Sanctuary to open in Rarotonga

Guest Writer

From 14 February 2010 the Cook Islands will have a unique new product to offer, an exciting new development for tourism in the region.

Sanctuary Rarotonga is a full-service, 5 star resort set on absolute beachfront on Rarotonga’s finest white sand beach, Aroa Beach, on the island’s preferred sunshine southwest coast, renowned for its sizzling tropical sunsets.

Sanctuary Rarotonga’s 48 luxury Beachfront Suites offer stylish tropical decor, designer artwork, hand-made lighting and an Italian tiled bathroom with black pearl-shell accents.    

The new pool features a Swim-up Pool Bar (the only swim-up bar at a high-end resort in the Cook Islands), and the distinctively South Pacific ambience of the resort also includes lush tropical gardens, thatched buildings, and fabulous indoor-outdoor flow in the reception and restaurant areas. 

The resort’s new Beach Pavilion restaurant enjoys views of both Aroa Beach and of the inviting swimming pool, allowing guests to go with their mood and dine poolside under the pergola or beachfront with their toes in the sand gazing out to the blue lagoon.  Daily changing menus showcase the freshest seasonal tropical ingredients with the accent on fine Pacific cuisine. 

Sanctuary Rarotonga offers two stylish spa therapy centres  – SpaPolynesia Honeymoon for his and hers pampering, or SpaPolynesia Luxe @ Lime Blossom Villa, ideal for some indulgent and well-deserved ‘me time’ or for groups such as ‘girls day at the spa’ get-togethers or hens parties while the guys have their stag do enjoying some golf or gamefishing.  SpaPolynesia Luxe features 3 spacious treatment rooms, a Couple’s Sauna, Blue Bathhouse, open-air spa and fabulous poolside massage in the thatched pavilion, and guests can also enjoy the fresh flavours of Spa Cuisine in this new facility, Rarotonga’s finest spa.

Guests of Sanctuary Rarotonga also enjoy an additional bonus – they are able to use all of the facilities of neighbouring sister resort, The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa, located west along Aroa Beach. The best of both worlds - a cool cocktail within the serenity of adults-only Sanctuary Rarotonga resort, perhaps followed by a riveting island drum dance performance at The Rarotongan’s ‘Legends of Polynesia’ Island Night Show. Facilities at The Rarotongan also include gift shops, gym and an island deli & wine shop.

For mixed-age groups traveling to Rarotonga, those with families are very well looked after at The Rarotongan (which features the Cook Islands’ only Kids Club with Kids Stay & Play Free, plus new Banana Beach Playland for infants and new Teen Zone), whilst adults within the group can be better catered for at adults-only Sanctuary Rarotonga. 

And because Sanctuary Rarotonga offers 48 rooms all in the one category - Beachfront Suite – groups of up to 96 adults can all be accommodated in the same high standard (as double or twin share), an important new development for the Cook Islands in attracting medium to large conference and incentive groups.

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