When I was on Aitutaki in June, I discovered Matriki, quite by accident. It's one of those places that you immediately know you have to come back to. I was staying in different accommodation at the time, but booked with Tracey and Trevor to stay at Matriki on my next visit. My feelings served me well! I stayed at Matriki for two weeks, but even that didn't feel like long enough. Tracey and Trevor have made Matriki absolutely charming. The rustic beach huts are really delightful, and no attention to detail has been spared. I stayed in the 'Beach Hut' There's everything you could possibly need in one delightful and very cute package. I loved it.
Other than the amazing environment and very well maintained accommodation, possibly the most captivating thing about staying at Matriki is the warm, inclusive atmosphere. It's a place for travellers, as opposed to tourists. Singles and couples, families, friends, it all works really well, with each guest being unique in their own way, and from a particular corner of the world, so it makes it really interesting. Tracey and Trevor evoke this inclusive ambience, and that's something that's important to me. Everyone I met who stayed there felt the same. It's not just the place you stay in, but the people and the atmosphere that's probably more important for me.
Trevor went out of his way to ensure that all his guests were treated to wonderful lagoon tours and snorkelling trips if they wanted to. Nothing was too much trouble, and the wonderful old Matriki boat is just perfect for this purpose. It's loaded with character. Both Trevor and Tracey prepare wonderful food for these trips, and again, no detail is left unattended. They put in a lot of effort, and the prices are very reasonable. Tracey's touch around Matriki is unmistakable, but more importantly, their warm hearts make you feel welcome and relaxed.
I can't recommend this place highly enough, but if you're looking for luxury, this is not it. It's rustic, cute, charming, comfortable, very adequate, and the beachfront location is one of the best (in my opinion) on the island. The snorkelling off the beach is also very good, with a host of small coral bombes scattered around, the home of a myriad of small, beautiful and brightly coloured fish, as well as a very, very large giant clam.
Go there!! You'll be missing out on a very unique experience if you don't.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quiet budget rustic self contained absolute beachfront huts on the nicest natural snorkeling and swimming beach on beautiful Aitutaki, Cook Islands. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Matriki Beach Huts Hotel Aitutaki