Reviews of Accommodations in the Cook Islands

Beautiful Pacific has personally visited all the following accommodations in the Cook Islands to provide an unbiased overview to help you choose the best place to stay for your holiday. All pictures have been taken by us to show a uniform view across all accommodations. Click on any property name below to read our comprehensive review of each place along with plenty more pictures.

Aitutaki Beach Villas, Aitutaki$$

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Aitutaki Beach Villas is everything Aitutaki typifies - a down to earth atmosphere in a quiet beachfront location. The self-catering bungalows offer an island style ambience with simple kitchenettes for self-catering making this one of the best value accommodations on Aitutaki.

Aitutaki Lagoon Resort, Aitutaki$$$$$

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Located on a small motu off Ootu Point., this upmarket resort features a lovely beachside restaurant, beautiful overwater bungalows and lots of coconut palms. The beachfront is exquisite and there's a turquoise lagoon protected by a sand spit that makes the ideal spot to sunbath and swim.

Aitutaki Village, Aitutaki$$$

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Aitutaki Village is located on a narrow strip of beach on the southern tip of the main island of Aitutaki, with a delightful view over the lagoon and offshore islands. This is a great base for exploring the lagoon by either kayak or on a day cruise. On site moped hire, restaurant and bar with traditional dance nights.

Akaiami Paradise, Aitutaki$$$$

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Akaiami Paradise offers a unique opportunity to stay on one of the outlying islands of Aitutaki Lagoon. Escape the crowds and stay at this delightful hand-crafted lodge located on an uninhabited motu within the lagoon, set on a gorgeous white sandy beach ideal for swimming and relaxing.

Apartments Kakera, Rarotonga$$$

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Located on the rural east coast of Rarotonga, Apartments Kakera offers modern living in three apartments on the coastal road about 3 minutes walk to the ocean. There's a wild beachcombing coral beach nearby to explore and hiking tracks into the tropical valleys.

Aretai Beach Villas, Aitutaki$$$

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Aretai Beach Villas is a collection of three self contained cottages on a beach front location on west Aitutaki. These fully equipped cottages have 1- or 2-bedrooms, a lounge, kitchen and private decks with an on-site laundry for guest use. Ideal for families or longer stays.

Aroa Beachside Inn, Rarotonga$$$

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Aroa Inn is located on a stunning fine white sand beach on the quiet south-west shore of Rarotonga with good swimming, snorkelling and kayaking at all tides. All ten self-catering units are set in landscaped gardens with lagoon views from private sun-decks.

Aroko Bungalows, Rarotonga$$

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This oceanfront property just five minutes walk from Muri Beach offers budget self contained bungalows with beautiful views across the lagoon to uninhabited islets. If you're looking for a quiet affordable base for exploring and not fused about staying on the beach, this is good option.

Atiu Villas, Atiu$$

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Set on the inland plateau on the outskirts of Areroa Village, Atiu Villas makes the perfect base for exploring the islands attractions: its caves, forest and villages. With comfortable bungalows, a restaurant and tour desk, this is the only accommodation available on the island for holiday-makers.

Castaway Beach Villas, Rarotonga$$$

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Located in the heart of Arorangi Village, Castaway is a small and slightly cramped property offering great value rooms around a pool and self-catering bungalows closer to the beachfront. This is a good choice for those seeking value for money rather than style.

Club Raro Resort, Rarotonga$$$

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Club Raro Resort is conveniently located only 5mins from the main town of Avarua. An intimate and friendly resort offering 55 air-conditioned rooms including 15 Lagoon front Rooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A great place to enjoy a cooling dip and refreshing cocktail especially with the popular swim up pool bar.

Cooks Oasis, Rarotonga$$$$

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The Cooks Oasis Holiday villas offer great affordability with cosy bungalow unit set amongst lush gardens and set back from the beach which is accessed along a short pathways. The self-catering units are just 10 minutes drive to the town centre of Avarua and walking distance to several good restaurants.

Crown Beach Resort, Rarotonga$$$$$

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Crown Beach is a small boutique resort on the west coast of Rarotonga with 38 bungalows. The resort features a fine dining restaurant, casual beach cafe and sunset bar and swimming pool. This resort has a no child policy ensuring an intimate and romantic ambience for couples.

Edgewater Resort, Rarotonga$$$

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The Edgewater Resort is the largest hotel in the Cook Islands with 250 guest rooms and suites. The resort is set amongst 6 acres of tropical gardens bordered by a white sand beach. The Edgewater offers plenty of activities including tennis courts, night entertainment and 24-hr service.

Etu Moana Villas, Aitutaki$$$$

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Etu Moana is a small beachfront property situated on the west coast of Aitutaki. Each of the eight Polynesian style open-plan Villas offers lagoon views and are staggered around a small swimming pool featuring black volcanic rocks with a wooden deck furnished where you can enjoy a drink at the bar and Complimentary breakfast.

Gina's Garden Lodges, Aitutaki$

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Owned and Operated by Traditional Leader Queen Manarangi Tutai. Set in a private and peaceful tropical garden. Four spacious, well appointed, self-contained lodges with full cooking facilities, hot water, refrigerator, fans and television. On-site motorcycle and pick-up truck rental.

Tai Roto Bay, Aitutaki$$

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Quiet spot in a garden setting but the tidal beach is not great (despite pictures making it look lovely) nor is it practical for swimming except at high tide. Good for kayaking though.

Kings Beach Villas, Rarotonga$$

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King's Beach Villas is located at the Southern end of Muri Beach along a quiet yet picturesque stretch of white sand, facing the island of Taokaa. With just two duplex cottages and self-catering facilities, this is a good choice for budget travellers looking for comfortable yet simple living.

Kuras Kabanas, Rarotonga$$

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Kura's Kabanas is a small family run property on the edge of Muri Beach and offers affordable self contained bungalows. This is a good base for those looking for a quiet holiday but with easy access to the water activities and restaurants of Muri.

Lagoon Breeze Villas, Rarotonga$$

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Set across the road from the beach in a pretty garden setting, Lagoon Breeze Bungalows has energetic managers ensuring you're to feel at home. With a nice pool, reasonable snorkelling in the lagoon, good value bungalows and spacious 2- and 3- bedroom villas, this is a great option for families.

Little Polynesian, Rarotonga$$$$$

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Little Polynesian is a stylish resort with beautifully appointed bungalows, contemporary restaurant and pool. This small luxury hideaway overlooks a gorgeous white sandy beach with excellent snorkelling offshore. A no child policy makes this ideal for romantic breaks.

Magic Reef Bungalows, Rarotonga$$$$

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Magic Reef Bungalows offers just nine thatch bungalows with tropical furnishings in a beautifully landscaped garden set around a feature swimming pool and all with ocean views. Fronting a white sandy beach and swimming lagoon, this small property offers excellent value for money in a fully managed environment.

Manea Beach Villas, Rarotonga$$$

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Manea Beach is a collection of eight self contained bungalows and fully appointed villas situated on the north end of popular Muri Beach. Manea Beach is walking distance to several excellent restaurants and small shops and 150 metres from the road ensuring a noise-free stay. Complimentary kayaks and snorkelling gear.

Manuia Beach Hotel, Rarotonga$$$$

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Manuia Beach Hotel offers 24 Polynesian style thatched bungalows, six of which are absolute beachfront. The hotel offers a romantic getaway ( no guests under the age of 12 years). Hotel facilities include a swimming pool overlooking the beach and a sand floor beach restaurant and sunset bar.

Moana Beachfront Villas, Rarotonga$$$$$

Moana Beachfront Villas offer modern units with elegant furnishings and fully equipped kitchens directly on the quiet sands of Southern Rarotonga. Great snorkelling, a gorgeous beach and a tranquil outlook make this a great spot for relaxing in comfort Close to supermarket and two great restaurants.

Moana Sands Hotel, Rarotonga$$$$

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Moana Sands Hotel is a small beachfront hotel overlooking the peaceful white sands of South Rarotonga. Hotel rooms are over three floors, all with balconies overlooking the beach. The lagoon has good swimming, excellent snorkelling and kayaks are available for guest use. Small restaurant on site.

Muri Beach Club, Rarotonga$$$$

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Muri Beach Club is located on a fantastic section of Muri Beach with a clear lagoon out front and fabulous views of the offshore motu. This is a modern contemporary style resort aimed exclusively at couples with a no child policy of 18yrs or under.

Muri Beachcomber, Rarotonga$$$

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Muri Beachcomber is in a prime location on the beachfront in the heart of Muri Beach yet offers a serene atmosphere in beautifully landscaped gardens. This beachfront property offers excellent value for money with friendly staff and is close to restaurants and activities.

Muri Beach Hideaway, Rarotonga$$$

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Muri Beach Hideaway is a delightful small property owned by a local Cook Islander who lives on property. There are nine individually styled deluxe bungalows located in the heart of Muri Beach overlooking the beachfront with bungalows set in beautifully landscaped gardens and beside the swimming pool.

Muri Beach Resort, Rarotonga$$$$

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Set at the southern end of Muri Beach with nine contemporary units. and three self contained apartments, Muri Beach Resort boats a pleasant swimming pool setting opening out to Muri Beach. Good value and on site managers make this a good place for families to enjoy a quiet holiday.

Pacific Resort Aitutaki$$$$$

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Pacific Resort Aitutaki is a delightfully landscaped resort sitting on a rocky outcrop straddling two beautiful white sandy beaches. With just 28 bungalows, suites and villas, this is a boutique resort bringing back the gracious days of a by-gone era through Polynesian architecture, colonial furnishings, fine food and wine and natural island hospitality.

Pacific Resort Rarotonga$$$$

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Pacific Resort is set in landscaped tropical gardens and boasts a prime location on Muri Beach. This medium size hotel is undoubtedly the most relaxed and down-to-earth fully serviced accommodation in the Cook Islands. Facilities include restaurant and bar, swimming pool and water activities.

Palm Grove, Rarotonga$$$

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Palm Grove is set in the enchanting area of Vaima'anga enjoying the peace and tranquillity of one of the best beach locations in the Cook Islands. Twelve spacious garden bungalows set amongst hibiscus and tipani flowers on the mountain side of the coastal road are complemented with eight beachfront bungalows

Paradise Inn, Rarotonga$$

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Paradise Inn Rarotonga is located right on the waters edge of a reef-walking beach just five minutes walk into downtown Avarua. This is a great affordable base to enjoy the quaint Avarua Town with its bars, restaurants and shops, and to enjoy lovely sea and mountain views with walking access to some excellent hikes.

Puaikura Reef Lodge, Rarotonga$$

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Puaikura Reef Lodge is an excellent value motel style accommodation with self-catering rooms arranged around a pool in landscaped gardens. With a decent beach across the road and tropical mountains to explore behind the property, Puaikura makes an affordable base.

Raina Lagoon Villas, Rarotonga$$$

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Raina Lagoon Villas is a delightful secluded spot with six hand crafted open plan villas in a small garden setting, four of which are absolute beachfront. Sitting adjacent to Manuia Beach Hotel, the lagoon views are stunning and guests can wander along the beach to several excellent restaurants.

Rarotonga Holiday Homes$$$

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Rarotonga Holiday homes is a collection of privately owned houses around Rarotonga for tourist rent. These houses are in prime locations and offer spacious living at affordable prices. All properties are owned by locals living on the island and can offer servicing if required. Minimum stay 3 nights.

Rarotonga Beach Bungalows$$$$

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Rarotonga Beach Bungalows is a small, intimate property with 3 beachfront and 2 lagoon view self-contained bungalows, each with a tropical garden shower. This boutique-style, Polynesian designed accommodation sits on a pretty beach front adjacent to a marine protected area with great snorkelling .

Rarotongan Beach Resort$$$$

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The Rarotongan Beach Resort is the 2nd largest hotel in the Cook Islands. This colourful resort offers rooms in two-storey hotel blocks and staggered bungalow units facing Aroa Beach. Guests of the Resort can enjoy all-day sun, all-tide safe swimming and snorkelling in a protected Marine Reserve.

Motu Beachfront Art Villas$$$$

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Located on a lovely stretch of beach on the secluded south side of Rarotonga, Motu Beachfront Art offers spacious well appointed Polynesian style villas with a slightly old fashioned ambience making this a better choice for mature couples. There's a small swimming pool and several good restaurants a short walk away.

Rumours Luxury Villas, Rarotonga$$$$$

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Rumours Luxury Villas features five luxuriously appointed villas on the beachfront adjoining popular Muri Beach in Rarotonga, and three similarly stylish villas on Amuri Beach in Aitutaki. These villas are exceptionally well furnished with fine attention to detail and suit honeymooners and executive travellers on holiday.

Sea Change Villas, Rarotonga$$$$$

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Sea Change Villas features eight luxuriously appointed villas straddling the south coast road of Rarotonga, each with full kitchens including a dishwasher, separate air-conditioned bedrooms, large living areas and are fully serviced daily except Sundays. Kayaks, snorkelling gear & VIP transfers all included in rate.

Sokala Villas, Rarotonga$$$$

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Sokala Villas is a collection of single storey and split level villas, some with private pools, at the northern end of Muri Beach. With simple pine furnishings and four poster beds, large decks with lagoon views and a dazzling lagoon directly in front, Sokala is a popular spot for Honeymooners looking for intimate living.

Sunhaven Beach, Rarotonga$$$

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Sunhaven Beach Bungalows is a small private property nestled amongst mature tropical palms at the waters edge on the western side of Rarotonga. The no children policy ensures peace and quiet and there's a fresh water pool. Complimentary use of kayaks and snorkel.

Sunset Resort, Rarotonga$$$

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The Sunset Resort Rarotonga has 35 spacious self-catering apartments situated either on the Beachfront overlooking the lagoon and sunsets or beside the swimming pools amid lush tropical gardens. The apartments are all within walking distance of seven restaurants offering a wide variety of local and international cuisine.

Tamanu Beach Hotel, Aitutaki$$$$

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Tamanu Beach Hotel offers 24 bungalows set around two courtyards of landscaped gardens, each with its own swimming pool and overlooking the beach and lagoon. All bungalows are of similar interior design featuring mahogany floors and thatched roofs. The hotel fronts a white sand beach and partial swimming lagoon.

Tiana's Beach Villas, Rarotonga$$

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Tiana's is a small family run property situated in the quiet south side of Muri Beach. The five self-catering units are found down a small track 100 yards off the main road and offer excellent privacy. This is a great spot for those looking for a beach holiday on a budget with a gorgeous beach location