Example Booking: £970 Extra Holiday, 14-nights, July & August 2017, Hotel, sleeps 2
Rarotonga Island is the largest of the Cook Islands, situated in the South Pacific Ocean to the east of Australia and New Zealand. This exceptional destination boasts turquoise lagoons blending with brilliant blue skies and lush green palm trees shading powder white sandy beaches. Tropical rainforests blanket the mountains edge and the volcanic, Te Rua Manga, climbs high above the coral reef coastline.
Expectations Members could indulge in a taste of paradise by staying 14-nights at the Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa between 28th July -11th August 2017. Guests could enjoy splendid views from a delightful double room (sleeps 2) with the Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve sitting on your doorstep. This fantastic Extra Holiday opportunity was available on the RCI website when we looked on: 17/2/2017.
Capture a piece of paradise on this small 32km island as you discover its blue lagoons, sacred mountain forests and tropical gardens. The Cook Islands enjoy a sub-tropical climate with two seasons, dry and wet. Visiting Rarotonga in July and August you’ll experience long sunny days, little chance of rain and daytime temperatures averaging 25 degrees Celsius. Rarotonga also enjoys comfortable warm evening temperatures of around 19 degrees C.
The friendly staff welcome guests to the Rarotongan Beach Resort, located directly on Aroa Beach and Lagoon Marine Reserve. Absorb the outstanding beauty of the coastline as you drive approximately 9km from Rarotongan International Airport to the resort. Soon you will be sinking your toes into the soft white sand and snorkelling with the colourful reef fish.
Gentle sea breezes rustle through palm trees and beautiful ocean views at Rarotongan Beach Resort evoke a tranquil atmosphere. The beachfront location offers exciting water activities, including paddle-boarding, kayaking and feeding exotic fish in shallow clear waters or simply relax in a hammock between two coconut trees. Have fun over a game of beach volleyball or learn the steps to a hula dance. Talented entertainment shows are performed most days, watch bare-footed men climb and cut coconuts from tall trees and you to drink freshly picked coconut milk. Ladies will love making the traditional Ei (Lei) neck wreaths from vibrant coloured flowers, a perfect momento from your holiday.
Feel invigorated and energised in a brightly decorated apartment offering tropical gardens or sea views from a private terrace/balcony. Each accommodation features excellent amenities, including air-conditioning, satellite TV and 24-hour reception service. For the ultimate relaxation enjoy pampering beauty treatments from professional therapists at SpaPolynesia. Unwind with a massage on the beach or indulge in a rejuvenating “Akari” coconut sugar body scrub.
Flaming orange sunsets and sweet floral scents drifting in the warm evening air sets the perfect tone for a romantic meal at the beach-front Te Vaka restaurant. For casual dining try Captain Andy’s Beach Bar for a selection of dishes from steaks and pizzas to salads and seafood. Try delicious smoothies, fresh fruit juices and delightful ice-creams around the pool at the Hibiscus Hut.
Rarotonga Island is a natural playground enticing visitors to explore its turquoise lagoons filled with tropical fish and lush green jungles to rainforests nestled high up the Te Rua Manga mountain.
The local people are incredibly proud of their Maori history and culture, inviting visitors to learn about their passion for music and dance along with creating beautiful ornaments made from native flowers.
Situated on Rarotongan Beach Resort doorstep is Aroa Marina Reserve. Experience snorkelling or diving amongst many different species of fish and corals, the vibrant colours are truly amazing. Aroa Marina Reserve was awarded the “Certificate of Excellence” from satisfied TripAdvisor visitors in 2016.
The best way to discover the real Rarotonga Island is to take a bike tour. Cycling along the Ancient coral road, Ara Metua, your guide will tell fascinating stories about the places you see as you pass through villages waving and smiling back to the friendly locals. Take a break and enjoy a refreshing swim on a secluded beach before stopping for some lunch.
Browse around the colourful street stalls for the perfect souvenir. Find some unique handmade crafts such as a Rito hat made from the coconut leaf or a beautiful wooden ukulele and brightly coloured sarongs make a versatile accessory. On the Cook Islands the cultivated black pearl is in high demand, so visit Tokerau Jim store to discover the talented artists creating intricate black pearl jewellery.
To highlight the great value of Expectations Holidays we conducted a price comparison using TripAdvisor to source an equivalent booking. 14-nights at Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa were available on Expedia.co.uk during 28th July – 11th August 2017 within a Hotel unit (sleeping 2) for £2,042 (based on 2 people sharing when we looked on 17/2/2017).
In comparison, we found this 14-night RCI Extra Holiday at Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa during the same dates also within a Hotel unit (sleeping 2) for just £970 which included a £32 Transportation Fee charged by the resort on RCI.com (when we looked on: 17/2/2017).
So, by making this Extra Holiday booking, members could have made a potential saving of over £1,000, based on the comparison above.
See for yourself! Check out the costs of a Hotel unit sleeping up to 2 people for 7 nights during July / August at Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa on Expedia.co.uk.
Please note that only club members can book this resort on www.expectationsholidays.co.uk. Expectations Holidays offers you and your loved ones the opportunity to experience luxury holiday accommodation at affordable prices. Our members can explore the world by staying at any of our 4,500 specially selected resorts. All resorts are subject to availability.
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