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The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa

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Overview - The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa. Copyright Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and 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:   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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Review date:   October 15, 2017 5:03AM
Review:   Stayed here during our honeymoon, a great relaxing trip, friendly staff, plenty to do (or not if your prefer to just lay about). Took a hire car to explore the mainland too. Good food, would have been good of they changed the menus up a bit more frequently though. Had a massage experience here too, quite good but unusually she spoke to me throughout the season. Also did a private dining experience was very romantic however a little expensive and I would have preferred one bottle of wine instead of 5 glasses of different wines that was included in the package. Rooms were very nice. Views and lagoon to die for.
Author:   Justine Giri
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Review date:   November 13, 2017 5:05AM
Review:   This lay back resort is off the bottom end of Aitutaki. Facilities are good, islander style but not five star. However, the view over the lagoon is magnificent.
Author:   Peter Thompson
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Review date:   November 6, 2017 9:38PM
Review:   very nice rooms, kind people, an amazing experience!
Author:   Luis Maldonado
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