PIKAIALODGEGALÁPAGOS,ECUADOR

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Ecuador’s first eco-friendly lux­ury ho­tel sits on the edge of two ex­tinct vol­canic craters in the forested hills of Santa Cruz and of­fers ma­jes­tic sweep­ing views of the oceans, forests and mist­shrouded high­lands. With the pri­vate tor­toise re­serve on the ho­tel’s 31-hectare land, wild gi­ant tor­toises come and go as they please. The Gala­pa­gos and its sur­round­ing ma­rine re­serve are Nat­u­ral World Her­itage sites of UNESCO. All rooms have panoramic, un­ob­structed views. The Evo­lu­tion restau­rant on the top edge of the crater of­fers an Amer­i­can-style buf­fet for break­fast, a va­ri­ety of dishes to choose from at lunch and a so­phis­ti­cated menu in­spired by a fu­sion of Peru­vian and Ecuado­rian cui­sine at din­ner time. There is the Su­maq Spa for ad­di­tional pam­per­ing as well. An in­dul­gent body rub us­ing vol­canic Galá­pa­gos mud, fol­lowed by a shamanic mas­sage, spells bliss to us. Up in Pikaia, you re­ally do have your head in the clouds.

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