Chose this venue based on the reviews of accommodation from TA and although struck by the high cost thought that we would treat ourselves and hopefully guarantee a good standard of accommodation. We didnt want to be in an dream destination but find ourselves in accommodation that was poor. We booked well in advance one of the villas that was near the reception area for a 2 night stay. It wasnt as expensive as the beachside ones and it was only seconds away in walking distance. It was also smart of the builders that they fantailed out the units so they all have a view of the water. And overall the standard of the villas was excellent.
As part of the stay we were met at the airport and then on arrival both Lucille and Tim the managers came out and personally introduced themselves and showed us all the features of the villas and the estate.
The Etu had lots of nice touches that meant you could stop and relax on site- a small pool, the honesty box for drinks etc from the bar pool. Books. Umberellas if it rains. Kayaks on the beach. Bikes ( although the brakes were gone on the ones we had- perhaps well overdue for a full service). Etu is ideal if you want a hideaway stay, there is only a small breakfeast supplied but you could bring your own supplies and self cater. If you travel out in the evening to a hotel for dinner remember to take a torch as there is very little street lighting.
We had organised in advance an all day tour of the islands around the lagoon. To see the landscape, the water, the sands etc was truly memorable. As others also say you do have to visit more than one island to fully experience the Cooks. However there is another side to nature-we did find that the biting insects once inland were extremely aggressive. This is after having experiences of midges in Scotland, travelling in Borneo jungles etc. The local people did not look affected by them at all!. I however did leave with limbs that looked like they had been hit by buckshot.
If you are looking for quality accommodation surrounded by small quiet gardens and only a few other guests to interact with then give Etu Moana serious consideration.
- 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