Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas | Aitutaki | Cook Islands

Our Philosophy: Living Sustainably

Etu Moana has committed itself to a Cook Islands Eco Resort

We feel deeply attached to this place and its people. We respect the priceless beauty of nature, the need of the people who live here and the desires of our guests who come here.

We continuously try to achieve the very best results for Ecological and Social Sustainability

As a luxury sustainable hotel we are aware of the possible negative effects that our resort could have on the environment and on the community and feel obligated to minimize our environmental footprint by appropriate management.

Architecture

The arrangement of the villas with the traditional Polynesian roofs were constructed to remain in keeping with Aitutaki and melting in its landscape. Exterior and interior materials are from mainly renewable resources. Thanks to the construction of the villas with high ceilings and cross ventilation, the air conditioner requirements are low.

Progress merged with Tradition

Etu Moana is the last resort on Aitutaki that continues to use natural coconut palms "Nikau“ for roofing. Just one of the ways in which Etu Moana is putting something back into the community of which it is part of. Depending on weather and exposition, each roof has to be renewed every two years.

At Night in Almost Total Darkness

To draw your attention to the true star of an Aitutaki night, the overwhelming starry sky, the illumination of Etu Moana is reduced to a minimum. As a dark sanctuary, light-pollution is a major concern.

Support of the Local Economy

All our uniforms, pillows and bedcovers are handmade on Aitutaki. Whenever possible, we buy our fruits from Aitutaki’s dedicated gardeners. For our guests’ dinner we promote the local gastronomy. We support the development of local fossil free business, such as Sailing Aitutaki. Thus we follow the pioneers of Okeanos.

Energy, Water and Waste

For us the only reasonable approach to enter a new sustainable tomorrow is to be as fossil free as possible.

Solar energy heats up all of our water. We welcome the Cook Islands Renewable Energy Chart Implementation. Aitutaki has started the installation of solar power panels. Consequently, we will be able to use renewable energy as the source of our electrical power in the near future.

The pristine, healthy Aitutaki rain water is collected and purified at the resort and provided to our guests in each villa.

By using as little packing material as possible we contribute to reduce our waste production. Glass bottles are used whenever possible.

Our Local Staff

We deliberately focus our attention on employing local staff. Our staff is the key to the success of Etu Moana. We would not exist without them.

It is their authentic dedication and pride that form the heart and soul of Etu Moana.

You can sense this throughout the resort. A respectful relationship with our staff is principal to our business strategy.

We encourage the mutually-beneficial interaction between the staff and our guests, as those personal ethical experiences are priceless.

Membership and Awards

Member of Travellife
Member of Travelife since December 2016

Bronze member of
Te Ipukarea Society since 2018

Awarded with The Mana Tiaki Eco Certification as the first and only property on Aitutaki in 2019.
Re-awarded with The Mana Tiaki Eco Certification in 2020.

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