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“The Little Poly is the only place to stay in Rarotonga!” 5 of 5 stars
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Little Polynesian Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   PO Box 366, Titikaveka, Cook Islands   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Titikaveka
Calgary
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“The Little Poly is the only place to stay in Rarotonga!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2009

First of all we stayed 12 days at the little poly. The setting is absolutely unbelievable....the beach front bungalows have elevated decks with day lounging beds looking out onto the prestine lagoon. I believe this area of the island has one of the widest lagoons which makes the wave action on the reef quieter but yet still spectacular from a distance and the water in the lagoon calmer. This is the 3rd time we have been to Rarotonga and this was by far the best resort we have researched and stayed at. The Polynesian influenced archectecture of the rooms and amenities are comparable to none on the island that I have seen. Ask Tiena, Jeanne or Dorice to explain the thoughts that went into these well appointed luxourious rooms. This property is definately a romantic getaway. I can see the appeal to honey mooners but those of us that aren't newlyweds will also appreciate it for its uniquesness, luxury and comfort. I hate to admit I'm getting older (45) but I appreciate a good bed and these are....you be the judge though. Your bungalow has privacy but if you want you can still meet your neighbors and have a drink with them by the pool or on the deck in front of your bungalow. Make sure you try their signature Sangria or Pina Coloda both are there own unique recipe..

Snorkelling, Wow! This is the best place on the island to snorkel. Everything you read will say in front of the fruits of Rarotonga, well guess what that is about the equivelant to a block down the beach. In our previous trips that is where we would go to snorkel but this time we just walked out our bungalow and into the water. I saw far more fish here and was thrilled to see some small giant clams (an endangered species in most of the world) that I never saw at lagoon area in front of the Fruits or Rarotonga. Also took the little poly kayaks out and saw some sting ray....never saw the turtles that are often sited in the area but next time!

The staff unbelievable. Always a smile and willing to help make your trip the most memoriable they can. We made plans to go deep sea fishing and before leaving the resort I checked with the chef Carlos to see if he would prepare the fish for us if we were lucky..."of course" was his answer! My partner caught a Wahoo I thought it was the most delicious fish dinner we had (I think pride makes us bias)....as the night before I thought the broadbill Carlos prepared was the best fish I had ever had. You won't be disappointed in the food at the resort. We definately had our share of tapas, and dinners on site.

While on the island I recommend:
-try the golf course it is unique
- walk a different beach everyday (you will be amazed at the different shells and how the people and reef will be different on each)
- go on the quads into the back country
- take the day trip to aitutake
- go pearl shopping you will find quite a range of prices
- Saturday morning market
or ask the staff what they suggest for activities.

My advice is to embrace the local culture on the island, and the people. Be polite and smile you will be amazed how friendly the people are and you can't help but have a good time. Certainly Dorice, Teina, Jeannine and the rest of the staff will do everything they can to insure you leave with the best memories of the resort and the islands.

T & M Calgary Ab. Canada

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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
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Normal, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2009

We stayed at the Littly Ploy for our honeymoon. It was absolutely perfect! The beach front bungalows are spacious, well appointed and have a fabulous view. It's just amazing to wake up and see the lagoon from bed. The daybed on the front deck was perfect for napping or reading a book.

Plus this is on the best beach. It is sand, not rocks. The lagoon is deep so you can swim and snorkel right out from your room. If you go on the lagoon tour, it brings you within sight of the Little Poly for snorkeling, so that tells you it's a prime spot. The pool looked beautiful, but we didn't go in it when that gorgeous lagoon was right there.

The staff did everything they could to make our stay comfortable. They arranged a masseuse to come to the bungalow, called the chef at home to discuss the preperation of a dinner not listed on the menu and picked up a sovenier from a local shop even though it was closed. I just can't say enough good things about Jeannine and the staff. They were all extremely professional and went out of their way to make it a memorable stay.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2009

We spent 7 nights at the Little Poly and we truly had an amazing time! We had organised our wedding prior to arrival. We were a little worried about how the day would pan out as there was just going to be the two of us but it was just spectacular. Our beach Are was stunning - and only 5 steps to the ocean - bliss! Jeannine was our amazing wedding planner aka fairy godmother. Our wedding was on a Wednesday and we met with Jeannine on the Monday to iron out what we wanted to achieve and she listened to every little thing and delivered above and beyond what was expected of her. My flowers were amazing, the wedding cake amazing - made by Jeannine herself (and eaten by each of the guests that were lucky to be around at the time). She also brought us to Town Hall to fill out all the paperwork. The ceremony itself was beautiful with each of the staff getting involved to ensure we had the perfect day. William our photographer took the most amazing photographs (our families were asking if they were photoshopped because the scenery is so stunning!). We had a beautiful dinner in the restaurant that night and when we got back to our room it was covered in gardenia flowers and a candlelit spa bath had been poured for us! Pure Bliss..
The hotel itself is beautifully intimate, the food in the restaurant is simply stunning - the freshest melt in the mouth ingredients cooked up by the main man - Carlos! Tapas are available in the afternoon and are yummy. Breakfast was served in our room each morning and it was also lovely- it was great not to have to get dressed and go to the cafe.
The location of the hotel and the beach Ares is stunning - you really feel like you have your very own private beach in paradise. We would thoroughly recommend this beautiful place to nobody as we want to keep it all to ourselves!!
A big thank you to all the staff especially Jeannine or making our day so wonderful (and for the beautiful present), she is a truly lovely woman also thank you to Te Tika Mataiapo Dorice Reed for presiding over our beautiful ceremony, Teina for being our witness Noleen, Matilda,Billi and everyone. We cant wait to go back again!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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wellington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2009

Yes, I do mean Revue. No spelling mistake here. Staying at the Little Polynesian very often resembled being on a wonderful stage set. Jeanine directing proceedings with warmth and graciousness. Tiena ever calm and sincere, delivering his words with great aplomb. Matilda reciting her lines gently, with nothing ever being too much trouble. Need I say, Star of the Show was, of course, Billie. Such fun and such wicked wit.

The beachfront ares presented a magnificent setting in a superlative location. Architecture was of the highest standard with impeccable fittings. A joy to behold. Daybed on the deck was the perfect place to rehearse one's lines, glass of chilled white in hand.

The food in the restaurant was of star quality, creatively presented by chef Carlos. We ended up renaming him El Chile (for those in the know, after the world famous Spanish restaurant El Bulli). All in all, Little Poly is a class act that deserves top billing. We can't wait for an encore.

Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2009

We chose the Little Polynesian Resort for our honeymoon and we cannot express how much the resorts facilities (kayaking, snorkelling, pool) and staff ensured we had the best time ever!
Chef -Carlos, managers which are sisters and food and bev staff Billie, Noelene, and others all made the experience an incredible time for us during the most special time in our lives.
The staff at Little Poly had 5 star customer service. The rooms were immaculate and very clean - we nicnamed the housekeeping staff the 'magical ladies' as they popped in and out of our hut without us ever seeing them. The resort is very exclusive having excellent food and drinks available at any time.
Highly recommend the beach front huts, all food is included in the price so you never have to take money out or carry your wallet with you.

We loved it so much we are returning in 3 months!

See you soon!
Salesi and Tess

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2009

One of the loveliest places we've ever stayed. Beautiful accommodation with wonderful friendly staff who couldn't do enough for you. Definately the best spot on the island.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zuerich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2009

The best resort we ever had in the Southern Pacific. The location, the accommodation and the service were top and we felt at home with the friendly crew in the hotel. The beachfront bungalow is a dream, everything you need is there and much more.
And Rarotonga is a beautiful island with fantstic beaches, better than any island in French Polynesia when it comes to value for money.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 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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