During our time at Easter Island, we tried out a few different types of lodging.
We were drawn to the Kona Koa Lodge because it looked like it was a bit more of a remote and quieter experience than the hotels that we booked in town like the Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa. And I could not have been happier that we gave it a shot!
In total, we stayed four nights at the Kona Koa Lodge and this is how that experience went in this private bungalow!
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I really loved the location of Kona Koa Lodge. It’s basically a 10 minute drive into town which isn’t bad at all and you only have to deal with bumpy dirt roads for a short portion of the drive.
Even though you are only 10 minutes away, it feels like you are much farther away because of the peacefulness. It’s pretty quiet too although the roosters and dogs definitely let their presence be known!
There are a few attractions really close to the lodge including the Mirador Hanga Kioe and Ahu Tahai — two outstanding places to watch the sunset. The museum is only a couple of minutes away and if you want to explore the caves they are also pretty close.
There’s also a really cool blowhole to check out nearby on the coast and if you want to find out more information about the spots, be sure to check out our in-depth Easter Island guide.
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The check-in experience began at the airport where we received leis once we exited.
There was a little bit of rainfall happening but as far as airport greetings go, this was definitely one of the more memorable ones!
The owner’s daughter, Fidji, helped us with our luggage and took us to her truck and then we were off!
We needed to make a quick pitstop to the market and so she took us through the market so that we could purchase some essentials.
It’s a great feeling to have a local pick you up and give you a quick tour of the city to help you get familiar with your new surroundings.
The property has a few different bungalows or cottages (whatever you want to call them) and we had a bungalow with a king bed. We found the bed to be pretty comfortable and enjoyed having outlets nearby.
The bungalows they have built here are beautiful and I love what they did with the natural wood features. They definitely have a unique rustic charm to them.
You’ll have your own little kitchen where you can put together breakfast every morning. The kitchen comes with a sink, some cooking and cleaning supplies, a stove top, and mini fridge. You’ll also have some cookware along with plates and cups.
You’ll also have some spices on hand.
We ran through a crazy amount of water during our stay and luckily they did have filtered water for us. We still ended up purchasing a couple of large jugs because we knew how much we would be drinking and I’m glad we did!
We had a little patio with a pretty good view of the ocean and because we were facing west we also had pretty good sunset views.
At the same time, all of the vegetation gives you a feeling of secluded privacy — not to mention the feeling like you’re in a lush tropical paradise.
Sitting out on the patio while a rain storm blows in from the ocean is the ultimate exercise in relaxation.
There are shades you can pull down on the patio to block out the sun if it gets too warm.
But make sure you pull them back up for sunset!
I thought the bathroom was really well done as well. It’s got a good-sized window for ventilation and plenty of counter space along with a beautiful glass sink.
The shower is also very spacious. It’s pretty interesting how the water just drains through a whole but you should be able to get comfortable in the shower no problem with a small bench and even a port hole. We never had any issues with water pressure or temperature.
Now let’s talk about the internet situation.
When we visited, the lodge had recently installed Starlink and it was absolutely amazing.
We had a strong connection and I was able to get work done and even had a video call without any loss in quality — something I did not expect to be able to do on Easter Island.
Some of the pretty expensive hotels in Easter Island did not even have an internet connection this solid so it was a nice surprise and an underrated benefit!
One of the nice perks about this lodge is that you can request breakfast.
You need to make a request the afternoon before so that it will be prepared but your breakfast will consist of: eggs (you cook them), bread, pastry, fresh fruit, and deli meats and cheese, along with milk and juice.
I really did love this breakfast and it’s a great way to start your day!
We had our own rental car which was a four-door Suzuki and I really liked having that. I knew the tour guide would be accompanying us so having four doors made those full day tours a lot more comfortable.
However, if you want to rent your car through them you can ask about the Jimmy.
The only issue with the lodge…
So the area surrounding the lodge is beautiful, the bungalows themselves are lovely, and the service that you get from the owners is top notch.
The only issue, which can be a big one depending on your preferences, was the power situation.
I believe because the lodge is so sustainable, it doesn’t have enough electricity to power a fan through the night.
There is no ceiling fan inside the lodge and while the owners were gracious enough to give us a fan to use during the day, we were not able to power it through the night.
This may not have been a big deal during other times of the year but we were visiting during the hottest month of the year.
This made it very difficult to get comfortable at night because we were sweating so much. For people who keep their homes warm or who live in warm and humid environments, this may not be a big deal.
But for people like us who like to sleep in crisp conditions, it can be a major challenge.
If I could go back in time, I would have brought along a fan that could be charged via my computer. Or perhaps some other type of battery powered fan that I would not have to plug-in all night.
That would have made a huge difference!
I am a huge fan of the Kona Koa Lodge. The personalized attention was phenomenal and you really cannot ask for better service. It was great having a solid breakfast and I enjoyed the peacefulness of the location. If I could have just figured out the fan situation it would’ve been perfect but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Kona Koa Lodge.
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