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OUR Thoughts on Royale Takitumu, Titikaveka Beach, Rarotonga.
In our opinion, Royale Takitimu has just about everything right for a totally relaxing, hassle free, recharge-the-personal-battery type of holiday and that goes for weddings, honeymoons anniversaries and celebrating personal special occasions too. 

Royal Takitimu is an adults-only resort where the minimum age for guests to be accepted is 18 years. Villas are set up to accommodate a maximum of 3 guests.

A minimum stay policy of 3 consecutive nights applies.

The location sets the scene. Titikaveka Beach is on the quiet southern side of Rarotonga. The beach really is beautiful – the sand is powder-white and the lagoon really does have the clearest water you could wish for. The tropical fish in the lagoon can be seen just metres off shore and you don’t have to be in a kayak to see them, just wade in up to your knees – you will often see fish while you’re standing on the beach! From Titikaveka Beach you can see both the sunrise and the sunsets.

Then there’s the Royale Takitimu itself. It’s an intimate little resort property with only 10 villas. They self-rate their property at 4 Star Premium, but we think that rating is designed so that guest expectations are surpassed, and you can’t really fault them for that can you? The island of Rarotonga is a size that makes it unnecessary for every little resort to have all the services that you need for a great holiday on-site, as every facility and service on the island is so handy. What you do need though is ready, professional, friendly and caring staff who are always available to organise any facilities or services you may want, and Royale Takitimu has splendid staff with great local knowledge and expertise. Would you like a massage? No problem to organise. Like a special chef-cooked meal in your own villa? No problem. Would you like recommendations/bookings for restaurants? No problem, day trip to Aitutaki, Fishing or dive trip etc – easy! Would you like to attend the best Island Night on Rarotonga? Happy to oblige. It goes without saying that rental cars, scooters or bicycles can be effortlessly organised.

- E Bikes now available.
As an added bonus, the resort has recently invested in four e-bikes which are available for complimentary use by their guests.

Resort Upgrade and Repositioning
During the past 18 months, the resort has been undergoing a progressive general refurbishment:
● All roofs have been replaced with environmentally
     friendly Palmex roofing
● The resort has purchased an e-van for general use
● All gardens, the pool area and pathways have been
● The reception area has been refurbished
     (including new furniture)
● All villas have been re-painted with a fresh, new, look
     and new furniture is being progessively introduced
The final work will be the full refurbishment of the bathrooms in 9 of the 10 villas which will necessitate the
full closure of the resort 27 March to 02 May 2020.
On reopening the resort will be rebranded MOTU - it will be the standard of a brand new resort.

On-site Royale Takitimu provides a lovely fresh-water swimming pool, hammocks and sun-loungers, kayaks and snorkelling gear and there is always that great beach and lagoon right there. 
Another welcome service is the first day tropical breakfast starter pack provided to each arriving guest and the personal orientation session provided by the manager when you arrive is a great way to start off your holiday. Royale Takitumu offer the option of having (charged) continental breakfast delivered daily to your villa.

There are 3 restaurants within easy walking/cycling distance, a village convenience store right across the road and a Rarotonga-style supermarket a short drive away. One excellent local restaurant, (the Vaima), provides complimentary pick-up and drop-off service. The circle-island buses stop right outside. 

What Royale Takitumu Say About Themselves
"Pure Polynesia, Royale Takitumu has created the definitive deserted island luxury experience. This is a one-of-a-kind destination for the discerning traveller who wants to be enchanted by the South Pacific experience, without relinquishing the very best creature comforts.  

Just a few steps from your bedroom lies Rarotonga's premier white sand beach in the heart of Titikaveka, on the quiet south side of the main island. This haven stretches unbroken for some eight kilometres in both directions and borders a lagoon so clear that from the shore you can see the myriad of fish that seek sanctuary there. Here, guests are assured of unrivalled safe snorkelling and kayaking at all tides and there are no large hotels nearby so the beach is virtually your own. 

With 6 absolute beachfront villas and 4 more villas just steps back from the edge of the beach, this boutique property has immaculate tropical grounds, rock pools and flowering lily ponds shaded by towering palms, breadfruit trees and exotic hibiscus feature throughout this nature lover’s paradise. A perfect spot for that romantic hideaway."

Royale Takitumu Factsheet (March 2019) click here

Our Specials
Bullet Returnee Special Rate
Guests who have previously stayed at Royal Takitimu 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 all accommodation types
- Valid for stays through to 31 March 2021

Bullet Stay/Pay Special
Bullet Stay 5/Pay 4
● Stay a minimum of 5 nights and the 5th night is free.
 - Valid for stays in:
       Lagoon View Villas
       Beachfront Villas
Also valid for stays in Premium Beachfront Villas from 01 April 2020
 - Valid for stays year-round (until 31 March 2021)
 - Offer may be multiplied, for example:
    Stay 10/Pay 8
    Stay 15/Pay 12
 - Offer may not be combined with any other special
   offers except the Honeymoon Bonus

Bullet Stay 7/Pay 5
● Stay a minimum of 7 nights and 2 nights are free.
 - Valid for stays in:
       Lagoon View Villas
       Beachfront Villas
Also valid for stays in Premium Beachfront Villas from 01 April 2020
 - Valid for stays year-round (until 31 March 2021)
 - Offer may be multiplied, for example:
    Stay 14/Pay 10
    Stay 21/Pay 15
 - Offer may not be combined with any other special
   offers except the Honeymoon Bonus 

Bullet Honeymoon Bonus
With the compliments of Royale Takitimu, Honeymoon Couples staying a minimum 4 nights receive:
● A fruit basket
● A bottle of sparkling wine 
 - Honeymoon status to be established at time of booking 
 - Subject to a minimum stay of 4 nights
 - Proof of wedding within previous 6 months of arriving
   at Royal Takitumu is required.

Your Accommodation Options
There is a semi-circular drive in from the road.  The swimming pool backs on to the Reception area and as you face over the pool from Reception, the 4 villas on the beach frontage are the Beachfront Villas.  Separated from the Beachfront Villas by a pathway and lawn, there is one Premium Beachfront Villa on either side of the Beachfront Villas. The 4 Lagoon View Villas, which are closer to Reception, have a filtered lagoon view over the lawns.  All accommodation is serviced daily and every villa has an iPod docking station with CD player.

The villa bathrooms, which include a bidet and a spa bath, are a feature at Royale Takitimu – bathrooms with both these facilities is something of a rarity in Rarotonga.

All Villas Feature:
 - Private, individual Villas with traditional 
   Polynesian thatched-roof 
 - Private covered veranda with views of Titikaveka 
   Lagoon and Beach
 - Separate air-conditioned bedroom with king bed.
 - Luxurious ensuite bathroom 
   (hairdryer, spa bath, bidet & shower)
 - Kitchens with refrigerator, gas cooker, microwave, 
   crockery and cutlery.
 - Direct dial phones (free local calls).
 - Iron and ironing board.
 - Safety deposit box.
 - Flat screen televisions.
 - iPod docking station
 - Wifi access (charged)
 - Daily housekeeping service

Room Categories (In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Lagoon View Villas:
Bullet Beachfront Villas:
These have the same layout and facilities; it is their location on the resort grounds that differentiates their grade. Lagoon View Villas are a generous 60mwhile Beachfront Villas are slightly smaller at 55m2. Both types have a separate air-conditioned bedroom. The lounge/dining area has lounge furniture and a dining seating for 3. Both types feature a separate bedroom and separate living area. 1 bathroom.
Maximum occupancy: 3 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 Super King Bed.
Additional Bedding: A single Rollaway Bed may be added to the lounge area.

Bullet Premium Beachfront Villas:
Premium Beachfront Villas are quite different.  60min area with a different layout to the other villa types. The kitchen, lounge and dining area feels more separated and extensive lagoon views are gained from both the air-conditioned bedroom and the lounge area.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 Super King Bed
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Rollaway Bed can be placed in the lounge area

Getting to and from Royale Takitumu
We will include seat-in-coach or private car arrival/departure transfer from/to Rarotonga International Airport to Royale Takitumu in package arrangements as required/agreed. 

We consider a rental car or scooter hire to be a worthwhile enhancement to a stay at Royale Takitimu and we will happily organise this service for you.  Of course, you can have a very enjoyable stay without a vehicle by using the circle island buses which pass in both directions every hour during the day and into the evening dinner hours, but if you are attracted to an adults-only resort of the standard of Royale Takitimu you may well be inclined to self-cater for breakfast and perhaps lunch, but enjoy the freedom a car gives you to enjoy the many and varied restaurants Rarotonga has to offer for dinners.

Kids Policy
Royal Takitimu Rarotonga is an adults-only resort and restricted to guests aged 18 years and over.

Check-in/Check Out
Standard check-in and check-out times are: 
Check-In Time:  2:00pm
Check-Out Time:  10:00am
Day-use rooms can be provided at a special rate between 8:00am and 2.00pm and 10:00am to 6:00pm.
 - This service is not available for stays 01 April to 31 October
 - The Day Room is offered on a “Run-of-House” basis and
   may not be the same room or room category as the
   accommodation booked during the guests’ stay.

Early Arriving Flights
Several flights each week from Auckland arrive at Rarotonga between midnight and 2:00am. The Resort recommends that all 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 could result in a wait of around 12 hours to gain entry to your accommodation.

Cancellation and Date Changes Policy
All cancellations 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 Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance

The information on this page is correct as at 12 December 2019 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 (charges may apply)
Bullet Genuine Thatched Bures
Bullet Free use of Guest BBQ
Bullet Free Parking
Bullet Swimming Pool, Sun-loungers and Hammocks
Bullet Daily maid service.
Bullet Tour desk, Bicycle, Scooter, Car and 4WD Hire
Bullet Guest internet computer
Bullet Private chef for personally prepared meals
Bullet WiFi throughout resort
Bullet Complimentary use of Snorkel Gear and Kayaks
Bullet Regular Guest-only Functions
Bullet Welcome Tropical Fruit Basket on arrival
Bullet Welcome Drink on arrival
Bullet Free Local Phone Calls

Room Facilities
Bullet Air Conditioning
Bullet Ceiling fan
Bullet Spa bath
Bullet Bidet
Bullet Shower
Bullet Hairdryer
Bullet Gas Cooker
Bullet Refrigerator/Freezer
Bullet Microwave
Bullet Crockery & Cutlery
Bullet Direct Dial Telephone
Bullet Iron & Ironing Board
Bullet Safety Deposit Box
Bullet Insect screened doors & windows
Bullet 32" Flat Screen TV
Bullet iPod Docking Station with CD Player

All guests identified as honyemooners at time of booking 
will receive a fruit basket and bottle of of sparkling wine.