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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 beach hotels and locally operated self-catering bungalows.

Research Cook Islands hotels to find your perfect place to stay:

family hotel in the cook islands
Although there are no international brand hotels in the Cook Islands which factors in making the islands an un-commercialised bliss, both Rarotonga and Aitutaki have a handful of small beach resorts catering exclusively to couples as well as a good variety of high-end luxury villas ideal for a honeymoon or beach escape ...

prime beach location at a cook islands hotel
There are a handful of full-service resorts on Rarotonga with over 100 rooms and offering kids clubs, tennis courts and gyms, spa centres and 24-hr reception. Aitutaki is a little more laid back but there are two smaller resorts which offer full amenities ...
bungalow accommodation on aitutaki
The Cook Islands is one of the more expensive holiday destinations in the South Pacific so don't expect anything downright cheap. The best value accommodations on Rarotonga and Aitutaki are locally owned self catering bungalows usually on family land, unmanaged and providing simple living standards ...
prime beach location at a cook islands hotel
The most common style of accommodation on Rarotonga and Aitutaki are small boutique resorts with between 10 and 20 rooms ensuring an intimate ambience. Some offer cute beach bungalows with managers running a part-time reception; others air-conditioned rooms in a motel style beach complexes.


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 your best available rate quotation now
Little Polynesian
South Rarotonga
9 rooms
Bungalows
$ 645 - 1,095 get your best available rate quotation now
Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
43 rooms
Resort
$ 680 - 930 get your best available rate quotation now
Crown Beach Resort
West Rarotonga
38 rooms
Resort
$ 500 - 865 get your best available rate quotation now
Manuia Beach Resort
West Rarotonga
12 rooms
Bungalows
$ 375 - 585 get your best available rate quotation now
Samade on the Beach
Ootu, Aitutaki Lagoon
12 rooms
Bungalows
$ 350 get your best available rate quotation now
Muri Beachcomber
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
22 rooms
Units
$ 305 - 445 get your best available rate quotation now
Palm Grove
South Rarotonga
21 rooms
Resort / Units
$ 225 - 345 get your best available rate quotation now
Tiana’s Beach Villas
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
6 rooms
Units
$ 155 - 185 get your best available rate quotation now
Highly Recommended
Pacific Resort Aitutaki
North Aitutaki
28 rooms
Resort
1,080 - 1,980 get your best available rate quotation now
Raro Beach Bungalows
South Rarotonga
5 rooms
Bungalows
$ 535 - 585 get your best available rate quotation now
Rarotongan Resort
South-West Rarotonga
156 rooms
Resort
$ 385 - 825 get your best available rate quotation now
Moana Sands Hotel
South Rarotonga
22 rooms
Resort / Hotel
$ 350 - 440 get your best available rate quotation now
Tamanu Beach Hotel
North Aitutaki
24 rooms
Resort / Hotel
$ 370 - 550 get your best available rate quotation now
Magic Reef Bungalows
West Rarotonga
9 rooms
Bungalows
$ 325 - 430 get your best available rate quotation now
Aretai Beach Villas
North Aitutaki
3 rooms
Bungalows
$ 300 get your best available rate quotation now
Aroa Beachside Inn
South Rarotonga
3 rooms
Bungalows
$ 265 - 365 get your best available rate quotation now
Muri Beach Hideaway
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
9 rooms
Bungalows
$ 260 - 330 get your best available rate quotation now
Aitutaki Beach Villas
North Aitutaki
5 rooms
Bungalows
$ 180 - 250 get your best available rate quotation now
Cooks Oasis
West Rarotonga
8 rooms
Units
$ 170 - 210 get your best available rate quotation now
Inano Beach
Ootu, Aitutaki Lagoon
7 rooms
Bungalows
$ 130 - 170 get your best available rate quotation now


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 restaurants 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 beach-front 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.