Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa, Easter Island, Chile
Sitting in the center of the vast Pacific Ocean, Easter Island is one of the most remote and mysterious destinations on Earth. Well known the world over for its iconic Moai statues, these ancient stone giants were long thought to be a contributing factor in the demise of the local Rapa Nui peoples. In this “ecocide” hypothesis, it was believed that the island society collapsed after cutting down all the palm trees to move the statues. With no trees to anchor the soil, the land eroded significantly impacting crop yields, and a lack of wood meant no canoes to fish. And while the actual story may not focus on squandered natural resources, today the island takes environmental sustainability very seriously. The Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa, Easter Island’s first fully sustainable hotel, prides itself on an experience that supports cultural development and lasting environmental care. Sitting high on a steep-sloped cliff, guests are provided sweeping panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Each detail of the hotel’s architectural design and functionality is intended to exist with and artfully blend into the surrounding natural environment. And the full complex leverages eco-friendly practices and the latest technology, including massive solar panels, a microturbine, and self-supplying irrigation system, to save water and electricity in an effort to limit environmental impact.