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Little Polynesian Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Titikaveka
Certificate of Excellence
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
428 reviews
107 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 361 helpful votes
“BRILLANT”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

We absolutely loved the stunning daybed, spa, rainshower. Also the comfortable bed, view, pool and banana sun loungers on the beach. Loved the beach and the friendly staff.
Definitely go for an overbeach bungalow. They are just fabulous and the view over the lagoon is superb. You can swim and snorkel from the resort at any tide. Its a nice walk to Muri and back along the beach. Or just sit by the pool. And we didnt have any issues with roosters and troublesome dogs! The location is handy to local restaurants. If we come back to Raro it will be to Little Poly.

Room Tip: Not the rooms either side of pool and entertainment area (5 and 6 I think), but otherwise there is n...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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166 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2014

This place is just perfect. With just 14 'rooms!!!!' available you are guaranteed for there to be no more than 28 adults here at any one time. We had a beach room which was beyond description. Just 10 paces from the edge of the sea, almost total privacy and a great view out to the reef. we ate here every night in the open air dining area and found the food quality excellent and the service caring Polynesian. after our meal it was perfect to retire to our veranda area for a few glasses of wine in perfect peace. If one thing could be improved on, it would be a small change to the menu each night, otherwise.... we cannot wait to go back again one day.

Room Tip: It is worth the extra for a beach room. It is NOT cheap but this could be a once in a lifetime exper...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2014

Spent 9 days at the Little Poly, from our arrival at 01.30 nothing was an issue, the staff were magnificent, we were upgraded to a beach hut upon arrival. What can i say that does the room justice, 20 feet from the water with a lovely day bed. The room was huge with a lovely outdoor spa and shower which is a godsend when you come back from the beach and want to wash all the sand off. Nice big bed, only negative was that it was too soft but I have arthritis in my spine so I struggle with any bed. Plenty of space in the room with two nice big built in robes to hang everything. The views from the rooms are too die for and the pool is nice and refreshing, saltwater as well so no stinging chlorine for the eyes. Breakfast is plain & simple with a good choice of cereals, bread and fruit to choose from. Internet pricey but that is the Islands for you. If you can stay here do so, you will not be dissapointed as we will be back next year.

Room Tip: Any room is a good room
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Thank you to Sam and the awesome staff of this resort. You made our stay absolutely perfect! From the moment we arrived at the hotel until our departure a week later you did everything to help our stay be a perfect vacation. The beautiful view of the ocean, the wonderful white sand beach, the porch and chairs to relax and just sit and enjoy it all. Perfect setting out by the lovely pool for breakfast that was included with island fruit and breads. Loved the outdoor shower to rinse off the salt water and Jacuzzi for a relaxing finish to the day of exploring. Can't think of anything I would change. It was a perfect week.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Alice Springs, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Don't ever stay at the Little Poly! I don't want to have to compete for a booking the next time we go there. It is a small, private, quiet, wonderful couple's getaway and it is probably better if I can just keep it all to myself.

There was a slight mix up when we arrive regarding our booking, but the shuttle-bus driver chucked us in the van and said "don't worry. we'll sort it when we get there." ...and they did. That laid-back-we-can-fix-anything-don't-you-worry-one-bit attitude from minute one prevailed for pretty much the entire trip and I must say, everything was amazing.

Our bungalow was a perfect little A-frame slice of Awesome with doors that opened onto a small porch with a covered day bed and some deck chairs. High-sun times are best spent on the day bed, with nice breezes and cold beverages. If you are a tallish person, you can fall off the back porch into the lagoon. If you aren't so tall, or aren't partial to falling, it is a quick jaunt over incredible white sands into calm, crystal-blue waters. Free snorkeling gear and kayaks from the resort is a great way to explore the lagoon that goes about 150 meters out to the reef that surrounds the island.

Inside, a large comfortable bed sits on a raise level with French doors leading out to the sea. It is amazing to wake up and see the ocean right outside your door... The humidity was a bit strong for a desert dweller like myself, but the AC fixed that right up! They do have TV but I was too busy with island life to give it a go.

Behind the bed is a large, open area bath with dual-shower-heads, twin sinks and and an enclosed outdoor back patio with an outdoor shower (don't worry, the neighbors can't see your bum). My partner and I played hide-and-go-seek in the bathroom area for three hours and I never found her. I still don't know where she is...

The service was amazing and the staff incredibly friendly. The continental breakfast (included) had some amazing island-grown fruits and beginning in the afternoons some great sangrias, cocktails and and other imbibes that totally fit the island-getaway motif. We had dinner at the resort only once. The food was very good, with locally-sourced produce and seafood.

All in, this is easily among my Top 5 stays and I highly recommend it! ...but seriously, don't ever go there!

Room Tip: Any of the 10 waterside bungalows are good, from what I could tell. The Garden-side bungalows are d...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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146 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2014

We stayed a week at Little Poly in February and were happy with our choice and would likely return and stay here again. The airport greeting was organized and efficient, check-in was good, with a customary welcome drink. We were given Overbeach Aare number 1, which I would highly recommend. Although this unit is at the end of the property, and it is next to an empty lot, we enjoyed its privacy. The beachfront area is beautiful, with the dull roar of the reef's breakwater surf in the distance. Snorkeling right off of this property is very good, although the water turbidity at times can limit how well you can see. (Read about our even more incredible snorkeling in Aitutaki in my other review.) There is also a moderate tidal surge that can pull you, but the area is really quite safe if you are a reasonably good swimmer. There are many sea cukes, but once you get out to deeper water, there are fish to see, plenty of color! Not a single jellyfish or shark (just be wary of stepping on scorpionfish that are not too hard to spot on the sea floor--we saw none in Titikaveka.) Note: I would recommend snorkeling outside of the time when the tide is coming in or out. We thought it was best an hour or so after hightide has passed (usually afternoons?). We also swam out quite a distance to where water depths reached 20 feet or more and there were rays and larger fish. Do not swim out to the reef unless you really know what you're doing. We brought our own snorkel masks and snorkels and the hotel had a good supply of fins (fins are just too large to pack in luggage!). A GoPro camera is a must! The staff was very good about advising about swimming. Outside of swimming, you can just sit on the nearly private beach and get sun, or lie in the water at the edge and relax. And at night, don't forget to lie on the lounges and watch the stars. Billions of them! The room was very nice, although some of the fixtures and furnishings seemed slightly worn. We enjoyed the showers and double sinks and the bed was very good. In Feb, it was pretty warm at night for us, so we slept with the AC on low; with bedside controls, it was good. And, it did not rain once on us the entire week. The housekeeping staff was wonderful, Ketuke and her assistant were always pleasant, polite, and so kind to us. We got whatever we wanted, however we wanted it. The wait staff, Marilyn, and the other lovely young lady from the Philipines, couldn't have been kinder and more helpful. The front desk staff was also great to us, and even gave us a few extra special tokens to bring home as reminders of our stay. We rented a car from Avis, which I highly recommend: "Akateni," a lovely Avis lady, picks you up at Little Poly from just down the way at the Pacific Resort Raro. Driving around Raro is a must. Forget the bus, rent a car. Just be cautious if you're not used to left-hand drive. Always, always, always look in both directions TWICE, before turning or entering different roadways, and especially when turning right. We enjoyed touring the island in search of other food and art and we found art across from the Whaling Center at Mike and Awhita Tavioni's. They work from a small shed with open walls and they created wonderful wood carved canoe paddles which we took home in checked luggage (get multiple small boxes from DHL or other place and telescope them with tape and bubble wrap). Breakfast at Little Poly was great, French Press coffee by the gallon if you want it, great papaya, eggs and bacon, lots of coconut water. We had a couple of dinners at LP, too, and the food was good, but not the best we had on the island (see my other reviews, and also reviews about our hotel and food on Aitutaki on week two). Also about communication to the US or elsewhere by cell or email: we had NO Verizon service at all on the island, but we found a small internet cafe in Avarua, tucked into the back of a U-shaped mall run by a lovely Kiwi lady. That's a lot easier than buying wireless service with quota limits from LP. If you have to call someone, then get set up with the Viber app before you leave the US. Also. one more notable about LP was that the pastry chef made fresh baked gluten free bread for us (a medical requirement for us) and it was the BEST we'd ever tasted anywhere. Unreal. We could not believe how good it was. His method and recipe remain a mystery. They even used it to make French Toast for us. Absolutely unreal. One of many reasons to come back to LP, which we hope to do some day. A very nice setting, albeit pricey, with an attentive staff and comfortable rooms. I doubt that there could be a better place in all of the Cook Islands.

Room Tip: Overbeach Aare Number 1!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Waipu, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
49 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2014 via mobile

Just got back from a very relaxing seven nights at this resort. Fantastic location, had a beach front unit which are great. Staff are super friendly especially the ladies in the cafe and they make great cocktails. Only suggestion is that some maintanance now needs doing. Aside from that, highly recommended.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Little Polynesian Resort
Address: Little Polynesian Resort, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Titikaveka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Titikaveka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Little Polynesian Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inspiring Romance … For those seeking privacy and luxury, look no further than our award-winning 4.5 star Little Polynesian Resort. Our leading boutique resort, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, makes an ideal location for honeymooners and couples seeking a romantic picturesque escape. ... more   less 
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