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Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel

Km 12, via a Baltra Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350 Ecuador
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"Semilla Verde is an exceptional hotel with the customs and personality of a traditional guesthouse." We believe your experience in the Galapagos Islands should be as unique and natural as you are. So, here at Semilla Verde we offer you the chance to stay somewhere far removed from your busy life and the standard hotel offering you may be used to. We invite you to step into another world, the original Galapagos, the true and enchanting islands. And, to experience the wonders of a rural forest dwelling and life alongside the unique wildlife you came so far to see. Your stay will be based in an original and idyllic rural retreat where peace, privacy and Galapagos wildlife abounds. You will enjoy one-to-one personal service, traditional home cooking, panoramic views from private terraces and exclusive access to nature trails through twelve acres of private forest where giant tortoises lumber freely and native birds thrive. At night, gaze up into the unspoilt majesty of the milky way. Nine comfortable en-suite bedrooms with AC, WiFi and DVD just 15 minutes taxi ride from Puerto Ayora town, costing just $7 e/w. All in all, an authentic and genuinely friendly and authentic land-base for your Galapagos adventure and an all encompassing alternative or add-on to a traditional cruise ship experience. Semilla Verde works with a local tour agency to offer complete hotel & tour package options too. You will visit outlying islands and local sites with qualified naturalist guides and experience first hand the beauty of Galapagos and it's unique flora and fauna - from giant tortoises and lava lizards to marine iguanas and playful sea lions, from volcanic landscapes to cloud forest. Return to the hotel at the end of an incomparable day and share your travel stories around the main dining table with other guests, whilst enjoying dinner freshly prepared in our kitchen. Indeed we don't work from a fixed menu rather we generally prepare one recipe for the group, but each guest receives a serving according to their individual preferences. The location is secluded but convenient and very safe. There is not another residence within hundreds of meters of this oasis. Semilla Verde remains true to the philosophy on which it originally built for good friends and family, ensuring a level of intimacy, small number of employees offering very personal service and home cooking your will only find in a traditional guesthouse. Semilla Verde comprises two hotel buildings some 100ft apart - the Semilla Verde Lodge (Rooms 1-6) and the Finch Wing (Rooms 7-9). They can work in unison or as separate entities for separate parties. Between the two there is a fully equipped yoga studio where you can enjoy individual or group practice. Galapagos is famous for it's volcanic landscapes and unique wildlife, but it can also be somewhere for you to rediscover your true and unique nature, somewhere you can feel yourself again.
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We stayed there a couple of nights and wish we could have stayed longer. The house is lovely and grounds are amazing, especially as they have the giant turtles freely roaming around. The host Kattya was really helpful and the cooks cooked amazing food for breakfast and dinner. Kattya told us all the best things to do on the Island, really informative. It’s a 10 minute drive out of the port into more of the highlands which is what we preferred. The taxi is $7. I would stay there again in a heartbeat, even though the weather was not so bright when we stayed we had expected that due to being in nearer in highlands. This place is fun and would suit a lovely Yoga / Pilates retreat. However, any stay, be it couples, family or friends it’s a great place to stay.
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Just left a 5 day stay at the Semilla Verde. If you're concerned about the remote location, stop worrying!! I'm the guy that can find something wrong with just about anything. However hard I tried, I couldn't find anything wrong. The Galapagos Islands were a great adventure, and the Semilla Verde was the bonus. We stayed in the Finch Wing. The room was VERY clean, with a beautiful veranda. The property is huge with trails going all over. Saba, our canine friend, will actually lead you around the property where there are numerous large tortoises that roam. The real jewel of the Semilla Verde hotel is Kat and her staff. Kat is a one of a kind Inn Keeper. She's there from dawn to long after dusk to make sure everything is perfect. Meals were incredible. Berta and the kitchen staff prepared meals that were unbelievable. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, the meal and the ambiance were perfect in every way. My wife and I left feeling like Kat was an old friend. We would go back any time. Try it out, you won't be disappointed!
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My husband and I spent a wonderful three nights at Semilla Verde. Even though the weather was grey during our stay, the property is absolutely breathtaking. We enjoyed several dinners during our stay - the food and atmosphere are wonderful and we enjoyed conversation with fellow guests. Cattya the hotel manager is wonderful, she is warm, knowledgable and generous with information about the island, we truly enjoyed meeting her. Our room was beautiful and comfortable. The other staff members were friendly and excellent cooks. We would highly recommend to anyone visiting Santa Cruz. The taxi ride to downtown is quick. The walking trails around the hotel are a must see and the tour guide is adorable. Plus, there are tortoises all over and it is incredible to see them in their habitat. We also had massages and would recommend. I really can't say enough about this stay!
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After a day filled with off site adventure, we would gather together and share our perspectives and experiences over a delicious dinner at the dining table. One evening, I would be talking with Canadians, the next, I would be visiting with Chileans. In the morning before my scheduled adventure for the day, I would practice yoga in the studio and watch the free roaming giant tortoises crossing the pond area in front of the floor to ceiling windows. I cannot recommend this hotel enough. A must for anyone visiting the Galapagos.
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After over a week exploring the islands, what a welcome change of pace to stay outside of Puerto Ayora, away from the bustle and tourists. It is so worth staying outside of the city for the beauty and the charm of this lovely place. Cabs to/from Semilla Verde were never an issue. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. After seeing so many tortoises in habitats and the Charles Darwin research station, it was remarkable to find a tortoise in the wild while I was out strolling the grounds before dinner. I simply cannot recommend this hotel more and hope to be back to stay again in the future.
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$199 - $241 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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