Cook Islands Luxury

Cook Islands

Cook Islands overview

Escape from the world and experience true serenity in the Cook Islands, located in a remote corner of the globe. The untouched shores of these secluded cayes and atolls provide a sense of lost paradise, and a luxury holiday in the Cook Islands is the ultimate way to create your own castaway experience.

Map showing flight times from USA, Europe, Canada, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand from the Cook Islands

Example Cook Islands itineraries

For travelers planning a visit to the Cook Islands, we recommend to split your time between Rarotonga and Aitutaki. While Rarotonga offers a more vibrant atmosphere, Aitutaki’s serene turquoise lagoon and slower pace of life make it a must-visit destination. The 40-minute flight between the two islands provides breathtaking aerial views of the lagoon.

7 Days Rarotonga & Aitutaki Cook Islands

Spend 4 nights in Rarotonga, the main island of the Cook Islands, and 2 nights in Aitutaki, a beautiful atoll with stunning lagoons. Relax on white-sand beaches, swim in crystal-clear waters, and explore lush rainforests. This is the perfect holiday for couples, families, or anyone looking for a relaxing and luxurious getaway....


Top Cook Islands locations

The Cook Islands archipelago offers luxury travelers an idyllic escape with its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, lush tropical landscapes, and rich Polynesian culture. You will appreciate the intimate ambiance of the Cook Islands’ small, secluded islands. The boutique resorts are exclusive hideaways with a limited number of beachfront bungalows and warm Polynesian hospitality. Guests can enjoy breathtaking views from infinity pools, indulge in private champagne beach meals, and sail into the sunset to explore secluded beaches.

Rarotonga Cook Islands

Rarotonga, the vibrant hub of the Cook Islands, is a true island paradise. With no traffic lights, fast food chains, or tall buildings, this unspoiled gem is a haven of warmth, frangipani scents, and endless adventure. Whether climbing its volcanic peak or swimming in its turquoise waters, Rarotonga promises a holiday experience like no other. Visitors can quickly immerse themselves in the island’s beauty, whether it’s kayaking on the crystal-clear lagoon, sipping on a refreshing cocktail, or lounging poolside at their luxurious resort. With easy access around the island, guests are free to enjoy the Rarotonga at their own pace, discovering restaurants and marine reserves with ease – each day relaxing or exploring – you choose. Read More

Relaxing in the Cook islands
Aitutaki Cook Islands

Aitutaki, a little paradise with the world’s most beautiful lagoon, is only a 50-minute flight from Rarotonga. The 15 motus sprinkled across the turquoise lagoon offer a secluded and romantic...

Atiu Island
Atiu Island - Cook Islands

Atiu is an untouched eco-lover’s paradise with rich culture and history. The island, home to approximately 400 proud warrior people, is ancient and unspoiled, providing a one-of-a-kind advent...

Best resorts in Cook Islands

Tahiti Diving Tour
Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa - Rarotonga

Escape to Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa on Muri Beach. Enjoy independence and luxury in one, two, or three-bedroom villas. Ideal for discerning travelers seeking self-sufficiency and high-end accommodations amidst stunning natural beauty. ...

Pacific Resort Aitutaki - Aitutaki

Pacific Resort Aitutaki is a luxurious adults-only resort with only 29 bungalows and villas. The ...

Muri Beach Club Hotel - Rarotonga

Embracing its rich history and familial connections, Muri Beach Club Hotel was initially envision...

Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort
Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort, Cook Is.

Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island is an idyllic South Pacific paradise. Set amid the mesmerizing azu...


Frequently asked questions

What is the best time to go the Cook Islands

For a well-rounded travel experience, consider visiting during the shoulder months of April, May, September, and October in the Cook Islands. These months offer a delightful combination of warm temperatures and dry weather. Additionally, humpback whales can often be spotted from the Rarotonga foreshore between July and October.

Do I need a permit to travel to the Cook Islands

No. All visitors wishing to visit the Cook Islands will be issued a visitors permit on arrival into the Cook Islands if:

  • Passport validity: 6 months for international visitors, 7 days for NZ/Aus
  • Stay duration: up to 31 days for international, 90 days for NZ, 31 days for Aus
  • Proof of outbound or return ticket required
  • Proof of accommodation during stay required
  • Meet Cook Islands COVID-19 entry requirements
Can I drive in the Cook Islands

Yes. All visitors over the age of 16 are able to drive in the Cook Islands. Provided they have a current driver’s license from their home country or have obtained a Cook Islands visitors license.

The following drivers’ licenses are accepted in the Cook Islands. Your overseas license only enables you to drive the motor vehicle class that you are entitled to drive in your home country.

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • EU Members
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • UK
  • United States of America
Are there any cultural customs or etiquette I should be aware of in the Cook Islands?

The Cook Islands have a rich Polynesian culture, and it’s important to respect their customs and traditions. Modest dress is appreciated when visiting villages or attending cultural events. It is customary to remove your shoes before entering someone’s home. Respect for elders and traditional practices is highly valued.

What is the tipping culture in the Cook Islands?

Tipping is not a customary practice in the Cook Islands. However, if you receive exceptional service, it is appreciated to leave a small gratuity as a token of appreciation. Some higher-end establishments may include a service charge in the bill.

What are some must-visit attractions in the Cook Islands?

The Cook Islands offer breathtaking natural beauty and a range of attractions. Aitutaki Lagoon, with its turquoise waters and pristine beaches, is often regarded as a highlight. Rarotonga, the largest island, is known for its lush mountains, tropical rainforests, and vibrant culture. Other popular activities include snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and exploring the islands’ traditional Polynesian culture.

Are there any dangerous wildlife?

There are no poisonous snakes or spiders in the Cook Islands? That’s one less worry for you when on holiday.

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