Indulge in Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach, Rarotonga’s superb new adults-only, absolute beachfront resort with a distinctive South Pacific ambience.
Imagine stepping from your beachfront suite onto the secluded white sands of Aroa Beach, then into the crystal clear blue waters of Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve to swim and snorkel among the jewel-coloured tropical fishes, at any tide. This is the perfect new destination for couples searching for an intimate boutique resort for their dream wedding or honeymoon.??Location, location, location …
Set on the island’s southwest coast, renowned for its all-day sun, Sanctuary Rarotonga offers guests aged 16 and over a stylish new swimming pool, a fabulous swim-up pool bar and a sand-floor beachfront restaurant showcasing fine Pacific cuisine created using the freshest local produce.??Your luxury beachfront suite feels like being in your own native hut, complete with hand-made lighting, local artwork and an Italian tiled bathroom with over-sized vanities set in dark raintree and black pearl shell accents. Slip into the Californian king sized-bed, order in room service and really relax into each other’s company.
Guests of Sanctuary Rarotonga also enjoy the use of all facilities at neighbouring sister resort, The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa. You can enjoy the best of both worlds – a cool poolside cocktail within the serene oasis of the Sanctuary, perhaps followed by a riveting drum dance show and traditional umu feast at The Rarotongan’s ‘Legends of Polynesia’ Island Night.
Facilities at The Rarotongan also include gift shops, an island deli and wine store, air-conditioned gym, games room and more. ??Sanctuary Rarotonga offers tailored Lagoon of Love Wedding Packages to couples dreaming of a South Seas beach wedding, and the resort’s new SpaPolynesia LUXE @ Lime Blossom Villa is ideal for his and hers pampering.
Set just west of Tahiti, Rarotonga island is the capital of the Cook Islands and offers couples a wealth of new experiences to share, any time of year (Frangipani Season from November to March is especially lovely). Blessed by white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue lagoons and magnificent mountains clothed in cloud-forest, Rarotonga is an exciting place to explore by bicycle, scooter, sporty soft-top, 4WD or island bus.
Diversions include scuba diving, gamefishing, golf, a variety of tours (including a fun tour of the island’s colourful night spots and a 4-hour cross-island trek), local markets and dozens of cafes and restaurants around the island.
If you want to make your honeymoon extra special, consider taking the 45-minute flight from Rarotonga to stunning Aitutaki, named by beautiful Getaway show host Catriona Rowntree as the ‘most romantic place on earth’. There are daily flights to Rarotonga aboard Air New Zealand or Pacific Blue. Just 3 and a half hours from Auckland, but a world away from the workaday. Stay as long as you can, it’ll never be long enough!