What to Expect at Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa:
This posh spot snuggles up to the captivating Aroa Beach, just ten minutes from Raros main hub of Avarua. Its a place where languid days of tide-safe swimming and snorkeling wrap up with stunning sunsets, and beneath unpolluted skies the multi-coloured lagoon stretches out to the distant craggy reef.
Guest Quarters at Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa:
Sprawling over the propertys six heavenly acres are 156 well-appointed havens.
Lodgings range in size from intimate guest rooms to larger style suites and either hug up to the waters edge or nestle among tropical garden settings. Each is designed with a typical taste of Polynesia and all are just steps from the South Pacific.
Dining at Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa:
A sultry breeze whispers through the open air dining room where guests dine on the daily catch, tropical fruits, and exquisitely prepared traditional dishes. The Resort offers a different theme dinner buffet complete with live entertainment every night, ranging from barbeque and fire dancers to the award-winning E-Matike Island troupe.
Destination Weddings at Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa:
Imagine exchanging vows on a pristine white beach adjacent to an iridescent lagoon. Arching palm trees line the strip of sand, and while saying those two life-altering words, I do, a crimson setting sun illuminates your two figures. Our beach fronthas real appeal for couples wanting that special marriage ceremony, owner and manager, Liz Raizis, affirms. And by being classified as a full-service resort, we can please the entire wedding party, children and all.
What's the Water Like at Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa?:
It boasts every tone of blue from the palest azure to the most eye-blurring aquamarine; darker indigo where living coral thrives beneath, to flamboyant turquoise that washes over sugar fine shores. Its easy to see why romantics are lured to this spot and why its earned the title "Lagoon of Love."
Honeymoons at Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa:
Newlyweds can relax completely in the romantic "Lagoon of Love." With a five night stay at Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa, they receive a complimentary bottle of chilled champagne and authentic his-and-hers island pareos (sarongs). For ultimate conjugal bliss, theres even a private retreat made especially with newlyweds in mind.
Activities at Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa:
A waterfall plummets over grotto rocks to the swimming pool, an activities hut offers everything from beach volleyball to tennis necessities. While kids frolic in the Moko Club, adults can can take in a game of tennis or take a barefoot walk along the beach. Theres also a games lounge with a big screen TV, pool table, and library. Water activities include snorkeling, kayaking, and scuba diving excursions. At the front desk, rent a car, bikes or scooters to do a bit of island touring.
What Could be Improved at Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa? :
The resort has been built over time. The newer post-and-beam grand beachfront suites are beautifully furnished, the older-style condos are a bit tired-looking. Additionally, couples not on a meal plan may find dining costs pricey.
Is Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa and Spa Right for You? :
This property is in conveniently located ten minutes from the airport and islands main hub of Avarua. Its Aroa Beach offers the best off-shore snorkeling around. Although some may find the property too kid-friendly, we discovered that there were enough nooks and crannies to escape to privacy.
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Where to Find Out More about Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa:
Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa
PO Box 103
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Phone: (682) 25800
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