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Auckland, New Zealand

Romance, privacy and total tranquility

Review of Aitutaki Escape
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Jan 31, 2022
When we walked into the entrance, we stopped and stood with amazement. A beautiful pool and lovely outdoor space that was just perfect for really relaxing and winding down.
We walked up to the front entrance of the villa and as the door opened we were again taken back with the space our villa had and the view out to the water, past the second outdoor space. We appreciated the attention that had been taken by the staff to prepare our villa and welcome us.
Immaculate, clean. Just so perfect.
This must be the best place to stay on the island and is close by some lovely places to eat.
The questions below don't apply at this resort. It's small, totally private and boutique.
Date of stay: January 2022
Room Tip: All three villas would be perfect.
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Teumere Koteka-Heather, Marketing at Aitutaki Escape, responded to this review
Responded Feb 6, 2022
Kia Orana ,

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to review your stay with us. We really appreciate your feedback. We strive to deliver quality customer service to all our guests at all times. Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us. It was such a pleasure.

We do hope to see you again soon.

Kia Manuia,

Mene
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    Reviewed August 9, 2021

    A delightful villa which really did feel like your own slice of paradise. I have to say the accommodation was first class and had the added bonus of the private pool to cool off in if the tide wasn't favourable.

    The staff were exceptional and this comes from the head, Thomas n his wife Lizzie who would go out of their way to source anything that we so desired. Our lovely housekeepers were so friendly and also would assist us with any request we had. By the end of our stay they felt like family.

    The whole villa was constructed with coral walls which look unique and a thatched roof which staff suggested represented a canoe travelling over the coral towards the lagoon. The marble flooring was ideal to keep the villa cool, and of course air con in both the lounge and bedroom, if there wasn't enough through breeze.

    On our last night we had Thomas' renowned 'dinner under the stars' which was an absolute stunning feast of mammoth proportions and with every morsel so delicious it was hard to resist. It included a seafood extravaganza of tuna sashimi, lightly crumbed crab claws, prawns and scallops followed by our main of rib eye fillet and lamb rack. I had seen on previous reviews of Thomas' ability as a chef and he did not disappoint!

    The continental breakfast they provided daily was always a treat and some of it we would keep for a light lunch or nibble in the late afternoon.

    There were a few things that were a bit tired as the property is 12 years old but with the difficulty of getting materials and their full occupancy they had been put on hold. Our overall experience was fantastic and we would love to come back and stay again.

    There are kayaks to freely use. I would recommend bringing your own snorkel and flippers as there are some easy snorkels on the point that you can kayak to.

    Strongly recommend a car or scooter which they can organise for you, however do it before you arrive as these were limited.

    Thomas kindly did a stock up of things we requested for the fridge but we chose to dine out at many lovely restaurants around the island for both lunch and dinner.

    The blue tooth speaker was a great asset, as was their selection of movies if we felt like watching something.

    There are only three villas in this complex so it really is a great Aituaki Escape!

    Room tip: With only three villas they are all good. We had the middle one which was perfect and everything was in working order.
    Date of stay: July 2021
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    Teumere Koteka-Heather, Marketing at Aitutaki Escape, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2022

    Kia Orana,

    Thank you very much for choosing to stay with us while in Aitutaki. It was such a pleasure having you stay with us. We really appreciate your feedback. Our main goal is to deliver quality customer service to all our guests at all times.

    We are so happy that you enjoyed Aitutaki Escape and hope to see you again soon.

    Kia Manuia,

    Management and staff of Aitutaki Escape

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    Reviewed December 15, 2019

    We loved our visit to Aitutaki! Staff were friendly and so happy. Breakfast each day was a delight, we had so much food. Make sure you book a dinner cooked by Thomas.... OMG to die for, we had so much food. The villa is right on the beach, has a lovely private pool, huge king size bed, fully equipped kitchen. If you want a romantic private retreat, this is the place for you.

    Date of stay: November 2019
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    Mene K, Public Relations Manager at Aitutaki Escape, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2020

    Kia Orana,

    Thank you very much for taking time out of your day to your kind words. It was such a pleasure having you stay with us. We always try to deliver quality customer service to all our guests at all times. We are so happy that you enjoyed your private retreat with us.

    We wish all the best with your future endeavours and hope to see you again soon.

    Kia Manuia,

    Management and staff of Aitutaki Escape

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    Reviewed October 30, 2019

    Talk about peace and tranquility. This property has to be the most relaxing place we styed during our 3 week Cook Island vacation. The front of the unit has it's own dock with lounges at the end, the deck is spacious with loungers, table and chairs, the unit is well appointed and we enjoyed the blue tooth speaker so we could enjoy our tunes.
    Huge bathroom with an equally huge shower.
    The private pool off the back with it's 8 foot high fence is very nice with deck so you can lounge and sun tan.
    You must have dinner when you stay as well. Probably the best meal we had.
    If you want to get way and decompress this is the place to go!
    Amazing staff on the property. Great breakfast to start the day.

    Room tip: All 3 units are great. Too bad there's only 3 of them.
    Date of stay: October 2019
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    Mene K, Public Relations Manager at Aitutaki Escape, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2019

    Kia Orana,

    Thank you very much for taking time out of your day to post a review about your stay with us. We really appreciate your kind words and thank you for staying with with us, it was our pleasure.

    Our aim is provide all our guests at all times quality customer services and meal options. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and got some time to decompress before returning back home.

    We wish you all the best in your future endeavours and hope to see you again soon.

    Kia Manuia,

    Mene

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    Reviewed October 18, 2019

    Aitutaki Escape was EVERYTHING! From the airport pickup with a lei to the final drop-off, we spent a carefree 10 days in paradise. Our villa had everything we needed. We enjoyed everything from walking on the beach to kayaking to relaxing on the beach loungers under the umbrellas to swimming in our own pool. When the restaurant was open (sadly, only twice), it was the best food on the island. The breakfasts were unbelievable! There was more than enough food for the 2 of us.
    Although I still rate it 5, there were 3 issues that bothered us, although none that much. Even though I paid more $1000 a night, I got charged $15 extra when I asked for additional coffee pods. I thought that was pretty ridiculous and petty. I had not been warned that would happen. Why have that type of coffee machine sitting out if guests will have pay extra for pods? Surprise!! The other is that one day we came back to the villa, and there were 4 children swimming in our pool. It took us quite a while to get them to leave. They were rude and talked back to us, saying they didn't have to leave! We finally determined they belonged to Thomas. I am not sure why they were permitted to swim at guests' villas, because my understanding is that children under 16 aren't permitted there. That was one big reason I chose Aitutaki Escape. Finally, for several days, someone was burning trash right over our fence. We had not only smoke, but pieces of burned material. The smoke was a problem. But I would still return to Aitutaki Escape.

    Room tip: They are all good.
    Date of stay: October 2019
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    Mene K, Public Relations Manager at Aitutaki Escape, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2019

    Kia Orana,

    Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to post a review about your stay with us. We apologise for the late reply as there were a few issues raised that we needed to look into. Nevertheless, we are happy that your overall stay with was pleasant.

    We will be reviewing our additional coffee pods policy. Thank you very much for bringing that issue to our attention.

    In regards to the 4 children swimming in the pool, we sincerely apologise for this and will get to the bottom of it. Also I can assure you that the kids did not belong to Thomas as all his children and grand children live in Rarotonga. We suspect they could have been local children living in the area. If you had advised us of this issue on the day we would have dealt with it then. We really appreciate that you have brought this to our attend. We will now be implementing an after hours staffing patrol to ensure this does not happen again.

    Aitutaki Escape is surrounded by private properties that we do not have any control over at times. Also fires are not prohibited in Cook Islands. It is part of our life style which is a normal for us but offensive to others. We sincerely for this and will sort it out so that this does not happen again.

    All in all, thank you for choosing to stay with us. We really value your feedback as this will help us improve our services for all our future guests.

    We look forward to seeing you again soon.

    Kia Manuia,

    Mene

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    Reviewed September 27, 2019

    You will love the quiet ambient and total privacy.
    There are only 3 rooms, depending on the number of guests you will need the proper one.

    The villas are close from the airport which is convenient to enjoy every second you spend there.

    Breakfast was plenty and tasty. There is a landscape view very near, "Maungap", so you can literally go walking from your room and back, just wear comfortable clothing and protect yourself from the sun.

    Thomas is very professional and will make sure your stay is a charm. You can ask him to make proper reservations for any available activity you plan, like getting to the scooter rental, lagoon tours, dining. You are also welcome to use the bikes provided at the villas.

    Want to explore the front beach? no problem, you can go walking or you can use the kayaks over there. If you feel like cooking, there's a kitchen and fridge.

    Since there isn't artificial illumination at night, you will have the chance to observe the sky and stars.

    Thomas cooks 1 or 2 times a week. If you are offered the opportunity to dine there, do it, no regrets since it was the best dinner in the island.

    We preferred this location than a hotel and we do not regret, because we didn't have to deal with plenty of people or personnel. As a honeymoon stay, you can't value enough the fact that you are there only for your beloved one.

    We are very happy we had the chance to visit.

    Room tip: Plan ahead your dinner options, ask for assistance to get to other places (schedule a van to pick you up).
    Date of stay: July 2019
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    Mene K, Public Relations Manager at Aitutaki Escape, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2019

    Kia Orana,

    Thank you very much for taking time out of your day to post your review about your stay with us. It was such a pleasure having you and we are really happy that you enjoyed everything minute with us. We strive to deliver quality customer service, food and smiles from day one.

    It is great to hear that you got to spend that quality time with your loved with us. We wish you all the best for your future endeavours and do hope to see you again soon.

    Take care.

    Kia Manuia from the Management and staff of Aitutaki Escape

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