We stayed on AP for 3 nights from 11 September 2012. From the moment that owner Mama Ru Ru picked us up from Aitutaki Beach Villas - welcoming us with beautiful fresh gardenia laes from her own lush garden we were in heaven. Sydney, a wonderful host and son to Mama, piloted the family boat over to one of the most special places on earth. We were one of only 2 couples on the island - the other couple at Gina's (who we did not meet - only waved to on their daily kayak jouney to other gorgeous secluded islands).
AP is the original lagoon aerodrome for the glamourous flying boats of the 1950's and 60's. Interesting memorabilia adorning the walls of our huge house was a link to a wonderful bygone era. The more than spacious lodge contained 2 four poster beds, a full kitchen and dining are big enough to hold a ball. The bathroom had plenty of hot water and the tank water was delicious and safe to drink.
Now to the gardens, lush and tropical and the white sand pristinely raked every day by Sydney our host who also prepared the most delious parrot fish bar-b-que for dinner on our first night. The beach is right in front of the house and perfect for swimming. No coral and like a gigantic swimming pool. There was good snorkelling on the other side of island a short walk via a level track from the house. D spent 2 days fly fishing for the rare and elusive bone fish with guide Butch Leone, a very knowledgeable ex pat American - great fun. I spent a day fishing and touring with Sydney on gin clear waters with cloudless blue skies and caught a huge trevally which Sydney expertly cooked in banana leaves on the barbie for our dinner that night - yum!
Make sure you go to one foot island - it has a bar that opens when a boat arrives with about 6 tourists - just perfect for that cold beer.
Several people had said that the mozzies on Akaiami were ferocious, but we found them no worse than anywhere else on Aitutaki. Perhaps because of the owner's obvious efforts to keep the grounds clean and well maintained. We saw none in the house and with liberal applications of repellant had no problem in the evenings when they were most active.
Everything about AP defies belief a wonderful view everywhere you look, especially in the evenings with that soft sunset light. AP is good fo your soul.
Well done AP we'll definitely be back and will tell everyone we know.