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OUR Thoughts on Little Polynesian Resort, Titikaveka, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
The Little Polynesian (affectionately known locally as “Little Polly”) on the beach at Titikaveka, Rarotonga has always been in a perfect location for a great holiday.  Until 2006, when it was completely rebuilt, the accommodation etc was fairly modest, but you should see it now!  Even though the rebuild happened in 2006, the resort is continually kept up to date (the Garden Studios were refurbished and up-graded again in early 2019) and four of the Beachfront Bungalows were refurbished in December 2019 - this resort always presents fresh and modern.

In November 2016 Little Polynesian became a member of the Pacific Resort Hotel Group.  The change has resulted in the enhancement of Little Polynesian’s facilities, services and reputation as one of Rarotonga’s top boutique properties.  So much so, that the (self-rated) star rating has been increased from 4 star to a minimum 4½ star rating. Little Polyensian is Rarotonga's only member of the Smal 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! 

On each side of the pool there is a thatched gazebo, each of which can be transformed into a private and romantic dinner area for two people with the addition of lovely light fabric screens that float on the evening breezes.

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 & scented cold towels
● Tropical Breakfast daily
● Complimentary use of snorkelling equipment
● Complimentary use of kayaks
● Complimentary use of Stand-up Paddle Boards 

What Little Polynesian Say About Themselves:
“Imagine if you can this setting: waves breaking on the horizon, a beautiful beach, a clear evening sky, a bed facing the ocean, a tropical balmy breeze, a smooth beverage of choice, a South Pacific song playing softly in the distance, an intimate yet elegant lodging and paradise just oozing at every turn. You have entered a world of romantic bliss; you have entered the world of Little Polynesian Resort in Rarotonga. 

Nestled on the southern tip of Rarotonga, Little Polynesian Resort is a sophisticated playground for grown-ups.  Here, serenity is certain, seclusion is guaranteed, and romance is everywhere.  This is a Resort of unpretentious luxury where idyllic beaches beckon.  The Beachfront Bungalows offer an uninterrupted vista of the azure lagoon while the view of tropical gardens from the thatched Garden Studios is just as dazzling.  Welcoming guests from the age of 18 years only, the primary clientele of the Resort are honeymooners and couples.  Set on an unspoilt beach, the Resorts dwellings ooze Polynesian charm and luxury. 

For more than 30 years the Little Polynesian has been catering to international guests seeking a richer experience of the true South Pacific. Situated directly on a white sandy beach of world class beauty and nestled within the foliage of palms and lush tropical greens, our intimate lodgings in Rarotonga, Cook Islands traditional architecture and grounds have been designed with one purpose: to integrate harmoniously with nature's beauty and charm. Our multifaceted staff will seek to provide you with whatever accompanying desires you may have, from great food to the various resort amenities or access to many of Rarotonga's surrounding activities.

The magic of Little Polynesian and the Cook Islands await you. With only 10 Beachfront Bungalows and four Garden Studios, you can rest assured that you are among the most fortunate to enjoy a way of Polynesian life that few can claim to have experienced.”

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)

Our Specials
NEW for 2019/2021
Bullet Returnee Special Rate

Guests who have previously stayed at Little Polynesian can take advantage of a generous Returnee Rate.  Our Specialists have full details.
- Returnee status to be established at the time of
   making a new accommodation booking.
- Valid for stays in both accommodation types
- Valid for stays 01 April 2019 to 31 March 2021

Bullet Stay/Pay Specials
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.
 - Valid for stays year-round until 31 March 2021.
 - Valid for stays in Beachfront Bungalows only.
 - The $50 food and beverage credit is included in any
   additional nights booked.
 - The food and beverage credit is for food and beverage
   services at Little Polynesian only.
 - 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.
 - Valid for stays year-round until 31 March 2021.
 - Valid for stays in Beachfront Bungalows only.
 - Offer may be multiplied:
    Stay 14/Pay 10 etc
 - 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
 - Valid for stays year-round an both accommodation types.
 - Valid for stays within 6 months of marriage ceremony.
 - Honeymoon status to be established at the time
   accommodation booking is made.
 - Wedding Certificate is required to be emailed/faxed to
   the resort to confirm honeymoon status in advance
   of guests’ arrival.

Bullet Heavenly Honeymoon Special
Book 5 Nights in a Beachfront Bungalow
between 01 November 2019 and 31 March 2021
Additional Honeymoon Inclusions
with the compliments of Little Polynesian in addition to the normal Honeymoon Special Bonus:
1 night complimentary accommodation
NZ$250 Food and Beverage Credit per room per stay
NZ$100 Massage credit at Te Manava Spa
     Note: For stays from 01 April 2020. the $100
     Massage Credit is replaced by One Romantic
     Dining set-up per stay (value NZ$100)
NZ$100 Wifi credit per room per stay
 - Valid for stays of minimum 5 nights
 - Valid for stays in Beachfront Bungalows
 - Valid for stays:    
    01 November 2019 to 31 March 2021
 - Honeymoon status to be established at the time 
   booking made.
 - Wedding Certificate is required to be emailed/faxed to 
   the resort to confirm honeymoon status in advance 
   of guests’ arrival.
 - Valid for stays within 6 months of marriage ceremony.

Bullet Island Combo Special
 Two Island Combo - Little Polynesian and 
      Pacific Resort Aitutaki

Stay 3 nights in a Beachfront Bungalow at Little Polynesian and 3 nights in any room category at Pacific Resort Aitutaki and receive, with the compliments of Pacific Resort Hotel Group:
● NZ$100 Food and Beverage Credit per room per stay
     at both properties.
● Complimentary round-trip airfares on Air Rarotonga
     between Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
 - Valid for stays 01 November 2019 to 31 March 2020
   and 01 November 2020 to 31 March 2021
 - Food and Beverage credit is for in-house dining only.
 - Complimentary airfares are offered for a maximum
   2 guests per room booked per stay.

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 King Bed which, from 01 April 2020, 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 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”.

NEW - Electric Bicycles
Electric Bicycles are available to hire via Our Specialists.  Rarotonga is ideal for battery-powered bicycles and we can pre-book these for you.  With pedal assistance, e-bicycles will go twice around the island on a single charge and batteries may be recharged using a standard power plug. Try something new in this friendly environment, after all, isn’t that what holidays are for!

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.

Prepay and Cancellation/Date Change Policy

Bullet Little Polynesian requires payment in full at least 14 days
     prior to scheduled arrival
Bullet All cancellations and date changes must be
     made in writing.
Bullet 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.
Bullet 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.
Bullet 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.
Bullet No-shows are charged 100% of accommodation booked.

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

The information on this page is correct as at 16 March 2020 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2021.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.


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Resort Facilities (complimentary)
Bullet Infinity Pool
Bullet Kayaks
Bullet Snorkelling Equipment
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