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Discover the Enchanted Islands in an Exclusive Environment.

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Last updated: 06/12/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Santa Cruz villa description

Welcome to Galapagos Oceanfront Villa

Galapagos Ocean Villa is nestled in a pristine bay on the edge of Punta Estrada, the exclusive neighborhood on the stunning Galapagos island of Santa Cruz.
Home to Furio Valbonesi and his delightful dog Tornado, this charming self-catering villa is available for short term rental for families and groups of up to 10 people.

'I invite you to explore the myriad wonders of Galapagos' unique eco-system from the comfort of my home. Since first arriving on the islands in 1973, it has been my dream to create a home in this secluded corner of paradise.
Ten years ago this dream became reality and for the past few years I opened the doors to visitors from across the world. Do take a look around this website for a taste of what is in store for you should you choose Galapagos Ocean Villa as your base for visiting the islands.'
Furio Valbonesi


On the ground floor is a large open plan kitchen / dining room overlooking the whirlpool,the infinity pool and the bay. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you might need to cater for your group.
Next to the pool is the swedish sauna,the BBQ area with Italian brick oven. Both outdoor and indoor showers, as well as a guest bathroom, a small gym and laundry room are available for your use.
On the first floor are two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms complete with bathtub, shower and bidet. There are two bunk beds suitable for children in the lobby that separate the bedrooms.A large terrace overlooks the bay from this floor.
Next to the main house, separated by a small garden is the Guest House with two air conditioned twin bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and shower.
As there are no cars in the neighborhood it is a safe place for children. You can listen to the mockingbirds, Darwin finches and lava gulls all day long.
Maid service will be available 6 mornings per week (excluding Sunday and National Holidays).
In the exclusive Punta Estrada neighbourhood,overlooking the Franklin Bay,a very short walk to the Finch Bay Hotel and the German Beach,the only beach in town, and a 10 minutes walk to the famous attraction, ' Las Grietas.


Included as part of your rental is the use of the infinity swimming pool, with jacuzzi and sauna. A kayak and a is also available for your enjoyment. You are encouraged to bring your own equipment for snorkeling in the tranquil bay immediately in front of the house.
A stone's throw away from the villa is the famous must-see Guss Angermeyer Museum. The villa is a 5 minute walk from the famous 'German Beach' and only 10 minutes from 'Las Grietas', a water canyon with brackish crystal clear water.

In Puerto Ayora one can visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park Van Strahlen Hall to see the giant tortoises breeding centre and land iguanas. Saturday morning sees a wonderful array of local produce on display at the central market in town.
A trip up into the highlands of Santa Cruz, some 30 minutes by taxi from the town of Puerto Ayora, will allow you to see giant tortoises living in the wild, as well as explore the fascinating underground lava tunnels.
Puerto Ayora is where all day tours to the nearby islands start. With Santa Cruz being situated at the centre of the archipelago, it offers most activities and excursions to other islands, as well as to the highlands where you can see the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat. Of all the trips, Furio recommends a trip to the fine white sand of Tortuga Bay Beach and to Garrapatero Beach where you rent kayaks and enjoy a BBQ.
Do ask Furio, either before your visit or once you arrive, to help you with arrangements for your tours and excursions.
Not Included in Rental Rates :
1-Villa transfers from and to the Airport.
2- Refundable Government Taxes :
This agreement applies to goods produced in this country and to accommodation services in amounts greater than US$ 50.00 per invoice.
The amount of VAT (Value Added Tax) is 12 %.
Administrative costs will be deducted from the amount to be refunded ( USD 3 ).
The refund accreditation will be carried out only through the credit card that must be under the name of the applicant.
It is important that the tourists provide all the information requested by the authorized business, and when filling out the VAT application form the Information must be complete and correct to receive refund benefit.
For further information visit the Ecuadorian Government web site:

Property Type

  • 3 story
  • Villa
  • 700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included


              • Wheelchair Accessible:

                Garden Depandance...moreless

              • Pets Considered
              • Children Welcome
              • Smoking Allowed
              • Events Allowed

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

              Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dining Area Seats:


              • Oven
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Ice Maker
              • Catering Available
              • Kitchen
              • Stove
              • Pantry Items
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster
              • Dishwasher
              • Refrigerator
              • Microwave
              • Seating for 10 people


              • Air Conditioning:

                Air conditioning in all bedrooms...moreless

              • Wood Stove:

                Italian Brick Oven...moreless

              • Babysitter
              • Towels Provided
              • Living Room seats 12
              • Fitness Room / Equipment
              • Iron & Board
              • Washing Machine
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Linens Provided

              Other Amenities

                  • Whirlpool Small Gym


                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Stereo
                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Music Library
                  • Video Library
                  • Books


                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Computer Available
                  • Mobile Phone
                  • Telephone

                  Pool & Spa

                  • Private Pool

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Balcony


                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Location & View


                  • Restaurants
                  • Swimming
                  • Fishing
                  • Surfing
                  • Sailing
                  • Hiking
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Cycling
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Tennis
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Medical Services
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Laundromat
                  • Museums
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Walking
                  • Boating
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Fitness Center
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Kayaking


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                  from 25 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Apr 30 - Aug 31, 2014
                  5 night min stay
                  Dec 19 - Jan 7, 2015
                  7 night min stay
                  My Standard Rate
                  5 night min stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                  • Tax Rate 12%


                  Four hours maid service included except on sundays and national holidays

                  Taxes ,12% are refundable upon leaving the country

                  At reservation 50 %

                  Balance 60 days prior to arrival.

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                  Last updated: 06/12/2014
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                  26 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Baltra Airport
                  Santa Cruz
                  Nearest Beach
                  German Beach
                  Santa Cruz
                  Nearest Barpub
                  F..Bay Hotel
                  Santa Cruz
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Finch Bay Hotel

                  Car: Not Necessary

                  Las Grietas,water canyons ,15 minutes walk from the villa

                  German Beach,5 minutes walk from villa

                  Gus Angermeyer Museum

                  Darwin Station


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2000

                  About the owner: Medical Doctor with degree in Political Science.

                  Why the Owner Chose Santa Cruz:
                  I am a Galapagos permanent resident since 1973

                  The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                  Very close to the beach,snorkeling places, visiting attractions and best restaurants.

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english

                  Links to more information:

                  Guestbook comments from the owner

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                  • View from infinity pool

                    View from infinity pool

                  • View from Bay

                    View from Bay

                  • Living Room

                    Living Room

                  • Kitchen


                  • West Bedroom

                    West Bedroom

                  • First floor Lobby Castle Beds

                    First floor Lobby Castle Beds

                  • Garden Depandance Bedroom

                    Garden Depandance Bedroom

                  • Swedish Sauna

                    Swedish Sauna

                  • Infinity Pool and Whirlpool

                    Infinity Pool and Whirlpool

                  • View from Path

                    View from Path

                  • Living Room

                    Living Room

                  • East Bedroom

                    East Bedroom

                  • Bathroom


                  • Garden Depandance

                    Garden Depandance

                  • BBQ Area

                    BBQ Area

                  VRBO #363756

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                  This listing was first published here in 2011.

                  Date last modified - Monday, June 23, 2014

                  $700 - $1,200 per night (USD)

                  4 Bedroom / 5.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 10

                  View calendar: Updated 06/12/14
                  Minimum stay: 5-7 nights
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