This week marked Galapagos Day and in celebration we headed to the Royal Geographical Society for an evening of insightful, compelling talks by leading scientists and researchers hosted by the Galapagos Conservation Trust. The event really struck a personal chord and made us so proud as we reflected on the sustainable efforts led by Metropolitan Touring through their various properties on mainland Ecuador and in the archipelago, in order to protect and preserve this unique corner of the world for future generations.
In particular, the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel is a pioneering eco-hotel that strives to be at the forefront of land-based sustainable conservation on the island; every day a member of the hotel team undertakes a beach clean to ensure the natural beauty of the island is maintained and to encourage locals and guests to adopt a minimal waste ethos.
The hotel itself applies energy-saving measures throughout, stocking guestrooms with environmentally-friendly toiletries and refillable water bottles, following a meticulous recycling system, and using minimal pesticides and preservatives in its food offering. The hotel also houses the first Chakrita Lab project in the country, a revolutionary pilot programme which allows a huge variety of fresh fruit and vegetables to be grown and harvested in small spaces in areas where crops do not grow on their own.
Located next to the Chakrita Lab is the hotel’s brand-new spa, which opened last month and has quickly become the perfect sanctuary for hotel guests to unwind and rejuvenate after busy days of wildlife watching. Built from volcanic rock, the contemporary and eco-friendly design of the building has been created to emphasize the unique flora, fauna and landscape of the Galapagos. Whether you’re wanting to perfect your downward dog in a yoga class, improve your cardio in a gym workout, indulge in a spa treatment or soak tired limbs in the outdoor Jacuzzis, this spa is a tranquil haven just waiting for you!
One of our favourite treatments on the menu is ‘Lava meets Water’, which promises to stimulate muscles and reduce bodily tension by using locally sourced hot volcanic and cool marble stones incorporated into massage techniques. We definitely need some of that in our lives! Another treatment we’re dreaming of is ‘Sweet Feet’, designed to calm the senses and promote positivity. After a refreshing wash with soap infused with Palo Santo oil, an Ecuadorian chocolate mask moisturizes and soothes tired soles ready for a new day of outdoor discovery, whether that’s mountain biking, kayaking, scuba diving or excursions on board the hotel’s Sea Lion yacht. The hotel’s new spa the perfect addition to the hotel, offering a rejuvenating and more mindful way to appreciate the archipelago, reminding us all why we should all fight to preserve and protect it.