Ecoventura’s MV Origin joins Relais & Chateaux

We are so thrilled to share this exciting news with you! Ecoventura’s luxury vessel, the MV Origin, has become the first small ship in the Galapagos Islands to join the esteemed Relais & Châteaux collection. 

MV Origin is one of only 21 new members worldwide selected to join the prestigious association in 2018. With an emphasis on delivering authentic and tailored experiences, Relais & Châteaux members aim to preserve the richness and environment of the regions where they have a presence.

“Our team has always strived to provide exceptional, personalised service for our guests, and we are honoured that an organisation held in such high regard as Relais & Châteaux recognises why an experience aboard the Origin is so special and appropriate for discerning travellers,” said Santiago Dunn, President of Ecoventura.

MV Origin guests can embark on two unique seven-night itineraries through the world’s most ecologically diverse archipelago, all while receiving five-star boutique service. Daytime snorkelling and kayaking tours lead by two certified naturalists put guests in proximity to the Galapagos’ rare blue-footed boobies, sea lions and finches, while nighttime meals invite guests to indulge in gourmet Ecuadorian cuisine. Embodying the Relais & Châteaux commitment to inspirational cuisine, Origin’s four-course, chef-driven menus incorporate fresh, local ingredients such as avocado, coconut and cacao. Their sustainably sourced meals can also be prepared to accommodate vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets.  

Ecoventura welcomed MV Origin to its fleet in 2016. The newest and only vessel of its kind, MV Origin has since redefined the cruising experience by combining modern sophistication with environmental sustainability. The ship consumes 30% less fossil fuel than similar vessels and features a fitness centre, open bar and inviting social areas with hammocks, a Jacuzzi, daybeds and loungers. The ten luxurious staterooms are designed with discerning travellers in mind and feature sleek, convertible furnishings, modern amenities and unobstructed ocean views. 

About Relais & Châteaux

Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of more than 550 of the finest luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants in more than 60 countries. Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character, and that share a passion for providing their guests with moments of true harmony.