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.