Choosing where to stay on Easter Island was a month long process. I wanted to stay somewhere luxurious, since I was already spoiling myself with this trip to the most remote island in the world. However, the options were limited to either hostels/two-star hotels or Explora (in case you are not familiar with the latter, the place will run you at least $1000/night). Just as I was about to settle for the best two-star hotel, my travel agent discovered a new boutique hotel that was opening right in time for my visit and the price was perfect. If that is not fate, I do not know what it is?
Easter Island is a small island, thus most of the hotels are located in one central place, which is exactly where Hotel Altiplanico Rapa Nui can be found.
Hotel Altiplanico Rapa Nui is part of the Chilean hotel group called Hotel Altiplanico. The following is their ambitious mission statement:
Our concept is to offer maximum hospitality under the idea of hotels as a home, in parallel with respect for nature; architecture submits itself to nature and merges with it.
I believe they accomplished it with their property on Easter Island. From the second I arrived, I felt like I was at home, because the staff made sure I was comfortable at all times, and they definitely respected their surrounding environment in the construction of the hotel — incorporating elements of the island throughout the entire property.
My room was simple, yet elegant. And that is all I needed, because at the end of the day I was there to see the Moai, not to luxuriate in my hotel room.
The en suite bathroom, like the bedroom, was designed so that guests would feel at one with nature. In the evening, if you took a shower, you could see the stars twinkling above.
The room came with a private backyard that had a little “pod” I could lounge in.
The backyard also happened to come with a view of a lone Moai in the distance!
The solar-power heated pool was incredibly refreshing after my daily excursions around the island and it too came with a view of the ocean and was landscaped beautifully.
Why It Is Andi’s Pick
Easter Island is a mysterious and seductive place and no matter where you stay you will have an unforgettable experience, however I highly recommend enriching your visit with a stay at Hotel Altiplanico Rapa Nui. My absolute favorite thing about the hotel was the open-aired restaurant. The gourmet meals that I was provided with were so delicious that I had every single meal there, except for one dinner. Expect a full buffet spread every morning for breakfast that I promise you will miss once you leave.