Hilton is set to debut the Curio Collection by Hilton brand on the Galápagos island of Santa Cruz. The company has signed a franchise agreement with Serinatura S.A. to convert the existing Royal Palm Galápagos to a Hilton property. The hotel is expected to join Curio Collection by Hilton in July 2022.
Santa Cruz is home to Tortuga Bay, the Charles Darwin Research Station and a port for ecologically responsible cruising. Secluded on a 160-hectare estate in the Miconia Highland Forests adjacent to the Galápagos National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hotel is nestled in a valley between two extinct cinder cone volcanoes and features nine areas of geological interest from craters to lava tunnels. Royal Palm Galapagos is the only hotel with a Miconia and Escalesia reforestation program, and a rain harvesting program.
The boutique hotel offers 21 casitas and villas, a pool, spa, fitness center and a fine-dining restaurant located inside a cavern within one of the property’s lava tunnels. The property is undergoing a renovation plan including a refresh of the lobby, spa, guestrooms and dining experience.
Born in 2000 out of a passion for travel, nature and environmental connection, the boutique hotel is comprised of 21 casitas and villas built around nature and brimming with the charm of an Ecuadorian Hacienda. Guests can recharge at the estate’s picturesque pool, spa and fitness center, or enjoy the natural wonders of the Galapagos by experiencing one-of-a-kind wildlife encounters from green turtles to beautiful birds, while enjoying the highest level of comfort and services provided within the protected eco-sensitive location.
For an extra immersive dining experience, the hotel features the only fine dining restaurant located inside a cavern within one of the property’s lava tunnels. This once-in-a-lifetime experience gives guests a glimpse of the incredible forces that created the archipelago, while they enjoy a tasting menu inspired by local culture and ingredients.
Expected to join Curio Collection by Hilton in July 2022, the hotel is currently undergoing a renovation plan including a refresh of the lobby, spa, guest rooms and dining. The renovation will complement and reinforce the hotel’s existing sustainable architecture and design, with a continued focus on local sourcing, as well as environmental programs including its water reduction system where it reuses the water from rain and recycles almost 90% of its residues, a Plant-a-Tree Program and on-site produce farm utilized by the restaurants.
“At Hilton, we recognize that we have a critical responsibility to protect the communities where we serve, which is reflected in our ESG strategy, Travel with Purpose. We look forward to working with this legendary property to continue to protect this incredible destination, and to further programs that allow our guests to travel to locations such as this, sustainably and responsibly,” said Jean Garris Hand, vice president, global environmental, social and governance, Hilton.
The Hilton Effect Foundation, the company’s global philanthropic arm that seeks to advance Hilton’s “Travel with Purpose” goals, has been engaged in projects across the region, including partnering with organizations such as The Nature Conservancy to protect native Ecuador fish species and Galápagos Conservancy to feed and protect the critically endangered Floreana giant tortoise.
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