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Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Aitutaki
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland, New Zealand
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“Perfect Holiday”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

We stayed at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki for 5 days with our 2 daughters and my wife's parents and were thoroughly impressed. The view of the lagoon from the top of the stairs is indescribably beautiful and the staff were always genuinely friendly and said hello. Greg, the manager, was always around on a daily basis and was always willing to chat.

The room was well kept and very nice, and access to the beach was straight off the balcony. The snorkeling was good and the resort provided a map of the lagoon marked by buoys that showed where to find certain fish types, and in my case where to avoid (i.e. giant moray eels). The lagoon can have a bit of a current going from right to left regardless of what the tide is doing, but it eases off a bit once you get out about 20-30 metres.

The restaurant food was great and a decent serving size, except my steak and lamb were never cooked rare as asked but medium rare. It hardly bothered me at all as it was still delicious, but it's such an easy thing to fix to make the dining perfect - more a suggestion than a criticism.

Renting a car was effortless at the resort (NZ$75 a day) and I recommend a drive around the island as it has such a great atmosphere. You have to get a driver's license from the local Police Station but it only costs NZ$2.50 - try to take the correct change and the copper will be especially grateful. The drive around the island was interesting as the road we were on became more & more feral at the more uninhabited end of the island and I was starting to get a little worried that we were lost, but we kept on and returned back to civilisation eventually.

We had a look at some of the other resorts (Etu Moana, Aitutaki Escape, Tamanu Beach, Samade on the Beach) and we all agreed the Pacific Resort was the best. The Aitutaki Escape had amazing rooms, but none of the other resorts had such a beautiful setting as the Pacific Resort.

We went to Cafe Tupuna for dinner but I didn't think much of it (especially the floppy, stringy tinned asparagus), although they weren't serving the mud-crab that the locals rated so highly that night so maybe we missed out. The Pacific Resort's Rapae Restaurant beat it tenfold.

Overall an awesome holiday and all of us were very happy. I was a bit concerned about the previous review that said the resort was thinking about an adults only policy, and emailed Greg the manager who assured me that they had no intention of changing their current family friendly policy.

Can't wait to return again, wish I could've stayed forever.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

We spent 5 days in aitutaki and didn't stay here, however we will definately be back and this is where we'll be staying. The food was fantastic and the location was absolutely bliss.. The 5 star touches were hard to miss.. Even though we weren't staying there, there were towels sitting on all the sun lounges for everyone to use, my partner and I went for a swim and when we came back they had given us fresh towels. The only negative I could think about was that there were a few loud children playing in the pool but I've heard that their making the resort adults only in a few months time.. We will be back.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

I really wanted to give this a four star but felt certain things required a bit more attention to be worthy of it. This is a beautiful resort with a stunning setting but requires a little improvement on food and service. The food looks good on the menu and even sometimes on the plate but the taste is a bit of a hit and a miss. It has the best seafood pizzas on the island, pricey but delish. The tuna sashimi melts in your mouth and my favourite cocktail comes in a coconut. However, on an island of endless coconut trees, they seem to run out of coconuts, how? Three days in a row there were none available. The staff are very friendly but require a lot of training. When you tell them something isn't right, they look at you and giggle, like you've just cracked a joke. You will need to be patient and ask for things twice. If they feel like it, they will come to you at the poolside and take your order. Th beers at the pool bar weren't as cold but I managed to fix the problem with a bucket of ice. The internet is extremely slow but on a beautiful island like this, why would you bother. There is a real ant problem here and it might have something to do with the season, just don't leave any drinks or food lying around in your room. The geckos are always stopping by but they're so cute it wasn't a problem for us. The standard rooms are on the beach and the larger suites are perched up on the rocks, stunning. Our room was always clean and had amazing views of the lagoon and perfect for sunsets. If you want a real island feel, beautiful accommodation, serve average food and everything else running slower than a turtle, then this is the place for you. Would I recommend this place?.... Yes, if you're not going to think of the cost too much! I just hope the staff get proper training and the food standards improve. They claim to be five star.... I've stayed in five star hotels and this is definitely four. If you want five star in the South Pacific, with great service, food and accommodation then go to French Polynesia. I recognise that Aitutaki is in the middle of nowhere, fine, but this isn't an excuse for very average service standards.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

My mum, brother and I stayed at the pacific resort Aitutaki over the new year last year (2013). Although this was a year ago I still think reviewing the hotel is worthwhile.

It is such a lovely hotel. The water is crystal clear and the sand is the whitest I have ever seen. When we arrived in our room there were snorkels and flippers ready for us to walk down our own private stairs onto the beach. I think the whole time i was there (a week) i only saw two people on the beach other than my family. It was so so lovely and private. You literally can start snorkelling 3 metres off the beach! So beautiful! The water is so lovely and warm too. No sea lice- so perfect to swim in- no problems!

Something very interesting that we learnt from a boat driver (when we did a snorkelling day trip) was that the side of Aitutaki that The pacific resort is on is the ONLY side that has no waves (which is what I love!!) and also NO SAND FLIES!! This is so important. There is another beautiful hotel on the opposite side of the island which are over water bungalows but dont be fooled as we were told there are sooo many sand flies there!! I did not see one sand fly on the pacific resort beach.

Food was amazing, the restaurant view was incredible!

A couple of things to note:
- We asked for a bucket of ice in our room a few nights and it either took ages or just didnt come at all
-The first night we realised late that the air con wasnt working so it was SO hot and stuffy. However we contacted the reception and were moved straight away and upgraded to another room which was huge! Great service!!
-We stayed in the beach front suites.
-Pool is great as well
-Met at airport on time and was a comfy ride to the hotel
-Pacific resort Aitutaki is much nicer than the Pacific resort on Raratonga as we went there a couple of times for dinner/drinks (its quite crowded on the mainland but on Aitutaki it is beautiful and quite).
-The showers are awesome!! You can see out into your own private garden/courtyard whilst showering. No body can see in though ;) So cool!
-Welcome drink on arrival is super cute. The manager was there to greet us and came and saw us a couple of nights for dinner to talk and see how we were going. Great! Showed he really cared!
-There are a lot of sea slugs in the water which freaked me out at first but they dont hurt or even move!! They just sit on the bottom of the water and dont do anything! So they are fine.

This is 100% the best hotel on Aitutaki, would never stay anywhere else If i went back! :)

Room Tip: Stay in the beach suite/beach view rooms- they have their own access to the beach.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Aitutaki is about as far away as you can get from our home without starting to come back again and I expected and enjoyed the remoteness while being comforted by the luxury and excellent service. This hotel is the best on the island, it has a small number of luxury bungalows right on the beach (shame the roofs are plastic). The lagoon offers easy snorkeling (kit provided by the hotel) easy kayaking and even easy walking (specialist shoes provided by the hotel). The setting is beautiful North West facing, so good sunsets. The beach is long and the parts beyond the hotel boundary full of interesting things to see. Venture farther afield to the local town for local life and color. There are bikes to use if it's not too hot. The pool is well designed and the pool bar/cafe provides all the refreshment you could want. Things are expensive but you are a long way from everywhere so it's not surprising. The restaurant is excellent with some tables directly above the beach and/or pool. Island night was a hoot but some of the local dishes were best avoided (I'll let you decide which). The staff are wonderful; always smiling, friendly, helpful and skillful. Island time does dictate the pace though so be aware.
Don't want to end on a negative but on the day we left we had paid for 'day use' as our flight was not until 18:00. We were asked if we would move rooms as ours was needed for a new arrival. Inexplicable in a hotel selling itself as world class. It isn't that but it is very good. We didn't move by the way.

Room Tip: They are all good, some are further to walk from the pool/restaurant but only by 50 meters.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

Aitutaki is an unreal place to visit and staying at the Pacific Resort was unforgettable. My husband and I chose this as our wedding destination and it was the best decision! The location is beautiful and the size of the resort was perfect for us in that you can get a lounge chair by the pool when you want, a seat in the restaurant but still be surrounded by other guests.

We stayed in an Ultimate Beachfront Suite and it was beautifully appointed. Large bed and bathroom. If you are looking for a large TV and fast internet then you won't find that here, but trust me you won't be interested in any of that especially if you are on your honeymoon, or looking for relaxation as the island and resort is too beautiful to waste time watching TV!
Each evening the staff do a turn down service with a little treat and daily newsletter which is just a nice way to finish the evening.

The food is AMAZING! We ate some of, if not the best meals we have ever had. The food was simply divine. The prices were reasonable for what you get as it was fresh, and superbly cooked cuisine. We did the private dinner on the beach in the cabana and opted for the 5 course degustation menu. Every course that we had was unique and unbelievably good. We have fairly high standards with food so we were really impressed with every meal we had at the resort. We didn't bother eating anywhere else as family had mentioned some of the meals they had elsewhere were ordinary.

As far as our wedding day goes, it was the most wonderful day. The staff really made our whole experience unforgettable not only on our special day but throughout our stay. They really went out of their way to help with anything. The organisation before and during our wedding day was also high class and everything was organised via email. I had no doubt that on arrival everything was attended.

We also had a couple of treatments in the Spa which we would highly recommend.
We did see some other accommodation around the island, but to us Pacific Resort wins hands down for location and first class accommodation.

We would recommend this place for honeymooner's or couples looking for a truly relaxing and memorable holiday. You will not regret staying at the Pacific Resort and we hope to return in the near future!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

This is the most beautiful resort we have seen to date. We had booked a "Premium Beachfront Bungalow", but found ourselves in an "Ultimate Beachfront Villa". We found out we had been upgraded to this suite to accommodate other guests. What a treat! Everything about this resort is exceptional. Yes, it may be somewhat pricy, but we elected to stay there for our 2 days in Aitutaki, and we certainly do not regret it, even without the upgrade. The surrounding grounds, pool, restaurant, beach, and so on are simply outstanding. We will most probably never go to the Cook Islands again in our lifetime, and we are glad we went to this resort for this once in a lifetime experience!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Address: Amuri, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Aitutaki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Aitutaki
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Aitutaki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Pacific Resort Aitutaki 5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An intimate collection of 27 secluded hideaways with absolute beach frontage while set amongst lush,palm filled gardens for privacy. With a luxury rating reaffirmed through its association with Small Luxury Hotels of the World this winner of numerous International Awards offers the complete luxury escape while respecting the principals of Social Responsability. Pacific Resort Aitutaki champions Eath Hour and also offers the Cook Islands first Aquatic Eco Trail just off their beach. Pamper yourself in the Tiare Spa with Manicure, facial or island Rapae Massage, Dine on sophisticated cuisine in Rapae Bay Restaurant as the sun sets, or between July and October breakfast while whales Breech in the waters offshore. The Black Rock Cafe is nestled between the beach and the infinity pool and provides a selection of cocktails and al fresco dining experiences to perfectly round off your day. ... more   less 
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