Hilton makes its Galapagos debut with the opening of the Royal Palm Hotel

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The opening of the Royal Palm Galapagos, Curio Collection by Hilton marks the hotel group’s entry into this extraordinary archipelago.

Housing only 21 rooms, the property will offer a haven of peace to discover the islands and their abundant fauna.

Entrance to Galapagos

Immersive experiences introducing guests to Galapagos are complemented by serene accommodations and locale-inspired dining at this new boutique hotel that reflects the charm of an Ecuadorian hacienda.

The hotel is located in a 160-hectare estate, next to the UNESCO-listed Galapagos National Park, in the highland forests of Miconia. This location encompasses nine areas of geological interest, from craters to lava tubes. Overall, the property is designed to maximize guest interaction with this environment.

In addition to the hotel’s 21 rooms and villas, facilities include a reception, restaurants and a fitness area. The spa is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 and a swimming pool will be open by mid-2023.

Jenna Hackett, Global Brand Manager, Curio and Tapestry Collections by Hilton, said: “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 30th country for the Curio Collection by Hilton brand to welcome travelers to its growing portfolio.

“With more than 115 unique hotels and resorts around the world, 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 one-of-a-kind hotel.

A reflection of the environment

The hotel’s rooms and villas are dotted around the landscape and decorated with earth-tone light fixtures and local textiles to represent the natural surroundings through a casual, contemporary style.

The eight deluxe rooms are equipped with dining rooms and terraces or porches surrounded by gardens and the reserve, while the eight villas offer a living room and a dining room, a Jacuzzi and an open fireplace. The executive villas have a private garden and indoor sauna and the largest suite has two bedrooms. The hotel also has three campsites.

Fine dining is a key part of the hotel experience with cuisine showcasing produce from the Galapagos highlands, as well as an on-site farm, and Galapagos-born chefs Patricio Sisa and Rommel Chalen using these ingredients to fuse Ecuadorian culinary tradition with international cuisine. the flavours.

This dining experience is offered in the hotel’s 50-seat gourmet restaurant, which is located inside a lava tunnel nearly 60 feet underground. The culinary journey begins in the 30-year-old Muttini building, displaying anchors and cannons before continuing with a guided tour of the lava tunnel and a six-course dinner paired with South American wine in the volcanic vault.

Additional facilities at the property include a scenic swimming pool and fitness center. The spa should open into the lava tube.

An eco-responsible retreat

The Galapagos Islands are celebrated around the world for the wildlife encounters they provide. The hotel immerses guests in this place through excursions such as snorkeling among volcanic crevasses and participating in conservation programs.

Environmental well-being is at the heart of the hotel’s overall philosophy. It is the only hotel with a Miconia and Scalesia reforestation program with the implementation of sustainability initiatives such as the Plant-a-Tree program.

“We are proud to be the first international hotel brand to debut in this remarkable location known for its unique wildlife and biodiversity,” said Erica Gordon, senior vice president, global head of public affairs and ESG, and president from the Hilton Global Foundation.

“With destination stewardship at the center of our ESG Travel with Purpose strategy, we are committed to minimizing the impact of our operations and protecting this incredible community. Sustainability is at the heart of the hotel, so we are excited to offer guests a thoughtful and uniquely immersive experience in this special destination.

The Hilton Global Foundation has also engaged in projects, including partnering with The Nature Conservancy to protect Ecuador’s native fish species throughout the region.

Kasandra J. Stone