"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward."   (Spanish Proverb)

Kia Orana,

All of the staff here at Etu Moana hope that your 2018 has got off to a wonderful start and we wish you all a year rich with the blessings of love, joy, warmth, and laughter. Hopefully plans for your next relaxing break are complete or well underway after a busy 2017.



Resort Renovations
We are open for business as usual after our 4 weeks of renovations. During that time we managed to repair and re-varnish 8 Villa verandas and fully refurbish 6 bathrooms. Villas 1 – 6 are complete and Villas 7 & 8 will be completed in early 2019..

The design of the new bathrooms was developed by Hanne, the owner of Etu Moana, and her architect, Eduard Schmutz. The leading concept was that Aitutaki is created by two natural elements: The reef with the bright, colorful turquoise lagoon, and the volcano with the dark soil and black rock. While outside the villas you are indulged in the intense colors of the lagoon, the new bathrooms resemble the volcanic element with a velvety darkness. They offer a place for the senses to retreat. Here you are sheltered from the bright sunlight and the salt water.
The rain shower moistens your skin with precious Aitutaki rain water while you are surrounded by pure materials. Touch the handmade, river stone sink, born in a tropical volcanic river. Unique and inimitable - just as you are. Enjoy!


Well done and congratulations to US!! The Tripadvisor “Travelers’ Choice” results are out. Not only did we secure our Travelers’ Choice award which means we are in the top 1% of properties listed on Tripadvisor worldwide but Etu Moana was placed 2nd in the South Pacific (and that’s a big place) for Romance.

We were also placed at Number 22 for ‘Best Service’ and 24 for ‘Best Small Hotels’ in the South Pacific. These results are something that all of the staff here are really proud of so Meitaki Atupaka to you, our guests for making it possible for us to achieve this award as these placings are all down to your wonderful reviews.We have also been chosen as one of the finalists in the ‘Environment’ category for the Air New Zealand Cook Island Tourism Industry Awards. We’ll let you know how that goes in the next Newsletter.

Tripadvisor - Still at the top:
We finished 2017 with some rave reviews and maintained our pole position. Among the most popular comments were points about service and cleanliness. We are all are extremely happy to be of service to you all and take pride in offering the best service we possibly can. As always, a big Meitaki Atupaka to you, our guests, we wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for all of you, your time and your lovely comments. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve Etu Moana in any way then please do let us know. We are always open to new ideas on how we can improve our product for future guests and going forward.

Commitment to the Community
This year so far, our contribution to the community has focused on the environment with emphasis on conservation and animal welfare.

Vet Trek 2018
As many of you know, Aitutaki is ‘Cat’ Island, there are no dogs here. Cats are part of island life on Aitutaki and are certainly part of the family here at Etu Moana. In February, 2 vets and 3 assistants came from America to spend a week here and offered their services free of charge for the community. During their ‘Vet Trek’, 131 cats were seen and over 100 of those cats were neutered which means we are making headway on keeping the population in check in a civilized way. We donated 5 x cat cages a fuel voucher and took the volunteers out for Dinner. Well-deserved after their busy week!

Te Ipukarea Society
We have become a Bronze member of the Te Ipukarea Society. In our continual efforts to support sustainable tourism. The Society is a proactive Cook Islands NGO and literally translated ‘Te Ipukarea’ means ‘Our Heritage’. Their philosophy is that land and Marine resources are not owned but borrowed from our children. These resource need to be returned to them in good condition. The society desires a sustainable, healthy and beautiful environment. They are currently working on projects involving national waste management, Seabird research and a sustainable Fisheries campaign. We are excited to support them in the coming year and look forward to more success stories from their tireless campaigns. You can read more about the society here: http://tiscookislands.org/

Staff – Departures and Arrivals
The beginning of this year saw us lose two long term staff at Etu Moana. It was with great sadness that we said goodbye to Parana, who was always ready with a smile at Reception and Jolene, who greeted our guests at breakfast. Parana had worked here for 12 years and Jolene had worked here for 8 years. The end of an era indeed. Their presence at Etu Moana has been heartfelt by all of our guests and they will be greatly missed by everyone. We wish them all the best in their new endeavors in which they are both bound to excel in the same way they did here.

We now have the lovely Angeline working at Reception alongside Ruanoo. Both girls are looking forward to welcoming you on your (next) perfect stay at Etu Moana.

Other new recruits include Lezric in Housekeeping and Taina at Breakfast. Make sure you welcome them with a ‘Kia Orana’ when you meet them.

Our Gardens
Wow the gardens look amazing. With a fantastic wet season so far with regular showers and a good tidy up whilst the resort was closed they have never looked better. The ironwood tree is making beautiful shady areas alongside the signature tree on the beach and our passionfruit behind Villa 9 & 10 is producing fruit already. The hibiscus, gardenia, orchids and Glorious Flame Lilies are in full bloom. Even the starfruit tree is full of fruit. Watch this space for some homemade Starfruit Chutney to join the marmalades and relishes!

Aitutaki Marathon – Pursuit in Paradise!
As mentioned in our last Newsletter the marathon is scheduled for May 1st. We have bookings from runners from around the world and only have 1 room left available. The interest the event has generated globally is great and yet another fantastic event planned for the beautiful island of Aitutaki. There is still time so grab your running shoes and come join in the fun, there are other runs to choose from and where else would you get the opportunity run down a runway?
Be sure to catch up on the event in our next Newsletter.

Continuous ambition: Sustainable Tourism
Refillable Bathroom Amenities
We’ve got rid of plastic straws, given you reusable shopping bags and only sell reef safe and natural sunscreen and repellents in our shop. What next? It’s time to replace our individually bottled amenities with a refillable option. Over the next couple of months we will be running down our supplies of the old, not so environmentally friendly amenities and replacing them with new, funky silicone bottles that can be easily refilled. This will cut down the amount of plastic imported onto our beautiful island and reduce our contribution to landfill. We hope you will agree that this is the only responsible way forward for us as operators.

Be Good to yourself and the Reef Too…
Just a reminder to check your sunscreen before you arrive to make sure it is oxybenzone free to help protect yourself and the future of Aitutaki’s Reef and Lagoon.

Stay friends
Would you like more current details about what we are doing right now? What our guests think? Be part of our Etu Moana Facebook-Community and be sure to follow us on Instagram.



Romance Award – Limited Time Only! Book before May 30th 2018
Placed Number 2 for us means 2 for you! Book Direct with us for a minimum 3 night stay and we’ll pay for Dinner for 2 at Tamanu.

15% off Beach View Villas 2018
Book you stay direct with us for 2018 and receive a 15% discount on your room rate.

Stay 5 Nights and Pay for 4 Nights – Book before June 30th 2018.
Book your 5 Night stay with us and pay for Just 4 – Perfect if you are flying direct from LA.

And Finally...
Kia Orana (May you live a long and fulfilling life) from your family here on Aitutaki in the Cook Islands…

Kia Manuia from All of the Staff here at Etu Moana.

Paul Knight & Kirsti Deacon-Smith
General Managers