Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa – South Pacific
Featuring the only overwater bungalows in the Cook Islands, the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa is especially popular with those from New Zealand who have the easiest access. It’s located on a small private island just off the main island, south of the airport. In addition to the 8 overwater bungalows this resort offers a variety of garden and beach bungalows as well.
Unlike many of the international chain resorts in Bora Bora, the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort offers a true taste of Polynesia and its culture, with easy access to the main island to experience local nightlife and culture. If you are planning a wedding or honeymoon then the resort has facilities and planning services available, and the overwater bungalows are the perfect private and romantic spot to enjoy your holiday.
The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa is located on a small private islet just off Aitutaki Island, which is part of the Cook Islands chain that lies west of Tahiti in the South Pacific.
- Overwater bungalows: 8
- Beds: One super king size bed
- Area: 969 sq ft (90 m²) plus deck
- Wi-Fi: No
- Entertainment system: Satellite TV/DVD player, in-room movies, CD player/radio alarm clock
- Room service: Available
Special room features
- Private outdoor garden and shower
- Private deck
- His + hers vanities
- Large indoor shower
- Fully-stocked mini-bar
- In-room coffee/tea maker
Starting at US$881 per night, online discounts often available
Restaurants and bars
- Flying Boat Beach
- Bar & Grill
- Bounty Restaurant
- ‘Legends of Polynesia’ Island Nights
- Private Candlelit Dining
- Wedding facilities and planning
- Private beach
- Beachfront swimming pool
- Outrigger canoes
- Coconut tree climbing & husking show
- Lei making
- Hula dancing lessons
- Crab hunting
- Crab racing
- Fish feeding
- Conference room
- Vehicle rentals
- Internet access
The SpaPolynesia is a full-service on-site spa featuring pampering packages as well as fitness equipment.
- Aitutaki Lagoon Cruise
- 4WD Safari Tour
- Walking Tour
- Island Tour
- NiteLife Tour
- Scuba Diving
What the reviews say
Reviews for the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort tend to be a bit mixed, with those who’ve stayed in the overwater bungalows generally reporting an excellent stay, and those who stayed in the beach or garden rooms a bit disappointed. The location gets high marks from nearly everyone, so it seems to be the difference in the rooms and the overall value of the land rooms that might be to blame.
Most previous guests rate the food as fine, but unspectacular, and probably not worth the high prices charged. Overall it seems like those intending to stay in an overwater bungalow should be happy, and for those who can’t afford those rooms it might be better to book elsewhere.
To reach the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort you must first fly to Tahiti and then board a short flight to Aitutaki itself. From there you’ll be met at the airport by hotel representatives and taken the rest of the way in private transportation.