Tamanu Beach Resort review – Aitutaki family & adults only accommodation

A great family accommodation choice in Aitutaki

This gorgeous waterfront resort offers snorkeling right at your door and has both family and adults only options

Tamanu Beach Resort on Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Tamanu Beach Resort on Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Where can you stay in Aitutaki?

Tamanu Beach Resort

In Aitutaki we stayed at the beautiful Tamanu Beach Resort, located just ten minutes drive from the Aitutaki Airport.

This lovely absolute waterfront resort offers individual private bungalow accommodation.

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An adults-only resort and a family resort

The resort is split into two halves – one side is for family bungalows and one side is for adults only bungalows. Each side of the resort features its own resort swimming pool.

Although the resort was a decent size, it never felt crowded or noisy. It had a very laid-back, peaceful holiday vibe!

The resort restaurant

Tamanu Beach Resort Island Night

Tamanu Beach Resort Island Night

The Tamanu Beach Resort features a large central restaurant which offers hearty cooked breakfasts with a tropical buffet.

A la carte dining with both Polynesian style and western options are offered for both lunch and dinner.

There are also regular island nights offered, when you can enjoy an entertaining local island music and dance show with dinner!

We loved eating breakfast by the ocean at Tamanu Beach Resort

We loved eating breakfast by the ocean at Tamanu Beach Resort

Our family bungalow

Upon entering for the first time, we found gorgeous thatch-roof family bungalow decorated with lovely local blooms in every room.

The bungalow featured a large main bedroom, an elegant ensuite with an outdoor shower courtyard off of it and a large lounge and living area.

Outside a verandah held a lounge and a table and was a lovely spot to relax in the mornings or afternoons.

Private bungalow features

The bungalow’s size meant there was plenty of room to move and it was a great place for our family to spread out and relax. Features included climate control air conditioning, and there were plenty of extra little luxuries such as a capsule coffee machine and refrigerator which all made our stay even more comfortable.

Our bungalow’s ensuite featured a large double shower and double vanities, and there were ample large, fluffy bath towels. The outside courtyard with a separate gate entrance and shower was an added bonus, perfect for washing off sand and hanging out wet swimming costumes and towels!

We loved the privacy and space of our bungalow, and it made a very comfortable and convenient base for our Aitutaki stay.

The resort swimming pools

Tamanu Beach Resort swimming pool

Tamanu Beach Resort family swimming pool

Our bungalow looked out to the family swimming pool, and we loved to take a swim in it in the evenings, because we loved to snorkel in the lagoon from the resort’s beach during the day.

Free beach equipment

Tamanu Beach Resort beach equipment was free to use

Tamanu Beach Resort beach equipment was free to use

You can snorkel, canoe or just swim off the beautiful Tamanu Beach Resort beach. The crystal-clear water was filled with tropical fish. The resort supplies free snorkels to use, plus there are kayaks and stand-up paddle (sup) boards available for guests to use for free.

Snorkeling and swimming at the Tamanu Beach Resort

Snorkeling and swimming at the Tamanu Beach Resort

The white sandy resort beach is lined with palm trees. There is a floating pontoon out in the water to swim or wade to, to sunbathe on. No reef shoes are required, plus the water has an expansive shallow area which is suitable for children, or those who are not confident swimmers.

We spent a couple of very happy hours one afternoon just snorkeling in the shallow water to watching the colourful fish and relaxing together on the pontoon.

The pontoon in the lagoon at Tamaru Beach Resort

The pontoon in the lagoon at Tamaru Beach Resort

It’s all just steps away from your private bungalow.

Check for the best Tamanu Beach Resort rates on Tripadvisor here

Things to do in Aitutaki – the Wet N Wild cruise

Our Aitutaki Wet N Wild Cruise

Our Aitutaki Wet N Wild Cruise

Whilst we were in Aitutaki we went on a Wet N Wild cruise which gave us the opportunity to snorkel, swim and much more in the gorgeous Aitutaki Lagoon. You can read all about our Wet N Wild cruise on our review here.

How do you get to Aitutaki?

The fastest way to Aitutaki is by air from Rarotonga

The fastest way to Aitutaki is by air from Rarotonga

You can quickly access Aitutaki in less than an hour via an Air Rarotonga flight out of Rarotonga International Airport.

Which airline flies to the Cook Islands from Australia?

 

We were invited to fly with Jetstar Australia to fly from Australia to the Cook Islands See Jetstar Australia’s cheap Cook Island flights here

Jetstar Australia offer cheap fares to the Cook Islands three times a week – check their website for their low Cook Island fares and frequent sales.

Tamanu Beach Resort important info

Resort name: Tamanu Beach Resort

Address: Main Road, Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Phone no.: +682 31 810

Email address: reservations@tamanubeach.com

For bookings: Check for the best Tamanu Beach Resort rates on Tripadvisor here

Aitutaki road map showing Tamanu Beach Resort location

Road map showing Tamanu Beach Resort from the Aitutaki Airport

You may also enjoy reading our Cook Islands holiday planning feature here and our An Australian’s essential holiday guide to the Cook Islands here.

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Do you have any questions about Tamanu Beach Resort in the Cook Islands? Ask me in the comments below!

The Let’s Go Mum family partnered with Jetstar Australia for our flights and hosted us for a week in the Cook Islands. As always, all opinions remain firmly our own.

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