Villa, 4 Bedrooms , 6 Baths, (Sleeps 8)
- english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
About Furio Valbonesi
Medical Doctor with degree in Political Science. I am a permanent resident of Galapagos since 1973.
Furio Valbonesi purchased this Villa in 2000
Why Furio Valbonesi chose Puerto Ayora
This property is exceptionally well located in the calm Shark Bay,,there are no cars only paths and is water front with its own private dock.
What makes this Villa unique
Very close to the beach,,snorkeling places, visiting attractions and best being in a very secure neighbourhood.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 12:00 PM
Check-out: 9:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Great trip to Galapagos!
We really enjoyed our time on Santa Cruz. Furio’s home was located in a great waterfront location with eas
Great for families
Loved Furio’s Casa, easily the best house in Puerto Ayora. Loved the sea lions and iguanas on the private dock. Furio arranged a guide who managed our day trips, rides and taxis. The house was cleaned through the day and was ample space for 2 families with a well stocked kitchen, living and pool area. Furio was very helpful throughout- love the little bar he has around the back of the house which is on the way to Las Grietas 5 mins away, where we were able to snorkel in complete solitude in the early morning sunshine. Great stay, highly recommended. —-Ash, Manhattan
Thank you for your generosity,you with your family will always be welcomed to my house.
Merry Christmas,dear friend.
The best place to stay!
Not a better spot on the island! Furio is the perfect host. Our travel plans that he helped arrange went without a hitch. He had excellent recommendations and contacts. Plus, he met us at town to escort us to his home via water taxi and we arrived to find a freshly baked loaf of Italian bread waiting for us. The pool was a wonderful amenity! It was a trip of a lifetime and my children will never forget it!
Casa Furio- great place with great hospitality!
We stayed at Casa Furio over the Thanksgiving holidays in 2018. We are a family of 4 with a 17 year old son and 11 year old daughter. The house is located in Franklin Bay and is about a 150m walk past Finch Bay Resort on the trail to Las Grietas. The property is walled and very secure. We first arrived at the House by water taxi from the Port Ayora main dock. It was about a 20 minute ride to get around the point and into Franklin Bay where Casa Furio is one of only 3 or 4 properties on the whole bay. It is a beautiful setting. We arrived at the private dock and were warmly greeted by the house owner and Galapagos expert Furio. The house is spacious, has a great kitchen and living area with a spiral staircase to the 2 big bedrooms upstairs. Both Bedrooms have good A/C, queen size beds and adjoining bathrooms. The house decorations are all very interesting, especially the converted confessional! Next to the house is a detached building with 2 more bedrooms which was perfect for our son to have his own space. Our daughter stayed in the 2nd bedroom near us. The front of the house overlooks the Bay and the infinity pool. There is also a sauna that we put to good use. Sea lions play with the neighbor's dog in front of the dock each morning and always gave us a laugh. Sea Iguanas hang out on the dock and near the pool. You can snorkel and swim right off of the dock and explore the mangroves. There is a public dock near the house where boats pick up and drop off people going to Las Grietas but it is not overly busy.
We really enjoyed our host, who stays in the 3rd floor of the house but is never intrusive and you don't know he's even there. However, Furio is only a phone call away and very helpful in booking day trips all over the Islands. Furio knows the Galapagos exceptionally well, having been a resident there for over 3 0 years. He takes great care in finding you the best tour group and boats which makes your decisions on where to go and what to do so much easier. Furio is also the consummate host and gentleman. He had home made hot Italian bread for us when we arrived (amazing!) and baked 2 or 3 more loaves for us over the course of our stay, as we couldn't stop eating it. Furio also surprised us with a Thanksgiving Turkey dinner that we will never forget. We truly enjoyed our stay at the house and it was made all the better by getting to know Furio, hearing his first hand stories of the islands and staying in the clean and comfortable home.
Perfect location, beautiful and charming house and wonderful hospitality.
We arrived to this charming house after a very stressful flight delay. Once we stepped foot in the house all our anxiety was gone as we were welcomed to Furio's delicious three course gourmet meal, plus home-made bread. Furio arranged all our tours and needed transportation for us to explore the these amazing islands. This was a perfect way to enjoy all the beauty of the Galapagos, including having easy access to town by water taxi. We highly recommend Furio's house as a perfect way to see the Galapagos.
At home with Signore Valbonesi - a most genuine stay
Forget everything you know about grand luxury hotels with bell boys and uniformed porters. and immerse yourself in Furio's world. With over 40 years of Galapagos experience your host knows what to do, where to go, with whom and when. It's a home away from home. Enigmatic Italian furniture and interior design pieces have been brought to this remote corner of the world offering the visitor a memorable stay.
Thank you very much for your review.
It has been a real honor for me to have you and your family stay at my home.
You have been my first Swedish guests and it is such a breath of pure air for me to have met such educated persons with honest values; I have learned a lot from you and your culture,I only wish we could have spent more time talking.
I hope to meet you again one day, never know,
life is full of pleasant surprises.
All the best to you and your family.
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