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“Seaside is clean and has an awesome view of the lagoon” 5 of 5 stars
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Aitutaki Seaside Lodges
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| P.O. Box 79, Cook Islands   |  
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“Seaside is clean and has an awesome view of the lagoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2009

Studio, clean and nice deck. Full kitchen. A thunderstorm and lightning had killed the Microwave (we heard when the lightning went down, it shook the house we were in) Exciting! There is an oven. There is nice AC!
Buy Mosquito Coils....Laundry available. RORO the owner is really nice to chat with an she also cleans the lodges. One drawback, there is no phone.
There is a TV, DVD and soundsystem. Overall a great place!
Enjoy, Pam and Mike - California

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2009

Aitutaki Seaside Lodges is located on a quiet spot on the already quiet island of Aitutaki. We had a very relaxing stay indeed at the lodge. The bungalows have A/C, are large and include a kitchenette, and TV with DVD player (no TV channels). Amenities include: kayaks, sun chairs, snorkeling gear, reef shoes, and laundry room.

Bring mosquito repellent and mosquito coils.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2009

My wife, 3 year old son and I very much enjoyed our stay at the Seaside Lodges and would consider staying there again.

The bungalows are well suited to couples. They would not work for more than three people as the additional single bed displaces a small couch, i.e. there is no room for a fourth bed. Our unit was generally clean although the shower enclosure had water stains and looked like it had not been regularly scrubbed down between customers. The ubiquitous ants were constantly on patrol, so prompt and thorough cleaning after meal preparation was essential. We kept our garbage in the freezer to keep the ants from getting out of control. The bed was a tad soft for our liking, but was otherwise comfortable. Plenty of towels were provided. There is a television, DVD player, and CD stereo but we didn’t spend much time using it. The view off the main deck was great – right onto the lagoon and framed by palms and other shrubs. Want to see the sunset? Just hang out on the deck or take a few steps onto the beach to avoid the bugs (see below).

The service was excellent. We were attended to by Solo, the father of a family of 7 that co-manages the operation with his wife. As she was off in Raro giving birth to their 7th child, he took the reins and ensured we were taken care of. The warmth and hospitality of the Aitutakians cannot be over emphasized. Solo went out of his way to accommodate our every need, including spending a few hours hunting down toys for our son to play with! If you are expecting corporate style service such as daily room cleaning, then this is not the place for you, rather it is a family affair and you feel like you are truly a ‘guest’ in the most personal sense.

Like most of the resorts on Aitutaki, the Seaside Lodges are located on the western stretch of the island as the eastern side has a muddy waterfront. Being the closest accommodation to the airport meant that it took a little while longer to get into town, but if you are on Aitutaki odds are you have a scooter or rental car anyway, so there is no difference in where you stay. One evening we did hear loud music from a pub located close by, but it didn’t prevent us from sleeping.

There was never a shortage of things to do, and again Solo ensured that we were booked for the events we had in mind. The bungalow includes a kayak for paddling around the lagoon, otherwise you will be spending time on the beach or laying in the hammock if you plan to stay within walking distance of your unit. Of course you wouldn’t go all the way to Aitutaki just to hang around your bungalow, when one of the main reasons to go is to visit its world class lagoon. This can be accomplished by taking a cruise with one of the local companies (they’re all good), or you can be dropped off on your own island for the better part of the day. We did both activities, the latter with Aitutaki Adventures (aka the Yellow Boat) and enjoyed a pleasant afternoon on Maina Island. Other things to do include: attending a church service, going to an Island Night, or renting a bike and touring the island.

The main issue with Aitutaki Seaside Lodges (and most other accommodation on the island) is the bugs. The abundance of mosquitoes and sand flies kept us from using the deck in the mornings and evenings, which was a shame considering the views that can be enjoyed from there. There are mosquito coils available but that kind of defeats the purpose of enjoying a nice evening watching the sun go down. It is unlikely that spraying would help and I’d rather have the bugs than pesticide ridden grounds anyway.

Groceries can be a problem in that there is only one ship that supplies the island on a monthly basis. Prices are therefore exorbitant and there is little variety to choose from. Finding single or double servings of meat was next to impossible, it seemed that the stores sold family packs only. We did not check out the daily market at the wharf so there may be more reasonable offerings there. As there are no dairy companies (cows are few indeed) on the Cooks, dairy based products are particularly expensive.

All in all we were more than satisfied with our choice to stay at the Seaside Lodges. The Aitutaki experience is truly unique and while there are some minor challenges, it is very much worth the trip. Having caring and thoughtful staff such as Solo really made our trip that much more enjoyable.

  • Liked — The service
  • Disliked — The mosquitos
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2008

We recently returned from our stay at the Aitutaki Seaside Lodges. Overall we were pretty happy with our accomodation and particularly with the friendly hosts that could not of been more helpful. We were slightly dissapointed with the fact we were put in a different bungalow, which was not one of the three advertised on the internet. Although the bungalow was not as secluded as the ones in the pictures on their web page, we were closer to town and the beach was probably a bit better for swimming.

The bungalow itself was pretty similar in every other way and it had everything we needed and was clean. We were particularly impressed with how helpful our hosts were. The day we arrived they took us to and from dinner as our hire car had not arrived yet. They also arranged to have the car dropped to our place the next morning and organised a lagoon cruise for us. We had also asked if we could use the kayaks (as they were not at our bungalow) and they arranged to have that dropped to our place aswell. Generally though the accomodation was very pleasant, particularly the views from the balcony and was big enough to accomodate us all (2 adults and a baby). It probably could do with some maintenance in a few places but it had everything we could have wanted.

  • Liked — The proximity to the beach and the views
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland, NZ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2008

Overall , an adequate stay for the price we payed. We had a budget in mind , so I have to be realistic about what to expect in comparison to some of the nicer places available in Aitutaki. If you can afford it - I recommend you stay at "Etu Moana".

If you do decide to stay Id like to make you aware of the following first:
Aitutaki is FULL of mosquitos, compared to Raro. The rooms have fly screens but ours had no fly spray. So we went and got some from the store. *A must*
The kitchen and bathroom was infested with ants. And I dont mean , when you leave something out they go crazy... There was a constant trawl of ants searching for food. *fly spray*

The rooms had good air con, a pretty good home theatre system too, but no TV reception.
* Hint : Take alot of DVDs for night time !

The kitchen was well equiped but the oven didnt work. We used the oven top alot and it was fine but the one time we went to use the inside oven - no go.

The beach out front is raked clean but a few metres either site of this nice area the whole stretch of beach is rough, washed up coral over top of most of the sand.

The "office" ,and I use this term loosely, is only open in the mornings for a couple of hours. So there isnt much facility to organise tours etc. We hired a scooter from Rhino Hire and used a telephone at the spider internet cafe to make our own bookings.

So, overall not a totally pleasant stay, but Im still quite happy not to pay double the price somewhere else. If you can find another similar priced place- give this one a miss , or try your luck!

Where ever you go. TAKE YOUR MOSQUITO REPELLANT :-)))

  • Stayed June 2008
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2007

We've just returned from three weeks in the Cook Islands - Paradise! The first week was spent at Aitutaki Seaside Lodges - a choice we ending up being thrilled we made. Roro met us at the airport with a lei greeting and whisked us off to town to do some shopping and then to the lodges which are very close to the airport. The property has an excellent location right on the beach with absolutely fabulous sunsets and a lot of privacy. We could walk for long stretches without seeing anyone. We were blessed with perfect weather during our stay, so were able to make use of the kayaks and snorkelling equipment provided. Both tandem and single kayaks were available so the choice of being able to go out together or separately was always available. We found there was lots to see in terms of marine life right in front of the bungalow, but the water does get a bit clearer if you move closer to the airport. I can also attest to the friendliness and reliablity of the owner Roro who arranged a car rental for us - fun times circling the island in a convertible (highly recommended!) which was delivered to our door the day after arrival. We were even able to drive ourselves to the airport at the end of our stay and leave the car there which made it very convenient. The cost of the car rental as well was very reasonable. Our package also included the Island Night at Puffy's with fabulous food made in the umu. It was a real mix of locals and tourists which made it more enjoyable. Also included was the island lagoon, (of course, a must do when in Aitutaki) through Aitutaki Adventures. Roro was always available by phone for any other arrangements through the Spider Internet Cafe. Apart from breakfast, we dined out most nights and I can highly recommend Cafe Tupuna in the interior as an intimate dining venue. The Pacific Resort has some excellent fine dining as well but lacks the warmth of some of the other locations we visited. Can't forget Samade by the Beach as well where we spent a few afternoons having some lunch and drinks while drinking in the unbelievable beauty of the lagoon. It's the best place to swim and walk out on to the sand bar at low tide.
All in all, our experience with the Seaside Lodges was a very positive one and we highly recommend them as an accommodation option for those who enjoy privacy in a tranquil South Pacific setting.

  • Liked — Beauty of the setting
  • Disliked — No phone available in the bungalow
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2007

My husband and I honeymooned in Aitutaki and stayed at Seaside Lodges for 5 nights. Overall, we had a marvellous time and loved the laid back nature of the island and lagoon.

Solo, the owner, is extremely helpful and took us into town for groceries once we arrived. She also organised a lagoon cruise and an Island Night for us as part of the accommodation package.

The bungalow was well equipped, and had airconditioning and a nice deck out to the beach. The water is quite shallow though, and not the greatest for swimming. Kayaks and snorkling gear were also available for use, as was a guest laundry.

Our only issues were 1. as the electric water heater element was broken, we could only have hot showers in the late afternoon when the water had been warmed through solar heating, and 2. our bungalow wasn't serviced whilst we were there... not a biggie as we are tidy people.

  • Liked — Views and quiet location
  • Disliked — Lack of hot water and servicing
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: | P.O. Box 79, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Aitutaki
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #2 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Aitutaki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AITUTAKI SEASIDE LODGES: Aitutaki Seaside lodges are made up of three well appointed bungalows situated in a private setting on the north western side of Aitutaki. They are self catering, self servicing bungalows that are equipped with all of the essentials required to cater for your stay. All three units are ABSOLUTE BEACHFRONT with excellent views to the lagoon straight from your verandah and as they are on the western side of the Island they all look out to the sunset side of the Island. From your bungalow walk on the white sandy beach and within seconds dip your toes in the stunning Turquoise lagoon. You will be greeted at the Airport and the managers will meet you at Aitutaki Seaside Lodges to welcome you and provide a brief orientation. Each Bungalow has a simple open plan design with kitchenette and ensuite. They are fully insect screened and have air conditioning. There is a phone available to all guests in the guest laundry which will allow for making local calls to assist in booking restaurants, lagoon tours, rental vehicles and also to contact the managers if required. BBQ facilities are available for guests use. There is wifi available from your room. Please note surcharges apply. Aitutaki Seaside Lodges provides good value as the bungalows are well appointed and have all the facilities that will complement your stay. ... more   less 
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