Family-Friendly and Couples Tropical Retreat in Rarotonga
Rarotonga is the most populous of the 15 Cook Islands, housing 10,000 of the archipelago’s nearly 18,000 residents. But it’s unlikely that you’ll feel crowded here. The oval-shaped isle offers the quintessential tropical escape—completely free of high-rise hotels or jammed ports. At the center of Rarotonga, a dense jungle blankets jagged peaks and valleys, gradually giving way to a circular rim of sugar-sand beaches.
You’ll have paradise at your fingertips on this eight-day stay in the Cook Islands, which includes round-trip airfare aboard Air New Zealand from Los Angeles (LAX) to Rarotonga (RAR), as well as daily breakfast and round-trip transfers. Also included with this getaway is a ride aboard Captain Tama’s glass-bottom boat, which glides across a protected lagoon to a vibrant reef area. Here, passengers can go snorkeling amid schools of tropical fish. Afterwards, you’ll dig into a fresh fish barbecue on Koromiri Island while enjoying a Pacific Island show.
Spend five nights at the Pacific Resort, situated on the southeast corner of the island, along pristine Muri Beach. Family rooms, which are ideal for groups of four, feature two spacious bedrooms and a patio or balcony. Venture down to Sandals Restaurant and Barefoot Bar for beachfront eats; daily breakfast is included, but you’ll receive a $250 NZD (about $205 USD) food-and-beverage credit to use over the course of your stay.
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Partners enjoy five romantic nights in a garden/poolside studio at the Sunset Resort, located on a secluded beachfront on the western side of the island. Your room overlooks lush tropical gardens or a swimming pool. Daily breakfast is included, but you can also dine à la carte in the open-air restaurant or belly up to the Drumbeat Bar for a cocktail.
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Other Recommended Activities
Te Rua Manga
Commonly referred to as The Needle, Te Rua Manga is a volcanic peak with a spire-like crown of rock that reaches 280 feet into the sky. You can hike to the base of the spire on the Cross Island Track, a path that traverses the island from north to south.
Head to this beach on the southeastern shores of Rarotonga for high-quality snorkeling amid coral reefs. Titikaveka Beach is a secluded, postcard-worthy slice of paradise boasting soft sand and coconut palms.
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Book by 3/29/13 or promo value expires. Depart by 6/23/13. Valid for Sunday departures only. Not valid on 4/21. Limit 1/person, +3 as gifts. Limit 1/visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required, subject to availability. Redemption occurs upon resrv; cncling once booked results in fee up to Groupon price. $300 fee + add'l penalties/fees from airline/hotels for travel changes. Airfare non-refundable once ticketed. Must be 18 or older to check in. $699 single supplement fee required for solo travelers (option 1 only). Visas & gratuities not included. Not valid on group or existing reservations. Hotels subject to change based on availability.