We returned to Atiu after having honeymooned here in 1987 and did wonder how the island, it's people and Atiu Villas would have changed in that time. The population was now just a third of what it was, the people were just as friendly and welcoming as ever and Atiu Villas had doubled in size!
Host Roger Malcom collects his guests from the airport and introduces you to the island and its history and geology during the short and picturesque drive to the villas.The villa grounds are beautifully maintained and add to the relaxed atmosphere that so typifies Atiu. New visitors to Atiu should expect facilities to be more basic than on 'Miami' (the local name for Rarotonga!) but the villas are certainly comfortable, clean and well designed for the climate with a large verandah that overlooks the gardens or jungle while still maintaining privacy.The villas are all made by Roger from local timbers and are testimony to his dedication and hard work for the past 3 decades.
Dining options on Atiu are limited, espcially for vegetarians. One option is to self cater in your villa using the well stocked pantry and refrigerator.Vego's may consider bringing some foods with them if having an extended stay although there are quarantine considerations to be aware of. Some supplies are also available from several stores in the villages although vego options are again limited. The onsite Kura's Kitchen will cater for vego's if you let them know when you book, but they are only open for dinner. The food is good and plentiful and it a great way of meeting other guests from around the world. There are a couple of other cafes on the island and we did enjoy some nice food while chatting to the locals.
Atiu Villas have scooters available for hire and are the best way to explore the islands tracks and beaches. With 25 beaches and just a handful of guests, you can pick your very own! Roger is also happy ot arrange a number of tours using local guides to explore different aspects of Atiu, its culture and its people.
We enjoyed Atiu more this time around as we took the time to explore more of the island and chat and eat with the friendly locals. Atiu Villas is a perfect base and Roger & Kura and staff perfect hosts. This island really is a gem and well worth a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Atiu Villas is located on Atiu Island at the edge of a central plateau overlooking a tropical garden, pineapple fields, jungle and has distant views down a valley of the Pacific Ocean. The villas are built in the native style out of polished native timbers of mango, mahogany, red peanut, cedar and coconut in 6 well separated villas and includes a villa suitable for families. A tour desk, restaurant, bar, entertainment area, swimming pool, floodlit tennis court, property wide free Wifi, rental bicycles, scooters and car are all available on site. ... more less
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