After only 5 hours of sleep, we crawled out of bed to explore Muri.
A quick look at the beach, then we were off to the Aqua Cafe for our Tropical Breakfast (cereal, toast, fruit & coffee), where Tim joined us for a coffee.
|Muri Beach Resort Pool|
|Muri Beach Resort Reception|
At the airport Mick chatted to some guys about fishing, green with envy as he learnt that one of them was a Shimano rep... Mick listened intently to their stories of catching the legendary Bonefish of the Cook Islands - you could see his mind storing away the info as valuable tips for his coming fishing adventures!
The plane was small, old and quite frankly we were surprised to actually lift off the ground. A short 50 minute rattly trip, and we were in awe of the beauty we could see below.
|Looking down on Aitutaki|
We then got the warmest welcome one could ever imagine! We were greeted by our driver, who put a freshly-made, fragrant lei around our necks and then gave us each a drinking coconut to celebrate our arrival in this beautiful place!
The air-conditioned coach ride from the airport was short and sweet. Then we were delighted to see a gorgeous wooden ferry-boat waiting to take us across a small channel of the most aqua-clear water we have ever laid our eyes on.
|The only way to get to and from the resort from the main island.|
As we headed across the white sand into the reception area, we were given ice-cold face cloths to cool us down. The reception area was a large, open bungalow. A high-pitched thatched roof, wooden carvings and super-sized armchairs, all created a fabulous first impression of the resort.
|Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa Reception|
Our host gave us a quick orientation to the resort, and before long we were being escorted through the stunning grounds to our dream holiday destination - our Overwater Bungalow!
On the way over here I read this quote in a travel brochure:
Well, this place is the ultimate place to lose your breath! From the moment that we opened the front door, the crystal blue water could be seen from every angle of the bungalow - I mean it! The bed, the shower, even the toilet! And if you were getting ready to go somewhere, there is that gorgeous image in the reflection of the mirror, just to remind you where you are. Fresh flowers were adorning every flat surface - tables, benches, (and even in the toilet), freshly picked local flowers were decorating our lovely holiday home. The small touches made by the resort, are really the big things that we will remember for years to come.
|The open air shower|
|The courtyard - the photo is taken from where the shower was situated.|
|Our very own stairs into the crystal clear lagoon!|
Stunning, gorgeous, picturesque, magical - whatever you call it - it is paradise!
I think that next we kind of walked around in awe, from the overwater balcony to the super-king-sized bed, then out to open air shower and garden space. Pure heaven on earth - we had found it :)
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