We enjoyed 11 wonderful nights at this peaceful hideaway in Easter Island. Pantu and his lovely wife Karin are the owners of Cabanas Pikera Uri or the “Casa de Pantu” as it is known on the Island. Our stay in the Cabanas felt more like a comfortable stay with family members than a hotel stay. Pantu and Karin warmly greet their guests each day and are always available to answer questions or arrange transportation or advise about activities. In concert with their kind and hard working staff, Pantu and Karin made us feel very welcome and relaxed.
This property has a great location. The cabanas sit on a large lot with a spectacular view overlooking the sea. Although the location is only a short 20 minute walk to the town center, at Casa de Pantu you will feel like you are at a special remote retreat. The tranquil, quiet, property location is perfect. You will be afforded soundless nights of sleep, unlike some of the other popular hotels we spotted along busy, high traffic streets. The property currently includes three cabanas divided into five rooms. One new cabana with two rooms was nearing completion at the time of our stay. The largest room can accommodate a family traveling with children. Rooms are large, comfortably appointed, and spotless. We enjoyed a gorgeous view of the sea and the garden/horse corral (only used in the mornings to prepare for horseback tours) from our window and from the outside covered deck. Everything on the property is hand crafted and proudly cared for and maintained. The property is across the road from the Museo and steps from moai and the best sunset viewing spot on the Island. The property is a quick ride to the airport – Pantu or Karin will transfer you from and to the airport at no additional cost.
Breakfast is served every morning in the sunny dining room. The entire meal is home made, tasty, and very satisfying. A nice variety of fruit, breads, natural juice, coffee, tea, and sweets are provided. Each day there was something different to compliment the staples such as homemade dulce de leche crepes (yummy) or meats & cheeses or eggs done just right. Most days we were entertained at breakfast by some of Pantu’s beautiful horses prancing into the central corral during the morning roundup.
The friendly atmosphere of this property appears to be attracting some very fascinating travelers. The cozy breakfast room layout creates wonderful opportunities to chat with your follow travelers at breakfast. Cleverly designed outdoor spaces invite you to mingle with fellow guests or enjoy a moment of solemn privacy, if you prefer.
Another bonus to staying at Casa de Pantu is access to one of the best horseback riding services on the Island. Pantu has a huge herd of well cared for horses. Horses are thoughtfully paired with riders of all skill levels. Rides can be as short as 2 hours or as long as 2 days (weather permitting). Our horseback riding adventure was fun! Our guide was patient and knowledgeable. I had basically no horseback riding skills, but our guide was able to make me feel comfortable with the horse and learn some basic horsemanship. He spoke excellent English and was able to share very interesting information about the trail and the sites we explored. The trail was gorgeous and tranquil winding through a large area of the Island that is inaccessible by vehicular traffic.
Staying with a local family was a very special experience. We feel this has been a wonderful opportunity to experience first hand the beauty and the hospitality of the Rapa Nui people. Easter Island is a delicate environment worthy of preservation, as is the Rapa Nui culture and society. We encourage you to choose sustainable travel. Support locally run businesses, like Cabanas Pikera Uri, and ensure that your money is going directly into the hands of the Rapa Nui people. A stay at Pikera Uri is an authentic experience. Mega resorts do not belong on this Island despite their claims of being green!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only a stone’s throw away from some of Rapa Nui’s magical stone Moai, Cabañas Pikera Uri overlooks the pacific ocean with a splendor you have to see to believe. Perfect for either a romantic getaway or a family vacation, this residence offers a tranquil and serene setting to start and end your day. Adding to the experience, breakfast is served as a family gathering with owners Pantu and Karin. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cabanas Pikera Uri Easter Island/Hanga Roa