We had a week-long baby-moon here in this beautiful location and wonderful resort. The weather was great even though it was February and somewhat tropical. The location is gorgeous: the idyllic beaches, white sand, shallow tepid waters, infinity pool, beautifully decorated traditionally-kitted out bungalows but with all the mod cons.
The staff were wonderfully friendly, as was our welcome with a fresh coconut and induction to all the delights the island and resort had to offer.
This is a wonderful place to stay but there were just a few small things that caused us to rate it 4 stars instead of 5. Here’s the low down:
* Rooms were stunning! Each bungalow overlooks the water and is a short stroll across the sand to the shore. Each bungalow has it’s own loungers, terrace and private steps to the beach. Air conditioning and a fan are a must and a welcomed addition to the room. Twin sinks, a small fridge, complimentary truffles or other such delights at the evening turn down service and FREE, yes free water! Unlike many other tropical resorts that sting you for necessities, this place gave us around 3-4 litres of fresh filtered water every day which was a god send!
* Service. Staff are so friendly and kind. Very chilled out, very helpful and lovely. Nothing was ever too much trouble (except getting the dinner or breakfast order right.... more on that later).
Spa. A real oasis this one. Good value for money and a great massage. Quite often resort spas are a bit namby-pamby for my liking: all aroma and no therapy. The woman who gave me my massage may have been little but she had super-strong hands and pummelled the knots out of my back within the hour. Absolute bliss.
* Location: beach was stunning, infinity pool was gorgeous and the whole resort was clean, tidy, well maintained and the finishing touches such as fresh hibiscus flowers on the towels on the sun loungers were a beautiful touch.
* Crayfish: the manager cornered us one day after breakfast to show us a massive fresh crayfish that had recently been delivered to the resort. We were suitably impressed and out our order in for one for dinner the next night. Turned out to be the best meal we had during our stay. Cooked to perfection and reasonably priced at only $100 for the crayfish including a variety of side dishes. What we couldn’t work out was why no one else had ordered one or why the manager wasn’t telling everyone who dined there that the crayfish was fresh and not to be missed.
* Food: a real shame but this 5 star resort didn’t live up to expectations for the breakfast or dinner. Sesame-crumbed prawn starters with grilled watermelon sounded great but were dry and lacking flavour. Steaks ordered medium-rare turned up consistently well done. Soft poached eggs turned up well done. Tuna was served dry. Every ‘fish of the day’ dish was tuna which was pretty dull but in fairness that ‘special fish of the day’ turned out to be the same fish right across the island. Guess they don’t catch much else other than tuna? Island night food buffet didn’t have any labels or indication of what each of the buffet dishes were so it was a game of hit and (mostly) miss. Breakfast orders went astray on a number of occasions and breads or juices just failed to turn up.
* Boom boom baby: local radio station was played during the day by the pool. The station would frequently drop in 30-45 minute long advert / promotional breaks during which multiple people would rabbit on about something and conclude with “boom boom baby” which, for 30 minutes every hour got pretty tedious. Would have thought the bar could have played a CD instead?
* Cocktails: sans alcohol unfortunately. Might have been the local boot-leg booze or perhaps they were watered down. But they definitely didn’t taste alcoholic. My husband was ordering the booze and he was regularly disappointed in the cocktails.
* Mozzies: as with any tropical island there were plenty. These little buggers though are present all day, all night, anywhere, sun, rain and wind. Never assume that because you’re sitting in the sun in the middle of the day in a sea breeze that the mozzies won’t be around.... they will. Take sunblock that comes with insect repellent.
All in all this is a gorgeous place and the positives far outweigh the negatives. I’d stick to my guns though that this is a 5 star resort with a 3-4 star restaurant. We dined out in other restaurants around the island most nights instead and found other hotels and restaurants to be better quality food or a similar quality but better value. Having said that I would come back to this resort as it’s by far the best resort on the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secluded Luxury … The multi-award winning, five-star Pacific Resort Aitutaki, surrounded by the breathtaking, tranquil turquoise waters of the Aitutaki lagoon, offers an intimate collection of only 27 luxuriously appointed bungalows and villas. Each air-conditioned room offers uninterrupted views across the lagoon from your very own private sundeck. ... more less
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