Fringed with idyllic white sands and sparkling seas, Rarotonga is the heart of the Cook Islands and the perfect setting for a break in a beachfront resort read more...

Resplendent Rarotonga resorts

The best way to fulfil your dreams of a secluded island getaway in the stunning South Pacific is by checking yourself into a 5-star Rarotonga hotel. Luxury retreats can be found all the way around the island, easily accessible from the main road, Ara Tapu, which circles Raro for 32-kilometres.

Stay directly on the beach at Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa, which come fully furnished to cater to your every need. Take a dip in the Titikaveka Lagoon at the boutique Sea Change Villas, or enjoy uninterrupted views of Muri Lagoon from your private patio at Te Vakaroa Villas. Alterantively, soak up the tropical ambience by booking your stay in one of the lavish "huts" at Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach.

Accommodation in Avarua or Arorangi

Referred to as the "town", Avarua is Rarotonga's main village on the north side and, like almost everywhere on the island, is an excellent spot for swimming, snorkelling and other quintessential island activities. Stay in a budget-friendly bungalow or beach shack, or enjoy the cultural offerings at the 4-star Edgewater Resort & Spa.

In the island's west, the Arorangi District has plenty of Rarotonga accommodation options to choose from in close proximity to the famous Aroa Beach. Whether it's cocktails at sunset at Manuia Beach Resort or a spa treatment at the Crown Beach Resort, there are plenty of ways to cap off your day of island leisure.

More options near Muri Beach

Jump on the island bus or hire a scooter and make your way around to the east coast of the island, where you will find the main tourist hub of Muri. Take in the picturesque views of swaying palms and the sparkling lagoon from the Rendezvous Villas, or make a splash in the aquatic playground at the doorstep of the Muri Beach Resort.

While you may want to base yourself lagoon-side, you can always venture into the hinterland and explore the forested peaks with the help of a local guide. Hear the hymns and ukulele sounds travelling on the breeze as you visit the local craft markets, or learn how to shake it in a traditional ura piani dance.

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