We absolutely loved our stay at Inano Beach! We stayed for 5 days during the last week of July, which was a low season and we were the only guests (this might be one of the reasons we loved it so much!)
There is one beachfront bungalow and six more bungalows in the garden-like setting. We stayed at the beachfront one and one could see the lagoon from the bed at sunrise.
Bungalows have a queen-sized bed, a small kitchen (with a fridge, microwave, stove, kettle), toilet and shower, and a deck.
Bungalows are serviced daily and are VERY clean and mosquito-proof.
We contacted the property directly and paid 160 NZD per night for a beachfront bungalow.
In our opinion, this is the best location on the island. There are a few places to eat within a 5 min walk (Koru cafe is great for breakfast/lunch and BoatShed is very good for dinner). There is no shops around, so you will need to go to the town (10 min drive on a scooter ). The hosts sell treated water and beer.
The beach is quite deep and good for swimming. Ootu beach (the best beach on the island) is just 300 m away.
It was very quiet during our stay and we enjoyed that!
Inano beach is much more private location than Samade or Ranginui (which are just 5 min walk) and also in a much more pleasant garden setting.
We also think it is a much better location than the west side (which looks more like Rarotonga!).
The hosts rent kayak (10 NZD per day) which is twice as cheap compared to Samade. You can also rent scooter/bicycle nearby.
Veia (the hostess) recommended Puffy's for an island night (35 NZD per buffet and dancing show) and we enjoyed it very much (there were a lot of locals there, so it must be very good!).
Veia also recommended Bishop's for a lagoon cruise and we went twice (this is definitely a must do as the best snorkelling and swimming places in the lagoon are on the small islands there).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inano Beach is an all tide swimming beachfront property with seven self–catering individual stand alone bungalows, one beachfront and 5 partial lagoon view garden bungalows, laid out in a semi circle to provide some views of our natural marine reserve that is part of a private beach.We are situated on the sheltered inland side of the lagoon, with stunning views looking across turquoise waters and the marine reserve towards the main bulk of Aitutaki Island. ... more less