Set alongside Aitutaki Lagoon, this resort offers 3 beachfront bungalows. Aitutaki Seaside Lodges is located in Amuri, 5 minutes' drive from Aitutaki Airport. Each air-conditioned bungalow is situated only 66 feet from the water and are fully insect screened. All offer a fully equipped kitchen, a living area and a flat-screen TV. Towels and bed linen are provided. Aitutaki Seaside Lodges is situated in a private setting on the north western side of Aitutaki. It is a 10-minutes walk from the closest restaurant and bar, and a 10-minute drive from Arutanga Village. Guests can create a meal on the BBQ, or enjoy onsite activities such as swimming and kayaking. The property can book lagoon or fishing trips and also car hire. Other facilities include a shared laundry and a phone for guests to make local calls.
Pros: Couldn't have ask for a better beachfront hut if we tried.
Great beach and snorkeling right outside the front door... and like others have said, we too think it was the best beach on Aitutaki!
Great access to local shops and stores for all that you need and a
basic, but functional, little kitchenette perfect for breakfast and lunch to keep the budget on track.
Bicycles for Island exploring and Paul (Lisa was out of "town" during our stay) was always available to answer questions or book activities as needed.
All the amenities you could ask for in a true AFFORDABLE little beach hut!
Thanks for a great stay Paul - we'll DEFINITELY be back!
Matriki Beach Huts provide absolute beachfront accommodation on the sunset side of the island. You can enjoy snorkelling from the beautiful white sand beach right at the front of the property. The property offers 5 unique self-contained beach huts, each with their own private verandah, simple cooking kitchenette and an open air shower. There are shared toilets, as well as a BBQ and outdoor table setting. Guests can enjoy various activities including snorkelling, hiking, fishing, and diving. Bicycle and semi automatic scooter hire is available on site. The property also has a small private boat available for island and fishing tours for small groups for an additional charge. The nearest airport is Aitutaki Airport 1.9 miles away.
Pros: First off, the Paradise Cove Lodges are truly a wonderful budget option for Aitutaki. Many of the other places to stay are well above the very reasonable cost of the Lodges. The Lodges (beachfront ones) are very nice, clean, with a great ceiling fan, screens, kitchen facilities and a nice bed. Usually the ocean breezes keep you comfortable. They have a great balcony to watch the sunsets or for lounging around. The beach in front of the lodges is nice, but be sure you bring water shoes because there are lots of coral. There is a nice place to swim in front of the lodge (in fact folks came from places down the beach to swim here). The snorkeling is OK but compared to the other places to snorkel on the East side of the island in the stunning lagoon, there is no comparison. All in all, an nice budget option.
The staff of the lodge are really nice and accommodating. They will go out of their way to help you. The restaurant serves good food, but in off season, it sometimes has sporadic hours. The drinks at happy hour are a good deal, especially the beer and wine. The breakfast we basic but they had good fresh fruit. And other than Puffy's (serving excellent fish and chips) there are no other close by places to eat. The paid Wifi at the reception area and restaurant worked very well.
Cons: Now the caveat - hot water. We did not have consistent hot water in the 9 days we were there. We were told a number of times they were working on it, but it got to be a bit of a pain (chill!) taking cold showers days after day. The hot water would sometimes come on for about 15 seconds, but that was usually it. In their defense, we used one of their family units the last day for late check out and we both had very nice warm showers, so I do believe them that they were working on fixing the problem (some parts of the property are on different hot water systems.
Would I stay there again? Not until I got confirmation about the hot water. But next time we come back, we will probably go for a place on the East side (the lagoon side) of the island. But if you want a decent budget place to stay, I recommend the Paradise Cove.
Located just 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from the airport, Paradise Cove Lodges offers a shuttle (available on request). Guests can keep active with onsite scuba diving and snorkeling, and free continental breakfast is available daily. Rooms feature kitchenettes and room service.