A little paradise was recently featured in Escape’s article as the ‘Family Holiday You’ve Dreamed of Now a Reality’. The piece highlighted various properties, tours and activities for families to eat, play, stay and more when in the Cook Islands.
While private beach bungalow rentals are worth considering, those seeking a traditional resort – complete with kids’ club – will love The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium. Located on absolute beachfront providing quick access to some of the best snorkelling around the whole island, the resort offers families a free kids’ club, a teen zone and a crèche for those under the age of four, as well as a pool framed by large waterslides.
Start each day with a swim/snorkel/play in the gentle waters of Muri Lagoon if you can and then add an activity to enjoy post-lunch. Top choices include a lagoon cruise with Koka, careening around in a buggy with Raro Buggy Tours and enjoying an evening cultural show with dinner at Te Vara Nui. Whether you’re religious or not, don’t miss checking out the island’s Sunday morning church services which are awash with colour, scent and song.
Dining by candlelight in a romantic, historic house with happy kids by your side? It may sound like science fiction, but it’s the reality of dining at top island restaurant, Tamarind House, with plenty of space and a decent kids’ menu. For something more casual, don’t miss the fish sandwiches at Mooring Fish Cafe and trying delicacies such as ika mata (marinated fish) and banana poke at Punanga Nui Market on Saturdays, or at Wigmore’s Superstore on Sundays.
While the boutiques of Rarotonga are unlikely to keep serious shoppers occupied for long, spending a lazy Saturday morning ambling around the stalls of the aforementioned markets down by the main township of Avarua is a highlight. On the shopping list? Black pearl jewellery, floral headpieces and colourful dresses and sarongs.
Dreaming about spending a day on Aitutaki, a nearby island famed for its azure lagoon and white sand beaches? You can book an Aitutaki Day Tour which departs Rarotonga at 8am and returns at 5.30pm – a tour which includes all transfers, 40-minute flight, a one-hour island tour of the main island of Aitutaki and a vaka (catamaran) cruise with lunch and ample snorkelling opportunities.
Don’t miss a progressive dinner tour where you can sit back and enjoy a round-robin of home-cooked courses in the living rooms and back yards of locals. There’s no better way to experience the culture and lifestyle.
Source: ESCAPE, FAMILY HOLIDAY YOU’VE DREAMED OF NOW A REALITY
By: DILVIN YASA, ESCAPE