Review of Pacific Resort Aitutaki: A Secluded Getaway in the Cook Islands

Review of Pacific Resort Aitutaki: A Secluded Getaway in the Cook Islands

We review our stay at Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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Advertisement disclaimer: During our time in Aitutaki, we got a complimentary stay at Pacific Resort Aitutaki. As always, we share our honest opinion and everything is written by us.
A 5-star tropical paradise

When travelling to a place as stunning as Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, why not stay at the best resort, too?

Several people recommended that we should stay at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki – and when they invited us to visit them for a few days, we were over the moon.

It was a tropical dream come true.

The romantic upscale beachfront resort is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and it truly was an exceptional experience to stay there.

The thatched-roof bungalows overlooking the most incredible turquoise water really make for a very charming and peaceful getaway.

Check prices and availability at Pacific Resort Aitutaki right here.

Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Pacific Resort Aitutaki is extraordinarily beautiful.
Coconut at Aitutaki beach
We never say no to fresh coconut water.

The location

Pacific Resort Aitutaki is located on the west side of Aitutaki – a small atoll in the Cook Islands.

To get to Pacific Resort Aitutaki you have to take a 40-minute flight north from the main island of Rarotonga.

The resort is about 4 kilometres from the small Aitutaki Airport and they offer complimentary airport transfers.

Pacific Resort Aitutaki is located about 2 kilometres from the (very) small town of Arutanga.

The lagoon in front of Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Just take a look at the lagoon in front of Pacific Resort Aitutaki.
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The room

Pacific Resort Aitutaki offers a total of 29 gorgeous bungalows, villas and suites.

They are all beachfront and have private furnished balconies overlooking the lagoon.

We stayed in a Premium Beachfront Bungalow; a 62 squaremeter room and bathroom with colonial and polynesian style furnishing and decoration.

And a biiig, comfortable bed.

The room had everything we could wish for and it was fantastic to walk just a few metres down a few steps and right into the ocean.

See the different room types and prices on Booking.com.

Note: Pacific Resort Aitutaki has wifi in the sense that they provide a hotspot you can log into to go online but you have to purchase a voucher with data. The wifi works like that everywhere in the Cook Islands and it’s a bit expensive. We have heard rumours that fiber is coming to the islands soon though…

Premium Beachfront Bungalow room at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Our room in the Premium Beachfront Bungalow.
Private balcony at Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Our private balcony was overlooking the ocean.
Stairs to the beach at Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Only a few steps and we were right at the beach.
Beach at Pacific Resort Aitutaki
The beach in front of our room really made us smile.
Bungalows at Pacific Resort Aitutaki
We stayed in the bungalow just behind Alex.
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Activities and facilities at the resort

The main acitivity is to relax!

And you can do that by taking a swim in the beautiful lagoon or in the fresh water infinity pool.

You can also grab some snorkelling gear and explore the world underwater or take one of the kayaks or stand-up paddle boards out to the sea if you want to be a bit more active. It’s all complimentary.

There is a daily activity every afternoon, like making your own ei (flower crown) or learning how to cook local food.

Onsite there are two spas and a gift shop as well.

If you want to see the rest of Aitutaki, the resort offers complimentary bicycles or you can rent a scooter.

Pacific Resort Aitutaki is also surrounded by tropical trees and flowers and it’s an experience in itself to walk around the resort and look at the different plants.

Pool and lagoon at Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Lounge by the pool or take a swim in the lagoon.
Pool at Pacific Resort Aitutaki
We were pretty amazed by the location of the resort.
Stand up paddle boarding at Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Stand-up paddle boards and kayaks can be used at no extra charge.
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Reception at Pacific Resort Aitutaki
The receptionists will help you with renting a scooter or booking a treatment at the spa.


Pacific Resort Aitutaki has two dining eateries; Rapae Bay and Black Rock.

Black Rock

The Black Rock with beachfront and pool seatings mainly serves lunch, snacks and drinks.

Rapae Bay

Rapae Bay is an indoor-outdoor restaurant with lagoon views and it’s just a beautiful place to begin or end the day.

This is where breakfast and dinner is served.

A la carte breakfast is included and the staff was very kind and helped us put together a vegan option for our breakfast.

We had coconut yoghurt, fresh fruits, grilled potatoes and rukau (delicious cooked taro leaves) as well as coffee, tropical smoothies and fresh coconut water.

Their dinner menu mostly caters to omnivores but the restaurant actually has a vegan menu and we enjoyed a romantic dinner one night.

Rapae Bay at Pacific Resort Aitutaki
A romantic night at the Rapae Bay.
Vegan lasagne at Pacific Resort Aitutaki
The chef made us a very delicious vegan lasagne with pumpkin, chickpeas and coconut cream.
Rukau and potatoes at Pacific Resort Aitutaki
We loved the cooked taro leaves called rukau.
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Who should stay at Pacific Resort Aitutaki?

If you’re looking for a relaxing and serene experience, the Pacific Resort Aitutaki is perfect for a romantic honeymoon or a luxurious couples getaway.

Guests have to be older than 12 years to stay there which makes the resort a very peaceful place to be at.

It is on the pricey side but what can you expect from a five-star luxury boutique resort with turquiose lagoon views in the middle of the Pacific Ocean?

However, you can sometimes find special deals and discounts.

Go check it out for yourself right here and search for prices and availability on Booking.com.

Pool at Pacific Resort Aitutaki
We would love to come back to Pacific Resort Aitutaki again.

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