My partner and I stayed here for two nights (way too short in hindsight) as part of our Cooks Islands holiday. It was splendid. The villas are very very spacious, the beds are comfortable and a double bed is a real double bed not zipped together singles. Each villa has a veranda with a picnic table and two comfy chairs; excellent to enjoy a glass of wine at night after a satisfying day.
When you think Rarotonga or Aitutaki have little shops, Atiu has not even a handful of stores and hardly any restaurants (often the few that are there are not open all the time) so you are pretty much dependent on your villa and....your hosts! Kura's Kitchen eliminates any need to even think about cooking dinner. For NZ$30pp you can join Roger for a 2-course meal and that does not only provide you with excellent food, you also get to know the other guests and can ask Roger anything you like about Atiu. Drinks are extra but at NZ$20/bottle for very good wine that is not an issue, especially not bearing in mind the wine is shipped into Rarotonga where it is put on smaller ships to supply the outer islands (Atiu receives a ship every 5 weeks! but nevertheless Roger offered us a choice of 4 red wines!). We enjoyed every second of our stay.
If you like doing your own thing for dinner, not to worry; the fridge and cupboards in the kitchen of your villa are fully stocked with all you need at prices the same as the general store. No mini-bar rip off prices, just honest provision of what you may need. We cooked our own breakfast (even the eggs were provided) and enjoyed it on the veranda.
Roger was very generous in sharing his knowledge of Atiu with us and straight after he picked us up from the airport he showed us various sites and told us the history of Atiu. What a great start to our stay!
We did a tour with Birdman George and recommended it (kindly arranged by Roger for us) and did the walk to the Cave with swimhole and native bird. Both were brilliant.
Nothing seems too much trouble at Atiu Villas; there are scooters to rent and even a 4WD Jeep. We paid NZ$55/day (inc fuel which is well over NZ$2/litre on the islands) which was well below the NZ$70/day (exc fuel) we paid on Aitutaki for a little Nissan Micra that was about to fall apart.
It was just brilliant! Don't think about it just contact Roger (check for the Atiu Villas website and contact them directly to avoid the travel agent taking a share) and book.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Atiu Villas is located on Atiu Island at the edge of a central plateau overlooking a tropical garden, pineapple fields, jungle and has distant views down a valley of the Pacific Ocean. The villas are built in the native style out of polished native timbers of mango, mahogany, red peanut, cedar and coconut in 6 well separated villas and includes a villa suitable for families. A tour desk, restaurant, bar, entertainment area, swimming pool, floodlit tennis court, property wide free Wifi, rental bicycles, scooters and car are all available on site. ... more less