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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pacific Resort Aitutaki Hotel Aitutaki