Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands 2019 - 2021 Destination Planner 2019 - 2020 - Page 90

FEATURED Cook Islands South Pacific PARTNERS Islands / / INTRODUCTION The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium South Pacific Islands The Cook Islands – Meet the friendly locals and relax by the blue lagoons and white- sand beaches. Fun, relaxation, and aquatic pastimes including diving and snorkelling are all part of a Cook Islands’ tropical holiday. The Cook Islands are situated in the heart of Polynesia and are comprised of 15 islands scattered over the Pacific Ocean. The largest of these islands is Rarotonga, site of the capital city Avarua, known for its white-coral churches. At Avarua’s Saturday market you can find treasures from beautifully printed sarongs to black pearls, and often traditional Polynesian drummers and dancers perform. The Cook Islands’ stunning blue lagoons and extensive reefs make it a popular scuba-diving destination, offering wafer-thin cays, wide spread atolls, and white-sand beaches. Enjoy a relaxing slow pace, friendly people, dancing, hiking, snorkelling, caving and lazing in the resorts. Home to an abundance of exotic flora and fauna, pristine white beaches, lush green volcanic mountains and some of the water relaxing in the world, a holiday tropical to the Cook Islands is an Kick most back spectacular and enjoy a crystal completely and refreshing island holiday at experience of a lifetime. this iconic resort. The Rarotongan is Rarotonga’s most Rarotongan resort, situated on a kilometre-long stretch of a picture-perfect white sandy beach. South Pacific Islands Blue lagoons, white sand beaches, tropical rainforests and an abundance of cultural traditions lie within the multitude of South Pacific Islands. Our focus lies within the Cook Islands, Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. Enjoy a wealth of complimentary activities – hand feed the friendly reef fish or snorkel straight off the resort’s Aroa Beach in the crystal clear blue waters of Aroa Lagoon Marine Sanctuary. Head out for a stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking adventure. Learn to husk a coconut, dance the hula, make a lei, weave a sunhat from coconut palm or play the ukulele and island log drums. The restaurant and bar are right beside the water, perfect for that long cool cocktail with stunning views of the sun setting across the lagoon. There are a range of room, suite and villa options to select from. Sanctuary Rarotonga - on the beach (Adults only) Here at Sanctuary Rarotonga - on The Beach, the beach and lagoon are practically yours, offering you space and privacy to reconnect with your special someone. Enjoy some luscious fresh tropical fruits for breakfast, then take a few steps and slip into the clean, clear waters of Aroa Lagoon for a refreshing morning dip. Chase that with a delicious lunch beside the Sanctuary's secluded pool, then relax in the warm sunshine with a book and a cool drink from the unique swim-up bar. The Aroa Lagoon Marine Sanctuary also offers you Rarotonga’s best snorkelling, or view the colourful fishes from atop your complimentary stand-up paddleboard or kayak. Afterwards, ease back with a traditional massage at the resort’s SpaPolynesia. By evening, dine on some beach gourmet cuisine at the Bluewater Grill, then take a stroll hand-in-hand on the moonlit sands under a twinkling sky. Hotel Hotel Muri Beachcomber - Rarotonga Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort Muri Bay, Rarotonga | David Kirkland/Tourism Cook Islands Fiji – Smiling and welcoming Fijians complement the laid-back ambience of these islands of paradise. Relax in the warm seas which lap the golden island shores and coral cays teeming with pretty fish. When we think of Fiji we think of a tropical island paradise with stunning beaches, swaying coconut trees, and relaxed island atmosphere. Nap on a hammock with the pure white sand beneath you, palm trees swaying outside your secluded island bure. Sip cocktails by the pool down on the Coral Coast after spending the day snorkeling in the crystal-clear ocean. We think of Denarau Island and its championship golf course, teeing off onto palm-and-river- fringed greens as the drifts into evening and the sky on is the awash of orange Muri Beachcomber is afternoon an intimate property perfectly located white sandy and blue. We think of culture and in the – nothing shores of beautiful Muri Lagoon, the locals; heart happy, of Muri smiling Village. and It is welcoming an owner-managed is too much with their special love for kids and natural happiness that is so resort with a trouble, long-standing team of friendly, welcoming staff focused on delivering inviting. Over 330 islands with Stylish sparkling lagoons in every air-conditioned shade of blue, bedrooms, untouched exceptional customer service. rooms with separate white powder sand and a warmth not only from the sun, but from the genuine smiles spacious living/dining area, well-equipped kitchen and modern bathrooms are and friendliness of the locals, are just waiting to enchant you. included. The Seaview units and Watergarden Villas are perfect for couples seeking a peaceful retreat. Poolside Garden units are ideal for families seeking quality time together. Relax by the pool, or explore the area on bike, paddleboard or kayak and snorkel in the lagoon. Wi-Fi, laundry, lounge, BBQ's and airport transfers are available. Find a daily breakfast pack and welcome flower on arrival. Shops, ATM, pharmacy, café's and restaurants are within very easy walking distance. Tahiti spiritual art work | Tahiti Tahiti – Exotic Tahitian floral scents and hints of vanilla perfume these brilliantly contrasting islands. Follow in the footsteps of famous explorers and discover the turquoise sea-fringing beautiful resorts. Comprising of 83 atolls, 35 islands and officially still part of France, these islands have distinctly Gallic flavour, perhaps best savoured through authentic and delectable French cuisine. Tahiti is the largest of the Society Islands, which also include the drop dead gorgeous islands of Moorea and Aitutaki Lagoon Private the only resort heart in the and Cook Islands in to offer Bora Bora. Each of these Island islands Resort has a is rugged volcanic abounds forests, overwater bungalows, Coral set directly upon with world-famous Aitutaki Lagoon. Marvel at the ferns and waterfalls. reefs, alive marine life, protect shallow, impossibly jaw-dropping of water of the most brilliant turquoise. The ultimate blue lagoons – views perfect places the for colour swimming, watersports or simply admiring from an luxury is privacy; immerse yourself in the rhythms of nature, with the the tides, the sun, the idyllic stretch of beach. French Polynesia is also synonymous dreamy concept of the and overwater bungalow. Imagine being of able to wake up in luxury and then go moon, the incredible canopy of trillions twinkling stars. swimming straight from your own deck Experience the incredible charm of your own thatched bungalow, enjoy some complimentary stand-up paddleboarding, hand feed the reef fish or kayak to a nearby deserted island for a picnic. Deeply relax with a spa massage, celebrate your good fortune with a cool sunset cocktail and a private candlelit dinner on the beach. This is a blissful and unique romantic escape. Hotel Tahiti Hotel Samoa Crown Beach Resort and Spa, Rarotonga A jewel in Rarotonga, this boutique resort is set on five acres of manicured botanical gardens and endless beaches surrounding a turquoise lagoon. A perfect choice for couples and honeymooners. Enjoy a candelit dinner on the beach or a private thatched gazebo on the beach, waterfall pool or lagoon front. Cook Islands Vanatu Fiji Islands Tonga New Caledonia Traditional Dancer, Upolu | Sean Condon/Samoa Tourism Hotel Samoa - With its lush rainforest-clothed volcanic peaks, sparkling white beaches, stunning waterfalls and Breeze warm, welcoming locals, it is truely a visitor’s paradise. Samoa Lagoon Villas, Rarotonga is not one but ten islands, two large ones and eight islets, each offering amazingly Situated on four acres of lush tropical has gardens, distinct environments for visitors to explore. This Pacific paradise avoided the Lagoon Breeze offers some 18 spacious, negative impacts of rampant tourism that have Villas tarnished destinations. Samoa villas kilometres with lagoon, remains unspoilt and therefore self-contained there are endless of mountain deserted and beaches, garden Breeze located and enough to ensure you can find your own views. slice Lagoon of heaven. Just Villas as the are countryside beaches have remained largely on untouched the same is true of beach the Samoan the edge by of time, the stunning white sandy of way of life. The country boasts a Rarotonga's Pacific culture back 3,000 years and Aroa stretching Lagoon and Marine Reserve and it is based on a traditional life centered around family with and a respect for elders. come complete large family pool Communities and private are headed by chiefs, known as beach. matai, and Samoans are predominantly Christians – there are more churches here than in the whole of Rome. No visit to this destination is complete without spending at least one night in one of Samoa’s open beachfront fales. Just imagine being lulled to sleep listening to the waves lapping on a spectacular Hotel beach while you are fanned by a sultry tropical breeze. Underwater Snorkeling | David Kirkland/Tourism Cook Islands ANDERSON VACATIONS www.andersonvacations.ca SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS Tonga - The unspoilt islands of Tonga give you the perfect setting to unwind. Amongst deserted beaches and stunning sunsets, you will feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. This island nation that has almost been forgotten by the modern world has a proud historical and cultural heritage combined with a strong focus on religion. This destination is ideally suited to people with an adventurous spirit wanting to truly immerse themselves into life on a Pacific island. The main island is Tongatapu and home to the capital Nuku’alofa and popular islands of Vava'u and Ha'apai. 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