We hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend! Is it time to think about a post-Christmas beachfront vacation?
Today we’re taking a closer look at one of our fav destinations, the Cook Islands!
The Cook Islands has been compared to “Hawaii fifty years ago,” with the two main islands Rarotonga and Aitutaki still maintaining their slow island feel. With uncrowded beaches and undeveloped infrastructure, Cook Islands are the perfect island getaway for a honeymoon, wedding, family reunion, or just to kick back and relax on a tropical vacation.
Muri Beach Club Hotel
Muri Beach Club Hotel is an adult-only resort, welcoming couples and singles at the heart of Muri Lagoon on Rarotonga’s east shore. The waters beckon for you to enjoy snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, glass-bottomed boat rides, windsurfing, sailing and other water activities. The offshore islands are just a stone’s throw away, and you can literally walk to them through four feet of water during low tide. (Just be sure to be back before high tide comes, or you’ll be swimming home!)
WIT Agent Nancy and her husband stayed a few years ago on Rarotonga at this location, and speak highly of its spacious rooms and huge verandas. The 30 rooms range from garden rooms with mountain views, pool rooms with easy access to the pool and beach, and deluxe beachfront views of Muri Lagoon.
The attentive and welcoming staff will be happy to organize some fun activities for you, like offroad adventures on a buggy or quad, an afternoon atop a paddleboard, or taking a lagoon cruise with Captain Tamas. At night, relax with live music, island night show and a Polynesian buffet dinner — as you chill out a few steps from the lagoon.
If you want to explore more of the island, or pick up fresh fruits at the Saturday market, simply catch the bus or hire a vehicle—car, scooter, bicycle—from the concierge. Just 30 minutes from airport to the beach, the Cook Islands are incredibly easy to navigate. The bus service goes around the island, one bus going clockwise and one bus going counterclockwise – it’s really a step back in time!
How to Get There: The South Pacific isn’t so tough to get from the West Coast! The flights are uncomplicated, simply fly from Portland to LAX straight to Rarotonga. Prices are cheaper than either Fiji or Tahiti. As a self-governing island country in free association with New Zealand, everyone speaks English and local currency is the New Zealand dollar. PLUS did you know you could easily combine a few days in the Cook Islands with a grand adventure in New Zealand?
Our Past Posts on the Cook Islands:
Call your agent at Willamette Intl Travel to organize special air + hotel packages for you and yours: 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel. Who knew an offbeat tropical paradise was so within reach?