When sailing the magical Galápagos on an expedition of a lifetime, the Relais & Châteaux fleet of luxury liveaboard yachts, that include Theory by Ecoventura provides an exquisite experience unlike any other.
Ecoventura’s 142-ft expedition yachts Theory and Origin go far to meet the needs of luxury experientialists. Often sailing together as a fleet, they are part of the Relais & Châteaux family. Each comprises 10 spacious, chic, designer staterooms for up to 20 guests and comes complete with king-size beds, walk-in showers and large windows that offer panoramic views, perfect for close-ups of schools of dolphins and finches seemingly walking on water.
The communal areas on Theory by Ecoventura – sundeck, lounge, bars and dining room – are salon-like spaces, perfect for briefings and lectures, delicious meals and strong cocktails (to fuel the day’s raconteuring). The look was put together by interior designer Cindy Murriagi, who set out to exceed what had been done at sea before, but without distracting guests from what they are actually there to see and do. Clean lines and a contemporary colour palette (look out for the hue that matches the feet of the blue-footed boobies) form the backdrop for creative furnishings – exotic stones, petrified wood, agate lamps – all made by Ecuadorean artisans and each a unique interpretation of all that is found in the archipelago.
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|While focusing on conservation and wildlife, do take the time to visit the students who benefit from the Galápagos Biodiversity and Education for Sustainability Fund, on Santa Cruz island. Ecoventura partnered with the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galápagos National Park to establish the project, that creates programmes for the next generation of Galápagos biologists around biodiversity and conservation. We left this amazing group of young people reassured that the future of this gorgeous part of the world is in safe hands.|
The luxury of the expedition is surpassed only by the crew – headed up by captain Jhon and enigmatic purser Cristina – all of whom can’t do enough to ensure a more than five-star service. We were fed meticulously prepared meals with sustainably produced local ingredients by Estuardo and Xavier, the chefs on Theory by Ecoventura, and were well looked after by the hilarious housekeeping heroine Maria, who ensures she never goes unsung – literally.
Photography courtesy of Ecoventura