we travelled to the cook islands to participate in the Vaka Evia in November and decided to go to Aitutaki for the Motu-Motu race afterwards. looking at accomadation on the island i wanted to find somewhere clean and still nice on the water without paying ridiculous prices. Paradise Cove was the best part of our whole holiday. Accomdation can be pricey everywhere on the cook islands and my partner was a little unhappy at the start because i had booked this accom and it didnt have air con. the little thatched cottages on the waterfront won me over and they looked clean and of decent quality in there photos. it was everything i had hoped for and more. not only was it clean, the properties were well cared for. If your going there expecting 5 star quality you will be disappointed. it was basic, a little kitchette with bathroom and bed. but perfect for us. the price was amazing. we had our own little private beachfront verandah and the beach was virtually our own. the water, the sand, was amazing. the room was clean, crisp, there was no tv or phone but it was perfect. relaxing and so quiet. the room was so cool due to the louvered windows which flowed the ocean breeze through the cottage. the staff collected us from the airport, took us to the local store and gave us a quick understanding of our location and shops etc...the breakfast which was toast and fruit juice etc was basic but thats all we needed and we stocked up on other basics like eggs, noodles etc to cook for ourselves.
they held a island buffet night which was probably the best array of food for the price..even better food and cheaper than on Rarotonga..everyone was happy to help or assist...even though for example,, the receptionist also had to go to the airport and do transfers and bus people into the main street etc,, we had to wait for her to come back to the desk on day for half hour but we understood that they run on a small staff number and theres not always a person on hand at all times...but for the price and for the tiny island we were on...it certainly wasnt some massive 5 star luxury resort but thats not why we went to Aitutaki..and we loved every minute of it... I would only stay at Paradise Cove....We loved it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paradise Cove is located on one of the best sandy beaches on the island of Aitutaki, Cook Islands, with great swimming and snorkeling areas. Paradise Cove is locally owned and operated by the people of Aitutaki. We offer self-catering bungalows right on the beach. Our philosophy is to share our beautiful culture and unique island with visitors from all over the world. We have 10 Beachfront Bungalows right on the beach for singles or double/twin travelers and 2 Garden Suites (just right behind the beachfront bungalows) suitable for families of 4 persons. From the balcony of your private beachfront studio take in the magnificent lagoon scenery. In the evenings relax as the sun sets, giving you the most breathtaking scene in Aitutaki. Experience great hospitality at Paradise Cove with warm and friendly staff that will enhance your stay on the island of Aitutaki. See the whales in all their splendor going past the reef of Paradise Cove Lodges from your balcony during whale season. Meet Terepai Junior (the owner) for some fishing or snorkeling excursions.Every Wednesdays is 'Buffet Night' of delicious local food for $29 NZD per person. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Cove Hotel Aitutaki