The Cook Islands are known as a great value South Pacific escape, especially when compared against neighbouring Tahiti. The island of Rarotonga has an assortment of wonderfully affordable 3- and 4-star properties. However, when it comes to having the ultimate escape, indulging in luxury is worth the splurge. Here are Goway’s tops pics for a 5-star luxury escape in the Cook Islands.
Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa
Experience having your own one- or two-bedroom private villa at this heavenly retreat. The spacious villas include private spa pool, jacuzzi, a gorgeous full kitchen, gift basket on arrival, BBQ, use of kayaks, and snorkelling equipment. Plus, you are only steps away from the beach. Guests can expect VIP attention and service from the on-site managers.
Te Manava Luxury Villas and Spa
Te Manava Spa and Luxury Villas offer a 5-star experience in a relaxing setting overlooking Muri Beach in Rarotonga. This boutique property has only 13 villas, so guests can expect attentive service. Each villa (one, two, or three bedrooms) has a contemporary design and is self-contained, making them perfect for families, a couple looking for romantic seclusion, or couples travelling together. The villas are located just a 2-3 minute walk from the beautiful lagoon.
Pacific Resort Aitutaki
This multi-award winning five star resort is on the stunning island of Aitutaki and is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection. There are 27 luxuriously appointed bungalows and villas, located steps from Aitutaki’s beautiful lagoon, in a lush tropical setting. Each of the beachfront rooms has its own private sundeck on the beach. The resort provides snorkelling gear, reef shoes, beach loungers, and kayaks. Expect excellent cuisine at the resort’s two restaurants. Special dinners on the beach may also be arranged.