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Aitutaki and Rarotonga with children - please help!

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Aitutaki and Rarotonga with children - please help!

Hi, please can you advise? We are a family of 4 looking for somewhere to stay on Rarotonga and Aitutaki in February. There are so many nice places, please do you have any suggestions for us - we' don't mind the expense but don't want to be ripped off either! and want to feel welcome as a family. Children are 7 and 5 and are very well behaved!

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1. Re: Aitutaki and Rarotonga with children - please help!

The two "resort" properties that are good for families are the Pacific Resort and the Rarotongan. Alot of the smaller boutique self catering places don't allow children. Best to ask when inquiring!

The Edgewater is a really basic place in need of some work. Wouldn't recommend it if you are looking for "nice".

You are aware it is the rainy season in February? It's hot, humid and rainy from late November - early March.

In Aitutaki the nicest place to stay resort wise is the Pacific Resort...lots of families there. The Lagoon Resort is in need of refurbishing badly...the people at the Rarotongan bought the place awhile back from Pearl Resorts....I saw it again in April of this year and the rooms were really worn (with the exception of the overwater catagory).

Hope this helps!

sunny regards,

Shully

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2. Re: Aitutaki and Rarotonga with children - please help!

Hi

We are a family with children aged 8,4,2 and are planning to go to Rarotonga and Aitutaki at the end of October. we are not flush with cash, but don't want to stay in a dump or where children are not welcome. The people who own the Muri Beach Hideaway have been very helpful and have even offered roll out beds,so we'll propbably book there - will let you know how it goes. We haven't found anywhere in Aitutaki yet - anyone got any suggestions?

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3. Re: Aitutaki and Rarotonga with children - please help!

Families in Aitutaki are accomodated at several places!

Are you looking for a house or a place with a kitchen?

I would suspect you might be....let me know and I can recommend some places for you.

sunny regards,

shully

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Hello Shully

Ideally a cabana that's got a kitchen - preferably our own, but if prices are huge we have been known to share - tho we're not too keen on the backpacker type of hostal.Hotels would be fine too. I suppose we're looking to pay under $200/night for the 5 of us. Any suggestions greatfully received

PS have found all your postings really helpful in deciding to make the trip to the Cook Islands - can't wait.

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5. Re: Aitutaki and Rarotonga with children - please help!

Hi hawera:

Accomodations in Aitutaki really vary. There is a nice villa (house) for rent on the sunset side right on the beach....

http://www.aitutakibeachvillas.com

it's very reasonable and may just do the trick.

There are other accomodations in moderate price ranges:

www.popoara.com

these units are in a pandanas grove and are a short stroll to the beach....next to Samade on the Beach.

www.samadebeach.com

basic and nice....no full kitchen...just a kitchenette ie: sink, small fridge, dishes. They do have a fantastic view into the opening of the lagoon, a bar/restaurant on the beach with very reasonable prices. The units are only about a year old.

hope this helps some~!

sunny regards,

shully

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6. Re: Aitutaki and Rarotonga with children - please help!

Regarding good place to stay with children. We are a family of 5 - with three (not really kids) aged, 20,19,16yrs. We stayed over a week at Vaikoa Self contained Units on Aitutaki, last month September 2005. The room we had was right on the sand with front deck, kitchen. cold shower (who needs hot water in that heat). 3 Teenagers in the living area and then us in the one bedroom. Not flash but good price per night and Terangi looked after us really well. Can snorkle practically right off the deck. Beautiful sunsets. They have only the one unit right on the beach but really worth trying to get. vaikoa@aitutaki.net.ci

Don't drink the water at Aitutaki, even if it is out of a rain tank. Takes a strong stomach, buy your water or boil it. Will be back within a year, and every year.Tina Taupo NZ

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7. Re: Aitutaki and Rarotonga with children - please help!

Hi

We've just got back from Raratonga and Aitutaki with children aged 8,5,2. We stayed at the Muri Beach Hideaway. The owner Pauline seemed very helpful in the emails, but it was quite clear when we arrived that the children were not welcome. We were put in a cottage a walk up a hill in a banana plantation (quite a treck to the beach with 5 sets of towels, fins snorkels, water etc etc)and it was made quite clear that the beach cottages and swimming pool were for the use of couples and that our children were to be kept very quiet. She spoke sharply to our children who had not even opened their mouths at that point! The cottage itself was very nice and clean with good facilities. We spent 3 nights(not long enough) on Aitutaki at the Poparoa Ocean Breeze villas. This is quite basic but more than adequate, nice and clean and just a few minutes walk to a great swimming beach by Samade Bar - which also does good food and is really relaxed.

I would go back to Poparoa but try and find somewhere else on Rarotonga.

Hope that helps.