We (5 adults and 5 children) stayed for 8 days at Paradise Cove from 19-26 May in the lagoon suites(new) and bungalows.
The Lagoon Suites(2)
Spacious open plan bedroom with kitchenette (fridge, cooktop, fry pan, toaster, sink, table and chairs) and king bed and single bed with room for another single bed which we had. Separate bathroom and large deck. Fan cooled only but we prefer this to AC. Partial sea view as they are situated behind the beachfront bungalows but still on the sand and only 20 paces to the water. We thought they were perfect for 2 adults and 2 children, although all 10 of us were in one for meals at once.
Small but cute bungalows on poles with thatched roof and small deck. Suitable for a couple only(although our two eldest children slept in one by themsleves some nights). They are close together but privacy and noise was never a problem. Had a small cooking area but we cooked and ate our meals in one of the lagoon suites. They are older but felt as though the bathrooms must have had a recent touchup. Fan cooled only.
Rooms were not serviced each day unless requested. Towels were replaced daily. A delicious fruit platter with bread, juice, spreads and milk arrived each morning around 8.30am. We took several boxes of packaged foods from NZ and bought fresh bread and vegetables daily to make sandwiches for lunches. We cooked alternate evening meals and dined out the others. We found the staff at Paradise Cove very friendly and helpful, particluraly Emmy and Ina and another lady whose name slips my mind, who babysat our children(aged 2-8)a couple of times. The kids loved them and enjoyed being taken on crab hunts in the evenings.They spent hours building sand castles, shell hunting and swimming and snorkelling out front(which was OK but not comparable to the area of the lagoon near Maina). Emmy's husband gave us fresh fish and Emmy showed us how to make ika mata(raw fish) which was the best we had tasted. The beach was great for watching the sunsets and for swimming. Unlike some of the other places to stay in the area, there is a channel for swimming right out in front and some people who were staying at Seaside lodges and elsewhere came down to swim. We had the plug-in mosquito repellant which worked well as we never had any in our rooms. They seemd to be more prevalent outside in the early evening but we had plenty of sprayon repellant which meant we never found them a problem. Our biggest problem (if we had to find one) was the temperamental hot water system which is solar powered. It was quite unreliable but at the same time this didn't bother us as the lagoon water is so warm, a cooler shower was fine. A plumber was supposed to come whilst we were there but possibly due to "survivor", was delayed. It wasn't a concern so we didn't push the issue. We had a couple of bad weather days with heavy rain(didn't stop us swimming, or going to Tauonos for coffee and cake which I'm sure they thought we were mad) but the staff washed and dried clothes for us at a small charge. We had a rental car to get around.
Our overall impression was that this place far exceeded our expectations in every way. My Mum was celebrating a 60th birthday and she and Dad were given VIP treatment. Eiao(the manager) had ensured we were well looked after and we felt humbled in return. For us this place was prefect. We knew it wasn't 5 star so didn't expect it to be. We knew it was a budget property but got 5 star service. We felt it was value for money(about NZ $600 a night for all of us) considering our other options for 10 people were the Aitutaki Lagoon resort(which was bigger than we wanted and more isolated) and the Pacific Resort which was more like NZ$2000 a night for us all (which is not to say that wouldn't have been good). This was an ideal family hoilday where we would be happy to return.
- Also Known As:
- Paradise Cove Hotel Aitutaki
- Paradise Cove Hotel
- 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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