we just returned from a 4 night stay at the explora rapa nui. this was a great choice for easter island, as the whole concept is to get out and to see and experience as much of the island as possible.
this is not for the inactive. you literally can go,go, go all day long. great strenuous hikes, fishing, etc.
the hotel itself is lovely, set into the land.
staff is exceptional esp the guides. the waiters though friendly, seemed distracted and potentially overworked. we were at the hotel when it was nearly capacity, so that i am sure is part of it.
i have to agree with the other 4 star reviewer who recently wrote that the food was the issue. after 4 days, it became monotonous and seemingly unvaried. no real discernable difference between lunch and dinner. also with all the amazing inexpensive chilean wines, they had one brand and it was mediocre. the bar however was fantastic. pisco sours!!!!!!!!!
my other issue was a cold hot tub and luke warm showers.
that said and done, i would recommend the explora without hesitation with some minor issues.
btw, the absolute best part of the explora is the fellow guests. we met some amazing, amazing people and that truly was the highlight of our trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our lodge was the first in South America to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council.Our lodge, which opened in December 2007, was built on 9.6 Hectares (23.7 Acres) of land situated on a hill in the Te Miro Oone area, and overlooks the ocean. This is in south-eastern Rapa Nui, 8 kilometers (4.9 Miles) from Hanga Roa, the most populated part of the island.All of the 30 rooms, which extend to the north and south from a central building, have excellent ocean views. The lodge has welcoming indoor spaces which integrate aspects of the local culture.The design is intended to have minimal impact on its surroundings. The lodge is built on a site which is inappropriate for agricultural use and has no archaeological remains. The flora surrounding the lodge has been maintained intact. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Explora Rapa Nui - Posada De Mike Rapu Hotel Easter Island