The Bay House is an oceanfront villa 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 this delightful self-catering villa is available for short term rental for families and groups of up to 8 people or for individuals.
"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 1978, 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 have been opening 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 your stay."
The Villa and its Bay
Situated in the neighborhood where all the best hotels and restaurant are, the Bay House is accessible only by boat or on foot. It is a 5 minute walk from the famous "German Beach" and 15 minutes from "las Grietas", a water canyon with sweet crystal clear water.
The bay is a tourist attraction offering the chance to see blue footed boobies, frigate birds, sea turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas, lava gulls, great blue herons on the private dock of Furio's house.
Furio Valbonesi, the Honorary Italian Consul in Galapagos has made it his permanent home since 1987. The creator of The Royal Palm Hotel in Galapagos, one of the leading Small Hotels of the World, Furio built The Galapagos Ocean Villa in 2003, running it as a vacation rental ever since. Guests describe his Italian cooking as the best in South America. He can cook you all meals including pizza, with local produce bought at the Saturday island market. He makes his own bread. He is very easygoing, fluent in five European languages, can organise weddings or help you plan your activities and excursions to close islands.
You can also snorkel in this tranquil bay right from the house and infinity pool.
A stone away from the villa,it is a must to visit the famous Gus'Museum
On the other side of the bay is the main harbour, from which all day tours to close islands start: since Santa Cruz is in the center of the Islands, it offers most activities and excursions to other islands , to the highlands where you can see the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat or to the white fine sand of Tortuga Bay Beach or to Garrapatero Beach where you rent kayaks or cook a BBQ meal.
In Puerto Ayora you can visit the Charles Darwin Research station and the Galapagos National Park Van Strahlen Hall to see the giant tortoise breeding centre and land iguanas.
You can enjoy this colourful town, the fishermen dock , fabulous boutiques and good restaurants
On the ground floor is a large open plan kitchen / dining room with a guest toilet and a full equipped open kitchen overlooking the whirlpool,the infinity pool and the bay. The villa also has its own private dock from where one can swim in the ocean or fish.
Next to the pool is the swedish sauna,the BBQ area with the italian brick oven. An outdoor and indoor shower outside the house is provided as well as a guest bathroom , small gym and laundry room.
On the first floor there are two bedrooms with en suite bathroom complete with bathtub, shower and bidet . There are two bunk beds on the first floor lobby that separate the bedrooms and are suitable for kids and available to groups that rent the whole house.The two bedrooms have a full bathroom with a large terrace overlooking the bay.
Next to the main house , separated by a small garden there is the Guest House with two air conditioned double, independent bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and shower.
As there are no cars in the neighbourhood it is a safe place for children. You can listen to the mockingbirds, Darwin's finches, lava gulls all day long.
You can rent just a room at a very convenient cost or the whole house if you are group and you will then be able to cook your own meals or ask for a cook for you
In Puerto Ayora, take a 3 minute water taxis to the Finch bay dock for 60 cents per person. then walk 10 minutes passing by the german beach,following the only path to the villa.or take a water taxi straight to the villa's private dock (10 minutes and usd 10 for the chartered taxi)
Making A difference to the Environment
I have been involved in the Municipal recycling project on Santa Cruz since 2003. This project won the 2012 Award for the best Ecuadorean Municipality for the treatment of waste . I have advised the Mayor on several environmental issues concerning waste and campaigns in the community to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. I regularly participate in clearing waste from the bay . I instigated a project to make shopping bags from cardboard , paper waste and old magazines and to make small animal shaped mirrors as an art form, from glass, wood and paper waste . I can take my guests to visit the Recycling Centre near Puerto Ayora.
All the lights at my house are energy saving. I built high ceilings and enormous windows so it is not necessary to use air conditioning in the main house.
I am supporting the new wind power project which is in the process of being built in Barrio Pampas Coloradas in Puerto Ayora which will bring an end to using oil power. I use a wood and carbon oven.
Making a difference in the Community
I promise to support my community by employing local staff and supporting them and their families in education. I ensure the children of my employees receive a good education and encourage them in further education,I help and encourage students in Galapagos to obtain a visa from the European community so they can go universities in Europe. I support local artists and artisans by buying and promoting their artwork in Galapagos and throughout South America.I have helped and I will continue to help local artists exhibits at the prestigious Royal Palm Hotel John Madejski Gallery.
I buy organic fruit and vegetables grown on Santa Cruz, buy free range eggs from family farmers. As the honorary italian consul in Galapagos and as a medical doctor I help to liase with the Italian Ambassador in Quito to support health projects in Puerto Ayora. In the past I helped with the building of the local hospital and will continue to help with health issues in the community. I support local health charity run by my good friend Emily Pozo.
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