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August 27, 2020 0

Love can come in many ways, shapes, and forms, but most of all, we want to be able to show our loved ones, no matter the occasion, just how much they mean to us with romantic gestures and declarations of love. A quick getaway or romantic few weeks at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, located in one of the most secluded places in the world, will catapult your plan to the stars, undoubtedly surpassing your expectations of a perfect romantic occasion. At the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, we don’t have a favorite romantic event- we celebrate them all! Our main goal is to make all your dreams come true in the perfect and intimate setting of love.

At the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, we specialize in:

  • Destination weddings
  • Honeymoons
  • Wedding anniversaries
  • Marriage proposals

So, what can we offer you? Our unique boutique hotel offers a personalized experience for every guest and, if your dream isn’t on our list of activities, ask one of our staff members or put in a special request. We’ll go above and beyond all expectations to create your perfect getaway – no matter the occasion.

The importance of choosing the right destination in the COVID era

Choosing the right place to celebrate our special occasions has always been important. Nowadays, as the world slowly drifts into a “new normal“, this is even more crucial than before. To plan a romantic escapade, wedding, or anniversary, the first thing you need to consider are secluded or remote destinations where you won’t have to face the much-dreaded crowds. Also, with fewer people around you and wide-open spaces, you’ll be more at ease than ever!

Couple enjoying Los Alemanes Beach, right across the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Choose remote destinations so you can enjoy a concern-free experience!

That is why Galapagos (and especially the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel) is the perfect setting to celebrate a romantic occasion! In this remote haven, you’ll be surrounded by pristine nature and endemic fauna! Plus, our hotel has all the biosafety protocols you need to be safe while maintaining the quality of your experience!

What makes the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel the perfect place to celebrate a romantic occasion?

Easy! Our exceptional facilities, pristine and remote location, premium service, and wide-ranging list of available activities, such as day tours on our private yacht, are all at your disposal for every occasion. Plus, we have all the biosafety protocols to ensure you’ll have a pleasant and safe stay!

Note: We have also designed a Honeymoon Package! It includes all of our best activities, including a couple’s massage, a day tour adventure on the Sea Lion Yacht, and exquisite meals in our top-class restaurant!

Romantic Location

Romantic strolls in secluded beaches are a must if you visit the Galapagos Islands with your partner!
Romantic strolls in secluded beaches are a must if you visit the Galapagos Islands with your partner!

Of course, the Galapagos Islands are one of the most enchanting places in the world, but the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel is ideally situated for romance. It is a secluded, and private hotel tucked away in a pedestrian-only neighborhood of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. In fact, it’s so exclusive that guests have to cross the bay in the hotel’s private water taxi to get there! Once at the hotel, guests can step from the hotel’s pool area directly onto the sandy white beach of Playa de Los Alemanes. The soft sound of lapping waves is heard throughout the hotel, creating the perfect dreamy atmosphere.

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Intimate Hotel

Couple celebrating a romantic occasion in the Galapagos Islands
Share unforgettable moments with your partner in our dreamy facilities!

Our luxurious rooms have everything any romantic occasion could ask for. With a total of only 27 rooms available in the entire hotel, everything about it has been designed to be personalized and exclusive. The wooden walkways among the mangroves, the small duck pond surrounded by cacti, and the hotel’s elegant architecture show just how spectacular and premium this hotel is. The romance of Finch Bay truly comes to light when you enter the lounge and dining room area. The soft white curtains flutter in the breeze, and plush furniture mixed with accents of color and wicker pieces allow guests to relax in an open but private setting.

Rooms

Each of our rooms has both private indoor and outdoor spaces where guests can relax in hammocks on their spacious balconies. Each room is furnished with the finest linens, furniture, and cozy design. Our six Finch Bay suites have views looking directly over the ocean along with a private balcony. These rooms are perfect for a wedding night or anniversary.

Bar and Pool Area

Pool area at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
We’re the only beachfront hotel in Puerto Ayora

Our intimate open-air bar is perfect for all occasions, from small celebrations to service for an intimate wedding. Each cocktail has been specifically crafted to encompass the nostalgia and romance of the Galapagos archipelago into unique and surprising drinks. Our friendly bartenders can help you order a meal or snack while you watch the sunset – the perfect way to end a perfect day!

The pool area was recently renovated in 2019 and is open exclusively to guests. You can enjoy the lounge chairs out in the sun or, if you prefer some shade, the ample pergola offers both intimacy and relaxation. The pergola is the perfect place for a social occasion such as a wedding.

Around our pool area are a few intimate outdoor tables where you can dine by candlelight with the sound of the waves crashing in the distance. Not surprisingly, many proposals have been organized and carried out here to perfection.

Spa

Relax and unwind in the beautiful Spa area! A perfect occasion to share with your couple
Relax and unwind in the beautiful Spa area!

Our recently built spa is hidden along a mangrove-sheltered path in a secluded spot away from other guests and the hotel, which makes it a great place to relax with your loved one in a couple’s massage or by enjoying one of our outdoor hot tubs. The hot tubs must be reserved at the front desk, which means that only you and your party will be able to relax in private.

Dining Area

The dining area allows guests to enjoy an intimate meal without interruption from other guests. The extensive menu includes the incredible flavors of the islands, a twist of the Ecuadorian cuisine, and a touch of home. Every meal is lovingly prepared to ensure your romantic getaway exceeds every expectation.

Private yacht – Sea Lion

Why is Galapagos a great place to celebrate romantic occasions? For the intimacy and the incredible places you will visit with your couple
Our intimate yacht is the perfect vessel to both explore the natural beauty of the Galapagos Islands and create amazing memories with your partner!

The Sea Lion yacht is available for Finch Bay guests only, making the onboard experience extremely personable and luxurious. A day tour on our private yacht is the perfect opportunity for spectacular wedding photos or a romantic cruise in the Galapagos archipelago while enjoying a glass of wine in the cozy rooftop seating area or lounging on the sun chairs on the front of the vessel. The staff is both highly trained and highly experienced, ensuring that you and your group will have the best possible experience on board. The yacht is only able to hold 20 people, meaning their attention is always focused on you.

Activities

Enjoy the best food in the Galapagos Islands with your couple
We offer our guests ceviche cooking lessons (or cocktail lessons) they can share with their significant other!

The Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel is more than just a hotel – it’s an experience. There are many activities that you can enjoy depending on how you want to spend your romantic occasion. You can enjoy a ceviche cooking class with one of our head chefs or, if you prefer something a little more active, you can go kayaking or paddleboarding around the bay. You can even enjoy a cocktail-making class with one of our expert bartenders. Each activity can be carefully modified to make your romantic occasion all about you and your partner.

We also pride ourselves on our exceptional service in every area of the hotel. Even if you don’t see your desired activity on our website or want to plan something special for your loved one, the staff are willing and excited to help you.

Do you want a destination wedding? Contact us! Would you like to arrange a surprise beachside proposal? Send us an email! Every facet of our hotel is designed to provide you with the best and most romantic experience that you will find in the Galapagos Islands. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your dreams and desires. Let us help you make your most romantic aspirations come true!

Isabel Espinoza

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December 13, 2019 0

The Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel was presented with the title of World’s Leading Green Hotel for 2019 by the World Travel Awards™ at their 26th annual ceremony, held earlier this month on December 3rd. The WTA recognizes and praises excellence in the tourism industry and to be a garden green hotel.

Located in the center of the archipelago, on the island of Santa Cruz, the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel was honored for its environmentally responsible practices and sustainable tourism philosophies. For this Galapagos-based hotel, the most important thing is to preserve the pristine quality of the islands while sharing the enchantment and beauty of this place with travelers from all over the world.

Hotel Manager Javier Gómez says, “Our staff is honored to have received this award. It is a reflection of the dedication and love that our team demonstrates every day of the year, and it shows our commitment to the unique people and ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands.”

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Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel with its recently renovated pool.

 

What makes the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel a Green Hotel?

 Among the hotel’s responsible practices is the efficient handling of electricity. Finch Bay has incorporated the use of solar panels, LED lighting, and motion sensors. These changes were implemented in the wake of an energy audit conducted with Ecuador’s Ministry of Energy.

Additional energy-saving measures include encouraging guests to use lights and air conditioning units moderately. By limiting the amount of electricity needed for these two elements, the energy generated by the hotel’s solar panels can cover up to 70% of what is required to heat the hotel’s water.

Another one of Finch Bay’s responsible practices includes avoiding the use of plastic. To date, plastic has been almost entirely eliminated from every process at the hotel. For example, the property provides guests with reusable water bottles and doesn’t carry plastic-bottled beverages in their restaurant.

Chakrita: Finch Bay's organic vegetable garden
Also, Finch Bay has been able to greatly reduce the use of plastic in their kitchen and dining room. Their food is not available to go and they do not use disposable plates or flatware.

What is the Finch Bay Hotel’s commitment to the Galapagos Islands?

In order to support the local economy and the responsible consumption of organic products, the hotel makes use of providers based in the Galapagos Islands. Additionally, a fair amount of the fruit, vegetables, and other ingredients used in the Finch Bay’s kitchen are grown in the hotel’s very own organic garden.

Everyone who works at the hotel is a resident of the Galapagos Islands. As such, they share in the philosophy and commitment that distinguishes the Finch Bay Hotel as the only National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World™ in the archipelago.

For example, each morning, the hotel staff comb the Playa de los Alemanes beach, located just in front of the property, and collect any trash they find. The hotel personnel has also planted over 500 mangrove trees in the surrounding areas in an effort to promote care for the environment and to conserve the beauty of this fragile ecosystem.

If you wish to learn more about the World’s Leading Green Hotel for 2019, we invite you to visit the website.

Are you interested in exploring the ultimate secluded destination?

José Ayerve

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November 9, 2017 0

In isles as enchanted as these, there’s always so much to see, so much to do… but what exactly are the ways to experience Galapagos? This blog explains exactly that: how to experience the Galapagos Islands. Basically, experiencing the islands can be narrowed down into two categories, the latter of which branches out into a handful of sub-categories. There’s a sea-based option and land-based option. Follow along in this blog to find out how to experience the Galapagos Islands.

How to Experience the Galapagos Option #1: On Land

Family posing next to Galapagos Giant Tortoises in Santa Cruz Island's Highlands
Explore Galapagos’ highlands and other incredible sites when visiting by land.

Look no further than the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel if you’re looking for a.) the only beachfront hotel on Santa Cruz Island and b.) an enriching, relaxing, and rejuvenating land (and sea! We’ll get to that below) experience. Staying on land is an option that caters to those more interested in experiencing the archipelago one step at a time, gradually taking it all in as it comes at your own pace and of course: lounging by the shore side with a nice drink in hand before heading into town to soak in the local island life.
Not to mention: it’s probably the best choice for those that are slightly more prone to seasickness (please note: there are “sea-sickness proof” cruises in the archipelago that help abate this symptom). However, those with sea legs that looking to head out and experience a little more of the archipelago while enjoying the comfort of their land-based option are privy to…

The Land & Sea Option

With its own Sea Lion Yacht, the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotels offers its guests the opportunity to check out a number of the surrounding, beautiful islands from the comfort of a fully-equipped, luxurious and modestly-sized vessel. Guests are treated to a buffet lunch throughout their travels to the islands, and multiple activities are offered as well. And if you’re looking for an even more expansive way of experiencing the islands, there’s always…

Island-2-Island Hopping

Expand your horizons even further with this incredible option that grants guests the ability to fly from Santa Cruz Island all the way to the largest island of the archipelago that is Isabela. Add to the number of checkmarks that you’ve built up on your Galapagos BIG15 list of iconic species and revel in an even greater amount of majestic views by standing at the rim of one of the world’s largest craters.

How to Experience the Galapagos Option #2: At Sea (with Island Stops)

Trails at South Plaza Island in the Galapagos
Most of the islands in the Galapagos are uninhabited and you may not stay overnight.

Another great option for experiencing the islands is hopping on a cruise, which instantly grants you access to more visitor sites in the Galapagos National Park, species, islands and the company of an expert guide that will follow you along the whole way. It’s worth noting that a sea-based option grant guests the opportunity to visit places that simply can’t be accessed by staying on land (due to how far away certain visitor sites are). All-in-all, the best part about having these two options is the fact that guests can link them together if they wish. When it comes to looking for how to experience the Galapagos Islands, is it too much to ask for both options? With Metropolitan Touring, it never is.

Christopher Klassen

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