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.
Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Cast away your watch and simply sit back and relax at this serene, beachfront hotel. The Pacific Resort Aitutaki is one of the finest accommodation options on the island, and its Polynesian architecture, colonial furnishings, and fine food and wine create a relaxed but indulgent atmosphere.
With individual bungalows and villas set in lush, tropical forest, you’ll get plenty of peace and privacy, while the local staff and tranquil atmosphere ensure a gentle pace to life.
The 29 bungalows, suites and villas overlook the white sand beach and the clear waters of the sheltered lagoon with the Pacific Ocean beyond. All rooms have a private veranda, air conditioning, and indoor and outdoor showers, and the floor-to-ceiling windows offer direct views of the sea.
The hotel has two restaurants: poolside Black Rock which serves casual meals and cocktails, and fine-dining Rapae Bay which opens in the evenings only. Guests can also opt for private dining, or if you’re staying on a Wednesday night, attend the Polynesian buffet with live entertainment.
Complimentary kayaks, paddle boards and snorkel gear are all available, as is a full spa offering massages and treatments.
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All the spacious bungalows and villas at the resort sit on the beachfront and offer sweeping views of the lagoon. The decor is colonial in style with hand-carved furniture, large trunks, feature lamps and Polynesian crafts. Each bungalow or villa has a private sun deck, and the bathrooms include beach showers. All rooms feature air conditioning, USB charging points, an entertainment system, and Wi-Fi, though the internet connection comes at an additional charge.
The hotel sits on the west coast of Aitutaki, right on the beach and overlooking the lagoon. Aitutaki has a slower pace of life than Rarotonga and although the west coast is home to most of the island’s hotels, the location is extremely tranquil. There are some small shops and restaurants within easy walking distance and Arutanga, the island’s main town, is a five-minute drive away, as is the airport in the opposite direction.
Food and drink
A full à la carte breakfast is served each morning, and light, casual meals, cocktails and panoramic views are on offer at the poolside Black Rock bar throughout the day and evening. More formal, fine dining is available in the evenings at the Rapae Bay Restaurant which serves a menu that fuses traditional Polynesian ingredients with modern European dishes. Guests can also opt to eat privately on the beach in a Bedouin-style tent. On Wednesday nights, the hotel puts on a Polynesian-themed buffet evening with live entertainment.
Only children over 12 are accepted at the resort.
Facilities and activities
Along with the freshwater infinity pool and a small gym, the hotel provides complimentary kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and snorkels. The Tiare Spa offers a full range of beauty treatments and massages, and every Wednesday night, live performances by island drummers, guitarists and ukulele players give an insight into Cook Island culture.
Simply the best place to stay on Aitutaki. From the rooms to the infinity swimming pool, the entire resort embodies understated luxury and pure Cook Island class.
Places & hotels on the map
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 favourite 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 small property with a waterfront location, Etu Moana offers a wide range of complimentary activities as well as secluded villas set in tropical gardens. Although it has no restaurant, villas have kitchenettes and alternative dining options are within walking distance.
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.