Tourists have left no stone unturned on Easter Island, flocking at rates of 50,000 a year to arguably the world’s most remote habitation. Five hours of flying over uninterrupted Pacific Ocean lands you on this mostly undeveloped volcanic rock with its haunting stone figures (moai), but today it boasts an eco-friendly luxury lodge among the pubs in its sole village, W reports.
Posada de Mike Rapu offers 30 green rooms with pristine sea views flaunted through huge windows. Daily volcano hikes to the moai quarries show the assembly-like frenzy in which the protective figures were built until the island was deforested in the process. Despite the tourism bug, the local Polynesian descendants have preserved their culture, and time has an ancient feel.