I have just been browsing through tripadvisor and saw Ranganuis which my gf and I stayed at a few years ago. Please bear this in mind when reading my review as it may have changed since then.
First impressions of the unit were good. Nice and clean, with flowers on the bed in the bath room etc. Then we were told that the WC was composting which means that you sit on a normal wc which is positioned over a hole in the ground. Think Reading / Glastonbury festival! We were assured there would be no smells coming back up (the waste doesn't wash away just piles up) as there were chemicals to break it down. This was true but it was a pretty awful sight when you lifted up the toilet seat!! The bathroom area in the unit was not completely separate from the kitchen/sleeping area. There is a large gap around the top of the partition. Any noises or smells waft around the unit freely!
The web site photos of the 'beach' area are mis leading. It is basically a slope that leads into a channel where water runs in and out of the lagoon. It is more like a nice coloured river than sea and I didn't feel comfortable swimming in it.
At night there are literally hundered of bugs in your room as there are gaps that require sealing where walls/floor/ceiling meet. Some of the bugs would make noises all night long as they jumped around. You could here them clicking on the floor as they jumped.
The fan in our room didn't work properly. Although it rotated properly the blades were not at an angle so instead of pushing air around they sliced through it without any effort and thus no relief was had from the hot humidity. We were booked to stay 5 nights but on day two I got on the scooter and went to the airlines office in town to change our flight back to Rarotonga and we were able to leave the following day. We went into Steve the managers office/home (?) to tell him. What a mess, it was like a pig sty. Literally the home of a slob.
I have never been so glad to escape somewhere. Thank god we knew about Paradise Inn on the main island.
- Also Known As:
- Ranginui`s Retreat Hotel Aitutaki
- Ranginui`s Retreat Hotel
- Ranginuis Retreat Hotel Aitutaki
- Ranginuis Retreat Aitutaki
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ranginui's Retreat Aitutaki accommodation is comprised of 8 self catering beachfront bungalows sleeping a maximum of 3 Adults each or 2 adults and 2 small children. Each bungalow accommodation offers Queen size beds ensuite bathroom with hot and cold water, in room fans, kitchenette with fridge, microwave, cook top, utensils, rain water fountain and tea / coffee facilities and fully screened rooms. ... more less