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Paradise Cove Lodges
Ranked #1 of 6 Aitutaki B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 17, 2012

Paradise cove is a typical simple beach bungalow just a step from the water. Don't expect anything fancy or upmarket. But the price is great for what you get. Clean comfortable, but small rooms on a lovely beach close to some great place's to eat. Nothing is too far on the Island so hire a scooter and go check out other parts of the Island. This is a good base.

Room Tip: All rooms on beachfront seem similar, the garden one's are only a step back from the beach and l...
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

This place is awsome !!! Stunning location right on the beach with stunning sunsets. The rooms are clean and comfortable. I would hight recomend a beach front room, for the view and just for relaxing on the balcony looking out over the ocean. All the staff go above and beyond, Tere even showed me how to de-husk a coconut.

They can sort fishing, lagoon cruises, bike hire, moped hire and everything else at the drop of a hat. The island night there is great fun and the food was amazing. I also loved how proud all the staff are about there culture and there island.

I would stay again and again and again if it wernt so far away from the UK. This is a great place to stay for all travelers. I would highly recomend it as I do every week to all my clients (travel consultant).

Thanks Moki, Maine, Joe, & Tere for a great trip and we hope to see you again some day

Keith Scott & Natalie Taylor

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

We arrived at night and Paradise Cove lodge was all lit up and the hosts were busily preparing for Island Nite, so the music and delicious smells were very welcoming. Too tired to join in with the festivities on our first night, we lit a mosquito coil and sat on the deck of our little beachfront house, sipping our coconut water (with rum) and listened to the music.
Beautiful morning sunrises, clear lagoon and white sand stretching for miles - what else could you ask for?
Excellent tropical breakfasts, clean facilities, and very gracious hosts - we loved our stay!!
So why only a 4 rating? Because we missed our TV lol!

Room Tip: Get a Beachfront!!!
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

I spent 4 days at Paradise Cove. The staff are wonderful people, Joe is a great guy and a good host. Overall, the island is very expensive so its a good accommodation for the price. I would recommend bringing your own towels, since they don't provide you with new ones and only make up your room every couple days. Also, while I was there it was incredibly hot and humid. This place has no air conditioning and it's a tight fit with 2 adults and luggage. I'm not a person who loves AC but when youre in that humidity you do miss it, trust me. The accommodation is very very basic and rustic and the place overall has no facilities. As I mentioned earlier, the island is expensive so this is a good budget place to stay if youre aware of the little details.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

5 stars!
The bungalows are right on the beach, ours came with our personal coconut tree through the porch. It all looks like those computer screen wallpapers: A white beach, water in shades of turquoise, and coconut trees. The atmosphere is very relaxed and casual, the watches usually come off after a few hours.

The bungalows aren't huge but well designed and clean. They come with cooking facilities and a fridge. There is no AC but with the screened windows open, the sea breeze, and the ceiling fan, we slept well through the nights.

The staff is very friendly and helpful (just like everyone on the island). Tere and his staff always have time for a chat and I learned a bit about life on the Cook Islands from them. I even learned how to peel a coconut from the husk.
There is an uninhabited island called Maina, and Tere has a house there that can be rented. It's a bit rustic and well worth it for the adventure to be alone on a tropical island ( I recommend Robinson Crusoe for reading :)

Lastly, don't miss out on the BBQ night on Wednesdays, and the Island night on Saturdays. The food is local and very tasty, and it is a good opportunity to make new friends.

If this place wasn't 40 hours away from the East coast, I would come here twice a year.

Room Tip: Get one of the beachfront huts.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Aitutaki was the first stop on our 4 island/4 week retirement trip. We were so glad we planned it this way. This beautiful spot for our first week was the perfect way to unwind. Joe was at the Aitutaki airport to pick us up with cold coconuts/water and took us directly to a tiny grocery store. Shopping was a bit of a challege as we had to go to several stores later in the week to find all the items we needed. The stores are very small and at the mercy of the supply ships. Our little bungalow was clean and comfortable. We had planned to cook most of our meals and the kitchen area was quite adequate for what we needed, plus their gas grill was available when we wanted to grill meats. Tere even advised us on the best way to grill our tuna steaks and gave us the ingredients for his special Cook Islands marinade from the house kitchen. The deck opened up to a view of the beautiful beach and lagoon. It was the perfect place to eat our meals. The complimentary breakfast every day was quite sufficient with all the fresh fruit, toast, cereal, juice, tea and coffee we wanted. A swimming area right off the beach has been cleared of coral at some point in the past and it's perfect for cooling off. You can snorkel too and it's quite shallow for a long ways out. Low tide is almost too shallow for snorkeling. We kayaked. We rented a scooter at the office and rode around the island, went to church on Sunday, did a lagoon cruise and did more tracking down of grocery items. It's true there was not always someone at the office, but hey, this is island life, relax, and enjoy where you are. We found that making plans a day in advance was the best way to handle rentals and excursions. Joe took care of all this for us and answered all our questions. The bungalows are close together and we were a little annoyed about this when we first arrived, but as it was we only interacted with our neighbors 2 or 3 times the whole time were were there. We were on the end which probably helped that situation. Puffy's is right next door and we were sorry we didn't try it until a few day before we left. They have deliciously light fish and chips. The fish burgers were excellent as well. The island night buffet was fun and educational, with all the local foods. Thankfully, the person in line in front of me knew what most of the dishes were and advised us as we went down the tables. That might be a suggestion - to have labels on all the dishes for us haoles who can't recognize the local recipes. The local dance group were teenagers learning their cultural dances and were fun to watch. The music and drums were great too. Thanks Tere, Joe, Maine and Moki for making our visit a memorable one.

Room Tip: There are only 10 beach bungalows and if you are worried about the huts being too close together, yo...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

Great location and great lagoon views!
Everything about this place has been said by other reviewers... It's hard to complain when you are on a paradise island.
Yes the privacy is not the best but hey, it's nice to talk to your neighbours on the other deck....
Overall highly recommended.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Amuri, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Aitutaki
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Aitutaki
Price Range: $100 - $133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Paradise Cove Lodges 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paradise Cove is located on one of the best sandy beaches on the island of Aitutaki, Cook Islands, with great swimming and snorkeling areas. Paradise Cove is locally owned and operated by the people of Aitutaki. We offer self-catering bungalows right on the beach. Our philosophy is to share our beautiful culture and unique island with visitors from all over the world. We have 10 Beachfront Bungalows right on the beach for singles or double/twin travelers and 2 Garden Suites (just right behind the beachfront bungalows) suitable for families of 4 persons. From the balcony of your private beachfront studio take in the magnificent lagoon scenery. In the evenings relax as the sun sets, giving you the most breathtaking scene in Aitutaki. Experience great hospitality at Paradise Cove with warm and friendly staff that will enhance your stay on the island of Aitutaki. See the whales in all their splendor going past the reef of Paradise Cove Lodges from your balcony during whale season. Paradise Cove's restaurant "Coconut Shack" right on the beach is open 7 days for dinner Island Night Buffet with Cultural Show every Saturday 7.30pm ... more   less 
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