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Head's above

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Scattered along the slopes of a volcanic island in the South Pacific, the 1,000 or so mammoth moai heads of Easter Island have mystified countless tourists, but the accommodations have been, well, sparse. By month's end, that will have changed with the opening of the Posada de Mike Rapu hotel. The wide windows framing the island's sweeping views and natural-toned interiors that don't sacrifice comfort mean that guests can now say, "I've been there" without adding, "I know how the natives lived." A three-night stay starts at $1,794 per person. (866) 750-6699,

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