Three Hotels in the Cook Islands

In addition to my awesome stay at Atiu Homestay Bed & Breakfast on Atiu in the Cook Islands, I was given the opportunity to stay at three other properties—two on Rarotonga and one on Aitutaki. Though none of them compared with the awesomely authentic experience I had on Atiu, all three were comfortable and pleasant resorts, and I would recommend all three to potential visitors.

Muri Beach Club Rarotonga Cook IslandsMuri Beach Club Hotel | Rarotonga, Cook Islands

This adults-only beach resort is a fairly standard property with rooms and suites situated in multi-layered buildings. Some open into the garden areas, and others are just steps away from the sand. I stayed in a deluxe beachfront room, which had huge sliding doors and my own set of beach chairs. Though I’m fond of the beach over the pool myself, there is an on-site pool available to guests. Muri Beach offers a complimentary breakfast buffet with fresh fruit, granola and coffee, which was perfect for starting my first full day in the country. Perhaps most notable is the fact that there is a computer in the lobby of the hotel with free wifi access, which is extremely hard to come by in the Cook Islands, so take advantage of this if you want to check in online.

For more information, visit the company website.

Aitutaki Pacific Resort Aitutaki Cook IslandsPacific Resort Aitutaki | Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Upon arriving at Pacific Resort Aitutaki, we were met by the general manager, Julian, who eagerly encouraged us to enjoy fresh coconut milk straight from the fruit (no complaints there!). Pacific Resort Aitutaki is made up of 27 villas, all of which face the ocean. Each offers large sleeping quarters and giant glass doors that open to a personal veranda with beach access. I stayed in a Beachfront Bungalow, which, at 667 square feet, is bigger than some of the apartments I’ve lived in over the years. I particularly appreciated the lunge area, which had a couch and coffee table. Larger suites on the property had private courtyard space and larger balconies.

Pacific Resort Aitutaki has a fantastic restaurant area, which is tiered with views of the ocean. No place is a bad place to sit to enjoy breakfast.

Royal Takitumu Resort Rarotonga Cook IslandsRoyal Takitumu | Rarotonga

Small, simple and intimate: That’s the style at Royal Takitumu on Rarotonga. Ten private villas with full lounge areas and kitchens make it easy to appreciate this quiet beachfront property without the noise and commotion of other properties. The bedrooms are comfortable and the bathrooms are big and bright, making it easy to share the space with another person. Private porches and easy access to the beach top off the amenities. What I most appreciated about Royal Takitumu was the friendly atmosphere. Guests gather to play pentanque (which I’m no good at, by the way), and due to its small size, staff quickly recognizes everyone staying at the property.

For more information, visit the company website.

2 Responses to “Three Hotels in the Cook Islands”

  1. Jill

    I’m thinking the Cook Islands is one of those “trip of a lifetime” things. Not too much chance of going more than once! All of these places look fabulous.

    • JoAnna

      It’s certainly not easy to reach, so I think it is a once-in-a-lifetime place for most people. Everywhere we stayed was fabulous!


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