Set on a long stretch of powder-white beach right on Aitutaki's expansive lagoon, Are Tamanu Beach Village is a family-run resort offering warm and friendly Cook Islands hospitality.
Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas
This boutique property on Aitutaki Island has an intimate atmosphere with just ten, Polynesian-style villas. Nestled between the hill and the lagoon, the hotel has been carefully designed so that every bungalow enjoys views through the tropical gardens and past the pool to the turquoise lagoon beyond.
The villas feature thatched roofs, large, covered verandas, hardwood floors, teak furniture, and marble-tiled bathrooms that open out into your own private garden with outdoor shower. The large beds face the lagoon, and the villas have both fans and air conditioning.
Although there is no restaurant on site, breakfast is served by the pool and the villas each have a kitchenette which allows you to cook for yourself should you wish. There are cafes and restaurants within walking distance and your hosts will be able to arrange dinner or Polynesian-themed 'island nights' with a traditional buffet and entertainment at one of the nearby resorts or restaurants.
There’s an honesty bar by the pool and complimentary snorkels, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and bicycles to explore the island and its lagoon.
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The hotel’s ten spacious villas are built in traditional Polynesian style with thatched roofs, high, vaulted ceilings and large windows that ensure a cooling breeze at the height of the day. The villas are spaced across the gardens and fitted with oak floors, a kitchenette, and have large verandas with a day bed overlooking the gardens. All have ceiling fans and air conditioning, Wi-Fi and an entertainment system, while the marble-tiled bathrooms have indoor and outdoor showers.
Set in lush gardens facing Aitutaki Island’s outer lagoon and the sea, Etu Moana offers the tropical island location of your day dreams. You can walk along the fine, sandy beach to cafes and restaurants, see tropical fish, sea cucumbers and starfish in the lagoon, and swim or snorkel in the lagoon at high tide, or in the nearby swimming hole at other times.
Food and drink
A buffet breakfast of fresh, seasonal fruit, cereal, cheese, eggs, waffles and coconut is served by the pool or you can take it back to your veranda instead. Although there’s no restaurant on site, the hotel has an honesty bar, and each villa has its own kitchenette with a shared oven and microwave by the pool. You can also walk to a variety of cafes and restaurants within ten minutes.
Etu Moana does not accept guests under the age of 16.
Facilities and activities
The hotel provides complimentary kayaks, snorkels, stand-up paddle boards and reef shoes so you can explore the lagoon. Although the lagoon is too shallow to swim in at low tide, there is a deeper swimming hole by the beach so you can swim all day in the sea or the hotel pool. You can also borrow mountain bikes to explore the island, or have a massage on your veranda.
We love Etu Moana’s intimate atmosphere and thatched, Polynesian-style villas which overlook white sands and a turquoise lagoon. It’s an enviable base away from the large resorts.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
A refined, beachfront property offering some of the best rooms on the island, the Pacific Resort Aitutaki offers a white sand beach, sweeping views and fine food, as well as a range of complimentary water sports and a full spa.
Located right on the beachfront at the top end of Aitutaki Lagoon, Samade on the Beach is a lively and fun place to stay, but also a beautiful place to just sit back and relax.
Tamanu Beach Village is a small, family run resort and an ideal place to relax, get away from it all and enjoy Aitutaki's wonderful lagoon.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Enjoy is a full day's cruise around Aitutaki's stunning lagoon.