The Cook Islands are a stunning place to come on holiday and whether you are planning a trip to Rarotonga or Aitutaki, we’ve got you covered. On Aitutaki, we have the stunning and peaceful Pacific Resort Aitutaki Nui and on Rarotonga, you are spoilt for choices with Pacific Resort Rarotonga, Te Manava Luxury Villas and Spa Resort and our partner resort, Moana Sands. These three accommodation options on Rarotonga give you plenty of options; a busier resort, a luxury spa resort or a secluded beachfront resort. Not bad options if we do say so ourselves!
Moana Sands Hotel and Villas
The Moana Sands Resort is made up of the beachfront hotel and beachfront villas which are located about five minutes’ drive from each other. Situated just around the coast from Pacific Resort Rarotonga, both the hotel and the villas are set on prime beachfront locations on the idyllic Titikaveka Beach. Walk out of your door and down onto the soft white sandy beach where you have access to a stunning 10km stretch of some of the most beautiful coastline in the world. The south side of the island is a great place for swimming and whilst there are a few rocky patches, it’s not hard to find an open area of sea where the water is crystal clear and just waiting for you to cool off.
The lagoon outside of both the hotel and the villas is also teeming with marine life and is considered to be one of the prime snorkelling and diving spots on Rarotonga.
Accommodation options at Moana Sands
With both the hotel and the villas to choose from at Moana Sands, they’re able to cater for different groups, couples and individuals. The hotel features beachfront studios and deluxe beachfront studios which both offer stunning views out over the lagoon, air conditioning and a small kitchenette. The beachfront studios can sleep up to two adults and one child and feature a king size bed and a single.
There are five deluxe beachfront studies and these are located on the top floor of the hotel offering panoramic views over the white sandy beach and sparkling lagoon below. These rooms are designed for couples and also benefit from a private balcony.
If you are looking for something a bit bigger, the Beachfront Villas are more suited to groups and families. The two bedroom beachfront villa can cater for up to four guests and also features two bathrooms. The villas are absolute beachfront and are tastefully decorated with Polynesian accents.
For something a bit more special, try Paio’s Nest two bedroom beachside villa which enjoys an elevated position, providing amazing views over the beach and lagoon. Paio’s Nest also features two bathrooms and an open plan living and dining area with a fully equipped kitchen including fridge and freezer.
Dining at Moana Sands
The Sands Restaurant and Bar offers fantastic on-site dining and drinking options with a wide variety of local and international cuisine. The restaurant has an outstanding reputation on the island and is popular with guests, locals and tourists staying elsewhere on the island. The menu is a great blend of Pacific Fusion Cuisine and a big favourite is the Sunday night beach BBQ with a local string band and amazing BBQ food. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Sands Restaurant and Bar is always a busy spot to grab a bite to eat.
If you are looking for something a bit more casual, the Coco Latte café is located adjacent to the Moana Sands Beachfront Villas and serves up some tasty homemade treats including made to order sandwiches, fresh and tasty salads, quiches and freshly baked goods including cakes and muffins. Yum! You can also get a fantastic coffee here too making it a popular spot with locals and tourists alike.
Moana Sands Resort is not short on activities and things to do. The Hotel and Villas feature a day spa, as well as access to a range of non-motorised water sports including kayaking and paddleboarding. The Resort is also a popular destination for weddings and honeymoons and the beachfront locations makes it perfect for those picture-perfect wedding photos. Whether you choose to stay in the villas or the hotel, the stunning location is perfect for a wedding and the team at Moana Sands is very experience at planning and delivering the perfect wedding.
So, no matter what type of holiday you are looking for, we’ve got you covered for your next trip to the Cook Islands.