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Etu Moana, a true escape.

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 Mar 2024via mobile
Etu Moana Beach Villas encapsulates the essence of a serene island escape, seamlessly blending luxury, comfort, and impeccable service. From the moment of arrival, the warmth and professionalism of the staff, particularly noted with Kirstin’s thorough tour, set a welcoming tone that resonates throughout the stay. The grounds of Etu Moana are a testament to meticulous care and beauty, inviting guests to unwind in an idyllic setting that feels both manicured and naturally stunning.

While the initial warmth of the villas upon arrival hinted at the tropical climate’s intensity, this minor hiccup was quickly overshadowed by the villas’ cleanliness and the thoughtful spa-like ambiance that awaited inside. This attention to creating a tranquil environment extends to the resort’s amenities, including the consistently good breakfast with a stable selection of choices daily, ensuring a delightful start to each morning.

The option to rent buggies, although noted as steep in price, presents a unique way to explore the surroundings, suggesting a balance between cost and convenience. This detail, coupled with the proximity to a spa experience that’s just a short ride away, underscores the resort’s commitment to providing guests with accessible relaxation options.

The staff at Etu Moana deserve special mention for their exceptional service and accommodation, creating a friendly and inviting atmosphere that enriches the stay. The honesty bar and the anytime-accessible pool are thoughtful touches that enhance the sense of ease and freedom during the vacation.

Etu Moana Beach Villas stands out as a sanctuary of relaxation and beauty. Its combination of luxurious villas, exquisite grounds, and stellar service promises an unforgettable retreat. While there’s a suggestion for improvement in pre-cooling the villas for arriving guests, the overall experience is profoundly positive. The promise of returning for a longer stay reflects the compelling allure of Etu Moana, where every detail contributes to an atmosphere of unparalleled relaxation and enjoyment.
Date of stay: March 2024
Room Tip: Resort will pick you up from airport. Head to Tina’s Co for 24/7 grocery store, limited selection.
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 31 March 2024

    When we came to Aitutaki, we tried many different places, including the ones that got the highest reviews on TripAdvisor. Etu Moana was far, far better than anywhere else on the island! And it had the best prices, too - much more affordable than "resorts" that weren't nearly as good!

    Tiffany and Jeff were the best hosts possible, attending to all our needs. They were so generous in letting guests use the e-bikes for free. (By contrast, Pacific Resort charged a fortune for guests just to take a bike for an hour!) They also let us use the golf carts to go around the island. Most of all, they are delightful people, friendly and kind and warm and welcoming.

    The villas are gorgeous. The beach is just as spectacular as anywhere else on the island. And it's very close to a place where you can hike to the best view on Aitutaki.

    Room tip: There are lots of roosters, so be sure to bring ear plugs to get some good sleep! (To be fair, this is true everywhere on the island.)
    Date of stay: July 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Thank Alisco
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    Etu Moana Beach Villas, General Manager at Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Kia Orana,

    We are so happy you enjoyed a little of everything that Etu Moana and Aitutaki has to offer! The warm genuine smiles of our team, 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 12 March 2024

    We stayed at Etu Moana for 3 days and for most of that stay were under a cyclone warning. Not too worry. The resort managers were very helpful in providing information on the situation and advice on how to stay safe. The villa was comfortable and a perfect place to wait out the storm. The resort kindly provided us with a chacuterie board to see us through and a bottle of champagne to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was not the experience we expected in Aitutaki, but thanks to Etu Moana we made the best out of the experience. Lovely resort and would not hesitate to stay there again. Thank you!

    Room tip: The resort has bikes, scooters and electric golf carts that you can use to get around the island.
    Date of stay: February 2024
    • Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Thank Bamab75
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    Etu Moana Beach Villas, General Manager at Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Kia Orana and thank you for your review. Mother Nature was being pesky during your 3 days here! While not the experience you expected, we appreciate that you made the best of the weather with smiles on your faces. We hope to welcome you back and give you an opportunity to see Aitutaki in all its sunny glory!

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    Reviewed 10 March 2024

    We just returned from five nights at this wonderful resort. Beautiful, relaxing......good for the soul. Our accommodations were clean, modern, and well maintained. The bed was very comfortable and every morning we woke up to a spectacular view of the white beach and vibrant turquoise waters of the lagoon. We were in unit 3, right on the beach and spent much of our time just sitting on the front porch, sometimes reading, sometimes playing a card game, but all the while taking in the splendors of our environment.
    We enjoyed our breakfast, thanks in no small part to the two lovely young ladies, Sky and Sandy, who greeted us with smiles and hospitality each morning. Breakfast included eggs of your choice, beautiful fresh local fruit, breads, cheeses, juices, coffee and tea. Was wonderful.
    Our hostess, Tiffany, was always ready to answer any of our questions about the island. She clued us in on the best places to eat as well as things to see and do. She also arranged a fantastic all-day lagoon tour that was more than amazing.
    If you are looking for beauty, and relaxation the Etu Moana Resort is the place to stay. We loved our stay and the island of Aitutaki. Friendly people, who enjoy sharing their beautiful island.

    Date of stay: February 2024
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Thank Bruce M
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    Etu Moana Beach Villas, General Manager at Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Kia Orana,

    We are so happy you enjoyed a little of everything that Etu Moana and Aitutaki has to offer! The warm genuine smiles of our team, 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 14 February 2024

    We celebrated our 22nd anniversary here at Etu Moana and stayed for 6 nights and so glad we did, what a delightful stay! We were in a garden view room and when we arrived it was beautifully decorated with flowers everywhere. The porch is huge & the surrounding gardens nice. The room has lots of natural wood, bed was comfy, super nice to have filtered water in the kitchen sink and having a refrigerator to stash our drinks and fruit was good too. The bathrooms are very stylishly remodeled, tho a bit dark. Pool was quite warm while we were there, because of the hot weather, but still enjoyed it a few times. We took the stand up paddle boards out lots, even once at night to enjoy the sky full of stars. Definitely recommend using the reef shoes on offer. Managers Tiffany and Jeff are hospitable, helpful and knowledgable and totally on it! Loved all the staff too- very friendly and kind. The honor bar is very thoughtful and nice to have access to, tho we didn't indulge. And breakfast was better than average with good coffee, nice omelets and plenty of other choices too. But I would have to say our favorite perk of staying here was easy use of the E-scooters. These little electric scooters have plenty of pep and are so quiet too! we took them around the island and saw all the sights. SO fun! easy to learn and easy to drive. Thanks Jeff for the lessons.

    Date of stay: January 2024
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Thank Dannyanddrew
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    Etu Moana Beach Villas, General Manager at Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    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 3 February 2024

    This was a lovely 2 night splurge in an otherwise budget minded trip to the Cook Islands.
    We can’t say enough about the peaceful serenity that this boutique hotel exudes. Fresh coconut juice and cool scented wash cloths upon arrival. Truly appreciated given the sticky hot heat of the day. Quiet and comfortable villas w/ocean view. We used the pool, the kayak, the bicycles and scooters—all were delightful.
    If you can afford a splurge, Etu Moana will not disappoint! Highly recommend.

    Room tip: Sunset and sunrise are both beautiful from this location.
    Date of stay: January 2024
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Thank peggypiwills
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    Etu Moana Beach Villas, General Manager at Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2024

    Kia Orana,
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Etu Moana with us. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the peace and comfort of the resort. It is wonderful to know that you were able to relax and enjoy many of our various amenities to explore the island. Thank you for choosing Etu Moana for your holiday. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back again in the future!

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