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Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel

Km 12 via Baltra Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350 Ecuador
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A charming boutique hotel in the heart of Galapagos Giant Tortoise territory, featuring Starlink high speed satellite internet throughout. Giant tortoises roam freely around the 12 acre estate, and birdsong resounds in the tree canopy above. Combine your stay with one of our Hotel & Island Tour Packages to complete the picture. Enjoy unparalleled peace and privacy alongside the Galapagos wildlife that you came so far to see. 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 both giant tortoises and native birds thrive. At night, relax in one of the lounges or in your hammock and gaze up into the unspoilt majesty of the milky way. The location is secluded but convenient for town visits and tours, and very safe. Nine comfortable en-suite bedrooms with AC, WiFi and Cable TV just 15 minutes taxi ride from Puerto Ayora town, costing just $7 e/w. All in all, an authentic and genuinely friendly 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 semi inclusive or fully inclusive hotel & tour packages too. Visit the same outlying islands that cruise ships do, and must see local sites with qualified naturalist guides. Experience first hand the beauty of Galapagos and its 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 menu rather we discuss the options with you and prepare one recipe that can be adjusted to individual preferences or dietary restrictions. 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 main hotel buildings about 30m/100ft apart - the Semilla Verde Hotel (Rooms 1-6) and the Finch Wing (Rooms 7-9). Conveniently positioned between the two, and next to the tortoise pond, there is a fully equipped yoga studio where you can enjoy individual or group practice. Plus, there is an independent suite for yoga teachers and group leaders. Galapagos is famous for its 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... Best Price Guarantee For Direct Room Bookings & Hotel-Tour Packages.
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Free internet
Pool
Yoga room
Free breakfast
Boating
Diving
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's playground
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Horseback riding
Snorkelling
Water sport equipment rentals
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Patio
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Body wrap
Couples massage
Foot bath
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Full body massage
Hammam
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Head massage
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Light therapy
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Massage chair
Neck massage
Pedicure
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
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Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Clothes rack
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Meredith D wrote a review 22 Feb
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1 contribution1 helpful vote
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Semilla Verde is a high class experience in the lush highlands of the Galápagos Islands. The staff was exceptional - attentive, kind, efficient. I loved walking the trails around the estate, escorted by the hotel dog Saba, where I saw 8 giant tortoises, just enjoying the grass and mud. The rooms were comfortable and clean, the food was delicious, and you get used to the little geckos all across the property. Easy and quick taxi ride into town where you can start your island hopping and snorkeling adventures. Would stay again and highly recommend!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Drclh wrote a review Aug 2023
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We are so glad that we didn’t choose to stay in town! We loved being in the interior of the island. The grounds were beautiful and the atmosphere relaxing and exciting at the same time. The food was incredible—coconut curry shrimp dinner was the best meal we had on the island. Cattya was warm, welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable. The drive to town was a nonissue for my family and well worth staying in this unique hotel. Highly recommend!!! I hope to be able to return one day.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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cardinal988 wrote a review 10 Feb
Greenville, Michigan127 contributions50 helpful votes
If you want to be pampered, eat delicious food, enjoy tortoises strolling past your window and expert help arranging day trips THIS IS THE PLACE. Gracious surroundings, service provided with love and a smile and better food than we found anywhere in town. Beautiful yoga studio, too!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jennifer J wrote a review 8 Feb
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A fabulous place that goes above and beyond every minute of your stay! The food is amazing, and the grounds picturesque. I am so appreciative of the kindness of the incredibly hard-working staff. Semilla Verde is just an absolutely lovely place to spend one's adventure of a lifetime!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Mis wrote a review 8 Feb
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By far the most peaceful, beautiful and unique place I have ever stayed. The staff treat you like family and are always there to greet you and make sure things are going well. Rooms are comfortable, have AC if needed, towels and water are regularly replenished. Meals are delicious. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, trails with tortoises roaming. The tiny geckos indoors surprised me at first but they don’t bother you and become your friends. Cattya is the most amazing host and makes sure you have what you need during your stay and for your adventures! Yoga studio is very peaceful and enjoyable overlooking the pond. The staff go above and beyond. Just wonderful. I really loved room 7- great views, large balcony with hammock. 100% will return and want to share this place with all of my friends and family.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Michael B wrote a review 6 Feb
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Semilla Verde is such a delightful place. Our family stayed for the first five days of our trip to Galapagos and enjoyed it thoroughly. The hotel is situated in the highlands of Santa Cruz island, a short taxi ride away from town. It's a peaceful, relaxing place with amazing grounds inhabited by native Galapagos Tortoises all around. There's a nice, short private hiking path that winds around the property. The rooms are cozy and nicely appointed, with nice windows looking out at the surrounding grounds and we had A/C in ours, though we didn't use it. There's also a small pool (the kids loved this) and a Yoga hut looking out to a small pond where you can get a bit of exercise. Perhaps most notably, the staff here was fantastic. Cattya is the hotel manager and is supremely helpful and kind. She'll make sure you have everything you need during your stay. Meals are simple and delicious and they are respectful of any dietary restrictions you might have. Note that it tends to stay a bit more cloudy and rainy at this elevation, so if you're after a "beach" feel you might want to look elsewhere. For us, it served as a nice contrast to spending all day in the sun and heat. Can't go wrong - we hope to return someday!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Harriet C wrote a review Jan 2024
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We had a most wonderful stay here for our Galapagos trip. Ana Lucia Jacome is so accommodating and most pleasant. The grounds are beautiful - lush and soothing. An oasis of a lodging. We keep Kosher and all was done so well for us. Thank you to Robert for putting together a terrific trip for us.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Lisella W wrote a review Jan 2024
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Visited this secret gem recently for lunch. It felt more like being invited into a private home than a hotel, the welcome was so friendly and the dining room/lounge area so appealing - I loved the long tables for group meals, sofas for relaxing afterwards and views over the plantation. After our delicious meal we explored the nature trails in the presence of giant tortoises and Saba, the lovely resident labrador. Thank you for a short, but perfect day. Not able to stay over on this occasion but if I make it back to Galapagos, Semilla Verde will be top of my list! Lisella Wilkinson
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Trek800546 wrote a review Dec 2023
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We stayed at Semilla Verde for about 7 nights and it was an unforgettable experience. The staff's warmth and attentiveness, notably Cattya (and her adorable dog Saba), the excellent manager, made our stay exceptional. Cattya helped booked all of our excursions and plan our itinerary, and while the hotel isn’t located in town it’s an easy taxi (~$7) to get there.The property's unique charm, with tortoises freely roaming, adds a fascinating touch to the overall beauty. A truly enchanting retreat that I would recommend to anyone staying on Santa Cruz!
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sherry P wrote a review Dec 2023
West Linn, Oregon1097 contributions299 helpful votes
My husband & I were searching for a boutique hotel to relax after our 8 day/7 night cruise packed with daily adventures. Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel truly met our needs. Robert facilitated our room reservations, trip information & payment. Cattya communicated with the Concierge of our cruise ship to transport us from the Puerto Ayora dock to the hotel. The taxi was waiting for us. The taxi driver even took us on a tour of the small community before departing to the hotel. Upon our arrival, Cattya promptly checked us in, made dinner reservations and helped outline our plans for the next 5 days. Our room (#9) was on the highest floor and felt like we were in the tree tops in the mist filled highlands. It was quiet & private. We woke up to the birds singing & the rooster crowing. We enjoyed our breakfasts (hot/cold dishes & healthy choices). Cattya & team were always present to assist us. We appreciated Cattya's ability to customize our excursions based our wishes. She made all of our taxi requests, guided excursions & dinner reservations. Taxi rides are reasonably priced. Our room was spacious, very clean & well-maintained. We enjoyed exploring the 12 acre property populated with tortoises, banana groves, coffee plants, lemon tree and moss draped trees. We enjoyed relaxing on our private veranda with stunning views. A list of recommended restaurants were provided to us. Cattya recommended kayaking at Tortuga Bay and beach time at Playa El Garrapatero. Best recommendations ever!! We departed well rested and relaxed before returning on our long flight home.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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₹15,998 - ₹18,153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
semilla verde galapagos hotel puerto ayora
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Semilla Verde Galapagos Lodge
LOCATION
EcuadorGalapagos IslandsSanta CruzPuerto Ayora
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Reserva El Chato (6.8 km), Los Gemelos (6.7 km), and Reserva Galápagos Frontier (3.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lemon & Coffee, Rancho El Manzanillo, and Ecuatorial Galapagos.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a yoga room during their stay.
Does Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.