Where to stay ? Our Recommendations for accommodation choices of Cook Islands vacation properties.
The most populous of the islands
Rarotonga and Aitutaki are the most populous of the islands of Cook Islands, and have a variety of places to stay; from Motel, Hotels, Accommodation Complexes that are boutique to standard motel style and privately set Stand-Alone homes with full sized kitchens and all the creature comforts of home but set in a relaxing, lush tropical settings.
With an endless number of places to choose from, it can get confusing – a little like scanning a Chinese Menu; all choices can be extremely appealing, however the variety can get overwhelming. We have presented our top picks below, however, please use the Booking.com SEARCH BOX above and below, or feel free to reach out in the comments box should you wish to find out more, asks further questions or simple want our thoughts on, or suggestions for, your own unique situation.
First timers to these shores
For those first time visitors to the Cook Islands, you will be excited to know that as soon as you step off the plane at the ‘Rarotongan International Airport , you will be greeted by the warm balmy tropical aromas for the Frangipani flowers( Tipani ) and Gardenias ( Tiare Maori, ) and the stunning delights of the Hibiscus that come in an assortment of colors and some as big as a dinner plate.
Gentle and Laid back
The locals are a gentle people and so is the entire destination of the Cook Islands, where everything is laid back with a feeling of peace and freedom.
It has been said that the lagoon and beaches of Aitutaki are in the top five choices (worldwide) and that is taking into account such destinations as the Maldives and Bora Bora – so you’re in for a treat; but best of all, the Cook Islands does not carry the same expensive ‘price-tag’ that some of these other, well know destinations carry, so you can stretch your dollar further with a Cook Islands Vacation .
Summing it all up
The author of Beautiful Holidays.com sums up their experience in the Cook Islands as : The entirety of this island nation is gorgeous. Rarotonga and Aitutaki are stunning, ringed by turquoise lagoons and swaying palm trees, encouraging you to do little else but relax. Lagoon cruises take you into tropical coral garden paradise, where you’ll swim with fish, have lunch on a deserted island and take so many photos that you’ll be in danger of running out of space on your camera.
Not only is it beautiful, but it’s easy to travel around, too. The locals are ridiculously friendly and welcoming and the local dishes tasty. In short, there’s no reason not to travel to the Cook Islands.
But in case you needed another one: it’s really easy to visit on a budget. ( read )
No high-rise or International hotels
You will not find any International branded Hotels in the Cook Islands, which is one of the greatest attractions to those first timers and returning guest, that seek out this part of the South Pacific, keeping the Cook Islands very much un-commercialized and somewhat off the tourism radar, enabling a stress free, laid back and relaxing holiday choice that few have experienced and yet so close to Australia and New Zealand and direct access from L.A.
That being said, you will still find beautiful and luxurious accommodation choices, nestled inland amongst the jungle to others that are absolute waterfront. You can readily get your favorite coffee at the many cafes, bars and restaurants and the food is a gastronomically delightful fusion of local crops mixed with Asian and Middle Eastern flavors that will have you begging for more.
The abundance of local fruits; mango, papaya, jackfruit, watermelon, oranges, banana and lychees; just to pick a few off the top of the list of favorites are ‘tree-ripened’ and as sweet as you can get. So what are you waiting for – go ahead and book your accommodation and flights and when you have done so, drop me a line in the comments box and we look forward to showing you our little Polynesian hideaway …a tropical paradise we call home …