Cheap Accommodation Rarotonga Cook Islands – Kiwis are ready to dust off their passports and head to the Cook Islands, according to search data from accommodation website Booking.com.
Rarotonga has climbed 15 places in the annual list of most searched destinations, following the recent announcement of a tourism bubble between Aotearoa and the Cook Islands.
Cheap Accommodation Rarotonga Cook Islands
The Cook Islands have always been very attractive, popular with travelers of all ages and types.
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For those with children in tow, escaping the New Zealand winter to the island has become something of a July school holiday ritual. A week’s stay at a beach villa in Rarotonga offers a relaxed but fun environment, with the added bonus of cooking facilities that make meals much cheaper. Overlooking the beautiful Muri Lagoon, Te Manava Luxury Villas and Spa offers 5-star accommodation with a private pool and terrace – and fully self-contained spaces mean you have all the luxuries of home at your fingertips.
Just a short flight from Rarotonga Airport, you’ll find Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort, set on its own private island. A luxury adults-only resort offering beachfront and overwater bungalows with panoramic views of Aitutaki Lagoon, you can enjoy stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling and cultural activities – or for a bit of indulgence head to spa offering massage, sauna and hot tub.
For a true island experience, a stay at Ikurangi Eco Retreat in Matavera Rarotonga will leave you rested and at one with nature. You can opt for diving on the nearby beach or for hiking and cycling – the facility offers free bicycles within the facility. Just a five-minute drive from shops and restaurants, this eco-friendly retreat offers an on-site pool, and if a day outdoors has worn you down, enjoy a private meal prepared by a private chef served on your balcony. You can also relax with an in-room massage.
If you’re enamored with the island, but luxury resort life just isn’t for you, a self-catering beach hut could be just the ticket to relaxation. Matriki Beach Huts offers full beachfront accommodation on the island side at sunset. You can enjoy diving with the beautiful white sandy beach in front of the property or enjoy nature and go hiking or fishing. Each of the unique, rustic, self-contained beach huts has its own terrace, basic cooking facilities and an outdoor shower.
Club Raro Resort, Rarotonga
If you think it’s time to liven up your island vacation with company, check out some of the private villas in sunny Rar. The Te Etu villas are close together and offer all the amenities a group trip might require, from a private pool to a pool bar and barbecue. These villas also have a sun terrace, and snorkelling and cycling can be enjoyed within close proximity of this cottage. Any savvy traveler knows that the best way to save money on vacation is to cook your own meals. Of course we are talking about you; why else would you be looking for the best self catering accommodation in Rarotonga? Well, let’s go ahead and show you places to stay with the best cuisine. Right after we turn on the required link…
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Enjoy light and airy units in a quiet location on Muri Beach. Muri Beachcomber offers quiet beachfront units for groups of adults as well as family units scattered among the gardens and creeks of this spacious property. Each unit has a fully equipped modern kitchen, as well as various barbecues in the gardens. As a bonus, there are plenty of inclusions, such as airport transfers, kayaks, SUP boards, snorkel gear, wet shoes and bikes. We also list this property in the top 20 family resorts and accommodations in Rarotonga.
Why is Rainbow Villas simply one of the best self catering accommodation in Rarotonga? Because your supermarket is your own permaculture garden! Pick what’s in season in the lush gardens surrounding the outdoor pool and cook up a storm in your luxury villa perfect for couples. Meals can be enjoyed on the elevated deck overlooking the golf course. See similar accommodation in the 20 best villas in Rarotonga.
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For a more sustainable stay, choose Magic Reef Beachfront Bungalows. Their small selection of island-inspired boutiques comes with lovely Polynesian touches like carved four-poster beds and classic tivaevae bedding. Take advantage of self-catering facilities where reusable coffee cups, tote bags and water bottles make exploring the island easier on you and the planet. What’s more, guests get exclusive rental of electric cars at the resort. Learn more about the sustainable aspects of this resort in the 10 best eco resorts in Rarotonga.
Try a piece of paradise at Mama Taras bungalows. Behind the orchards in Muri, a small selection of modern bungalows are available for families or groups of up to four people. Alternatively, enjoy an ultra-modern stay in a villa for up to six guests with its own private pool. Either way, you have your own cooking space and are a few minutes’ walk from Muri Beach and its excursions and restaurants.
What’s more ‘self-catering’ than a cottage? Arapati Holiday Homes manages the two bedroom villa ‘Arapati’, which is right on the beach and can sleep up to six guests, while the ‘Henry Villa’ can sleep a whopping 10! There’s plenty of room for groups to relax between the spacious living room, outdoor kitchen, elevated terrace and beach. Close to the property is Wigmore’s Superstore, one of the largest supermarkets on the island. Needless to say, self-service is a breeze here. Learn more about shopping and other tips in the Rarotonga Supermarket and Food Shopping Guide.
For couples or couples dreaming of a self-catering Rarotonga holiday, Rumors Luxury Villas & Spa will make it all happen. The villas are enveloped in luxury, each with uniquely designed private pools (some with a waterfall), while guests receive a welcome gift basket and bubbly upon arrival. The attention to detail is second to none, right down to the hand-painted crockery in your fully equipped kitchen, while your villa’s signature kayaks will help you explore more of the lagoon just steps away. If you want to see more accommodation like this, check out the 10 best luxury accommodation in Rarotonga.
Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Experience a resort experience with the convenience of self-catering accommodation at Moana Sands Beachfront Villas & Apartments. Located in the peaceful South Coast village of Vaimaanga and within walking distance of Wigmore’s Superstore, each of the 10 villas overlooks the pool and lagoon. The villas are modern, simple in design with Polynesian artwork. There’s also a place to relax at the on-site Hibiscus Spa. See how it compares to the top 10 spas in Rarotonga.
Nestled in its own verdant corner of Rarotonga’s Sunset Beach, Aro’a Beachside Inn may be cramped, but that’s all part of the charm. Beachfront accommodations offer decent snorkeling off the beach as well as a good time at the popular Shipwreck Hut beach bar. Although the studios and apartments do not win style points, they are comfortable, functional and offer decent self-catering facilities. It’s a true boutique shopping experience! See more like this in the top 10 boutiques in Rarotonga.
Located on the shores of Titikaveka Beach, Rarotonga Beach Bungalows offers bungalows with a garden and a full beach with kitchen facilities. The neat and chic island-inspired bungalows feature an open kitchen and dining area with a two-door refrigerator, gas cooktop, and plenty of counter space. A starter breakfast package is included with your stay, but it’s not all about food with kayaks and snorkel gear!
Accommodation Ariki Adventures, Ariki Bungalows not only offers affordable accommodation for self-catering in Rarotonga, but also entertainment combinations that you cannot refuse. Compact but comfortable accommodation offers three studio rooms and a villa with two bedrooms for groups of up to 10 people. The bungalows can sleep two people and have a kitchen, private bathroom and a small terrace for relaxing with a meal. Otherwise, hang out by the small pool. We also list this accommodation in the top 10 budget hotels in Rarotonga.
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That’s about it for our list of the best self catering accommodation in Rarotonga, but it’s by no means exhaustive. There are many options when it comes to cooking in your accommodation, so check out these other tips if you haven’t already found ‘the right one’.
Finally, learn more about buying food on the island with Food Costs in the Cook Islands: Restaurant and Grocery Prices and 15 Ways to Save Money on Food in the Cook Islands.
This article was reviewed and published by Robin, co-founder of Cook Islands Pocket Guide. He lived, worked