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ARETAI BEACH VILLAS
and ARE A MATATUI
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OUR Thoughts on Aretai Beach Villas, Amuri Village, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Aretai Beach Villas has a minimum 3-night stay policy and that’s no problem, because less than 3 nights is absolutely not long enough to get the most out of a stay in this superb location.  For those holidaymakers who are time poor, we have plenty of options for a shorter stay on Aitutaki, but if you are seeking a longer stay out on this beautiful island and are considering a self-catering option, you will find plenty to like about Aretai Beach Villas. 

As far as the normal cost of beachfront accommodation in the Cook Islands is concerned, you will pay around the same price for a studio room near the beach back on Rarotonga, but, at Aretai Beach Villas, not only do you get a superb beachfront location, you will enjoy the space of a rustic villa with a spare bedroom, a separate living room and full kitchen.  Each Villa offers generous space for a couple or a family group.  The villas are also big enough for 2 couples to share, as long as sharing a bathroom is not a problem.  (2 bedroom Villas with 2 bathrooms are available at the sister property next door - Are A Matatui). In many ways staying at Aretai is a lot like staying in your own beach house or good-standard batch, except here you get a linen change every 3 days (housekeeping on request) and have the warmth and friendship of the on-site manager and caretaker to assist you with local knowledge, directions and assistance, as well as providing you with complimentary seasonal fruit from the home garden when available. Make no mistake, this adds immeasurably to the enjoyment of a stay here. You also get to use the bicycles, kayaks, guest BBQs and beach sun loungers any time of the day or night. Laundry service is available.

The Aretai Beach Villas are a short distance from a good selection of the island’s cafés and restaurants, a well-stocked grocery store and the internet cafe.  We recommend you stock up with snack food before you arrive on Aitutaki, as snack food can be a bit expensive in the local shops and supply can be a little erratic. It’s not a bad idea to bring your own insect repellent, some snorkelling gear and some old sand-shoes/sneakers for reef walking and swimming.  There’s no TV, telephone, or alarm clock, but there is a radio and CD player – doesn’t that sound idyllic? The lagoon immediately out front can be shallow at low tide, but only 50metres-or-so along the beach there is a section of the lagoon which is swimmable at all tides.

For a “do-your-own-thing” style of holiday, Aretai Beach Villas Aitutaki is a great option.  Give yourself time to really unwind and dig in to the local scene and don’t overlook the great special for those people staying a week – stay 7 nights and the last night is free.

What Aretai Beach Villas Say About Themselves:
“A warm welcome awaits you in Aitutaki at Aretai Beach Villas - Live the dream, feel the magic....

Aretai Beach Villas are located on a white, sandy beach on the western side of the island in 
the village of Amuri. Three attractive, generously sized, stand alone two bedroom villas with large, covered decks provide the perfect place for your island holiday. 

All villas are self catering, with two of the villas being absolute beachfront while the third villa is set back from the beach, only 20 paces to the sand, with lagoon views. Aretai Beach Villas are a short distance from some of the islands best cafes and restaurants, a well stocked grocery store and the internet cafe.

The owners of Aretai Beach Villas are well travelled so special consideration has been taken to ensure that you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay.”


Our Specials
Bullet Stay 5 Nights Special:
Stay 5 nights and receive a Lagoon Cruise for 2 free of charge with the compliments of Aretai Beach Villas.
Conditions:
 - Valid for 2 guests maximum per villa.
 - Not combinable with any other offers
 - Valid for stays to 31 March 2020
 - Not available for stays at Are-A-Matatui (see below)

Bullet Stay 7/Pay 6 Special:
‚óŹ Stay for 7 nights and only pay for 6 nights.
Conditions:
 - Not combinable with any other offers
 - Valid all year for stays until 31 March 2021.
 - Offer may be doubled to Stay 14/Pay 12.
 - Not available for stays at Are-A-Matatui (see below)

Your Accommodation Options
The 3 Villas at Aretai Beach Villas are all the same size and offer the same layout and facilities.  Each has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom (with shower), a full kitchen with cook-top and oven, microwave oven and full-sized fridge/freezer. The kitchen counter provides separation between the kitchen and living room. Two of the Villas are located side by side virtually on the beach. There is a very pleasant little strip of garden between the villas and the beach which is framed by coconut palms providing shade which is particularly welcome in the early afternoon sun.  These two Villas are referred to as “Absolute Beachfront Villas”. The third Villa is strategically placed between the two Absolute Beachfront Villas, a little further back from the beach (only around 20 paces from the beach) but still with a good view of the lagoon between the other two villas. This slightly more private Villa, is referred to as a “Beachfront Villa” as distinct from the "Absolute Beachfront" Villas”. There is no difference in price between any of the 3 villas.

The Villas are not air-conditioned but have screened doors and windows to allow guests to enjoy the natural cooling provided by the breezes flowing through. Each bedroom and the living room has a ceiling fan too.  The vaulted ceilings throughout are timbered as are the villa floors and the interior décor is fresh and light-coloured.  Each Villa has a nice wide thatch-fronted veranda out front which is the ideal place from which to enjoy the truly spectacular sunsets over Aitutaki’s outer lagoon.

Minimum Stay Policy
Aretai Beach Villas has a minimum 3-night stay policy.  

Room Categories
Bullet 2 Bedroom Beachfront Villa:
Maximum Occupancy: 4 Adults or a combination of adults and children
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed in Master Bedroom, 2 Single Beds in Guest Bedroom
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Bed can be added to the lounge area for a fifth person (request basis only)
Cot available on request

Bullet 2 Bedroom Absolute Beachfront Villas: 
Maximum Occupancy: 4 Adults or a combination of adults and children
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed in Master Bedroom, 2 Single Beds in Guest Bedroom
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Bed can be added to the lounge area for a fifth person (request basis only)
Cots available on request

ARE-A-MATATUI
Located beside Aretai Beach Villas, on the same block with the same wonderful beach and the same staff, Are-A-Matatui comprises 2 modern houses which are bigger and a little more up-spec than the Aretai accommodation – naturally they are a higher price too.  Each of the two big bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom.  Both Villas have a superb bathroom with a big shower, a modern kitchen with oven, cook-top, microwave, fridge/freezer etc as well as filtered water. One of the 2 houses is on the beach frontage – that's the “Beachfront” Villa and the other has a wide view over the gardens and lawn to the lagoon and is known as the “Lagoon View” Villa.  Both have an extensive veranda with a day bed and a lounge/living/kitchen area equipped with TV, DVD Player, telephone and ceiling fans The villas are not air-conditioned but are well screened against insects allowing windows to be opened to facilitate natural cooling.  Each villa has access to a clothes washing machine.  Children are welcome.

Minimum Stay Policy:
Are-A-Matatui has a minimum 3-night stay policy.  

**Kindly note that Specials and cancellation policies detailed for Aretai Beach Villas do not apply to Are-A-Matatui. 

We have included Are-A-Matatui room types and facilities to detail the full range of accommodation available at this location.

Room Categories at Are-A-Matatui (in ascending order of tariff)
Bullet 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom Lagoon Villa:
Maximum Occupancy: 5 Adults or combination of adults and children
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed in each bedroom.  Either or both can be split into 2 Single Beds.
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Bed can be added to the lounge area 
Cot available on request

Bullet 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom Beachfront Villa: 
Maximum Occupancy: 5 Adults or combination of adults and children
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed in each bedroom.  Either or both can be split into 2 Single Beds.
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Bed can be added to the lounge area 
Cot available on request.

Cancellation Policy for Are-A-Matatui
Bullet 
Cancellations made 16 to 30 days prior to scheduled arrival
     incur a cancellation fee equal to the cost of staying 1 night
     at Are-A-Matatui
Bullet Cancellations made 7 to 15 days prior to scheduled arrival
     incur a cancellation fee equal to the cost of staying 2
     nights at Are-A-Matatui 
Bullet Cancellations made within 7 days of scheduled arrival incur
     a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the cost of
     accommodation booked and confirmed.

Getting To and From Aretai Beach Villas and Are-A-Matatui
A domestic flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki and return is required and will be included in our package arrangements as required/agreed.

Return airport transfers on a seat-in-vehicle basis will be included in holiday package itineraries.

The location is stunning; right on the beach and a 5-minute drive from the airport and a 10-minute drive into town.  Right next door there is a rustic little café – “Puffy’s”, which does both sit-down and takeaway meals. You are handy to many of the well-known local restaurants, many of which provide pick-up/drop-off service and it’s only a 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive to Tamanu Beach Resort and just a little further to Pacific Resort Aitutaki, both of which have restaurants open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Kids’ Policy
Children are welcome.
This property does not differentiate between adults and children when setting tariffs.  Normal villa prices are the same for 1 or 2 guests. Additional guests up to room maximum allowances are all charged an “extra person” rate irrespective of whether guests are adults or children except:
Children aged under 3 years are accommodated free of charge. Cots supplied, subject to availability.

Check-in/Check-out
Check in time is 2:00pm
Check out time is 10:00am
Late check-out up to 6:00pm when available may be arranged at a rate of approximately 80% of the nightly room tariff.
 
Cancellation Policy Aretai Beach Villas
Bullet 
All cancellations must be made in writing
Bullet Cancellations received by the property between 14 & 59
     days prior to scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee
     equal to 25% of cost of all accommodation booked.
Bullet Cancellations received by the property within 14 days of
     scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of
     cost of all accommodation booked.
Bullet Guests who fail to arrive are charged 100% of the total
     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 27 October 2019 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2021.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.


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Resort Facilities 
Bullet Absolute Beachfront 

Bullet Kayaks
Bullet Guest BBQ
Bullet Free Fruit in Season
Bullet On-Site Assistance
Bullet Laundry Service
Bullet Café next door

Room Facilities 
Bullet Ceiling Fans all Rooms
Bullet Bathroom with Shower
Bullet Hairdryer
Bullet Radio
Bullet CD Player
Bullet Full Kitchen with Full-size Stove, Microwave Oven,
     50/50 Fridge/Freezer, Breakfast Bar
Bullet Spacious Veranda