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Over Etu Moana Aitutaki
Uw eigen sfeervolle villa op het strand, in de tropische tuin of aan het zwembad. Het echte eilandgevoel wordt op deze manier eenvoudig gecreëerd. Aitutaki zelf is vrij vlak, herbergt een aantal kleine dorpjes, biedt mooie wandelroutes naar onder andere het op een heuvel gelegen meer Maunga Pu en de bevolking zwaait en lacht alsof hun leven er van afhangt. Etu Moana laat u vrij genieten van dit eiland. In de ochtend kunt u genieten van uw ontbijt bij het zwembad, 's middags wellicht de geweldige onderwaterwereld verkennen tijdens een duikexcursie om vervolgens per fiets Aitutaki te verkennen en eventueel uw avondeten in te slaan, die u in uw romantische villa zelf kunt bereiden. Uiteraard kan het personeel u ook tips geven voor de leukste lokale restaurants van Aitutaki. Een 'laidback' verblijf gegarandeerd!
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KamerbeschrijvingenGarden & Lagoon View Villa
Airco, plafondventilator, kluisje, televisie, internettoegang, telefoon, DVD-speler, volledig ingerichte keuken, koelkast, vriezer, eetgedeelte, föhn, badkamer met douche en buitendouche, veranda en uitzicht op de lagune.
Pool & Lagoon View Villa
: Zoals Garden & Lagoon View Villa, dichter gelegen bij het zwembad.
Beach View Villa
: Zoals Garden & Lagoon View Villa, uitzicht op het strand.
Gelegen op Aitutaki.
• Bar (self-service)
• Auto- en scooterverhuur
• Watersportmogelijkheden zoals kajakvaren, zeilen en kitesurfen.
• Fiets- en Wandeltochten
• Diverse excursiemogelijkheden
Kia Orana, welkom op Aitutaki. Het eiland Aitutaki staat bekend om zijn prachtige lagune, waarvan wordt gezegd dat het de mooiste van de Cook Islands en zelfs van de hele South Pacific is! Aitutaki is zeer geschikt voor wie op zoek is naar rust en ontspanning en in de watten gelegd wil worden door uiterst gastvrije en vriendelijke mensen. Als u hier niet volledig tot rust kunt komen, dan zal u dit nergens ter wereld lukken!
"Rooms are comfortable, breakfast good,people friendly,what more do you need ?"
This property fronts the beach and no doubt the rooms on the beach are the best. It stands somewhere between good and excellent and the people tip it into the excellent category.All staff have a smile.No doubt the ' island way' must have its challenges when you do the service.But here you do feel that rooms are cleaned well and they do cross the ts. The gardens are a treat and not quite so formal as the Pacific resort for example. You don't get all the frills but what you do get is air con and nice rooms and a good breakfast. For the independent traveller it sets you up to then either skip lunch or have a meal outside.The one drawback to this utopian existence is you need transport. They have bikes but you don't want to bike everywhere ! Maybe they should do a deal with a local to offer a paid for run round the island or they should have a designated time when they pop into town. The self catering here in the units mean you can get bits.
Stayed here for almost 1 week in October with my wife. Based on Tripadvisor we expect a lot....it was even better than expected. The villas are perfect (we stayed in a beach view villa; great views!) with a huge veranda to relax on. Breakfast is simple but very good and service by staff is amazing. There is a relaxed vibe there that makes this the perfect place to stay when visiting Aitutaki
"Advice for you ..."
There's much that is lovely about Etu Moana. Don't feel you have to get a villa right on the beach as all the villas have a view - some are just set back further, they all face the sea and are staggered outwards in a large V. I thought the ones in the middle near the pool were ideal. We used the pool a lot, I think it was salt chlorinated, dreamy warm in the evenings, never busy. The breakfasts are special, the local fruit is just exquisite. Couldn't get enough of those big, juicy passion fruit, star fruit, local bananas that taste quite different, papaya and juicy pineapple packed with flavour, must be the volcanic soil. You eat out by the pool under locally woven palm leaf umbrellas (which need to be repaired btw!). There's plenty of pretty tropical fish to see just out from the beach at Etu Moana and they provide snorkeling gear - but bring your own if you want better quality or are concerned about hygiene. There is a bar by the pool but it is unmanned. You are invited to mix your own drinks then fill in your tab in a honesty book. We were dismayed by this given the price of our accommodation and how much it costs to fly here. And who's an expert on making cocktails? Not us! Etu Moana provides no other meals apart from breakfast. The nearest restaurant is approx. eight minutes walk down the beach. There's another past that at Pacific Resort - but it's almost too hot (in December) to walk there. There's a somewhat average fish / chip / burger joint in the other direction. And there's Tauono's garden cafe almost next door - access along the road. And that's pretty much it for food if you are walking. If you want to venture to other restaurants you will want to taxi - or use the complimentary bicycles provided, or hire a scooter. The speed limit in Aitutaki is 50km. If you are arriving from New Zealand, please be aware that you can bring food items like muesli, bread, herbs, spices, cheese etc so long as they are sealed. Just declare them on your customs form, the officer will ask you about them and wave you through. (I have a friend living in Rarotonga who gets me to bring her Vogel's bread every time we come through.) It's worth bringing a few things, especially if you arrive after breakfast, then you can snack and relax and not have to hike for sustenance for a while. The grocery shops here are very basic and the kitchen in your villa is quite basic also; the only condiments are salt and pepper - so bring some of your own if you intend to cook (note: there is also a BBQ near the pool). The villas are nicely appointed and roomy enough and designed so you can lie on the bed with your slat doors wide open, sea breezes (hopefully circulating), a view of the beach ahead of you. You have the kitchen behind you on one side and the bathroom on the other, with a little private area out the back if you want to shower outside as well - good for getting sand off. Thoughtfully planted exotic tropical plants and flowers surround you. The only thing that really got us down was the crowing of the roosters. They start up as early as 2am, continue on and off from there, then all day and seem to quieten down in the evening. It is quite an obnoxious and piercing sound. They appear to be free range on the neighbouring properties and there are no fences between us. There's also goats ... We really did not sign up for barnyard noises. At times it woke us up and prevented us from getting back to sleep. Not something you travel thousands of kilometers for! Not sure what the solution is there. However Pacific Resort have extensive grounds and I bet there's no way you'd hear a rooster if staying there. The internet is slow and expensive, if you are coming to Aitutaki, you are best to forget about these things and simply unplug. Someone please gift Etu Moana some DVD movies - they have a small range to view (free) - all pretty ancient. All the best for your holiday, it is a largely untouched sleepy island and perfect for really kicking back, prettier and quieter than Rarotonga. The weather is terrific, the sea warm as a bath. Bring loads to read, it's sometimes too hot to do much else.
We went here as the last stop on a three week tour of the cooks islands and Pacific islands and what a great way to finish. The resort is small, quiet and subtly romantic with only 8 bungalows. They are furnished to a very high standard, clean, well equipped kitchen, lovely outdoor showers, all have views of the sea/beach and it gives a great feeling of not being crammed in, 'resort-style'. The guys who worked there were great. They had loads of good knowledge about tours and activities on the island and nothing was too much trouble. The lagoon out front is amazing, take one of the free kayaks or SUPs out to do some snorkelling. My own view is that this island is as beautiful if not more so than bora bora given its relative less commercialised nature. They have a wonderful honesty bar policy which just means that you can help yourself to what ever, whenever. I love this as it makes you feel much more relaxed and at home than with conventional service. Breakfast is great. Not as overwhelming as many resorts in this area of the world. But simple, delicious and effective. We spent many hours on the beach here with the stunning scenery. A place of tranquility and serenity and the highlight accommodation of the trip. If I was visiting this island I wouldn't stay anywhere else. Future tip for the owners: A mosquito net on the beds would be a real plus. Future meal tip: Take a right on the beach and walk 5 minutes to the coconut shack on the beach. The fresh sea food cooked simply is outstanding.
"Good- not 'great' so beware please"
This is an excellent property with helpful staff and nice location. We met many friendly and chatty Australians and Americans who love it enough to make it their second home for part of the year. That said, it's NOT a 4-5 star property and anyone used to that level of amenities or facilities will be sorely disappointed. It's stratospheric trip advisor rating is largely due to a unique laid back vibe that is refreshing and quintessential Aitutaki. We would have traded that at some times for a colder air conditioner. That said, the fact it's not the nicest property on the island wouldn't prevent me from using it as a base to explore the lagoon and MT maungapu which is basically across the street. We enjoyed it, just would have been nicer if we knew what to expect ahead of time.
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