Galapagos Magic Hotel
Galapagos Magic is a million miles from the world’s hustle and bustle. Located on Santa Cruz Island (Holy Cross), home to the Galapagos’ largest human settlement, the Island’s approximately 12,000 residents mainly live in Puerto Ayora, named after Ecuadorian president Isidro Ayora. Magic is a world apart from Puerto Ayora, with only birdsong and breezes to greet guests.
The highlands on Santa Cruz have a lot to offer. Huge rock tunnels formed by the volcanic activity that made the islands are famous, On the surface are farms where you can see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. This is where ‘Lonesome George’, the most famous tortoise in the world, lived until his recent death.
Giant tortoises call Magic Galapagos their home much of the year, and guests might see a handful slowly moving through the grounds or many dozens dotting the meadow.
Activities & Information
Set in the highlands of Santa Cruz (and away from the waterfront crowds), this totally unique property surprises and delights. All six safari tents and four tree houses have gorgeous views, and guests are surrounded by nature as they sleep. Magic is a place to relax, walk the beautiful mountainside, turn your gaze to the beautiful heavens and to admire nature.
Sunsets from Magic are, well, magic! Enjoying the last light of day with a cocktail on the meadow deck is a relaxing pastime, as is sharing stories of the days’ adventures in front of the open-air main lodge’s crackling fire. Magic serves sumptuous, three course dinners. The chefs use their culinary skills in the open kitchen to turn local ingredients into creative and elegant dishes. An after dinner stroll to the ‘Lava Lounge’ for a nightcap is the perfect way to end the day.
Screened tree houses are equipped with a flush toilet and a basin/vanity with running water, as well as a small deck and bench. Twin beds are comfortable and windows allow guests to look at the stars as they fall into a peaceful sleep. There are two shared bathhouses with flush toilets and hot showers. Magic’s raised, ensuite, walk-in safari tents are similarly equipped.