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Km 12, via a Baltra Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350 Ecuador
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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#1 of 27 hotels in Puerto Ayora
2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
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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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Private pool
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Breakfast available
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Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
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Special diet menus
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Horseback riding
Water sport equipment rentals
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Walking tours
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Children's playground
Kids pool
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Airport transportation
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Couples massage
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Light therapy
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Ashlyn Forest wrote a review 5 Jun
Owasso, Oklahoma6 contributions2 helpful votes
We were hesitant at first to stay outside of the port, but upon arriving to Semilla Verde we immediately knew we had made the right decision. The highlands are beautiful and Semilla Verde is a pure oasis with lush vegetation, awesome views, and it comes with an instant air of relaxation. Our room was pristine and the bed was the most comfortable out of all of our stays in South America. The property is expansive with its own trails and treasures to discover, including giant tortoises enjoying the various vegetation and fruits. We saw 4 roaming the grounds in our short 20 minute walk. There is also Saba, the friendly and always smiling dog, who led us on the trails and ensured we saw everything there was to see. While we were there we were treated with such care. It was unusual for us as we are used to figuring out most everything on our own, most of the time struggling, but the extent of courtesy and help shown towards us during our stay allowed us to fully enjoy everything and take in the island carefree. Breakfasts were satisfying and fulfilling, perfect fuel for our adventurous days. The staff was also so kind. We returned home happy and honestly.. a bit spoiled! Their hospitality was greatly appreciated and Ivonne was always available for questions, guidance, or casual chit-chat. We met lovely people along the way and as we hope to return to Santa Cruz, Semilla Verde will undoubtedly be our choice of stay. A huge thank you to everyone who made our time forever memorable! Rayford and Ashlyn Oklahoma, United States
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Gigi wrote a review 2 Jun
San Francisco, California26 contributions1 helpful vote
We highly enjoyed our stay at this little piece of paradise in the highlands of Santa Cruz. We stayed in a beautiful room on the top floor with a wrap around 3 sided balcony, allowing us breathtaking views from dawn to dusk. The birdsong woke us up in the morning and the sound of crickets lulled us to sleep at night. What an idyllic place to stay for a couple of nights! It was like sleeping in a very well appointed tree house with all of the comforts of home. Yvonne kindly catered to our every need and the staff prepared incredibly delicious breakfasts and dinners for us! Saba the sweet golden retriever even took us on a guided tour of the property, introducing us to a couple of the giant tortoises. We were 1 of 2 couples staying here so things were very laid back and tranquil throughout our stay. Exactly what we were looking for. My only complaint is that we couldn’t stay longer!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bonnie A wrote a review May 2021
Ocala, Florida17 contributions3 helpful votes
Words can’t even describe our wonderful stay at Semilla Verde. My husband and I loved this beautiful place which had great food. Yvonne, was the most amazing host ever! Every day we looked forward to her stories and wonderful advice about the islands, and wildlife. What a treasure she is! You just don’t get his experience by staying in a hotel in town. All of the staff were great. I am usually not a breakfast person but loved the fresh fruit and wonderful eggs and bacon every day! Lunch and dinner were also great. And of course I have to mention the tortoises that roam throughout the property. I was mesmerized by them. I must have taken 50 photos of the tortoises! Each one has its own personality. Lol And lastly, the fantastic tours they can arrange for you with the best operators on the island. (Not all boats and tours are the same) Don’t even think of staying in town! Treat yourself and make a once in a lifetime memory by staying at Semilla Verde!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Robert Grimstone, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Bonnie, It was our absolute pleasure to welcome you both to the enchanted islands! We're all so happy that you enjoyed the hotel and the grounds, so thank you again for choosing Semilla Verde for your Galapagos vacation and that special birthday! The tortoises are just incredible and we are very lucky that they choose the estate on which to spend so much of the year. Many people assume they are fenced in, but that is not the case. They come and go of their own accord attracted by large areas of grass on which they graze, shade from the equatorial sun, and of course, the rainwater ponds. We have reforested the 5 hectares/12 acres of sloping, south facing land with the original Scalesia pedunculata (Daisy tree) that once covered these fertile higher grounds. We grow our own organic, shade grown coffee that we serve to our guests, and have created a mile of nature trails so that our guests can walk around the property and observe the tortoises, birdlife and vegetation. The hotel buildings are positioned at the highest points of the property and so offer spectacular panoramic views over the forest, national park and ocean to Floreana Island. We have always been very careful to maintain the property clean and hygienic, but especially so now, with the pandemic. All our staff have received specific training and we have implemented all the necessary protocols to ensure a safe visit, including social distanced dining and hygiene stations. Anyone who is considering a visit may contact the hotel directly via the website or email or WhatSapp. We're here to help you plan and execute a perfect adventure-vacation in the Galapagos Islands. Our very warmest regards, Robert, Yvonne & the SV Team.
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Kathy B wrote a review May 2021
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This boutique hotel in the highlands of the island was just perfect. The room was so comfortable and had an amazing view. There were lots of Galapagos tortoises on roaming the beautiful property. The breakfast and lunch we had prepared for us was delicious. The staff were all helpful and so kind and I can't forget the resident dog, which we loved! If we make it back to the Galapagos, I will definitely be staying here again.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from Robert Grimstone, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Kathy, Thank you so much for your glowing review of Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel. Gladys, Bertha & Zully were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meals and the service that they gave you. Saba says 'woof' (thank you, too). Of course, with wall to wall sliding windows in each bedroom and terrace, private balconies (with hammocks), 12 acres/5 hectares of private forest, replanted with native endemic trees, over a mile of walking trails, resident giant tortoises roaming around and birdlife, swimming pool, yoga studio and swing set, there's no better place to feel close to nature ! Our semi inclusive hotel-tour packages that you enjoyed are designed to give visitors maximum exposure to Galapagos in a short visit in a tight, affordable package. They include the very best visits to nearby islands via full day boat tours and the must dos of Santa Cruz via half day guided tours/self guided activities. And for larger family groups such as kosher or special interest groups such as yoga we can offer full inclusive packages with a full itinerary of tours and activities and all the meals included. What better place for that special family vacation or reunion after such a tough year! We pride ourselves in being flexible to meet everyone's requirements and thereby give them the most comfortable, enjoyable and tailored Galapagos experience possible. Galapagos is open, the population vaccinated, and we've got all the necessary COVID protocols in place to ensure utmost hygiene and safety, and we are so looking forward to welcoming more visitors back in 2021. Our very warmest regards, Robert & the SV Team.
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Sasi M wrote a review May 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
My husband and I spent 3 nights at Semilla Verde during our recent amazing visit to the Galapagos. From the moment we arrived, we were warmly welcomed as though we had arrived home. We enjoyed an amazing dinner prepared by their cook, while Ivonne acquainted us with the plantation and advised us re how to enjoy Isla Santa Cruz. Our top floor master room had a spectacular view and was a great place to spend our anniversary. We returned to the room on our anniversary evening to find a nice wine bouquet in our room, and later Ivonne brought up champagne and lovely fruit and floral bouquet from the garden as requested by our family. She went out of her way to make our stay private, personal and wonderful in every way. The property is an enchanting and unique way to truly experience the magic of the island, and the labour of love in creating such a beautiful place - complete with Saba the dog, and of course the Galápagos tortoise that has the run of the place!
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: The guest house has 3 lovely rooms, all with great views. The top floor master room has terrace...
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Response from Robert Grimstone, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear 49sasim, Thank you for such a positive review and for appreciating the effort the staff made to make your special occasion even more special. The Galapagos is an amazing place and life memories are born here! We'd like to invite everyone who is ready to travel to consider Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, and experience the magic of the Galapagos Islands in a safe and natural setting. Quite incredibly, the adult population of Galapagos has now been vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine, and we, at the hotel, have been working hard throughout the pandemic and are ready and prepared for that long awaited vacation or family reunion. We offer you the intimate and safe environment to enjoy quality family time, whereby you can rediscover the joys, security and comfort of being with those who you most cherish. And, experience Giant Galapagos Tortoises and endemic birds right on your own private terrace. Throughout these long covid months, we have been busily preparing the hotel to make it safe for your visit, and making sure all those that we work with to bring you our hotel-tour packages are too; * Specific staff training * Regular deep cleansing in rooms * Regular deep cleansing around hotel * Hygiene stations / PPE * Special meal prep procedures * Social distanced meals * Minimal contact processes * Verified safe procedures for taxis and tour boat operators Safe space and distancing has never been an issue at Semilla Verde; * Two hotel buildings and only nine guest bedrooms * Two open plan restaurant areas * Three open plan lounge/social areas * Private balconies in each bedroom * Large main terrace * Five hectares/twelve acres of private forest * Over one mile of nature trails As we all know, the Galapagos Islands are host to an amazing array of wildlife that has never learned to fear man’s presence. And now, in what may be the tail end of this pandemic, our guests have the opportunity to observe this wildlife in a more intimate way than ever before. And, with very few visitors still, will appreciate what it is to live in a small, friendly and isolated island community. It all adds up to another unforgettable lifetime experience for you and your loved ones! As many know, land-based visits are ideal for those keen to experience the islands, without the excessive price tag of a cruise ship and without a regimented routine. Also, they represent the best way to help the local community recover and reactivate after such a prolonged period of closure, one in which 85% of the population that depends on tourism, needs all the help it can get. To make things even easier, we now offer a complete trip planning service and can customize your tour itinerary according to your exact requirements and budget. For couples, family and friend groups, this has proven to be an ideal format. You can choose from a variety of fully-inclusive or semi-inclusive Hotel & Tour package options. Galapagos is famous for its volcanic landscapes and unique wildlife, but it can also be somewhere for you and your loved ones to rediscover your true and unique nature, somewhere you can feel yourselves again. Wishing you all every happiness and joy through 2021. With our very warmest regards, Robert, Ivonne & the SV Team. PS. Currently you require a negative Covid PCR test within 96 hours prior to arrival in Galapagos. Also, a 'salvoconducto' document that we will provide for you upon confirming your reservation. For those who require a test to return home, there are facilities on Santa Cruz Island and we will be more than happy to help arrange that for you.
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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 Galapagos Frontier (3.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a dishwasher.
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.
Is parking available at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Yes, free public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rancho El Manzanillo, Parrillada "Dona Mery", and Galápagos Frontier.
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 an airport shuttle?
Yes, Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel offers an airport shuttle 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, Spanish, and Italian.