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OUR Thoughts on Little Polynesian Resort, Titikaveka, Rarotonga
The Little Polynesian (affectionately known locally as “Little Poly”) on the beach at Titikaveka, Rarotonga has always been in a perfect location for a great holiday.  The resort recently completed a comprehensive renovation on guestrooms and the public area spaces and the star rating has increased from 4.5 star to a 5 star rating.
Little Polynesian is Rarotonga's only member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Titikaveka Beach is on the southern side of the island of Rarotonga which is as far away from Avarua, (the main town and capital of the Cook Islands), as you can get, although that’s still only around 15-20 minutes by road.  It’s quiet and secluded out here and the beach and the lagoon are picture-perfect.  Little Polynesian is virtually right on the beach, and access to and views of the lagoon takes centre stage throughout the Resort.  From the Reception area guests arriving at Little Polynesian marvel at the view through the lovely little open-space restaurant and lounge and over the horizon swimming pool which seems to meld with the lagoon beyond. This architectural style is repeated in their Beachfront Bungalows where, from the bedroom and the living area, the private decks also seem to meld with the lagoon.

The architecture of the Are Nui (central facility) is probably best described as “contemporary Cook Islands Polynesian”, with vaulted ceilings, lightened lime-washed-look roof beams, timber plank floors and decks and tasteful, light coloured décor and furnishings which totally compliment the colourful tropical gardens and the horizon pool. 

Their little restaurant is a gem.  With only 14 accommodation units, the restaurant is an intimate size and guests tend to chat and mingle over breakfast.  Little Polynesian’s restaurant is known throughout the island for its daily changing menu and its reputation for great food.  Guests staying at Little Polynesian have a Tropical Continental Breakfast included in the tariff. In Rarotonga, resort guests tend to dine-around for dinner at the many restaurants which dot the island.  In our experience, guests staying at Little Polynesian dine out less – the food and the atmosphere is so good right there! 

It's hard to imagine a more ideal spot for a honeymoon and they offer a very generous Heavenly Honeymoon Special for honeymooners staying a minimum of 5 nights. (See full details under "Specials" below. 

The ultimate "Couples Resort". Little Polynesian is best known as a relaxing, romantic hideaway for couples of all ages and only guests aged 18 years or over are accepted at this remarkable little resort; oh yes, it's also worth mentioning that Wifi (charged) is available.

Included in the tariff at Little Polynesian for all guests
Arrival tropical welcome drink (placed in guest room) & scented cold towels
● Tropical Breakfast daily
● Complimentary use of kayaks
● Complimentary use of Stand-up Paddle Boards 

Click to view the Little Polynesian Resort Factsheet (March 2019)

Click to view the Little Polynesian Resort Map (June 2020)

Click to view the Little Polynesian Virtual Tour
(June 2020)

Resort COVID-19 Protocols
The following protocols have been implemented for guest safety
Hand sanitiser is available in all public areas and staff back of house
Infrared thermometers are available for anyone requesting a temperature check
CookSafe scanners are located at the resort and guests are encouraged to download the app and use this with Bluetooth functionality turned on.
All guest rooms are thoroughly steam cleaned between guest departure and arrival of new guests.
Live entertainment in restaurant and bar has been removed
As part of Covid protocols, the resort has removed all "public" snorkelling equipment and guests are encouraged to bring their own gear.
Arrival Welcome Drink is now placed in guest rooms, not given at reception

Our Specials
NEW from 2021
Bullet Returnee Special Rate

Guests who have previously stayed at Little Polynesian can take advantage of a generous Returnee Rate.  Our Travel Specialists have full details.
1. Returnee status to be established at the time of making a new accommodation booking.
2. Valid for stays in both accommodation types
3. Valid for stays year round

Bullet Stay/Pay Specials Beachfront Bungalows
Bullet Stay 5/Pay 4 and More!
Stay a minimum of 5 nights in a Beachfront Bungalow and only pay for 4 nights.
● One free night
● A NZ$50 resort food & beverage credit per room per night.
1. Valid for stays year-round
2. Valid for stays in Beachfront Bungalows only.
3. The $50 food and beverage credit is included in any additional nights booked.
4. The food and beverage credit is for food and beverage services at Little Polynesian only.
5. Offer may be multiplied:
   Stay 10/Pay 8 etc

Bullet Stay 7/Pay 5
Stay a minimum of 7 nights in a Beachfront Bungalow and only pay for 5 nights.
● Two free nights accommodation.
1. Valid for stays year-round
2. Valid for stays in Beachfront Bungalows only.
3. Offer may be multiplied:
    Stay 14/Pay 10 etc
4. Please note, the Food & Beverage credit is not offered with the Stay7/Pay 5 Special.

Bullet Honeymoon Specials 
 Honeymoon Special Bonus
Honeymooners receive the following in their room, with compliments of Little Polynesian
A bottle of wine
● A small gift and flowers in your room
1. Valid for stays year-round in both accommodation types.
2. Valid for stays within 6 months of marriage ceremony.
3. Honeymoon status to be established at the time accommodation booking is made.
4. Wedding Certificate is required to be emailed/faxed to the resort to confirm honeymoon status in advance of guests arrival.

Your Accommodation Options
All accommodation is air-conditioned. There are only two options; Beachfront Bungalows or Garden Studios.  The Garden Studios are located in 2 blocks of 2 units per block, closer to the road.  The Beachfront Bungalows are exactly that – virtually a metre-or-so above the beach with their front decks almost encroaching on to the beach. There are 5 Beachfront Bungalows located on either side of the pool/restaurant complex.  

Room Categories (in ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Garden Studios:
Refurbished in late 2018/early 2019 and looking beautiful, there are two separate blocks, each containing 2 spacious (57m2), modern, single-level, open-plan studio units. Each Garden Studio is enclosed in a private garden courtyard by a brush wall; access is via a door in the courtyard wall which can be closed for total privacy from the rest of the resort or opened providing views out through the resort gardens with a peep of the sea between the Beachfront Bungalows. There is another walled courtyard off the bathroom and this courtyard contains a private spa bath and optional-use outdoor shower.  Floors throughout the unit are tiled.  These units have "light" kitchen facilities which includes a 2-burner gas cook-top, a microwave oven, toaster, small fridge and kitchen sink. Rooms include a small dining table and 2 chairs as well as a lounge setting.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 Super King Bed which splits into 2 Single Beds when twin bedding is required..
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding is accommodated.

Bullet Beachfront Bungalows:
At 88m2 in size and recently refreshed, these big, airy, suite-like bungalows are perched right on the beach.  Each Beachfront Bungalow comprises 2 distinct rooms although the beautifully-built high cathedral-style ceiling is open throughout the bungalow.  The floor is polished wood and compliments the light-coloured décor and furnishings perfectly.  The bedroom and its ensuite bathroom is raised 2 steps above the lounge room and the large windows, all of which have roll-down blinds, provide a wonderful view of the lagoon from the bed and the lounge. The lounge, which includes a day bed as well as a small table and 2 chairs and an occasional table and settee, opens to spacious wooden decking protruding above the beach with a thatched gazebo containing another lovely big raised day bed.  Each bungalow is screened from its neighbour and coconut palms have been strategically planted on each side of the day bed/gazebo to provide shade and romantic tropical ambience.

The bathroom is very modern and tastefully decorated.  There are twin basins and a huge shower which provides an option of a massive, fixed, rain-shower head immediately above and another mobile shower head.  The bathroom opens on to a private walled courtyard which contains a spa-bath and a separate outdoor shower. 
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 Super King Bed which does not split.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding is accommodated.

Getting to and from Little Polynesian Resort
choice of seat-in-coach or VIP private car (at additional cost) arrival and departure transfers are available between Rarotonga International Airport and Little Polynesian and will be included in package prices as required/agreed.

The Round Island Bus anti-clockwise schedule departs Little Polynesian on the hour and takes 20 minutes to reach Cooks Corner in Avarua Town from Little Polynesian.  On the return journey, the clockwise service departs Avarua Town on the hour and also takes 20 minutes to reach Little Polynesian. It takes 35 minutes on the bus if you take the “long way around”.

Kids Policy
Little Polynesian is an Adults-Only property.  Only guests aged 18 and over are accepted for stays at this Resort.

Check-in/Check Out
Hotel standard check-in and check-out times are as follows:
Check In Time: 2:00pm
Check Out Time: 10:00am
Early Check-in and Late Check-out
Early check-in and late check-out may be requested but will always be subject to availability once guests have arrived at the hotel. 
Guests' luggage can be stored in the event that an early check-in or a late check-out is not available
To guarantee an early check-in or a late check-out, guests are recommended to pre-book the night before arrival and/or the night post departure.

Cancellation and Date Change Policies
(These policies to not apply to group bookings).
Bullet COVID-19 Related Cancellations & Amendments
For any bookings that are impacted by Government border restrictions or ill health (medical cercificate essential), resulting from Covid-19, the resort will offer free date changes or full cancellation and waive any cancellation or amendment fees.

Bullet Standard Cancellation/Amendment Policy
● All cancellations must be made in writing.
● Cancellations and date changes made between 15 and 30 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 25% of the total cost of accommodation booked.
● Cancellations and date changes made between 8 and 14 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the total cost of accommodation booked.
● Cancellations and date changes made between 1 and 7 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 75% of the total cost of  accommodation booked.
● No-shows are charged 100% of accommodation booked.

Travel Insurance is recommended
OUR Travel Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance

 All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Covid-19 Supplier Update

Please be aware as we re-emerge from Covid-19 shutdowns, many resorts, hotels and tourism suppliers in the Pacific Islands may open with a more limited range of facilities and services than are currently published here and elsewhere.

Please check with Our Pacific Travel Specialists or check the resort/hotel website for any updates on the latest services available.


Resort Facilities (complimentary)
Bullet Infinity Pool
Bullet Kayaks
Bullet Volleyball
Bullet DVD Library
Bullet Stand-up Paddle Boards

Other Resort Facilities (charges apply)
Bullet Cafe/Restaurant
Bullet Bar
Bullet Wifi

Room Facilities
Bullet Indoor shower as well as private courtyard with an open air shower
and spa bath
Bullet Televison
Bullet Bar Fridge
Bullet Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
Bullet Radio & DVD Player
Bullet Complimentary Room Service
Bullet Nightly Turndown
Bullet Garden Unit - Kitchenette with two gas hobs, microwave, toaster,
refrigerator, crockery and cutlery
Bullet Over Beach Bungalow - Spacious deck with a gazebo and day-bed
Bullet Mini-bar (paid) available on request