Posada de Mike Rapu

Easter Island, Chile

Explora's newest outpost     Photo: courtesy, Explora Rapa Nui

Finally opened in December after five years of planning, much hype, and $15 million in building costs, Explora's newest hotel stamps an 18,000-square-foot, 35-room, LEED-certified mark on sparsely inhabited Easter Island. The hotel is staffed by indigenous Rapanui, who lead hikes and pass on the oral history of the vigilant moai, stone busts that encircle the island.

The hotel is made of local rauli wood and volcanic rock, but 18,000 square feet is still 18,000 square feet.

LAN Chile flies from Los Angeles. $600 per person; explora.com

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