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Reviewed 20 November 2023 via mobile

Wonderful place to stay at! So friendly staff and very calm.
We stayed 5 nights and had a wonderful time. Tiffany and Jeff and all the other staff was amazing! So friendly and helpful!
Good breakfast. Beautiful villas and garden.
If you travel to Aitutaki, which you should, stay at Etu Moana! We can recommend it
Many thanks
Björn and Susanne

Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Etu Moana Beach Villas, General Manager at Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2023

Kia Orana,

Thank you for your lovely review of magical Etu Moana. We are thrilled that you had a wonderful time with our friendly team and enjoyed our breakfast and beautiful surrounds. Thank you for making Etu Moana part of your holiday memories. We hope to welcome you back again.
Meitaki,
Tiffany and Jeff

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Reviewed 20 November 2023

We spent romantic, sun-filled days going from beach to outdoor shower to pool back to beach -- not worrying about life. We cannot recommend Etu Moana, Aitutaki, and its wonderful people nearly enough!

Room tip: Bring bug spray for dawn and dusk at the beach, as well as ear-plugs. Like many islands, delightful roosters sometimes fuss a bit early!
Date of stay: November 2023
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Etu Moana Beach Villas, General Manager at Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2023

Kia Orana,

Thank you for your review and recommendation of Etu Moana. We are so happy you enjoyed the care-free romance of our magical spot on Aitutaki! We hope to welcome you again in the future.

Meitaki,
Tiffany and Jeff

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Reviewed 1 November 2023

For the Resort alone we would give 5 stars. It is beautiful, nice tendered gardens, ideal location and only 8 villas, so an exclusive, luxury feel to it. The staff are friendly and so attentive. We chose Aitutaki for a calm, relaxing and peaceful holiday, and the Etu Moana resort for that extra bit of pampering, which was so needed after illness,

Unfortunately rest, peace and quiet was the last thing we got, with peace shattered from 5am to 7pm with the constant crowing/screaming of roosters. Not just the usual dawn alert, but a constant scream as they all competed for the girls and territory. There were dozens of them either in the resort (under the villa at 5am!) or in the grounds around it.

It is a problem throughout the island unfortunately, but some other luxury resorts we visited told us they had a management programme in place, knowing it was affecting their guests stay. It was certainly quieter at these resorts, and we only heard one or two crows in the hours we were there. It is a shame that the management at the Etu Moana resort isn't following similar management programmes as the others, to ensure their guests stay is relaxed and peaceful, rather than telling us 'oh well you just get used to it'.

Having visited the other resorts on the island, the Etu Moana is one of the nicest luxury resorts, but if you want peace and quiet it is probably the worst ... unless you love roosters, early starts and crowing all day.

Room tip: Not a quiet, peaceful resort. Sadly rooster numbers are not managed as with other resorts, so this is not a resort for a tranquil holiday.
Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Etu Moana Beach Villas, General Manager at Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2023

Kia Orana, thank you for acknowledging Etu Moana as one of the nicest luxury resorts. We do pride ourselves on the beauty, location and high level of service by our friendly, attentive team. Your positive remarks are much appreciated.
Regarding the roosters. Please may we take the opportunity to explain a few points. As with tropical islands worldwide, the Cook Islands as a whole has indigenous bird species with loud calls, especially in the early mornings. Aitutaki is the same and we, as with other properties, mitigate this by discouraging feeding by guests, etc. to the level where any disruption is considered minimal. The birds you name as roosters are not domestic chickens. We do not feed them or encourage them. These birds arrived in the Cook Islands around 1500BC with the first Maori settlers. These birds originated in India and spread to Polynesia over time and became naturalized in the South Pacific a very long time ago. As an interesting note, these birds are actually named as red jungle fowl, and are on the indigenous Bird List of Aitutaki. The “management programs” you mentioned at another resort are not what you may think they are. These programs involve measures that can include air rifles, and or, poison and sometimes less savoury options. The level of bird calls does not warrant nor will we employ rifles or less savoury methods in our small resort. Neither will we poison them as these toxins bio-accumulate and seep into our fragile ecosystem and our beautiful lagoon. Our lush tendered gardens , while they do permit birds to walk across the property at times, as opposed to a property that is walled and fully paved, are a stunning feature in our ideal location as you mentioned. The trade-off for this beautiful landscape that meets the lagoon may be to share it with a few birds, but we are sorry you found your rest to be disturbed during your stay.

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Reviewed 1 November 2023

We recently had the most glorious 5 nights at Etu Moana in a Beach View villa - it was beyond our expectations in every way. The location, the view and proximity to the lagoon and beach, our beautiful bure with a lovely spacious deck to sit out on. Hosts Tiffany and Jeff were so welcoming and helpful and have excellent suggestions on places to eat and things to do. Having access to the electric golf buggy or scooters an added bonus. A delicious breakfast pool side every morning, lovely friendly staff. It's a private, tranquil piece of paradise. I also had an amazing spa treatment based on site, lots of choice re massages and treatments.

Room tip: We had a beach view rather than beach front and felt it was just as good as beach front
Date of stay: October 2023
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Etu Moana Beach Villas, General Manager at Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2023

Kia Orana,

We are so happy you enjoyed a little of everything that Etu Moana and Aitutaki has to offer! The quiet beauty of our surroundings from the gardens, to the lagoon and sunset is the ideal setting for relaxation. It was absolutely our pleasure to host you and we hope to welcome you back some day. A big meitaki from the entire team for your kind review!

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Reviewed 28 October 2023

If you are looking for elegance, a sense of intimacy, attention to detail, glorious views of the lagoon, then look no further. Staff are outstanding and are focused on making your experience full of wonderful memories. From the minute you are collected from the airport, the pampering does not stop. Breakfast is provided every day with meals offered on certain nights as well. However, we took advantage of the golf carts that allowed us very easy access to the two closest resorts nearby. An amazingly outstanding experience!

Date of stay: September 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Etu Moana Beach Villas, General Manager at Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2023

Kia Orana Jane, thank you for the kind mention of Etu Moana's highlights. Especially our outstanding team that is happy to hear they contributed to your amazing experience! We are glad you took the opportunity to explore the island with one of our golf carts. They are convenient and FUN! Thank you again for your stay. We are thrilled you took home such wonderful memories.

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