The Top Luxury Accommodations on Rarotonga
With dramatic volcanic peaks and verdant jungles leading to the sandy shores surrounded by an azure lagoon, Rarotonga is one of the most striking islands in the South Pacific. Such a destination deserves a stay beyond the ordinary and Rarotonga has the luxury villas, resorts and boutique accommodations to complete the picture. Whether you crave absolute privacy or would prefer the conveniences of a luxury resort, we go through a variety of lavish stays in this list of the best luxury accommodations and resorts on Rarotonga.
Before we begin, be sure to bookmark The Luxury Guide to Rarotonga and 10 Best Luxury Experiences on Rarotonga for more holiday-planning wisdom.
1. Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
For couples, families and groups who have big dreams for their getaway, Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa offers one of the most acclaimed luxury accommodations on Rarotonga. Choose from a small selection of uniquely designed one, two and three-bedroom villas, each blissfully private from the other.
Enjoy entertaining from your elegantly designed kitchen or from the barbecue in front of your private pool. Alternatively, Muri‘s restaurants are just a short walk down the beach or make use of the complimentary transfers to the Pacific Resort Rarotonga (see point #9). Discover more indulgent villas like this in the 5 Best Luxury Villas on Rarotonga.
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2. Nautilus Resort
Indulge in absolute privacy and design choices that can’t help but “wow” at the Nautilus Resort. Each ‘are (bungalow) here features a private saltwater plunge pool, high ceilings and a spacious layout, as well as a bathroom with “his and hers” basins and a deep freestanding bathtub. Beachfront ‘ares have their own lounging space with a hammock in the palm trees along with free use of watersports equipment to explore the Muri Lagoon and its “motu”.
On-site at the most luxurious of the luxury resorts on Rarotonga is a large infinity pool, the popular Nautilus Restaurant, as well as the indulgent Spa Nautilis. We also list this resort in the 20 Best Family Resorts & Accommodations on Rarotonga.
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3. Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa
Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa pulls out all the stops. The villas are wrapped in luxury, each with uniquely designed private pools, such as with a waterfall, while guests are treated to a welcome gift basket and bubbles on arrival. The attention to detail is unmatched, down to the handpainted dinnerware of your fully equipped kitchen, while your villa’s designated kayaks will help you explore more of the lagoon just steps away. Thanks to its irresistible honeymoon packages, we also like Rumours in the 10 Most Romantic Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts on Rarotonga.
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4. Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas
An alternative luxury accommodation on Rarotonga that is, indeed, a luxury villa, Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas should definitely be a consideration for those looking to treat themselves. The boutique accommodation features four two-bedroom villas ideal for adult groups or families with children over 12 years old. Villas are ultra-modern, spacious and bask in glorious elevated views of Muri Beach. Whether you’re sprucing up your own cuisine in the spacious contemporary kitchen or lounging by the shared infinity pool or undercover spa pool, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience at these luxury villas in Muri.
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5. Te Vakaroa Villas
Also situated on the shores of the popular Muri Beach, Te Vakaroa Villas offers five contemporarily designed luxury villas. Stays here include breakfast delivered to your door each morning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, replenished condiments, oils, etc. for the duration of your stay, as well as a shared space with an infinity pool, a spa pool and lounging pavilion. Learn more about the accommodation, as well as similar stays, in the 20 Best Villas in Rarotonga.
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6. Sea Change Villas
Specialising in romantic retreats, Sea Change Villas is undoubtedly a first go-to for couples seeking luxury accommodation on Rarotonga. There are 15 villas scattered along the sands of Titikaveka Beach, each one exuding its own luxurious touches. Wake up in a king-size four-poster bed, shower in your spacious bathroom with showerheads for two, lounge in front of your private pool and make use of your villa’s kayaks, snorkelling gear and SUP board. Discover more stays like this in the 10 Best Boutique Resorts on Rarotonga.
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7. 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. One of the best adults-only luxury resorts on Rarotonga, Little Polynesian is also listed in the 10 Best Adults-Only Resorts on Rarotonga.
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8. Crown Beach Resort & Spa
A short drive from Rarotonga’s airport, Crown Beach Resort & Spa is the ideal retreat for a fly-and-flop luxury getaway. Transition effortlessly to island time with each villa featuring tasteful design-driven furniture and artwork. Some offer private pools while others circle a courtyard pool or are scattered throughout verdant gardens. For dinner, choose from the relaxed Ocean’s Restaurant, fine dining at Flambé, or a private dinner with your loved one on the beach. See how the resort compares to the 20 Best Resorts in Rarotonga.
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9. Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Welcoming couples and families alike, all the boxes are ticked for an effortless luxury vacation at the Pacific Resort Rarotonga. Stay nestled among the winding paths of impressively manicured gardens or on Muri Beach. This resort may be one of the largest on the island but still manages to keep things classy. Yet, you have all of the benefits of a large resort, such as dining at the on-site Sandals Restaurant with Pacific delights, making use of the complimentary watersports facilities, lounging by the garden pool, and treating kids to the kids’ club.
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10. Rainbow Villas
Finally, a bit of the hidden gem on Rarotonga, Rainbow Villas offers two boutique villas nestled among permaculture gardens on the back hills of Nikao. Pick whatever is in season in the lush gardens surrounding the outdoor pool and cook up a storm in your luxury self-catering villa, beautifully designed for couples. Enjoy an alternative view of the islands as you unwind on your elevated deck overlooking the golf course. Of course, we also list this option in the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations on Rarotonga.
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More About Luxury Accommodations and Resorts on Rarotonga
That’s it for our top picks of the best luxury resorts on Rarotonga, as well as the best luxury accommodations on Rarotonga. If you didn’t find “the one”, however, discover more stays in these listings:
- 10 Best Luxury Accommodations & Resorts in the Cook Islands
- 5 Best Luxury Accommodations on Aitutaki
- 20 Best Adults-Only Resorts in the Cook Islands
Finally, you might also be interested in The Complete Luxury Guide to the Cook Islands in case there’s anything you’re missing in your vacation plan.