After reading many of the reviews for Etu Moana we had set out expectations quite high. I can safely say that our recent 8 night (29 December 2011 - 6 January 2012) stay exceeded all our expectations.
We arrived during a heavy tropical storm and were greeted at the airport by Cecilia. We were presented with a lei each and quickly out of the airport and on the way to the hotel. On arrival to the hotel we were very warmly greeted by Steve and Amanda, given a coconut drink and showed around the property.
We stayed in Villa 1 for 3 nights and Villa 8 for 5 nights. I now know why the Absolute Beachfront Villas are booked so far in advance. The view from the bed and deck is amazing. There are 2 other beachfront villas being constructed next to villa 3 at the moment which might make it a little easier to book these types of rooms in the future.
The villas are well equipped, large and really comfortable. The addition of a private outdoor shower was great to wash off the sand/salt water before coming into the room. Villa 1 and 8 were basiclly identical apart from the view/location. Villa 8 was still only about 25 metres from the beach with views of the beautiful gardens and a slight view of the ocean. The rooms have a dvd player and there is a selection of movies at reception which is handy at night or on a rainy day.
The pool area is really nice and great for relaxing. The water was always a perfect temperature for swimming too. It was fun swimming in the pool every day and looking around the gardens at all the new flowers that had blossomed over night. The small size of the hotel was great as all guests were really comfortable and it was easy to make new friends.The honesty bar was great and drinks are really cheap ( e.g. I think it was $3NZ for a Coke) It was also fun mixing cocktails at the bar using the receipe book. There are also deck chairs on the beach to relax on and soak in the views.
While there is no restaurant at Etu Moana, breakfast is served every morning. There is a selection of cereal, breads, bagels, tropical fruit, tea and great cofee. The girls at breakfast provide great service and will organise a tray to take food to you room if it is raining. There is also a BBQ available for use which is great. Just ask reception for fresh fish and they can deliver it. We actually got some fish from a place called Baxter's Waterworld which was towards the middle of the island.
Service was amazing. Honest recommendations were given in relation to both restaurants and things to do, reservations made quickly and any requests were dealt with promptly and with a smile. All staff were fabulous expecially Cecilia and Lovely. Every staff member ranging from Steve and Amanda to the houskeepers to the gardeners would all smile and greet you whenever you walked by. The cocunut demo done by Cecila once a week was really fun and enjoyable (drinks from the bar are also on the house during the show too).
The only downside (not the hotel's fault at all) were the mosquitoes. Pack enough repellent for your stay and then pack some more as it runs out fast.
We saw the other resorts on the island were really pleased with our choice to stay at Etu Moana. While the other places are nice, they didn't have the same vibe as Etu Moana. You are really made to feel comfortable and at home at Etu Moana and it makes the stay even more relaxing.
Overall, I would say that our stay was perfect. I can't think of anything that could of made the stay better. I have stayed at many luxury resorts in South East Asia and Etu Moana is easily on par, if not better, than those resorts.I know why Etu Moana has so many return guests. Aitutaki is heaven on earth and Etu Moana is by far the BEST property to stay at.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Etu Moana Beach Villas offers ten Polynesian style villas with thatched roofing. The Villas are situated on a beautiful white sandy beach and you have a mesmerizing view of the turquoise lagoon from each Villa. The Villas are all self contained and have a kingsize bed, large covered verandas, and Tasmanian oak floors. The style is crisp and modern. We offer complimentary Tropical breakfast, kayaks, SUP, snorkel equipment, and bicycles. In the rooms are smart TVs with 40+ movies on a hard drive. You are also able to listen to your own music by connecting your phone via bluetooth with a sound bar. In addition we also offer a gift USB card, coconut drink, ei's and airport transfers. The lovely Cook Island staff at Etu Moana are waiting for you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Etu Moana Aitutaki
- Etu Moana Hotel Aitutaki