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Hanana's Residential Mata Vai Rahi
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Hanana's Residential Mata Vai Rahi
Ranked #19 of 23 Hotels in Easter Island
Arlington, Texas
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“Wow! An experience....”
Reviewed 25 January 2012

We travelled to the middle of nowhere, literally and landed in this comfortable home where we were made to feel like kings and queens! Not a five star hotel, but a five star experience! Nothing can prepare you for a place like this and I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone. There's a kitchen for the nights you want to prepare your own meals, they clean the house for you, and even do your laundry. Loved it!

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Reviewed 24 January 2012

easter island has been on my bucket list since i bought thor hyerdahl's book with newspaper route money. yet it wouldn't have been one of my best trips (and i've been to over 60 countries) if it wasn't for Hanana and her guest house, and the advice i got to go during the annual festival (about Feb each year) of Tapati.
Hanana is an easter island native, who married an american Seabee building the US shuttle emergency landing strip, lived in the us for thirty ears, got divorced and returned. She now lives with Joseph, the ex-Governor of easter island, and runs her guest house. We like to participate when we find something like Tapati, rather than watch, so when we told Hanana we wanted to take the ceremonial mud bath and dress up for the dance and parade she said "get into the pickup". She knew just where to take us, and her connections got us in everything (its not a tourist event). Her daughter Toni was a charming, knowledgable guide who showed us the notable statue installations.
The house with 4 small bedrooms (for 7 of us) was clean, an easy walk to town, and just what we needed.
If we hadn't gone during Tapati, it would have only taken a few days to see all the statues we needed. the island was created a bleak eco disaster, has no beaches of note, and except for the festival the people dress like all other chileans. The Rapa Nui built 880 statues, but they are all similar and most were tipped face down into the earth during the tribal wars/cannibalsm.

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Property: Hanana's Residential Mata Vai Rahi
Address: Calle Make Make | Hanga Roa, Easter Island 139, Chile
Region: Chile > Easter Island
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #19 of 23 Hotels in Easter Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
I would like invite anyone interested in visiting Easter Island to (Mata Vai Rahi) & it's hospitality . We provide superior service, quality care, and are impeccably clean, kind and friendly. Mata Vai Rahi is conveniently located near town. If you are looking for a truly pleasurable Island experience Mata Vai Rahi-Hanana's Residential is the perfect place to experience, all that this mysterious Island has to offer. Transportation to and from the airport will be provided. We look forward to hearing from you. ... more   less 

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