“No artist’s palette could ever conceive of a more perfect, more luminescent turquoise than that of the lagoon of Aitutaki, arguably the most beautiful in the world,” wrote Steve Davey in Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die (BBC Books).
For the ultimate South Pacific escape, journey to 5-star, adults-only Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa. Voted in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Readers Poll as one of the TOP 25 Resorts in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, a wonderful accolade for this idyllic resort destination. Listed by ISLANDS magazine as one of the World’s 12 Best Private Islands, this sublime resort rests effortlessly on the secluded, private island of Motu Akitua—the Cook Islands’ only private island resort and the only resort directly on Aitutaki Lagoon. Encircled by champagne-sand beaches, the resort enjoys panoramic views across the vast lagoon to the motu (small isles) beyond. Following its recent multi-million makeover this luxury 5-star resort is now adults-only for guests aged 16 and over.
Aitutaki is just a 45 minute flight from Rarotonga. Here Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa offers the ONLY over-water bungalows in the Cook Islands, a quintessentially Polynesian experience. You can also select from Deluxe Beachfront Bungalows, Premium Beachfront Bungalows and Beachfront Bungalows, and all bungalows come complete with delightful open-air showers, roofs hand-thatched with plaited kikau (coconut palm fronds), furniture made of tropical woods, spacious veranda with sunloungers, air-conditioning, resortwide Wi-Fi, super-king bed, TV, clock/ radio, mini-fridge and bathrobes.
The sumptuous luxury Royal Honeymoon Pool Villa Te Arau—a favourite with celebrities—offers complete privacy in a lush garden setting, an open-air spa, daybed pavilion, swimming pool and a separate kitchen/dining pavilion.
The resort offers a range of memorable dining experiences including a fire dance show at the water’s edge, authentic umukai (earth-oven) feast, seafood platters and private candlelit dining on the sand under a canopy of twinkling stars.
Guests can enjoy complimentary use of stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkelling gear, snorkelling gear and bicycles. For couples in love there’s a new Dreamtime Aruru all-inclusive wedding that includes a beautiful Aruru Haven of Love wedding ceremony, five nights Premium Beachfront Bungalow accommodation for the bride and groom, plus wedding reception and three-hour beverage package for 10 guests—all for only NZ$5,999! Heaven sent.