Blue lagoons, coral reefs and picturesque scenery have made the Cook Islands a highly visited holiday destination.
Comprised of 15 islands, each as beautiful as the next, this South Pacific archipelago is a tropical paradise and a fantastic option for your next escape.
Here’s a selection of the top 5-star hotels to make your stay a luxurious and memorable one.
Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Pacific Resort Aitutaki is the definition of luxury, from its upscale beach-view villas to fine-dining restaurants and striking surroundings. Not to mention the spa, fitness centre and infinity pool among other decadent facilities.
This family-friendly hideaway offers a range of activities such as stand-up paddle boarding, ukulele lessons, coconut husking and snorkelling, along with a dedicated kids' club.
Pacific Resort Aitutaki has two restaurant options and is located only two kilometres from the main town of Arutanga, where you can can dine, shop and immerse yourself in local culture.
Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa is an ideal accommodation option for families or couples looking to experience 5-star bliss in utmost privacy.
Choose from 13 one- to three-bedroom self-catering villas, all of which boast private pools, furnished verandas, sleek kitchens and barbeque facilities.
Children can enjoy the kids' club at the nearby Pacific Resort Rarotonga, with free transfers provided and plenty of fun beach activities such as snorkelling and kayaking. Adults, on the other hand, can appreciate the full-service spa set amidst lush tropical gardens.
Cleaning services and grocery and gourmet meal delivery are available for those craving extra convenience. The property sits 14 kilometres from Rarotonga International Airport.
Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa
This peaceful sanctuary is ideal for couples wanting a romantic, private escape. Each one of the complex’s deluxe villas comes with two bedrooms, private pool (some with Jacuzzi) and furnished courtyard, barbecue facilities, full kitchen and air conditioning.
Located 15 minutes from Rarotonga International Airport (free shuttles included) and an 11-minute walk from Tikioki Beach, Rumours combines convenience with solitude.
A daily cleaning service, free breakfast and additional food delivery options mean you won’t have to lift a finger. Restaurants can be found after a five-minute stroll down the beach and Rumours’ spa offers treatments such as scrubs, masks, facials and massages.
Te Vakaroa Villas
Te Vakaroa Villas is an exclusive retreat for adults and children 12 and older. Choose from one- or two-bedroom villas, each air conditioned with fully-fitted kitchens, furnished outdoor verandas, stocked minibar, and a washer and dryer. A 15-metre infinity pool, Jacuzzi and large lounge terrace are only steps away.
The onsite Sails Restaurant offers dining and room service, while a short beach walk brings you to a selection of other great eateries.
Complimentary breakfast is delivered to your villa each morning, complete with freshly squeezed juices, fruits and freshly baked goods.
Aitutaki Escape is designed for adults seeking utter seclusion. With only three villas on the grounds, couples or small groups (ages 16 and up) can unwind in complete privacy.
Spacious one- or two-bedroom beachfront villas offer designer kitchens, sleek marble floors, private pools and furnished courtyards, along with unparalleled views of the beautiful blue Aitutaki Lagoon.
Perfect for honeymoons, weddings and holidays with friends, this complex is only a short ride from town. The staff at Atutaki Escape welcome you with a luxury gift basket and are readily available to provide information on activities and assist in making sightseeing arrangements.