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Kia Orana is the essence of the Cook Islands Maori people and their culture. Just two words, Kia Orana, shares the islands personality, way of life and aspirations for the future. It literally means may you live long, or may you have a long and fulfilling life. Saying Kia Orana means more than hello. Kia Orana is meant as a blessing or a wish for your future.

One of the top reasons to visit the Cook Islands is its people – so friendly and welcoming. The genuine mana tiaki, or hospitality, is something that comes naturally to most Cook Islanders and those of us that call the Cook Islands home. This is expressed through the culture of song, dance and of course, food.

Love nature

Rarotonga is rich in stunning natural beauty from the dramatic mountain peaks to our pristine turquoise blue lagoon. Our unique eco-system is made up of indigenous lizards, birds and fish and the seasonal visiting humpback whale. Book a dive and see the wonders of a South Pacific coral reef, or take a nature walk with the legendary, Pa, the island’s go to guy on all things Mother Nature has blessed us with.

Love food

Something we can promise you is food will be a highlight of your stay. Think farm-to-table; from fish straight off the boat to homegrown produce, it’s freshness at its best. The Muri Night Market is open several nights a week for dinner and there is an excellent selection of restaurants and cafes to cater to everyone’s tastes and budgets. As Rarotonga has so many delightful culinary treats on offer, we provide breakfast to our guests and encourage you to explore the island’s food scene. 

Love culture

If there’s one thing the Cook Islanders pride themselves on, it’s their culture. And this is evident in everything you will see and do. Wander around the Saturday Punanga Nui Markets where you’l find food stalls, arts and crafts, souvenirs and local entertainment. Partake in an Ura (Cook Islands dancing) Fitness class to get your blood pumping, or be moved by a Sunday church service. Learn about our history through song, dance and food - enjoy a cultural Island Night Show, Umu Experience or fun Lagoon Cruise.

Love me

No holiday is complete without some pampering. With notice, we can book our private massage therapist to visit and give you a Polynesian massage on the privacy of your deck or we can recommend the best places on the island to treat your fingers, toes and more. Enjoy our serene environment, take time out and recharge. Ask us about our group yoga classes, you will be welcome to join in.


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From dramatic peaks to the pristine lagoon   Popular night markets and food truck dining   Expression through song and dance   Massage available in the privacy of your room