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Tamanu Beach

3.5 out of 5.0

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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!

We booked here for 5 ppl to attend an Island night cultural dinner. Great location for Island night. The dancers and the band were superb. The head waitress not so. We pre-booked the greatest table with an awesome view of the beach and "stage" however when we arrived for Island night our table was changed to where we did not get this view and was not even set for the right number of our group (set for 4, should have been for 5). The first waitress apologised for the mistake and quickly moved us to our prebooked table which was great. Then an older lady came over and rudely said to us in a raised voice "there is a reason this table is booked for 7 , you will need to go back to the other table" upon ushering us back to the table set for 4 instead of 5 she turned to my partner and said to him "dont you have a shirt? Its Island night" He was wearing a singlet and was not the only one on the night wearing a singlet, why was my partner singled out? I do have a possible explanation why she may have singled him out (darker skinned, and looks like a local - nothing wrong with that either!) I had heard that some resorts do get snobbish to the locals if they book in for dinner or Island night - a local had shared that comment with our group earlier in our visit.

What a lovely place to R&R. We had the beachfront room (203) and our view was to die for. The rooms were large and tidy and everything you needed. It was so peaceful and tranquil to sit on the porch and enjoy the views. Saw a couple of whales from the porch, fish jumping, amazing sunsets and clear views of the sea. A quick walk down to the beach and you can see fish straight away. Snorkeling was easy. The staff were very friendly and easy to talk to. Breakfast was help yourself Island style, cereal, toast, fruit, pancakes, sweet breads, croissants enough to keep you satisfied, for an extra cost you can purchase a cooked meal. We stayed 5 nights and ate tea there every night, the menu had enough variety to allow us to try a different meal every night. we ate all but one lunch there and enjoyed that as well. The Sunday night BBQ was plentiful and enjoyable. Loved our time there and loved the easy going staff from cleaners, massage staff, office staff and waitresses. No better place to relax to the max and enjoy the views and atmosphere.

Tamanu Beach Aitutaki is okay. I waited a while to write this review to be more objective. So I'll preface with everything on Aitutaki is laid back and expensive. My husband and I spent our honeymoon here so we had high expectations. We got a warm greeting and champagne. But the first night hardly slept as a palm leaf caught the roof making a really loud noise. This was resolved the next day. I'd like to thank Tehoa at reception who was an absolute pleasure and did help make our stay the best it could be. The rooms were okay, comfortable, spacious, with a somewhat outdated charm. The view can be beautiful out over the reef, there is a lot of coral. The lagoon is on the other side of the island. Breakfast is okay as long as you can tolerate gluten or fruit. We had to negotiate each morning my husband getting an egg without paying extra. We had a couple of good dinners here including the island night. One dinner we waited a long time (90mins, even after checking with the waitress and the owner Nick who happened to walk past), and everyone else was served first. There was no apology or discount. I would highly recommend getting a kitchenette to keep your food options open (although the restaurant did lend us some plates and cutlery). Tauonos for lunch just north a little walk is amazing! The push bikes are old compared to other resorts and while riding, the chain came off one of them so we had to return it (they did give us a lift when I got upset we'd be late for our tour because of this). When we went to get our shuttle to the airport, it didn't arrive - reception had told us an earlier time than they told the driver, so it came late but we still made it on time (the driver is so lovely). We saw the owner/manager Nick again on our last day on our way out (he was going to set up the TV for the Americas cup) but he didn't even quickly ask if we enjoyed our stay, he didn't say goodbye, or even thanks for staying. A little customer rapport would have gone a long way. We left after paying a lot of money (no discount for the sleepless night either) feeling quite under-impressed. Not a good feeling on our honeymoon.

Perhaps you're looking at this resort as a location for a quiet romantic getaway, and I assure you that it will certainly do the job for such a holiday. However, I stayed at Tamanu with my two best mates on a fishing trip! We thought we'd be the only such group there, but there were others there for activities such as diving and kiteboarding as well as the romantic couples. Tamanu is a delightful resort, one of my favourite parts was walking between our rooms and the restaurant via the beach as the property has some private land in between parts of it. The garden-view rooms we stayed in all seemed to provide some lagoon views which was a nice change from the usual tiny glimpses of blue that an ocean view room provides in major resorts. Staff were wonderfully friendly, as is the hallmark of the Cook Islanders - special mention must go to Shane and Tania in the restaurant who were super helpful and accommodating in getting the fish we caught prepared for dinner each night. We ate one night at a different restaurant on the island and they didn't do justice to our catch the way they did at Tamanu.

We stayed at the Tamanu beach resort for 5 nights. We had the bungalow rooms and we were given the one right at the back. The rooms are fine but a bit out of date and the bathroom in particular needs a makeover. The kitchen was fine and the hammock on the deck was nice. The restaurant was good for dinner but the breakfast was pretty average. It's better price than most on the island and the people were lovely but I would return.

Room options

Studio Beachfront Bungalow

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

One Bedroom Lagoon Bungalow

King 1 | Twin 4 | Sleeps 4

One Bedroom Beachfront Bungalow

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Premier Villa, 1 Bedroom, Beach View, Beachfront

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

89% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 470 reviews