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“Trip Was Great - Accomodations Adequate”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Redmangrove

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Redmangrove
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Puerto Villamil
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“Trip Was Great - Accomodations Adequate”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2011

During the time that we were there, they were in a transition of combining properties - the accommodations were fine and on the beach but coordination between four different buildings and opening / closing one restaurant to another, etc. was a bit of a stretch after a LONG day of sightseeing... Don't miss this island and I am sure that things at the hotel are fine now...

One of the most magical days await us - a trip to Los Tuneles and then more snorkeling and nature watching. We took a slightly larger craft (not a cabin cruiser but probably about 20 feet long (Evelyn was happy about this) - the trip to the tunnels was about an hour, this is a spot that few people see on their Galapagos trip, in fact while were there for two plus hours, there was not another person around. What a magical place you have to see it - completely undisturbed where we spotted a pair of blue footed boobies do a mating dance. The reason why so few people visited the tunnels is that it is really off the beaten track, you need a small boat to access it and since most people opted for the 3-5 day Galapagos tours, there just wasn't the time to see it (anyhow I digressed again). On the way to the tunnels, we spotted a couple of dolphins, sea turtles and sea lions - this area is completely unspoiled and after lunch we head back, stopping for some snorkeling where it is reported that sea turtles, sea horses and sea lions were seen up and close. Marc was tracking the large frigate birds (what a huge wingspan) in addition to the sea turtles that swam by on numerous occasions. Back to the lodge for dinner and another (last) spectacular sunset - tomorrow is our last day on Isabella.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2011

Just returned from a wonderful land based trip to the Galapogas Islands..Booked thru Friendly Planet,, and stayed with Red Mangrove resorts every night. Both businesses are doing a great job and will make your vacation easy and enjoyable. Our guide , Raphael, from Red Mangrove was awesome,, I never had to carry my luggage all week long!! He was very organized and pleasant. Luis,, the naturalist with us all week,, was the best ever.. Can't imagine there are any better than him.. He is passionate about his job and has a wonderful sense of humor making the trip was of the best. The entire staff at the Red Mangrove resorts should be commended for their outstanding service..

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

This was a nice hotel on a nice island. Not much to do on the island, there is a small town with some restaurants and bars and the beach in front of the hotel is great for walking and seeing wildlife. We stayed in the Divers suite with a veiw of the ocean. The food was good but not great.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2011

You can't go worng at the Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge. The accomodations are right on the beach and the rooms were clean and very comfortable!! The Manager Monica was duper accomodating and her staff was freindly, accomodating and freindly! The food was also fabulous! Thanks for keeping the smile on all of our faces and helping my family enjoy our trip to the fullest!

If you haven't been to the Galapagos, Red Mangrove is the Company to hire! The best guide on the Islands is Julian Tejada so make sure you see if he is available!!

Again-thanks for being so accomodating and listening to our suggestions! Monica - You are the BEST!! Julian-Thanks for an awesome trip!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2011

We worked with Red Mangrove throughout our entire Galapagos trip, and were picked up at the Isabela port by our naturalist Sandra, where we were whisked off immediately to tour Tintoreras Island, where we experienced the best of the Galapagos- iguanas digging holes where they laid their eggs, sea lions napping on the beach, frigate birds darting towards the egg nests. We stayed in the Acacia room right off the deck, and ate tender langoustines in coconut sauce and plantain fries for our first dinner. We also visited Sierra Negra for a hike with gorgeous views of the caldera and had lunch at Campo Duro where our juicy chicken was cooked in their outdoor grill. We also were able to taste the ripe papayas and pink plantains that the farm grows. We snorkeled right off the dock at Isabela and saw a sea lion swimming past and watched a sea turtle eat something off the rocks underwater for 15 minutes. We were in town during Carnaval, and the beach was throbbing with music until 6 am, but from our room we were only able to hear the bass and could sleep well. The views from the hotel are perfect (both Isabela Lodge and the next door Divers Lodge), right on the beach, and there are a few bars down the sand and a wall extending out into the water where schoolchildren gather in the afternoons. Monica, the hotel manager, was generous and kind, and even drove us to the port to catch our 6 am ferry. The courteousness of the staff is unmatched and the location is perfect! The town is much smaller than Puerto Ayora, but perfect for relaxing on the beach and some outdoor adventure. We will be back!

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2011

nice rustic hotel
perfect for this island
complained that there was not enough
food on the buffet the first night and did not have a problem
subsequent nights

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2010

The Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge was the location for 3 nights of my 8 day package booked through Red Mangrove. It was a really nice hotel with lovely rooms and a location on the beach. The food was terrific and even the packed lunches for day trips were good. When I was there, a guest was celebrating his birthday and the manager had organized a surprise cake, which made the occasion very special. I had the unfortunate experience of having my snorkel gear taken back to Santa Cruz, but the manager of Red Mangrove, Isabela went out of his way to make sure that I had gear for my next snorkelling trip. He also checked my drinks bill to make sure that an item which had been added was actually mine. Great attention to detail is shown by the manager and staff. My experience here was given the 'icing' by the people and again by the great guide provided by Red Mangrove. Gustavo was the absolute best and he added to my experience in many ways, but mainly in making me feel safe. A great experience and a great organization.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Redmangrove

Property: Redmangrove
Address: Av. Charles Darwin | Piqueros, Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Isabela > Puerto Villamil
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Puerto Villamil
#3 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Villamil
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Villamil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Redmangrove 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great Beach Hotel, Iguanas, blue footed boobies, penguins at the beach ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Red Mangrove Isabela Hotel
Red Mangrove Hotel Isabela
Redmangrove Galapagos Islands/Isabela, Ecuador

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