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Tamanu Beach

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We visited here for 3 nights at the end of our honeymoon. Upon our arrival at the airport the lady who drove us back to the resort was awesome. Staff on front desk were friendly upon arrival, no complimentary drink was offered as we were promised. I presume this is what the 'Vaka Bar' @ reception is for? Almost looked like it was for show as we never saw anyone having a drink there. We were shown our room which was well present although I need of some general maintenance, I.e rotting skirting board by the shower and visible gib board in places, nothing that really bothered us but possibly would for some considering it is a fairly expensive resort. It seems the warm hospitality we received in Raro hasn't made it over the water to Aitutaki in some cases which was of bit of a pain considering the prices paid. On our first night we ventured over to the restaurant for dinner. It was literally empty bar 2 people but one of the younger staff members quite abruptly asked wether we'd booked... which in amy case didn't matter anyway because it was empty. We put it down to staff possibly being not trained properly in customer service rather than intentionally being rude, again not rally good enough for the money paid. The biggest let down of our stay was with the muck up our late checkout. We provided evidence that late checkout was organised and paid for through our agent although it never showed through to the resort. The only thing we were offered was to pay $250 for a late checkout (we didn't fly out til 7pm, we checked out at 10am) which we obviously declined as we'd already paid for it and would never be able to retrieve that lost cost. Overall an ok stay but after staying in Aitutaki we would probably prefer to stay on Raro a few extra nights next time :)

We got a great deal, $650 including 2 nights, breakfast and airfares so good start. we arrived at a good time I think, most people had left after Christmas so it was quiet and blissful, we had a great room in the adults only side over looking the lagoon and the pool the room was peaceful and clean, it had been redecorated and felt fresh and cool and had good mozzie screens, we were told the mozzies in Aitutaki were big but we didn't see many at all. The staff were all so friendly, the Island night with the fire dancers was amazing and the food was plentiful and delicious, breakfast was a buffet of yummy pancakes, muffins, sauces, yoghurts and fruit, all you could eat. We also went on a lagoon cruise with Bishop cruises and that was fantastic, they were fun and funny and showed us a really good time and their lunch was delicious. The beach in front of our room was great for swimming and the sup boards and kayaks were free so we made good use of them. totally recommend Tamanu Beach and look forward to coming back one day soon

First, the staff at this resort is first rate, bar none. Helpful from checkin to check-out. We were met at the airport with a plumeria lei. The lagoon view bungalows are lovely and very close to the beautiful beach Kayaks and SUP's are provided so you can just go into the beautiful water. The restaurant was excellent, from the provided breakfast to lunch and dinners. The Island night was just great and very well attended. We were so pleased with the whole stay to the most beautiful island. We will return to Tamanu.

Tamanu Beach was the ultimate holiday within a holiday - my partner and I stayed here for 3 days for his 30th birthday - we were staying in the Cook Islands for the month and thought we'd go ultra quiet to celebrate. We booked a one bedroom with lounge room bungalow. The rooms are immaculate. The food in the restaurant hit the spot. The pool was superb. Have a massage - the masseuse was exceptional. Thursday Island buffet night is a must if you are there on a Thursday night. We hired a scooter for $25.00 for 24 hours from reception and explored the whole island - it was the best $25.00 we spent (it's usually the little things!) we saw huge crabs, beautiful trees and flowers, the amazing lagoon goes without saying, and the friendliest locals. Each and every one was smiling and waving at us. We used the complimentary canoes and witnessed a small reef shark feeding. Snorkelling is great - don't forget to bring your reef shoes! (from memory, they do sell reef shoes at reception). Staff were so pleasant and warm and happily helped with any inquiries. Further to the above, we went on a lagoon sail the day we checked out - Tamanu provided us with clean towels and showers to freshen up after out sail, before we got on our flight back to Rarotonga. How thoughtful and very welcome after a long, hot & sandy day! We will be back for sure - I am going back to the Cooks for Christmas and was really disappointed that Tamanu was booked out and I couldn't stay there again for my Christmas trip. I will make sure to book earlier next time! I would also like to comment on previous guests referring to the mosquitos and it being an issue for them; guys, honestly! you're staying on a tropical island! What did you expect? Staff can not control mosquitos. Sure, they are there - they will be on any tropical island. Take some aero guard and use the spray provided in your room if a mosquito gets in. It was standard mozzies as expected on an island. I don't think it is fair to rate a resort based on the number of mosquitos outside. Guests whinging about the mozzies truly baffled us! A beautiful resort, well worth the price. It certainly delivered on our expectations. This was my second trip to Aitutaki - and I will be staying here when I plan my 4th trip after Christmas, for next year. Thank you Tamanu for your hospitality and for your wonderful staff. We will be back for another stay soon.

A really top place to stay.Have been wanting to come to Aitutaki for years and we were not disappointed . Wonderful staff, very comfortable rooms, pristine lagoon and beach area, and a fantastic restaurant. We are already planning our next trip here. Its also only a bicycle ride away to a couple of fantastic food outlets that sell great fresh burgers, coffee,etc and the liquor store is also close by and surprisingly reasonable.Thanks so much to everyone at Tamanu who made our stay so wonderful xx

We were very lucky to have booked the intimate beachfront bungalow (112) it was absolutely beautiful. It was quiet and very private and the view was great. Loved the Breakfast, lunch and dinners at the restaurant and highly recommend the Sunday Feast and also the Thursday night Island night. Pool was great and the snorkeling at your front door is beautiful. All the staff were wonderful, from the great greeting at the airport to the sad departure from the resort. The resort was in a great location. We certainly felt relaxed the minute we arrived.

Really enjoyed four nights in a beachside bungalow. It rained for some of our stay so we had an excuse just to lounge on the balcony and enjoy the view. We had more than ample space inside and, while the bathroom was a little tired, the bungalow was very comfortable. Staff, while not always efficient, were very courteous. The TV only tuned to one channel (sometimes when lucky - affected by weather) but you don't go to places like this to watch tv! Internet ... well we chewed through the $10 vouchers (the first was complimentary) without really trying so would recommend exploring better internet options from the airport or vendors in town. Either that or stay off the internet :-) . Definitely happy with our choice of a bungalow rather than a smaller room in a more expensive resort elsewhere. Highly recommend hiking a bike from the resort to get around. A great stay.

This was the first beach that we swam and snorkeled at when we arrived on Aitutaki. After a delicious lunch at Tamanu Beach Resort (see my review), we headed into the afternoon's sunshine to explore the underwater world. It was a pleasant experience to swim in the warm and mostly shallow water and to see a variety of beautiful tropical fish going about their business in amongst the bommies. The water visibility was quite clear and we even saw a blue starfish. Tamanu Beach is a quiet beach. There were only a few other people at the time we were there. We enjoyed our time here and it was a good introduction to what was to come - a series of far more spectacular snorkeling adventures in other parts of the Aitutaki lagoon (see my reviews) and some spectacular, uninhabited beaches that took our (collective) breath away.

We had a relaxing week staying at Tamanu Beach during our time in Aitutaki. The resort isn't amazing by international standard, but it is one of the better accommodation option in Aitutaki, which quite rustic and very strained in resources. There were some issues affected our experience during the stay, and management didn't handle them the best. Tamanu is on the leeward side of the island, about 10 minutes from the center of town. The hotel has two blocks, the lagoon view rooms are the 200 block by the reception and the restaurant, and garden rooms (100 block) separated by another property in between. The owner also has residence across street. The are 2 pools, one in each blocks. The overall layout of the property is 3.5 out of 5. The rooms are well appointed. We were in a 100 block room looking toward the pool and beach. I read that the room been recently renovated, and they do look new. The bathroom was spacious with additional outdoor shower. The closet/kitchenette for making tea/coffee was a nice facility. The terrace has day bed and table and seatings. It was a relaxing place to spend the day. The bungalow is 4 out of 5. The restaurant serves simple breakfast, but the options were high in sugar. Egg dishes are additional charge. We went to both the island night and Sunday night buffet. The food was decent. It's one of the few places on the island that able to accommodate large group. Service was sometimes hit or miss. Overall is 3 out of 5. We had 2 unpleasant issues during our stay. First one, the day we checked in. They had the wrong time for pickup despite the time was communicated well through email. They were prompt in picking us up. But the room wasn't ready until after 2:30pm. They didn't offer drink or any for the delay of the room availability. After waited for 2 hours, andd we settled into our room, while lounging on the terrace, its start raining ashes, and air get very very smokey. A large fire burning through the hills blowing directly downwind to the resort. Lots of guests left the property because the smoke is so thick. The fire burns from afternoon through evening. Everything was covered in black ashes, including the pool and all outdoor temperature. The fire was caused resort's staff and gave guests a very bad experience. Management provided no communication, just left guests in the dark. We learn it from other people from the island. The second issue we had was from the front desk. We had asked the front desk to make dinner reservation for us and was told confirmed. But the morning of the reservation we ask them to call to reconfirm to find out they make it for wrong number of people and the restaurant can't accommodate us that night. So the front desk said they are sorry and they will accommodate us at the hotel restaurant that night. Except when we showed up, the hotel restaurant said they were full and there were no record nor communication from the front desk about the reservation. It was a very unpleasant experience, and left there without a place to have dinner. When we told front desk about the issue they cause, the lady's response was "you shouldn't have make restaurant reservation through front desk, you should do it yourself". Very unprofessional. The restaurant staffs eventually agree and setup a table for us to do their best to accommodate us despite the disregard from the front desk. Overall, the resort can do better in communicate issues with guests, and front desk staffs should be better trained. We later learn that the GM of the resort was away in Fiji during our stay there, which might explain why there were so disorganized and disregard to guests issue. Room were good, but very overpriced. Front desk service was a let down. But there are very few option in Aitutaki, this one is one of the better one.

Beautiful resort and bungalow, very clean, best views, very friendly staff, very good restaurant. All was perfect, except and sorry for that, there we’re too many guests from Italy. I have no problem with Italians, but during our stay approx. 1/3 off the guests were Italian. In contrary to the guests from New Zealand, the Italians seemed to “cling” together. Anyway, when you lie on the beach at the resort and you close your eyes, it feels like you’re in Italy. You just don’t expect that when you travel to the other side of the world☺️. It’s a bit out of balance at this resort. Otherwise, perfect!

Main Road Aitutaki

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Free airport shuttle

Tamanu Beach places you within 2 miles (3 km) of Arutanga Harbour and Aitutaki Golf Club. This 23-room, 3.5-star resort welcomes guests with 2 outdoor pools, free breakfast, and free self parking. One Foot Island Beach is also within the region of the resort, which is on the beach.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast offered each morning. Enjoy a bite to eat at Tamanu, the resort's onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


The 23 air-conditioned accommodations feature furnished patios and afford space to spread out with dining areas and sitting areas. Guests can expect to find WiFi. Other standard amenities include refrigerators, coffee makers, and ceiling fans.

Property features

Guests of Tamanu Beach enjoy features like 2 outdoor pools, WiFi in public areas, and conference space. There's free parking, as well as a free airport shuttle (available 24 hours). A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this adults-only resort include a business center, a library, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Studio Garden Bungalow

Full 1 | Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Studio Beachfront Bungalow

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Bungalow, 1 Bedroom, Sea View

King 1 | Twin 4 | Sleeps 4

One Bedroom Beachfront Bungalow

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

89% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 477 reviews