Just returned from a five night stay at Pacific Resort Aitutaki - there's so much to rave about:
1. The staff are absolutely wonderful - super friendly and would always go out of their way to please. It's the sort of place where they think about the little things which make a difference in terms of the service offered. Nice to go somewhere where you are treated as a name, rather than a number, and they actually care about how you are enjoying yourself
2. The resort itself is in an amazing location right on the edge of the lagoon. The individual bungalows are spacious with incredibly comfortable beds, sofas, hammocks and loungers on the beach. We spent most of our time lounging around the beautiful infinity pool. For the more active, there's a map provided of all the good snorkelling sites right off the resort beach, with lots of tropical fish, coral, even a couple of big moray eels hidden in there!
3. Food-wise, both the restaurant and pool-side cafe served up excellent lunches and dinners (if a little on the pricey side). There isn't as much choice on Aitutaki as Raro in terms of outside dining options (although I would definitely recommend Tupuna's for a dinner out). Being on a tropical island, cocktails are an essential part of your day, and again, they were well made & presented.
4. Activities - although it's not bustling like Raro, there are still lots of things to do if you want to get off the resort. Definitely recommend spending a day doing a lagoon tour (we went with Kia Orana cruises - Captain Fantastic, which I highly recommend); bike or scooter around the island and explore some of the inland roads heading up in the hills. The highest point on the island is only ~150m, and makes for a nice walk from the resort. Scuba diving is also good - turtles, tropical fish. There's a spa on the resort, so had massages every second day :-)
However the major activity to do is NOTHING - just relax and enjoy the scenery & the sun!
Only downsides are that my visa bill is (but it's worth paying for), and would recommend taking some bug repellant - the mosquitos aren't terrible, but like any tropical island, they are around.
All in all, wonderful time, would desperately love to get back there! Thanks to all the staff for outstanding week.
- 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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