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Motu Akitua, Aitutaki Lagoon, Akitua Island, Cook Islands , New Zealand

Rising from one of these white-sand motu is Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa—which has the island chain’s only overwater bungalows as well as the new Villa Te Arau, a mod-Maori haven with black-pearl-shell inlays, woven-pandanus walls, and a private pool. This is the place to spend days learning to pluck a ukulele or dozing in the double-wide hammock.

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Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa

Rising from one of these white-sand motu is Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa—which has the island chain’s only overwater bungalows as well as the new Villa Te Arau, a mod-Maori haven with black-pearl-shell inlays, woven-pandanus walls, and a private pool. This is the place to spend days learning to pluck a ukulele or dozing in the double-wide hammock.