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PALM GROVE
Member of the Black Pearl Collection of Boutique Properties

Our Resort Report

OUR Thoughts on Palm Grove, Vaima, Rarotonga.
It’s really quite difficult to give meaningful star ratings to Rarotonga’s smaller accommodation properties; Rarotonga provides such an idyllic holiday environment and most of the smaller properties are locally owned and run in a lovely personal way.  Palm Grove is independently rated at 3½ star and that’s fair enough, but rating systems don’t usually take into account the superb location or the friendliness and warmth of the staff and Palm Grove Rarotonga has both of those in abundance. We find that Palm Grove is constantly upgrading and enhancing its accommodation, facilities and services and is now a very solid mid-range full-service resort with a restaurant open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner and includes a popular Sunday BBQ. On Friday Night Palm Grove provdes a Happy Hour for guests which includes free drinks, snacks and live music.  Complimentary activities include use of snorkelling gear, kayaks, beach towels and beach chairs, use of a guest BBQ and a popular Sunday Church Shuttle.

The location is stunning.  Palm Grove is located half way around the island from the main town, Avarua, and about 15 minutes from the airport, but remember, the whole island is only 32 kms (22 miles) right around. The original units were built across the road from a perfect beach on a quiet stretch of the circle island road on the secluded south side of the island. Later on, more units and a 3 bedroom Villa were added over the road right on the beachfront - only steps off the white-sand beach.  The circle island road is still there but it is not busy out here and doesn’t detract at all from guests’ enjoyment of this beaut little village-style resort.

Palm Grove provide a personal wedding co-ordinator and a range of well-priced wedding and vow renewal packages – Our Specialists have full details.

Guests are personally met at the airport by a Palm Grove staff member irrespective of flight arrival time and transferred to the property.  Continental buffet breakfast is included in the tariff – cooked breakfast is available at a small surcharge.  There is a local supermarket barely five minutes walk away and the circle island bus to Avarua stops regularly right at the resort.

Our Specials
THE BLACK PEARL EXPERIENCE

Bullet The Black Pearl Experience 
10 Nights Stay Special
Stay 10 consecutive nights and receive with the compliments of Palm Grove:
● A certified unique Black Pearl in a pendant setting valued at NZ$500

OR as an alternative to the Black Pearl
● A $300 Food & Beverage Credit issued by the resort
Conditions:
1. Valid for stays of a minimum of 10 consecutive nights.
2. A Maximum of 1 Black Pearl provided per room/villa.
3. The alternative $300 Food & Beverage Credit can only be used at the resort's Restaurants.
4. This special is not combinable with the 5 and 7 Night Black Pearl Specials below but may be combinable  with short-term specials offered from time to time if explicitly stated so on the Special

Bullet The Black Pearl Experience 
7 Nights Stay Special

Stay 7 consecutive nights and receive with the compliments of Palm Grove:
2 Complimentary tickets to Highland Paradise Sunset Feast and Show valued at NZ$220 
OR
● A 3-day car hire voucher valued at $190
Conditions:
1. Valid for stays of a minimum of 7 consecutive nights.
2. A Maximum of 2 complimentary tickets to Highlands Paradise provided per room/villa.
3. Rental car is subject to availability - pre-booking is highly recommended
4. This special is not combinable with the 10 and 5 Night Black Pearl Specials the 5 and 7 Night Black Pearl Specials but may be combinable with short-term specials offered from time to time if explicitly stated so on the Special

Bullet The Black Pearl Experience 
5 Nights Stay Special

Stay 5 consecutive nights and receive with the compliments of Palm Grove:
2 for the price of 1 tickets for a Koka Lagoon Cruise valued at NZ$79  

Conditions:
1. Valid for stays of a minimum of 5 consecutive nights.
2. A Maximum of 1 complimentary ticket for a Koka Lagoon Cruise when 2 guests take the same lagoon Cruise. 
3. This special is not combinable with the 7 and 10 Night Black Pearl Specials above but may be combinable with short-term specials offered from time to time if explicitly stated so on the Special

Bullet Low Season Stay/Pay Special
Bullet Stay 7/Pay 6

Stay 7 nights and only pay for 6 nights.
Conditions:
1. Valid for stays:
    01 November 2021 to 31 March 2022
2. Valid for stays in all accommodation types.

Bullet Honeymoon Bonus
Palm Grove provides a chilled bottle of sparkling wine on arrival to all honeymoon couples staying at least 3 nights.
Conditions:
1. Honeymoon status to be established at the time of booking accommodation.
2. Valid for stays all year in any accommodation type.

Your Accommodation Options
The 22 stand-alone units which are all air-conditioned and have full kitchens, provide a wide variety of accommodation types and outlooks. 
Garden Location
The Garden Studios are clustered around the swimming pool and are handy to the restaurant.  The Two Bedroom Bungalow is located next to the Garden Studios and close to the pool. Off to one side, but also handily placed you find the 4 One- Bedroom Superior bungalows; the centrally located Three Bedroom Bungalow completes the picture on the land or "garden” side of the property.
Beachfront
Straight across the road and virtually right on the beach frontage, there are 8 Beachfront Studios and the 3 Bedroom Beach Villa which is located on the western side of the Beachfront Studios.

Bungalow Facilities
Kitchen facilities
Air conditioned bedrooms
Flat-screen TV
Ceiling fans
Hairdryer
Security Safe
IDD telephone,
CD/MP3 player
Radio
Full insect screens
Patio/balcony
UV filtered tap water.

Room Categories (In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Garden Studios:
Garden Studio Patios face inward towards the swimming pool and the wide lawn.  Rooms have tiled floors, light painted walls, kitchens, vaulted ceilings and newly thatched roofs.
Minimum Stay Policy: 2 nights
Kids aged under 6 years stay free
Maximum occupancy: 3 Guests
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Rollaway Bed can be added, there is also space for a cot.

Bullet One Bedroom Superior:
Located in the garden area.  Each has a separate bedroom and lounge/kitchen area.  A private patio faces north and away from the lagoon providing beautiful sunny views towards Rarotonga’s spectacularly lush interior mountains. Tiled floors and white painted walls complete the picture. 
Minimum Stay Policy: 3 nights
Kids aged under 6 years stay free
Maximum occupancy: 3 Guests
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Rollaway Bed can be added and there is space for a cot.

Bullet The Two Bedroom Garden Bungalow:
Garden location handy to the restaurant.  The Two Bedroom Bungalow has two separate bedrooms plus a full-size kitchen and a dining/lounge area, one bathroom with separate toilet, tiled floors, light painted walls and two private patios. 
Additional Facilities:  DVD Player and private BBQ
Minimum Stay Policy: 5 nights
Kids aged under 6 years stay free
Maximum occupancy: 5 Guests
Existing Bedding: A King Bed in each bedroom, each of which may be split into 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Rollaway Bed can be added, there is also space for a cot

Bullet The Three Bedroom Garden Bungalow:
Handy to the restaurant and pool in the garden area.  There are three bedrooms plus a full-size kitchen and a dining/lounge area, one bathroom, separate toilet, tiled floors, light painted walls and two private patios.
Additional Facilities:  DVD Player and private BBQ
Minimum Stay Policy: 5 nights
Kids aged under 6 years stay free
Maximum occupancy: 6 Guests
Existing Bedding: A King Bed in each bedroom, each of which may be split into 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: Space for a cot.

Bullet Beachfront Studios:
Completely refurbishment in 2014 and still looking in great shape. Beachfront Studios are located right above the beach and guests enjoy unfiltered views of the beach, lagoon and ocean from both inside the room as well as from the extensive decking.  These rooms have wooden floors and are decorated in a more Polynesian-style “woody” theme on their walls and their beautiful cathedral ceilings.  There is an open-plan kitchen.  The modern bathroom has a shower, toilet and vanity in the one room.
Additional Facilities: Iron and Ironing Board
Minimum Stay Policy: 3 nights
Kids aged under 6 years are not accommodated in Beachfront Studios
Maximum occupancy: 2 Guests
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet The Three Bedroom Beach Villa:
Absolute beachfront and located beside the Beachfront Studios. This beautiful Villa offers two bedrooms (one bathroom) on the ground floor and one spacious bedroom with a private ensuite bathroom on the first floor. This Villa has tiled floors, contemporary light-painted walls and a big outdoor deck with private BBQ.  The spacious kitchen is on the ground floor where the living area extends right down one side of the Villa and is divided into dining, lounge and TV areas.
Additional Facilities:  DVD Player and private BBQ
Minimum Stay Policy: 5 nights
Kids aged under 6 years: Yes and stay free
Maximum occupancy: 8 Guests
Existing Bedding: A King Bed in each bedroom, each of which may be split into 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: 2 Single Beds can be added, there is also space for a cot.

Kids Policy
Bullet Little Kids Stay Free in most accommodation types
Children aged under 6 years stay free of charge when sharing with adults in these accommodation grades:
Garden Studios
One Bedroom Superior
Two and Three Bedroom (Garden)
Beach Villa (3 Bedroom)

Services for Kids
 
Babysitting is easily organised (charged)
On-site Children's Paddling Pool

Only guests aged 6 years and older are accommodated in Beachfront Studio Rooms.

Check-in/Check Out
Palm Grove’s standard check-in and check-out times are:
Check In Time: 2:00pm
Check Out Time: 10:00am
Guaranteed early check-in between 6:00am and 2:00pm is charged at 50% of the nightly rate of the accommodation type occupied.
Guaranteed late Check-out between 10:00am and 6:00pm is charged at 50% of the nightly rate of the accommodation type occupied.
Any check-in prior to 6:00am and/or late check-out after 6:00pm is charged at the full nightly rate.

Early Arriving Flights
We recommend that guests arriving prior to 6:00am should book and pay for their room from the night before to guarantee access to their room at the time they arrive. Not doing this may result in a wait of up to12 hours to gain entry to your accommodation.

Cancellation/Amendment Policies
Bullet COVID-19 Related Cancellations & Amendments
Palm Grove will waive any amendment fees for any bookings that need to be changed due to Government border restrictions or ill health resulting from Covid-19

Bullet Standard Cancellation/Amendment Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing.
Cancellations and amendments made between 31 and 60 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 25% of the cost of the total accommodation booked.
Cancellations and amendments made between 15 and 30 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the cost of the total accommodation booked.
Cancellations and amendments made within 15 days of scheduled arrival and no-shows incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the total cost of the accommodation booked.
Amendment fees apply to nights removed within the cancellation period as stated above

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

The information on this page is correct as at 27 September 2021 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2022.  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.

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Resort Facilities (complimentary)
Bullet Use of Snorkelling Gear
Bullet Kayaks
Bullet Beach Towel use
Bullet Swimming Pool (fresh-water)
Bullet BBQ area
Bullet TV Lounge
Bullet Friday Happy Hour with live entertainment

Other Resort Facilities (charges apply)
Bullet Restaurant
Bullet Bar
Bullet Laundry Facilities
Bullet Tour Desk
Bullet SCUBA Dive
Bullet Deep-sea Fishing
Bullet Sunday BBQ
Bullet Wifi Hot spot

Room Facilities
Bullet Kitchen facilities
Bullet Air conditioned bedrooms
Bullet Flat-screen TV
Bullet Ceiling fans
Bullet Hairdryer
Bullet Lockbox
Bullet IDD telephone,
Bullet CD/MP3 player
Bullet Radio
Bullet Full insect screens
Bullet Patio/balcony.
Bullet DVD Player (2 & 3 Bedroom only)
Bullet Iron & Ironing Board (Beachfront Studios only)

Weddings
Have your wedding at Palm Grove!
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A minimum 3 night stay at the Resort is required.