What are the Best Resorts on Aitutaki?
Looking for your next island escape? Tranquillity combined with one of the most famous lagoons in the South Pacific is a truly enticing prospect. All it needs is an endearing place to stay and Aitutaki’s resorts are certainly up to the job. From five-star adults-only resorts to boutique beachfront resorts to budget villas among tropical gardens, there’s something for everyone on Aitutaki. Let us guide you through the top picks in this list of the best resorts on Aitutaki.
1. Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas
An adults-only boutique resort with a sustainable ethos, no wonder Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas is one of Aitutaki’s most-sought accommodations. There are just eight bungalows lining the picturesque gardens on their way to the beachfront. Whether you want to self-cater in your bungalow or join your friendly hosts for a toes-in-the-sand barbecue or poolside pizza (depending on what day it is), the choice is yours.
You also have the option to explore the island guilt-free on the accommodation’s e-scooters or the lagoon using the SUP boards and kayaks available. Oh, and the stargazing is incredible with Etu Moana’s nighttime illumination kept to a minimum. See more sustainable stays in the 10 Best Eco Resorts in the Cook Islands.
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2. Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Impeccably presented, design and service-driven, Pacific Resort Aitutaki is certainly a top contender for the best resort on Aitutaki. Stay on the absolute beachfront or down any one of the winding garden footpaths with botanical displays and a historical marae. All of these surroundings you get to enjoy through your villa or bungalow’s endearing features like a private deck, an outdoor shower and/or glass-panelled garden shower, and more.
When you’re not in your stylish island-inspired bungalow, relax at the resort’s infinity pool with a waterfall, make use of the complimentary watersports equipment, and dine in the elevated restaurant overlooking the beach and lagoon.
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3. Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort
The five-star Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort might be the only resort in the Cook Islands with overwater bungalows but even its lowest tier of accommodation literally sits on the white sands of the resort’s own private island. There’s easy access to Aitutaki’s main island with a short resort ferry, but we’ll forgive you for feeling that the resort, with its included in-house activities and paid extras such as the spa, has everything you need. The effortlessly romantic resort also features in our 10 Most Romantic Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts on Aitutaki.
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- Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort on Booking.com
- Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort on Trip.com
- Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort on Expedia
4. Tai Roto Bay Beach Villas
One of the most upmarket accommodations of the dining and watersport hub of Ootu Beach, Tai Roto Bay Beach Villas offers a convenient location yet a world of its own on white sands backed with coconut palms. Your modern four-star beachfront, beach-view or garden bungalow best suited to couples has the self-catering facilities you need to enjoy a quiet night in, while breakfast is included each day. Also included are watersports gear to make the most of the lagoon on your doorstep. See more options like this in the 10 Best Boutique Resorts on Aitutaki.
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5. Kuru Club Aitutaki
Kuru Club Aitutaki brings island living to the 21st Century with a selection of contemporary bungalows with a minimalist design. The beachfront property near the airport has everything you need to enjoy the outdoors from free watersport equipment rental to an infinity pool. Experience activities on the lagoon on the resort’s private boat or rent one of the property’s electric vehicles for a tiki tour around Aitutaki. Either way, you’ll enjoy a more sustainable stay with the accommodation using 100% solar energy and recycled irrigation water.
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6. Paradise Cove Lodge
Elevated over the beach or in the gardens are the 10 traditionally thatched bungalows of Paradise Cove Lodge. Couples or a couple of friends have a compact bungalow with basic self-catering facilities and a shaded private deck to watch whales in the season. When you don’t feel like cooking, pop into the resort’s Cove Bar for cocktails and a bite to eat, or you’re nearby other resorts on the west coast of the island for further dining options.
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7. Aitutaki Village
In the heart of the dining and lagoon cruise hub of Ootu Beach, Aitutaki Village offers a selection of garden bungalows, a beachfront lounging area and a beachfront restaurant. Couples and groups of up to three have a choice of a standard or premium bungalow at this three-star accommodation with the premium set a little closer to the beach. There are also family rooms available. A continental breakfast is included in your stay.
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8. Ranginui’s Retreat
With a beachfront location and lagoon views, Ranginui’s Retreat offers a top location for an affordable price. Fisherfolk can cast right from the accommodation, while those looking to relax can make use of the beach loungers and the swimming pool. Choose between bungalows for solo travellers, couples, groups and families kitted out with functional but small kitchens. There are also ultra-budget units available for couples and solo travellers with breakfast-making facilities.
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9. Popoara Ocean Breeze Villas
An alternative option at Ootu Beach, Popoara Ocean Breeze Villas is well worth considering if you’re on a budget. Their spacious villas rival those of the mid-range villas available on the island in terms of presentation, yet also have the added convenience of vehicle rentals on-site, as well as the popular Boat Shed bar (see the 5 Best Bars in Aitutaki). Nestled among gardens away from the bar, however, you won’t hear a peep from the karaoke nights.
10. Tamanu Beach Resort
Although Tamanu Beach Resort is at the higher end of the price scale for resorts on Aitutaki, this is by no means a “luxury” resort. Nevertheless, Tamanu still presents spacious bungalows in two wings set to keep families and couples separate. The stylish bathrooms and outdoor showers, however, are truly where the bungalows shine. Of course, all of the usual watersports equipment is at your disposal to make the most of the lagoon, while complimentary bike rentals and the swimming pool are a welcome addition to their facilities.
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More About Resorts on Aitutaki
Now that you know about the best resorts on Aitutaki, plan the rest of your Aitutaki getaway using our handy guides:
- Aitutaki Transport Guide: 5 Ways to Get to (& Around) Aitutaki
- The Food Guide to Aitutaki: Places to Eat & Food Tours
- 10 Best Lagoon Cruises in Aitutaki