Scale of 90-100
Luxurious, sculpture-filled resort on the island of Santa Cruz, set on a hilltop amid 75 acres that have been replanted with some 9,000 native trees. Twelve rooms with either patios or balconies, plus two larger suites, one of which has a private plunge pool. Opt for a slightly more expensive Balcony Room, which has higher ceilings and unobstructed views toward the distant coast through floor-to-ceiling windows. All suites have a simple but plush décor with dark bamboo floors, large Peruvian travertine-clad baths, walk-in closets and comfortable living rooms. Airy lobby-lounge, satisfying (if inconsistent) cuisine in Evolution Restaurant, wide infinity pool, small Sumaq Spa. Unforgettable excursions with Pikaia’s yacht to nearby islands (private charters can be arranged), as well as land-based tours on Santa Cruz.
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The extraordinary excursions; the spacious accommodations; the panoramic views; the always-friendly staff.
The spotty management presence; the occasional overlooked detail; the extremely high price.
Good to Know
I regretted not booking the four-night package, which includes two excursions on the lodge’s yacht.
Pikaia Lodge Features:
- Children welcome
- Meal plan offered
- Room service
Average Mid-High Season Rates (including taxes):
Balcony Room for two, $3,000 (all meals, airport transfers and excursions included).
All meals and non-alcoholic beverages; Fruit plate on arrival; Welcome amenities; Pikaia Lodge backpack and water bottle; Access to VIP lounge at Seymour Airport; Scheduled guided excursions aboard Pikaia I and Pikaia II; Use of sports equipment; Round-trip airport transfers
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