The Galapagos Safari Camp designed an absolutely excellent adventure for our holiday vacation.
Prior to our trip, I anxiously read the thoughtful, detailed itinerary sent by the GSP. I was excited for the experience and opportunity to see so much wildlife and landscape. When we arrived, I was completely surprised by how the staff pulled off this itinerary. They displayed extraordinary orchestration of multiple events, taxis, guests, and boats. We had a wildlife-packed week of exploration. From the unbeatable sunsets, rainbows, views, and service of the staff to the unique architectural design of the camp and ultra-personal attention, I would highly recommend staying at GSP, particularly if you are at all accustomed to luxury.
Katrien (from Beligium, and the manager?) was unbelievably pleasant, helpful, and accommodating to all over our (very special) requests. She never made us feel as if we inconvenienced her in any way despite our multiple demands. What a gracious, friendly, attentive, responsive host. Also, I loved being greeted by a staff member, often Katrien, every time we returned from an outing. Someone would actually be waiting at the door to welcome you "home" which just felt great....and then I would bee-line for the coffee bar (set up all day in the main lodge with coffee/tea).
I am very glad we did not stay on a boat. I advocated for a sea-based tour when we were making our plans but eventually we opted for a land stay with daily excursions to a various islands. We spent almost all day on the boats and I was always, always very glad to come back to the camp for a comfortable shower, an exceptional dinner, and some privacy. Unless you charter your own yacht, I think you are hard-pressed to find luxury anywhere (even remotely) close to what you will experience at Galapagos Safari Camp.
The cuisine was indescribably tasty. We were treated to exceptional service, unique flavors, fresh ingredients and multiple courses of impressively delicious treats. I loved the food. Also, they graciously made many special meals for us as we have a few particularities and preferences ;). They were always accommodating, kind, and willing to make exceptions. Thank you, GSP chefs and kitchen staff! We really appreciated the special treatment and extra effort (and the extra servings of ceviche).
Michael and Stephanie were wonderful hosts as well. They were present and helpful, consistently ensuring we were having a high quality, pleasurable experience. They also have two gorgeous, playful children who made brief visits to the lodge. What a joy. Also, Beta, the dog, lives on the grounds. A docile, gentle, friendly, photogenic pet. We loved Beta who made me wonder how Michael trained such a well-behaved, playful dog? I need some coaching...
Finally, we loved the other guests. They really enhanced the experience. We met people, mostly Europeans and a couple from NYC, who had great stories, numerous travels, interesting backgrounds, and were all very kind, fun, and intelligent. I looked forward to evenings in the lodge by the fire, enjoying the wifi, company, and cocktails. (Pisco sour, bloody mary, and some brazilian drink...all delicious!)
Thank you Galapagos Safari Camp staff for a very personal, memorable experience. I will never forget the excellent service, spectacular views, unusual wildlife, and all-around once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Oh, and one more thing. I loved visiting Aquellare (Witch's Coven) on the first day. This is a residence as well as a beautiful restaurant run by a couple from Chile. (named after a town in Chile.) It was a wonderful lunch, lush grounds, and again, personal service. We went there with our guide, Fabio, on the day we arrived after seeing the tortoises and lava tubes. Very quaint and delicious. Don't miss it.
Enjoy your trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- GSC provides an authentic inland experience by offering 9 luxury safari tents – all with oceanview balcony- in an exclusive natural environment, both as an alternative or in addition to a sea-based travel itinerary. Tents are spacious with private bathroom and hot water. Guests gather by the fireplace in the main room to view the sunsets, taste our chef´s creative dishes in the panoramic dining room or enjoy the tranquility of the infinity pool. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, MrandMrsSmith and Odigeo so you can book your Galapagos Safari Camp reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Galapagos Safari Camp Hotel Santa Cruz
- Galapagos Safari Camp Galapagos Islands/Santa Cruz