Stayed for a week in the house at the front of the property. This one has the free view of the ocean, the sunset and the moais (Ahu Tahai). Perhaps it is one of the best locations on the entire island.
Had a very different experience than the review by LostinSpace2010. Transfer from and to the airport by the very kind Odette, the housekeeper. Her English is as limited as our Spanish but enough to understand each other, and we used the app iTranslate. Complaints such as trash on the property (caused by stray dogs, they are harmless) were instantly dealt with.
The cabañas with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and kitchen are basic, don't expect (any) luxery. Beds good. Wifi falters sometimes. The outside seating area is very accommodating with a large picnictable, benches, and a swinging chair. You have your own bbq. Parking a rental car on the gated property is no problem. No real aircon but fans. All kinds of restaurants are within walking distance.
Staying here is expensive indeed, but that goes for all Rapa Nui. Keep in mind you have a house at your disposal: with all the freedom you want and the possibility keeping your living-expences on budget. We had a great week.
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The good - great location, right across from the ocean. The moai site also across the street makes a great spot for watching the sunset! We were met at the airport by a very nice woman who drove us to the property and checked us in and out - note that neither she nor anyone else associated with this rental speak any English at all, so download your translator before you arrive. Note the property manual on site (also only provided in Spanish) says checkout is by 1100 but we were told it was 1300 (1pm), which was nice but you'd need to know that up front.
The less good - wifi was weak and that's not really a problem as we only needed limited use, but it's *extremely* capped, which we were not informed about. We had no internet access for two days and nights, which was a pain for things like planning activities and routes, and checking in online before our return flight. The place is sold with wifi, I would call that misleading. Note that the kitchen has only the basics, in limited supply (as in 1 pan, 1pot, etc), so if you're considering cooking in-house, plan accordingly. We were in the middle cabin (they are staggered front to the back of the property) - unfortunately the front cabin completely blocks the view of the sunset, so see if you can arrange to have the front cabin!
The worst - it seems like there are staff (maybe?) living in one of the other cabins (there are three on the property plus a small office) right next door - there were tons of people coming and going at all hours, lots of noise, loud music, booze and weed, partying every night until 2-3am. Between them winding down at that ridiculous hour (every night for four nights) and roosters and dogs winding up at 0530 or so - no one in the house got much sleep. Also the shower upstairs leaks like crazy, the head itself is broken, and be prepared for cold showers - super hot for the first (literally) 2 minutes then ice cold. We are all for roughing it but at that price we expect a bit better on the facilities side. There was also no grill on the outdoor fireplace (at our cottage although there appeared to be one at the other cottage), and no tools for fire handling or cooking on a grill. No wood, and don't expect even bottled water to greet you - there was nothing. Also no soap in the lower bathroom (no bar or hand soap) or in either shower. Would be good customer service / appreciation to throw a couple bottles of water and maybe a small container of milk or juice in the fridge and some instant coffee or tea, given the usual late arrival time. Also we arrived home one morning after breakfast to no water - with no warning or explanation. It was back on by the time we returned from a day out, but it would have been nice if someone had knocked on the door or left a note (even in Spanish) to tell us what was going on.
Overall a very nice location, with nice people, but facilities and maintenance lacking given the price.
The location was wonderful, facing the frothy sea and a few steps from the Tahai site (best place for sunset viewing behind a moai)!
The house is spotlessly clean, brand new and has all creature comforts (kitchen, TV, hairdryer...even a swingy egg chair!)
Our host was very kind despite the language barrier.
In one word: "excellent"!
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