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Aitutaki Honeymoon - which resort?

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Aitutaki Honeymoon - which resort?

Hi There,

Planning on spending 14 nights in Cook Islands for our honeymoon in mid November.

So Excited!!!

5 on Rarotonga & 9 on Aitutaki.

As we are first timers to the Cook Islands we can't decide on which resort for aitutaki - pacific resort or lagoon resort & spa??

After some research I have found that the pacific resort is the beautiful sunset side but the tide effects swimming (can be very shallow) and there can be more rocks than sand.

Lagoon resort is good for snorkelling but is a separate island.

We would like to have the choice of going to different restaurants some nights (scooter or car) but not sure if possible staying at Lagoon resort, is it only reachable by boat?

We love snorkelling, swimming, relaxing and eating!

Do any of these resorts have hot buffet breakfasts? Is the food at restaurants expensive?

Any advise for our honeymoon trip would be wonderful.

Cheers,

Cass

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1. Re: Aitutaki Honeymoon - which resort?

Kia Orana Cass, welcome to the forum.

Firstly, yes the Lagoon Resort is only accessible by boat. There is a small ferry that takes you back and forth. It's a small channel so it only takes a minute or so and it runs whenever there is someone to take, so you don't have to wait long. There is parking on the main island next to the ferry launch if you want to rent a car or scooter.

The snorkeling is actually better at the Pacific Resort. There isn't much coral around the Lagoon Resort so not many fish.

The information about there being more rocks than sand at the Pacific isn't totally correct. While there is coral there (thus the better snorkeling because of the fish) it isn't covered with rocks. It does get shallow at low tide but not so much that you can't swim.

The Lagoon Resort has a small buffet breakfast. The Pacific Resort doesn't.The prices are pretty much what you would expect for resorts of their caliber.

After you cross the channel from the Lagoon Resort there are several excellent places to eat that are within walking distance - The Koru Cafe open for breakfast and lunch seven days with, in my opinion, the best coffee on the island, the Boat Shed open for lunch and dinner seven days, and Samade on the Beach also open seven days for lunch and dinner.

There are a couple of small takeaways within walking distance of the Pacific Resort.

I think you will be happy at either resort. If you haven't already done so you might want to go to the drop down box for hotels on the green bar above and read the reviews written by people who have stayed at the two resorts.

Happy planning for your honeymoon.

Edited: 15 June 2014, 18:55
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2. Re: Aitutaki Honeymoon - which resort?

Kia Orana Cass, welcome to the forum. Congratulations on your forthcoming honeymoon in the Cook Islands.

The Pacific Resort is a beautiful 5* property, with a lovely beachfront and good snorkelling. The lagoon along Amuri is indeed deeper between Pacific Resort and Matriki, then becomes shallower heading north, or south. There is more coral within the lagoon area in this locality, compared to the Ootu channel where the Lagoon Resort is located. Coral heads are important habitat and shade for fish species, creating interesting and varied conditions for snorkelling.

Do check the breakfast arrangement at Pacific Resort. My American full breakfast was included in the room rate.

I have also stayed at the Lagoon Resort and found the swimming and kayaking from this private island to be wonderful. Recently, the Lagoon Resort upgraded to a 5* property, with newer beachfront villas. I found the setting to be delightful with incredible views extending south to several distant motu. Nice island to stroll around early morning and at sunset.

For a 9 night stay on Aitutaki, you could also consider staying at both resorts. This option will provide you with a mix of good features gained from both places and their localities. Food and beverages are more expensive onsite at the two resorts compared to offsite dining. But you have the option of exploring Aitutaki island by foot or rental scooter/car.

Also, several of the lagoon-cruises depart from the Ootu channel, including private water taxis. There is excellent snorkelling and swimming within the wider lagoon area away from the main island. Food served on the day-cruises are fresh and healthy fare.

Another very relaxing spot to consider is the island of Akaiami, where the Teal lodge, or Akaiami Paradise as it's now known is situated. You can take the option of a personal in-house chef while you relax on this beautiful private island. Akaiami is located south-east of Aitutaki itself. Private water taxi service to transfer guests to/from the villa accommodation.

All the best for your honeymoon plans. Kia manuia.

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3. Re: Aitutaki Honeymoon - which resort?

Cass, if you want to consider other places besides the two resorts, take a look at Etu Moana. It's not a full service resort but it's very popular with honeymooners. On the same beach as the Pacific Resort only further north. No restaurant but they do have an honesty bar which is very popular with their guests. They also provide BBQ facilities if you want to cook something on your own. Highly rated by TripAdvisor.

A full breakfast menu is usually included to the guests staying at the Pacific Resort. They don't have a breakfast buffet.

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4. Re: Aitutaki Honeymoon - which resort?

Etu Moana is a very nice property. Unfortunately the beach/lagoon isn't as good as the beaches alongside either Pacific Resort or the Aitutaki Lagoon. It is much shallower at all tides.

Still, if you are happy to overcome both good snorkelling or lagoon swimming at your accommodation, and are prepared to venture offsite for these activities the resort is well regarded and affords an intimate honeymoon stay. Pretty sunsets in this location.

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5. Re: Aitutaki Honeymoon - which resort?

Thank you so much for your help, it's greatly appreciated.

We have decided to book 7 nights on raro at the beach resort & spa & the remaining 7 at the pacific!

Very Excited,!!!

Cheers xxx

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6. Re: Aitutaki Honeymoon - which resort?

Cass, you're very welcome glad to have been of help. I think you will be very pleased with your choices especially the Aitutaki Pacific Resort. I'm sure you are counting the days.

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7. Re: Aitutaki Honeymoon - which resort?

Hi again Cass,

For your Rarotonga accommodation, the adults-only Sanctuary side of the Rarotongan resort complex is a quiet haven from the busier side where the Rarotongan itself sits. The Sanctuary has internal access into the Rarotongan for activiites and dining available in that part. Sanctuary has a very nice pool with swim-up bar and tennis court. I'm sure a change can be made having the same management for both of these resorts.

However, if you are happy with a mixed clientele of guests including children on the Rarotongan side of the complex, certainly the beachfront and marine reserve outlook located alongside this part of the wider resort area is an attractive draw-card.

All the very best for your honeymoon visit. Kia manuia.

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