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Beautiful Accommodation in the Cook Islands

palm trees at a cook island hotel on rarotonga

Cook Islands hotels are very low-key with just two resorts having more than 100 rooms and even these being no more than three stories high. The majority of accommodation in the Cook Islands is in small intimate boutique beach hotels and locally operated self-catering bungalows.


Our top regions to visit & places to stay:
family hotel in the cook islands
Quiet Rarotonga
From NZ$215 per couple

Quiet spot alongside a beautiful beach with great snorkelling offshore - beach bungalows for couples and 2- or 3-bed garden/ poolside cottages for families.


prime beach location at a cook islands hotel
Muri Beach Front
From NZ$155 per couple
Set in Muri Beach, this budget accommodation offers self catering units and bungalows overlooking the islets, lagoon and beach for a great value holiday.
bungalow accommodation on aitutaki
Uninhabited Island
From NZ$710 per couple
Small island off Aitutaki with beautiful bungalows, some overwater and with a peaceful outlook. No kids = great spot for a honeymoon or romantic escape.
prime beach location at a cook islands hotel
Aitutaki Lagoon
From NZ$350 per couple
Tranquil location on the edge of the lagoon and a great spot for lagoon cruises, swimming and enjoying lazy days lounging under coconut palms.


The following directory represent our favourite hotels in the Cook Islands and by clicking on a hotel name in red you can find out detailed information about each property including room reviews with extensive photos, location maps, descriptive reviews written by our staff along with complete rate listings and our very best package deals and specials available. Alternatively get an instant quote by clicking the icon on the right side ...


Cook Islands Hotels Directory - click property name for detailed info
Top Picks
Picture of Hotel Location
Hotel Name
(click for details & pix)
Summary
(style)
Hotel Rate
(NZ$)
Our Best Rate
(click for quote)
Aitutaki Lagoon Resort
Ootu, Aitutaki Lagoon
37 rooms
Island Resort
$ 710 - 1,395 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Little Polynesian
South Rarotonga
9 rooms
Bungalows
$ 645 - 1,095 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
43 rooms
Resort
$ 680 - 930 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Crown Beach Resort
West Rarotonga
38 rooms
Resort
$ 500 - 865 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Manuia Beach Resort
West Rarotonga
12 rooms
Bungalows
$ 375 - 585 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Samade on the Beach
Ootu, Aitutaki Lagoon
12 rooms
Bungalows
$ 350 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Muri Beachcomber
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
22 rooms
Units
$ 305 - 445 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Palm Grove
South Rarotonga
21 rooms
Resort / Units
$ 225 - 345 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Tianas Beach Villas
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
6 rooms
Units
$ 155 - 185 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Highly Recommended
Pacific Resort Aitutaki
North Aitutaki
28 rooms
Resort
1,080 - 1,980 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Raro Beach Bungalows
South Rarotonga
5 rooms
Bungalows
$ 535 - 585 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Rarotongan Resort
South-West Rarotonga
156 rooms
Resort
$ 385 - 825 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Moana Sands Hotel
South Rarotonga
22 rooms
Resort / Hotel
$ 350 - 440 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Tamanu Beach Hotel
North Aitutaki
24 rooms
Resort / Hotel
$ 370 - 550 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Magic Reef Bungalows
West Rarotonga
9 rooms
Bungalows
$ 325 - 430 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Aretai Beach Villas
North Aitutaki
3 rooms
Bungalows
$ 300 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Aroa Beachside Inn
South Rarotonga
3 rooms
Bungalows
$ 265 - 365 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Muri Beach Hideaway
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
9 rooms
Bungalows
$ 260 - 330 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Aitutaki Beach Villas
North Aitutaki
5 rooms
Bungalows
$ 180 - 250 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Cooks Oasis
West Rarotonga
8 rooms
Units
$ 170 - 210 get the beautiful pacific best rate
Inano Beach
Ootu, Aitutaki Lagoon
7 rooms
Bungalows
$ 130 - 170 get the beautiful pacific best rate


Where to Stay in the Cook Islands

The majority of Cook Islands accommodation is locally owned and often family operated. Whatever your budget or mood, you’ll find a decent selection of hotels that are close to the beach with a relaxing ambience. Generally speaking, it's easy to explore which ever island you happen to be staying on by either foot or moped direct from your hotel room. Only the larger resorts have their own restaurants but there's such a good choice of independent reaturants on both Rarotonga and, to a lesser extent, Aitutaki, that it doesn't really matter where you stay for dining out.

Rarotonga hotels are most popular amongst New Zealanders and many liken the island to Maui in Hawaii of fifty years ago with quaint art galleries and beachfront restaurants. Raro, as it is called by the locals, has beautiful tropical mountain scenery and peaceful sandy beaches with quaint beach-side restaurants for dining out. There are pleasant lagoons for snorkelling or kayaking or you can join an adventure tour into the lush tropical rainforest.

The only other destination with tourist appeal is Aitutaki Island, a stunning atoll with day cruises around its turquoise lagoon to explore the tiny uninhabited islets that buffer the reef's edge. Compared to Rarotonga there's a lot less Aitutaki accommodation to choose from, although still just enough choice from luxury retreats to budget self-catering beach bungalows. Flights to Aitutaki depart throughout the day from Rarotonga so getting to the island is not an issue.

Due to its small size and boutique style of accommodations, there's not a huge amount of Cook Islands hotel specials available and many of these are seasonal to encourage travel in the quieter months from November to March. Beautiful Pacific has collated as many specials as possible for you to consider, the majority focusing on these stay pay specials to encourage longer stays.