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Stamford, Connecticut
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We wanted to see the Galapagos but we didn't want to stay on a boat. Pikaia was the perfect choice. Luxury accommodations with a casual flare. The staff was amazing and handled every request with a smile. When returning from a day on the water we were always greeted with a warm smile, an eager ear and a cool drink....

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Scarsdale, New York
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We just came back from Pikaia Lodge.. what an amazing Vacation!!! I traveled with my Family (kids ages 11, 14, and 16). The Lodge is located on breathtaking property. The view is totally stunning. The staff was beyond friendly and accommodating to us. Our room was very comfortable and spacious. We participated in the four night tour. The first day...

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Reviewed 17 February 2017

Wow---we spent a week at the Pikaia Lodge and it was one of the nicest places we have ever been. Breathtaking views from the rooms, the restaurant, and the pool and spa. Morning sunrises, unbelievable sunsets, a sky filled with every star (and shooting stars) imaginable and a few rain showers made this an unbelievable location. The open design of...

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Andrew B, Manager at Pikaia Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Kim H, How fortunate we were of having you as our guests. I’m thrilled to see you had such a fantastic experience with us, your comments encourage us to keep doing what we do. Galapagos is a very special place in the world, one of the few where we can let ourselves be free in wild nature and interact...

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The views, the rooms, the experience, the food all were tremendous. The boat excursions were also spectacular! I would HIGHLY recommend for a land based excursion of the Galapagos! The hike and turtles around the Lodge is just an added bonus-also spend some time in town-very quaint and nice. We will return!

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Andrew B, General Manager at Pikaia Lodge, responded to this review

Dear OBXTKN2 Thank you very much for taking your time and writing your review, we really appreciated it. We are happy to see you enjoyed your stay and I look forward to seeing you back at our lodge. Regards Andrew

California
Reviewed 6 January 2017

It is hard to imagine how someone could have dreamt of such a fabulous hotel, let alone to actually have realized it. The hotel is situated on a remote hill, affording an ever changing 360 degree view over a magnificent landscape of cloud forest, "savannah"-type plaines and the distant waters of the Pacific Ocean. Not disturbed by any metropolitan light...

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Andrew B, General Manager at Pikaia Lodge, responded to this review

Dear BHSCalifornia Thanks for your review. Building Pikaia was definitely a challenge and I appreciate you enjoyed the end result. We are confident that with more guests like you Pikaia we will be able to last many years bringing special experiences to people around the world. Kind regards Andrew

New York City, New York
Reviewed 27 December 2016

The view is just great. The rooms are top level. Restaurant is very nice. Some times the weather is good at the beach, but bad in the middle of the island where the lodge is located. Still strong recommendation for everybody who wants to avoid skeeping on a boat. the private yacht of the hotel is perfect. We travel 15...

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Johnston, Iowa
Reviewed 15 December 2016

This place is extra-ordinary. The rooms are fabulous and the staff goes out of their way to make sure you have a great experience. We have never stayed in a nicer place. Definitely recommend this place!

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Andrew B, General Manager at Pikaia Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Mark C, Many thanks for your review. I´m happy to hear you had a great stay with us and I will share your comments with our staff. Kind regards

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 22 November 2016

When you arrive at the airport, you are whisked off to a luxurious waiting area while your fees and luggage are taken care of. Then you climb into a van then onto a private ferry to cross the canal and then into your tour bus to the hotel. Pikaia Lodge is perched on the side of a hill and you...

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Andrew B, General Manager at Pikaia Lodge, responded to this review

Dear, Many thanks for your review on our property. I´m happy to hear about your stay and that you enjoyed our restaurant. There is a lot of work dedicated to finding the right supplies in such an isolated place and training our local staff to make sure we can offer world class dining experiences at our restaurant. I´m glad you...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 24 October 2016

What a spot - we didn't want to be boat-bound for our 2nd week of honeymoon, and so chose Pikaia. It's remote, and a new property run by investors who don't have a background in hospitality. Those factors do occasionally manifest themselves in minor imperfections or oversights in service. That said, the geography of the spot and the WARMTH, talent,...

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Andrew B, General Manager at Pikaia Lodge, responded to this review

Dear NellDD Many thanks for your detailed review. We are happy to see we are on the right track and we appreciate the feedback you have provided. Galapagos is a remote group of islands with many laws and restrictions aimed to conserve them and find sustainability. These restrictions involve immigration control, import restrictions of many products, strict scheduling for visiting...

Florida
Reviewed 18 October 2016

this is an incredible all-inclusive lodge in the highlands of santa cruz. it is spectacular. way out of our price range, so we didnt stay there, but we did tour it. We also ate dinner there. The restaurant (Evolution) was beautiful and the food was tremendous.

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Andrew B, General Manager at Pikaia Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Bill E. Thanks for taking your time to write your review. I´m happy to hear you had a great visit and that you enjoyed our Restaurant experience. If you make it to Galapagos again, we look forward to seeing you at our restaurant again. Kind regards Andrew Balfour

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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Pikaia Lodge / Galapacific S.A. Hidden in a secluded location and nestled on top of an extinct volcano crater, Pikaia Lodge is a stunning new alternative for exploring the "Last paradise on Earth" in a truly sustainable, yet luxurious land based way. Pikaia Lodge is designed for the environmentally conscious, eco-adventure traveler, who seeks intimate contact with the unique natural heritage of the Galapagos along with all the comforts of a highly evolved lifestyle. No lack of privacy, rigid timetables, seasickness nor confined spaces of the typical yachts or cruises. Pikaia Lodge guest will enjoy active, quality guided land and marine day programs in small groups. At night, they will rest in spacious and quiet accommodations. Due to its central location in the Archipelago, the Santa Cruz Island provided Pikaia Lodge with the perfect opportunity to develop it's unique land based day tour concept, since the most interesting islands, secluded white sandy beaches and wildlife sites of the Galapagos National Park are nearby. All these can be reached within relatively short navigation times on board it's large, comfortable, safe and stable oceangoing private yacht Pikaia I. Pikaia Lodge guest will discover some of the finest beaches of the Galapagos near the lodge. Just by taking a stroll, they can come face to face with a wild giant tortoise. Pikaia Lodge has its own private Tortoise Reserve on the property. Pikaia Lodge is one of the most advanced green lodges built in the world. It operates with alternative energy resources and has an outstanding social responsibility program. Since the Galapagos are famous for being Charles Darwin's inspiration for his Evolution Theory and is still living proof of it, Evolution is the theme of Pikaia lodge. With the lodge's name, Pikaia Lodge honors the oldest known ancestors from which all modern mammals, fish and reptiles are descendant. The "pikaia gacilens" are believed to be the first creature to evolve into a vertebrate. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Pikaia Lodge

Address: Km. 13 Via El Camote | A 100 M de Cerro Mesa, 200350, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz
Hotel Class:5 star — Pikaia Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 14
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#2 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Cruz
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“all great.”
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“All rooms are great.”
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“All the rooms are good. Upstairs gives you a better view.”
EBK55, 22 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Rooms on the ends (ours was 12) have a sitting area with a TV separate from the sleeping area, and the upper rooms have high ceilings.”
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