After staying one sleepless night at the vile Gina’s Garden Lodge, and with another 6 nights before we were flying out of Aitutaki back to Rarotonga, we were looking for somewhere relaxing, paradisial, and with an all round good vibe. Sunny Beach Lodge gave us exactly that. No demands to pay up front, no nasty big cockroaches, just an easy going, well cleaned, lovingly managed place to stay. The charming Rata Ramea and his family, who manage the lodges, couldn’t have made us feel more at home. Ask Rata anything about the island – he’ll be able to give you an answer. Friendly, amenable, and just frankly great hosts, we can’t say enough good things about Rata – he even brought us a huge bunch of bananas one day, which we took out and shared on Bishop’s snorkelling trip (a day trip we highly recommend). We stayed in one of Rata’s two beachfront bungalows, which have great views out to the lagoon. Cleaned every day, the bungalows were pristine, have a great little kitchen unit, ample fridge/freezer space, really comfy double bed, constantly hot shower, and great big balcony. And you couldn’t wish for a better location – the beach felt like it was ours – we never saw anyone (apart from the odd stroller) in either direction when we went to the beach (about five steps from our door. Brilliant, brilliant. Sunny Beach Lodges made our holiday.