|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
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.'
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 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 lagoonwhose path starts right behind the villa.
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 :14%.You will be refunded after leaving Ecuador
Medical Doctor with degree in Political Science.
Furio Valbonesi purchased this villa in 2000
I am a Galapagos permanent resident since 1973
Very close to the beach,snorkeling places, visiting attractions and best restaurants.And best and secure neighbourhood.
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.
Thank goodness I never saw the last review (Dec 31) until now or we would have missed out on a marvellous place to stay only one week after that review! I certainly never noticed any smells of dog or mould; and hardly any mosquitos which was a pleasant surprise-since we are near the equator in a humid area.
Furio was a marvellous host -what a treat to be greeted with Italian hospitality in the midst of the Pacific-great location, great food & great company. We shall tell all our friends in Australia (and elsewhere!) about it.
We have stayed in many high end properties in many countries, and this is the worst so far. The only thing to recommend it is the location. We were traveling as a family of 6 adults., and rented the house for a week but were gone to another island for two of the nights. Because of a serious allergy, two of our group had to move to a hotel nearby due to all the mold and mildew. (The smell was very noticable.) Although the floor and counter level surfaces were wiped every day, all other horizontal surfaces were covered with a lot of dust. There are many holes in the screens, or doors that don't hang straight, so there were as many mosquitos inside as out! The owner has a dog, which fact we didn't mind because we all like dogs, but we found that we couldn't use the living room area because the dog smell was so strong, so we even ended up eating our Christmas dinner on the picnic table outside where it was cool and windy. All of us were glad to move on to our next destination.
Our family of 6 adults stayed 10 days at Furio's Villa and we couldn't be any happier. We wanted to find THE PERFECT getaway to celebrate my wife's 60th birthday. Surely, the Galapagos was an all-time best vacation location and Furio's Bay House was THE BEST place to stay on the Islands! From the first contact, Furio was quick to respond and was invaluable, answering all of our many questions and helping us with pre-planning excursions, island transportation, airport arrival, and where to go to find reputable and trusted local shops and services. Furio knows the islands and he knows everyone. There were six of us (Me, my wife and two daughters with their significant others (ages 27-38), and we found Furio's Villa such a warm, comfortable and relaxing getaway on the island. The home is spacious, reminiscent of an old Italian Villa, furnished with Furio's family antiques and collectibles. What you experience is far nicer and richer than the pictures on the website, right down to the Sea Lions and Iguanas on his dock to greet you each morning. Complete with fresh water pool, sauna, hammocks, kayak and his friendly dog "Torranado", it was the perfect home-base for us. I can also recommend Furio's kitchen facilities. Large, spacious and well equipped so we made many meals in that helped stretch our budget. Furio is also the consummate host. One day we returned from an over-night excursion to Isabela Island to find a freshly-baked loaf of bread that he prepared for us. You could not ask for a better host. He generally left us to ourselves and was always available to help and join us when asked. We enjoyed many hours laughing and cooking with Furio in his kitchen - it was just like family. Furio also helped me plan a very special surprise birthday celebration for my wife too. So STOP LOOKING. We all agreed, the entire experience was wonderful and we would return again. This was the affordable alternative to the high-priced resorts and hotels and offered much more than expected for the do-it-yourself adventurer.
If you want to experience the warmth and hospitality that Furio provides - including his culinary skills - his spacious, homely residence (as opposed to a boring, clinical hotel room), furnished with his families antiques all the way from Italy. Sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet in the house and the perfect position of the pool and boat ramp at the end of the beach like garden, where you can sit sipping your morning cup of coffee and watch the birds, sea lions and iguanas playing in their natural habitat, then Furio's Casa is the place to stay.
I can also recommend you ask Furio for some cooking lessons. You'll have lots of fun and laughs in his kitchen and take home some delicious recipes and culinary secrets.
My wife and I and our two boys, aged 12 and 10 recently spent 6 nights at LA Casa Di Furio and it was simply fantastic! Furio is a wonderful host and is willing to help you organize any of your activities on Santa Cruz or for day trips to the other islands. He had everything organized for us when we arrived. Furio will cook for you if you wish or he will allow you complete privacy if that is your desire. We can only echo what so many other reviewers have said- he is a fantastic chef!! His kitchen/greatroom area downstairs opens to the patio, pool, and little beach area and provides the perfect place to gather in the evenings to cook, sip a glass of wine, and watch the kids play in the pool. His super friendly dog Tornado will be close by taking part n the fun as well. Our boys woke up early every morning to see the sea lions and Iguana's out on the boat dock in front. The bedrooms upstairs are clean and spacious and I especially liked the wide porch overlooking the bay. Furio also has William his driver and Esther his housekeeper available for your needs and Esther will also do your laundry for a small fee if you wish. We have stayed in VRBOs all over the world and our experience at La Casa Di Furio was one of the very best! Thanks Furio my friend. We will be back!
Hemos pasado 10 dias maravillosos en Galapagos !
Situada en punta estrada ,en Shark Bay ,se encuentra este paraiso con muelle propio en la isla se Santa Cruz
Piscina que termina en el espejo de agua de la bahia con iguanas ,lobos marinos ,pelicanos ,piqueros azules
Basta salir con el kayak y la mascara para hacer snorkel y ver pescaditos y tortugas de agua
Lejos 10 minutos de puerto ayrora pero suficiente para disfrutar de la paz de este lugar
Su perro Tornado cuido de nosotros toda la estadia <no permitiendo que ninguna iguana se acercara a la casa
Esta casa ha sido nuestro refugio para vivir la naturaleza y descansar junto a nuestros hijos y novias
Espaciosa ,calida y muy bien puesta,nada librado al azar!!
La cocina es de revista ,no falta Nada !
Cacerolas,utensillos y todas las maquinas imaginables que han contribuido a hacernos sentir como en cas y no querer salir a comer afuera
Parrilla ,horno de barro y un buen jacuzzi para tomar unas cahipiras mientras se hacia el pescado a la parrilla
Su dueno Furio un capitulo aparte ....hemos compartido cenas y hemos aprendido hacer el pan casero "furioso",pulpo a la parrilla,pasta con calamaretis !!!
Culto ,calido y siempre con una sonrisa,dispuesto a que cada dia sea mejor que el anterior
Las excursiones a tortuga bay ,garrapatero ,las grietas,seymour norte han sido buenisimas
Para mis hijos que se dedican a bucear gordon rocks,seymour norte y floreana han sido espectaculares !!!!!
Ocean Front Villa ha superado todas nuestras expectativas
Gracias Estela Cavallo
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
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£406|
Four hours maid service included except on sundays and national holidays
Taxes ,12% are refundable for foreign tourists,after leaving the country :
Refundable security deposit USD 500 at check in