There is one place in the world that when I left, back in 2009, I had tears in my eyes, because I knew it would be difficult to go back, and because I had the best time of my life during my stay. The place is Easter Island, located 2,300 miles from the coast, a 5 hours flight from Santiago de Chile, in the middle of the vast ocean.
I have been lucky enough to go back recently and repeat my whole experience, even with the same hotel, Explora Rapa Nui. The island is a tiny triangle some 14 miles long on its base and about 7 miles wide, really easy to go around and visit all the interesting sites. Its permanent population is around 7,000, about half of whom are of Polynesian descent speaking Rapa Nui and Spanish.