Explora Rapa Nui sits on the southeastern side of Easter Island, five miles from the main village of Hanga Roa. The modern lodge is made from stone and wood, with design features including curved roofs supported by dark wood stilts. Huge windows in both the communal areas and the bedrooms frame the views of coral tree–dotted pastures and ocean. The hotel’s interior features large white sofas and leather chairs in the Explorer’s Bar. The minimalist design of the bedrooms is softened with colorful throws.
Located five hours' flying time from the coast of Chile, Easter Island is the world’s most remote inhabited island, and guests come here to explore. It’s not difficult to get around, as the island measures just 15 by 8 miles. Explora works on an all-inclusive basis, with daily excursions included in the rate. Activities range from trekking to cycling, swimming, horseback riding, and, of course, visiting the mysterious tall stone figures known as moai which are situated around the island and date back to the 12th century.
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Easter Island is best known for two things: being the world’s most remote inhabited island, and being home to the great moai statues. It's a wonderful destination for sporty, outdoorsy, culture-loving travelers. Highlights among Explora’s daily "explorations" of the island include visiting the Orongo volcano with its 360-degree views, and the Rano Raraku quarry where visitors see how the famous statues were carved from the mountainside.
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Rooms: 30 rooms; from $2,550 for three nights, all-inclusive. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Drinks and nibbles, such as cheese platters, are served in the Explorer’s Bar, but the conjoining restaurant is where meals are served. The long, thin dining room has tables stretched along the windows and feels a bit like dining on a fancy ship. The menu is healthy and imaginative, with local twists. A typical dish might be fresh fish with sweet potatoes. Spa and gym details: Alongside the outdoor swimming pool is a simple massage room as well as an open-air Jacuzzi and a rustic sauna made from eucalyptus branches and warmed by an open fire inside.
Who's it for: High-end travelers looking for an all-inclusive adventure on Easter Island. Popular among couples, groups, and families, the hotel is tailored to people with an adventurous spirit looking for group tours. Explora markets itself as a “luxury base camp.” Our favorite rooms: There are two categories of rooms: 26 Varúa rooms and four suites. All have sea views, so the choice really depends on if your means and needs extend to a suite. Plan ahead: The best months to visit Easter Island are between October and May.