Only one resort lets you stay on the stunning Aitutaki Lagoon: the appropriately named Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa. Built on the small sand tear- drop known as Akitua, 29 bungalows put guests steps from the water; 7 more are actually over the water. They're the only such accommodations in the Cook Islands, and all a direct flight from Los Angeles. To enjoy the lagoon, step onto a windsurf board, hop into an outrigger canoe or jump in for a snorkel. You may never want to towel off -- until you smell that night's authentic feast sizzling in the umu kai earth oven on the beach. Few have had yellowfin tuna like this. Fall asleep to the rustling of the coco- nut grove and the ripples of the lagoon. You'll feel one with the water. See photos.
Here is further info from the managers of Aitutaki Lagoon Resort:
What do U.S. travelers enjoy most about the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort? Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa is a true private island resort, set directly in the heart of the South Seas.
Famous Americans such as John Wayne and Cary Grant journeyed to Aitutaki during the golden age of the Solent Flying Boats in the 1950s to experience for themselves the World's Most Beautiful Lagoon. Today, Aitutaki continues to capture the imaginations of incurable romantics the world over, travelers who still appreciate the romance of travel and the discovery of unique, far-flung paradises. Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa is the only resort set directly on Aitutaki Lagoon, from where guests drink in spellbinding vistas of one of the world's natural wonders -- an expanse of turquoise so intense it feels like you're awash in the colours of heaven. Travelers board a small private ferry boat for the 2 minute journey from the main island of Aitutaki to Motu Akitua, the resort's private isle. They are greeted by an island warrior sounding the traditional conch shell and a genuinely warm Cook Islands welcome, Kia Orana!
Which of the resort's offerings best celebrates the authentic island culture?
What makes this resort unique among all the world's private-island resorts?
See the true-blue water of the Aitutaki Lagoon like nowhere else