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
Beach
Canoeing
Free airport transportation
Outdoor furniture
Laundry service
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Fishing
Airport transportation
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
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English

Location

Ootu Beach, 0000 Cook Islands
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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rtheidler wrote a review Jul 2017
Orange County
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Villas are decent and clean. If you're looking for 5 stay resort, this isn't the place for you, but the view makes up for it. We decided to visit Aitutaki on a whim while staying at Rarotonga. This resort had an amazing view of the lagoon!!! Priceless, where you can spend all day starring out into the water. They had a few kayaks that you can take out and padding to other parts of the island which we found awesome. The people on the island were super friendly and very hospitable. The Manager from the resort go out of their way to make your stay is extra special. We definitely felt appreciated while feeling very homey. The food at their restaurant was quite good, the burger was amazing and so was the steak. I didn't expect them to have good food on a small island, but they exceeded my expectation with it. Aitutaki was amazing, I would definitely come back. You will feel that there is a heaven on earth with the views of the lagoon. You will also feel that you are he only one on the island as well...breathtaking!

Whatever you do, make sure you bring DEET mosquito spray. Not sure if it was the time of year, but we all got eaten alive...
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Date of stay: July 2017
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CocoMos wrote a review Jul 2017
Seal Beach, California
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
My 13 year old daughter and I stayed at Aitutaki Village from June 26 - July 1, 2017. We were promptly greeted and fragrantly lei'd by our host from the village. It was a gorgeous day, just as I had remembered, 3 years prior when we had visited Aitutaki on a day trip from Rarotonga back in 2014. So impressed then, I had vowed that if we ever went back to the CI's we would spend more time in Aitutaki. After doing all my research for accommodations on the island, I thought that AV gave us the most bang for our buck. Upon arrival at the property, we were greeted by the Manager, Tonya who turned out to be a gem and a superb host along with her staff who were always welcoming. We stayed in Bungalow 10 which was toward the back of the property and offered a bit more privacy from pedestrian traffic than those toward the front of the property that were slightly closer to the lagoon and the main dirt road into Ootu. Never-the-less, our Bungalow was less than a 1 minute stroll from the stunning lagoon. Although basic, we had everything that we needed for a comfy stay, and the rooms were clean and offered enough space for the two us to move around. T.V's are not offered, but for $30 USD, 2GB of data through Bluesky kept my daugther in-touch with friends back home while I would curl up with my book at the close of each day. SUP's were no longer offered at the property due their mis-use by the guest's. However, Kayaks were plentiful and a must do around the lagoon. A continental breakfast was offered in the room rate which consisted of coffee, teas, single serve boxed cereals, toast and variety of local fruit - adequate enough to get you through to the lunch hour if you got hungry. I believe you could order up a hot breakfast for an additional fee. I can't comment on the lunch menu as we were never there at the time and opted for other venues as needed. Within easy walking distance was Koru Cafe which became our favorite lunch spot which served up an excellent BLT and delicious expresso's. One thing that was very hard to find throughout CI was brewed coffee. Oh well! With a 5 night stay, we were comp'd a full day Bishop Lagoon Cruise w/lunch to One foot
Island which was a treat. Snorkeling with the Giant Trevally was incredible and truly magical. AV offered Island Nights every Tuesday for $60 NZD a head which included a buffet of local dishes. We ate dinner elsewhere, but were allowed to view the show in the open air restaurant, overlooking the lagoon. Loved it! We had rented a scooter from Popoara Rentals for $25 NZD (much pricier than the $12.50 in Raro) a day which allowed us to tour the island at our leisure. Needless to say, we spent more time exploring the island and all it's nooks and cranny's than we actually spent at the property. In doing that, I can honestly say that AV is, no doubt, the hottest spot on the island. Tonya makes you feel like family if your looking for the comforts of home. However, the location just can't be beat and offers all the necessary conveniences and amenities to lounge the day away.
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Date of stay: June 2017
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GardeninginColorado wrote a review Dec 2016
Littleton, Colorado
5.0 of 5 bubbles
At the small family-owned Aitutaki Village, you will be treated like you are one of the family. With just a few cabins - 10 or 12 I think, the staff knows your names and works hard to make you feel welcome and comfortable. The property is located on the opposite side of the island from most of the resorts (but a quick 5 minutes from the tiny airport), which makes it quiet and private. Despite being far from the crowds, it has a nice outdoor restaurant and bar, plus is within easy walking distance to an excellent breakfast/lunch cafe and another restaurant. Staff also directed us to a scooter rental place within walking distance. We then were able to drive the quick 10 minutes into town and to explore the rest of the island, including the highest peak. When we wanted to attend the amazing Aitutaki Days celebrations to see the choral and dance competitions between the villages, the staff arranged for a driver, who provided an excellent tour, as if we were old family friends.

When I was in the process of booking our stay, I wrote to Tania and Elaine several times with questions. They answered within minutes, literally. This kind of service is rare, and I really appreciated it.

The cabins are a bit rustic and simple, but are spacious, comfortable and air conditioned. Take your bug spray; Aitutaki has lots of mosquitoes and ants. Tap water is not safe to drink but the staff fills your water bottles and provides a pitcher with fresh water for the refrigerator in your cabin. The property is blooming with the tropical flowers. There were kayaks, deck chairs and beach towels available for use. The fruit is incredible and the views are beyond compare. We had peace when we wanted it, and activities when it was time to get moving.

If you are looking for a sanitized, spa-like hotel that could be plopped down in any location around the world to provide the same monotonous experience then Aitutaki Village isn't the place for you. If you want get a real feel for the friendly people of Aitutaki and the way that they live, come stay here. We loved it, appreciated it, recommend it, and would absolutely go back.
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Date of stay: December 2016
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djfowler wrote a review Aug 2015
Boston, Massachusetts
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were lucky enough to stay here with the family and a friends family. This is a great location. Aitutaki is a true paradise in the pacific and Ooto beach is the right place to stay. Out this end of the island it is very quiet. We felt like we were the only people there most of the time. this is where the adventure travelers stay so they are out all day. The restaurant is overlooking the lagoon and the views are superb. The other side of the island has the sunsets but this side has the lagoon all day.
Staff were great. they helped us with bookings and made life easy. The accommodation is clean and basic. We basically only slept in the rooms. Restaurant is above average for the Cook Islands.
This is the ideal place to escape the world. Poor internet, no phone service, empty beaches and a true sense of being away from everything. I would go back tomorrow given half a chance.
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Date of stay: July 2015
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SKIingoldies wrote a review Jul 2015
New South Wales, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a wonderful place for a holiday. We only had 5 nights there, far too short a stay. We will know better next time - will stay longer.

We were met by Lizzie at the airport and she provided a wonderful opening for a wonderful break. And it did not disappoint.

The location is magnificent - spectacular views over the lagoon, small enough for personal attention from the staff, who make you feel so welcome, and lots of peace and quiet.

The cabins are a very good size with a very comfortable bed, a kitchenette great for making cups of tea/coffee or light meals if you don't want to overeat at the restaurant and a good bathroom.

The restaurant is in a spectacular position, looking straight down the lagoon. The food is great, a very good choice on offer. The buffet breakfast is well presented and plentiful. Pancakes with maple sauce - well worth the couple of extra kilos when you get back on the plane!

Kayaks and standup paddle boards great fun and add much to the break - safe and very easy to enjoy in the lagoon. It was also great to swim and wander through the lagoon and check out the sea life.

We requested and we given an even numbered cabin. However, as we were there in June (Winter) we soon realised that an odd numbered cabin would have been better with the sun on the deck in the afternoon.

5 nights was not a long enough stay for us. Already making plans to return.
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Date of stay: June 2015
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Response from AitutakiVillage, Owner at Aitutaki Village
Responded Jul 18, 2015
Kia Orana and Greetings from Aitutaki Village..... Many thanks for your kind review of your holiday with us. We are delighted that you are planning to return again in the future....we look forward to welcoming you back. Appreciate your feedback and advice regarding the location of the bungalows relative to the seasons.....this is great information and will certainly assist those processing a future booking. We are blessed with a wonderful location and will continue to improve our services and facilities to compliment our beachfront and lagoon location. All the Best..... Team Aitutaki Village.
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Peterlovberg wrote a review Jun 2015
West Coast, Sweden
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Very nice location. The staff is lovely. Peace and quiet. Nice bungalows. The food is very good! I Take the canoe out in the beautiful lagoon and find you self a own beach! Good value for the money. We will be back!
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Date of stay: June 2015
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Response from AitutakiVillage, Owner at Aitutaki Village
Responded Jul 18, 2015
Kia Orana and Greetings from Aitutaki.... Thank you for your positive comments about your recent stay with us on Aitutaki. We are most grateful for your feedback. We all look forward to your return in the not too distant future. Kindest Regards...... Team Aitutaki Village.
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Gary L wrote a review Jan 2015
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Returned after three years and had just as nice a time as the first time. Bungalows looking good and the lagoon as stunning as ever.

Food great and service delightful. Really good value. We'll be back.
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Date of stay: November 2014
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michelle047 wrote a review Dec 2014
Toronto, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Great little place run by a wonderful husband and wife team. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The rooms are very nice a little dreary inside but clean. I am returning again next year and will definitely stay there again.
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Date of stay: December 2014
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Cherie C wrote a review Nov 2014
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I have recently returned from 7 nights at Samade. One word for Aitutaki and the location of this property is – AMAZING!

Samade is by far, located on the prettiest part of the lagoon in Aitutaki. When I made the booking, I didn’t know this. The reservation was made purely on what seemed like good, basic and affordable accommodation. It was a win – win for us. Amazing location and good accommodation.

Just in case people are wondering, there is no pool. But who needs a pool when you have world’s most beautiful lagoon right in front of you. There is no TV, but again, who cares. The Internet is terrible, so forget it. However, you can get quite good reception at Koru Café just a few minutes’ walk, but the Internet is not cheap. My opinion is, to kick back and forget about anything that is happening outside of the Cook Islands.

The staff were great, friendly, chatty and helpful. It was great having free kayaks and paddle boards available and there didn’t seem to be any shortage of them.

The food was okay, but as I have said to friends, you don’t go to the Cook Islands for fine dining. We had some great meals at Samade and some that were okay. Breakfast was okay and plentiful. It was a bit hit and miss, because as things run out, they have to wait for the next shipment of supplies to arrive. If you are going to get hung up on this kind of thing, then don’t go.

The rooms are clean, simple and basic. We both slept like a log during our seven nights, except of course until the roosters wake you in the morning. But after 10 hours sleep, it didn’t matter. The only thing was, that the shower pressure and temperature was a little inconsistent, but it didn’t make any difference to us, but I thought that I should mention it.

They are also in the process of doing some renovations to improve the property. In particular, in the dining / bar area.

We didn’t make it to the island night, but we heard great reviews, so I would recommend that you go. Koru Café is great, so make sure you have breakfast or lunch there. The Boat Shed Restaurant is an easy walk from the property and is open for lunch and dinner. You can also hire your scooter from them as well. If you have the time and budget, I would recommend two different snorkelling tours, as this way, you get to go to different islands and different dive spots on both. We went one day with Bishops (directly out the front of Samade) and the other day with Aitutaki Adventure Lagoon Cruises. Loved both.

Would we stay here again? Absolutely. Note : make sure you take some reef shoes.

Regards,
Cherie
Sydney, Australia
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Date of stay: October 2014
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Response from SamadeBeach, Owner at Aitutaki Village
Responded Nov 20, 2014
Hello Cherie.....Kia Oarana from Aitutaki.... We are delighted that your recent experience of Aitutaki was positive all round. Your kind comments about our facilities and services are much appreciated. These have been share with the team and they are most appreciative. We are bleassed with a great location and striving to improve all facilities and services to compliment this. We trust that you will visit us again in the future.....in the meantime all the very best. Cheers...... Team Aitutaki Village.
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Robyn E wrote a review Jul 2014
Melbourne, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 5 nights in Samade on the Beach (soon to be Atutaki Village) and loved it. The bungalows are a little old, however the bathroom and kitchenette have been renovated and there was a split system aircon. The bed was comfortable, the bungalow was clean with all the comforts you need. The owners where wonderful and the staff friendly. The food in the restaurant was great. The resort is currently being renovated and extended so it will be interesting to see how it looks in the future. The location is perfect right on the lagoon, with Koru cafe (best coffee and great food) a short minute or two walk away and The Boathouse bar and grill just a little further on (also a good feed). Would recommend anyone stay there. All bungalows are couples only.
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Date of stay: July 2014
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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, Nevada295 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!!
April B wrote a tip Jun 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There’s no wifi so make sure you get a Vodafone eSIM if you want to use the internet! "
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SheLuvz2Fly wrote a tip Jun 2024
Clearwater, Florida585 contributions136 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Places to park. Close to airport. Restaurant right on premises. Quiet, charming & peaceful."
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Wander56789270375 wrote a tip May 2024
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
29 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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₱14,020 - ₱14,312 (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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