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Tamanu Beach Resort is beautiful. The beach is stunning the staff are mostly very friendly. Loved it! The accommodation is 5 star so nice. Would stay again for sure and would recommend it. Only complaint our safe didnt work and did tell reception but it wasnt fixed. Not a biggy. The water warm as. No mozzies that we saw so all good. We were extra lucky to be right on the beach.

If you want to just chill out with no distractions overlooking the beach and ocean this resort would be hard to beat. There are three stunning bungalows actually on the beach and more just only a step back, with another complex a walk along the beach away. It is a small adults only resort with a swimming pool (the ocean is much warmer) and a nice open restaurant to dine in. The one place it lacks is a beach bar or terrace where guests can meet each other. It has one nearer the reception which is ill situated and nobody sits in there. The staff are very helpful and welcoming. You really need a rental car to get around the island which is not expensive. I have stayed in many island accommodations over my years of travelling and I have never had a better bungalow to stay in, it thinks of everything, it has an outside and an inside shower in the bathroom for all weathers. The restaurant is quite good however we didnt like being rung up to see where we were for breakfast, it was supposed to close at 10.30 but they rang you when you hadnt shown up well before 10am and with the time difference from NZ we didnt appreciate it. Would we stay again, you bet but would pay the extra to be on the beach bungalows.

We stayed at Tamanu for two nights as part of our honeymoon. Our transfers were ready when we arrived and the ladies were so nice and welcoming in true island style! The lady who looked after us at check in was great and really bubbly. The bungalows have a nice vibe but we did feel like they weren't very private, we could easily see through others doors and straight onto their bed. You can just pull the curtains but that feels weird during a beautiful sunny day! The staff had left us a bottle of a wine and a lovely note congratulating us which was an awesome touch. The bathroom and outdoor shower were great. With only one channel on the TV we were impressed with the fact that a USB was provided and we enjoyed learning more about Cook Islands culture through the documentaries. The beach is the best one I've ever been to and we enjoyed the complimentary kayaks, paddle boards and snorkels. The resort has a lovely peaceful feel even thought there was lots of guests the beach was never crowded. The only thing we were slightly disappointed in was the food at the restaurant, it was of an average quality with an above average price (I appreciate the cost needs to cover getting the food there etc.) but for the calibre of the rest of the place the food let it down. Overall, a beautiful place and I'd love to come back and lie on the beach someday!

We loved our stay, it’s the second time we’ve stayed and it didn’t disappoint. We took another couple with us and they were delighted with the casual luxury that Tamanu provides. We went fishing and the catch was cooked for us by the Tamanu chef, yellow fin tuna two ways - absolutely stunning. Only negative would be the pool space - only small numbers of guests can be seated at any one time at either pool and it is restrictive if others are ensconced at the pool when you may want a swim. It didn’t affect us to much but it may pay to take ear plugs as the roosters do make themselves known! Overall, a great place to stay and if you want a relaxing laid back Resort, you can’t go wrong booking here.

It turned out not to be a big deal but the resort is actually split in two with a local private landowner in between. I thought this was odd at first but you soon forgot about the walk along the beach to go to breakfast or to the bar. The area is just beautiful and the lagoon draws your attention during the very short stroll. Our garden bungalow was well appointed, comfy bed and the outdoor shower was excellent. We had all breakfasts there before heading out for the days adventures and couldn't fault them. Only had two dinners there, one was BBQ night which was pretty good but would benefit from heated bain maries to keep the food warm. On our last night we all had the surf and Turf which was washed down with a nice red wine. All excellent. Thankyou Nick and the team for a wonderful stay.

We had the most amazing time at Tamanu, the sea view was just magical! The staff were very friendly, in particular the lovely lady, (auntie nane) collecting us from the airport. The food was tasty and well presented. (Ika mata, Island fries, chicken curry was delicious. The Tomato and Mozzarella I wouldn’t get again....maybe as we just got back from Italy) The stand up paddle boards and kayaks being free of charge all day is a really nice touch. The bed was comfortable and breakfast was tasty. We ordered additional items from the the free buffet..:..which was worth the money. We can’t wait to go back! Definitely do the Vaka cruise too!! Thank you for having us!

My wife and I stayed here in June 2019. The rooms are nice and we couldn’t fault the checkin staff. Sadly the same couldn’t be said for the restaurant staff. They were disinterested and sometimes just plain rude. We arrived for lunch on the first day at 2:55 in the afternoon and were told we couldn’t access the lunch menu because it went off at 3:00pm. They weren’t interested when I pointed out that it was still five minutes before 3:00pm. They said we would have to choose from the snack menu, which they virtually threw at us. The snack menu was really boring with not much enticing on it, but we were hungry so thought we would just have to order something. We sat at a table and waited... and waited ... and waited. Eventually after about half an hour of waiting for service we gave up and left hungry. We walked in to town were we found a great burger bar open. We decided not to eat evening or lunch meals at the Tamanu Beach restaurant for the rest of our stay. We did relent one night when they had their BBQ, which was OK, but nothing that special. We ate a couple of nights at the various restaurants at the Pacific Resort, which was a short walk up the beach. The service staff there were excellent. Other nights we walked into town and ate at the local cafes. The food at these was wonderful and plentiful. It was also so reasonably priced that you almost felt guilty getting so much nice food for so little money. So my overall advice is stay here as the accommodation is nice but don’t waste your time with the restaurant except for breakfast. There are better options on the island for lunch and dinner.

The resort was a nice resort to stay at, they had stand up paddle boards to use as well as kayaks and bikes. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. However, it was a little disappointed with the cleanliness and restaurant staff. The rooms you can tell aren't cleaned very well and the restaurant staff seemed to always have a bad attitude and not want to help you. It seemed like you were an inconvenience and they didn't want to be there, not what I would expect spending that much on a resort.

Usually it never rains in the south pacific in May/June. That is when they shoot all the promo videos of the beautiful lagoon that you can visit in Aitutaki. Unfortunately, it rained almost all the time during my stay - and the sky was grey on the day we went on that lagoon cruise. Nonetheless - this island is really beautiful. The hotel has bungalows in two sections, all facing the ocean. You have a big living room with mosquito repellants, fans and a TV (that I never used). A big and comfy bed, a really spacious bathroom and a private shower outside - very good after a day on the beach. The beach is clean and you can just grab a kayak and paddle across the lagoon. You can ride a bike around the island and do hikes. The staff is so friendly and the island night on thursdays offers a formidable buffet and very passionate dancers. They do sth with fire outside the restaurent - when its not raining. The food is excellent, staying at the hotel you get a small plate with fresh fruits every morning - and you can choose from a menu, too. The garden and the premises are well kept and pretty. They have a pool - but with this beach right there, you never use it. I had laundry done - very handy. And quick, too. What a perfect place to stay.

We were picked up from the airport by a lovely lady (sorry didn't catch her name)and a short drive to the resort. Check in was quick for us, we arrival around 12.30pm check in is 2.00pm so that was nice for our room to be ready. We were walked to our room by Tohoa along the beach and she explained everything we need to know about the resort and showed us to our beauty room. Big bed with two showers(one outside perfect for washing sand off) and a kitchenette/ closet. The room was clean and tidy with deck out the front with table and chairs and a day bed perfect for reading or an afternoon nap. The beach front in this resort is incredible good for swimming and snorkelling just remember to bring reef shoes. Onsite resturant for breakfast,lunch and dinner recommend any of the fish meals.Now on to one of the assets of this resort Tohoa she was awesome organised a scooter, and recommended a fantastic island day cruise with Kia Orana Tours who I highly recommend and was always smiling and helping people. She is what makes this resort have that friendly lay back feel about it. So thank you Tohoa we appreciated your help. We also got to meet Nick Henry the General Manger of the resort who's family built the resort so to you Nick and your staff keep doing what your doing you have an amazing resort and staff thank you for making our holiday one to remember on Aitutaki. Rodney & Megan

Main Road Aitutaki

Hotel highlights

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Located within a leisurely stroll of Maungapu, Tamanu Beach is within a few miles (5 km) of Arutanga Harbour. This 23-room, 3.5-star resort welcomes business and leisure travelers with 2 outdoor pools, a full-service spa, and free breakfast.


Start your day off right with a free cooked-to-order breakfast, served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at Tamanu, the resort's onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


32-inch a Smart TV are available for entertainment, and guests can stay connected with WiFi. Other standard amenities include a furnished patio, a dining area, and a sitting area.

Property features

At Tamanu Beach, guests have access to a full-service spa, 2 outdoor pools, and WiFi in public areas. There's free parking, as well as a free airport shuttle (available 24 hours). The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with concierge services, securing valuables, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this adults-only resort include conference space, a business center, and free use of bicycles.

Room options

Studio Beachfront Bungalow (+ A La Carte Breakfast & WiFi)

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

One Bedroom Beachfront Bungalow (+ A La Carte Breakfast & WiFi)

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Premier Villa, 1 Bedroom, Beach View, Beachfront (+ A La Carte Breakfast & WiFi)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Bungalow, 1 Bedroom, Lagoon View (+ A La Carte Breakfast & WiFi)

King 1 | Twin 4 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

89.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 544 reviews

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