Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa
What We Love
- Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner; an evening cocktail; a welcome drink and basket; the in-room minibar; and daily excursions are included in the Jetsetter rate
- On-site 70-seat cinema screens popular movies and documentaries about Easter Island
- Concierge is happy to organize adventure excursions in the area
What To Know
- The resort produces nearly 100 percent of its clean water and energy
- More than 75 percent of the island is devoted to Rapa Nui National Park; there's a $60 entrance fee for all non-Chileans
- Rooms and suites are connected to the lobby, spa, restaurants and other guest facilities via a web of open-air footpaths
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The 75-room Hangaroa Eco Village hugs the coastal road leading into the tiny town of Hanga Roa. The resort’s design recalls the ancient domed dwellings of the lost village of Orongo, the remains of which can still be found on the western lip of the Rano Kao volcano. Laid out like a village, the resort’s black stone suites, lobby and guest amenities (pool, spa, restaurant) are disconnected from one another, but they’re linked by well-lit footpaths. The roofs are planted with grass to catch the rain and insulate the buildings. The hotel lobby is the resort’s crown jewel: It recalls an ancestral boathouse, with a vaulted wooden ceiling that resembles the hull of an upturned boat.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms and suites are replete with ingenious and attractive design details. The Kainga Rooms have polished cyprus trunk pillars, crafted clay tubs and private terraces overlooking the sea. The sofas are built into the rooms’ curved walls, and porphyry details are featured throughout. Skylights allow light to pour into the rounded showers. Each building has a grass roof that catches rainwater and insulates the rooms.
The seafront Poerava restaurant is popular with guests and locals alike; the menu is never without fresh tropical fruit and fish dishes, like the pole-caught tuna niçoise salad, which is big enough to share. Most guests have dinner at the Kaloa Pasta Bistro, where the clean white decor and intimate setting provide a more sophisticated dinner vibe. The hotel spa can usually accommodate last-minute appointments, and the pool area, 70-seat cinema and prime beachfront location provide endless hours of on-site relaxation and entertainment, especially if you have children in tow.
In the Area
Most people considering a holiday here think that the only thing to do is visit the volcanic rock moai statues, like those at Rano Raraku. There are also Ahu Te Peu, Ana Kai Tangata and a whole network of caves where you can explore and go spelunking. Rapa Nui National Park is an excellent place for climbing, hiking and cycling along its inland and coastal ring roads. A 1.5-hour bike ride from the hotel eventually leads you to the white, powdery sand of tiny Anakena Beach, the only sandy coastal spot on the island. Of course, the town of Hanga Roa, small and impoverished as it is, has a wide variety of shops where you can rent or buy scuba and snorkeling gear, or any sporting items you may need during your trip.
How to Get There
Loved my few days at this hotel. Staff were excellent and the bungalow rooms were top class. Plenty to see and do on the island and the hotel is a base for various tour guides.
Food was good and the breakfasts were very good indeed. Not a cheap island but for most people it's a one off experience.
The room was much more than I needed. The staff was helpful and very friendly. The excursions wonderful and the guide very knowledgeable. Room was clean, large. Hotel was well situated for interesting walks.
The best place I've ever stayed. Room was stylish, comfy, and clean. We had a little patio where we spent a good deal of time looking at the ocean. The excursions are top notch--we had a private guide who was the best. The food at the bar and restaurant is excellent. The hotel is a short walk from town so there's always something to do. Staff is friendly and efficient. Pure heaven!