Ok, Its not 'easy' to get to, especially if you live in Europe... its also not a 'cheap getaway' but since we were in Australia already I used some miles to book the flight - the most expensive bit and off we went.... in search of paradise... and we most definitely found it !!!
Etu Moana in The Cook Island of Aitutaki was most certainly the closest to paradise I have even been (and I get about quite a bit!)
We were greeted as we landed and driven, wearing flower lais, for about 10 minutes to Etu Moana.
Our villa on the beach front was exactly as it was described online. We were in Villa 3 which gives an unobstructed (unless you count our sun loungers) view of the water.
During low tide the reef/coral is visible above the water but at all other times all we could see was the stunning aquamarine water with the waves breaking a short way away on the edge of the reef.
On the first day we took the resort cycles for a spin to get our bearings and to buy some supplies of water, wine and potato chips - just the essentials.
That first night we slept well and woke up to beautiful sunshine and blue skies. This was repeated everyday for the rest of our stay. We are incredibly lucky with the weather.
There isn’t really a lot to do on the island. You can go on a fishing boat and go fishing or on a boat the takes you to some of the smaller islands for a BBQ and snorkelling. The island is so small you can cycle around it in under 4 hours, and as you can see from the picture, the roads are almost empty.... or you can do NOTHING.
Doing nothing was exactly what I Had in mind when I booked the trip. I knew that mobile phone coverage would be limited and that wifi would be patchy even in the resort and so I loaded up our kindles with books and put some movies on a hard drive and was prepared to just completely relax.
The three places we ate were Tamaru Resort, Puffy's fish and chips and Cafe Tupuna.
On the strength of a delicious a la carte meal on our first night we reserved a table for the BBQ evening the following night and were very disappointed. I am not a big buffet fan, so maybe not the best person to judge, I'd rather order one plate of food and have it arrive cooked how I like and hot... so If you do find yourself in Aitutaki I would suggest having the a la carte menu at Tamaru Resort...
Puffy's Fish and Chips was a low key, plastic tables and chairs kind of place. Its family run and the fish and chips were fabulous.
The chips are frozen, but its an island with limited fresh produce, but the fish is fresh - whatever has been caught that day. They did run out of fish when we were there - thankfully just after our order, so I guess if you rock up late in the evening you might not be quite so lucky...
We went back on our last evening and got a take-away which we enjoyed on our terrace with a bottle of white wine whilst watching the sun set.
Cafe Tupuna is in the middle of the island, so no sea view, but the food more than makes up for that. The guys at Etu Moana organised a car to take us to and from cafe Tupuna so we didn't have to concern ourselves with cycling on the unlit roads.
The views of the island were fantastic as we flew out as you can see from the photos below. Much better than the day we arrived which was a little overcast.
We had a truly memorable and completely relaxing time in The Cook Islands... I hope we will find our way back there again.
Etu Moana Website
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