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Popoara Ocean Breeze Villas
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

We were picked up from the airport (complimentary) and shown to our villa. Aitutaki is pretty remote and and very quiet, and the villas are at the most remote end of the island, a good 7 km from the post office – effectively the villas are at the far end of the runway. Noise from the runway isn't a problem – there are only about 4 flights per day , all small planes & none after dark (some locals have a protest about flights on Sunday/ the Sabbath, when almost everything else is closed). However, it does mean you are another 2 km from anywhere else. You can rent a motor scooter or car on site but there was a Catch 22 – you need a Cook Islands licence for a car & we arrived on a Saturday & police station is open Mon-Fri. Apparently this is a long-standing problem which has never been resolved. Since there is no public transport or taxi on Aitutaki there was no alternative, so we decided to risk it and visit them on Monday – the locals we asked were all fairly certain there wouldn't be any problem and there wasn't.

The villas are self contained – they even have air conditioning which was essential in the muggy heat. It was very hot on the day we arrived. But the A/C was set at 24 degrees & couldn't be adjusted. The villa itself was about 3 star level (at a stretch) but given how far we were from the rest of the world it was pretty good for what we needed. A few things could have been improved - one of the chairs was broken, the mixer tap in the kitchen had the hot/cold connected the wrong way around, but that was it as far as issues went. We were in Villa 2 – a double bed and a single with a roll-away under the double. Basic bathroom (shower, wash basin & toilet). Kitchen with bar fridge, small cooktop, microwave, toaster & electric kettle, basic cooking utensils & crockery for 4. Very little storage space & nowhere to put stuff in the bathroom except on the floor.

Staff were very laid back, but also very helpful. On arrival we found that breakfast is not supplied – it used to be but they apparently changed several years ago. Our travel agent had on our documents that it was supplied, so the owner honoured it. Another time, OH accidentally locked her case with the key inside it – late in the evening when we discovered that, a staff member (the barman from the Boat Shed) came around and cut it off for her. They also scrounged around left-over equipment left behind by previous tenants and found us some flippers so we could go snorkelling by ourselves. They were also quite helpful on booking things for us.

Overall, a nice beach-style place to stay if you like it remote, quiet and hot.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank ActRegular_traveller
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

8 days spent at Popoara Ocean Breeze Villas in Aitutaki was a very pleasant experience. The accommodation was clean, comfortable and provided all the amenities a family would need.
Hosts Allen and Maria Mills who also run the adjacent Boatshed Bar and Restaurant, were very welcoming and made me feel right at home.
A great place to stay, very reasonably priced, right on the lagoon with car and scooter rentals available on site and the convenience of the Boatshed Bar, which serves great meals and is a great place to simply chill out!

Room Tip: All Villas are great!
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank Robwhl
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Reviewed May 25, 2011

A short 40min flight from Raratonga, met at the airport and five mins to the 'Boat Shed"
The staff would arrange everything for you, from day trips to local visits. Rental cars and bikes (a must for the 14km round trip of the Island) available on site. excellent resturant with big range of food on the menu. Well stocked bar. The manager, Allan, lives on site and is well experienced in the ways of the islands and is most helpful.
I will be back there on my next trip.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great stand-alone units,
  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled on business
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1  Thank Campbell333
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Reviewed March 11, 2011

Although units are more garden view does not detract from the property at all with the close proximity of everything at that end of the island.

Onsite rentals and a great restaurant with a deck over looking the reef passage adds to its advantages.
After visting aitutaki a few years ago this end of the island has developed with 4 eateries within strolling distance, fishing and tours next door,sailing club, one wants for nothing if looking for a relaxing Aitutaki holiday.

An ocean view would be at least double the price of here and you are but metres away from it anyway

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled on business
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3  Thank whaleoilbeefhooked
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Reviewed January 29, 2011

place was clean and very functional, but you go to the island for ocean and this place has too little of it for the price. Should be NZ$70 at most vs. 145. Boat Shed also terribly overpriced, small portion average food.

  • Stayed: January 2011
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4  Thank LilJeeter
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