Miconia Cabañas SpaAddress: Av. Charles Darwin and Hernan Melville, Puero Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island view map
Decorated with natural materials like bamboo and other local wood gives the hotel a natural ambiance. With a beautiful garden full of trees, the morning is the perfect time to heave breakfast with the local Darwin finches.
The staff are very friendly, creating a family atmosphere to optimize your stay with the utmost comfort.
Kathy Espinel, an Ecuadorian, studied hotel and tourism business with a degree in hotel management in Brazil for 6 years. She then worked aboard the Galapagos Explorer, one of the big boats running between the Galapagos Islands, where she meet and fell in love with her husband who was a naturalist guide.
He is native to San Cristobal, and they settled there and opened a restaurant to offer a good cuisine alternative to the people of the island. After a few years they decided to start the hotel Miconia, as they realized that tourism would be the future of San Cristobal.
They chose the name of the hotel from a very special local plant that is found in the highlands of San Cristobal. The Miconia is vital to the island due to its unique ability to capture the humidity in the air and deposit it in the ground as water. This is the reason why San Cristobal is one of only 2 Galapagos Islands with its own supply of fresh water.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
They focus on sustainability.
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
The owners are certified by Smart Voyager, and in August 2010 they received acclaim as the first sustainable hotel on San Cristobal Island.
They provide training for their employees in good practices in sustainability; saving energy and water and recycling are just a few of their sustainable practices, and they inspire people to follow this example in their own homes.
In the near future, they are planning to provide similar training to other members of the community, in conjunction with the Rainforest Alliance.