Rarotonga Accommodation is a source for alternative style holiday accommodations in the Cook Islands. We market a selection of self catering beach bungalows on Rarotonga and Aitutaki, all featuring less than 10 bungalows on its property. These intimate and mostly family-run properties are ideal for those seeking a relaxing holiday away from the more crowded commercial resorts. We also offer a selection of holiday homes on the island of Rarotonga Cook Islands, perfect for those with families or larger groups or just looking for a homely place to stay for a relaxing holiday.
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About Rarotonga Cook Islands
Featuring rugged tropical mountains with gentle slopes to its beach lined coast, Rarotonga is the perfect destination for staying in a private home or intimate beach bungalow. The coastal road is lined with single storey houses surrounded by colourful gardens, a few plantations, lots of attractive churches and every kilometre or so, a small shop selling groceries. There are a dozen or so large resorts and hotels, the largest having 180 plus rooms, but these lack the intimacy that the Cook Islands is renowned for. Although few spots are truly secluded, small properties offer private beaches and give the feeling of being lost in paradise.
A deluxe 2-bedroom holiday home with lounge, kitchen and private garden will cost from NZ$200 per night. A spacious polynesian style 1-bedroom beach bungalow will cost from NZ$120 and up. And small garden view hotel room in a cement block, with one double bed and no cooking facilities will cost from NZ$250 whilst a beach bungalow at a resort will cvost from NZ$500 and up .... it's your choice: large commercial resorts offering 24-hour service but impersonal rooms or simple locally owned intimate beach bungalows, a home away from home ...
Rarotonga is a small volcanic island in the south-west Pacific. The island takes less than 40-minutes to circle the coastal road so all places are easily accessible wherever you choose to stay. Beach front accommodations are more expensive than those on the mountain side of the coastal road, a factor to consider for budget-minded travellers. However, you'll miss out on listening to the waves lap against the shore as you sleep, and the cool breeze coming through your window, but most accommodations on the mountain side of the road are little more than a short stroll to the beach.
The coastal road is lined with small houses surrounded by large gardens, a few plantations, lots of attractive churches and every kilometre or so, a small shop selling groceries. Only the inland road has tropical forest by its side and this makes a great place for exploring.
One of the great attractions of the island is its numerous excellent independent restaurants around the coast. If you like to walk to your restaurants, then consider either Muri Beach (south east coast) or Arorangi (west coast). Otherwise, hiring a car or moped is a great idea on Rarotonga as you'll be able to enjoy the sights and beaches at your own pace. If you don't like driving, don't worry, all tour companies pick up from around the island so you won't miss out on sightseeing and the local bus runs in each direction every hour from 7am to 6pm, and several times per night with late services on Friday and Saturday.
If you are considering a visit to the outer island of Aitutaki Lagoon, we offer several alternative style accommodations to choose from.
Official Cook Islands Websites
Inano Beach Bungalows
Matriki Beach Huts
Samade on the Beach
Tiana's Beach Bungalows
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