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“A Real Treat” 5 of 5 stars
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Little Polynesian Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   PO Box 366, Titikaveka, Cook Islands   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Titikaveka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“A Real Treat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My adult daughter and I spent four nights at the Little Polynesian .
It was a real treat for us to stay at such a lovely resort.
We had a tiny hitch early on but this was very quickly, efficiently and personally handled by the manager Sam, to our satisfaction.
The room highlights would be the comfortable beds, air conditioning and showers . In saying that the whole room was well thought out.
We made a lot of use of the facilities including the kayaks which felt safe in the lagoon and were easy to use.
The team of staff were all very friendly and helpful .
A lovely stay.
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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LittlePoly, Operations Manager at Little Polynesian Resort, responded to this review, 5 days ago
Kia Orana,

Greetings from Little Polynesian Resort and thank you for your review.

It is always delightful to read such happy reviews of the resort. Especially when staff members are mentioned.

With the little hiccup at the beginning of your stay, we are happy to have rectified the issue swiftly. Our rooms are designed to offer all, absolute luxury in both our Pia Tiare and Over Beach Are. Only the best of luxury comfort for our guests.

We hope the next time you come back to Rarotonga, you choose Little Polynesian Resort.

Kia Manuia,

Ovaia Liew
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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4 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved our stay at Little Poly. The transfers from the airport were quick and simple. After arriving quite late, they opened the kitchen to deliver a fruit platter and sandwich. Excellent effort we thought.

We were lucky enough to have an ocean view room, and while they aren't cheap they are fairly good value (for the Cooks). One of the more beautiful beaches I've ever been on, clean water and plenty of shallow diving. Safe. Plenty of boards, SUPs and canoes to use.

Staff were excellent. Food was pretty solid and while the Mozzies were an issue on the island in general, we had almost none around our room and only a few around the Little Poly pool.

Only feedback would be to extend hours of breakfast and make more drinking water available in the rooms. Highly recommend but attempt to get at a good price.

Room Tip: Ask for an Ocean Room if available. Nothing like waking up looking at the ocean.
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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LittlePoly, Operations Manager at Little Polynesian Resort, responded to this review, 5 days ago
Kia Orana,

Greetings from Little Polynesian Resort and thank you for your review.

We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your time with us. We pride ourselves on absolute luxury from arrival at the resort to departure. No request is too much for us.

We have taken into consideration your feedback for breakfast hours to be extended. This is now possible with our pre-order breakfast card system. Our standard hours remain 8am - 10am, however by pre-ordering our guests are able to set the time of preference if they want breakfast later.

With the review you have given the resort, we hope to welcome you back to our piece of paradise soon.

Kia Manuia,

Ovaia Liew
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Rotorua District, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

My wife and I were greeted and picked up at the airport and hand delivered to the Little Poly where our long awaited honeymoon was to be and that it was, Sam and his team were just awesome nothing was a problem.Food was fantastic and just a great place to be and relax. We upgraded to a beach front villa for our last 5 days and it was even better and the weather was just fab to go with it. We will be back for another fantastic break away. Keep up the great work and hospitality at it best. Kind regards Steve and Linda

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Our first trip to Rarotonga was one memories are made off. Initially we booked a garden view villa because of excessive cost for the ocean view room. To our surprise we were upgraded to the ocean view room upon arrival. From your bedroom to the beach within a minute what more do you want. Staff are very friendly. Sadly the restaurant was inconsistent with its quality and food portions. However 6 nights of serenity. Highly recommend

Room Tip: Room 1 will give you absolute privacy
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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Had lunch and dinner at Little Poly last year (2013) and decided we should stay here when we visit Raro next so we did and it was a right decision. Staff was so friendly and helpful, nothing is too much trouble for them :-)

We stayed in a beachfront villa and paradise was right on our doorstep! Definitely recommend it!

Room Tip: The beachfront villa is a must, but even the garden villas are only two minutes from the beach :-)
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This was our first trip to Rarotonga, initially we had somewhere else in mind to stay but our travel agent put Little Poly on the table and strongly recommended we stay there. That was the pro tip of the year for us. What a beautiful place to spend 6 nights. No loud drunken groups at the bar or kids running beserk around the property. Just relaxing, peaceful bliss with a postcard outlook. All the staff on site were lovely and the ocean front villa was spectacular. Food and service A1 and if we ever get the chance to holiday in Cook Islands again Little Poly will definitely be our destination on Raro.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LittlePoly, Operations Manager at Little Polynesian Resort, responded to this review, December 18, 2014
Kia Orana,

Thank you for your review of Little Polynesian Resort.

We are delighted that your agent chose our piece of Paradise for 1st escape to Rarotonga. Our boutique size makes it the ideal getaway for much needed relaxation.

Should you return to our beautiful shores, we offer a great package for guests who return.

Once again, thank you for your review and hopefully we will be welcoming you back.

Kia Manuia,

Ovaia Liew
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We have been long term annual visitors to the Little Poly.
Before writing this review I went back to look at other reviews to see what others had to say. I was pleased to see the number of things that others had said that I totally agreed with.
We always stay in a Beach bungalow and normally in the exact same unit each year, if we can get it. If you can't afford beach front go for the garden rooms. They are only another 60ft from the beach... Our length of stay is always the same every year - 12 nights.
- The little poly to me is a just an amazing spot. There is no other place on the island that has this perfect setting combined with the privacy, amazing snorkeling, the widest section of lagoon so the waves are crashing way, way out. Just writing this puts me into a total feeling of relaxation.
- We found the restaurant at The Little Poly to be excellent. They seemed to be offering more nightly specials as well as the standard menu. I think one of my observations in our previous trip was the menu was limited but they made each item well, it was nice to hear, taste, even more options with their multiple nightly specials. Given the length of time we stay we don't eat every meal at the café, but we did eat many. For other meals we took the opportunity to travel around and try different places. There are several good places to eat within a short distance. The breakfast we feel is really good. Breakfast there is a variety of several fresh fruits, 4 or so cereals, a couple of different baked goods, toast, some meat, cheese, yogurt, a few juices, tea and coffee. I think this is plenty for breakfast and we never got tired of it. The important thing to me was it was fresh. I do like in previous visits when the kitchen staff on occasion put out passion fruit, or dragon fruit etc. I didn't see that this time but I'm sure they would if I mentioned it. Hot breakfasts are available off the menu. Again one of the advantages of staying at the Little Poly is to relax, eat your breakfast and just enjoy the amazing setting and ocean view, remember you don't have to be anywhere quickly. Your Little Poly experience isn't just your room. During this visit we had lunch and drinks delivered to our deck 3 times during our stay. We just relaxed in the ocean breeze and enjoyed the scenery. It really is amazing. You are there to relax so just enjoy it.
The rooms are well appointed. I really enjoy the fresh flower arrangement placed on the living room coffee table. We have been to the resort so many times it is the little things like this that I really enjoy. The sprig of fresh flowers in the vase in the bathroom, the occasional fresh flower left on the bed. I love the tropical scents. The shampoo, this is the second year they have had it, a nice island scent. I also mentioned to the manager a little additional perk to add was while on the island I found some amazing hard soap at "the little red barn art gallery" in a frangipan scent that would be another little bonus if they could make a deal with the artist to make small hotel bars. I'm knit picking but I'm sure the manager will search it out and see what he can do. Someone please send me a note if this happens...
I do suggest getting a car although I think the bus is good also. It is really a nice relaxing drive around the island no matter where you go. We sometimes do the drive to town a couple of times of day... it is really quite enjoyable. You won't find a resort / beach combination like this anywhere else on the island.
The nice gentle ocean breezes, which I feel are lovely I noticed has some negative affects on the roof thatching causing some cosmetic minor attention. Sam, the manager told me there are plans to address this starting in Dec. Such a minor issue has never stopped us from booking. In fact we are already booking for 2015 and 12 days. If we ever had any issues we would not book this same resort for 12 days year after year, nor would we take friends and family.
This is an adults only resort, it is extremely peaceful, attracting a very good class of clientele, all of which we appreciate. The staff is very attentive... just soak in the infinity pool and enjoy a nice refreshing cocktail.
Tips
Try snorkeling just out from Bungalow 3. Really nice variety of fish, love all the clams. You won't spot the clams snorkeling elsewhere. We have never seen any clams at the Fruits of Rarotonga.
Pearl shopping- If you are spending a decent amount go to a reputable place. I can recommend Bergman's, The Beachcomber or several other reputable places. If you are looking for cheap pearls the market is fine.
There is lots to do on the island or just enjoy relaxing at the Little Poly.

Room Tip: I would advise renting a car in advance. Not that expensive. Island car and bike is about $36.00...
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 366, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Titikaveka
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Titikaveka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Little Polynesian Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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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