The Smallest Resorts and Most Intimate Stays in the Cook Islands
Swap bustling large resorts for island bliss at one of the Cook Islands‘ boutique accommodations. From chic resorts with a small number of villas on Rarotonga to just a couple of beachfront bungalows on the sands of Aitutaki, boutique accommodation comes in a range of styles in the Cook Islands. We’ll help you discover your ideal holiday vibe in this list of the best boutique accommodations and resorts in the Cook Islands.
And if you haven’t planned all of your trip so far, how about also checking out The Best Cook Islands Travel Guide or The Complete Adults-Only Travel Guide to the Cook Islands?
1. Magic Reef Beachfront Bungalows
Stay in one of the island-inspired boutique Magic Reef Beachfront Bungalows on the sunset coast of Rarotonga with touches like carved four-poster beds and classic tivaevae linens that are a tasteful reminder of the island’s unique culture. Feel the balmy island breeze passing through to your outdoor bathroom complete with an in-the-ground bathtub and make use of the self-catering facilities where the reusable takeaway coffee mugs, a tote bag and water bottles make exploring the island a little easier on you and the planet. What’s more, guests get exclusive rental of the resort’s EVs. Learn more about this eco-friendly boutique resort in the 8 Best Eco Resorts in the Cook Islands.
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- Magic Reef Beachfront Bungalows on Booking.com
- Magic Reef Beachfront Bungalows on Trip.com
- Magic Reef Beachfront Bungalows on Expedia
2. Ocean Escape Resort & Spa
A trendy wee resort on Rarotonga’s east coast, Ocean Escape Resort & Spa is exclusively adults-only and has design features that are sure to impress between the lagoon pool and nautical themes. Join friends in the poolside cabana and barbecue area or enjoy tapas plates with your loved one at the on-site bar. Most villas have a view of the pool, each exuding colourful designs. The beachfront villas, however, are the most spacious and most luxurious with uninterrupted views of the ocean. See more adults-only retreats like this in the 20 Best Adults-Only Resorts in the Cook Islands.
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3. Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas
An adults-only boutique resort with a sustainable ethos, no wonder Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas is one of Aitutaki’s most sought-after accommodations. There are just eight bungalows lining the picturesque gardens on their way to the beachfront. Whether you want to self-cater in your bungalow or join your friendly hosts for a toes-in-the-sand barbecue or poolside pizza (depending on what day it is), your time here is yours. You also have the option to explore the island guilt-free on the accommodation’s e-scooters or the lagoon using the SUP boards and kayaks available. See how the villas compare to the other 10 Best Boutique Resorts on Aitutaki.
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4. Little Polynesian
A five-star boutique resort set on the sandy shores of southern Rarotonga, Little Polynesian provides an idyllic escape for couples. Indulge in a delightful breakfast around the chic infinity pool which reflects the beach’s swaying coconut palms. Each of the 14 intimate studios feels private enough between the tropical gardens and the beachfront. The interiors are modern with subtle Polynesian touches to remind you that you’re on island time. See how the resort compares to the 10 Best Boutique Resorts on Rarotonga.
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5. Tai Roto Bay Beach Villas
Just outside of the dining and watersport hub of Ootu Beach in Aitutaki, Tai Roto Bay Beach Villas offers a convenient location yet a world of its own on white sands backed with coconut palms. The boutique resort has four tiers of bungalows to choose from, all best suited to couples as an adults-only accommodation. Each bungalow has self-catering facilities to enjoy a quiet night in, while breakfast is included each day. Also included are watersports gear to make the most of the lagoon on your doorstep.
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6. Manuia Beach Resort
On the western side of Rarotonga, Manuia Beach Resort captures some of the most breathtaking sunsets from its beachfront suites and acclaimed On The Beach (OTB) Restaurant. Alternatively, save a little by choosing a suite set privately among the tropical gardens. All in all, any one of the 24 modern units at Manuia provides a relaxed yet beautiful adults-only stay without pretentiousness. Learn more about the restaurant here in The Best Places to Eat on Rarotonga and see more accommodations with exceptional restaurants in the 10 Best Resorts for Foodies in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands.
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7. Rendezvous Villas
Two luxury villas sit on the shores of the Muri Lagoon, yet offer absolute privacy for couples among the tropical gardens, at Rendezvous Villas. The well-appointed boutique duplex villas on Rarotonga include luxurious touches, such as a private plunge pool, snorkelling gear, kayaks, a hard drive with movies, and wonderful spaces for both indoor and outdoor dining. Other inclusions are the complimentary transfers, a fruit basket on arrival, a starter pack for breakfast and a starter voucher for the WiFi. See more stays with internet in the 6 Accommodations in the Cook Islands with Free WiFi.
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8. Abera’s Aitutaki Villas
Two modern poolside villas await at Abera’s Aitutaki Villas. Either cool off in the pool that you share with only one other couple or head down to the beach to make use of the complimentary SUP boards and kayaks. That’s not all that is included to make your entire vacation in Aitutaki a breeze; scooters, a barbecue and cooking facilities are all included with your bungalow. What’s more, you’re just moments away from the Pacific Resort and Amuri should you want to dine out – see dining recommendations in The Food Guide to Aitutaki.
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9. Motu Beachfront Art Villas
Working in harmony with the locals and environment, Motu Beachfront Art Villas or simply “MOTU” gives back to the local community of Rarotonga with proceeds from your stay going toward healthcare, education and the arts. Speaking of the arts, the 10 “art villas” have a fresh and minimalistic design to emphasise the collection of works in your villa and the surrounding premises. Everything is here for a self-sustaining stay between your villa’s sleek kitchenette and the complimentary use of e-bikes to explore the island. Speaking of bikes, see the 10 Accommodations in the Cook Islands with Bike Hire for more stays with this handy way of getting around the island.
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- Motu Beachfront Art Villas on Booking.com
- Motu Beachfront Art Villas on Trip.com
- Motu Beachfront Art Villas on Expedia
10. Mangaia Villas
For travellers looking for a destination that’s a little more adventurous, check out the island of Mangaia. Just a short flight from Rarotonga, this uplifted coral atoll – one of the oldest in the South Pacific – offers complete serenity, especially at the island’s most upscale boutique accommodation, Mangaia Villas. These six freestanding one-bedroom villas line the sunset coast of the island. The construction of the villas is local limestone and thatched roofs, complementing the surroundings, while inside you have a modern open-plan kitchen and spacious lounge with a TV, breakfast bar and a double bed framed with local artwork. A tropical breakfast is provided each morning, while lunch and dinner can be arranged for an additional fee.
Learn more about staying on this outer island in Where to Stay on Mangaia and The Complete Travel Guide to Mangaia.
More About Boutique Accommodations and Resorts in the Cook Islands
Now that you know about some of the most stunning boutique accommodations and resorts in the Cook Islands, see how they compare to these alternative stays:
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Finally, if you haven’t yet found the perfect place to stay in the Cook Islands, start from the beginning with Where to Stay in the Cook Islands: The Best Cook Islands Accommodations or The Top 50 Resorts in the Cook Islands.