When we landed in Rarotonga International airport for a seven-day vacation, I could not believe my eyes. I didn't expect for a place with such a weird name to be so beautiful. If you are still wondering what am talking about, Rarotonga is the biggest and most populous of Cooks Islands—at least, from what I learned while researching for a travel destination.
From the moment we arrived, the process of clearing with the immigration to the moment we checked in into the Palm Grove resort where we would be staying for the next seven days, was very easy. The hospitality of the locals in this one among the many Pacific islands was incredible.
Ranging from the stunning and natural beauty of the island to world-class Rarotonga resorts, I knew we would have a good time in the Cook Islands.
Our Experience at Palm Grove
Our stay at one of the best Rarotonga resorts; the palm grove, was remarkable. Throughout our vacation, we stayed in a beach bungalow owned by the resort. The bungalow sat right on the beach, just about 100 yards offshore there was a reef barrier, which created a quiet lagoon for swimming and snorkeling. The water in the lagoon was incredibly clear a scenario that I have never seen in any other pacific islands.
When I thought things could not get any better, the golden and magical sunset was a sight of awe and inspiring beauty. From our resort, we could see the sun disappear on the west coast casting the last of its rays on the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
At night we could hear the sound of the gentle waves as they rocked the shore, which was very soothing. Falling asleep was not a problem in this one of a kind Cook island. It was like the ocean was singing a lullaby to me and slept through the night like a baby. It was the most relaxing experience I have ever had for years.
The Dining Experience
Even though I knew that the culinary experience of staying in one of the best Rarotonga resorts would be incredible, the food that was served exceeded my expectations. In the morning, breakfast was served by one of the best restaurants—The Yellow Hibiscus. This was an onsite restaurant close to our bungalow that prepared buds-tantalizing meals.
Breakfast was part of our Palm Grove checking in package, so we didn't part with even a single dime. The dinner was also incredible with a variety of options to choose from. Ranging from the local delicacies like Ika Mata, Curried Eke (Octopus), to Banana Poke, we had a blast in one of the most incredible Cook Islands.
For those who wanted to stick with what they were familiar with, there was an assortment of places that served international delicacies. Our bungalow was fully equipped with a stove, microwave, and refrigerator to cater to our needs while indoors. We used to hop into the local store and stock up our refrigerator with drinks and lunch items.
A Paradise Under the Sun
Days flew quickly in this one of a kind Cook Island. We had stayed in Rarotonga for seven days, but it seemed like hours. The beauty of the island helped us to relax and rejuvenate. Unfortunately, we had to depart from paradise after our vacation days were over.
When we return to the Cook Islands, Rarotonga will be on top of my itinerary.
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