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#11 of 18 Specialty lodging in Aitutaki
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Sunny Beach Lodge is a fully self-contained, self-catering affordable accommodation located on Aitutaki, Cook Islands. We face the lagoon on the western side of the island, making for spectacular sunsets! Snorkelling is only a 15-minutes walk away, and swimming just a quick stroll down the beach. The Lodge is centrally located and close to shops, eateries, a grocery store, a bank, and an internet lounge. Our beachfront bungalows and garden rooms make Sunny Beach Lodge suitable for couples, families and budget conscious travellers.
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cruisingagain14 wrote a review Aug 2014
Nambour, Australia69 contributions56 helpful votes
Recently spent 4 nights in beachfront unit. Perfect for what we wanted. Clean, tidy, roomy accommodation. Met on arrival at airport. Had booked for beachfront and was not disappointed. Could do with a little more crockery. Nice to relax on deck watching the sun go down. The ceiling fan in the room was very rusty and dusty when we put it on, however was able to catch the sea breeze through louvers. The seat on the sand between coconut trees needs to be upgraded. Friends who stayed in cheaper units in site felt their accommodation was not as cool as our beachfront unit. I would opt for the front beachfront unit if you can afford it. Lovely people running the place and very helpful. Rinos for hiring of scooters/cars is just down the road. Sunny Beach is handy to Pacific Resort, as well as having food places nearby. If flying in from Australia or NZ it is handy to bring some of your own food due to costs as everything is imported. Would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2014
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Opt for one of the beachfront cottages. Closest to the beach is the better one.
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MarbleMagic wrote a review Apr 2014
Pontardawe, United Kingdom36 contributions12 helpful votes
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We were met at the airport by Rata and his grandson, both lovely people. They provided us with lots of information about Aitutaki whilst we drove to Sunny Beach and gave us lots of advice. When we arrived we asked whether the water was drinkable and they said they would advise we drink filtered water. They went home and fetched us 4 giant bottles of filtered water for us which I thought was lovely of them to do. We stayed in the Beach Front Bungalow for one week. To book we had to e-mail them but it was very easy and we paid when we got there. It was extremely clean and comfortable, had good protection from bugs and mosquitos and was the only place in the Cooks where I stayed where ants weren't a huge menace in the rooms! There's no TV signal in Aitutaki so the TV wasn't much use though. The kitchen was good and had all we needed. The water pressure was great also. Another good point was the room never got too hot, the fans were really good and kept the room cooled well. The beach we stayed on was beautiful and completely deserted (see pictures). The views from the room were beautiful and you could hear the sea. Lots of privacy and feels like you have your own beautiful beach. The water is so warm too. The owners came to clean the room every couple of days. They also did our laundry for free in their home every few days. They popped over to see us each day to check if we needed anything. They helped us with hiring a scooter and had bikes we could borrow for free. They also booked trips for us (a Lagoon Cruise is a must!) It's a shame I didn't get to meet Aroha (she was away) but Rata and his grandson were so friendly and made our stay feel really homely. Sunny Beach is walking distance to various shops where you can stock up on food. It is also a short walk to the Pacific Resort and their beach. There aren't many restaurants in Aitutaki but there are a few places to eat nearby to Sunny Beach.
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Date of stay: March 2014
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Book the Beach Front Bungalows!
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Seaview2013 wrote a review Oct 2013
Auckland, New Zealand18 contributions7 helpful votes
I had initially booked a studio unit for 5 days. However when Aroha met me at the Airport I was informed my unit wasn't ready so alternative accommodation was going to be given to me, at the price of the studio unit. To my amazement I was upgraded to the beachfront cottage which had a beautiful deck in front. The Lodge is very central, in fact in walking distance to a bank, take-aways, petrol station, grocery store etc. I soon got my scooter and licence and explored the whole island, meeting friendly folk wherever I went. Aroha organised my trip on the lagoon with Aitutaki Adventures which was fantastic.
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Date of stay: September 2013
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Room Tip: I would definitely return to this resort. The beachfront cottage if you can afford it.
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KarenBC wrote a review Jun 2013
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We booked a studio at Sunny Beach Lodge and Aroha was very responsive, answering my pre-trip questions about the island and booked us scooters ahead of time. she met us at the airport and upgraded us to the beachfront bungalow for no extra charge. upon arrival, she drove us to the grocery store so we could 'stock up'. the bungalow was fully equipped, very comfortable and met all of our needs for the week we stayed in Aitutaki. The location is perfect, close to shops, the main 'wharf area' (all within 15 minute walk) walkable to both the Pacific Resort and Tamanu. we would walk the beach and enjoy a cocktail at the Pacific in the late afternoon and walked to Tamanu for their famous "Island Night". We would often take a glass of wine, stroll the 100 feet to the beach and watch the sun set over the lagoon. Aroha was a wonderful host, the accommodations were a great value for the price, and we wouldn't hesitate to go back again. The lagoon is unsurpassed in its beauty, colour and amazing sea life. I would highly recommend this accommodation for travellers who appreciate great value for their travel dollars. It's not a 5 star by any means, but if you want clean and comfortable, ability to self-cater and beachfront location for a great price, book here.
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Date of stay: April 2013
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: definitely take one of the beach bungalows.
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SarahFM wrote a review May 2013
Wellington, New Zealand8 contributions5 helpful votes
We really loved spending five days at Sunny Beach Lodge. Aroha met us at the airport and took us to the lodge where we had booked the beachfront villa. It was very clean and comfortable. She told us which shops would be open at the time we arrived - that was really helpful. We also met Rata and were impressed by his friendliness and hospitality. The location of this lodge is superb. We could sit on our verandah and see the sunsets and the sea was only a few metres away. We spent a lot of time on the verandah watching the sea, we read a lot and had many meals out there too. It's a self-contained lodge so we could cook independently or eat out. The best casual food was at Uncle Bino's about 200m down the road - their 'Island fries' were sooo yummy and their prices very reasonable. We also enjoyed a dinner at Tupuna's Restaurant inland from the main part of town. You can swim there and we enjoyed it. The best snorkeling was about 3 kms away near the airport and we loved that. Overall this was one of the best places we have ever stayed and we had a great holiday - we would love to go back!
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Date of stay: May 2013
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The beachfront villa is stunning!
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paua40 wrote a review Jul 2012
Ngunguru35 contributions18 helpful votes
We were met at the Airport and transported to and from there by Rata who was very welcoming and hospitable. Nothing too much trouble. The units are clean and spacious, with adequate bathroom (shower), and well equipped kitchen. Its not far from the main town, and restaurants, dairies, and hire places close by. Apart from a cacophony of roosters starting in the early hours (!) it was quiet. Highly recommended for a budget trip to Aitutaki.
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Date of stay: June 2012
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Nanny_N wrote a review Jan 2012
Timaru, New Zealand17 contributions8 helpful votes
Aroha greeted us at the airport with her cheerful smile. We were pleasantly surprised to be allocated the very front beach bungalow. Fully self contained and very clean and comfortable. The shower was great with good pressure and the bed was one of the biggest Ive slept on. Very comfortable and always gave a great nights sleep. Over head fan in the middle of the room was great on those hot tropical days. Fully functional kitchen with everything we needed. The deck out front was well used for eating meals on. Gorgeous view and very cool. Shops within walking distance for food supplies which was good as we had to wait a day for a hire scooter from across the island. When we booked at Sunny Beach we never thought to book ahead for a scooter and being Christmas and new year holiday time of course scooters were all booked out but lovely staff at the information centre found one for us. The beach is quite shallow and fine for keeping cool. An easy walk around the beach to a resort for a meal if you feel like treating yourself, the snorkeling is also great just outside the resort too. A great takeaway place also within easy walking distance that made Delicious pizza and pasta and asian food. Very good prices too. We stayed 5 days but could have so very easily stayed 2 weeks at Sunny Beach Lodge. Cant wait to go back and relax some more. A fabulous place with fabulous people.
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Date of stay: January 2012
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Any of the two beach front bungalows
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HPConny wrote a review Mar 2010
Tucson95 contributions34 helpful votes
We stayed in one of the beachfront bungalows which were pretty spacious with kitchen, etc. Good location!
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Date of stay: December 2009
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paradise_island72 wrote a review Oct 2009
Seattle54 contributions15 helpful votes
It was our second trip to Aitutaki. I chose to stay at Sunny Beach Lodge because our first stay was wonderful. The lodge is cozy, affordable, quiet and close to restaurants and store. Also Aroha (manager) is very helpful. I am not sure when I return the island, but I would choose to stay there again. They added several of new cottages close to the beach and they look pretty.
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Date of stay: September 2006
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horiboy1 wrote a review Jun 2009
New Zealand596 contributions129 helpful votes
Whilst the owners of Sunny beach Lodge are lovely people, we were initially disappointed with this accommodation. Originally we booked into the studio units and after the first night we decided to upgrade to the beachfront villa's, because we didn't like the studio units as the bed was really uncomfortable and the units were more suited to backpacker style travelers and they weren't what we were expecting. The beachfront villa's were a little better, however we felt quite isolated as we were the only people staying at this accommodation facility and we had to go around to the owner's place if we needed anything (and they were very welcoming and helpful the few times when we did see them). The hot water in our villa ran out after the first night and from then on we had only cold water. There was no telephone in our unit (and we were totally dependent on the owners to make any restaurant or tour bookings for us), nor was there any laundry facilities on site and there was in fact no laundry services on the entire island, but convenience stores were located within a few minutes walk. The studio units were quite dated and room service seemed to consist of a change of towels and tea towels only. Ending on a positive note, the owners are very lovely and we did really enjoy the conversations that we had with them.
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Date of stay: June 2009
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