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Aitutaki Escape
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Aitutaki
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Sensational”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

My girlfriend and I just spent 3 days at Aitutaki Escape and loved every minute. Vane the owner is an exceptional host and his knowledge of the island and activities meant that we were never short of things to see and do. And the luxury accom from your own spa pool to your own swimming pool then literally meters to the beach meant we were in constant heaven. We stayed in Villa 3 ( I think there are only 3 in total) was perfect. So for those looking for a perfect holiday in Aitutaki look no further!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2013 via mobile

Aitutaki truly is a beautiful island. My husband and I were very lucky to have stayed at Aitutaki escape villas. With only 3 villas, it is very private. We had our own swimming pool, a spa, the most comfiest bed we've ever slept on (my husband is 6'5 and very fussy with beds). We had our own kitchen, access to DVD library which we didn't use as we were too busy enjoying the villa and island. The people are so warm and friendly. For my husband and I, it was the manager Vane that made our holiday experience truly the best we've ever had. He went out and beyond his way to make sure we were always taken care of, he would always offer to drive us to cafes and restaurants and even picked us up without hesitation. He had a knowledge that he so genuinely is proud of his island. He made our holiday an escape from the busy life we live in. We met him as a manager and host, and left escape as friends. If there is anything that can separate Aitutaki escape from the other hotels, it would be Vane. They don't offer the kind of service he offers. He Offers his service from his heart, where as most do thisto get paid. I cant stop raving to our friends about aitutakiescape, and about Vane. We will recommend Aitutaki escape as best place to stay and cannot wait to stay there again. Vane, meitaki atupaka. From Sarah and Ben

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2013

Where to start? We were lucky enough to stay at Aitutaki Escape on our honeymoon and could not have asked for a better experience. The villas themselves are stunning and the attention to detail is amazing - what a beautiful place to stay. Vane and his team are amazing and really, they were the ones who made our trip so special. They were so friendly and Vane is a wealth of information about the beautiful island that he is rightly so proud of. We felt so welcome and very comfortable, it was just perfect. Would absolutely recommend Aitutaki Escape to anyone and we can't wait to visit again soon. THANK YOU Vane and Lily!!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2013

I can't express in only 200 characters how great the Aitutaki Escape truly is . . . The accomodations are luxurious and probably the most generous on all of Aitutaki. The westerly view is fabulous, especially for sunsets. Despite several summer days of wind and rain, our villa (1BR #2) was home away from home, we used the plunge pool, the hot tub, the kitchen and the big screen tv/movies to pass time under the weather and between amazing fishing trips (Foxy Lady Charters- Jason/Don) and an unforgetable lagoon tour (Teking Tours.) But above all else, the beauty, the great fishing, the amazing lagoon, our host Vane Henry made our vacation remarkable. My wife and I have travelled and met many friendly people in polynesia, but none as friendly and caring as Vane. Vane's attention to your stay and happiness is far beyond anything we've ever experienced. You won't just leave an Island, you'll leave a friend.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2013

My wife and me think that Aitutaki island is a paradise, and much due to the Escape. Vane - the manager - has made our stay simply delightfull. Only 3 villas, no restaurant and common faciilities (but they have wifi internet for a charge, DVD library for free and a tasty breakfast served in our villa)/ Vane advised on every aspect of our stay: which restaurant to choose (Tupuna is the best), best lagoon cruises, scooter rental, sea-fishing (we managed to catch a 13kilo yellow fins tuna with Mike and had the best freshiest sashimi and other 2 course dinner right after), etc.
The villa was huge, with a separate bed-room, spa bath (but didn't have time to use it!!!!), large sitting room with a kitchen, a terrace overlooking the ocean.
You have kayaks right at the Escape, but the only issue that the tide was low and for snorkelling, swimming and kayaking you have to go to other nearest islands on a cruise.
We explored the whole island on a scooter (the whole circle take an hour) and found it very convinient and romantic, as we usually live in a huge city with heavy traffic...we really escaped from any worries and troubles we had in our minds and these 5 days on Aitutki made the highlight of our honeymoon.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2013

Breathtaking, Stunning Decor and what a surprise...everything that it was represented to be in every piece of advertising and booking information. Escape truly was a sight difficult for our eyes to absorb initially. Nothing more could have been included in this Villa, everything as been thought of and more. Cleanliness and comfort have been made a priority for Vane to provide to the guests of the Escape villas. Breakfast served each day was fresh and prepared with care. The most comfortable bed ever slept in, in all of our travels over the years! Hiring a scooter is definitely recommended for ease of getting around to restaurant locations and much more reasonable than hiring the local taxi each trip. Koru cafe had by far the best food available for lunch, Pacific Resort not too bad for dinner. We have travelled to different tropical islands each year, this one has ticked all the boxes. This is one for us to recommend with supreme confidence, to family and friends. We wish all future guests the joy of such a beautiful and relaxing holiday, you will want for nothing more. Thank you Vane! Cindy & Paul Cataldo

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2012

We spent 5 days in villa 1 and can only agree with what so many other have written. A wonderful place on a beautify island! Vane and his crew did everything to make our stay just perfect. A special thank you for the birthday arrangements with the house decorated with flowers, a fantastic dinner buffet and the entertainment with a band playing traditional music and young women and men performing dances.
The Dohrn family

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Aitutaki Escape

Property: Aitutaki Escape
Address: Amuri, Cook Islands
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Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Aitutaki
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Aitutaki
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Aitutaki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Aitutaki Escape 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aitutaki Escape is a boutique beachfront property with just 3 private beautifully appointed spacious and luxurious Villas, all fully air-conditioned, with direct access to the beach and lagoon. Each Villa has a private courtyard featuring a swimming pool, beachfront decks and boardwalks, full kitchen facilities, very spacious interiors, king size beds, lavish bathrooms, complimented with genuine Cook Islands hospitality, service and meticulous attention to detail. An onsite Cafe offers food and beverage experiences daily and all excursions and tours offered on Aitutaki are arranged conveniently onsite. This property is regarded as the leading Luxury property for Aitutaki with full focus on delivering premiere experiences via its services and facilities and throughout Aitutaki. Aitutaki Escape boasts authentic Polynesian elegance and offers its guests a secluded and safe haven to leave the rest of the World behind......... ... more   less 
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