Few things are as alluring as living out your castaway dreams in the romantic South Pacific. It's fair to say, however, that historically the Cook Islands (in particular Rarotonga) hasn't enjoyed a glowing reputation for travellers with a penchant for boutique and luxurious accommodation. But how the times have changed. These days discerning travellers can find elegant properties that marry modernity with Polynesian tradition and warm hospitality in one of the best kept secrets of the South Pacific. Here's five of our favourite sleeping beauties in Rarotonga.
1. Te Vakaroa Villas
This private, gated property features six exclusive poolside retreats. Each villa compliments its natural surroundings, with the swaying palm trees and lush gardens of the surrounding property just steps away from the idyllic beaches of Muri Lagoon. Choose from intimate single or double occupancy rooms or opt for the stylish one or two bedroom villas with inviting open terraces.
2. Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa
This Five Star property welcomes guests with waterfall features, private plunge pools and lush tropical gardens, all within the privacy of your exclusive beachside villa. Known for its delightful Waterfall Spa, this retreat provides the perfect refuge in which to relax, unwind and forget about the cares of the world. Villa guests receive a twenty percent discount on all spa treatments too!
3. Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
Set on its own private lagoon along Muri Beach, Te Manava provides beachside solitude in one, two or three bedroom boutique style villas. Each villa features private courtyards and pools, a full gourmet kitchen and luxury toiletries. Guests will appreciate both the complimentary kayaks for some beachside fun and the soothing treatments in the spa for some pampered down time.
4. Little Polynesian Resort
This exclusive resort touts its magnificent beachfront location as one of its top draws. Visitors can choose to soak up the tropical surroundings in luxurious comfort or take advantage of the many adventure packages on offer. Kite surfing, eco bike tours or diving experiences are all on hand. Meal options are equally bountiful with a wide selection of fresh menu items available for elegant terrace dining.
5. Nautilus Resort
Lavish villas, superior spa facilities, a stylish restaurant and of course a magnificent lagoon setting all add up to a world class resort property. Full function facilities make this a popular resort for intimate weddings and small occasions too. Tropical gardens and spectacular ocean views provide a spectacular backdrop for any occasion.