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glenlan
Reynella, Australia

Retreat in Paradise

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Nov 16, 2023
This was our third trip to Aitutaki, but our first at Ranginuis Retreat. Steve was a great host, picked us up and dropped us off at the airport on time. Great location, within walking distance to The Boatshed, Aitutaki Escape, Koru Cafe and the ferry across to the private island (we went for dinner one night). The room was comfortable and was right on the lagoon. Swimming in the lagoon was amazing, and there was a pool too which was great to laze around in. There is a water filter system, so you can fill up your water bottles etc. We hired scooters from Ranginuis to get around - they were a little old, but got us from A to B no problems at all. We would definitely stay again.
Date of stay: November 2023
Room Tip: Head across to the private island for dinner one night - Cocktails and food were great. The...
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 10, 2023

25-28 Oct 23
This is a comfortable 3 star and I think in a great location, so handy to Koru Cafe, The Boatshed Bar & Restaurant and The Lagoon Restaurant, along with the 5* Aitutaki Private Island restaurant which you look across to. So you have great on the beach views, with basic cooking amentities and a BBQ (suggest you bring your food from Raro) as there is no shop nearby, but we hired scooters from Ranginuis $25/day and had a great day zipping around the whole island. Just know reception is only open in hte mornings - they have been doing this many years so it's best to relax into their schedule and you will get along fine. There is the option of Air con which for some is important. Free use of kayaks and most of the lagoon excursions pick up from this location. We got an airport transfer - but patience and island mode is the key.

Room tip: The Vaka Cruise & Bishops Cruises go from here. We had Teking Tours pick up us in their van and Wet & Wild will do too.
Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Reviewed October 26, 2023

Great location, a short walk along the lagoon to the Boatshed Restaurant, and good coffee place and 2 kms from the Airport. Free transfers only if you stay more than four nights. Good swimming in the lagoon out front - (tho water not clear) and complimentary kayaks ( but you need to reserve paddles).

We found the accommodation (room 8) shabby for the price compared to other places we stayed in Raro. The room was small, tired and dilapidated.

The office was only open from 8:30- 12:00 and closed altogether on Sundays. Powdered milk in the room. No shampoo provided. We had nowhere to hang wet clothes out of the rain and when I tried to hang them in the laundry area I was shouted at by Laine.

Working in the tourist industry calls for welcoming dispositions. Any request from hosts Steve and Laine seemed to be an imposition. There are a lot of rules! They could do much better with a positive approach to their guests.

Room tip: A phone is useful. Steve charges 50 cents a minute for mobile calls. Bring waterproof shoes- the beach has lotsof loose coral
Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2023 via mobile

Budget place , clean , great views, cars and scooters avaliable for hire. Appreciated car upgrade. Great to have pick up and drop off. Would have been 5 star if we could have had long life milk rather than milk powder, that said we would stay again! Breakfast cafe anx 2 restaurants for dinner close by, Go to Blue Lagoon restaurant and bar as better, more laid back service than the snobby one at the private island across thd water. They put you at lesser tables if you are not staying there and we had to go to bar to get a second drink.

Date of stay: September 2023
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2023 via mobile

The place fills its purpose… it offers decent accommodation for a fraction of the price of the resort across the lagoon. But there is a reason for it.
Reading the other reviews I can see we were not the only ones to be ‘forgotten’ at the airport… Upon landing, all the meet and greet services from all the hotels are here to welcome their guests with flower leis, except this one… we had to wait a fair bit before seeing someone to pick us up.
Additionally, it is true that there is hardly any chance to get any requests attended during your stay unless you find yourself on the ‘retreat’ premises during office hours in the morning.
The last issue that some customers may find, is the lack of soundproofing between the cabins.

Otherwise, everything was fine. The place was clean and well appointed. The bed was comfortable. Just don’t expect 5 star services but I do not think this place claims to be 5 star!

Once you know this, you can definitely still book a cabin at Ranginui. It still is a nice place to stay if other hotels are full or not within your budget.

Room tip: Just be aware you will not see any hotel ‘staff’ after midday. Transport can be an issue so get organised in advance in case you need…
Date of stay: July 2023
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 24, 2023

Steve was helpful in finding rooms for us all, car hire and airport pickup. This place is well located with good swimming on the doorstep and nice cafes and restaurants nearby. Rooms were clean and comfortable with excellent beds. We loved the low key vibe and would happily return.

Room tip: Enjoy the nearby cafe and restaurants. And a trip out on the lagoon is fantastic.
Date of stay: July 2023
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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