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A completely different Galápagos experience, the Royal Palm lies in the heart of Santa Cruz Island near the hamlet of Santa Rosa, convenient for highland excursions. Because of the major renovations completed in 2013, you'll be sorely tempted to enjoy your splendid villa and forget the amazing wildlife you traveled here for. Tops is the two-bedroom Prince of Wales Villa, which also has the finest view of the estate and overlooks over the south of the island, fitting for the famous British royal who stayed here in 2009. The size and view set it apart from the Royal and Presidential Villas, although all three have a sauna and private garden. Still excellent are the 10 highland villas, the two family villas with space for two more guests, as well as the 409-square-foot casitas (little houses), which can be inter-connected. The jewel of the Royal Palm, however, is the separate, oceanfront Villa Escalesia in Puerto Ayora, a getaway that has it all. The four-bedroom mansion (plus annex) features rooftop dining, Jacuzzi, and pools—all fronting the ocean—with full-service packages available that include chef, maître d', housekeeper, and personal concierge.