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OUR Thoughts on Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas, Aitutaki
Etu Moana is a really wonderful, high-quality place to stay on Aitutaki. It has a perfect location on a beautuful Aitutaki beach facing the outer lagoon and the ocean while being only minutes from the airport, the village and many of Aitutaki’s special little cafes & restaurants. Etu Moana has 8 individual Villas, so the on-site management couple can (and do) provide personal attention to all guests as required.

The Resort is set in some of the most beautiful tropical gardens you will ever experience.  It seems that every plant, bush and tree flowers all year and the plantings throughout the resort and especially around the swimming pool and on the beach frontage areas are very attractive. The deck area around the pool which contains the Pool House and thatched gazebos (where the tropical breakfasts, included in the tariff are served) and where the new intimate little restaurant is located  is the centre of the resort.  The Pool Hut includes a well-stocked bar, which is available to guests on an “honesty” system, as well as an oven and a microwave oven for guests to use. These are particularly useful facilities if you have organised to buy some of the freshly-made packaged meals available to buy-in from Koru Café - one of Aitutaki’s well-reviewed eateries.  From the several individual thatched pavilions around one side of the pool there is a view of the “hill” (the highest point on Aitutaki) or the lagoon which is framed by the main garden path at this point.

Special dinners are available at the little restaurant on some nights (the 1 night Pop-Up Chef night is an addded delight) and guests can order private in-room dining nightly too.

The beach extends right back into the property and there are beautiful shade trees lining the lagoon beach.  The lagoon is fairly shallow outside Etu Moana and it is alive with interesting tropical fish, sea cucumbers, starfish etc.  It’s great for snorkelling and swimming at high tide – at low tide there is an all-tide swimming hole just along the beach and a buoy around 250 metres off shore out front to which guests can paddle the (complimentary-use) kayaks or stand-up-paddle boards to moor and swim on any tide.  Sunsets are spectacular from here too!

The beach is walkable at all tides and provides a great way to access nearby resorts and restaurants.  It takes only 5 minutes or so to walk to a nice little local fish and chip café.  It’s only a 5-minute walk along the beach to the Tamanu Resort which has a full range of dining options and an excellent Island Night once a week.  Fifteen minutes along the beach brings you to the Black Rock Café at The Pacific Resort.

Night falls quite quickly on Aitutaki, so the thoughtful folk at Etu Moana provide their guests with torches for evening walks up and down the beach (or the road if you prefer) when visiting outside restaurants for evening meals/entertainment.

We are really impressed with the services available at Etu Moana.  They have up to 10 Mountain Bikes for the complimentary use of their guests at any time.  It is easy to cycle around Aitutaki where the pace of life is very laid-back. The new addition of E-Scooter Bikes, which are available for a very reasonable daily hire fee, is a great innovation too - AND if you haven't ridden a little scooter bike before, they'll even give you a lesson to get you safely mobile!  If you prefer slightly less "adventurous" transport, it’s easy for us to organise a small rental car in advance.  We do recommend that you pre-book your transport as rental cars can be in short supply during busy periods.  For a very special treat, book a private massage under the NEW small outdoor massage canopy on the beach with the lazy lagoon as your back-drop.

Kayaks, snorkel gear and reef shoes are available to all guests and the use of these facilities is included in the room tariff. Their complimentary-use snorkel gear is kept hygienic between uses. 

The verandas on each Villa at Etu Moana are so good! Take your breakfast back to your own veranda if you wish, enjoy a private evening meal, take a daytime nap, enjoy cocktails at sunset or simply relax and read a book.

Etu Moana do not accept 1-night bookings; they do a wonderful wedding package (minimum 5 night stay) and they only accept guests aged over 16 years. This is a unique little 5-Star resort which we know you’ll enjoy so we recommend you give yourself plenty of time here to enjoy everything Etu Moana and the island of Aitutaki has to offer.

Included in the Tariff at Etu Moana
Island style Etu Moana greeting including Flower neck Ei Nui (coconut) drink
Concierge Guest Service
Continental Breakfast with tropical fruit, juice, a selection of teas, hot chocolate and plunger Coffee included.
Filtered water in villas
Audio Visual Entertainment system and small book library in each villa.
Snorkelling equipment, reef shoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and Mountain Bikes.
500MB complimentary wifi per stay. (Additional MB available at a charge)
Daily housekeeping with linen change every second day
● Sustainable items for guests to use and keep - Aluminium drinking bottle and shoulder bag for on-island shopping

Bullet Full Resort Charter
Etu Moana offers a Full Resort Charter for up to 20 guests.

Your Accommodation Options
The 8 Villas at Etu Moana are all the same size (60m2) and layout.  The cost of a stay varies depending on the position of each villa relative to the beach.  Each Villa is a stand-alone building with a view of the lagoon/ocean (the villas further back from the beach offer a filtered lagoon view) and none is more than a few steps away from the resort pool and the beach.  The Villas at Etu Moana are a perfect design for a beach holiday in Aitutaki’s climate.  They are air-conditioned, but we find that having the air-conditioning turned on is not always necessary simply due to the layout of the villas which have a high, vaulted ceiling and a thatched roof supplemented by the flow-through ventilation from the screened louvre windows and the ceiling fan which keeps the interior cool.  Each Villa is raised slightly to provide a breezeway underneath.  There are around 5 steps up to each veranda.

Every Villa features polished timber plank floors in the living area and ceramic tiled floors in the spacious bathroom. The timber plank flooring extends from the living area/bedroom out to what is the major feature of each Villa – the generous-sized veranda/outdoor living area on the front of the villa. The veranda is big enough to house a day-bed (ideal for an afternoon nap!) which takes up a half of the wall on one side, a dining table and 2 chairs as well as a sun-lounger, with plenty of space left over.  The veranda is open to the view out front and has a wall for privacy down one side and another half way down the other side.

There is a full kitchen with a cook-top and sink, fridge with a freezer and filtered drinking water.  For those guests wanting an oven and/or a microwave, these are available in the Pool Bar. The bathroom features a walk-in shower with rain-shower head and modern ceramic fittings.  Outside the back of the bathroom there is a walled courtyard which has a convenient outdoor shower to complement the internal shower. There are many thoughtful little features about Etu Moana and one of these is the provision of an outdoor clothes line and pegs in the courtyard which is ideal for overnight drying out washed clothes/swimming togs and beach towels. 

Room Categories
(In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Garden Villas & Lagoon View Villas:
Located closest to Reception.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and a single Day Bed which can be converted to a night bed for a third occupant.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Pool & Lagoon View Villas:
Closest to the Resort Pool and Pool House.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and a single Day Bed which can be converted to a night bed for a third occupant.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Absolute Beachfront Villas:
Right on the beach with the widest possible views.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and a single Day Bed which can be converted to a night bed for a third occupant.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Getting To and From Etu Moana
All guests are met at the Aitutaki Airport by a representative of Etu Moana with a flower neck Ei and a drinking coconut before being provided with a transfer by private vehicle to the resort.  A return airport transfer will also be included in package arrangements.

In addition to the scheduled domestic flights between Rarotonga and Aitutaki, there is now a new on-demand Cessna Citation Business Jet charter service which is another option and good value for small groups of up to 7 passengers.  

Kids’ Policy
This is an Adults-only Resort.
Guests aged over 16 years are welcome at Etu Moana.

Domestic flights between Rarotonga and Aitutaki are required and these will be included and costed in to package arrangements as required/agreed.
Standard check-in and check-out times:
Check in time is 2:00pm
Check out time is 10:00am
Guests arriving/departing on flights which do not coincide with these times will not have access to their villa before or after the standard check-in/check-out times unless early check-in and/or late check-out has been agreed to in advance and paid for.
Early check-in between 6:00am and 12 Noon when available will be at a flat rate cost of approximately 50% of the nightly accommodation grade reserved.
Late check-out between 10:00am and 6:30pm, when available will be at a flat rate cost of approximately 50% of the nightly accommodation grade reserved.

Resort Cancellation Policies
Bullet COVID-19 Specific Cancellation Policy
The resort will waiver cancellaion and ammendment fees for any booking that needs to be changed or cancelled due to Covid-19 - Specifically:
● Government border restrictions/Changes to required quarantine
● Ill health resulting from Covid-19 or testing
● A medical certificate is required
Bullet Standard Cancellation Policy
● All cancellations must be made in writing
● Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to scheduled arrival at the resort incur a fee equal to 6% of the total accommodation booked.
● Cancellations made between 15 and 30 days prior to scheduled arrival; a cancellation fee equal to the cost of 50% of the total accommodation charge applies.
● Cancellations made within 15 days prior to scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the total accommodation charge.
● No shows or days not used due to delayed arrivals or premature departure are treated as a cancellation and no refund or credit is given..

Travel Insurance is recommended
OUR Travel Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance

The information on this page is correct as at 28 March 2022  and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2023.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Resort Facilities
Bullet Swimming pool

Bullet Pool Hut Honesty Bar
Bullet Small, intimate restaurant by the pool
Bullet 2 nights dining at sunset by the pool
Bullet 1 night Pop-Up Chef Night - Full Moon Celebration
Bullet In-house dining available nightly on order

Bullet Sun loungers
Bullet Complimentary Snorkeling gear
Bullet Laundry service (small charge)
Bullet On site parking
Bullet Rental car, scooter hire
Bullet E-Scooters for hire

Bullet Complimentary Bicycle Hire
Bullet Massage at outdoor massage canopy on the beach

Bullet Continental Breakfast included in tariff
Bullet Complimentary use of Kayaks & SUPs
Bullet DVD and book exchange library
Bullet Oven and Microwave in Pool Hut
Bullet On-site managers
Bullet Restaurant advice.  Tour booking service
Bullet Wi-Fi internet services (chargeable)
Bullet BBQ at pool for guest use
Bullet Wedding and Vow Renewal Packages

Room Facilities
Bullet Air Conditioning

Bullet Insect screens
Bullet Ceiling fan
Bullet Full Kitchen with Refrigerator/Freezer
Bullet Purified drinking water tap in Villa kitchen
Bullet IDD telephone
Bullet Daily housemaid service
Bullet Large Internal shower with rain head
Bullet Private veranda with table & chairs and Day Bed
Bullet Additional shower outside in private courtyard
Bullet Clothes line and pegs in private courtyard
Bullet Flat screen TV with DVD player
Bullet In-room safe
Bullet Iron & ironing board
Bullet Hairdryer