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By Jane Cassie
(For Travel Writers’ Tales)

After years of togetherness, romance often needs to be rekindled – maybe the knot needs tying, a milestone anniversary needs toasting or vows need renewing. Why not head to the beautiful Cook Islands for this special occasion? Whether you’re rejuvenating an old-time relationship or launching into first-time nuptials, this South Pacific paradise is sure to generate lots of loving vibes!

The fifteen isle archipelago is located in the Polynesian Triangle between Tahiti and Fiji, and Rarotonga is the queen bee of them all. Billowy palms canopy the thirty-two kilometers of grey asphalt that rings this island gem. They throw shade over the interior hills that are cloaked with vibrant flora and cast shadows over sunbathers, many of who are honeymooners. Here are three ‘Raro’ properties that lure some of the newlyweds!

The Edgewater Resort and Spa

Although this is the largest resort on the island, it certainly boasts all the intimacies that are required for romance –a scalloped shoreline that overlooks a limpid blue lagoon, half a dozen acres of lush tropical flora, a pampering spa where for rejuvenating, and yes, lots of those swaying palms! Beneath them, on the sun-baked sand, you can state your vows and pledge your love.

You’ll retire to your honeymoon home where more romance awaits. If you choose to book either a one or two bedroom garden suite, you’ll get a little more elbow room and the year-round embracing hibiscus. The Beachfront Rooms will provide you with immediate access for that quick dip, and if you can splurge –go with the Beachfront Deluxe. Your spa bath, private patio and sea vista that stretches beyond the coral reef will heighten your stay.

Muri Beach Club Hotel

This classy contemporary snuggles up to the stunningly turquoise Muri lagoon, just fifteen minutes east of the island’s capital of Avatiu. Instead of expressing the traditional Polynesian flair, this adult-oriented gem, with its virgin white walls and sensuously smooth lines, glitters in modern-day brilliance. Powder sand brushes up to its back door, and just beyond waits the tepid South Pacific.

Thirty-one superbly appointed rooms pay homage to the minimalist décor, where maple-style furnishings and baths with super-sized showers fuse in the glow of light-drenched trawled walls. Some accommodations are cocooned beneath wavering palms and lush gardens, a few have a bird’s eye view of the glistening pool, and others overlook the sensational beachfront.

Although the interiors are worth honeymooning hibernation, you’ll be lured to the treasures that wait beyond. Magnificent Muri Lagoon is trimmed by a chalk white beachfront and bordering the far side is an uninhabited Robinson Crusoe-style motus (isle). In between it and the Pacific abyss is a fish-riddled aquatic playground just waiting to be explored; butterfly, rainbow-scaled parrotfish, zillions of skittering minnows. It’s a surreal intermingling, that’ll make you feel at one with the Pacific and free from any worldly cares. What more could you ask for on your honeymoon!

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

This property traces the captivating white sands of Aroa Beach where languid days of tide-safe swimming and sensational snorkeling wrap up with stunning sunsets. A multi-coloured lagoon stretches out to the distant craggy reef and boasts every tone of blue from the palest azure to the most eye-blurring aquamarine. It’s easy to see why romantics are lured to this hot spot that is coined the ‘Lagoon of Love.’

Thatched roof walkways trail from these sandy shores to a lush South Seas garden. A waterfall plummets over grotto rocks into an inviting beachfront swimming pool and an activities hut offers everything from complimentary snorkeling gear to stand-up paddleboards. While kids make new friends in the free Moko Kids Club, adults can sip cocktails at Captain Andy’s Beach Bar & Grill and drink in the lagoon views.

Laid out across six verdant acres are The Rarotongan’s one hundred and nine varying accommodations, including newly-renovated Beachfront Rooms with draped canopy beds that capture the romance of Polynesia. And for that that quintessential experience of the South Pacific, the Beachside and Beachfront Suites, along with the Honeymoon Pool & Spa Bungalow, all feature a heavenly open-air shower!

Couples who are seeking a child-free ambience will find it next door at Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach, Rarotongan’s boutique sister resort. And a forty-five minute flight away is the smallest sister resort, the exceptional Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort where their overwater bungalows lure all hopeless romantics.


Photos compliments from the resorts
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