Iguana Crossing is a beautifully appointed luxury hotel on a white-sand beach, combining a lean, contemporary mood with a remarkable natural setting.
The isle of Isabela is the largest and most rugged in the archipelago, comprised of six fused volcanoes. A large giant tortoise population roams wild amidst its scrub and grasslands.
This beautifully appointed small luxury Iguana Crossing hotel lies on a delightful stretch of powdery white sand at the edge of Puerto Villamil – Isabela's only significant settlement but still little more than a fishing village.
The hotel's design is uncompromisingly contemporary, built using local materials including impeccably crafted polished wood. Features and furnishings are decidedly angular; the clean unfussy lines look striking against the back drop of an elemental, almost minimalist natural environment.
All guestrooms have sweeping views of the beach or out towards Sierra Negra volcano from their balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows. There is a small but attractive pool surrounded by smart wooden decking close to the sand, as well as a rooftop Jacuzzi and bar. The restaurant is very good though there are cheaper (if simpler) options in town.
The hotel owes its name to the marine iguanas that cross the beach right in front of it, heading from the wetlands into the sea. Watching them from the al fresco deck can be a great source of entertainment.
What our clients say
We loved snorkelling with marine iguanas, turtles, and the lovely playful sealions.FM, Manchester
I had wanted to travel to the Galápagos for many years. My husband did not want to go, so I arranged the trip by myself and had a memorable time, whilst feeling very well looked after by JLA.JG
The attention to environmental concerns on the Galápagos was first rate. The national park is a pristine environment and every effort is being made to keep it that way.PT, Peterborough
The Galápagos Islands were out of this world.DJ, Chesterfield
The wildlife in the Galápagos was so totally unbothered by our presence.SB, Leyland
Without a doubt, the Galapagos Islands were amazing. We feel very privileged.SM, South Croydon
Our expert's view
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
Iguana Crossing offers the most comfortable accommodation on Isabela, with spacious air-conditioned rooms, many with ocean views, and a very good restaurant. I enjoyed the small plunge pool although the hotel's wonderful location at the quiet end of the white sand beach meant I spent more time cooling off in the shallows of the sea whilst watching marine iguanas come and go.
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