Beach / lakeside relaxation
Not suitable for children
Welcome to Galapagos Oceanfront Villa
Galapagos Ocean Villa is nestled in a pristine bay on the edge of Punta Estrada, the exclusive neighborhood on the stunning Galapagos island of Santa Cruz.
Home to Furio Valbonesi and his delightful dog Tornado, this charming self-catering villa is available for short term rental for families and groups of up to 8 people.The 2 bunks beds in the lobby and one sofa bed in the lagoon suite in the guest house are available at an extra cost per person,per night.
"I invite you to explore the myriad wonders of Galapagos' unique eco-system from the comfort of my home. Since first arriving on the islands in 1973, it has been my dream to create a home in this secluded corner of paradise.
Ten years ago this dream became reality and for the past few years I opened the doors to visitors from across the world. Do take a look around this website for a taste of what is in store for you should you choose Galapagos Ocean Villa as your base for visiting the islands."
On the ground floor is a large open plan kitchen / dining room overlooking the whirlpool,the infinity pool and the bay. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you might need to cater for your group.
Next to the pool is the swedish sauna,the BBQ area with Italian brick oven. Both outdoor and indoor showers, as well as a guest bathroom, a small gym and laundry room are available for your use.
On the first floor are two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms complete with bathtub, shower and bidet. There are two bunk beds suitable for children in the lobby that separate the two bedrooms.A large terrace overlooks the bay from this floor.
Next to the main house, separated by a small garden is the Guest House with two air conditioned twin bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and shower.
As there are no cars in the neighborhood it is a safe place for children. You can listen to the mockingbirds, Darwin finches and lava gulls all day long.
Maid service will be available 6 mornings per week (excluding Sunday and National Holidays).
in the exclusive Punta Estrada neighbourhood,overlooking the Franklin Bay,a very short walk to the Finch Bay Hotel and the German beach,the only beach in town, and a 10 minutes walk to the famous tourist attraction " Las Grietas".
Alternatively, one can catch a water taxi directly to the villa's private dock which is a 10 minute and $10 ride (for up to 12 people). Simply ask the water taxi driver to take you to Furio's house.
Included as part of your rental is the use of the infinity swimming pool, with jacuzzi and sauna. A kayak and a hobby-cat are also available for your enjoyment. You are encouraged to bring your own equipment for snorkeling in the tranquil bay immediately in front of the house.
A stone's throw away from the villa is the famous must-see Guss Angermeyer Museum. The villa is a 5 minute walk from the famous "German Beach" and only 15 minutes from "Las Grietas", a water canyon with brackish crystal clear water.
In Puerto Ayora one can visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park Van Strahlen Hall to see the giant tortoises breeding centre and land iguanas. Saturday morning sees a wonderful array of local produce on display at the central market in town.
A trip up into the highlands of Santa Cruz, some 30 minutes by taxi from the town of Puerto Ayora, will allow you to see giant tortoises living in the wild, as well as explore the fascinating underground lava tunnels.
Puerto Ayora is where all day tours to the nearby islands start. With Santa Cruz being situated at the centre of the archipelago, it offers most activities and excursions to other islands, as well as to the highlands where you can see the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat. Of all the trips, Furio recommends a trip to the fine white sand of Tortuga Bay Beach and to Garrapatero Beach where you rent kayaks and enjoy a BBQ.
Do ask Furio, either before your visit or once you arrive, to help you with arrangements for your tours and excursions.
Not Included in Rental Rates :
1-Villa transfers from and to the Airport.
2- Refundable Government Taxes : FOREIGN TOURISTS VAT REFUND
This agreement applies to goods produced in this country and to accommodation services in amounts greater than US$ 50.00 per invoice.
The amount of VAT (Value Added Tax) is 12 %.
Administrative costs will be deducted from the amount to be refunded ( USD 3 ).
The refund accreditation will be carried out only through the credit card that must be under the name of the applicant.
It is important that the tourists provide all the information requested by the authorized business, and when filling out the VAT application form
the Information must be complete and correct to receive refund benefit.
For further information visit the Ecuadorian Government web site: www.sri.gob.ec