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“Paradise”
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Tamanu Beach
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Aitutaki
Certificate of Excellence
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“Paradise”
Reviewed 30 April 2014 via mobile

What a wonderful time we had, a most beautiful place. Our accommodation was right on the beach so cosy. Food in the restaurant was great. Staff very helpful & all had wonderful smiles for us. Keep up the good work. We hope to come back one day.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

Stayed for 8 nights in April after touring New Zealand! A well earned rest for us on a beautiful island. We had booked a garden studio and Our room number 10 was very near the pool and we could also see the ocean, which was a bonus! When sitting on the decking we could watch the sun setting in the evenings. The room was very nice with kitchen area and large refrigerator, not that we cooked at all. My only negative is, that the bathroom could do with a bit of a deep clean around the shower cubicle. We ate at the restaurant 7 nights out of eight, which shows just how good the food was, excellent! Breakfasts were also ok for me and my husband. Many of the staff were very friendly and pleasant but I have to agree with an earlier review that some appeared unhappy in their work. I always try to smile and say hello to anyone, staff or guests, but some were a little harder to win over than others. Having said that we were looked after and can't say I had anything to complain about in the restaurant. We hired a scooter for the week, went off for a little ride every day, went on a lagoon trip and went to church on Sunday which was amazing. The ladies were in white dresses and wore hats, bit the singing was wonderful. We do not go to church regularly at home, but enjoyed the service even though we didn't understand most of it. We were made most welcome by everyone and it was a very uplifting experience. The snorkelling from the beach was amazing, you need only swim or walk out a little way to see corals, starfish and other fish, or go as far as the buoy to see the gigantic (and I mean the largest I've seen) clam. Beautiful, we visited every day, saw some beautiful corals of different colours and patterns! Thought the Maldives was the perfect place but Aitutaki is on a par I think! I must admit we spent a wonderful week in Aitutaki at a lovely hotel, great location, good food. On our final day we asked to keep our room but as it was booked already we could not. They said we could use another one until 6pm that day for a small charge as our flight Wasn't until 7pm. We were put in a one bedroom bungalows which was lovely. This is the reason I mentioned the bathroom cleanliness before, as this place was much cleaner and newer. Very nice if you wish to spend a lot more money and as we stayed 8 nights it wasn't really an option for us. Having said that I loved our studio and preferred the pool there which was next to the beach. We would come out of the sea, rinse our feet and gear under the tap, then have a lovely dip in the pool. Would definitely recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Greg and his team were wonderful. Nothing was too much trouble and all done with a smile. This is a resort built on family land and family make up most of the staff so they take pride in what they do and go the extra mile. Even went for a drive to buy me cigarettes on the first night as we had not hired a scooter yet!

We stayed in a beach front bungalow and did not regret the decision for the little bit extra to be right on the beach.

The rooms are modern, spacious and air conditioned, everything you would expect from a top class establishment. If you are lucky one of the friendly local cats might adopt you like one did us and relax in your bungalow with you while you both have a cat nap!

The food and drinks range in the restaurant is excellent also and surprisingly cheap compared to others on the island.

The lagoon is amazing, the sunsets are amazing you will have a great time.

I would highly recommend you stay here.

Wayne Hughes
28/4/14

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

A lovely place to stay with excellent location and the beach of course with very good snorkeling. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Loved the casual style and most of the staff are very helpful and smiling.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

This place is for you. The rooms are clean and spacious. The grounds are well kept by invisible gardeners. Polite and friendly people. The restaurant food was of an excellent standard. The steak was great. Good value for money in comparison to the place up the road. Same view, Same size room. Less pretentious. Will recommend to others

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

+ (positive)
- fantastic view over the lagoon
- nice, clean, big bungalow's
- great food in restaurant
- quiet
- good general manager and reception. They have good contact with guests, do things for you.
- fire night is fantastic to see

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- some of the girls who work in the restaurant looked really bored to us. They don't pay much attention to guests. Forget to serve us drinks. Let us wait for 20minutes etc etc. So sorry for this restaurant because the food is fantastic!

Room Tip: The view over the lagoon is fantastic (beach front bungalow's)
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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North Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

Our week at Tamanu was the trip of a life time. A real paradise. The staff were pleasant and helpful, the bungalows clean and roomy, the pool refreshing and well maintained. The open air restaurant was just a short walk along the beach. The food was excellent although there was a shortage of fresh vegetables at times. The waters just in front provided great snorkeling and the kayaks were easy and fun to use. I would highly recommend this resort to friends and family.

Room Tip: We had the garden bungalow which was great. The decks were not private but being in a group setting...
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Property: Tamanu Beach
Address: PO Box 59, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Aitutaki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Aitutaki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tamanu Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm island welcome to Tamanu Beach Hotel- your casual luxury Pacific Island getaway destination, on the pristine atoll of Aitutaki. Tamanu Beach resort is located on the western coast of Aitutaki, with stunning sunset views from our beachfront Restaurant and Bar. Tamanu Beach resort offers four bungalow accommodation options, including garden bungalows and one bedroom lagoon view bungalows. All of our Cook Islands bungalows are nestled amongst lush tropical gardens. Our beachfront bungalows are on the water's edge- a stone's throw from our gorgeous blue lagoon. Our stunning Aitutaki beachfront resort features 23 bungalows, conference facilities, two fresh water swimming pools, a beachfront bar and restaurant and a gift shop. Casual Luxury at Tamanu Beach Our private, white sand beach borders Aitutaki Island's crystal clear lagoon providing endless opportunities for island activities such as swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and SUPS in the azure waters. Tamanu Beach is family operated and we offer guests a truly unique Polynesian experience. Every Thursday enjoy our "Takurua" Island Feast and show - a performance of Cook Islands song, dance, fire dancing and more from our talented and dynamic cultural group. Tamanu Beach is a popular haven for magical Cook Islands weddings and honeymoons, and is within easy reach of local cafes, bars and restaurants giving you the opportunity to dine out at your leisure. Your stay with us includes the following complimentary services: •Return airport transfers •Daily tropical breakfast •All SUPS, Kayaks and Masks and Snorkels ... more   less 
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