Atiu Island is a beautiful, quiet, and secluded spot 187 km north of Rarotonga. Highlights are the caves, nature walks, and the secluded beaches. The 6 Atiu Villas, each with cooking facilities and a well-stocked larder are surrounded by tropical gardens and a view down a jungle clad valley to the ocean. The restaurant serves 2 course dinners each evening.
Atiu Villas Cook Islands, also known as Enuamanu (land of the birds) lies 187 kilometres northeast of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Atiu Villas Cook Islands is surrounded by an ancient uplifted reef which is riddled with water caves, burial caves, bird caves, and unexplored caves. The caves are a popular activity for visitors. Cave tours are available to many coral limestone caves. All are spectacular. If you are into caves you could easily spend all of your time on Atiu underground.
Anataketake cave in particular is the home of the Kopeka. A bird unique to Atiu, which is able to echo-locate in the dark cave to find its nest. Some of Atiu’s beaches are almost inaccessible and are very secluded. Others can be reached easily, but all are seldom visited. There are many nature walks through the lush tropical jungle. Being the land of the birds, Atiu also specialises in guided bird tours to see the fauna and flora on Atiu Island.
Atiu Villas is surrounded by extensive tropical gardens, pineapple fields and a view down a jungle clad valley to the ocean. With only 6 villas it is a small, intimate, friendly resort in the Cook Islands.
All of the chalet style villas are made almost entirely of local native timbers and materials and feature the polished woods of mango, coconut, red peanut, acacia, cedar and other native woods. There is plenty of water and each villa has a solar hot water supply. Electricity, Wifi, internet and water run 24-hours a day
Each villa has a private verandah, cooking facilities, separate bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities and a feature not often seen elsewhere, a fully stocked larder which guests can use and pay for what they use on departure. The larders are well-stocked with dairy food, beverages, packaged and tinned food. The villas have varying bedding configurations that can take from 2 to 6 people.
The Pavilion, with a tennis court and swimming pool behind it, is located at the entrance to Atiu Villas, Atiu Island, Cook Islands. Rental vehicles are available on the resort grounds. An evening restaurant and bar is on site serving 2-course evening meals.Linda Gutekunst
The trip was WONDERFUL!! Atiu was fabulous. You need to go!!! It is very secluded and quiet. There are no paved roads, no restaurants, no shopping but it is paradise and we want to go back. Atiu actually made Aitutaki feel like the "big city." In fact when we got to Raro it was almost culture-shock - so many people and buildings and so many cars. We can not say enough about the people - Roger at the Villas took care of us in everyway. We loved the cave tour (quite a challenging hike) and the coffee tour and spent one day on a motorbike just hanging out at all the perfect beaches around the island. We never saw another person the entire day and the beaches looked like they had not been touched by another human. Dave got to go hunting Mina birds (they are a huge menace on the island) and learned a new way to fish from the reef. He caught parrot fish which were delicious. It is a place to recommend to those looking for a laid-back paradise.
Arriving back at Raro was like going home. We were recognized and welcomed by so many people!! Tom and Luckey at RBB are the best. They had a floral arrangement in our bungalow for us, a bottle of champagne and even took us out to dinner one evening. We miss them already!!