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Latest Release - September 2013

Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos launches new Adventure Packages

The Royal Palm, the Galapagos Islands’ only 5* hotel, located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, has recently benefitted from $1 million investment.

As part of this the hotel has launched its own exciting new adventure packages including yacht expeditions and improved guest services with its dedicated Adventure Designer team.

The Royal Palm Hotel packages offer a wealth of activities designed to provide close encounters with the Islands’ friendly and exotic creatures, including the marine iguana, blue footed boobies, sea lions and giant tortoises, some of which are endemic to the Galapagos.  Tailored-made programmes allow families and individuals to choose activities to suit their interests and create bespoke holidays.

Daniel Contag, The Royal Palm’s new General Manager said,

“The Royal Palm now offers the best value for money for a land-based holiday in the Galapagos. Our guests can now choose from a range of Explore, Relax or Active packages which offer everything from snorkelling and kayaking, to spa and wellness treatments; from yacht expeditions to arranging your personal chef to prepare your very own beach BBQ and then sleep under the stars; The Royal Palm Hotel offers the ultimate Galapagos experience.”

In addition to the refurbishment of the hotel and the launch of new packages, the Royal Palm’s sustainability program is also progressing with the recent addition of a rainwater reservoir, an organic kitchen garden as well as the plant a tree program.

The Royal Palm’s accommodation includes 10 Highland Villas, two specifically designed for families. Each Highland Villa sits individually in the grounds of the estate, enjoying quiet seclusion.  All accommodation including the 8 Casitas has been updated. The property has been entirely refurbished and furniture re-upholstered to reflect the colours of the surrounding natural environment, combining elegant colonial style with traditional island design.

All Highland Villas have open fires and Jacuzzi rooms, wireless internet service, LCD flat screen televisions, small fridges, tea and coffee making facilities.

The Royal Palm’s Prince of Wales Villa comprises two en suite bedrooms – one with a king size bed and the other with two queen size beds. Both rooms share a living and dining room and a front garden and terrace. The master bedroom has its own sauna. The Villa also features a dressing area, a fireplace in the living room, a garden Jacuzzi and a roof-top terrace. The other two deluxe Villas are the Presidential and Royal Villas which also have their own outdoor garden Jacuzzis.

For those who prefer to have their own private residence in the Galapagos, The Royal Palm offers an exclusive oceanfront residence, Villa Escalesia, located in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. With modern architecture, three ocean view bedrooms, infinity pool, whirlpool, steam room, a sea front sun deck and bar with views of Academy Bay and Santa Fe Island, Escalesia will cater to the most discerning traveller. The exclusive service provided includes an in-home chef, housekeeper, Maître d´ and a personal concierge to take care of any special requests.

The Royal Palm Hotel is located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, at the heart of the Archipelago, on a 150 hectare private estate which adjoins the Galapagos National Park.

The Galapagos Islands, a province of Ecuador in South America, sits astride the equator 600 miles or 1000 Km off the coast of mainland Ecuador. Officially named the Archipelago de Colon, these remote oceanic islands were originally brought to the world’s attention by to Charles Darwin through his theory of evolution.

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Lucy Clifton
CUT Communications
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