Ancient tradition meets modern design at this contemporary Easter Island lodge.
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Food & wine | History & culture | Relaxation
As the newest accommodation on Easter Island (Rapa Nui) – a remote Pacific outpost some 3,500 kilometres from the Chilean mainland – this boutique designer lodge, with its spa and excellent restaurant, goes all out to impress. Its location in the island’s southwest is ideal for the airport while volcanic peaks, crystalline waters and the island’s famous stone moai are all within easy reach.
Embracing the island’s architectural heritage, generously sized rooms are spread across a collection of hare maeas (stone houses). With goose down quilts, 300 thread count sheets and views to the gardens and Pacific Ocean sunsets there’s certainly much to enjoy. With a strong commitment to preserving the island’s environment, it’s worth noting the hotel doesn’t have air conditioning, although the stone buildings and prevailing breeze do much to cool things down on warmer days.
Ancient island recipes and the freshest local ingredients come together at Hare Noi’s superb restaurant – a showcase for traditional Easter Island cookery. The hotel has its own garden and guests are actively encouraged to choose the vegetables they eat while a daily-changing menu of freshly caught fish adds further weight to this inclusive culinary ethos. As you’d expect, the proprietors have dipped into their mainland cousins’ extensive wine store, recommending a tipple to suite each and every dish.
At the lodge’s spa, a natural rock solarium, a restful wading pool and a massage area adorned with volcanic stones hint at Rapa Nui’s Pacific Rim geology. Here, rejuvenating treatments utilise age-old relaxation methods with ingredients ranging from banana leaves to pink sand and volcanic island soil. Elsewhere, a delightful outdoor pool and sun loungers provide ample opportunity to relax between island explorations.
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