Five Reasons to Escape to the Cook Islands this Christmas

Looking for a unique winter escape this December? Why not consider the Cook Islands, the small island country in the South Pacific, located three hours from New Zealand. Here’s why:

1. No “Peak Season” Pricing at the Resorts.
Hotels and villas in the Cook Islands typically don’t apply a surcharge for travelling over the Christmas and New Year’s Eve period, with the exception in some cases of a compulsory Christmas dinner (which is a fun affair). The Cook Islands is an affordable choice for you winter escape.

2. Beautiful Beaches Will Make You Forget About the Cold.
With average temperatures of 22-28°C (72-82°F), December is a tropical paradise. (Do expect some light showers though.) Enjoy beautiful powder white sand beaches and turquoise lagoons.

Lagoon Cruise in Rarotonga
Lagoon Cruise in Rarotonga

3. Villa-Style Accommodation is Perfect for Groups or Long Stays.
Want to escape for the whole month with your entire family? No problem. The Cook Islands offers a variety of self-catering villa-style accommodation, making it ideal for a long stay.

Check out our list of Cook Island resorts

Sea Change Villas in Rarotonga
Sea Change Villas in Rarotonga

4. Not Very Crowded, Even In Peak Period. Of course, the holiday season is busy everywhere, but the Cook Islands is a boutique destination, with no major hotel chains, so don’t expect to find the beach packed with swimmers and sunbathers.

5. Come Home Rejuvenated. The Cook Islands is THE place to unwind and relax in an island paradise setting. The atmosphere is very laid back, the locals are friendly, and you can do as much or as little as you want!

Get Active in the Cooks!

Relax Poolside, Cook Islands
Relax poolside
Stand Up Paddleboarding, Cook Islands
Stand-up paddleboarding

Sound like the perfect Christmas holiday experience? Book your escape now before space fills up!

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Bronwyn Hodge
Bronwyn Hodge

Idyllic Islands General Manager - Growing up in a family travel business, Bronwyn has been travelling from a very young age. Her favourite experience was 3 months spent backpacking through India and Southeast Asia. She counts many countries among her ‘favourites,’ but is especially fond of Australia for its lifestyle, Cambodia for its culture and resilience, and Japan for its contrasts. She holds the proud distinction of being Goway’s only former Bollywood star – having once starred in a Coke commercial in Mumbai.

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