Hilton to Debut on Galapagos Island

Hilton is set to debut the Curio Collection by Hilton brand on the Galápagos island of Santa Cruz. The company has signed a franchise agreement with Serinatura S.A. to convert the existing Royal Palm Galápagos to a Hilton property. The hotel is expected to join Curio Collection by Hilton in July 2022.

As per the agreement, the property will remain owned and operated by its current management company, led by Diego Andrade Murtinho, while joining Curio Collection by Hilton. With an anticipated conversion in July 2022, Royal Palm Galapagos, Curio Collection by Hilton will represent the first international hotel brand name with a presence in the destination and will adhere to Hilton’s global environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy known as "Travel with Purpose".

Santa Cruz is home to Tortuga Bay, the Charles Darwin Research Station and a port for ecologically responsible cruising. Secluded on a 160-hectare estate in the Miconia Highland Forests adjacent to the Galápagos National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hotel is nestled in a valley between two extinct cinder cone volcanoes and features nine areas of geological interest from craters to lava tunnels. Royal Palm Galapagos is the only hotel with a Miconia and Escalesia reforestation program, and a rain harvesting program.

The boutique hotel offers 21 casitas and villas, a pool, spa, fitness center and a fine-dining restaurant located inside a cavern within one of the property’s lava tunnels. The property is undergoing a renovation plan including a refresh of the lobby, spa, guestrooms and dining experience.

The Hilton Effect Foundation, the company’s global philanthropic arm that seeks to advance Hilton’s "Travel with Purpose" goals, has been engaged in projects across the region, including partnering with organizations such as The Nature Conservancy to protect native Ecuador fish species and Galápagos Conservancy to feed and protect the critically endangered Floreana giant tortoise.

For more information, visit www.hilton.com/royal-palm-galapagos.

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