I RECENTLY SPENT 8 NIGHTS IN RAROTONGA WITH MY ENTIRE FAMILY TO CELEBRATE MY YOUNGEST BROTHERS WEDDING TO HIS LOCAL POLYNESIAN PRINCESS. WHILE THERE WE ENJOYED A BUNCH OF AMAZING SERVICES AND EXPERIENCES AND THIS WEEK I WILL SHARE THEM ALL WITH YOU. I KNOW RAROTONGA IS A FAVOURED DESTINATION FOR KIWI’S AND IT’S ALWAYS NICE TO HAVE RECOMMENDATIONS OF PLACES TO GO WHEN PLANNING A FAMILY GETAWAY SO I HOPE THIS SERIES OF POSTS WILL HELP YOU IF YOU ARE HEADING TO THE COOK ISLANDS FOR A LITTLE VACAY SOMETIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
Thursday 18th February was my daughters 7th birthday. It was surely a novelty to celebrate her birthday on holiday and it was special being able to have everyone together to join us.
We spent the day poolside at The Edgewater Resort. We actually planned on being based at Pacific Resort for the day which is where we spent most of our time during our last visit in 2011. The pool was under maintenance so we decided to go elsewhere since the wind was up and the sea wasn’t really an option for the kids on that particular day. We drove anti-clockwise around the island seeking a good spot for our group of 16 to descend, but after a couple of venues that didn’t welcome children or large groups, we headed for the classic Edgewater Resort. Although it wasn’t as fancy as we might have liked on Tahlia’s special day, we knew it wouldn’t disappoint and hey, a 7 year old doesn’t care, as long as there’s a pool and food and her family (and presents!)
The great thing about this venue is the ability to park up right next to the pool to eat. We had a huge long table alongside the pool, everyone ordered lunch, drinks and nibbles and the kids headed straight into the pool. We were able to relax and chat and eat and keep a watchful eye over them as they swam.
Once we’d eaten, everyone made their way to either the pool or the ocean which is a 5 metre walk. Beach loungers were suddenly filled with family members and the afternoon ran away on us as we splashed and frolliked and watched the kids come down the slide into the pool. The great thing about all the resorts on Rarotonga is that even if you’re not a guest, you’re able to use their facilities if you dine in their cafe or restaurant. So even though we were staying at a private house, we could come and spend the day at the resort because we were paying customers. It’s a great way to enjoy the benefits of a different resort each day and make your way around the island discovering what each different establishment has to offer.
I miss Raro immensely – even though our Summer doesn’t seem to be leaving any time soon in Auckland, I miss the snorkelling, I miss swimming in the warm ocean and I miss being on holiday with my family.