ADVANCED SUSTAINABILITY MEETS SUMPTUOUS MINIMALISM
Named for Darwin’s groundbreaking book, Theory launched in March from sustainable cruising leader Ecoventura. The 142-foot megayacht is essentially a floating boutique hotel, sleeping just 20 guests in 10 serene, white staterooms. “The beauty is outside in the Galápagos Islands—you don’t want to take away from that,” says Ecuadorian interior designer Cindy Muirragui of her simple, un-distracting approach. Giant windows abound (even in the spacious showers), and the palette virtually disappears into the surroundings: silver matches the sparkle of the Pacific as the sun rises and falls, and blues blend in midday.
“The truth is it was all my imagination,” says Muirragui, “what I imagined to be in Galápagos, luxury without being too stuffy, something that would remain in time.”
At the core of the Ecoventura ethos is operating eco-friendly vessels with features such as Theory’s ecological toilets, advanced water treatment systems, biodegradable toiletries, and state-of-the-art bow design alongside top-shelf amenities and interiors. While most Galápagos vessels adhere to the national park’s required 1:16 crew to guest ratio, it’s 1:10 aboard Theory, plus two experienced naturalists, on each voyage.
Materials used onboard include exotic stones and crystals, and petrified teak. In the lounge where geography and photography lectures are held, the ceiling is hand-painted to mimic solid wood coffers, while gray and white upholstery and leather sofas echo spotted eagle rays and bottlenose dolphins. Agate lamps evoke the archipelago’s lava flows and coffee tables are fashioned with twisted root bases mirroring the distinctive flora. The onyx bar is lit from within and furnished with stools the exact color of the famed blue-footed booby. Most furnishings were made by local Ecuadorian craftsmen and carpenters, including marble nightstands, king-size beds, armchairs, and daybeds in Muirragui’s favorite spot: the hot tub on the sundeck.
“When you come in from tours at 5 p.m., it’s like you’re in another world,” she says of sprawling on the papasan chairs and loungers decked in a Sunbrella motif that invokes the red-footed booby’s blue-rimmed eyes. ecoventura.com
Ecoventura Theory alternates Itinerary A (southern and central Galápagos) and Itinerary B (northern and western Galápagos) on a Sunday-to-Sunday schedule year-round, and is available for charters.