Kia Orana. I’ve just returned from holidaying in Rarotonga (Cook Islands). This was our first international family adventure, and certainly a very different holiday experience than the overseas vacations we’ve had in the past. With 14 month old twins in tow, there was a lot less ‘relaxing’ and a lot more ‘non-stop-full-on-go-go-go’.
We stayed in a private two bedroom holiday home (Tupe’s Beach House), Titikaveka, which was managed by the Palm Grove Resort. This meant that we had our own space with laundry and kitchen, but also had complementary breakfast 100m down the beach each morning, access to the resort pool and bar (including free drinks at Friday Night Happy Hour), and the room was serviced regularly by resort staff.
The beach house was only several steps away from a lovely white sand beach, which opened up into coral pockets teeming with marine life and ideal for snorkeling. We couldn’t have asked for a better location.
The property is not quite in the same state as the website photos, as it’s not quite as new or clean, and has some different furniture. However, it has everything you would expect at a basic NZ bach. Our biggest problem was childproofing, as the twins are on the go now and into everything. With some creative furniture moving to block off the kitchen, using the sun loungers to fence off the patio so the kids couldn’t escape, and some creative weaving of dishcloths and tea towels through drawers and cupboard doors to stop fingers being jammed, we managed. It was the tile floors that did the most damage during our 10 day stay.
Along with the great fun we had at the beach, we also explored the island; dined at many cafes/restaurants, wandered through the Saturday markets, took in a cultural show, and even attended a local school gala. Over the next few weeks, I’m hoping to add several more in-depth posts to tell you all about stay in Rarotonga.
Stay tuned … I hope you enjoy them.