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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice resort, can walk straight onto the beach, they need more loungechairs around the pool (only 1) but there is some on the beach. We couldn't eat here because we are vegan and it was buffet night. But we enjoyed the cultural show. Cocktails were...just juice and alcohol so would order just spirits if going there. Aleesy i think her name was on reception was so helpful and kind even showed us how to use the moped when we were struggling! Went above and beyond. Also free foot massage was an amazing surprise and treat!!!! The ladies in the spa were so lovely!!!! Also the cats were a nice surprise!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 12 February 2024

Delicious, decent-priced lunch options and great cocktails overlooking the beach. The dinner options are significantly more expensive. The resort also hosts an Island Night with a buffet (the show itself is average and didn't include any fire dancing when we went).

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 31 December 2023 via mobile

Lovey restaurant on the beach.. chilled relaxing and very nice food. The sushi platter was nice and the tuna very fresh.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2023

An excellent resort divided into two sections, a more private one for adults only and another for families. It sits ideally on the white sands of the lagoon, giving easy access into its warm waters. Each side of the resort has its own pool for...privacy. The restaurant overlooks the beach, serving very good food and drink for lunch and dinner, and a broad buffet breakfast. Resort rooms are large, comfy, each with desks, lounges, separate large bathrooms, and outside showers. It’s not cheap, but easily worth the expense for a classic island-fantasy getaway - swaying palm trees and crystal clear water, where you can escape the rat race and even the gentle bustle of Rarotonga, some 45 minutes away by air.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 21 November 2023

There aren't too many restaurants around Aitutaki, not to mention beachfront with a view so after we got "burnt" on our first option that was cash only we came to Tamanu to just "settled for anything" and that anything turn out to be a decent...experience :) The burger was tasty, beer cold, views fantastic and service polite - nothing fancy, reasonably priced, and accept credit cards :) TIP: this inside the same resort that holds the Cultural Dinner Shows but we haven't tried so I can't comment on that partMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 5 October 2023

Extremely disappointing and a let down. Terrible food. Cold bacon, undercooked French toast, eggs Benedict with what seemed to be canned salmon and store bought English muffins. Unfriendly service. We had high hopes and were extremely let down.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 28 August 2023 via mobile

We were staying at pacific resort and stopped in here for lunch after our walk up maunga pu (so worth it spectacular view) beautiful food with friendly service

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 19 July 2023

There are 2 luxury resorts in Aitutaki. The most luxurious, and most expensive, is Pacific Resort. Although we didn't stay there, we visited it enough times to understand what it is like. The second most luxurious resort is Tamanu Beach Resort nearby about 20mins walk...away. Less formal than Pacific, it is true to its motto of "Casual Luxury" in that it has most of the offerings of Pacific but with less formality and grandeur. It has fewer beachfront bungalows than Pacific, less formal gardens and no gift shop but an equivalent level of comfort and luxury and facilities. It is slightly cheaper (but still expensive). It has no pretense of superiority like the Pacific does, and its clientele to our observation were more down to earth compared to some Pacific guests flashing their Gucci clothes and accessories. We experienced some of the service at Pacific and assess the service at Tamanu was just as good. The cooked breakfast included with all room rates is of a very high standard, as was the dinner menu in the restaurant. People staying for longer than a week might feel limited in their choices however as the menu does not change. Tamanu Beach is very inviting compared to all beaches on Rarotonga. There is a sandy beach with minimal coral and rock debris (you still need reef shoes though) and the water is clear and good for swimming at anything above half-tide. Snorkeling is rewarding with reasonable (but not pristine) coral, plenty of fish and the odd clam. The coral is better than all at Rarotonga but not as good as that in Aitutaki Lagoon, but still worth a look. The resort provides ample numbers of free double and single kayaks as well as standup paddle boards. Unlike Pacific Resort, it does not provide life jackets or snorkelling gear. All Tamanu bungalows have a view of some kind of the water from their front porches, but it is only the beachfront bungalows which provide a substantial view. That view is worth the additional room rate as the view is pristine tropical, and can be enjoyed from your bed as well as the porch. You will have to book well ahead, at least in peak season, to obtain a beachfront bungalow at Tamanu as they have only about 5, whereas Pacific has more. If you seek privacy as well as a great view, the options at Tamanu are restricted compared to Pacific, whose beachfront bungalows are all reasonably private. In our assessment, only 3 of Tamanu's beachfront bungalows are private: The two end ones and the villa with its own private swimming pool. The other 2 beachfronts are fronted by a wooden promenade which sees foot traffic by guests going to and coming from the beach. All non-beachfront bungalows at Tamanu lack privacy unless you block the view by drawing curtains. The resort is divided into the Family section and the Adults Only section, each well separated from the other by an intervening non-resort block of land and each with its own pool. The AO pool is relatively small with a capacity of only about 6 people swimming. It is an infinity pool with a great view of the beach and water. The villa with its own private pool is right next to the AO pool separated by a high rock wall so noise is potentially a problem but given the AO area, not in practice while we were there. The Villa is very private but has the disadvantage of not being as open to the beach & water view as the bungalows. The Family section has bungalows facing both the central pool and towards the distant beach view. They all would suffer the consequential noise and privacy issues. All bungalows are nicely styled with modern bathrooms and clean furnishings. Most appeared to have an outside shower as well as inside. Water pressure is very good but you cannot drink the tap water (unhealthy) so the resort provides ample drinking water in the bungalow's fridge, as well as milk. There is a coffee maker, kitchen sink and a small amount of crockery but no microwave. In our assessment, the best bungalow unless you are keen on your own private pool (#111) is #112, which is beachfront, in the AO area and very private because it is absolute beachfront and at the edge of the resort with little passing traffic. Once you have had enough of water activities, or the weather turns bad, there is not a lot to do either at the resort or elsewhere, There is a modest book library, no video library or rental, only 4 TV channels (2 local, CNN, 1 sports). To get away from the resort, walking is really not an option. The nearest grocer (limited variety of stock in all stores) is a 30min walk away. There is no public transport and taxis are all privately and independently operated. The resort provides free bicycles which are in good condition but do not have gears nor a parcel basket, so bringing groceries back can be hard-going. The resort rents motor scooters for about $30 a day with no license requirement, and no helmet. Car rentals are available via third parties for about $70 per day but supply is limited so you need to book at least 48hrs ahead. Having outlined the options, it has to be said that in a car or on a scooter, you can see all the land-based sites AItutaki has to offer in less than a day. The resort holds an Island Culture Night (buffet + show) every Thursday night which is worth attending. Compared to similar shows on Rarotonga, it is less spectacular and less professional but more culturally genuine. One negative point about the resort is its application of a 3% fee on all international card transactions, even debit cards. They say 3% is what banks charge them but the issue for us was that we were unprepared financially for anything other than a credit card transaction. The resort should really warn customers when they book of this surcharge so they can organise to avoid it if they wish to - and you will when you realise you could be paying $100 to $300 depending on the size of your bill. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Tamanu and recommend the resort to anyone who wishes to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the tropical scenery and waters in a comfortable environment without paying the top dollar which Pacific Resort demands. If you seek a resort which offers lots of organised activities and adventure options and/or exciting nighlife, Tamanu, Pacific, or Aitutaki in general is not for you. Aitutaki is about enjoying the unspoilt tropics and the extreme unspoilt beauty of its Lagoon. Other forms of holiday enjoyment are better sought on Rarotonga.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 30 June 2023 via mobile

Romantic beautiful resort We stayed in room 201 on the beach and walked straight into the sea for amazing snorkelling. The staff and facilities were perfect for an idyllic break Highly recommend this resort

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 7 April 2023

This is a wonderful resort. Their strap line of "Casual Luxury" is spot on. The accomodation is of a very high quality and located right on the beach at some of the best snorkelling on the island. The [expensive] restaurant at Pacific Resort is a...ten minute walk up the beach and you should definitely take a moped and try the "Shack" cuisine at Avatea RestaurantMore

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 5 December 2022

We attended the Tamanu Beach Takurua Island Feast & Cultural Show. It is definitely worth a visit on your trip. The feast was huge! Well worth arriving with a hungry tummy. We had a local acoustic band play for what seemed like a long time...- they were great, and special shout out to a very special band member - Nga, we think he is one of the hardest working locals on Aitutaki!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 20 October 2022 via mobile

Casual luxury describes this place perfectly. We loved every aspect of this stay. Beautifully clean and well appointed rooms, thoughtful touches and fabulous views. We stayed for four nights and our only regret is that it wasn’t longer. We will be back!!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 23 September 2022 via mobile

I thought this was a bit overpriced. The band playing most of the evening (te Ao) was great. The food was quite good but the performance was amateurish. I assume that staff are still trying to recover after the 2 year hiatus and I wondered...if the dance troupe members were still trying to find their feet as the mens dancing in particular was a bit amateurish. If such a group is from a local community group, tell us. Otherwise we expect more professionalism. Overall the evening was pleasant but just lacked some slickness. Food quite goodMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 25 August 2022

Came for dinner one night. Nice location and view for sunset was fabulous. Food was good and service very good. Menu a little lacking, but also adequate for the island. Lovely dessert.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 14 August 2022

We were really looking forward to a wonderful cultural experience - what a disappointment. The show is advertised as a spectacular outside fire dance. There was no fire. Instead a troupe of 3 men and 3 women danced inside where the food is served. As...we were at the back of the room it was very hard to see. Fortunately we had already seen the same group preform a few days earlier at our resort - for free. The buffet food was really very good and the band that played before the dancers were very lively. The serving staff were fantastic. It is a shame they don’t change their advertisements to reflect what you will see. Expensive for what you get.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Yes, as people have already pointed out there is a beach that you can swim/snorkel/kayak etc. Lots of coral but still plenty of clear areas to enjoy. Also a pool onsite to swim. Island night is every Thursday night and is... More
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