We spent 4 days on Aitutaki and found that Aitutaki Beach Villas was the perfect place to stay. Melanie picked us up at the airport and very thoughtfully asked if we wished to stop and get groceries on our way to the house. This was so very thoughtful.
We had the absolute beach front cottage, which is the oldest one, but it is very spacious and comfortable. Mel has stocked it with a great 'mini bar' of various beverages and refreshments and there is a lovely supply of teas and coffee as well. It has all the kitchen equipment you need to prepare your own meals. I especially loved getting up in the morning, making my cup of tea and sitting on the verandah to greet the day. Groceries are expensive here so if you can bring a few things with you do so. But you eat simply and can probably find what you want here.
Heading along the beach to the right, we went to the Tamanu for a lovely dinner one evening and the next night, returned to sip a cocktail and watch the Island Dance show. Bring a little torch along for walking along the beach in the dark. There are lots of hermit crabs scurrying along the beach with their borrowed 'homes/shells' giving them some cover.
We walked along the beach to the left one day and had lunch at the Pacific Resort. They made the best cup of coffee I had on the Island! It is expensive to have lunch there but it was a nice treat.
The Koru Coffee shop is lovely too. We went there after checking out, Mel dropped us off, and then she picked us up later in the day for our late afternoon flight back to Rarotonga.
The cottage has a scooter ready for your use and Mel kindly took us to Police Station to get a license to drive it. There are kayaks for your use too.
The one thing I would suggest you bring is your own shampoo/conditioner as there is none there.
The beach out front is wonderful and you see the most amazing fish there. We enjoyed snorkeling right here in front of our cottage. There are a lot of sea cucumber on the bottom of the water so reef shoes are a good idea. We enjoyed an amazing day out snorkeling with Teking Lagoon Tours. They picked us up, took us to the boat, and we had 3 wonderful snorkeling stops, several little island stops and a beautiful lunch at one of them. Well worth taking this tour.
There are a few little repairs needed on the cottage - the screen door needs fixing and the screen itself needs fixing.
If we ever return to Aitutaki we would stay here again.
Thanks Melanie for your hospitality and your warm welcome and your help. It was wonderful
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four Private and self-contained Bungalows. If it is Honeymoon, anniversary, family or holiday makers - we offer beach location, simplicity, privacy and your home away from home. We're a small accommodation business and owned by the Tini family. We're "small, beautiful and lovely." Our bungalows come equipped with modern kitchen facilities, Kingsize beds, single beds, hot shower, a large refrigerator, CD-music player, linen etc. Excellent beach, snorkeling, kayaking and great sunset views. We have four bungalows and can house up to 3 persons or 4 persons for family (2x adult and 2 x child). We can organise lagoon cruise, tours, dive, fishing etc. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Aitutaki Beach Villas Hotel Aitutaki
- Aitutaki Beach Hotel