Relinquish the hotel day bed and discover storytellers, safaris, villages, eco adventures galore. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime in the Cook Islands.
Rarotonga in the Cook Islands has always been a favourite holiday destination for many Australians and for a limited time, Virgin Australia has made it cheaper than ever to travel there.
The Cook Islands are truly paradise on earth – a place everyone should experience at least once in their lives. Laid-back and casual with a friendly atmosphere, Rarotonga, the main island of the Cooks, will be where you spend most days. Because you can circumnavigate the island by car in just 45 minutes, it really doesn’t matter in which area you choose to base yourself. Here’s a review of two of our favourite places to stay but there are many more – go and discover them.
The stunning Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa has come in at lucky number 13 on the list of Top 25 Resorts in Australia, New Zealand & The South Pacific in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2015.
Romantic, bewitching, spectacular... you could fill an entire paragraph with superlatives about these heavenly islands. Largely unspoiled by tourism with no traffic jams or even traffic lights, no high-rise buildings and no over-crowded cities, the Cooks are truly heaven on earth for couples looking for a Robinson Crusoe type experience wrapped in the embrace of five-star luxury.
My brother was on his way home from a two year round-the-world journey and dropped in on our father at our childhood home in the Cook Islands. “That’s where I want to live the rest of my life,” he said. “All that searching and it was there all along, under my nose.” It’s the people, he says. Cook Islanders are what make these islands so unique, they’re chubby, jovial souls always with a guitar handy and a laugh that’ll scare you at first with its sonic boom.
Couples love the Cook Islands as many of the islands appear untouched, with the atmosphere set at a constant resort-like pace. Here, lush tropical mountains meet white sand beaches with extraordinary coral reefs. The Cook Islands comprises 15 islands with Rarotonga as the hub of the nation and the main tourist precinct. Rich in experiences but inexpensive in cost, they are an increasingly popular honeymoon and romantic getaway hotspot. Accommodation is aplenty but to make it a bit easier for you to choose, we've put together five of our favourite Cook Island havens.
The Cook Islands are the quintessential tropical islands we all dream about when everyday life gets dull and boring – the sultry heat of a shimmering, golden sun sitting high in yet another perfect blue sky, the vibrant green fronds of coconut palms riffling in the gentle sea breeze, the pungent perfume of colourful tropical flowers wafting through the air. The Cook Islands is a garden of Eden, a place where life is lived in the slow lane, and each new day unfolds with the promise of yet another perfect day in paradise.
Scattered over an incredible two million square kilometres of ocean and largely unspoiled by tourism – no traffic lights and no high-rise buildings – the romantic Cook Islands are a holiday paradise for couples looking to drop out, kick back and just relax into 'island time' – that mysterious Pacific timezone when nothing is important and nothing is rushed. So take off your watch, turn off your phone, take a deep breath and feel the tension leave your body... perfection!
If you are in search of the perfect Pacific island paradise for a couples' trip away, don't look past the Cook Islands.
This collection of stunning islets is ideal for honeymoons or simply for a romantic getaway. After all, who needs an occasion to celebrate with their loved one in one of the most beautiful parts of the world?
Swim, snorkel, dive, lounge by a beautiful pool or spend time exploring the lush forest. While away your afternoons lying on the beach with a good book, and savour evenings sipping on cocktails at your hotel bar. All, of course, with the one you love. It's utopia just for couples.
We're already big fans of Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, a private island resort that sits directly on the Aitutaki Lagoon in the gorgeous Cook Islands. With its great accommodation (including overwater bungalows) and its very own spa, what's not to love? It's the perfect location for honeymooners or couples looking for their perfect island holiday, effortlessly combining luxury and Polynesian charm in a world-class resort.
We've been given even more reason to put the ever-romantic Aitutaki on our 'must visit' list – no doubt you'll agree with us!