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Reviewed 15 December 2013

We spent 3 nights at Atiu Villas while on our honeymoon in the Cook Islands. We’re so glad we visited Atiu, in geographic terms, it is very different to Rarotonga and Aitutaki and with less than 500 people on the Island, it has a really natural and laid back feel.

The Atiu Villas are cute little A frame cottages surrounded by beautiful gardens and a lovely, refreshing, blue pool. The accommodation isn’t 5 stars, but it is clean, inviting and comfortable, everything you need on Atiu.

Roger, Kura and the staff were all lovely and accommodating; we received an informative overview of the island from Roger on the first day and he and his staff happily arranged various tours for us including a Kopeka Cave tour, Atiu Island Coffee Tour with Mata (a 100% Atiu owned and operated business where Kura personally grows, hand roasts and produces her own coffee & also provides a delicious morning tea!) and a Tumunu visit. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the tours and all the meals we had in Kura’s kitchen. Basic grocery supplies are also supplied in the Villas so you can cook yourself if you feel like a quiet night in.

We loved the flexibility of hiring a scooter whenever required and adventuring around the island. A cute little cat called Frazzle (who is owned by Roger and Kura) took a liking to us and camped on our balcony for the duration of our stay, as cat owners, it was nice to have a furry friend on our doorstep! Atiu is a beautiful little gem in the Cook Islands; make sure you visit and that you give Frazzle a pat for us!

Date of stay: November 2013
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3  Thank 386michelleg
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

Can't say enough about the people here, from Roger and Kura to all the other staff who made our few days on Atiu tremendous, I wish I could remember all their names. Perhaps my favorite moment was while waiting for our ride to the airport, sharing a breakfast of PawPaw, bananas, and shredded coconut with the entire staff. So friendly.

The bungalows are great. All you really need on an island of 500 people. Didn't want for anything. The pool is an excellent cool off for when you just need a break from the afternoon heat.

Roger did his best to make sure all of our wants were met. He made all 3 of our tours happen, an Island Night, and most importantly perhaps....the taste of Tumunu and the famous bush beer.

I hope to see it again in my lifetime.

Date of stay: November 2013
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Thank James C
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

We spent our honeymoon at Atiu Villas in 1988 and returned here for our 25th wedding anniversary. Very pleased that we did! Roger and Kura welcomed us warmly and arranged an island night for our anniversary day - it was beautiful! The village of Mapumai has a group of people of all ages who sing and dance to island themes. Some of the dancers are about 5 years old and just amazing; in fact the whole performance was very professional but much more intimate than island nights elsewhere in the Cooks.

We enjoyed many of the tours on offer and also the chance to re-acquaint with hire motor bikes after 25 years! We then had the freedom to explore all the little back roads on this lovely little laid-back island. Meals provided by Kura were very tasty and we enjoyed them on several nights. One afternoon we fished on the reef with Andrew, the barman and his family - barbecued the fish for dinner down by the pool.

The birds were one of our interests and we managed to see and photograph all of them. The Rimatara Lorikeet re-introduced from Tahiti was tiny but spectacular, and the Rarotongan Flycatcher, recovering from near extinction on this rat-free island a real treat to observe on tour with Birdman George.

All-in-all the best sort of holiday - relaxing, interesting and special. Thanks Roger and Kura!

Room tip: Villa No 6 is nearest to the pool and very quiet.
Date of stay: October 2013
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Thank CaraAdelaide
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

A friend and I stayed at Atiu Villas for 3 nights at the end of a 3-week trip to Cook Islands, and wished we could have stayed longer. The villas are spacious, comfortable, a rustic style but very attractive. The refrigerator and cupboards are nicely stocked with basics, snacks and goodies at prices such as you would find at the local store.The grounds are beautifully planted with a great variety of lush flowers, bushes, palms and other trees, all well-kept. The pool provides the perfect cool-down after a hike or tour. The ocean was visible in the distance from the porch of our villa. Wi-Fi is available at no charge up to a certain maximum, which I forget, but is certainly adequate for sending and receiving email. The host, Roger, and his staff are all welcoming and helpful. We especially enjoyed very personable Jackie, who met our arrival flight with leis and an informative tour of the island on our way to the villas. Roger and/or Jackie will arrange any tour you'd like. A jeep, scooters and bicycles are available for rent at reasonable prices. An island night was organized for the evening of our arrival, something no visitor should miss. Ina, the cook, prepared a scrumptious assortment of foods, and the music and dancing of the people of the local village was joyous. It's not a "show" in the polished, commercial sense at all; it's more the people practicing their tradition. The youngest dancers were ages 3 & 4, adorable as well as talented. On our departure we were again presented with fresh, fragrant leis and Roger saw us off. If I'm so lucky as to return to Atiu, I'll definitely choose the Atiu Villas.

Date of stay: September 2013
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Thank BarbaraJS2451
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Atiu is a small island, and comparatively less of a tourist destination than Aitutaki or Raro. That said, Atiu Villas is a beautiful place to stay, lovingly maintained by hosts Roger and Kura. This is the kind of place you go if you want to socialise with other guests, and leave material distractions behind for a few days. An absolute must-do experience is to eat at Kura's Kitchen, the perfect way to finish out a day after exploring caves and sight-seeing.

Date of stay: August 2013
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