Guide to Luxury Holidays in Cook Islands

Appealing to honeymooners and luxury travellers alike, the Cook Islands offer something for everyone. From the main getaway of Rarotonga to the jewel of the Aitutaki Lagoon, you'll quickly fall for the pristine beaches, crystalline waters, and warm welcome of the local Maori people on your luxury holiday in the Cook Islands.

Celebrated for incredible beaches and resorts, the Cook Islands invites to experience the ideal getaway. Made up of 15 beautiful tropical islands reaching across more than 1.2 million square-miles over the Pacific Ocean, these islands epitomise paradise.

The main isle of Rarotonga has everything to suit the desire of beach lovers, with a plethora of incredible beaches, such as the white sandy stretch of Muri, and the snorkelling hot spot of Tikikaveka. A journey north will reveal one of the Pacific's jewels, Aitutaki. This island, its atolls and the coral reef forms a magnificent lagoon, which is home to some of the nation's best beaches and marine seascapes.

Venture further still to explore the island of Mangaia, where you can see the historic makatea (fossilised coral cliffs) and taro fields, or swim in the underground cave pools of Mitiaro and Ma’uke. The Northern Group of islands in the South Seas are remote, and are a true luxury destination thanks to their location, and visiting these secluded gems will leave you with life-long memories. However, no matter where you go within the Cook Islands, you'll be bowled over by the fascinating culture, and genuine kindness of the Maoris.

Get to know the people by attending a vibrant local tradition, like 'Island Night' - a feast and local dance performance.

The Cook Islands enjoy a tropical climate due to their proximity to the equator. From May to October temperatures are typically between 22-28°C, whilst November to April sit at 26-30°C. Ideal weather for whenever you want to visit.

The three top national festivals held yearly are the Dancer of the Year Contest (mid-April), the Cook Islands National Self Governing Commemoration (early August) and Tiare Week (December). The Cook Islands are also popular destinations for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The Cook Islands are in free association with New Zealand, therefore British nationals do not need a visa to visit the Cook Islands for stays of up to 31 days. Find more advice at GOV.UK with information on passports, visas and travel.

Sit down to gourmet dinners at top resorts with an unbeatable views of the Pacific Ocean, or take a stroll along the beach for a range of choice restaurants. With breathtaking scenery including lagoons, your entire fine-dining experience will be unique to these beautiful islands.

Try Pacific-Rum cuisine, featuring fresh seafood, tasty grills and meats, and fusion flavours from Asia and the Americas. Why not celebrate a special occasion with a waterfront meal in a beach gazebo? Dine under the stars at a candle lit table for two.

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