The Etu Moana is a top of the line boutique hotel. We had a lovely stay in cottage #4, nicely situated between the pool and the beach. It was well equipped with a kitchenette, a wonderful shower, and a DVD player. The air conditioner was a great bonus for sleeping and you can also open the doors and just have the screens closed for a lovely ocean breeze. It was lovely to sit on the porch lounger and just enjoy the sound of the ocean.
The Etu Moana is building a few more cottages next to #4, but during our stay construction was going on from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. so it was not a noise factor in our vacation. The new managers, Steve and Amanda were delightful and made us feel very welcome.
The front desk staff was extremely helpful in booking all of our excursions. I suggest that if you don't book before you arrive, you do this immediately upon check-in as trips like a private tour with the Black Pearl are exclusive and fill up VERY fast. We arrived on Sunday and were lucky to book both a Teking snorkeling tour on Wednesday and a private snorkeling tour with the Black Pearl on Friday. (Please see my reviews of each of these, by name.)
My husband Heath loved the Honesty Bar at the pool and made me several drinks out of the cocktail recipe book during our stay. This system was very nice and guests cleaned up after themselves. It is so much cheaper than ordering drinks at one of the restaurants nearby.
On the first day, our luggage didn't arrive until late afternoon, but Cecil made sure that it was picked up and delivered to us from the last flight in. Hubby Heath in the meantime decided to take a bike down to the convenience store to pick up snacks and a large jug of water for our stay. It was a little more taxing than he thought as there is a long slow hill and it was during the hottest part of the day--and we'd been up for about 24 hours traveling. He survived. That was the only bicycle trip though.
The front desk staff also was extremely helpful for my oddball requests for antiseptic for Heath's whiskey bug burns; apparently he's highly allergic to these bugs that come out right after sundown. If you swat at them or slap them, they have an acid mechanism that will cause a large burn blister. So here's my advice--take Neosporin. Also bring heavy duty deep woods bug spray and sunscreen without scent. The front desk also let us borrow an outlet converter for our camera charger.
The front desk also arranged for our scooter rental, and dinner reservations for local restaurants and transports.
We had wonderful breakfasts every morning poolside.
One of our favorite memories is the coconut demonstration by Cecil. Don't let her charming smile fool you, she is one tough cookie and is handy with a machete. Heath climbed a tree and I wove a plate. We all enjoyed a special treat at the end as well.
All in all this was one of the best hotels we've been to. We enjoyed kayaking around the lagoon and snorkeling after tying up to the buoy. I loved hula hooping on the beach. We got gorgeous sunset photos every night.
After seeing the other hotels on the island, I was so glad we chose the Etu Moana. Other guests become fast friends do to the small nature of this exclusive piece of paradise. It made my hubby's 40 birthday a very special time and seemed like a second honeymoon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Etu Moana Beach Villas offers ten Polynesian style villas with thatched roofing. The Villas are situated on a beautiful white sandy beach and you have a mesmerizing view of the turquoise lagoon from each Villa. The Villas are all self contained and have a kingsize bed, large covered verandas, and Tasmanian oak floors. The style is crisp and modern. We offer complimentary Tropical breakfast, kayaks, SUP, snorkel equipment, and bicycles. In the rooms are smart TVs with 40+ movies on a hard drive. You are also able to listen to your own music by connecting your phone via bluetooth with a sound bar. In addition we also offer a gift USB card, coconut drink, ei's and airport transfers. The lovely Cook Island staff at Etu Moana are waiting for you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Etu Moana Aitutaki, South Pacific - Cook Islands
- Etu Moana Hotel Aitutaki