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:Discover the Enchanted Islands in an exclusive environment.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Space 5,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms , 6 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Welcome to Galapagos

The Bay House 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 8 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

Accommodation

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).

 

Location

In the exclusive Punta Estrada neighborhood,overlooking the Franklin Bay,a very short walk to the Finch Bay Hotel and the German Beach, and a 10 minutes walk to the famous attraction, ' Las Grietas', and the salt lagoon whose path starts right behind the villa.

 Activities

Included as part of your rental is the use of the infinity swimming pool, with jacuzzi and sauna. A kayak 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 center 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 20 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 center 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 can rent kayaks and enjoy your own 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- Any other kind of transfers

2- Refundable Government Taxes :12%.

You will be refunded after leaving Ecuador

More Details

Owner
Furio Valbonesi
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2018

About Furio Valbonesi

Medical Doctor with degree in Political Science.

Furio Valbonesi purchased this villa in 2000

Why Furio Valbonesi chose Puerto Ayora

I am a Galapagos permanent resident since 1973

What makes this villa unique

Very close to the beach,snorkeling places, visiting attractions and best restaurants.And best and secure neighbourhood.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Home is really nice. Huge living room, kitchen, 3 floors, 3 bedrooms with bathrooms and astonishing view. There are two bedroom in separate building. Outdoor pool and jacuzzi. Your own pier. The best owner I've ever met, who will show and describe everything you need. There is very nice staff guy who cleans the house.
Jan 2012
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Amenities

Puerto Ayora Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , Guests Bathroom
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , Swimming Pool Bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Bunk Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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:Discover the Enchanted Islands in an exclusive environment.
average rating of 4.87234 based on 58 reviews
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Amazing place

  • 4 of 5

The best location in Pto Ayora, far from de madding crowd and just in the middle of Nature

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a wonderful time! Loved the property!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time period the pool was a nice welcome to cool off after A-day visiting the islands. Furio was an excellent host!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Best of the Best!

  • 5 of 5

Visiting the Galapagos Islands was a bucket list goal, and we decided to plan a pre-Christmas trip with our three adult children. Choosing Furio’s villa as a home base was the best decision we could possibly have made for the following reasons:

1. The villa is beautiful and very comfortable. It has tall ceilings (12 ft., I think), is very spacious and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need. The gourmet kitchen is incredible, and has plenty of room for the whole family to pitch in to get breakfast (or any other meal) on the table in a hurry. In addition to the four bedrooms the listing advertises, there is a spacious second floor landing between the two upstairs bedrooms with bunk beds and a couch. The bottom bunk is larger and very comfortable even for an adult.

2. The waterfront location affords guests the opportunity to observe wildlife while relaxing by the pool. We loved the view of the bay from our ceiling to floor doors and windows in the two upstairs bedrooms. We observed sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and frigates right at the house. The area is very safe, and there are numerous restaurants, a swimming beach, and Las Grietas all within a short walk.

3. Furio was amazing, literally. He helped us plan our itinerary prior to our arrival, recommending the best tours and locations to visit. He had a great taxi driver, William, waiting for us at the airport when we arrived to guide us through the canal crossing to his waiting taxi, and then on to Puerto Ayora where Furio met us to escort us to his beautiful home. Furio was always available but never intrusive. I can’t overstate how helpful it is to have guidance from a long-term resident who knows the islands, the people, restaurants, the language (AND our language – he speaks six languages fluently), and so much more. If you’re there on a Saturday, be sure to ask Furio about the local vegetable market. Yum, yum. We ate a fabulous meal there and got a great taste of the local culture. We got to know Furio as we chatted over learning to make Italian bread, and we came home with a new friend in addition to memories we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

We love to travel, and we have stayed in AirBNB homes around the world, so we knew what we were looking for. Our conclusion is that it is possible to pay more for a luxury villa in the Galapagos Islands, but if you do you will miss the best of the best.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Best of the Best!

  • 5 of 5

Visiting the Galapagos Islands was a bucket list goal, and we decided to plan a pre-Christmas trip with our three adult children. Choosing Furio’s villa as a home base was the best decision we could possibly have made for the following reasons:

1. The villa is beautiful, clean, and very comfortable. It has tall ceilings (12 ft., I think), is very spacious and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need. The gourmet kitchen is incredible, and has plenty of room for the whole family to pitch in to get breakfast (or any other meal) on the table in a hurry. In addition to the four bedrooms the listing advertises, there is a spacious second floor landing between the two upstairs bedrooms with bunk beds and a couch. The bottom bunk is larger and comfortable even for an adult. A plus is the daily maid service.

2. The waterfront location affords guests the opportunity to observe wildlife while relaxing by the pool. We loved the view of the bay from our ceiling to floor doors and windows in the two upstairs bedrooms. We observed sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and frigates right at the house. The area is very safe, and there are numerous restaurants, a swimming beach, and Las Grietas all within a short walk.

3. Furio was amazing, literally. He helped us plan our itinerary prior to our arrival, recommending the best tours and locations to visit. He had a great taxi driver, William, waiting for us at the airport when we arrived to guide us through the canal crossing to his waiting taxi, and then on to Puerto Ayora where Furio met us to escort us to his beautiful home. Furio was always available but never intrusive. I can’t overstate how helpful it is to have guidance from a long-term resident who knows the islands, the people, restaurants, the language (AND our language – he speaks six languages fluently), and so much more. If you’re there on a Saturday, be sure to ask Furio about the local vegetable market. Yum, yum. We ate a fabulous meal there and got a great taste of the local culture. We got to know Furio as we chatted over learning to make Italian bread, and we came home with a new friend in addition to memories we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

We love to travel, and we have stayed in HomeAway/VRBO homes around the world, so we knew what we were looking for. Our conclusion is that it is possible to pay more for a luxury villa in the Galapagos Islands, but if you do you will miss the best of the best.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Staying in this house was the best decision we made on our trip!

  • 5 of 5

It would be hard to overstate how much we enjoyed staying here. We had considered some lovely hotels closer into "town," but that would have been a big mistake. Taking the water taxi (80 cents) at the end of each day and walking the path to the house took us away from the busy day, and onto the water with our private dock and lovely covered patio. Having morning coffee with the resident iguana on the dock and the many birds and sea lions, set amid the mangroves, was a great way to start each day. The kitchen is well equipped, the beds comfortable, the living room and dining room large enough for our group of 8 to spread out. Furio is on hand day and night to make arrangements for tours and taxis (not to mention making us two of the best meals we had the entire time!).

Don't miss the short path behind the house that leads to Las Grietas--bring your snorkel and go early to avoid the crowd. We arrived about 9 am, and enjoyed snorkeling with parrotfish and some others. As we were leaving an hour later, the place was really getting crowded. If you want to go Tortuga Bay (a long walk but worth it for the pristine white sand beach), bring your snorkel and no valuables. We didn't realize how shallow the beach would be (walk past the first beach you come to toward the swimming beach), and how many fish would be there. Wonderful birds as well.

Stay here, and invite Furio to dine with you. You will come away wanting to return simply to see him.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jennifer,I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay in Galapagos. I also had a wonderful time with you,you are all great persons and I do not know how to thank you for your generosity. I am sure we will meet again in this life or in another one but,if you decide to come back to Galapagos,any time,I will be honored to have you again at my house but this time,as my personal guests. Big hug to everybody, Furio
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This place is beautiful, and Furio is the best host!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of five, and I knew for weeks before our arrival that Furio would make sure our stay was wonderful. He is quick to respond, caring, and kind. We had flight issues I contacted him about, and he even called the airlines for us! The house is idyllic and right on the water. There are many perks with staying here that we hadn't even anticipated. We never had to buy bottled water, because he has a dedicated sink in the kitchen with purified water. We watched groups of tours pull up not far from his home, wait in line, and get into kayaks to explore the bay. Not us. Furio's kayak was at our disposal. We went out in the morning and kayaked among sea lions, iguanas, pelicans, and diving blue-footed boobies - all of which could also easily be observed from his deck as well. The kids could safely swim in his pool and enjoy the hot tub right outside our door, where we could relax in beach chairs. He was there when we needed him and gave us the privacy we needed. He had a cleaning service there for us daily, so we came home each day to our dishes done and our beds made. We were astounded by what a gracious host he is - from our welcome beverages to our warm send-off. He seemed like a pro, with an infectious laugh that lights up a room. Before we left, we found out he's a former hotel owner, so yes, he really is a pro!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Las Grietas
Water Canyon ,rocky formation surrounded by salt water and fresh water lakes.Birds of the zo...
Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Baltra Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
F..Bay Hotel
Nearest Ferry
0.35 Miles
Finch Bay Dock
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Finch Bay Hotel
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Playa de los alemanes
Nearest Point of Interest
Las Grietas
Nearest Point of Interest
Salt Lagoon
Nearest Point of Interest
German beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Dock
Nearest Point of Interest
Finch Bay restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Angermeyer Point
Nearest Point of Interest
Love Tunnel
Nearest Point of Interest
Playas de los perros Dock
Nearest Point of Interest
Playa de los perros
Car: not necessary

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

German Beach,5 minutes walk from villa

Gus Angermeyer Museum,few yards from villa

Darwin Station 20 minutes from villa,crossing Academy Bay by water taxi

Can use the villa's kayak to explore the bay

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Additional information about rental rates

Daily Cleaning Service $0
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.0%

Four hours maid service included except on sundays and national holidays
Taxes ,12% are refundable for foreign tourists,after leaving the country :
www.sri.gob.ec

Refundable security deposit USD 500 at check in

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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