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Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa
Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Aitutaki
Reviewed 13 May 2008

My wife and I went to Rarotonga and Aitutaki for Easter this year. Having been to the Intercontinental overwater bungalows in Bora Bora for our honeymoon last year we were looking forward to comparing notes - and we weren't disappointed!

We did the right thing by going to Rarotonga first because if that wasn't good enough, flying into Aitutaki was even more brilliant and I can't understand why so few people know about this gem of an island. We stayed at the Aitutaki Resort & Spa and had a fantastic time. We stayed in an economical bungalow so our expectations or attitudes weren't too high and as a result the staff were awesome and we have recommended the Resort and location to our friends.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 May 2008

On arrival at the funny little airstrip on Aitutaki we were met with a tasty tropical drink. The wait for transport was a bit long, but what the heck, you're on island time. There was live music playing so the wait was not a drag.

We were booked into a lovely deluxe beachfront bungalow at the resort. Our room was very spacious and quite tidy. The private hammocks out the front are a nice touch, in no time I heard the gentle snoring of my husband as he took advantage of them.

The resort was in the process of being repaired/rebuilt after a recent hurricane so there was some mess around. Could not be helped. I look forward to seeing the new pool/spa facilities.

The staff were friendly and helpful.

The restaurant was surprisingly good value and very tasty. Located overlooking the lagoon, it was a great place to enjoy the fresh seafood meals and tropical cocktails.

With moped rentals just outside the resort, it was easy to get around.

  • Stayed: July 2005, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 May 2008

What an unforgettable experience, the location and the Accommodation was WOW, we stayed in a Beachfront Bungalow and it was spacious and what a view about 10 metres from the beach we were their for our 25 Wedding anniversary. This is one Holiday we wont forget, The staff especially Elizabeth and Carolyn And Flora were great.
We were their for a week the Flight over is 40 minutes and the resort is 10 minutes by bus again the water is Like a swimming pool the bluest water you have ever seen.
The Bungalow was great Clean with Air con sink. everything we needed.
We did A bishops Lagoon Cruise its
a highlight and worth every cent of the $65.00 its a full day and the snorkelling is awesome.

The Town is not much but their is a restaurant called TAPUNAS is very very good we hired a scooter $20.00 per day and went there for dinner highly recommended.
The resort is expensive for food and drinks so we ate out a fair amount of time .
The Island dance nights are well worth seeing. Over all we had an amazing time and will definitely go back

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank gregaust
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Reviewed 19 April 2008

My advice is minimise your time in Rarotonga and spend as much time as possible in Aitutaki. We have been to many beautiful places - Tokoriki in Fiji, Bora Bora - Tahiti, Ko Samui - Thailand but Aitutaki is the most beautiful. We had the entire 8 days staying at Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa and it was spectacular. The weather was perfect the whole time and the staff were amazing.
We recommend the over the water bungalow for the ultimate experience. We had a look at the Pacific Resort (The only other high-end resort on the island) but in our opinion the location is not as good as Aitutaki Lagoon Resort.
While we were there - A presenter from the tv travel show 'Getaway' (Katrina) was there for her honeymoon. Now if someone who has done nothing but travel to gorgeous places for the last umpteen years chose Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa for her honeymoon - It MUST be good!
We WILL be returning in the near future. Rangi and Ash - keep up the good work! Candice and August - thanks for looking after us so well!

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2008

My title says it all. Compared to Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga and especially New Caledonia and Fiji, the Cook Islands are absolutely terrible. I strongly advise that if you are considering a trip there, you have second, or even third thoughts about it...then change your plans and go to Fiji. This is for the following reasons.

Aitutaki could be likened to the Vegas of the south pacific - Glitzy, glamorous...and completely lacking in substance.

The hotels are very 3rd-world. Conditions are quite shocking, especially in the Lagoon Resort and Spa where myself and my husband stayed. We found the room, service and even the lagoon itself to be severely lacking.

There is nothing to do.

And to be honest and quite frank, considering how long it takes to travel from Cairns to the Cook Islands (3 transfers...can you believe that?) it was hardly worth it. The beaches there are hardly any better than those here...and it costs me $5 (if anything) to go to the beach here and between myself and my husband and our pooch, it cost us $7000 for a mere 4 day stay.

Talk about a let-down.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2008

My husband and i stayed for 2 nights in an overwater bungalow at the Aitutaki Lagoon resort at the end of March. We were so excited about the overwater bungalow, however our experience with the whole resort in general over two days was average. We arrived from another property on Aitutaki(which was by far the best on Aitutaki), and our previous hotel even called to advise of our arrival in hope of having a room early. The staff were friendly, howveer we had to wait over an hour. We did not recieve a "LEI" as other guests had upon arrival, nor the hotel welcome talk. We asked reception staff to make an enquiry with a local tour company for us, which she said she would and get back to us. Well.....we are still waiting for her to get back to us. Instead we had to take matters into our own hands and organise it ourselved.
The overwater bungalow was nice, very clean, nice atmosphere and spacious. It is ridiculously overpriced.It is nothing like overwater bungalows in Tahiti, i would say it is more just beachfront. A ladder leads down to the water(waist deep).
The food here is ok, although i got severe food poisoning from the buffet bbq night and spent the next 12 hours very sick.
The activities hut is pretty good and very helpful. they organise alot of activities for kids and even adults. The housekeeping staff were really nice, and there is a laady that comes aorund at night and puts frangipanis on your bed which is a nice touch.
The grounds around the resort are pretty bare. It is a little island, so it is pretty much all sand, no greenery.
I would say its a nice place probably a good choice for families, but honestly there are other places on the island that i would chose over the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort. Unfortunately they lack in several areas, and when you are spending so much money for a great holiday, you leave somewhat disappointed

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2008

Flying over the Aitutaki Lagoon needs to be seen to be believed ... white sandy beaches fringing coconut palm islands, surrounding an azure blue lagoon ... this was paradise. Everyone on the small Air Rarotongan plane were in awe of the view and excited to be arriving in this amazing part of the world.
We were greeted by a Aitutakean serenading us with a ukelele as we entered the airport, followed by a beautiful gardenia and bougainvillea lei and a freshly cut coconut with a straw to quench our thirst.
After being ferried across to our own private island where the resort is situated we were greeted by ice-cold facecloths to freshen us before being led to our beautiful spacious bungalow which overlooked hammocks swaying between coconut-palms, manicured pure white sand, the most beautiful water colours in the lagoon you could imagine, and looking out to picture perfect islands in the distance ... this truly was heaven on earth and we were to luxuriate in it for four nights and five days.
After staying at the Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa on Rarotonga for the previous six days and nights we found the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa did not have the amount of activities or the quality of snorkeling straight off the beach as its sister resort, but the views, comfort and pure relaxation made up for it.
The cruise to Moturakau (Isle of Trees) and One Foot Island is a must - the site for the Survivor Cook Islands and Shipwrecked series - and the snorkeling from the cruise was fantastic - so many different varieties of fish, some of which came up and nibbled at my hand as I took their photo, while the clarity of the water was fantastic.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and I am sure you will not be able to find a more spectacular water view from your bungalow anywhere else in the world. We will definitely be back. Thank you, Aitutaki, for wonderful memories.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: Akitua Private Island | Motu Akitua, Cook Islands
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Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Aitutaki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Aitutaki
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Aitutaki
Price Range: £290 - £402 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only private island, adults only resort in the Cook Islands. It is the only Cook Islands resort to offer that invention of incurable romantics - the Overwater Bungalow. And it is the only resort on Aitutaki with a truly Polynesian flavour, so you can truly savour what the South Pacific is famous for. ... more   less 
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