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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:   August 11, 2018 3:10AM
Review:   Friday 10 August at 11.25am Extremely rude boat man. He advised us that outside guests had to call the phone on the other side of the resort, to request permission to come over. We did so and were advised that we could come over. We called the boatman, who left his boat and went inside (We presumed to check with reception that we called) and when he arrived he said we did not have permission. When we advised that we had called the phone and spoke to the two different women, he said that we hadn't. We asked if he thought we were lying, to which he replied "yes". Pretty offended tbh, and very shocked at his reaction. He then went back over to resort side, so we gave the reception a call again and spoke to Di who said that we were more than welcome over from 12.30. She said that she mentioned this on the first call (which we must have missed), however the boatman said he spoke with reception who said they never received a call, and then preceded to call us liars.... This is the first Cook Islander we have met that has not been welcoming, hospitable and kind. Not a great representation of the resort. I will be advising friends to visit Aitutaki, but stay clear of Lagoon Resort.
Author:   Ben C
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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:   August 6, 2018 6:58PM
Review:   Firstly, the lagoon and Aitutaki is post card picture perfect. Beautiful place! Its just a shame that somewhere like this, the service you recieve you is worse then we have had at $15pn hostels. My partner and i splashed out on our honeymoon and got the honeymoon suite which we payed a lot of money for. The reception desk wouldnt pass on msg to wife about being stuck out on an island, they booked us in for a fishing trip when we asked for a kitesurfing rental. Broken spabath that maitenance never turned up to fix, did it my self after no show. Wait staff at dinner had no idea about service and the activity hut guy was a joke. This was the vibe around most guests. We were on the same plane out as other guests that booked for 5 nights and were leaving after 2 nights. Wont go back to Aitutaki and advise others not to fork out this type of money.
Author:   Richard Smith
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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:   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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