Aitutaki Village

Aitutaki Village

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Aitutaki Village is a small boutique resort on Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. Situated on the white sandy beach of Ootu (meaning full moon) on the south western point of the island. The property provides a quiet and relaxing environment on the edge of the protected Aitutaki lagoon, ideal for swimming and water activities at all tides.The Polynesian inspired restaurant and bar has stunning views and is located on the lagoons edge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available everyday, we also offer special dinner evenings, lagoon cruises, private island excursions, rental vehicles, kayaks and island tours.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Beach
Canoeing
Airport transportation
Laundry service
Restaurant
Fishing
Room features
Air conditioning
Clothes rack
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Coffee / tea maker
Refrigerator
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Romantic

Location

Ootu Beach PO Box 75 Cook Islands
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Timinine wrote a review Aug 2014
14 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Samade's is situated in quite possibly one of the best spot on the entire Aitutaki lagoon.

Upon arrival you are greeted with breathtaking views and a stunning lagoon which changes a different colour every minute of every day. Complementary kayak and paddle boards round it off with plenty of interesting places to explore and a variety of tropical fish swimming close to and around the shoreline. Yachts & scooters are also for rent only a brief walk from the hotel.

Thomas and Elaine are perfect hosts along with their wonderful staff. Consensus from tourists on our tour boat was Samade's had 'the best' restaurant to eat on the Island and the mix of local produce made it a unique experience. The rooms were spotless, air conditioned, and I look forward to returning as they continue making improvements to the hotel.

Aiutaki is hands down one of the most beautiful places I have visited in the world and Thomas & Elaine went out of their way to make the stay all the more special.
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Date of stay: July 2014
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Rosemary321 wrote a review Apr 2019
Sydney, Australia4 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 6 nights here and loved every minute. All the large rooms have recently been renovated and are very comfortable, all with AC, hot water and very good beds. All set in a nice garden setting. The restaurant hotel (Blue Lagoon), has an amazing position and outlook over the lagoon and we just loved hanging there all day. The continental breakfast (which was included in our room rate) was fantastic - fruit, whole meal bread, healthy cereal options, etc... an hot pancakes everyday! We also ate at the restaurant for lunchtime and dinner and it was very nice. My husband caught some fish in the reef and the restaurant were very happy to cook it for us one night. But if you want to try something different, Koru Cafe (we loved this place) and the Boatshed are only a 5 minute walk away. The location of Aitutaki Village is great as well. Next to a beautiful lagoon which is great for small children and swimming. A lot of the lagoon cruises leave from this place of Aitutaki as well so we only needed a car for 1 day and the rest of the time we were happy to stay near the hotel. Very friendly and helpful and kind staff who helped us arrange boat tours, car rentals, spear fishing trip, etc. 2 very sweet cats (both ginger) - Honey and Lemon. We can’t speak more highly of this place - loved it!
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Chris W wrote a review Aug 2018
Singapore, Singapore103 contributions95 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is what you hope the South Pacific would look like: a beautiful, peaceful lagoon, barely a wave upon it, just endless differing shades of blue.

The rooms are very expensive for what you are getting: they are basic wooden structures and are of inconsistent quality. The room my wife and I were in was fine, though the draining board next to the sink had not been cleaned; the one my kids were in had a lot of things missing, among them the insect net over the bed, a fly screen on the door, and any doors at all on their cupboards. Normally if you were paying this amount (I think about NZ$350 per bungalow per night) it would be outrageous.

But, you're not paying for the quality of the room. You are paying for its location, and that is just incredible. The bungalows are in two rows and are just a few feet from the beach; the bar/restaurant is right on the water. You just walk right in, unattach a kayak from its mooring, and off you go. And THAT makes it well worth the money.

The feeling of moving through the water there will stay with me forever. it is just so incredibly peaceful. You can take off in your kayak to circuit some of the nearby islands; or if you want to, the sandbank in the lagoon reaches so far, you can just walk out about a third of the way across the entire lagoon and be no deeper into the water than your knees. On the day I arrived two women were sitting on the sandbank; they were still there four hours later and had not moved a muscle. Why would you? There is nowhere on earth you would rather be.

You can hire bikes, though the choice isn't big and the frames are large, and that allows you to cycle into the local town, such as it is, and up to a viewpoint at the top of the island. There really isn't much to do here but that is entirely the point.

They are closely linked with one of the lagoon boat tour operators, which comes right in to the beach to collect you. It is strongly recommended: it takes you to bits of the lagoon even more remote than the one you are in, and you can snorkel and see giant clams, and be surrounded by huge trevally fish. It is just ridiculously beautiful. You can barely take it all in.

The staff are lovely, very friendly, and extremely helpful. My wife had left her bathing costume at a previous place in Rarotonga, and it was sent up to Aitutaki on the regular plane, but then ended up making its way to the Pacific Resort. So a member of the Aitutaki Village staff, Elaine, set off to retrieve it herself - in fact she ended up having to make two trips. She wouldn't accept a tip for doing so. That's the sort of thing you really remember.

On our first night there was a meal with a cultural event attached to it. I went in to this with low expectations but was amazed by how good it was: there was an outstanding drumming troupe, and some very talented local dancers, plus some local songs played on a couple of ukuleles (I swear those things only have three chords, but it's very peaceful anyway).

I would also recommended walking to the nearby cafe, Koru, which prides itself on having the best coffee on the island (frankly the free breakfast at the Village isn't great); and the Boat Shed restaurant and pub around the corner, which has excellent fish and a good atmosphere.

I really miss this place.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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DSKC14 wrote a review May 2016
Canberra, Australia2 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Greeted by the lovely smiling Alone and given a beautiful necklace of island jasmine - wonderful start to our 3 day stay. Arrived on Tues afternoon just in time for Island Night and had a delicious three course dinner followed by a great show of local music and dancing. The blue lagoon is gorgeous and great for kayaking and swimming. The Bishops Cruise to One Foot Island well worth the money with stops at smaller islands, yummy grilled tuna lunch and snorkelling. The staff at the village couldn't be nicer. It's so relaxing just sitting in the lounge chairs reading or having a beer. Met some great people and on our last beautiful starry night we took the short walk over to The Boat Shed for a drink. Our bungalow was clean and comfortable with a little front porch. We loved it all and miss it already.
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Date of stay: May 2016
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carol m wrote a review Jan 2016
Auckland, New Zealand23 contributions17 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Seems to have been a change of management since our visit 2 years ago when it was called Samade on the beach. The hosts then were far better organised than the current ones.
As guests it was easy to come to the conclusion that management were more concerned over family and friends. As paying customers we were told by chalk board notice at mid-day (if you were at the resort) that there was no evening dining. This happened 5 times during our stay. That caused massive inconvenience due to the public holidays and relative remote location. without the availability of hired transport ( there are no taxis or buses) access to another restaurant IF there was one open - was very difficult at times and unacceptable for guests to be placed in that situation.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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Kris wrote a review Jan 2016
Sydney, Australia181 contributions47 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We didn't stay in the resort, but we came over for dinner in the Blue Lagoon restaurant. It was a quiet night (we were a few dats ahead of the big NY rush), but dinner was great...

I had excellent Aitutaki chicken curry and so did my girlfriend while we were watching sunset... Staff was super friendly and they do pick-up/drop-off. The girl who was driving us even took the time to show us the coconut crabs on the way back when we asked which was very nice. Definitely recommended!
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Date of stay: December 2015
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Cat D wrote a review Nov 2015
Tamborine Mountain, Australia117 contributions70 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our third visit to Aitutaki Village and in our opinion definitely this is the best spot on the island to stay, we had 7 nights here, the upgraded lagoon trip was a bonus and well worth the extra cost. The bungalows need a bit of work still but are spacious, comfortable and clean. The staff are amazing so helpful and welcoming. The restaurant has improved hugely, varied and very tasty range of dinner options. Thanks for the kayaks and stand up paddle boards. Keep doing what you are doing very well team, thank you for making our holiday so special, we will be back. It's the location and people that make this our go to holiday place.
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Date of stay: November 2015
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Lynne R wrote a review Nov 2015
san francisco12 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
For our first trip to Aitutaki, we chose to stay here based on location and mid-range price. Aitutaki's spot on the Ootu Beach lagoon may well be the best location on the island--especially if you're looking to paddleboard/kayak (using AV's gear) and hang out and swim. (As kiteboarders, we would consider closer to the wharf next time, but OTOH, you are close to Koru Cafe up here....) The mid-range price gets you basic accommodations with air con. It also gets you breakfast. The restaurant had really good food and their Island Nights feel like you were at a big family party, not a tourist production. A little beach bar overlooking the lagoon makes for a very laid-back vacation. But best of all, are the people run the place and restaurant: everyone was super nice and helpful, especially with making arrangements, which made Aitutaki Village a most inclusive and welcoming environment. Thank you!
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Date of stay: August 2015
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p2pp wrote a review Oct 2015
Sydney, Australia6 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 4 nights on a recent holiday to Aitutaki. The location is amazing - just outside the best beach on the island! Also much less windy than the expensive resort just near it. The staff were welcoming, friendly, and extremely helpful... some of the kindest and most hospitable people we've met in our travels! The room was clean and stylish. We didn't hire a scooter or car, but between the activities offered by the resort, cruises, swimming, relaxing on the beach, and snorkeling, we had plenty to do. If you're going to Aitutaki, stay here!
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Date of stay: October 2015
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Rosemary H wrote a review May 2015
9 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were greeted by the lovely Lizzie who had been expecting us on the earlier flight but unfortunately we had forgotten to advise her of our change of plans! She was so welcoming and took us to the Village ( short drive from the airport) and settled us into our Villa. I will never forget the fragrance wafting in our room and the overwhelming delightful sensation when we walked in, so beautiful with the leis and flowers on the bed and the size of the room which was great. A fantastic welcome and start to our holiday at Aitutaki Village!!! Complimentary tea, coffee, sugar and milk in the refrigerator. The dining area where we had breakfast and other meals was alfresco, and had been recently renovated. Half of the area had sand where you could choose to sit at tables and feel the sand under your toes. To sit and view the amazing sight of the lagoon at any time of day was indeed jaw dropping. On my first morning I thought I had died and gone to heaven as I ate my breakfast (which was scrumptious) and looked out over the lagoon, feeling the sand between my toes. Aitutaki must be the best kept secret around. The staff were really friendly and accommodating and Lizzy and Thomas (the owners) were terrific and very helpful in organizing our lagoon trip etc and anything else we required. Wi-Fi was a little hit and miss which was a bit frustrating but was compensated by the amazing view of the lagoon. I could feel the stress draining out of me as soon as I sat on the sun lounge with a mai tai in one hand looking at the amazing view from the shore of the Aitutaki Village. Meals at the Village were really good and a few other restaurants are nearby if one wanted a change of venue. So many positives about this 12 villa Village set amongst gardens - and the island in general. I would be more than happy to stay at this accommodation again!!!!
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Date of stay: May 2015
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Response from AitutakiVillage, Owner at Aitutaki Village
Responded Jun 25, 2015
Hello Rosemary.....Kia Orana from Aitutaki Village.... We are most appreciative of your king review about Aitutaki Village....thank you. Yes we are blessed with a great location and continue to work on the makeover of our services and facilities to compliment this. On reading your review the staff were thrilled that you had a great Aitutaki experience and look forward to your next visit. Kindest Regards.....Kia Manuia.... Team Aitutaki Village.
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Answer from spraggbj
Christchurch, New Zealand149 contributions44 helpful votes
Only a couple of flights per day so not an issue at all. We’ve been to Aitutaki four times and never once had an issue with a flight. Seriously, it’s paradise on earth. My wife tells me not to tell people this as she’s scared it will become overcrowded one day! Go there - you’ll adore it!
jman1416 asked a question Apr 2017
Niles, Michigan16 contributions5 helpful votes
Hello,are there other restaurants and a market in walking distance?
Answer from jasonz92
Las Vegas, Nevada297 contributions132 helpful votes
Koru Cafe is open only for breakfast and lunch but it's much better than Boatshed. They can also make meals for you that you just need to heat up if you give them 24 hrs notice. There are no markets nearby.
Answer from Jademm85
Bozeman, Montana32 contributions6 helpful votes
They have kayaks you can use at Aitutaki village so no need to rent them. I recommend renting a scooter if you want to go to the other side of the island. Aitutaki village is located just past the airport where there are a few great restraints but if you want to go check out the island a scooter is a must and super fun :)
Alan M asked a question Jul 2016
Pymble95 contributions64 helpful votes
Do the rooms have safe facilities or are they available at reception please?
Answer from ChristianSuiMex
Adliswil, Switzerland261 contributions70 helpful votes
They can store your valuables at the reception but as prior mentioned, I wouldn't worry as it's very safe. We left all in the bungalow and didn't had any issues. Enjoy paradise and go to one foot island!!
Wander56789270375 wrote a tip May 4
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be aware that this is an island and everything is imported so prices are high. I would suggest bringing in some drinks and snacks."
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Coastal665450 wrote a tip Apr 2024
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Scooter oder Rent a car is good choice"
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TravelBugGoont wrote a tip Oct 2023
28 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Beach hut in the front looks slightly larger than the others. Our unit #4 was second from the front and absolutely perfect!!"
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Emma D wrote a tip Oct 2022
Marrickville, Australia2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book a table at the restaurant to avoid missing out! Enjoy yourself!"
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DanO68 wrote a tip Aug 2021
Alexandra, New Zealand673 contributions474 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a unit with outdoor shower."
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PRICE RANGE
₱13,640 - ₱13,929 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
samade on the beach hotel aitutaki
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Samade on the Beach
LOCATION
Cook IslandsSouthern Cook IslandsAitutaki
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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