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Paradise Cove Lodges
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Amuri, Cook Islands   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Aitutaki B&B and Inns
Geelong, Australia
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“amazing accomadation in paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

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.

Room Tip: request a beach front room to get the best night breezes as there is no air con... stock up on basi...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Spent 5 nights here in November, the hotel was everything you needed it to be.

We were picked up from the airport, given a beachfront room, and all the advice we needed. The scooters for rent really helped island travel and are a necessity. The staff was terrific and helpful and really did deserve 5 stars.

The rooms are perfect: a bed with a view, lovely balconies, mini fridge and a nice shower. Breakfast is basic and gets you going. The island night dinner buffet felt authentic and the song and dance was great.

Great accommodations at the right price, book early.....the beachfront rooms will vanish...but the garden rooms are quite literally, 50 feet from the beach as well. They all will do.

Room Tip: Book Early! Beachfront will sell out.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

It was a very warm welcome at the airport by the lovely Etata - a taste of the service to come. The staff at Paradise Cove were very welcoming at Paradise Cove. The beachside cabins were just perfect for a wonderful relaxing stay in Aitutaki. I highly recommend the island night buffet and definitely the killer cocktails - I will be back! Thank you...

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Paradise Cove was exactly as it describes. It's not trying to be fancy or upmarket and it doesn't need to be. Perfect location, right on the beach with great views of the sunset. The rooms are basic but with all the necessities you need.
Very helpful staff with good local knowledge and advice.
Walking distance to a few places to eat but able to hire scooters from them which is very handy.
Also walking distance to one of the best snorkeling locations on the island.
If you don't want to spend too much money but still stay right on the beach then this is the perfect place.
Note: If you're a light sleeper, maybe bring some ear plugs, there are a lot of roosters all over the island that have no concept of time of day!

Room Tip: Make sure to get a beachfront bungalow, we were in 7 and it was in a great location with a palm tree...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

My mum & I stayed here in a beachfront bungalow. The location of the bungalow & the view from the balcony is amazing! The bungalow is right on the sand, about 10m from the waters edge. The bungalow was adequate although it could do with a refurb. It was comfy though and suited our needs. It is out of town so we would highly recommend a scooter to get around. Across the road is the track to walk up to the highest peak. It is a hard, uphill walk of about 20-25mins however the views from the top are spectacular. Definitely worth it! There is not a lot to do at Paradise Cove so you are free to relax on the tranquil beach. It was very relaxing and peaceful. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide
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17 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Paradise Cove has a lovely beach and the bungalows are right on it. They are simple affairs but contain all you need for a short stay on Aitutaki. Breakfast was included but was fairly ordinary; one morning we arrived at 8 am - the start time and I think we disturbed the staff still asleep! However Joseph, the manager, was a cheerful and helpful person, and very obliging. Snorkelling is possible off the beach but better (of course) out in the lagoon to the south. You will need some sort of transport but motor bikes are there for hire.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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15 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We only had 3 nights at Paradise Cove, but we were not disappointed. The bungalows are quite small, but sufficient. The deck and the beautiful beach right in front make up for a lack of space inside. The water out front is deep enough for swimming which isn't always the case on this island. Its not as beautiful and pristine as further down the beach, but that's probably due to the deepness. Lovely comfy bed.
If you're looking for 5 star luxury this wont be for you. But if you love awesome sunsets, beautiful views, want to be right on the beach, and plan on going out for your meals, then you will be more than happy here.
The staff are awesome and will do anything to make your staff comfortable and enjoyable. Joe was easy to deal with and very reliable.
Wednesday bbq night is good.
Go next door to Puffys for a fish dinner...beautiful salads.
You will need a scooter or a vehicle (Joe hires out scooters right there at the venue for a very good price). paradise cove is not close to any other dinner spots except Puffys, so you will need to walk quite a long way or have transport. But that's pretty much the case on most parts of the island.
Thanks Joe and staff.....we loved our stay and will be back!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Amuri, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Aitutaki
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Aitutaki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Paradise Cove Lodges 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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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