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“Semilla Verde Lodge, highlands of Galapagos” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
Certificate of Excellence
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Santiago, Chile
2 reviews
“Semilla Verde Lodge, highlands of Galapagos”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014

To stay at Semilla Verde Lodge is to have an experience of a very different sort at Galapagos: you are in the wooden higlands (about 500 meters), with another climate and vegetation than on the coast (rainforest: humid, but not so hot). The people that attend you are extremely nice, the owners helpful and buisy to get you everything you dare for, the rooms and surroundings are comfortable and nicely decorated. Breakfast is enormous, with lots of varieties of fruits, bread, marmelades, and of course the home grown organic coffee. All in all, very recommended to stay a couple of days, relax and live another authentic Galapagos feeling.

Room Tip: there are suites that are very nice, with marvellous views down to the coast
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Klamath Falls
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014

It is possible to spend the whole week just walking the path around the 13 hectares! But there is so much more! great food, beautiful accommodations! Personal attention to the many levels of needs,. Great guides and excursions. Booking here for a whole week with several generations represented would be a great gift to the lucky (smart) family!

Room Tip: Corner suites have a view of the water, the Southern Cross is there but was obscured by clouds!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

We stayed for a week at Semilla Verde in January with our three young children. Robert and Daisy and their lovely team made us feel so at home and it was like a real home from home. We had rooms 4 and 5 and the lounge at the bottom which were perfect for the family and very private. They loved looking out onto the coffee plantation as well as having space to roam both inside and out which really worked for us.

The grounds were also lovely, we regularly went tortoise spotting and found plenty along the way the children loved searching for banana trees, they also enjoyed the pool.

Robert had arranged our week for us so we ate at the lodge for 4 days, the food was delicious always home cooked, fresh and really flavoursome, he also arranged the trips for us which we all really enjoyed. Our highlights were to South Plaza and North Seymour the teams on the boat were so nice and helpful great with the kids, amazing snorkelling and great food.

Overall thank you so very much for an amazing week which we will all remember for life.

Room Tip: 4 and 5 together so work for a family with young kids, room one at the top good for a couple with a...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wasilla, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

This octogenarian travelled to the Galapagos with a fifteen-year-old grandchild, also with some trepidation. But any worry was for naught. Our host at Semilla Verde, Robert Grimstone filled every day with an opportunity to explore the Galapagos islands with as much leisure and adventure as we chose. While the young went off swimming with the sharks I counted Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions and iguanas on the rocky shoreline. Every day we awoke to a chorus of yellow warblers in the tree tops surrounding the lodge, and every afternoon, after a day of exploration we returned to the lodge in time for a stroll through the coffee and banana trees to check on the number of tortoises still catching a late day meal. One day I saw eight. The equatorial day ends abruptly and with simple elegance and candle light we enjoyed a lovely, nutritious meal. With the lodge located at an elevation to enjoy the vegetation of the highlands it offers the best of any possible experience on the equator.

Room Tip: If you are 80 or more you might prefer one of the rooms with a walk-in shower
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2014

We booked a week here and a week in town so that we could get the most of both experiences, but in the end were sad to leave and regretted not having booked the whole trip here.

The grounds are amazing. The walking paths in the trees are full of giant tortoises and are incredibly serene, as is the vista from the various balconies throughout the building. Robert is a wealth of information and very helpful, and the staff are cheerful, meticulous and all around lovely!

The breakfast is fantastic - the best we had anywhere! I ate most of my other meals in town, but my mother said the other meals were equally good. They brew their own fantastic, shade-grown, tortoise-friendly coffee (which they also sent down to town for me after I left without mine, along with my phone... though the absence of the coffee was more of an initial concern!!).

We stayed in a significantly more expensive place in town afterward, and found it didn't compare at all. If you are looking for a place where you can have quiet respite, or peace and quiet while you plan your other adventures, this is it. You can do all of this while sitting on a beautiful terrace overlooking the forest and coffee plantation, and watching tortoises amble about. In town, planning our activities in quiet generally meant sitting in our hotel room away from the beauty of the island.

The grounds are a short (maybe 20 minute (?) cab ride to town, which gives you an opportunity to see much more of the island. It did generally mean that we were inclined to take everything that we would need for the day with us, but it was entirely worth it (and, in a pinch, if you forgot something, the cab ride was only 5-6 dollars, and Semilla Verde covers one of these trips a day).

The yoga studio is also fantastic! There were no yoga groups there when we were there so we were free to use the studio when we pleased. It over looks a little pond where tortoises sometimes come to drink!

Robert will organize an itinerary of days trips if you wish. We did the Santa Fe trip and it remains one of the highlights of our whole stay. I was traveling with my mother who's mobility is compromised because of arthritic knees, but the guides bent over backwards to help her into and out of the boats and to make sure she got the most out of the excursion.

The locale also offers a reprieve from the coastal heat (or at least it did when we were there at the end of January), and had plenty of hot water for our showers.
We booked an extra night for our last night on the island, and are really looking forward to going back!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Klamath Falls, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

Robert & Daisie Grimstone are wonderful hosts dedicated you making your adventure in the Galapagos Islands most memorable! The accommodations are exquisite. The food is remarkable. the location is perfect. The tortoises abound on the grounds inching their way through the coffee trees keeping the grass mowed and fertilized. If you are expecting barren landscapes, you immediately realize that you are on the tropical side of Santa Cruz. Baltra Airport is deceiving with its barren appearance. Once you cross on the little ferry boat and ride up the hill, you find yourself in a lush environment farmed by the 30,000 folks living there. Excursions are organized for daily adventures around Santa Cruz or around the number of surrounding islands filled the Blue Footed Boobies, Iguana, the the infinite number of flora and fauna that make the Darwinian Galapagos so intriguing. Semilla Verde Galapagos Lodge is an adventure all by itself well worthy of consideration.

Room Tip: Spend the money of the upper levels...although any floor is great!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nyon, Switzerland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014

Semilla Verde is a charming and peaceful guesthouse set in a beautiful coffee plantation 10 minutes away from Puerto Ayora. We stayed 12 nights with our 4 year-old boy in the room nr 2 with a spectacular view on the property and sea (and of course the giant tortoises).
Robert, our english host, made sure that everything was ok during our stay.He organized well in advance the 4 day trips (Bartholomé island, Santa Fé, North Seymour and the Plazas). And was our guide for the excursion on the lava tour and Santa rosa ( nature reserve for the tortoises); he gave us many interesting informations about Galapagos islands.
The staff was really friendly!
Our son won't forget these holidays and Rusty, robert's dog!
Thank you!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel
Address: Km 12, via a Baltra | Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador (Formerly Semilla Verde Galapagos Lodge)
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Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Puerto Ayora
#2 Best Value Hotel in Puerto Ayora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"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 builidings 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. betwen 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. ... more   less 
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