galapagos owl, Scalesia pedunculata, Robesonian Miconia and more.
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