The Little Poly is an upscale boutique hotel. We know the island well and I can say without a doubt it is located on the best beach on the island! The setting is stunning! Whether you are honeymooning or just appreciating the stunning views and well appointed rooms your experience will be memorable. Guests that are going to appreciate this resort will those with an appreciation for sutle tasteful amenities, stunning views and a feeling of calmness and tranquility.
I believe Vicki told us last year the average stay at The Little Poly is 4 nights, we always stay 12 nights each visit. I can't give it any better recommendation than that. If we didn't find the staff excellent, the accommodation perfect we would not have returned this many times to the same resort. We do know what other comparable accommodation is available on the island, but you won't get the entire package that the little poly offers! If you find you can't afford the beach front units enquire about a garden room - you are just an additional 20ft in from the water, so not bad.. With each trip I look at what the management has changed and improved upon since our previous stay. Last year in my review I mentioned the drinks didn't wow me... but they were good. This year I was really impressed to see the presentation upped and the recipes changed! Great job! I like trying some new ones but I also like the old standbys. One of those standby's is a pina coloda... order one- the presentation is outstanding... with the carmel drizzled on the inside and the big pineapple wedge. The rooms are nicely decorated in a sutle calm island theme... but the change inside I noticed was the shampoos! They are using a locally manufactured coconut based shampoo! A really nice product and enhances the island theme and experience! We have always found the rooms to be very comfortable and take full advantage of the stunning views with the floor to ceiling windows.
The Breakfast is good. A selection of fresh fruit, cereals, muffins, croissants, toast, muffins, juice and coffee are available. Hot breakfasts and specialty coffees are available at an additional charge. We have never been disappointed with any of the food in the resort - lunch and dinner have always been excellent!
If I may offer suggestions as a North American yes some things on the island are a little more expensive but not when you factor in the exchange rate they really aren't! We have to remember most things here that we take for granted are shipped in and that does add a bit to the expense but really it isn't bad. The food I would say in general is much fresher! If you buy a loaf of bread it will go moldy in 4 days.. that says to me no preservatives! Good job! You won't go hungry and you definitely get what you pay for. I always say we don't go on holidays to save money just enjoy yourself isn't that what vacations are about... If you are spending the money to travel here I would recommend pre booking a car! The speed limit is 50k. so we lower our standards and just book an inexpensive car it won't be to North Amercian standards but we laugh and just go with it. My only criteria for the car is the air conditioning needs to work everything else is negotiable. We rent through island car and bike and we have paid less for a car than mylesmcg ( yes we met them at the resort) did for a scooter. Actually $15.00 dollars less/day. Other guests told us they were paying upwards of $90.00/day for a car! Our car for the 12 days was then than half that rate / day. It does pay to pre book cars.
On the island make sure to go home with a nice black pearl. Every time you see it, it will remind you of your vacation and take you back to the island. I still check the entire island for pearls and I still have two solid choices of shops I would recommend! Bergman's would still be my premier choice. This is an upscale shop with a selection of moderate to high end pieces. You won't see these pieces all over the island. I take both family and friends there to shop. I personally over the years have bought 3 major pieces there. The last one was a one of a kind. Feel free to ask Ben or Luke what it was. I have owned it a month now and I am still amazed by it. ..Pieces you buy at Bergman's you won't get tired of. They are timeless fashionable additions. The friends I took to the shop this year bought 6 moderately priced pieces. They have a great selection for men also and are creating some addtional new really show stoppers for women! The other shop I would recommend is just 2 km down from The Little Poly. It is a small shop located in a house. As you are heading for town look for the yellow sandwich board on the ocean side of the road. Colin Rattle is his name. He has a selection of custom made pieces at reasonable prices. His son Paul also creates some nice pieces. Both of my recommendations here I have known and shopped at for 10 years so I can recommend with confidence. If you are looking for inexpensive tourist trinkets, pearls you can find them at the market but you will get what you pay for and that is totally ok! I do that also.
One last comment on the Little Poly. We are booked again for Nov. 2014 for 12 days. This is a vacation for us about quality not quantity. We have travelled to the French Riveria, Rio Dejanerio, most of the U.S. and Canada, including Hawaiii.. those places to us have nothing on Raro and The Little Poly. If you think my name will help feel free to mention it at any of the places I have mentioned. Some places for sure will remember me. I also put in reviews of most of the places we have eaten on the island.
Tim J. the Canadian.
- Also Known As:
- Little Polynesian Hotel
- Little Polynesian Hotel Titikaveka
- Little Polynesian Titikaveka
- Little Polynesian Resort Rarotonga, Cook Islands - Titikaveka
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As Humble As Our NameOur facilities have all been completed upgraded to provide you with everything you need to experience the finest Polynesian experience that you can imagine. Here at the Little Polynesian we take great pride in our name, to us it signifies everything we have aimed to share... a humble, intimate, luxurious and yet remarkably friendly environment to warm your heart and recharge your soul. ... more less
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