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.
After an amazing body scrub earlier in the week at Rumours Waterfall Spa I was hanging out for another spa treatment come the end of the week. All that island adventuring, laying around, eating delicious local food and hanging out with family was pretty stressful (totally kidding) and I couldn’t wait for the chance to enjoy a massage at the Polynesian Spa, at the Nautilus Resort.
I booked in for an 11am spa treatment on the Friday morning – our last full day on the island – as we were due to leave Raro bound for home early on Saturday morning. I was looking forward to indulging myself one last time before we headed back to real life. Although their morning was not quite as indulgent as mine, because the resorts let visitors use their facilities if dining in their cafe or restaurant, my family spent the next hour in the pool, nibbling on fries and sipping colourful drinks as I whiled away the hour in complete and utter luxury under the incredibly talented massaging hands of Jui.
I have had a few massages over the years but I have to rate this one pretty much top of the list. Jui’s hands were firm and expert and her manner was so perfect for this experience. There was no waterfall music or soft lighting. I loved that the spa, though in the Island’s most lavish and modern resort, was windowless (as in not dark) but literally without windows, the sounds of nature right outside the screened off opening in the room’s external wall. As a facility, it didn’t feel pretentious, it just felt comfortable, clean and luxe in a “we know what we’re doing” kind of way. Though they are the only spa to use Thalgo on the island, for my massage, I enjoyed the application of a local cold pressed coconut oil that felt and smelled sublime – my skin truly felt amazing as I floated out of the treatment room and back to join my family.
As I returned to reality and went to find my little family in the pool after my massage, here’s how I found my husband. Possibly his past hour watching our three crazy waterbabies was less relaxing than mine?
The Nautilus is a beautifully appointed resort. Opened in 2011 it is Rarotonga’s most recently opened resort and here you find an eco-friendly boutique beachfront resort set against a beautiful mountain backdrop which melts into a crystal clear lagoon, show casing premium luxury accommodation – every room with it’s own salt water plunge pool and beautiful grounds surrounding the entire facility. There are three tiers of accommodation options so there’s something for every budget available. The surroundings are stunning, the beach and facilities on site are plentiful, the restaurant is top class and the cocktails – mmmm yes, they’re perfect too!
If funds allow next time (or if I were travelling sans children) I would absolutely make this our base camp – it would be pretty hard to beat! Located on the outskirts of Muri Beach and close to everything you could possibly need during your time on the island, it’s the resort that tops my list.