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OUR Thoughts on Aitutaki Village, Ootu Beach, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Aitutaki’s magnificent inner lagoon is roughly triangular in shape.  Aitutaki’s main island forms the apex of the triangle and extends in a narrow promontory from the peak of the triangle (where the airport is located), some distance down the right-hand side before breaking up into the myriad smaller lagoon islands which form the huge Aitutaki Lagoon. Aitutaki Village is on a beautiful inner lagoon-facing beach located on “the mainland” just before the big island breaks into the small reef-fringing islands.  This means Aitutaki Village guests are sheltered from the prevailing winds while enjoying an excellent beachfront site with spectacular views of the Aitutaki Lagoon and the superb sunsets over the lagoon from the beach-front hotel restaurant.

In the last three or four years, new owner/managers have taken over the resort which was previously known as Samade on the Beach and renamed it Aitutaki Village.  The resort has had major improvements and upgrades and is now enjoying very good reviews both of its accommodation and their beachfront restaurant. To further enhance the stay experience, all the accommodation units were closed for a tidy up and enhancements between 8th and 20th March 2019.

With the ongoing improvements Aitutaki Village continues to enhance its rating as a solid 3 Star mid-range property which is well-known for its ‘sand-between-the-toes’ relaxed atmosphere and the genuine Aitutaki welcome experience enjoyed by its guests. 

The beautiful, big Aitutaki lagoon is tidal but there is genuine all-tide swimming just 50 metres up the beach at Aitutaki Village.  There are very few mid-range resorts facing into the Aitutaki Lagoon which front a good beach, this is one of them.

The location is also great in as much that, while it is on the main island of Aitutaki, staying here, you get the feeling of being on a small lagoon island, so you get the convenience of being able to easily access all the attractions of “mainland” Aitutaki including the many beaches, restaurants and cafés, while enjoying the “castaway island” feeling at Aitutaki Village.

The departure point for Bishops Cruises to glorious One Foot Island is very handy to Aitutaki Village and we will happily pre-book a day trip out to One Foot for you.  The cruises depart Ootu at 10:00am returning at 4:00pm and include use of beach towels and snorkelling gear, lunch and refreshments. The cost is NZ$95 per adult, NZ$60 for children aged 2 to 11 years and free for infants aged under 2. 

For those wishing to visit One Foot Island at their own pace and take their own lunch, there is a daily Water Taxi service out to One Foot Island which departs Ootu at 10:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.  The return journeys depart One Foot at 1:45pm, 2:30pm and 4:00pm.  The round-trip cost is around NZ$60 per adult, NZ$35 per child (2 to 11 years) and infants travel free. Guests arrange the water taxi services direct with Aitutaki Village during their stay.

Aitutaki Village has a really enjoyable island night, (usually on a Tuesday) which features a seriously good village cultural group.  If you can possibly manage to be at Aitutaki Village on a Tuesday when the village cultural group is performing you will be delighted by the experience.

What Aitutaki Village Say About Themselves:
“Kia Orana

Located on the beautiful majestic Ootu beach is "Aitutaki Village". With less then a five minute drive from Aitutaki airport you will find yourself among her 12 romantic, garden bungalows; with white sandy beaches only a step away. 

Enjoy a beautiful romantic swim in the warm turquoise waters; with stand up paddle boards and kayaking facilities available, find yourself drifting away. Lay back, soak up the island sun on the beach lounges and let yourself relax and enjoy the island essence. 

Dine with us at the "Blue Lagoon Restaurant & Bar" and enjoy exotic island cuisine served to you by our vibrant and friendly staff. Tuesday Nights, be entertained by our live Cultural performances; sway to the sound of the island music, be captivated by the beating of the island drums, and join in the excitement and fun... it's a life experience. 

. . . Dine on the Waters Edge in Heaven . . .”

Minimum Stay Policy:
Aitutaki Village has a minimum 3 nights stay policy year round.

Included in the tariff at Aitutaki Village
● Island Continental breakfast daily 
● Free use of kayaks and sun-loungers,  
● Free use of beach towels
● Airport shuttle to and from hotel

Our Specials
Bullet Longer Stay Bonus Offers:
Bullet Stay 7 to 11 Nights Bonus
Stay 7 to 11 nights and 1 night is free.
 - Valid for guests staying a minimum of 7 nights
 - Valid for stays all year.
 - Stays will be of continuous nights to qualify.

Bullet Stay 12 Nights Bonus
Stay at least 12 nights and 2 nights are provided free
 - Valid for guests staying a minimum of 12 nights
 - Valid for stays all year.
 - Stays will be of continuous nights to qualify.

Your Accommodation Options
When staying at Aitutaki Village, you realise just how apt the name really is as the whole place oozes the atmosphere of a tropical beach village.  The front of the sand-floor restaurant and bar is virtually on the beach. The 12 stand-alone bungalows, which are in two rows of 6 bungalows, extend back inland from the beach. The bungalows are set each side of a central tropical garden and each one has a decent-sized veranda which faces inward towards the central garden.  All bungalows are exactly the same size, where they differ, is in their location and bedding arrangements. Most have a King Bed, some have 2 Single Beds instead of the King Bed and the Family Units have a King Bed and a set of bunks for 2 children. All have air-conditioning and a ceiling fan as well as being set up 3 or 4 steps above the sand to aid cooling by air circulation beneath. The bungalows have a relaxing ‘timber cabin’ feel about them with wood floors, walls and peaked ceilings. Bungalows were refershed in early 2019.

There is a fridge, kettle and tea/coffee making facility as well as a hairdryer in the ensuite bathroom. The whole bungalow is well screened against insects; indeed, you rarely see an insect which is remarkable for a bungalow built in a tropical garden right on the beach. 

Housekeeping/linen change service is provided every two to three days.

Room Categories (in ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Tipani Bungalows:
The 8 Tipani Bungalows are approximately 44m2 in size
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests 
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds. 
Additional Bedding: A single bed may be added for a 3rd person if required.
A cot for an infant aged under 3 years may be added over and above the maximum occupancy rate.

Bullet Hibiscus Bungalows:
The two Hibiscus Bungalows are those rooms closest to the beach and restaurant and, depending on the height of the surrounding tropical vegetation,  have a peep of the lagoon from their veranda.
Approximately 44m2 in area
Maximum Occupancy: 2 guests 
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds. 
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.
A cot for an infant aged under 3 years may be added over and above the maximum occupancy rate.

Bullet Gardenia Bungalows:
The same size and facilities as the Tipani Bungalows, but with the addition of a set of bunks in place of the Single Bed in the Tipani Bungalows.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults and 2 Children aged under 12 years. 
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and a set of bunks for the children.   
A cot for an infant aged under 3 years may be added over and above the maximum occupancy rate.

Getting to and from Aitutaki Village
Domestic flights between Rarotonga and Aitutaki are required.
Aitutaki Village provide complimentary return transfers from/to Aitutaki Airport together with:
● A personal meet and greet of guests at the airport
● A flower garland for arriving guests
● A welcome juice drink
● An orientation session for new guests

Families & Kids
Children of all ages are welcome at Aitutaki Village. With less and less properties on Aitutaki accepting families with children aged under 12 years, Aitutaki Village stands out as a family-friendly resort. Two of the Garden Bungalows have been set-up as Family Units with a King Bed for adults and set of bunks for up to 2 children.

Bullet Little Kids Stay Free
Children aged under 3 years stay free when sharing accommodation with parent/s and utilising existing bedding.  Cots are available at a charge.

Check-in/Check Out
The Hotel’s standard check-in and check-out times:
Check In Time: 2:00pm
Check Out Time: 10:00am
Domestic flights between Rarotonga and Aitutaki are required and these will be included and costed in to package arrangements as required/agreed.
Late check-out between 10:00am and 6:00pm when available, will be at a cost of approximately 25% of the nightly tariff.

Cancellation & Alteration Policies
All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet Cancellations & alterations to bookings made between
      15 and 30 days of scheduled arrival incur a
      cancellation fee equal to the cost of staying 1 night
      at the rate booked.
Bullet Cancellations & alterations to bookings made within
      15 days of scheduled arrival and no-shows incur a
      cancellation fee equal to 100% of the cost of the
      accommodation booked.

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

The information on this page is correct as at 04 May 2021 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2022.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Please be aware as we re-emerge from Covid-19 shutdowns, many resorts, hotels and tourism suppliers in the Pacific Islands may open with a more limited range of facilities and services than are currently published here and elsewhere.

Please check with Our Pacific Travel Specialists or check the resort/hotel website for any updates on the latest services available.


Resort Facilities (charges may apply)
Bullet Internet Connection
Bullet Kayaks/Canoes
Bullet Laundry Service
Bullet Stand-up Paddle Boards
Bullet Sun-loungers
Bullet Restaurant/Bar
Bullet Safety Deposit Box
Bullet Snorkelling Gear
Bullet Tour Desk
Bullet Beach Towels
Bullet Wedding Packages (on Lagoon Motus)
Bullet Vow Renewal Package

Room Facilities
Bullet Air-conditioning
Bullet Ceiling Fans
Bullet Hairdryer
Bullet Refrigerator
Bullet In-room Safe
Bullet Shower
Bullet Tea/Coffee making facilities
Bullet iPod Docking Station
Bullet Prepay WiFi Access