The best features of the hotel are the open lounge areas with sweeping seascapes. This is where you can relax and it is also the area where the hotel serves breakfast and dinner, so you are assured some happy memories and good views! The pool is small, could be larger given the size of the grounds. It was really nice to have a pool to come back to after a day out exploring. Staff are friendly and given the very relaxed vibe (this is Polynesia after all) service is friendly and efficient.The rooms are in individual cabins. We were quite far up the hill to ensure our own sea view (room 16). There is a sense of space and tasteful minimalist design inside the cabins and the extra day bed was a nice touch.
As outlined in some other reviews, the main drawback of the hotel is that rooms are not designed for the climate. They are too hot. Heat builds up during the day and you have to choose between open windows and stray bugs at night or a very hot room. We stayed for 6 nights. With some experimentation, we found that if we ensured that all fans were turned off after the room was cleaned in the morning (staff left them whirring all day) and we left all windows open during the day, then closed up at dusk, the room was cooler.
Food at the restaurant was well prepared, especially the local seafood. It was very expensive, same price as eating in an excellent restaurant in Santiago. The hotel is remote enough to make getting into Hanga Roa a little difficult (after dark). It's a good 40 minute walk one way.
Overall though, I think most visitors to Rapa Nui will want to spend a lot of time outdoors, exploring the statues and the other archaeological sites and maybe even diving, surfing or horse
riding. The Altiplanico serves as a good base for these activities. The best comparison would probably be with French Polynesia, rather than South America and there hotels usually offer poorer value for money and more erratic service. Given the remote location I was pleasantly surprised.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a property of 1.5 ha the hotel has a panoramic view of the shoreline on one of the world’s most unique destinations, Altiplanico Rapanui is designed in the style of the traditional Rapanui boathouse, with luxurious gardens, a beautiful swimming pool viewing the sea and large open spaces to relax after encountering the seductive mysteries of the island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Altiplanico Easter Island/Hanga Roa