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Accomodation options for large family

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Accomodation options for large family


There are a pile of us heading to Rarotonga in august for 7 to 10 days and the variety of accomodation is mind boggling

Anyway, its me, my hubby and our 2 kids(aged 3 and 5), my Mum and Dad, my Aunt and my Sister. (In case your interested its to celebrate Mum hitting 70)

Thought you could help me wade through the accomodation options. We'd prefer 2 seperate villas or apartments with us in one and the rest of the family in the other. My sister and Aunt are quite happy to share a room. Not that interested in kids club as have lots of babysitters on board.

Any help greatly appreciated.

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My favourite places to eat are Palace, Mama's and Blue Note and favourite party night is Trader Jacks (yes I know it gets mixed reviews but it's a place I've loved since our first visit and I've never had a bad night there - ever:)). Sunday lunchs at the Rarotongan aren't bad especially the gospel singing.

There's another takeaway place that we go to but I can't remember the name of it - at the back of a small arcade it looks dodgy but has great chop suey.

We don't go to the fancy places. our big spend nights are the island nights. But due to the recommendations I'm going to try the Tamarind this trip.

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Tiare, DonnaMaree and Lord Balfour thanks so much for all your help.

I've taken your advice and contacted jetsave. By the looks, the mainislander and islander are "no children". Don't quite understand all this 'no kids' and it doesn't seem to be confined just to rental houses, alot of the hotels seem to have this policy as well. Always found the Islanders to be very family orientated so seems a bit odd. Anyway, just have to get all the family to agree to a property and we will be one step closer to being there.

cheers Denise

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I have travelled twice to Rarotonga with my kids, the first time they were the same ages as yours. Regarding food, what I do when I travel is pack 1 or 2 boxes of cereal in each bag, as well as a few cans ie. tuna. Then I make breakfast and lunch - only need milk, bread,eggs etc from the grocery store. We then would have nice dinners out so that I felt like I was on holiday. (We went to several shows with the buffet dinner and I didn't need to eat at all the next day!) I kept the meals I made very simple. Once you've used the food you have extra room in your bags for anything you may buy.

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Thanks JannieO I was thinking that packing a few cereals and snacks would be a good idea. My kids tend to graze all day so that would help keep the costs down. Cheers

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Also, check out the market in Avarua on Saturday morning for fresh fruit. DH and I bought a HUGE bunch of bananas there for $2 NZ and ate those for breakfast most mornings :)

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I promised to send you a photo from Lord Balfors album when it was up of the Fruits of Raro rentals.

Here it is: …webshots.com/photo/549972025/29302885900286…

Basic clean acommodation on the beach (best beach) in Titikaveka. Hours of snorkelling outside your doorstep.

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Thanks to Tiara and everyone else for all there help. If Rarotonga is as friendly as this site we will have a ball.