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PACIFIC RESORT AITUTAKI
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OUR Thoughts on Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Many years ago, when Cook Islands tourism was in its infancy, the very modest, government-owned Rapae Hotel was built on Aitutaki.  With a full choice of all locations on this picture-perfect island, the Rapae Hotel was built on the best site available.  After seeing service for some considerable time, the old Rapae Hotel was ultimately removed and now the Pacific Resort Aitutaki occupies an area which takes in much of that wonderful site. The name of the original hotel lives on at Pacific Resort Aitutaki in the resort’s signature “Rapae Bay Restaurant”.

What makes the site of Pacific Resort Aitutaki so special is the location on a small, west-facing promontory marking the turning point of the kilometres-long beach which ends at the northern point of the island in one direction near the airport and at the town of Arutanga, an equal distance away in the other direction. With half the beachfront bungalows on each side of the point, guests have the option of a bungalow facing the wide beach on one side of the point or a bungalow on the other side of the point with a narrower beach and the lagoon only a few steps away. From every part of the resort, the view of the lagoon with the reef and the ocean beyond and the sunset over the lagoon is breathtaking.

Pacific Resort Aitutaki rates 5 Star.  The Resort continues to win international awards year after year and once you have experienced Pacific Resort Aitutaki, it is easy to see why.  The experience starts the minute you enter the terminal at Aitutaki Airport where Pacific Resort Aitutaki guests are shown to a private meeting area and welcomed by resort staff.  A short, 10-minute drive later guests enter the resort’s beautiful entrance lobby and what a relaxing space this is, with its water features, its Polynesian style and relaxed luxurious ambience.   

There are 2 restaurants – The Rapae Bay and the Black Rock Café and Bar, gift shops, a spa and a magical horizon swimming pool; and all this servicing only 27 bungalows and villas.  Black Rock is open for lunch only and closes after sunset, Rapae Bay is open daily for breakfast and dinner (from 5:00pm). We know that most people visiting Aitutaki arrive with the intention of enjoying dinners at the many restaurants and cafes on the island, but we also know that many guests at Pacific Resort Aitutaki never actually dine outside the Resort. The dining experience at either of their estaurants, or on their bungalow’s private veranda, or in a private, romantic Bedouin-style beach tent at sunset is so completely satisfying that, somehow, plans for dining out seem to get forgotten. Meal Plans are offered for pre-purchase.

Pacific Resort Aitutaki includes full a la carte cooked breakfasts at their Rapae Bay Restaurant in their normal year-round tariff.

Included in the tariff:
● Full cooked a la carte breakfast served in the Rapae Bay Restaurant
● Complimentary use of kayaks
● Flower garland on arrival at Aitutaki Airport
● Return Aitutaki airport transfers
● Complimentary use of resort bicycles
● Complimentary use of beach towels. stand-up-paddle-boards and sun loungers
● Fresh Coconut drink on arrival placed in guest room.

Click to view the Pacific Resort Aitutaki Factsheet (March 2019)

Click to view the Pacific Resort Aitutaki Resort Map (June 2020)

Click to view the Pacific Resort Aitutaki Virtual Tour (June 2020)

Resort COVID-19 Protocols
The following protocols have been implemented for guest safety
Hand sanitiser is available in all public areas and staff back of house
Infrared thermometers are available for anyone requesting a temperature check
CookSafe scanners are located at the resort and guests are encouraged to download the app and use this with Bluetooth functionality turned on.
All guest rooms are thoroughly steam cleaned between guest departure and arrival of new guests.
Live entertainment in restaurant and bar has been removed.  The Island Night has been permanently retired.
As part of Covid protocols, the resort has removed all "public" snorkelling equipment and guests are encouraged to bring their own gear.
Arrival Welcome Drink is now placed in guest rooms, not given at reception
Room evening turndown service is discontinued (fresh towels and room amenity replenishment is available on request at any time)
Minibars have been removed from rooms

Our Specials
Bullet Returnee Special Rate
Guests who have previously stayed at Pacific Resort Aitutaki can take advantage of a generous Returnee Rate.  Our Specialists have full details.
Conditions:
1. Returnee status to be established at the time of making a new accommodation booking.
2. Valid for stays year round in all accommodation types

Bullet Stay/Pay Specials
Bullet Stay 5/Pay 4
● Stay for at least 5 nights and only pay for 4 nights (1 night free)
Plus
● Receive a NZ$50 resort Food & Beverage credit per room per night.
Conditions:
1. Valid for stays year-round  to 31 March 2022 except for any stay including 25 December to 10 January
2. Additional nights booked also attract the NZ$50 Food & Beverage credit per night.
3. Offer may be multiplied – stay 10/Pay 8 etc
4. Only stays of consecutive nights qualify – split stays do not qualify.  
5. Food & Beverage Credits are for in-house dining only and are non-refundable and non-redeemable.

Bullet Stay 7/Pay 5
● Stay for at least 7 nights and only pay for 5 nights.
    (2 nights free)
Conditions:
1. Valid for stays year-round  to 31 March 2022 except for any stay including 25 December to 10 January
2. Offer may be multiplied – stay 14/Pay 10 etc
3. Only stays of consecutive nights qualify – split stays do not qualify.  

Honeymoon Specials
Bullet 
Honeymoon Bonus
With the compliments of Pacific Resort Aitutaki, honeymooners are welcomed with:
● A bottle of wine
● A small gift
● Flowers in room.
Conditions:
1. Honeymoon status to be established at time of making accommodation booking.
2. A copy of Marriage Certificate/licence will be required at the resort in advance of guests’ arrival showing guests were married within 6 months of arrival at the resort.
3. Valid for stays in all accommodation types
4. Valid for stays all year.

Bullet Heavenly Honeymoon Special
Book and pay for 5 Nights or more in any room category
and receive additional Honeymoon Inclusions
(in addition to the normal Honeymoon Bonus), with the compliments of Pacific Resort Aitutaki 
● 1 night complimentary accommodation
● NZ$250 Food and Beverage Credit per room per stay
● NZ$100 Massage credit per room per stay
● NZ$100 Wifi credit per room per stay
Conditions:
1. Valid for stays of minimum 5 nights
2. Valid for stays in all accommodation  categories
3. Valid for stays year-round  to 31 March 2022 except for any stay including 25 December to 10 January
4. Honeymoon status to be established at the time accommodation booking is made.
5. Wedding Certificate is required to be emailed/faxed to the resort to confirm honeymoon status in advance of guests’ arrival.
6.  Valid for stays within 6 months of marriage ceremony.

Your Accommodation Options
As you stand on the point overlooking the pool and facing the lagoon, the bungalows along the beach to the right are all Premium Beachfront Bungalows with the Premium Beachfront 2 Bedroom Bungalow in the centre of the row.  To your left, the first 3 units are the Ultimate Beachfront Villas, next to them along the beach are the 6 Ultimate Beachfront Bungalows and further along, several more Premium Beachfront Bungalows. The Premium Beachfront Bungalow Plus is located at the very end of this row.  All accommodation is air-conditioned.

Room Categories (In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Premium Beachfront Bungalows:
Elegantly appointed, stand-alone absolute beachfront bungalows, nestled amongst magnificent lush tropical gardens with panoramic views across the lagoon. These bungalows are open-plan and 62m2 in area. The balcony doors open right back to provide lovely flow-through between the room and the balcony. Bathroom has walk-in shower and double vanity.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Super King Bed which can be split into 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding.  No additional bedding is accommodated in this room category.

Bullet Ultimate Beachfront Bungalows:
These elegantly appointed, stand-alone absolute beachfront bungalows are nestled amongst the magnificent lush tropical beachfront gardens with panoramic views across the lagoon. Bungalows comprise a separate bedroom and a separate lounge area. A large private balcony, a split sundeck and a beach shower complete the picture. These bungalows are 88m2 in area. Bathroom has a walk-in shower and double vanity.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Super King Bed 
Additional Bedding.  No additional bedding is accommodated in this room category.

Bullet The Premium Beachfront Bungalow Plus:
The single Premium Beachfront Bungalow Plus differs from the regular Premium Beachfront Bungalows in that it has a bigger footprint which enables it to accommodate additional guests. Elegantly appointed, The 78m2 Premium Beachfront Bungalow Plus is located furthest away from the resort’s restaurant, Reception Lounge and pool. Bathroom has walk-in shower and double vanity.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 Super King Bed and 1 Queen Bed
Additional Bedding.  No additional bedding is accommodated in this room category.

Bullet Ultimate Beachfront Villas
Ten steps up from the beach perched on the spectacular black volcanic rock promontory, the three 125m2 Ultimate Beachfront Villas are simply superb and the ultimate in Polynesian luxury. Each stunningly designed, spacious luxury villa features a separate bedroom which is up 3 steps from the lounge. Directly out from each room there is a large private outdoor balcony sundeck which is perfectly positioned to ensure complete privacy while providing panoramic views of the lagoon.  From the sundeck, a private staircase meanders down to the beach. At the base of the beach stairs there is a beach shower conveniently placed so guests can wash off the beach sand before entering the villa. The luxury bathroom, which is equipped with walk-in shower, double vanity, toilet and bidet, leads to an expansive private walled courtyard which features a second shower.  
Maximum Occupancy:  2 Adults 
Existing Bedding:  1 Super King Bed
Additional Bedding.  No additional bedding is accommodated in this room category.

Bullet The Premium Beachfront Bungalow (2 Bedrooms):
Two separate full-size bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom and a private balcony out front overlooking the beach and lagoon.  The 2 bedrooms are separated by an interconnecting lounge which contains a Single Divan Day Bed. Doors between one of the bedrooms and the lounge area provide privacy for occupants of both bedrooms. There is another sundeck off the lounge. A beach shower is located at the base of both bedroom balconies. This fantastic bungalow has a total area of 140m2. Both bathrooms feature a walk-in shower and double vanity.
Maximum Occupancy: 
5 adults
Existing Bedding: 1 Super King Bed in each bedroom (1 of which may be split into 2 Single Beds)  When 5 adults are sharing a Single Rollaway Bed will be provided for the 5th adult.
Additional Bedding.  No additional bedding is accommodated in this room category.

Getting to and from Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Scheduled domestic flights on Air Rarotonga between Rarotonga and Aitutaki are required and these will be included 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.  
Pacific Resort Aitutaki personally meet and greet guests at Aitutaki Airport with a flower ei and provide a transfer for the short distance to The Resort.  A return airport transfer is also provided.

Kids Policy
For the past two years-or-so, Pacific Resort Aitutaki has temporarily accepted children of all ages.  However, from 01 July 2021, the resort is reverting back to its original "adults-only" policy.  From 01 July 2021, only guests aged 12 years and over are accepted as guests here.  Existing family bookings will be honoured but no further bookings including children aged under 12 years will be accommodated.
 
Check-in/Check Out

Flights from Rarotonga and Aitutaki arrive in Aitutaki between 9:10am and 6:50pm depending on the day of operation.
Flights from Aitutaki to Rarotonga depart Aitutaki between 9:10am and 7:10pm depending on the day of operation
Standard check-in and check-out times for Pacific Resort Aitutaki are:
Check In Time:  2:00pm
Check Out Time: 10:00am
Day use rooms can be provided at a special rate between 8:00am and 2.00pm and 10:00am to 6:00pm and is subject to confirmation and payment on arrival at the resort..
 
Cancellation and Date Change Policies
(These policies to not apply to group bookings).
Bullet COVID-19 Related Cancellations & Amendments
For any bookings that are impacted by Government border restrictions or ill health (medical cercificate essential), resulting from Covid-19, the resort will offer free date changes or full cancellation and waive any cancellation or amendment fees.

Bullet Standard Cancellation/Amendment Policy
● All cancellations must be made in writing.
● Cancellations and date changes made between 15 and 30 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 25% of the total cost of accommodation booked.
● Cancellations and date changes made between 8 and 14 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the total cost of accommodation booked.
● Cancellations and date changes made between 1 and 7 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 75% of the total cost of  accommodation booked.
● No-shows are charged 100% of accommodation booked.

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

The information on this page is correct as at 20 July 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.

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Resort Facilities (complimentary)
Bullet Daily Cultural Activities
Bullet Kayaks
Bullet Pedal Boats
Bullet Sun Loungers
Bullet Swimming Pool
Bullet DVD's, Books and Board Games

Other Resort Facilities (charges apply)
Bullet Restaurant
Bullet Spa
Bullet Tour Desk including Diving, Fishing, Island Tours
Bullet Gift Shop
Bullet Daily Laundry Service
Bullet WiFi Access

Room Facilities
Bullet Beach Towels
Bullet Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
Bullet Hair Dryer
Bullet Air-conditioning
Bullet Ceiling Fan
Bullet Telephone
Bullet Iron & Ironing Board
Bullet In-room safe
Bullet Wireless Internet

Honeymooners
All guests identified as honyemooners at time of booking will be
provided with an upgrade to the next room category
(subject to availability at time of check-in), a bottle of wine,
a small gift and flowers in room on arrival.