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Our Resort Report

OUR Thoughts on Tamanu Beach, Aitutaki.
Having completed a major renovation program during the first half of 2017 involving the original Garden Units and a further renovation and upgrade of all the 1 Bedroom Bungalows in early 2019, Tamanu Beach is looking great and guests are loving it!  However, they haven't stopped there and are constantly adding improvements, the most recent of which are new artwork and soft furnishings throughout and upgraded breakfast which now includes barista coffee.

Until you’ve actually visited Tamanu it can take quite an effort to fully understand the main attributes of this beaut little property on Aitutaki.  Tamanu Beach is located on the western side of Aitutaki’s main island, approximately half way between the airport and the island's administration centre.  On this side of the island, the beaches are the legendary tropical white sand beaches that seem to go on for kilometres in both directions and the sunsets are gorgeous.  The beach runs down to a clear, shallow lagoon which is great for snorkelling and the lagoon ends at Aitutaki’s fringing reef with the open ocean beyond.

Tamanu Beach is a little unusual in that it offers two distinct accommodation zones.  The original area, which was opened in 2001 and totally up-graded in 2017 is now known as the Purotu Wing. The bungalows in this “original Purotu Wing area” are all studio units (one open-plan living space) which are set in a herring-bone pattern, 6 on one side and five on the other side of the central pathway running down to the beach.  There is also one studio Beachfront Bungalow located right on the beach frontage handy to a very pleasant beachside horizon swimming pool. The Purotu Wing is the designated "Adults-Only" accommodation and only guests aged 12 years and over are accepted in this accommodation. The Purotu Wing swimming pool is also reserved for adults only.

More recently, another small beach resort (originally known as Manea Beach and now known as The Manea Wing) which was separated from the original Tamanu by only 200 metres of beachfront land, has been amalgamated with Tamanu Beach adding 10 One-Bedroom units, each with a separate bedroom and lounge  A new central facility including a restaurant, reception, bar and lounge complex, plus an additional small swimming pool has been built on the land between the 2 accommodation zones and this completes the new Tamanu Beach we see today. Children of all ages are accommodated in Manea Wing Bungalows. 

The Tamanu Beach Restaurant faces the lagoon and the sunsets and is a stunning spot for evening cocktails as well as being a marvellous venue for an Aitutaki Wedding and the now-famous Thursday Night Island Night. The Island Night is so popular it is wise to pre-book - we can do this for you and include the cost in your package arrangements.

No matter which accommodation type you choose, every guest enjoys the complimentary tropical breakfasts and use of hammocks, sun-loungers, stand-up paddle boards and kayaks.  Due to COVID precautions, snorkels and masks are no longer provided and guests are encouraged to bring their own snorkelling gear to enjoy  the snorkelling in the lagoon. We like the relaxed beach-holiday atmosphere throughout Tamanu Beach, the good mid-standard accommodation and the great little restaurant.  Don’t miss the excellent local cultural night each Thursday and the Sunset BBQ on Sundays.

Included in the Accommodation Rate at Tamanu Beach
Daily A-la-carte American Breakfast - including barista coffees during breakfast hours
Return Airport Transfers
Flower Ei and welcome drink on arrival
1GB wifi per room per stay (2x500MB vouchers)

Our Specials
Bullet Honeymoon Bonus
Honeymooners receive a bottle of sparkling wine in their bungalow with compliments of Tamanu Beach.
1. Subject to 2 nights minimum stay at Tamanu Beach
2. Honeymoon status to be established at time of booking accommodation

Your Accommodation Options
Bullet Garden Bungalows:
Bullet Lagoonview Bungalows:
Purotu Wing. These newly renovated bungalows are 50m2 in total including a spacious veranda with day bed. Air-conditioned with ceiling fan, walk-in wardrobe with safe, iron and ironing board, each room also features a TV, a fridge, and tea and coffee facilities. Ensuite has showers for two, double vanity and spacious outdoor shower area. Each Bungalow is stepped back from its neighbour providing privacy to guests enjoying their individual bungalow’s veranda.  
Guests in the Garden Bungalows get a filtered view of the lagoon immediately they step off their spacious veranda patio and start heading the short distance towards the beach. Guests in Lagoonview Bungalows enjoy a view of the lagoon from their veranda patio.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults - includes children aged 12 years and over
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed which can be split into 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: 1 King Single Bed can be added for a 3rd person.

Bullet The Beachfront Bungalow:
A beautiful bungalow right on the beach frontage.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults - includes children aged 12 years and over
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed which can be split into 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet One Bedroom Lagoonview Bungalows:
Double cavity doors separate the bedroom from the living area. Air-conditioned with ceiling fans, full wardrobe with safe, iron and ironing board, TV, fridge and tea and coffee facilities, plus ensuite. Popular day bed on the large covered veranda with dining table and chairs is ideal for your romantic dining experience. Very spacious (65m2) with high, open cathedral ceilings and a nice big veranda/patio.  The renovation/refurb in early 2019 included an interior bathroom upgrade and the addition of an outdoor courtyard shower to each Bungalow.
30 metres back from the beach with filtered lagoon views from the veranda.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests - children now accepted. Children in a room are only permitted when accompanied by at least 1 adult aged 18 years or over.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: 2 King Single Beds can be added to the lounge area

Bullet One Bedroom Beachfront Bungalows:
With the same layout and facilities as the One Bedroom Lagoonview Bungalows, the 3 Beachfront Bungalows are located on the beach front with wide ocean and lagoon views from the bed, lounge and veranda.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests - children now accepted. Children in a room are only permitted when accompanied by at least 1 adult aged 18 years or over.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: 2 King Single Beds can be added to the lounge area

Bullet The Tamanu Beachfront Villa

A beautiful big beachside Villa in an elevated position, designed specifically for couples to enjoy the good things of life while on holiday. Excellent views.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed which can be split into 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated.

Getting to and from Tamanu Beach
Return domestic scheduled flights from Rarotonga to Aitutaki are required and we will include these in package arrangements as required/agreed. The new on-demand Cessna Citation Business Jet charter flights are another option and good value for small groups of up to 7 passengers.  

Tamanu Beach include return Aitutaki Airport transfers for all their guests as well as a flower eis (garlands) on arrival and departure at the resort.

Kids Policy
One Bedroom Bungalows in the Manea Wing are designated "Family Accommodation" and cater for children of all ages. Only young people aged 12 years and over are accommodated in Purotu Wing bugalows and no children aged under 12 years are permitted to use the Purotu Wing swimming pool.  Guests of all ages are welcome in the restaurant and central facility.  

Tamanu Beach advise that, while they now welcome children in their Manea Wing 1 Bedroom bungalows and pool, they do not provide organised or supervised activities for children.

Check-in/Check Out
The hotel will make every effort to ensure your rooms are available at your time of check-in; however immediate occupation of your accommodation depends on your flight arrival time at Aitutaki.
Hotel standard check-in and check-out times:
Check In Time: 2:00pm
Check Out Time: 10:00am
To guarantee early check-in or late check-out, the hotel charges a full extra night accommodation in both cases.

Cancellation & Amendment Policies
Bullet COVID-19 Related Policies
Greater flexibility is offered for stays up to 31 December, 2022 (subject to change at any time)
Free cancellation and amendments permitted up to 48 hours prior to check-in date, except in the event border closures or flight cancellations due to COVID-19 occur less than 48 hours prior to ceck-in, in which case free cancellation applies up to check in time.
Bullet Standard Cancellation Policies
All cancellations must be made in writing.
Cancellations made between 15 and 30 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to one night accommodation charged
Cancellations made between 7 and 14 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to two nights accommodation charges.
Cancellations made within 7 days of scheduled arrival including no shows incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of total stay booked.

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

The information on this page is correct as at 18 June 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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Covid-19 Supplier Update

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 Conference Facilities
Bullet Internet Connection
Bullet Kayaks/Canoes
Bullet Laundry Service
Bullet Safety Deposit Box
Bullet Shop
Bullet Two Swimming Pools
Bullet Tour Desk
Bullet Vehicle Rental
Bullet Wedding Coordinator

Room Facilities
Bullet Air-conditioning
Bullet Ceiling Fans
Bullet Hairdryer
Bullet Kitchen (Studio Rooms only)
Bullet Mini Bar (on request)
Bullet Radio
Bullet Refrigerator
Bullet Room Service
Bullet In-room Safe
Bullet Shower
Bullet Tea/Coffee making facilities
Bullet Telephone