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Etu Moana
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Aitutaki
Certificate of Excellence
Vienna/Austria
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“7 stars !!”
Reviewed 10 November 2010

Sorry, trip advisor does only have 5 stars, but Etu Moana gets 7 stars from us!!!
All you can read in the other statements, plus
We had a great time and there is so much you cannot see in a folder or internet.
Service is as we never have seen and all the ladies are so Love(l)y with a smile and a nice (small)talk.
Management (Janine&Jeff), staff and the guests are a like a group of friends and you need only some hours to get in and to like it....
Some drinks at the pool-bar and the paradise is not far away....
Etu Moana, the friendly people and the lagoon of Aitutaki! I love it!
Meitaki!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed 9 November 2010

We recently returned from our Honeymoon in the Cook Islands and we are so happy we chose Etu Moana for our holiday on Aitutaki!! We chose to stay at Etu Moana after reading the fantastic reviews on Tripadvisor. We only stayed 4 nights and wished we'd booked for longer. My advise - if you want a nice, quiet, relaxing holiday in the Cook Islands, skip Rarotonga and go straight to Aitutaki and stay at Etu Moana, you won't be disappointed!!

We loved the incredibly beautiful gardens, the pool and honesty bar, breakfast by the pool, the modern villas, the quiet beach, the kayaks, the hermit crabs, the gorgeous cats (we miss you Moko!), the friendly staff and we loved the bikes!!

A few must do's when visiting:-
1. A lagoon snorkelling trip with Teking - the highlight of our trip!!!
2. Fish & chips at Puffy's
3. Visit Tauona's Garden Cafe - only 200 metres down the road, the lady uses all organic produce from her garden, YUM
4. Bike ride around the island - there's a few souvenir shops to visit

Thank you again to Jeff, Janine and all the staff at Etu Moana for a wonderful holiday/honeymoon. We can't wait to return!!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2010

Etu Moana is a little paradise of its own on the beautiful island of Aitutaki and we knew it was going to be a very special place when we found out that some of the villas were already booked 10 months in advance!! We thought we had booked the perfect honeymoon when we chose to spend it in Aitutaki but Etu Moana made it even more perfect than we could have ever imagined. It is not possible to fault this place in any way!!! - and we are extremely fussy about our accommodation abroad!! All the amazing reviews you read on Tripadvisor about this place are all true!! From the moment you meet Cecilia when she picks you up at the airport, you'll know you've chosen a wonderful place to spend your time on Aitutaki. All the staff are so lovely and friendly and will go out of their way to help you, so it soon feels like a home from home. Etu Moana is designed in such a way that each villa is very private, so although there are 8 villas on site, you can feel like you are the only ones there! The beach will feel like your own private beach too because you'll often not see anyone for the whole day, after having had breakfast by the pool. Etu Moana most definitely has the best sunsets on the island, which is a must see from your villa front or on the beach and is the perfect end to another perfect day on Aitutaki. The villas are modern and beautifully designed with so much attention to detail and are the ultimate in luxury on this small idyllic island.There is a pool bar, known as the honesty bar where you can help yourself to drinks when you want and make the various cocktails listed in the cocktails recipe book if you're feeling adventurous! There is snorkelling equipment, kayaks and reef shoes available for guests to use (for free) and the lagoon by the Etu Moana beach is simply incredible- look out for the amazing blue starfish!! Make sure you ask the advice of Jeff, Janine, Lovey or any of the other girls before you make any bookings for tours or restaurants- they will guide you to the best things you should try and there's also files at reception with all the tours available on the island and a list of all the restaurants/cafes, which they'll happily look through with you. After our first day in Aitutaki we thought our 12 night stay might be a bit long, but staying at Etu Moana enables you to totally relax and unwind and feel like you are in your own private paradise on the most perfect honeymoon imaginable, so our 12 night stay went by too fast and we will deifinitely be returning one day soon and of course, we will be staying at Etu Moana.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Gosford, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2010

We have just returned from 6 nights at Etu Moana. The terrific reviews of Etu Moana on Tripadvisor persuaded me to book this resort, as we had never been to the Cook Islands and did not know what to expect.
Etu Moana was all that we wanted, gorgeous villas, Impeccable gardens. Excellent service and the nicest of hosts/managers, Jeff & Janine.
This is the perfect place for couples, whether older (like us) or honeymooners, with whom it is quite popular. If you like a peaceful, gorgeous place, this is for you!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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eurekacalifornia
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2010

Our 3rd visit to Etu Moana and we had a wonderful time. It always lives up to our expectations. Plenty to do or just relax. The staff and hosts were great. Went on "Yellow Boat" snorkel twice during our 3 week stay, Wonderful! The more often we go the more we love Aitutaki. Koru cafe ! Great food and lovely people. "Local Style" Island night at Puffy's was great fun and good food. Rent a scooter and just cruise around. We'll be back next Fall.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Aitutaki
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2010

My wife and I stayed at the Etu Moana for a week in August, 2010, and would without hesitation recommend it . The manager and his wife were extremely friendly and helpful, and they have organized a staff that was just great. If they can keep the resort in current shape going forward, there is not a better place to stay on Aitutaki.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Mount Isa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2010

We have just arrived home from a week at Etu Moana and it was the best holiday we have ever had Jeff and Janine are the kindest most helpfull people you will ever meet, nothing is to much trouble the rooms and grounds are amazing and the staff are happy whilst we were there we had a chance to check out some of the other hotels and nothing even compared even if they charged twice or sometimes three times as much per night, do your self a favour and book early we booked 7 months in advance and it was worth the wait, its all the little things about this place that you wont find anywhere else service like this has been lost but not at Etu Moana

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Etu Moana
Address: PO Box 123, Cook Islands
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Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Aitutaki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Aitutaki
#1 Luxury Hotel in Aitutaki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Etu Moana 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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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