It’s the loneliest place on earth, and one of the most magical. 2.360 miles (3.800 kilometers) from the Chilean mainland, tiny Easter Island lies in the vastness of the Pacific. Guarded by stone giants that seem to stoically observe the passing eons, their origins still shrouded in mystery. Building a luxury hotel in this sensitive environment is a special challenge. The flat building by architect Cruz Ovalle nestles so perfectly against the gently sloping hill that it appears to meld into its surroundings. The round ritual structures at the southern tip of the island are the inspiration for the curved form.