Hot Spot: Posada De Mike Rapu, Easter Island

It is said to be among the most isolated places on earth. But with the launch of the first high-end hotel here, there are now lashings of luxury on this remote Polynesian island.

Accommodations: Partly constructed with black lava, the hotel follows the lay of the land, with indoor and outdoor bar areas, terraces and rolling landscaped gardens. The 30 rooms are stylish but rugged, built out of pale pine and dark slate, and with sweeping coastal views. Most guests chill out in the expansive reading lounges or communal map room. Doubles start at $1,794 for a full-board three-night minimum stay.

Dining: The open kitchen prepares hearty and healthy Latin-Mediterranean food, which uses local ingredients to make dishes like ceviche, seaweed risotto and grilled tuna. The excellent Chilean wine cellar can supply just the right bottle for any dish. Picnics are a feast of cured-ham sandwiches, brownies and fresh-squeezed carambola juice.

Amenities: There are daily guided excursions to the mysterious giant stone statues, called moai, which have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests can trek around the rim of volcanic cones, mountain bike, scuba dive with turtles or explore the extensive cave network. The hotel also offers spa treatments, Jacuzzis and a sleek infinity pool. The ends of the earth never looked so good.

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