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Reviewed 28 December 2023 via mobile

Etu Moana Beach Villas offer picturesque beachfront setting, comfortable accommodations, and warm hospitality. The resort provides a range of activities and amenities, catering to both relaxation and adventure. We appreciate the lush surroundings, friendly staff, and the overall tranquility of the Aitutaki experience.

Date of stay: December 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 review. We are happy to know you enjoyed the serenity of Etu Moana. Our piece of paradise is the perfect place to do as much, or as little as one desires. We hope your time here left you with great memories to take with you. We hope to welcome you back again one day.

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Reviewed 10 December 2023

This is a great place to be. It's very pretty and well taken care of. Tiffany and Jeff do everything for their guests and they do it right. There is also a great spa, which we can recommend. Breakfast is taken right besides the pool with lagoon views where you can chat with other guests who were all friendly and pleasant. It's nice to walk along the beach where you can see blue starfish, which we initially thought to only exist in the name of the hotel.

Date of stay: September 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. We are happy to know you enjoyed your time here! It was our pleasure to assist you in exploring this amazing and spectacular destination! We hope you took many fond memories home and look forward to welcoming you back again one day.

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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
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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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