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The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa

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Aitutaki has indeed been capturing imaginations for many hundreds of years. Legendary Polynesian voyager Ru made landfall here well over a thousand years ago.

In 1789 Captain William Bligh and the men of the HMS Bounty were the first Europeans to arrive, reputedly bringing with them the succulent papaya.

In the 1950s a new wave of adventurer came by glamorous Solent Flying Boat for a leisurely refuelling stop along the fabled Coral Route, and a divine swim in the surreal lagoon waters.

Much more recently, the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler came, observing that: "Aitutaki is an exquisite atoll" with "the most vivid lagoon colors anyone has ever seen." The issue featured The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa on its cover, saying: "The Aitutaki Lagoon is the resort on the beach . nowhere could be more idyllic."

As the only resort directly on the world's most beautiful lagoon, The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa is truly blessed.
This exclusive all-bungalow resort is one-of-a-kind in many other respects also.

It is the only private island resort in the Cook Islands.

It is the only Cook Islands resort to offer that invention of incurable romantics ~ the Overwater Bungalow.
And it is the only resort on Aitutaki with a truly Polynesian flavour, so you can truly savour what the South Pacific is famous for.

The panoramic views of super-natural Aitutaki Lagoon from your own personal paradise, The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa on Motu Akitua, will leave you breathless. Truly, deeply, madly breathless. And that indeed is the measure of a life well lived.

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Review date:   January 21, 2018 5:55PM
Review:   All I can say is paradise in the Pacific.Staff the nicely priced bungalow,food and entertainment awesome. Just taking the barge across the main island to the resort is a experience. The walks around the island can be done in 1/2 a hour great with views that are unforgettable. Our first night here consisting of the locals putting on a dance story telling history of the Aitutaki and the surrounding islands being inhabited. Across the island,transportation is cheap as a rental car company allows you packaged deals to see Aitutaki at your own pace. Yes loved the island experience here.
Author:   Tai Ripaki
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Review date:   March 21, 2018 8:26PM
Review:   Fantastic resort. We spent 2 nights in a fantastic overwater bungalow.. INCREDIBLE! Staff very friendly, you will definitely enjoy but avoid the restaurant.
Author:   Alesson Souza
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Review date:   May 16, 2018 4:53AM
Review:   Great place, we found the place a little expensive. We stayed on the water front for $500 a night for one night and the beach batch for 3 nights The water front was a little run down and a little expensive. The view was spectacular day and night. We had our own very small jetty/swim pad which was nice. The batches all have outside shower which was a very nice touch Overall 8/10 The beach batch was good too, you didn't get the same sea view or the night stars but was a cheaper alternative. All the rooms have the same layout which is practical and effective. The resort is adult only which was quite nice if you want a holiday/rest with adults. Overall 9/10 The restaurant is expensive so I recommend going for happy hour for drinks, not the cheapest on the island but it's the closest. The food isn't 5 star but still pretty good, I recommend trying some of the closest on the main island. Breakfast is complimentary but if you want bacon and eggs or anything that's isn't fruit expect to pay extra. We found some of the complimentary items to be broken. The bikes had flat tires or broken chains. The stand up boards were broke after falling off the van. Some of the hand dryers didn't work in the toilets. Internet is extra 450mb for $10 and wifi is only in certain areas. Staff are excellent and very easy to approach. The experience we found was good but we would probably try another resort next time. That's not saying this is a bad place because it isn't. We both felt it needed a little TLC. We have sent and email to complaints department as constructive criticism not a complaint. Overall experience 7/10
Author:   Kieron Ratcliffe
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Review date:   October 10, 2017 12:52AM
Review:   Fantastic resort. This private island resort is absolutely stunning. We stayed in the honeymoon villa that is so lovely and private. It is a short shuttle ride from the airport and a super quick boat ride across the shallow water to the lobby. Food is delicious and the views are beautiful. The beachfront cabins look nice too but people can see in from the beach so it isn't quite as private. There is a shuttle in to town for a fee but there isn't much there. There are also lagoon cruises that will pick you up from the resort. I can't recommend it enough!
Author:   Caitlin C
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Review date:   November 25, 2017 7:57PM
Review:   We enjoyed our recent stay. The lagoon was amazing. However the food was below expectations, although the breakfast was very nice. Food also overpriced for the standard served. The manager was very nice as were all the staff except for one very rude receptionist. She was extremely condescending and very unhelpful. Unfortunately she did not have a name tag but was on reception when we left 19th October. Although we enjoyed our stay as it was very restful which was needed after running a very busy business. We would not come again due to the poor quality of food and the rudeness shown by a member of staff. Susan and Peter Wilson.
Author:   Peter Wilson
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