Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa
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Friday 19 Nov
We’re to be picked up between 9.30 and 9.45 to go on a Lagoon cruise. Aitutaki is made up of a large main island entirely surrounded by a coral reef except for one harbour entrance. To the East the lagoon is huge and a line of coral atolls have formed inside the reef. We’re not sure which tour we are going on, …
Wednesday 17th November
Help! C is trying to kill me, he lights a mosquito coil in the night which very nearly sends me into status asthmaticus.
Despite my near death experience we enjoy a copious continental breakfast, included, then set off to hire a motorbike to explore the island, about £10 for 24 hours.
We find a …
The flight to Rarotonga takes almost 3 hours in a rather roomy little 36 seater operated by Air Tahiti. On the ground we immediately feel that we're in something like New Zealand. Everyone speaks Kiwi English, the ATM delivers NZ $’s and everyone is helpful, so much so that before I know it Phillip has been ushered into …
First time over the date line so we arrived a day before we left - very confusing. Arrived to a comic welcome with a guy singing and playing the ukelele, clad in tropical shirt, sitting in the middle of baggage reclaim. Apparently he's been doing this for virtually every flight arrival for years. Also of note was a security dog sniffing suitcases …
As we approached Atutaki, we immediately was what a special place it was, the deep blue South Pacific ocean became a turquoise lagoon, fringed by white breakwater over the coral perimeter. Inside the coral fringe were many palm covered island with white sand beaches. As close to the ultimate tropical island you can imagine. Once on the ground, we …
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa
My husband and I have just returned from this hotel today.We stayed in the over water bungalows and were satisfied with them.The scenery is stunning and it is wonder fully quiet.The hotel as a whole needs a bit of spicing up with management being seen more.We found the bar was shut down very early at night sometimes by 9.00p.m.
This hotel has a magic of its own but needs to keep up with the times or it will be left behind by the likes of the Pacific.
We would return but there is just that something missing.
I sometimes wonder where in the world other reviewers have been when they rave about places. We were very disappointed with our week at this resort. To start with, the journey was awful. Flights were changed and we were left hanging about Raratonga airport for hours, both coming and going (surely the worst in the world - when there's no flight due, they switch off the lights and go home! No cafe, nothing.)
Wonderful, breathtaking, unforgettable...
My husband & I stayed at the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We both had a wonderful time & thoroughly enjoyed every minute in our gorgeous overwater bungalow, which came with the most breathtaking views of the most beautiful lagoon we've ever seen. Our holiday was made so much more special by the friendly & accommodating staff, especially the restaurant team who went that extra mile of making our pacific island dining experience unforgettable.
We had our Honeymoon at Bora Bora a year ago and we're still paying for it, However Aitutaki was a better location, lagoon, atmosphere and much better value for money.
Thank you again for the great experience Aitutaki Lagoon Resort.
Where do I start? My fiance and i travel a lot and we're a bit fussy, but never the less we were thinking positive. On arrival the sight of the traditionally dressed warrior welcoming us was amazing, I get goose-bumps now thinking about it. First we had to cross the channel to get there, an island to ourself... We had a great time, we were staying in the overwater bungalows. That's where I proposed and she said yes. We're coming back in a year to get married. I'm a photographer and I have been traveling a lot for work, from africa to the middle east, Europe and a lot of tropical location... but we fell in love with the aitutaki lagoon resort, the history, the culture, the privacy and the friendly staff. It's a great location to relax and unwind. To give credit to the last reviewer I believe that a new management team took over in early February. I will post a couple of photos from our trip, I took at dusk from our overwater balcony and going for a walk... the next post i'll have the wedding ones :))
Unfortunatly we had a bad start even before we got to Aitutaki. (check and recheck your inter island flights) Our inter island flight had been changed and we were not notified, travel docs said we departed at 10am, upon arrival we were told it was 8am, hence we missed our flight had to wait till 6pm and they put us on the locals plane, it was filthy, torn seats and cabin lining, could see daylight around the cargo door (scary), we were 1 of 6 tourists that has had flights changed. we had booked the honeymoon package which included sarongs, sparkling wine and a fruit basket on arrival, waited 2 days then phoned reception, received wine and sarongs, still waiting for the fruit basket. we stayed in the overwater bungalow (over $1000.00 Au per night) aircon broked down every night, mic nearly fell over the railing, it had rotted away from the deck. their is not a spa in the bungalow only an outdoor shower, very ordinary conmsidering the amount we paid. met up with 4 other couples, 2 left early, 1 couple went to the Pacific resort and the other back to Raratonga. Meals were ordinary and cost the amount you would expect in a five star resort, the couples that we met choose to eat at other resorts. Spoke to the manager, no action was taken, got the feeling that "ive got your money and you are stuck here, so why should i do anything about it". the manager needs to realise that westerners expect a certain amount of service and good quality meals when paying such a high $ for a resort that is only worth 2 stars, Meals were constantly sent back. if Mic and i ever go back we will be staying at the Pacific Resort better value for money and the range and price of meals is fantastic.
You can't fail to be blown away by this magical tropical lagoon when you see it from the air for the first time - it is simply stunning. A turqouise lagoon fringed with coral reef and a string of green islands with white sandy beaches. The lagoon cruise is a must to explore some of the smaller islands and to snorkel.
Just returned from Aitutaki for a ten day visit. The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort is in sor need of refurbishment! The beach bar/restaurant is completely being rebuilt....hence lots of construction and noise! We met two couples that left early. The rooms have the same bedspreads they've had for eight years! (I"ve been there four times) YUK! Current patrons have to eat in the main restaurant or in their rooms....they can't enjoy the beautiful beach at mealtime....lots of folks went over to the Samade Beach so they could dine affordably and on the beach! I wouldn't stay there now at all...they've got alot of work to do to the rooms...the overwater bungalows are still very nice but extremely pricey....you'd be better off spending that kind of money at the Pacific Resort! I'd stay at the Etu Moana....they just opened and their rates are unbelievably low for the quality of accomodations there! Check out their website at etumoana
Lagoon is absolutely beautiful!!
Location! Location! Location! Travel-Escapes helped us to find the best spots in the Cook Islands, it was an amazing trip! The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort has the best view around, I sat on my deck and looked at the water for hours. We were going to go to Bora Bora and could not afford it, this was very affordable and amazing!!
we stayed at the aitutaki lagoon resort for 4 nights, when we got to the island we we're overwhelmed by the lagoon! It was incredible. really the only negatives in my opinion were not much of a food selection and not a lot to do. we would probably stayed 2 nights at aitutaki and the extra 2 at rarotonga. i have to believe this is the best resort on the island because of the location. also everything was very clean. the pictures of the lagoon don't do it justice. it is incredible!!!
we've recently returned from aitutaki lagoon resort and would go back again in a second!!! although not quite excellent.....it is better than the above average rating i gave it! the only draw back being.....their restaurant structure needs some help. for as beautiful as the resort accommodations are.....the too rustic dining room is more condusive to a poolside lunch setting instead of real dining room. aside from that.....the food was good....the drinks were better than average. they provide on certain nights a polyenesian show that is quite good but not lengthy. the water sports equipment is excellent....kayaks are professional quality and very sea worthy. employees are extremely friendly.....helpful. the resident chef makes a fantastic paw-paw salad which i didn't know what it was at the time but he assured me i'd love it! i did! went back for seconds! it is papaya basically with mayo and curry! terrific!!! the accommodations are wonderful! we had an over water unit! very big....very clean.....new looking! terrific view from king size bed! very big sundeck with stairs to water and outside shower! nice sturdy deck chaises....also a covered area with chairs! outdoor shower in a garden setting. wonderful dressing area.....very polished and extremely roomy! good air conditioning! panoramic sliding glass doors in bedroom facing lagoon.....mesmerizing! the beach has got to be their ace in the hole so to speak! they've got the best beach! great sun chaises....2 together ever few palm trees apart with new cotton double hammocks every few palm trees apart as well! total chaises numbering at least 30 for such a small resort! no problem staking a claim here for your spot in paradise! just a few steps from water and you're in the lagoon! crystal clear water and very warm! the web sites tell you the water is barely 80 in farenheit....don't believe it.....it's warmer than that....like bath water! it's wonderful! after marvelous days either kayaking....sunning....swimming.....evenings are so condusive to sleeping to get ready for tomorrow's day in paradise!!! THIS PLACE HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE!