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Planning a Celebration on Rarotonga with Family and Friends

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Sands Villas Rarotonga

Looking for a venue to celebrate a significant birthday or event?  A venue that ticks the boxes in terms of accessibility, affordability and simplicity?  With the Cook Islands Travel Bubble now open, we can look beyond the holiday resorts of Rarotonga to a network of self-catering villas that are ideal for a larger group of family and friends looking for somewhere special.

You could send out an invitation that reads:

We have booked 3 villas in Rarotonga (each with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms), located together, right on the beach to celebrate my (significant) birthday (or engagement / wedding / renewing of vows) and would love you to join us.

There are flights with Air New Zealand between Auckland and Rarotonga so you can decide when you would like to arrive and leave. We can arrange for a rental car or van to collect you at the Rarotongan airport.  

The villas are self-catering so you can stock up at the local shops or supermarkets in town plus there are options to eat out or grab a takeaway.  All the shops and restaurants accept New Zealand dollars and prices are about the same or a bit more than home.

There are lots of activities beyond swimming and snorkelling so we’ll be organising a round or two of golf at the local 9 hole golf course, and if we can get sufficient numbers, a deep-sea fishing charter or the over island walk.  The beach is very safe for swimming and you can walk out to the reef at low tide.

The basic plan is really that simple.  Arrive, pick up a rental, a 20 minute drive, un-pack, stock-up, catch-up, swim it’s your choice.  You have a base from where you can explore and enjoy the island plus each other’s company.  For those of your guests who feel they have “done Rarotonga” we have options like these tours of the Southern Group of the Cook Islands.

One of the properties we work with is the Sands Villas that has the three 3 bedroom villas and is located on Titikaveka beach (one of Rarotonga’s top snorkeling beaches).  And as this video demonstrates is truly idyllic.

Each villa sleeps up to six guests, so a party of 18 can celebrate together, plus there is the adjacent Vaka Cottage which sleeps two, bringing the total potential group size to 20 at a single location. The villas have all the modern amenities including full kitchen, two bathrooms, WIFI access and free use of kayaks.

Sands Villas Room

Fine Travel have a direct arrangement with the Sands Villas and we can provide other options to suit your particular requirements.

Sands Villas Rarotonga Beach View

Coordinating flights for a group can be time consuming and there can be advantages to making a group booking with Air New Zealand.  When you and your guests book through Fine Travel we can provide each guest a personalised itinerary, including flights (accounting for the tricky crossing of the date line), accommodation, rental cars or airport transfers and any excursions to the outer islands.


3 Responses

  1. Kathy
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    Hi , I have seen this and wondered what you could offer for a family of 4 adult and toddler later in November by way of a villa or house on the beach.

  2. Melissa
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    Good evening
    I’m planning a trip to Rarotonga with a wonderful group of ladies who have been having an annual girls weekend away together for ten years.
    We’d like to potentially stay in your lovely villas.

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