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

We had an amazing time at Etu Moana! We spent our second week of our honeymoon in Aitutaki. Steve and Amanda greeted us on arrival and handed us our cocconut cocktail drinks and were always very friendly and loved to chat :) The girls at reception also very helpful in planning the awesome tours and cruises that we did :) We stayed in the beach villas which were incrediable! Waking up to the beautiful beach view every monring, the clean modern comfortable villas is just awesome! The sunsets are amazing! We loved Etu Moana and happily recommend it to any couple looking for paradise! We didn't want to leave!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

We spent 8 marvelous days in awesome Etu Moana and Aitutaki. We had 2 villas for a family of 5, including 3 boys. We are seasoned travelers and have had the good fortune to stay in many amazing establishments but this is only the second time we have been compelled to write a review. Steve and Amanda (GMs) ably assisted by a fantastic staff provide a level of service that is exceptional for even the finest properties. From the moment we arrived they helped organize our extensive snorkeling and fishing itinerary (six different excursions; involving a number of changes during the stay) with the best available on the island-these trips were highly successful. On occasion they volunteered use of their vehicles (gratis; refusing compensation) for certain restaurant trips. They suggested some wonderful places to dine (yes even on Aitutaki including establishments that cooked our hard gained fish) and prepared my wife's fresh paw paw plate every morning to her requirements. Breakfast was tropical and suited us wonderfully with a surprisingly delicious coffee. Etu Moana operates an honor bar which is another measure of the place. The location and property are beautiful and peaceful sandwiched between the surreal lagoon and the lush vegetation of the hill. The staff work tirelessly to maintain the meticulous property. The accommodation suited us perfectly, although kitchen and barbecue facilities are provided other than breakfast we dined out. Our rooms were cleaned daily and reasonable laundry service was provided. Each villa had a veranda which we really enjoyed for just chilling. We also enjoyed the snorkel , kayaks and other facilities provided, We would love to thank Amanda, Steve and their excellent staff for their amazing hospitality and recommend Etu Moana the most highly. We shall return.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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9  Thank Pasta4me
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights in June 2012. Etu Moana Villas are a gorgeous collection of thatched roof boutique villas right on the beach.

The villas themselves are well equipped and allow you to see from the bed right outside. If you're staying in one of the beach front villas when the view is amazing. We stayed in a beach front villa and it is definitely worth the extra.

Waking up every day (or even after a nap) to a view of white sand, perfect blue water and an amazing reef is priceless.

The staff are great, very courteous and always happy the help. The hosts Amanda and Steve are also great and always happy to have a chat.

It is also well located on the west side of the island, so the sunsets over the reef are amazing. It is also a short walk to other resorts or take out places. There is no restaurant here but you can self cater or visit one of several restaurants around the island.

This place is perfect for couples and is definitely worth going back to.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank grahamau
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

What a fantastic place. The location, the staff, the room, the bar, the general escape from the world was absolutely awesome.

Definitely a must return spot

Room Tip: Beachfront will be perfect
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Sanjay W
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

This is a long overdo review. My wife and I spent our honeymoon in the Cook Islands last October. We had no idea what to expect as this was a change inplans. We had thought of going to New Zealand and discovered that Air New Zealnd had layovers in the Cook Islands at no additional cost. We had no idea of the relaxed "island time' tranquility that exists there. We were supposed to spend our two weeks on Rarotonga but schedules had to be realigned and we spent the second week on Atutaki.
We thought we had found paradise on Raro but let me just say that Aitutaki and the Etu Moana redefined the term. From the greeting at the airport to the shore side cottage to the aroma of the flowers lining the path to the pool a feeling of total relaxation prevails. The lagoon is lovely and Puna's lagoon tour was spectacular. We even got to tolerate the morning rooster calls. Our last night on the island included dinner at Taunon's Garden Cafe. Words fail to describe the quality and deliciousness of the food there. The last meal before leaving paradise was beyond compare.
The entire staff are very gracious and warm. You feel immediately at home when you arrive. Amanda and Steve many thanks. This is a place deserving of many return visits. We are saving to come back to Paradise in Paradise.

Room Tip: Book far in advance to get to get bungalow 1 or 2 right on the waters edge.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank John S
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

This place is superb. Very boutique and special. We had a beachfront cabin and it was well worth it, although we would not have minded a garden view either as even then, the views are amazing. We were greeted by a wonderfull staff and management team who went out of their way to make us comfortable and happy. The location was perfect as it gave easy access to the town and supermarkets and also the other side where most of the restaurants are. We found the room to be vey comfortable, clean and with a useful array of kitchen appliances for cooking, if you so chose, or at least making tea, coffee and snacks. Very beautiful surroundings and very peaceful. The breakfast which was included, was always very fresh and plenty of food available. The staff were always very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: All the rooms are the same, just different views and locations...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Lovinglifeinusa
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

To the Etu Moana family:

Thank you for making our honeymoon a wonderful memory that we will cherish for years to come. We would especially like to thank Jo-Ann, Jim, Steve, Amanda, Tere, Cecilia, and all of the staff for making our stay here truly a home away from home.

Aitutaki's beauty and charm is really centred around the warmth and love of the people who reside here. We definitely felt this with as soon as we arrived. And as we prepare to depart for home, we are already missing some of the local experiences that made this trip extra special to us.

As avid foodies, nothing on the island or in Rarotonga made our bellies as happy as Sonja's (of Tauono's Garden Cafe) coconut cake. She also makes a mean breadfruit lasagna and gave us master chef tips on how we could recreate the dishes when we got home. Her intuitive style of cooking is packed with flavour and many local-grown ingredients; garden-to-plate dining that is down to earth. Quite literally. 

To work off Sonja's culinary creations, we chose to embark on Aitutaki Adventures' yellow boat lagoon cruise. Puna and his wife were excellent hosts. Puna's sense of humour and laid back personality allowed us the freedom to see and snorkel in some of the most beautiful spots of the island without feeling the need to rush. And let's not forget the lunch prepared by his wife--simple, homestyle, and oh-so-flavourful.

Thank you again for the heartwarming hospitality and being so kind to us when we needed to see a friendly face.

Meitaki and kia orana!

Stephanie & Daniel
Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • Stayed: April 2012
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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 Luxury Hotel in Aitutaki
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Aitutaki
Price Range: $369 - $471 (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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