Our first visit to Rarotonga and on recommendation by friends who holiday here every year (for the past 8 years and who have stayed at many of the top resorts), this is the place to stay and we couldn't agree more. If you are looking for your own fully self-contained beachfront villa, this is definitely it. Well equipped, comfortable, clean and incredibly tranquil with the most breathtaking views. Owners are close by and are truly lovely people and only too happy to make your stay perfect.
Beach: Predominantly private, you really do feel like it's all yours and it's beautiful!
Water: Spectacular! Snorkeling, swimming, stand-up paddle board, kayaking heaven! Aqua blue and you can see clearly to the bottom. You're always surrounded by fish...perfect for snorkeling.
Restaurants: Less than a 5 minute walk along the beach is Vaima restaurant that was impressive on all accounts - food, service and location (our candlelit table was on the beach!). We would happily have eaten here every night! Although we did eat at LBV Cafe/restaurant which served exquisite French food, also a must.
Activities: The villas have an incredible large deck that overlooks the water (see pictures), snorkeling (bring your own as we did or use the equipment provided in your villa), kayaks (several to choose from).
Close by: Everything that you need for your stay, a large shop across the street with a great wine selection, a cafe that serves great BLTs, and fish & chip shop for quick snacks. The villas have a BBQ and the kitchens are fully equipped, so we purchased a lot of supplies from the local shop and from in town and cooked up a storm most days.
Also Do: A guided tour of Matutu Brewery, a local craft brewery that produces some of the best beer we've ever had. Their motto is "no crap added", so it's a great beer that you can only get on the island. Highly recommend you request Matutu wherever you dine so that this local brewery goes from strength to strength.
Weather: We went in June which is winter for the Cook Islands. Perfect temperature night and day, and only had heavy rainfall on the last two days, but this was broken with some sunshine and beautiful double rainbows.