Stylish Sustainability in South America
by Alain Gayot
Finch Bay Eco Hotel Review
In an area with little development and very limited water supply, one would be hard-pressed to find luxury accommodations — or so you'd think. That's where Finch Bay Eco Hotel in the Galapagos Islands comes in. Owned by Metropolitan Touring, the leading travel corporation of Latin America, Finch Bay Eco Hotel is constantly evolving and improving. The 27-room hotel includes six luxury oceanfront suites, an indoor/outdoor restaurant, a 24-hour outdoor pool and even its own desalination plant, providing an unlimited supply of fresh water for guests. Business travelers will be pleased to find wireless and wired Internet access, telephones, fax and email services.
As the only full-service eco-hotel in the Galapagos, Finch Bay is committed to conservation and low environmental impact, earning it Smart Voyager certification, given to operations (mainly hotels and Galapagos tour boats) that meet a set of strict conservation standards. In addition to Smart Voyager, Finch Bay is also a founding member of the Sustainability Tourism Certification Network for the Americas. Further sustainability efforts include the utilization of the hotel's own herb garden.
With local traffic consisting of only bicycles and pedestrians in its neighborhood home on Santa Cruz Island, the hotel provides a quiet environment for visitors in its private seaside location between mangroves. When you're not relaxing and taking in the tranquil setting, options for activities are aplenty. With day trips and tours to nearby islands via yacht, as well as scuba diving, snorkeling, bird watching, hiking, mountain biking and wildlife observation, there is much to explore on and off the island. Guests can even take a stroll to the main shopping district of the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora, offering restaurants, clothing stores, hardware stores, grocery stores, marine stores, tourist shops and even night clubs.
After a day full of outdoor adventures and working up an appetite, guests can enjoy Finch Bay's on-site restaurant, which features international and Galapagos-inspired cuisine, available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wind (or wine) down at the bar and lounge, both located by the pool, and enjoy stargazing as you sip a nightcap before retreating to your air-conditioned room. Although the posted bar hours are only until 10:30 p.m., bar staff will gladly stay if guests wish to linger a little longer. With service like that combined with everything Finch Bay has to offer, who needs other lodging options?
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