Pacific Resort Aitutaki offers a private beach where you can enjoy free cabanas, beach umbrellas, and beach massages, plus you'll have access to onsite snorkeling, parasailing, and beach volleyball. The outdoor pool provides a splash of fun, while guests in the mood for pampering can visit the spa to indulge in massages, aromatherapy, and Ayurvedic treatments. Rapae Bay Restaurant, one of 2 restaurants, offers a beachfront location and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A free airport shuttle and a poolside bar are other highlights, and rooms at this luxurious resort offer up nice touches like bathrobes, slippers, and pillowtop beds with premium linens.
Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa offers a private beach where you can enjoy free cabanas, beach umbrellas, and beach massages, plus you'll have access to onsite snorkeling, beach volleyball, and kayaking. The outdoor pool is perfect for guests looking for a bit of fun, while those in the mood for pampering can visit the spa to indulge in deep-tissue massages, body wraps, and aromatherapy. Flying Boat Beach Bar, one of 2 restaurants, offers a beachfront location and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 2 bars/lounges and a beach bar are other highlights at this luxurious resort, and rooms offer up nice touches like premium bedding and bathrobes.
Located just 1.9 mi (3 km) from the airport, Tamanu Beach offers a free shuttle at scheduled times. After a dip in one of 2 outdoor pools, guests can grab a bite to eat at Tamanu, which serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are 2 bars/lounges and a garden, and rooms at this romantic resort offer furnished patios and refrigerators.
Rino's Motel is just 3.1 mi (5 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle for NZD 10 per person one way. Guests looking to stay active can check out the nearby hiking/biking trails, kayaking, and scuba diving, and free perks include continental breakfast and self parking. Rooms feature kitchenettes and balconies or patios.
Aitutaki Village is just 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from the airport and offers a free shuttle. For a bite to eat, guests can check out Aitutaki Village, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other highlights include a bar/lounge, and rooms offer lanais and iPod docks.
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!
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.
Gina's Garden Lodges offers an airport shuttle (available on request) for NZD 25 per person roundtrip. Free self parking is an added perk, and guests looking to stay active can check out the nearby hiking/biking trails, kayaking, and parasailing. Conveniences like kitchenettes are in all rooms, along with patios and pillowtop beds.
A great choice for a stay in Aitutaki, The Reef Motel Aitutaki is just 4.6 mi (7.4 km) from the airport. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool, along with onsite kayaking and snorkeling. Rooms feature conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves.