Pacific Resort Aitutaki
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As a treat we had booked a fancy place called the Pacific resort on Aitutaki. We got upgraded to a suite when we arrived and it was awesome. We did a fair amount of lounging around the pool and taking it easy here too but also attended a Pacific Buffet complete with dancing locals. I am sure this is pretty standard fare for Pacific Islands, but we …
... only 3 months in French Polynesia, however, because we were waiting for part and these parts were vital in our safe passage going forward, we were allowed an extension to our visa. It was a little inconvenient of course having to go through the motions of visiting the various ...
... kurzer Reisedauer und dem sich am Horizont eröffnenden Blickes auf Aitutaki als nebensächlich erwies.
Wieder auf dem Boden begrüsste uns Ade (Adrienne), die Hotel-Managerin, und fuhr uns das kurze Stück zur Unterkunft. Der erste Eindruck war zwiespältig: Ade, halb Maori, halb Australierin, wirkte sehr nett und kollegial, der Toyota entpuppte sich aber als der älteste, der bereitstehenden Fahrzeuge und der Innenraum erinnerte mehr an ein Gefährt einer Bauunternehmung denn ...
The snorkelling has not been as great as some other parts of the world we have been, however, the motus are wonderful...the birds, the plants and just the endless stretches of beaches with no one on them and no development of any kind.
Yesterday we took another of the many lagoon cruises and we had only four people (us and one other couple)...
We were let off the boat at a sand bar, and told to ...
Aitutaki may well be the south Pacific island we have all dreamed of. It has a rich history: discovered by Captain Bligh...just days before the mutiny on the Bounty. It has a gorgeous lagoon and friendly people. All of our research has paid off in a big way...our places on both Raro and Aitutaki are on the sunset sides of the islands, are beachfront, with awesome beaches ...
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Perfect Honeymoon in every way!!!
We went to the Pacific Resort Aitutaki for our Honeymoon. Originally we looked at the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa, but we had heard that the Pacific Resort was better and it certainly lived up to its reputation.
We stayed for 7 nights in a Bungalow. Whilst being the cheaper of the three rooms on offer, it was still incredible. We are fussy travellers, and we found that the level of quality and style was outstanding. Our room had a gorgeous almost 'Balinese' style, with a huge deck and and steps going down to our own slice of the amazing beach and blue water lagoon. One piece of advice would be to secure the deckchairs outside your bungalow in the morning (with a towel or book etc). All rooms are extremely private - perfect for honeymooners!
The lagoons water is crystal clear and some of the bluest we have ever seen, however, don't expect to find amazing coral - we have been spoilt with Fiji coral and it does not compare. However, there is still an abundance of tropical fish.
The resort maintains its outstanding quality throughout all facilities. The restaurant being no exception. It is perched on rocks overlooking the water - incredible views both day and night. The food is outstanding and amongst some of the best we have had. Its not cheap, but its worth it. Caters extremely well for Vegetarians with a full vegie menu on offer.
Would suggest picking up a couple of bottles of bubbles/wine duty free to have in your room as the cheapest on offer is $50 NZD. (To be expected, however, at such an outstanding resort).
Word of warning - Survivor is filiming its next series on Aitutaki and we would advise to perhaps put off your trip until September-ish as they are taking over a lot of the islands and facilities - things such as lagoon cruises will be severly limited.
Overall, the Pacific Resort is amazing in every way and offers an affordable option to some of the higher priced Fijian islands. The photos on its website don't do it justice - it is more beautiful in real life. We loved it and will certainly be returning one day.
A very special place
I stayed at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki in Dec 05 - Jan 06 and had the most amazing time ever. My partner and I got married at the resort and were made to feel very special for the day, the staff couln't do enough to help and it really was a perfect place to get married. The rooms are beautiful and the food at the resort is fantastic and is great for vegetarians too.The island is very very beautiful and it is the most fabulous place I have ever been!
Haute cuisine with attitude
We dined at the Pacific Resort whilst staying elsewhere on the island and we found the attitude towards non-hotel residents to be cold and unfriendly - which is a rare experience in the Cooks! Having been told to move our vehicle on arrival we were then shown to a very ordinary table in an empty restaurant. The waiter seemed not to know what half the items were on the menu and also lacked training on how to serve wine. This would be fine normally but this restaurant promotes itself as a centre of haute cuisine. The bill for two with wine was NZ$175 - a lot of money for fussy, unexciting food in a room with no atmosphere! NB Locals told us that the Pacific Resort originally wanted to privatise the beach in front of the resort, which was refused by local planners - a further example of their superior attitude?
"Purity of our Planet"
Take a deep breath as you absorb yourself with the beauty of this hidden treasure. The island is calm just like it's lagoon. The glow of the lagoon is very spectacular. To top this fine wonder of our planet the Pacific Resort has captured the island ambiance with class and respect. Outstanding - a trip to the South Seas that I would dare say is the best!
Everything we hoped for
My husband and I were looking for a boutique resort in the Pacific that had fabulous food for a 10 day holiday in late July. The Pacific Resort ticked all the boxes on paper - good food reviews in Cuisine and SMH; a Small Luxury Hotel of the World; small enough to be personal but big enough to have all the expected hotel facilities; great looking private accomodation; stunning location. Everything lived up to our expectations - the staff were friendly and helpful; the food was the best of fresh Pacific cuisine; a sound wine list; wonderful beach front rooms; interesting co-guests from around the globe; stunning lagoon and island surroundings. Would recommend unreservedly.
We stayed here for 4 days at the end of our honeymoon after travelling around new Zealand. We spent 3 days on Rarotonga at the Laggon resort and Spa; nice but Aitutki is so much more beautiful. There had been a mess up with our booking by an intermediary company, not the hotel, but it was sorted out and we were upgraded to a suite and given complimentary champagne. Nothing was too much trouble and the staff were fantastic.
We can not believe there is anywhere more beautiful in the world than Aitutki. The lagoon and its islands are so amazing; white sand, turquiose sea, palm trees and very few tourists. A laggon trip is a must. The hotel setting was beautiful and the individaul bungalows all hidden by palm trees and right on the beach. Our suite was fantastic and covered in fresh flowers. The infinity pool was right on the beach and perfect for relaxing. The food at the hotel was delicious but not cheap; most things are imported from New Zealand.
The Cook Islands are not the most accessible of places if you do not live in NZ but definitely worth the effort. We can not wait to go back.
One of the best
Not enough adjectives to describe this place. The previous reviewers all had a go, but didn't get close. How about ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. I haven't yet seen a photograph or read a description to do it justice.
We were met at the airport (term used loosely, more accurately a large hut) and transferred by hotel coach and greeted by the hotel manager in person and introduced to the staff.
We stayed in a beach bungalow right on the sea front with views of the lagoon. Everything was brand new and prestine.
Beautiful coconut palm lined beaches, tropical fish in the lagoon, safe, no sharks or anything poisonous. Use the canoes, pedelos or snorkels provided to enjoy the lagoon.
Decorations everywhere made from freshly picked flowers from the gardens. Everything was decorated, the bed, bathroom, outside table & chairs, even on the plates in the restaurant.
If you stay on a full board basis prices will not be your concern. Relax and enjoy! Dine in the main restaurant or outside at the bar next to the pool. The food was wonderful and the service impecable. Don't be on a diet.
The staff are the nicest people I have ever met. Really lovely friendly people.
We were waved off by the Manager and staff as we left and presented with shell necklaces.
Something to note; the Air Rarotonga flight has a maximum luggage allowance of 16Kg per person. Pack excess luggage into a case and be prepared to leave it in left luggage to be collected on return.
Like A Postcard
After spending 5 days at the Pacific Resort in Rarotonga, we went to the PR in Aitutaki for 3. What a mistake that was! The PR Aitutaki is 100% better than the one in Raro and would recommend spending more time here. We stayed in the "basic" bungalow (#12), but the place was like something you would see on a postcard. The beaches are gorgeous and the swimming pool is ideal for a few drinks as you admire the ocean. There is a locals night in which you get a taste of the local cuisine. The only negatives we saw was the price of food is $$$ and the management does not treat the staff very well. Overall, this place is ideal for those looking for a romantic getaway
WE FOUND TRUE PARADISE
Upon arrival in Aitutaki we were welcomed with smiles and flowers at the small airport on this beautiful, peaceful island. The Pacific Resort exceeded all of our expectations. The rooms are incredible with some the most comfortable beds we've ever slept in. Awesome views of the crystal clear water and distant waves. The food was excellent and the staff went out of their way to make sure we had the most memorable stay. I felt that every dollar spent was well worth it. You'll never find another place like this on earth....you'll be in true paradise. Take the day trip to the tiny One-Foot island and you'll see some the most blue, clear water ever to be found. Pristine beaches, lagoons, peaceful people. Completely magical. You'll never regret this one!
WHAT A JEM!!!
how wonderful......refreshing.....simply heaven! beautiful surroundings.....lovely beach with boulders.....you need to do some side stepping here to avoid them at times! yes....there are some in the water too but they are big and you can easily see them! there's plenty of big open areas for swimming! crystal clear water....many...many fish!!! great shell collecting beach!!! lovely units either in a bungalow....suite (we had this) or a villa! we chose the suite because of the bidet and outside garden shower but honestly didn't use them much. the bath is huge! indoor bath that is....with a glass shower that can see into the garden with palms and bushes etc! totally all marble bath! 2 walls of mirrors with nice lighting! living/bedroom combo is huge with vaulted ceilings....good air! multi level outside decks with heavy wooden chaises with padding over looking water/beach....stunning views! stairs from deck for direct access to beach and water.....at bottom of steps at beach level there is a rain style shower to rinse the salt after swimming in the ocean or just a foot shower! the restaurant is multi level with ceiling fans....all open air....magnificent structure.....very good food! service is a mite slow but what the heck....you're on vacation....slow down some! i can't beat them up for this! food digests better when you don't rush! cocktails are average to good.....they can use a little help here and have been so advised! they are working on it the manager susan says! the swimming pool (infinity pool) is breathtaking! especially when seen from the long beautiful flight of stairs after leaving the restaurant! so stunning is the view it doesn't look real! nice hunter green umbrellas....small tables every couple chaises for drinks etc. a waterfall and an attached river rock bottom grotto where the waterfall empties is another little niche in the pool that's out of the way for some privacy!!! well manicured plantings....trees.....evening lighting overhead hanging from trees.....palms is very effective day and night! open sitting area or covered area for lunches/dinners near pool at the sunken style bar is very nice and bathing suit attire is the norm! very nice restrooms right here also! good water sports equipment! sea-worthy kayaks! newer style peddle boats that are a lot of fun! very nice lobby....impressive and everything seems to run quite smoothly! we wanted to go to "town" for a little shopping....there's one taxi for the island and it was busy! the front desk arranged for one of the office people to take us in the resorts van to town....wait 40 minutes and bring us back to the resort....FREE! doesn't get much better than that for PR!!!! (public relations) THIS IS A GREAT FIND!