Ok, I've been to Aitutaki SEVEN TIMES, so I know a bit about the place!
Akaiami Paradise is absolutely unique. It is situated on the breathtakingly beautiful Akaiami motu (island), and is a 5 minute boat ride from the mainland across the amazing Aitutaki lagoon.
I am literally going to struggle to describe it's beauty, so I'll try and sum up by saying that if you have ever dreamt of sandy white beaches, luke-warm and gin-clear lagoon, coconut palms waving in the breeze, and isolation as well as comfort, this place is for you.
If you want absolute luxury with big screen tv's, pools, bar, room service etc, then either stay home, or go somewhere like Rumours. At Rumours though you'll pay $1800 a night for a location that is no where NEAR as good, and in fact is on the exact same beach as a NUMBER of budget hotels where you pay only $80 a night.
The complex has been handbuilt by part-owner Sydney Marsters, and is very quaint and luxurious.
Sydney is an amazing host - very friendly and helpful, he'll do everything he can to make your trip memorable and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. He even offers a unique lagoon cruise away from the daily crowds on islands such as Tapuaetai (One-Foot Island), and will take you to places very few tourists have ever seen.
The main room (where we stayed) has been furnished with older quaint furniture, some of which has been handbuilt by Sydney from recycled furniture. He has also used old fashioned fittings to create an atmosphere that is totally unique.
He also has 2 or 3 bungalows a little closer to the beach on the side. They are very cute, clean, and cosy.
All of the buildings are absolute waterfront.
Sydney will show you around the island, tell you about the history of Aitutaki, show you the wildlife, husk you drinking nuts, give you samples of local foods, and even take you on a giant coconut crab hunt (The only person in Aitutaki to offer this). He'll even take you fishing if you want. (You may actually be woken up by the fish splashing in the lagoon in the morning, there's so many around!)
No matter where you stay - consider at least a NIGHT at Akaiami Paradise. It is NOT the best accomodation as such on the island (The Pacific resort is far more plush, and has swimming pools etc), but it is a FAR BETTER location, and for LESS MONEY.
In my opinion, considering the unique location and amenities, it is the best place to stay on the island. You can pay more and less at other places, but none of them have quite the same magic as motu Akaiami.
You may not want to spend you whole time there (since it's only accessible by boat therefore limiting your ability to explore), if it's in your price range make sure you stay at least a night or two.
Don't be tempted to stay in the basic accomodations on One-Foot island - it's beautiful but gets crowded with tourists during the day.
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Response from AkaiamiParadiseLtd, Owner at Akaiami Paradise
Responded Dec. 29, 2016
Kia Orana Rockycartmaker, Thank you so much for the positive feedback. We really appreciated. I'm very sorry for the late response - I'm just getting into learning about these technical devices. We're pleased that we've been able to accommodate your stay with us and we loved having you as you've been very much been part of our history during the early stages of our home. We hope we will meet you again. Meitaki atupaka rava, Much love, Mama Ruru
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