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We attended the Tamanu Beach Takurua Island Feast & Cultural Show. It is definitely worth a visit on your trip. The feast was huge! Well worth arriving with a hungry tummy. We had a local acoustic band play for what seemed like a long time...- they were great, and special shout out to a very special band member - Nga, we think he is one of the hardest working locals on Aitutaki!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 19, 2022 via mobile

Casual luxury describes this place perfectly. We loved every aspect of this stay. Beautifully clean and well appointed rooms, thoughtful touches and fabulous views. We stayed for four nights and our only regret is that it wasn’t longer. We will be back!!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 23, 2022 via mobile

I thought this was a bit overpriced. The band playing most of the evening (te Ao) was great. The food was quite good but the performance was amateurish. I assume that staff are still trying to recover after the 2 year hiatus and I wondered...if the dance troupe members were still trying to find their feet as the mens dancing in particular was a bit amateurish. If such a group is from a local community group, tell us. Otherwise we expect more professionalism. Overall the evening was pleasant but just lacked some slickness. Food quite goodMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 25, 2022

Came for dinner one night. Nice location and view for sunset was fabulous. Food was good and service very good. Menu a little lacking, but also adequate for the island. Lovely dessert.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 14, 2022

We were really looking forward to a wonderful cultural experience - what a disappointment. The show is advertised as a spectacular outside fire dance. There was no fire. Instead a troupe of 3 men and 3 women danced inside where the food is served. As...we were at the back of the room it was very hard to see. Fortunately we had already seen the same group preform a few days earlier at our resort - for free. The buffet food was really very good and the band that played before the dancers were very lively. The serving staff were fantastic. It is a shame they don’t change their advertisements to reflect what you will see. Expensive for what you get.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 20, 2022 via mobile

We booked well in advance from NZ as we knew this was the best island night experience on Aitutaki. We were welcomed by a great four piece band playing island style hits and then the wonderful buffet was unveiled. There ,use have been twelve salad...options, ten vege options, ika mata, curry, fish, chicken, beef, lamb and pork as well. An absolute feast. I felt like Henry VIII in the Pacific! I managed to save just enough room for dessert … again, about ten dishes to choose from. Then we headed to the sandy area in front of the restaurant and watched a really impressive thirty minute dance performance. Very skilled performers, great costumes and a fantastic fire dance. Highly recommended. Be sure to book!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 12, 2022

Tamanu has a very nice restaurant overlooking the lagoon. I had a sashimi dish for lunch and it was very good indeed and I recommend it. They have some nice wines also - NZ Rose went down well. We would definitely return.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 29, 2022

I thoroughly enjoyed their Thursday evening Island Cultural Night! The food was incredible. Everything was very well-organized. The staff were friendly. The live music was incredible! And I really enjoyed watching the dance group who certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as I...was! Would recommend!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 25, 2022 via mobile

Beautiful spot but... I'm a pescetarian and ordered a fish dish. They replaced the anchovies with bacon without telling me. I didn't realise until halfway through and when I complained to them they said it was my fault that I didn't tell them when ordering...that I didn't eat meat. The tuna was also dry and overcooked.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 29, 2022

Ate at the restaurant once. Beautiful views, lovely setting, and friendly and helpful staff. But the food was a real disappointment. Would not go back.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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i2taki, General Manager at Tamanu Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 31, 2022

Kia Orana, Thanks for the review and comments for our staff, please accept my apologies for the food quality - I have advised our chef. We trust you may revisit your decision and give our team another chance on your next visit. warm and sunny...More

Reviewed May 28, 2022

On the island for a week so tried everything available for dinner. This was by far the best dinner. Amazing steak, perfectly cooked and the curry to die for. Also did a BBQ Night which was a bit ordinary for $45 per head. Prices similar...to NZ except wine which is expensive here. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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i2taki, General Manager at Tamanu Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 31, 2022

Kia Orana, Many thanks for your review. Our team have worked hard on getting it "right" and obviously do not quite get there all the time. Our family are big "steak fans" so I am especially pleased you enjoyed this...will work on improving BBQ. Meitaki...More

Reviewed February 28, 2022

Lovely resort. The receptionist and welcome was so nice and informative; welcome drink and wifi password given to us straight away. We had a beach front lagoon and it was amazing. The beach was clear blue, coconut trees all around. Paddleboards and kayaks to use...as well as hammocks. However, the hammock was mainly in front of the beach lagoon and doesn't seem like it is for communal use. No happy hour at the bar :( Bikes available free of use at the resort though; great way to travel around. Aunty Nani was such a fantastic tour guide and driver, taking us to and from the airport. My family and I had a lovely stay here.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 2, 2022 via mobile

We went here for their famous steak night. When we arrived we were greeted by a grumpy security man who pointed in the general direction we needed to go. The restaurant was outside but undercover and sheltered from the beach so you got glimpses of...a beach view through the trees. My partner ordered steak and I ordered lamb cutlets. I asked for medium but I would say it was more rare, I had trouble cutting it and ended up giving it to my partner who ate it after he had his steak which he said was good. Everyone we spoke to who went there enjoyed it but for me not being able to eat my lamb spoilt the experience so it was average for me.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 27, 2022

So I am a budget traveller staying down the road and found I wanted a nice meal occasionally in the 10 days on Aitutaki to break self catering. I went to Tamanu twice and the staff always welcomed me despite not prebooking. I had the...crayfish special the first time for $45 which came with the most beautiful salad & what you see in the pic. Another occasion I had the pasta special with prawns & scallops. $31 It was loaded with parmesan and was perfectly seasoned. I was impressed but noted they were short of alot of things both times both food & beverages. Hey they are just getting back into things post Covid reopening. Others places are the same. Looking forward to Thu Island night! $75More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 8, 2022

Zero Service. So much out of stock. Food absolutely tasteless. Staff don't seem to like the Guests. Gave this place one more chance after having a similar bad experience years ago..... Tamanu has only got worse !!!

Date of visit: January 2022
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Yes, as people have already pointed out there is a beach that you can swim/snorkel/kayak etc. Lots of coral but still plenty of clear areas to enjoy. Also a pool onsite to swim. Island night is every Thursday night and is... More
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