Hi and thank you in advance for any help with deciding our accommodations in Rarotonga.
I've been searching and reading this forum for several weeks. I've narrowed down our choices to 3 based on reviews and forum comments, but would be open to suggestions as well.
So here goes:
Palm Grove - only Matenga villas available no beachfront villas.
Sokala - concerned about shallow water but looks beautiful.
Raratonga Beach Bungalows - (at the high end of our price range we probably have to do one of the tropical villas not ocean front.
We, (couple late 50's) are planning a trip to Rarotonga for 5 nights 1st week in March, after touring around New Zealand for 3 weeks. Looking to relax after all the driving and sightseeing (will be awesome I'm sure). Celebrating 20th wedding anniversary!
Basically, what we are looking for:
Standard to mid-range accommodation - trying to stay about (or below) $300 a night
Beachfront - loungers available on beach.
air conditioning would be nice for that time of year, I think.
Self-catering - kitchenette is fine won't be cooking any dinners.
Would like restaurant on premises or walkable...will probably have car/scooter
Nice beach, with good sand - not rocks, clean water...beach long enough to do some walking would be a plus.
Not 'touristy' and crowded
Privacy - would like villa or bungalow...nice deck to sit out on without others right on top of us.
Accommodation aimed at couples
We are coming from Boston and will in all likelihood will not make it back here.
Which of these accommodations, in your opinions best meets our rather long 'wish list'?
Any ideas would be appreciated.