We spent one night at the hotel every catching up with a Ship. We had a suite with a view and this review is consistent with others that mentioned oversized room, pleasant and natural furnishings and an interesting design. Breakfast was included with the room, and it was very good. I had heard that the food was mediocre, but that... More
- Also Known As:
- Hangaroa Hotel Hanga Roa
- Hotel Hangaroa Easter Island/Hanga Roa
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa, the newest hotel property on Easter Island and located just a 5-minute walk from the island's only town, Hanga Roa. The Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa is the fulfillment of an ambitious and idealistic project created by a group of developers and designers seeking to create an integral tourism property based on sustainability, Easter Island's rich culture, and the local Rapa Nui community. Easter Island is one of the most mysterious destinations on Earth, well known for its iconic stone moai statues. It is also the most remote inhabited island in the world, located in the center of the Pacific Ocean, or in Rapa Nui, Te Pito o Henua, translated as the "Navel of the World," or "Land's End." The Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa features 75 elegant and smartly decorated rooms, the Poerava and Kaloa restaurants, the deluxe Manavai Spa, an outdoor swimming pool and its Vaikoa bar, a reading room and excursion center, a 60-person auditorium featuring cultural and art films, and a 300-person conference space for cultural seminars, dance and music presentations, and corporate meetings. The Hangaroa sits high on a dramatic, steep-sloped cliff facing the Pacific Ocean, and all guestrooms boast panoramic windows and terraces with sea views. The Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa offers "B&B" rates for lodging and breakfast only, and "Premium" packages that include lodging, excursions and all meals and beverages. Each detail of the hotel's architectural design and functionality is cutting edge. Inspired by the Orongo ceremonial village and site of the island's Bird Man ritual, all of the Hangaroa's walls are curvilinear and topped with grass roofs, and favor natural light and landscaping of local flora that allow the hotel to artfully blend into its natural environment. The Hangaroa's 500-square-foot Kainga double rooms and 800-square-foot Ma'Unga suites are curvy, insular and organic, softly lit by LED lights and made of volcanic rock, clay and wood. Bathrooms feature wash basins carved from volcanic rock, circular mosiac-tiled showers, and hand-crafted freestanding soak tubs made of dark clay. Cool, relaxing, and sophisticated in design, guestrooms also boast state-of-the-art technology that saves on water and electricity consumption, minimizes noise, and features a bedside bioswitch that when flipped frees the room of electromagnetic fields for a pollution-free environment. The hotel's lounge spaces, reading room and lobby are designed to resemble a traditional casa bote, a traditional Rapa Nui house that appears as an upside-down canoe. Luxurious and utterly stylish interiors designed by renown Chilean interior designer Paula Gutierrez feature custom-built furniture, Polynesian prints and fuchsia, sky blue, tangerine and emerald fabrics contrasted against stone and dark-earth clay walls and floors, and stately, polished cypress tree trunk pillars. Outside, a heated pool and expansive pebbled patio face out toward the sea, surrounded by lush flowers, palms, grass and sand. COMMITMENT TO ENVIRONMENT & THE LOCAL COMMUNITY: As the most remote inhabited land in the world, few destinations on the planet are as ecologically and culturally sensitive as Easter Island. The Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa has therefore incorporated advanced technology to minimize impact on the island and its people, including energy-saving measures, water filtration systems that return water pure back to the environment, waste recycling programs, and the use of organic and locally sourced food products. The Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa philosophy is to bring the community into the project. More than 75% of the hotel's staff members are ethnic Rapa Nui, and the Hangaroa has developed a series of educational and professional training programs that also seek to maintain and conjoin the Rapa Nui's beliefs, rites and traditions. The Rapa Nui hotel staff are people who are warm and welcoming and who have a spiritual bond with their ancestral culture, providing guests with the most gracious Polynesian hospitality possible, a hospitality that comes from the heart. The Hangaroa will also donate funds to local educational programs and environmental causes every year. EXCURSIONS: As part of the Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa's desire to give back to the local community, the hotel subcontracts the outstanding local tour company Mahinatur, with 25 years' experience guiding travelers on Easter Island. Mahintur's excursions are soulful experiences that put visitors up close to the Rapa Nui culture and the people themselves, along with visiting highlights such as the Rano Raraku quarry, the visually stunning Ahu Tongariki with 15 standing moais, the breathtaking Rano Kau volcanic crater that measures 1.6 km in diameter. Guests may opt also to unwind on the white sands of Anakena Beach, take a leisurely bike ride, explore town, or scuba dive in some of the most extraordinarily clear waters in the world with up to 50 meters of visibility. MANAVAI SPA The Hangaroa Eco Village's Manavai Spa is a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation, with holistic and high-tech, transformational treatments that take into consideration ancestral techniques of the Rapa Nui. In addition to a menu of massage, body treatments and facials, the Manavai Spa offers a sand sauna that mimics an ancestral technique traditionally used for spiritual cleansing. There is also a Kneipp pool and two outdoor Jacuzzis. The Hangaroa also has an outdoor swimming pool. ... more less
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