As we could not secure enough nights in Etu Moana during our stay in Aitutaki, we were advised to try this fairly new accomodation.
Located on the same premises as Aretai Villas, Are-A-Matatui are two high-end 2-bedrooms villas, perfect for a family or two couples. The accomodation has contracted with the Pacific Resort, and cleaning, etc. is made by the resort staff.
A very helpful lady, although acting as a "concierge" for both Are-A-Matatui and Aretai, is staying next door.
The setting, right on the beach, is gorgeous. The villas are fully furnished and self-contained, a very good thing as the closest grocery is roughly 15 mins away by bicycle.
Furthermore, staying at Are-A-Matatui gives access to the facilities of the Pacific Resort (inc. free bicycles).
Overall a very nice place, expensive indeed but in range of the quality of the villas.
One very little complaint, though. When we arrived, the floor was very dusty. Not the "dirty and sticky" dusty, the "nobody has come here for a few weeks" dusty. It seems that the floor was forgotten for a few days by the the Pacfic Resort staff when we came. You may want to remind this little detail when you book.
Oh, and the mosquitoes are fierce and unforgiving around here, but this can be said of all Aitutaki...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Are-a-Matatui provides a perfect tropical escape, set on the white sand and sparkling waters of Aitutaki lagoon. Taste the true island life in this remote location, situated in the heart of the South Pacific, the Cook Islands are a friendly, romantic and safe destination. Polynesian inspired, these contemporary homes are designed and decorated with tropical flair, including artwork by Nana Nicholas and woodwork by local craftsmen. Feel at home in these fully furnished comfortable family homes. Both houses include two spacious bedrooms, each bedroom with it's own large bathroom. Stylish kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Ceiling fans, louvered windows and screens throughout the house for extra comfort. Swim, snorkel and kayak just metres away from the house. Kayaks are provided for your leisure. Be sure to take a cruise around the tranquil islands of the atoll. Enjoy a cool drink, the sand between your toes and watch the stunning sun set on your own private beach front. ... more less