We’re not sure if it’s the autumn weather taking hold that’s done it, or this weekend’s looming clock change – either way, we’ve been yearning something chronic for an island escape this week. We achieved it - kind of – with this comprehensive guide to a Rarotonga getaway. Happy honeymooning!
Where it is: A four hour flight from Auckland.
Honeymooner type: Those who want to stretch out on the sand, swim – and not do much else.
What to do: Head to Highland Paradise where you’ll see a local village and a cultural show, and take a trip to the Punanga Nui Markets in Avarua – here you’ll find everything from local delicacies (for a third of the price they’re sold for at supermarkets) to crafts and colourful clothing. Zoom over to neighbouring island Aitutaki to explore Aitutaki Lagoon, which brims with a vibrant population of marine life – just a 40 minute flight from Rarotonga.
Somewhere to stay: Sea Change Rarotonga is an indulgent boutique retreat, comprised of a collection of nine villas nestled on a private white sandy beach. Equipped with a lush spa and highly appointed accommodations (think luxury kitchen fittings and satellite TV), it’s the ultimate way to enjoy the Cook Islands in comfort.
Most Romantic Spot: A beachside dinner at your resort – if there isn’t one on offer, ask the restaurant to pack you a picnic and arrange it yourselves.
When to go: Autumn or Spring.
For more info: cookislands.travel