What a wonderful start to our honeymoon! Upon arrival (at 7 a.m.), we were greeted by our gracious hostess with some tropical juice and our bags were whisked away to our a're (aka bungalow). We spent 6 nights at the Little Poly and were immediately mesmerized by the view from our beachfront A're. After seeing the garden a'res, we highly recommend spending the extra money to stay beach side! The rooms have minimal modern furniture with a flat screen TV and DVD player, but the A're itself is constructed traditionally. The outside daybed was a nice touch, as was the outdoor shower space complete with whirlpool tub. Another big plus is that the resort filters all their water so you don't have to worry.
Every morning, we chose to have our breakfast brought to our a're - you can also opt to eat more socially at the L.P. Cafe - so we could enjoy the early morning tranquility of the lagoon. Although we unfortunately had quite a bit of rain during our stay, we still got in a couple of leisurely walks on the perfectly combed beaches. L.P.'s beach is by far the best-maintained and cared for on the island! The swimming/snorkeling is also supposed to be wonderful, though we did not get to enjoy due to weather. The lobby was nicer than any we saw, and every time we were picked up for a group tour, the other couples would exclaim how beautiful the resort looked. It was!
We recommend the resort's Cafe for dinner (for no extra charge, the staff will deliver room service so you can enjoy your meal inside your bungalow or on your private deck), as well as Tamarind House, which is just down the road a little ways, closer to town. Be sure to pay a visit to the Beachcomber, where you can sort through various-priced black pearls and select based on personal preference.
We encountered a few ants around the kitchen sink, though experienced the same sort of thing at two of the other places we stayed, so attribute that to the basic island "experience." Our only other minor complaint was some confusion related to service. Although every staff member was friendly and helpful, it seemed some of our requests had to be repeated several times, and even confirming our requests later did not lead to follow through. We would have hoped for above and beyond service given the price and aforementioned beautiful facilities. However, the spectacular resort did not line up with the service.
Overall, we would like to recommend this place, and if we find ourselves back on Rarotonga in the future, we will probably be staying at Little Poly again.
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