Home to unspoiled oasis, emerald mountains, white-sand beaches and extraordinary coral reefs, the South Pacific's Cook Islands has plenty to enchant couples. Made up of 15 beautiful islands, this spellbinding destination really does seem straight from a postcard. Daydreaming of escaping here? We've found five utterly spectacular havens in the Cook Islands that are sure to win you over.
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The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa
If you're looking to kick off your romantic getaway soon after touching down, book a stay at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa on the Cook Island's main island. While just under 10 minutes drive from the airport, this sensational resort feels as if it's in a world of its own.
Encircled by coral reefs and the Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve (arguably the island's best snorkelling spot), The Rarotongan is also beloved for its laid-back atmosphere. From its comfortable accommodation and indulgent spa offerings to its array of dining options (think a casual beach bar and grill, and private candlelit waterside dinners), everything is blissfully relaxed – just what an island escape calls for!
Another fabulous hideaway located on the main island, Sanctuary Rarotonga offers all the essentials for an idyllic tropical getaway, just minutes from the airport. An adults-only resort with a peaceful beach and lagoon, this fantastic spot is – quite literally – made for days spent taking it easy.
Enjoy a lazy meal at the beachside BlueWater Grill, take a refreshing dip in crystal-clear waters, sip cocktails at the swim-up bar, feel refreshed with a massage at the spa or get adventurous with an exhilarating 4WD safari tour – however you choose to unwind, it's all here for you.
Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa
For a special occasion or a once-in-a-lifetime sojourn, claim one of the overwater bungalows at Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa for yourselves. Situated on the turquoise Aitutaki Lagoon (as the name might suggest), this dreamy retreat is actually the only private island resort in the Cook Islands – definitely book this beauty if you're looking to impress someone special!
Home to Insta-ready thatched-roof pool villas and overwater bungalows, Aitutaki is known for its captivating natural beauty and romantic experiences. Snorkelling, swimming, SUP-ing, kayaking, hula classes, fish-feeding, rejuvenating spa treatments, unforgettable dining – the resort is perfect for doing as much (or as little) as you like.
Ikurangi Eco Retreat
Back on Rarotonga, there's a couples' haven that really stands out for all the right reasons. A place where luxury meets sustainability, Ikurangi Eco Retreat is an environmentally conscious hideaway with glamping safari tents and sumptuous tropical ares (homes) tucked away in lush, palm-filled gardens. Nature-lovers, this one's for you.
Just moments from the beach and Rarotonga's majestic mountains, Ikurangi also spoils guests with chef-prepared in-tent dinners, private yoga sessions and complimentary bicycle use (great for exploring the island). But, if you're just looking to enjoy life's simple pleasures, be sure to soak your troubles away with a glass of Champagne under glittering stars in your old-world claw-foot tub. One word – heaven.
Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa
Prefer your accommodation to have four sturdy walls? Luxury-lovers will find it hard to go past Rarotonga's Rumours Luxury Villas & Spas, located on Muri Lagoon.
Home to a collection of glamorous villas (all with their own private pool, no less), this incredible escape boasts an absolute beachfront location, a multi-award-winning spa and some of the Cook Island's best dining options. Also with it's own private jet service, Rumours will definitely make you feel like VIPs when you check in!
Images sourced via www.rumours-rarotonga.com, www.therarotongan.com, www.sanctuaryrarotonga.com and www.ikurangi.com