We've just returned from a week in idyllic Aitutaki - a beautiful little island. We were married here 3 years ago and returned to make sure our coconut tree was still growing!
Tamanu Beach was excellent accomodation and the staff were very obliging. Our unit was spacious, clean and everything was there if we felt like cooking a meal - lovely clean bathroom. Bed was huge and comfortable.
The swimming pool was about ten steps away, then ten steps further was the lagoon. Breakfast was ample - would recommend Koru Cafe for a cooked breakfast, or any meal for that matter. Staff were helpful at Tamanu Beach with organising excursions etc.
Scooters were great for getting around - zoomed as far up Maunga Pu as far as we could go, then walked the rest of the way, for a view right around Aitutaki. Island night should definitely be on anyone's bucket list. So too, should a lagoon cruise. We went with Teking for the day - great guide and well worth the money.
Now, back to reality .... we would recommend not wasting time in Rarotonga. Come to Tamanu Beach at Aitutaki and you definitely will not be disappointed. $99 flights (return from Raro) specials are available 3-4 times a year, which makes the trip more affordable.
We'll be back when our palm starts bearing fruit in 2-3 years time ...... :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm island welcome to Tamanu Beach Hotel- your casual luxury Pacific Island getaway destination, on the pristine atoll of Aitutaki. Tamanu Beach resort is located on the western coast of Aitutaki, with stunning sunset views from our beachfront Restaurant and Bar. Tamanu Beach resort offers four bungalow accommodation options, including garden bungalows and one bedroom lagoon view bungalows. All of our Cook Islands bungalows are nestled amongst lush tropical gardens. Our beachfront bungalows are on the water's edge- a stone's throw from our gorgeous blue lagoon. Our stunning Aitutaki beachfront resort features 23 bungalows, conference facilities, two fresh water swimming pools, a beachfront bar and restaurant and a gift shop. Casual Luxury at Tamanu Beach Our private, white sand beach borders Aitutaki Island's crystal clear lagoon providing endless opportunities for island activities such as swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and SUPS in the azure waters. Tamanu Beach is family operated and we offer guests a truly unique Polynesian experience. Every Thursday enjoy our "Takurua" Island Feast and show - a performance of Cook Islands song, dance, fire dancing and more from our talented and dynamic cultural group. Tamanu Beach is a popular haven for magical Cook Islands weddings and honeymoons, and is within easy reach of local cafes, bars and restaurants giving you the opportunity to dine out at your leisure. Your stay with us includes the following complimentary services: •Return airport transfers •Daily tropical breakfast •All SUPS, Kayaks and Masks and Snorkels ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tamanu Beach Aitutaki
- Tamanu Beach Hotel Aitutaki