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Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort

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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 06/18/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/18/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#7 of 10 hotels in Aitutaki
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The only private island, adults only resort in the Cook Islands. It is the only Cook Islands resort to offer that invention of incurable romantics - the Overwater Bungalow. And it is the only resort on Aitutaki with a truly Polynesian flavour, so you can truly savour what the South Pacific is famous for.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycles available
Free airport transportation
Spa
Paid wifi
Pool / beach towels
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Canoeing
Diving
Snorkeling
Billiards
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Body wrap
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Salon
Waxing services
Adults only
Baggage storage
Concierge
Convenience store
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Washing machine
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Telephone
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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Lagoon View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English
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Rina Thompson wrote a review Jul 2021
Te Kauwhata, New Zealand3 contributions1 helpful vote
The natural beauty of the resort is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! The logoon is the most beautiful I've ever seen. with the clearest, turquoise water imaginable!! The resort and staff are also amazing. The villas have outdoor showers only and our water only ran hot for about a minute before getting cold. The other negative, is that there is only one, outdoor, very exposed to the elements restaurant on the resort. The night before we left a HUGE storm hit the island, which very clearly exposed the absolute inadequacies of not having an indoor restaurant option!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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wonderboy wrote a review Jul 2021
Auckland, New Zealand35 contributions54 helpful votes
Aitutaki is a very special place and the Lagoon Resort on its own little private island is beautiful. We had premium beachfront bures which were steps away from the water with a lovely deep channel for swimming. The rooms looked like they were recently spruced up with comfortable beds and all the things you would expect to have in a quality resort. The decks with both loungers and table and chairs were great. I actually think the premium rooms are in the best location although you can "splash out" on overwater bungalows. The activities hut had stand up paddle boards, kayaks and some beach games you could help yourself to, but lying in the hammocks under the coconut trees was the best. The grounds are all manicured and you can walk or cycle around. There is a well kept fresh water swimming pool as well. All the staff are super friendly and take pride in what they do and are great in remembering your name. We stayed for a week and really enjoyed the Vaka cruise, sailing on a Hobie Cat with Sail Aitutaki and some exploring in a taxi with Auntie Rema (what a character). Close by is the Koru Cafe and The Boatshed for meals outside the resort. You do need to remember that Aitutaki is in the middle of nowhere with only a supply ship every two weeks so don't expect an amazing culinary experience and wide choice of wines. This is where the resort is struggling at the moment to cope but they do have plans for refurbishment of the restaurant and eventually a new one - just don't have too high expectations at the moment and I wish them well.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Sarie_and_Darren wrote a review Jul 2021
Hamilton18 contributions27 helpful votes
After the tough last 18 months it was wonderful to escape to paradise. The Cook Islands have been hit hard because Covid stopped tourism completely. There was no work available so many Cook Islanders came to NZ to earn and send money home. Now there is a big staff shortage in the Cooks. So, if you were expecting to go to The Cooks and receive the same level of service as pre-Covid days, then you haven't been paying attention to world news! Come on Kiwis. We should be giving our Cook Island neighbours kindness, compassion and financial security - not moaning and whingeing. They are doing an amazing job with what they have. As tourism increases, so too will their staff and supplies. We are so blessed to have paradise on our doorstep. Go to the Cook Islands - it's the only safe destination in the whole world right now. Spend your money there, support our neighbours, and have a wonderful, relaxing holiday in the sun. The Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort is fabulous. It's adults only which is quite nice. The food and rooms are wonderful, and the staff are so lovely and welcoming. Each room has it's own bikes for you to use whenever you want. A self-serve guest laundry made washing so easy. The view is incredible! It was quiet, peaceful, restful, and simply amazing. The warm weather and water are a balm to our winter bodies. It’s beautiful, relaxing and a true paradise-getaway. Go, enjoy, spread your money around as many businesses as you can. You will love it!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Room Tip: Al the rooms are wonderful. We were in room 220 looking out over the lagoon. It was perfect!
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Response from Jason Napa, General Manager at Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort
Responded 1 week ago
Kia Orana, Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay with us. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, including our amazing Private Island location, comfort of your Premium Beachfront Bungalow, easy access to bicycles outside your bungalow, self-service laundry and not forgetting our friendly staff. Thank you again for visiting our “Island Paradise” and we look forward to welcoming you back to our private island resort. Kia Manuia, Jason Napa Resort Manager
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Belinda Hermansen wrote a review Jul 2021
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MAKE SURE YOU READ THE REVIEWS TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION ON TGIS RESORT The Resort is set in a beautiful part of Aitutaki with the magnificent lagoon surrounding it, however .... For the price of this resort we where extremely disappointed. We booked 5 nights and only stayed 2 nights before checking out. Due to the main restaurant burning down over a year ago, the eating area that the resort have set up as their main kitchen/dining area is not adequate for the number of people they where trying to accomodate at busy meal times. Although the staff where trying their very best they where unable to keep track of orders and keep up with the demand. No guest information folder provided. Rooms are not serviced. Beds where very old and the mattress had a plastic cover on both sides. Upon checking out, we asked at receptions for our bags to be collected from our room at 10am, nobody arrived so an hour later I was required to ask again. I didn’t think this request was unreasonable as the Resort still got paid for the 3 nights we didn’t stay.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jason Napa, General Manager at Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort
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Kia Orana, Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. The Resort is set on its own private island with amazing views of Aitutaki Lagoon. I appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. We are weeks away in getting the extensions completed on the existing kitchen as we wait on supplies to arrive from overseas by ship. Our architects are currently designing an exciting new restaurant and bar that will complement the very best location on the island. Our newly updated, post pandemic resort compendiums are at the printers so we should have them soon and distributed into all guest bungalows. We have followed international best practice in terms of COVID-19 and provided only limited housekeeping. However, due to guest feedback we have begun daily housekeeping service again. Additional pillows, blankets, towels, room supplies, and valet laundry are also available on request. If you would like to request a specific room service time reception is able to accommodate your request. Our beds are specialist hotel beds designed for the rigors of hotel accommodation. Sleeping comfort can be a very personal thing and if you found that particular bed uncomfortable, the Duty Manager would have been more than willing to try to find an alternative for you. All beds are replaced progressively in line with manufacturer specifications. Thank you again for visiting our “Island Paradise” Kia Manuia, Jason Napa Resort Manager
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lynnep446 wrote a review Jul 2021
Brisbane, Australia11 contributions4 helpful votes
We booked the resort as it looked fantastic however the reality was quite different. There has been 2 major fires at the resort one in 2018 where 3 villas and the bar were destroyed and the other during Covid in 2020 which destroyed the restaurant which hasn't been rebuilt (July 2021). A very small outdoor bar and kitchen (which has fabulous views) provide all meals and the quality was not good. We were lucky as the weather was great but in bad weather it would be very unpleasant. The photos of food on their website is pre-Covid. Having said that the bar/restaurant staff were all very friendly and provided excellent service. Our bure was excellent and the location over the water unrivalled. We were able to step right into the water and the snorkeling under the bure was great. The door handle had obviously been broken for a long time making it difficult to exit the sliding doors and it would have been nice to have more than 1 ply toilet paper, but even so we still mark the bure as 5/5. Goggles and masks are provided for snorkeling but not flippers. The only flippers available on the island were size extra small. We loved that bikes were provided for our use at any time. The highlight of our trip to Aitutaki was the private boat charter through Bishop's. Our skipper Seka was hilarious and full of local legends. We thoroughly recommend the 3 hours trip $380.00 booked through the resort. We would recommend booking a scooter before you arrive as they were in short supply and we only managed to get one for our last day on the island. Would we return to Aitataki - yes, but we would stay at the Pacific Resort which we visited and met the expectations we had of the Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Room Tip: Overwater bures were great
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Response from Jason Napa, General Manager at Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort
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Kia Orana, Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay with us. We currently have the Flying Boat Beach Bar & Grill operational with the best views on Aitutaki. Our architects are designing a new and very exciting facility that we plan to build during 2022. Our website has our latest menus available. Our restaurant and bar staff were delighted to receive your kind feedback about their friendly service. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Overwater Bungalow, including the amazing views and location of Aitutaki Lagoon. My apologies for this maintenance issue that was fixed as soon as it was raised with us. With shipping schedules returning to normal after 14 months of border closures supplies of all items such as toilet paper are returning to normal. We have available snorkelling equipment including flippers in the guest bungalows and further supplies available through the reception if needed. Snorkelling is possible from your overwater bungalow as well as from anywhere around our private island. Guests keen on snorkelling also enjoy the lagoon cruises that visit different parts of the lagoon. Thank you again for visiting our “Island Paradise” Kia Manuia, Jason Napa Resort Manager
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PRICE RANGE
$280 - $410 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
aitutaki lagoon hotel aitutaki, aitutaki lagoon resort and spa, aitutaki lagoon resort spa, lagoon resort aitutaki
LOCATION
Cook IslandsSouthern Cook IslandsAitutaki
NUMBER OF ROOMS
33
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort?
Nearby attractions include Aitutaki Lagoon (1.0 miles), O'otu Beach (0.2 miles), and Mount Maungapu (1.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Koru Cafe, Rapae Bay, and Tamanu Beach Resort.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.