On a hill facing out to sea, Explora Rapa Nui is a short distance to the south-west of Easter Island's sole town, Hanga Roa. Hewn from the island's volcanic rock and recycled wood from the mainland, its design reflects the houses where the Rapa Nui once lived - but with a contemporary, architectural twist. Inside, bare wood walls, minimalist furnishings plus an absence of WiFi and televisions ensure the emphasis remains on the stunning Pacific panoramas visible from every room. With the environment firmly in mind, the resort's low-lying structure makes the need for air conditioning rare - although it is fully equipped.
Breakfast is a buffet of fresh fruit, eggs and toast, served with views of the coastline. Lunch and dinner hone in on locally caught seafood and light, healthy Chilean classics such as ceviche, empanadas and salad. Menus change according to the catch of the day. Guides can be found planning for the next day at the bar, where you can relax over Chilean wines and Pisco Sours.
More than 30 excursions that celebrate the island's landscape, wildlife and history have been put together by the resort's outdoor team, masterfully led by bilingual local guides trained at Explora's guide school. Those with a sense of intrepid adventure might travel on foot, bicycle or four wheels around archaeological sites sights and to encounter the moai; or explore volcanoes, cliffs and craters, followed by lunch on a secluded beach. Unwinding is equally accommodated for, with a sublime infinity-style pool, jacuzzi and massages.
Lovers of the great outdoors
Culture and anthropology enthusiasts
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Sip excellent Chilean wines and colourful cocktails with fellow guests at the Explorer’s Bar
Feast on traditional regional made using locally sourced ingredients
Relax your muscles in the inviting jacuzzi after a day’s adventuring
Wind down with an indulgent massage at the spa
Take a dip in the stunning outdoor infinity pool
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Immerse yourself in the intriguing history of the island with tours of archaeological sites accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide
Snorkel the clear waters of the Rano Kau crater and Motus islet
Discover underwater Moai statues and submarine cave systems on a scuba diving tour
Hike along foothills and creeks to the top of the Terevaka Volcano, the highest point on the island
Cycle to the azure waters, sandy white beaches and fascinating ruins of Anakena
Keep children occupied with riding and sheep herding
Sail around islets in search of thriving bird sanctuaries
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