Explora Rapa Nui
Explora Rapa Nui is the most luxurious accommodation option on Easter Island and while striking hotels in remote locations are an Explora specialty (see Explora Atacama and Explora Patagonia), there is no more dramatic example than Explora Rapa Nui.
Explora’s LEED-certified lodge is built to blend into the arid, rocky landscape, using unfinished pine and local stone. Its futuristic, rounded exterior ensures that all 30 suites have enormous windows with views of the Pacific. Open floor plans and wide windows maximize the views. Being removed from town makes the property quiet and eliminates light pollution, so you can see the night sky perfectly. Excellent food and warm service add to the understated luxury of Explora Rapa Nui.
Of course, anyone who travels all the way to Easter Island isn’t there for the accommodation; it is all about exploring the island. Explora’s small group tours are led by knowledgeable local guides who are passionate about teaching travelers about the island’s history. In addition to excursions to explore the island’s famous moai, guests can go scuba diving, horseback riding or volcano trekking. At night enjoy dinners of fresh caught fish, island-grown vegetables, and Chilean wine on the restaurant’s expansive terrace.