The Royal Palm is a family-owned hotel enjoying the quiet seclusion of its own 190 hectare (480 acre) private estate in the lush Maconia forests of Santa Cruz. Located next to the Galapagos National Park, the Royal Palm combines elegant colonial style with traditional island design, which complements the natural environment. This is as close to nature as you can get! This boutique estate comprises 21 Casitas and Villas including family accommodation; the largest villa is named in honor of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales who stayed at the hotel in 2009. The hotel has a relaxed and informal charm about it and is the perfect base for both land and sea exploration of the Galapagos Islands.