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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
Certificate of Excellence
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31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Stopped in .... Best place on Rarotonga”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

We stopped in here for lunch. We checked out nearly every resort on the island and this one is by far and away the very best. When we go back we are staying here. Magnificent pool, beach, food was excellent, and although we didn't stay the rooms looked good. The most stunning location on the island.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Danlong76
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lpoly, Assistant Manager at Little Polynesian Resort, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Kia orana

Thank you so much for taking up some of your valuable time to write a lovely review for us. We look forward to seeing you here in the future. We feel we have a little treasure here and it is lovely to be able to share it with appreciative guests like you.

Vicki Wells
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newcastle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

we were staying at a resort on the other side of the island but met Ovia (one of the managers) at the golf club & she said we should have a look at the resort. We stopped in for lunch the following sunday & it was amazing!!! Stunning pool, great snorkelling & food was lovely!! We were even allowed to use the kayak to go out snorkelling. It is pricey to stay here, but for honeymooners it would be fantastic. Quiet & Relaxing x

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Lorey A
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lpoly, Assistant Manager at Little Polynesian Resort, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Thank you for posting a review about our resort and restaurant. I am glad you enjoyed your lunch etc here.
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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We stayed at this amazing place in November 2011, we had a fantastic time except for a few negative points. The room service , restaurant service and food in general were points I raised at the time we arrived home. Whilst Vicki and the staff always acknowledge these points in their comments and make very nice replies and say they will pass these on in their replies, nothing is obviously being done. Guests are still bringing up the poor room service and food in the more recent comments. When you are charging the prices Little Poly ask you really need to take action from guests comments!

Room Tip: Room 3 is excellent but make sure the room staff top up the condiments regularly, no fun in running...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Burton595
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Little Poly is in the most amazing part of Rarotonga. The beach villas are spectacular with equally great views. Sunbathing, snorkelling and swimming are only steps from your door.

We too were here when the film crew came through for a new campaign for the Cook Island Tourism. The film crew were capturing the best tourist spots and it was great to know that of all the places you can stay on the island, the crew felt this was the place to be. While filming, the crew were polite, professional and constantly checked they were not in our way. They were friendly and we had the opportunity to meet a group of amazing people who since their arrival had become very passionate about showing the world the beauty of the Cook Islands.

If this is not on your list of places to visit - add the Cook Islands with at least a few nights at Little Poly to your list! It's absolutely beautiful...

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank LittleFish71
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lpoly, Assistant Manager at Little Polynesian Resort, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Kia orana

Thank you so much for writing such a lovely review of our resort. It is interesting how 2 peoples view of the same event can be so very different. As I said to our previous reviewer we did find it a privilege for our little resort to be representing the Cook Islands in a promotion video. I am so glad you enjoyed our little corner of paradise. We hope to see you here again some day.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

The beach front rooms are amazing, but priced at amazing. No discounts here but they are worth it. The restaurant is average and the team can't make good cocktails (especially avoid the margarita if you like them). We loved our stay until a film crew promoting the place turned up and took over for a day. The staff handled this very poorly and it ruined our day. Other than that this may well be the best place to stay on the island?

Room Tip: Do not under any circumstances stay in a garden room! They have no outlook the a garden, just a wall...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Andrew C
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lpoly, Assistant Manager at Little Polynesian Resort, responded to this review, February 16, 2013
I am sorry you found my handling of your concerns unprofessional. I will speak to our Food and Beverage Manager about the cocktails, this is unacceptable. I have to agree having the film crew around may have been off putting. As a resort we felt it a privileged to have been asked to represent the Cook Islands in a marketing campaign targeted to the Australian and European market, but I can understand your annoyance and I apologize again. Fortunately having a film crew at our resort is not a regular occurrence.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

I took my partner here as a total surprise after the 5th day the staff did an amazing job setting up the on beach dinner private dining experience with lanterns, saw sunset and i took opportunity to propose to my partner.

many thanx Vicky & David for arranging local staff & musician.
I'll deff go back again.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank m_patrizi
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lpoly, Assistant Manager at Little Polynesian Resort, responded to this review, February 16, 2013
Kia orana Thank you so much for the beautiful review and for letting us be a part of such a special event. It was lovely meeting you both and I am glad you enjoyed your stay. We feel we have a special resort and I love that you are letting everyone know. I wish you all the best for the future and hope we will see you again.
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Sydney, Australia
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 6 nights in January 2013.We arrived early on an airport transfer and were greeted with exceptional positivity and helpfulness! Our beach bungalow was delightful and the decor was contemporary and beautiful.The outdoor deck had fabulous views out to the beach (only a few steps away) and with both sun lounges and a comfy daybed would be hard to surpass. The outdoor bathroom was a welcome addition to accomodation and showering outdoors is a definite plus.We love the cafe/restaurant area at this resort.The outlook is superb, even at night ( when the pool lights add to the ambience).All staff are efficient and keen to make your stay great.My husband booked a massage on the outdoor deck and this was also wonderful.The beach on this part of the island is somewhat prettier than on the other side.We took our own coral shoes and found them useful. I loved hearing the sound of waves breaking on the reef. We enjoyed walking further along the beach in both directions after breakfast. The stand up paddleboards at this resort are particularly stable and perfect for beginners like me.We hired a car and found this a very convenient way of moving around the island at any time.Another restaurant on the island that we recommend you try is The Waterline Restaurant which has colourful sunsets on the western side of the island.The pathways from the bungalows to the resort restaurant at Little Poly were well lit and easy to traverse, being constructed from concrete.I also like the availability of small bottles of NZ. wine at most restaurants for lunch or dinner.We absolutely loved our 6 night stay and would consider Little Poly to be one of the most superb resorts on Rarotonga.This was our third trip (but not our last). Thank you again to Sam Vicki Seth Marylyn and all staff.We wish we were still there!!!

Room Tip: Definitely beach bungalows, number 10 at the end is very private.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Bluemountainscouple
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lpoly, Assistant Manager at Little Polynesian Resort, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Kia orana Thank you so much for writing such a beautiful review about our resort. I will ensure I pass on the lovely comments to the staff members concerned. We feel as well that we have a beautiful resort and it is nice that you have not only recognised this but are willing to tell others. Kind regards

Vicki Wells
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Property: Little Polynesian Resort
Address: PO Box 366, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Titikaveka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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):
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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