We spent 6 nights on Aitutaki, at the end of November 2013. We were originally booked into a different property, which could not take us as they had run out of fresh water (nice to find that out on arrival) so we were grateful from the start that Tamanu Beach had room for us.
We spent the first 2 nights in the beachfront self contained cabin, which was excellent, and then the last 4 nights in the a cabin set back a bit from the beach. In the end this was fine, as you settle into island time and relax, everything is ok man!
The island is beautiful, but the services are quite basic. Very little in the way of fresh food if you are looking to cook, and what there is is very expensive. But we were their for the peace and quiet, to snorkel off the beach right in front, to kayak, and just relax. This was the perfect place to be.
We hired a car for 2 days to explore the island, and we went on a lagoon trip with Teking, which was excellent. We had the island bbq and attended the island night at Tamanu Beach, both recommended and we also dined at the Pacific Resort one night, whilst we had lunches at Samade, and at the Boat Shed (it was our favorite).
Don't go to Aitutaki if your after night life, or lots of glam resorts (although there are a couple). Do go if you are after natural beauty, a fabulous lagoon, and peace and quiet (well apart from the roosters).
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- 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