10 Best Holiday Apartments in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands [2023]© Moana Sands Beachfront Villas
10 Best Holiday Apartments in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands [2023]

10 Best Holiday Apartments in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands [2024]

© Moana Sands Beachfront Villas

The Most Stunning Holiday Apartments in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands

Enjoy a fully functional holiday with all you need in a self-contained accommodation at one of the many gorgeous holiday apartments in the Cook Islands. All of the apartment-style accommodations in the Cook Islands can be found on the island of Rarotonga, so our list stays exclusively on that holiday hotspot. Nevertheless, we have compiled a variety of apartments to suit a range of styles and tastes, from luxury holiday apartments to humble budget offerings. Check them out in the list below!

1. Coral Sands Apartments

A short stroll from Arorangi Beach, Coral Sands Apartments features seven apartments surrounding a central swimming pool, five of which are well-appointed one-bedroom apartments while the other two are three-bedroom apartments. Although there’s everything you need in the self-contained apartments, there are places to socialise with other guests too, such as around the barbecue in the gardens. Check out more stays like Coral Sands in the 20 Best Family Accommodations on Rarotonga.

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2. Moana Sands Beachfront Villas & Apartments

Get the experience of a resort with the convenience of a holiday apartment at Moana Sands Beachfront Villas & Apartments. Located in the village of Vaimaanga, each of the 10 apartments overlooks a deck-lined swimming pool and the lagoon. Apartments are modern with a simplistic design that features Polynesian artwork. There’s also room to relax at the on-site Hibiscus Spa – see how it compares to the 10 Best Spas in Rarotonga.

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3. Avana Waterfront Apartments

Strewn along the northern edge of the Muri Lagoon at the historic Avana HarbourAvana Waterfront Apartments is a good go-to for travellers who want to experience some fishing during their stay with charters departing right from the accommodation’s jetty (or just enjoy feeding the fish off the jetty). Couples and small families will find ample room in the studios and two-bedroom apartments, while the three-bedroom apartment is best suited for larger groups and families with an occupancy of up to six. You have a full-size kitchen at your disposal with a dishwasher, as well as kayaks available.

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4. White House Apartments

Stay close to Aroa Beach, one of the top snorkelling spots in Rarotonga, at White House Apartments. Ideal for families and large groups, the two-bedroom apartment and villa offer the complete home-away-from-home experience (but better) with a swimming pool and the marine reserve of Aroa Beach just 100m (110 yards) down the road. The apartments are light, airy and can sleep up to six or seven adults. Enjoy the use of your own barbecue, as well as free snorkel rental. Check out more stays like this in the 10 Best Resorts for Snorkelling in the Cook Islands.

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5. Mai’i Villa Apartments

Perched on the mountainsides of Muri is the commanding four-level building of Mai’i Villa Apartments. While the crisp-white contemporary building is a sight in itself, the views from here are breathtaking. There are three apartments including a penthouse and a shared swimming pool at this ultra-modern well-appointed accommodation. Guests are provided breakfast condiments to make the most of the large kitchens, while large flat-screen TVs go alongside the artwork adorning the walls should you need additional entertainment.

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6. Vaima Beachfront Apartments

These contemporary boutique apartments in Vaimaanga are right on the beach where you can step out of your apartment and feel your toes in the sand. Each sleek and modern apartment at Vaima Beachfront Apartments is tastefully decorated and fits up to four guests across a large double bed and two singles. Your well-equipped kitchen has a stovetop, microwave and dishwasher, while one of the largest supermarkets, Wigmore’s Superstore, is within walking distance. The only downside is that the room rates are perhaps a little on the “too high” side.

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7. Herons Reef Holiday Apartments

More like a holiday home than an apartment, you can’t get too hung up on the technicalities of staying at Herons Reef Holiday Apartments. The price is just too good! Stay at one of four affordable self-contained holiday homes complete with kitchens, spacious lounges and covered decks with views of the mountain and footpaths to the beach. The apartments are on the sunrise side of Rarotonga, making for a wonderful place to start your day. See alternative accommodations like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in the Cook Islands.

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8. Aroa Kainga Bungalows and Apartment

Enjoy an affordable stay, excellent services from your host and amazing snorkelling within walking distance at Aroa Kainga Bungalows and Apartment. The bungalows and studio apartment are ideal for up to three people looking for a stay where sorting out your own meals and relaxing come easy. The snorkelling hotspot of Aroa Beach is a short walk away, while dining options at The Rarotongan and Sanctuary provide more holiday highlights within easy reach.

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9. Ariki Bungalows

With a boutique apartment complex set-up surrounding a swimming pool, Ariki Bungalows offers an excellent budget stay near the beaches of Muri. The compact yet comfortable accommodation features three studio apartments and a two-bedroom apartment for groups of up to 10. The studios sleep two people and include a kitchen, ensuite and a small deck to relax on with a meal. Otherwise, there’s space to hang out by the small swimming pool.

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10. Kakera Villa Apartments

Four swanky holiday apartments across two storeys await at the Kakera Villa Apartments just north of Muri. There’s room for everyone at these one, two and three-bedroom apartments, some of which are kitted out with private plunge pools in sun-soaked courtyards. Kitchens are well-equipped, some with a dishwasher, while the contemporary decor brings modern holiday living to Rarotonga. If you are enticed to stick around, long-term rates are available.

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More Holiday Apartments in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands

Now that you know about the best holiday apartments in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands, see how they compare to other styles of accommodation in the following lists:

Finally, if you haven’t yet found the perfect place to stay in the Cook Islands, go back to square one with Where to Stay in the Cook Islands: The Best Cook Islands Accommodations.

Author

Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Cook Islands Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as the Cook Islands. She knows the islands inside out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Raro’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also the editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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