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Etu Moana
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Aitutaki
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 22, 2012

We stayed at Etu Moana for a short 8 days. This boutique hotel is simply gorgeous in its layout, with its colorful and neatly trimmed gardens and quality villas. The people of Etu Moana, starting with Amanda and Steve, will do just about anything in their powers to make your stay absolutely the best. There are some other very nice accommodations on the island: Pacific Resort is beautiful, as well but, it is still a largely impersonal Hotel with standard hotel rooms. Etu Moana is more like your home away from home.

Half-way into our stay we already decided to return and made our reservations for an additional 3 weeks, all on Aitutaki and all at Etu Moana, villa #1. Lonely Planet travel magazine named Aitutaki the "world's most beautiful island" in 2010 but, in our opinion it is much more than that. It is the perfect atoll with the perfect, most scenic, unspoiled lands and lagoon and beautiful friendly people. Stop looking, it is the perfect island and Etu Moana is the perfect home for the visitor.

Can't wait to be back,

Albert and Rosa

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

Our 4 nights at etu moana were perfect for unwinding after the craziness of the wedding. The bungalows, pool and gardens are gorgeous, the staff are super friendly and helpful. Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

We stayed here on our honeymoon after reading the fantastic reviews on Trip Advisor, and were not disapointed. We even rearranged our holiday dates so we could stay here. Everything was fantastic, from the room, the location, to the staff. We loved our time here and hope to return one day. The Etu Moana deserves all the credit it receives. Truly paradise!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

We spent our honeymoon here and couldn't have enjoyed it anymore. Everything was so well thought through and the attention to detail was exact.
It was the most romantic place I have ever been to.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

Absolutely wonderful, and totally faultless, there's not much more to say reallt other if there is a heaven this is probably what it's like!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

It has been a year since our honeymoon, Etu Moana left us with such wonderful memories of Aitutaki and the beginning of our marriage together. We stayed in villa 1 for 10 days and were very extremley impressed with everything Etu Moana offered us. Jim and Joanne, all the staff were wonderful hosts, they truly made every day of our stay comfortable and enjoyable. We really felt at home with their lovely smiles and sometimes, their beautiful singing. We felt like special guests from the first day we arrived to our last day.

For Christmas, it was so lovely to see a tropical Christmas Tree and to recieve a beautiful Christmas breakfast with champagne and a small gift that we have treasured. We were especially impressed with how Jim and Joanne cared for their staff, having a Christmas breakfast and scavenger hunt over the whole island ending at their suprise location dinner.

We coudn't ask for anything more from Etu Moana, the staff, food, venue, everything about this beautiful place is amazing! I personally am so thankful that the ladies helped me when I was sick, urging me to go to the doctor and even drove me there. They truly went out of their way. We absolutely agree with all the positive ratings and reviews from others. I'm glad my husband organised the whole honeymoon, and booked villa 1, one year in advance.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

This was the second leg of our honeymoon in the Cook Islands. We had wanted to have the entire honeymoon on Aitutaki but were talked out of it by our travel agent as she said "There is nothing to do". While we loved Rarotonga if we could go back in time we would have had the entire honeymoon on Aitutaki. It is a truly unique spot and Etu Moana must be the jewel in the island's crown. Wonderful staff provided a very warm welcome first at the airport and then at the resort. Our villa was lovely. While we were one back from the beach and couldn't share the entire sunset it was still great. The facilities with a lovely pool and honesty bar were great and a lovely breakfast was put on by the pool each day. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff who made all of our dinner and activity bookings. We wish we had longer there, would love to return and highly recommend.

Room Tip: Absolute beachfront woulld be best to enjoy the full sunset from the luxury of your own room.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Etu Moana

Address: PO Box 123, Cook Islands
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Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Aitutaki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Aitutaki
#1 Luxury Hotel in Aitutaki
Price Range: $345 - $503 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Etu Moana 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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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