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OUR Thoughts on The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium, Aroa Beach, Rarotonga.
The Rarotongan Beach Resort was the first major resort built in the Cook Islands, so this Resort had the pick of all the beachfront land on the island available at the time and what a great location they chose. The location is at the southern end of Aroa Beach which is the point where the western side of the island turns towards the southern side.  The Resort is beautifully located beside and around this natural sandy point. Guests staying at “The Rarotongan” (as it is referred to locally), enjoy the spectacular sunsets over the lagoon to the west. The lagoon off The Rarotongan is part of The Lagoon Reserve which includes a major section of Rarotonga’s southern coast.  The beach sand is shining white and the lagoon (The Lagonarium) is wide at this location and really does teem with fish.  When staying at The Rarotongan, save a little bread from breakfast and take it to the lagoon to feed the fish.  You can almost guarantee that as soon as you start dropping the bread scraps you will be surrounded by little fish all hunting for a morsel. During the Whale Migration Season, it is not uncommon for guests to see huge whales close-up as they pass just outside the reef which shelters the lagoon.

The Resort’s restaurants, bars, swimming pool, reception, kids’ club, boutiques, nightclub, etc are all found at the point where the beach turns and the huge “Lagoon Veranda” Deck outside Te Vaka Restaurant that follows the point around and joins Captain Andy’s Bar and Grill to the beachfront is a favourite spot to enjoy the lagoon, the reef, the sunsets and the ocean. The Lagoon Veranda Deck is a superb location and one of the many great spots at the resort to hold a wonderful island wedding. (See Our Weddings tab for more information).

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium self-rates as a 4 Star Resort. Almost every night there is a different theme night and every dinner is accompanied by live music.  There is a big range of complimentary activities included in the year-round tariff which includes Daily tropical breakfast (breakfast may not be included in some short-term specials), invitation to the Manager’s Sunset Cocktail Party, free use of snorkelling gear, kayaks, tennis, air-conditioned gym, fitness trail, sun loungers, hammocks, beach towels, free daily activities program which includes snorkelling and snorkelling lessons, fish feeding, kayaking, beach volleyball, beach soccer, beach petanque, beach touch rugby, tennis, lessons on island dancing, pareu (sarong) tying, island cooking, palm-frond weaving, flower garland (lei) making, coconut climbing and husking show, Games Room, table tennis, giant chess, board games, guest library etc.

The Island Dance lessons are a helpful inclusion for those guests wanting to get the most enjoyment from participation in the “Island Nights” at The Rarotongan.

Over the past year or two, The Resort has been looking a bit tired in places, but is currently undergoing a progressive refurbishment of all rooms, services and facilities. 

Free Microwave

For those rooms which do not have full kitchens or kitchenette facilities a complimentary-use microwave oven may be requested at the time of booking accommodation.

What The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium Say About Themselves:
“The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium 
Rarotonga’s best beach + snorkelling resort 

Slip off your watch, your shoes, your cares and immerse yourself in paradise at the renowned Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium. Hand feed the friendly reef fish or snorkel straight off the white sands of Aroa Beach in the crystal clear blue waters of Aroa Lagoon Marine Sanctuary and enjoy Rarotonga’s best snorkelling (the Resort’s unique Night Snorkelling Tours are a special treat!). The all-tide lagoon is also perfect for stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking, included as part of The Rarotongan’s extensive FREE Daily Activities Programme.

The Rarotongan is located directly on Rarotonga’s best white sandy beach, Aroa Beach, on the island’s sunshine southwest coast where guests can enjoy both all-day sun and sizzling tropical sunsets.

For couples in love, there’s a Personal Wedding Planner to create your dream tropical sunset beach wedding, right beside Aroa Lagoon, the Lagoon of Love, and all-inclusive weddings and private candlelit dinners are a specialty.

Experience all that’s authentic about Rarotonga right in your absolute beachfront, full-service resort, right on Rarotonga’s best beach and snorkelling marine reserve.

The Rarotongan is also Rarotonga’s most family-friendly resort and offers FREE Moko’s Kids Club, Little Dolphin’s Mini Waterpark and Teen Zone. Kids & Teens Stay & Play FREE (aged to 16 years)! Kids aged 4-11 years Play Free @ Moko’s Kids Club, and teens aged 12-16 years Play Free in Teen Zone.

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium is located directly adjacent to our boutique sister resort, Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults-Only, just 10 minutes from Rarotonga International Airport and close to all island adventures, excursions, restaurants, markets, shops, cultural attractions and 12 minutes from Avarua town.”

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Our Specials
Bullet Free Dream Honeymoon Special
Honeymooners staying at least 5 nights receive:
A bottle of chilled Methode Champenoise.
“HIs” and “Hers” Island Pareus
 - Valid for stays all year
 - Only valid for stays of 5 nights or longer
 - Proof of marriage within past 12 months required at
   time of booking
 - Honeymoon status to be established at time of
   booking accommodation.

Your Accommodation Options
The 108 guest rooms at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium are complimented by Vila Onemaru and the 48 rooms at Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach, an adults-only Resort which is located right beside The Rarotongan and faces side-on to the same lagoon.  If you choose the Beachfront Suite category at The Rarotongan, you will be automatically upgraded to Sanctuary Rarotonga.

These two sister resorts being side-by-side, means between both of them, pretty well all holiday needs are catered for.  Couples seeking an adults-only pool, adults-only restaurants etc can stay at Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach while enjoying the lively atmosphere of The Rarotongan anytime they want.  Families staying at The Rarotongan do so in the knowledge that there are no ‘no-go’ areas for children at The Rarotongan. The arrangement between the family-friendly The Rarotongan and the adults-only Sanctuary Rarotonga works very well and certainly enhances everyone’s holiday experience at both Resorts.

The layout design of The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium is very well organised.  The main evening entertainment/dining room is Te Vaka Restaurant and this is located furthest away from the accommodation blocks on the point of the beach so guest rooms and suites are not adversely impacted by the sounds coming from the main evening entertainment venue.

All accommodation is air-conditioned. The closest accommodation blocks to the restaurants and pool are 2 single-storey groups of staggered Suites, each of which is accessed by a common covered walkway leading off the garden path.  At the beach end of the two covered walkways and virtually right on the beach you find the 4 Grand Beachfront Suites, the rooms leading up to the Grand Beachfront Suites on either side of the covered walkways are the Deluxe Beachfront Suites and the Deluxe Beachside Suites. The glorious Honeymoon Bungalow is located in a garden setting between the two groups of suites.

Further along the beach frontage there are two 2-storey blocks of Beachfront Rooms.  These blocks are furthest away from the restaurants etc and are also almost right on the beach. In the garden areas behind the Suites and the Beachfront Rooms there are three 2-storey blocks of Garden Rooms. One block is side-on to the lagoon facing a green area of lawn while the other two face the lagoon over the suites and have a leafy tropical outlook of flowering shrubs and coconut palms. The Rarotongan has recently added the beautiful, big 3 bedroom Villa Onemaru to its inventory of rooms.  Villa Onemaru is located just 400 metres along the road in a quiet garden setting.

Room Categories
In ascending order of tariff.
Bullet Beachside Rooms (microwave):

Back from the beach with a garden outlook, ground floor rooms are 30m2 in size including the deck.  First floor rooms are approx 28m2 including balcony. Guaranteed Interconnecting rooms can be arranged at time of booking. Up to 10 rooms can be interconnected. First floor rooms have high vaulted ceilings and this gives an extra feeling of space. Guests may specify a preference for ground flor or first floor located rooms and the resort will note requests but, due to operatonal considerations will not guarantee to allocate the rooms requested.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults & 2 Children/Teens
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds plus a single divan/day bed
Additional Bedding: A set of bunks may be substituted for the Single divan/day bed.

Bullet 2-Bedroom Family Suites (kitchenette):
The two 2-Bedroom Family Suites are priced the same as the Beachside Rooms.
Quoting The Resort:
“The 2-Bedroom Family Suite is a compact, great-value option for young families of 2 adults & 2 children wanting separate bedrooms, or up to 3 adults travelling together (no additional charge for 3rd 
adult). This cosy suite has a master bedroom with queen-size bed and flat-screen TV, and a second bedroom with 1 double bunk (or 1 single bed) and its own flat-screen TV. The bathroom features a bathtub which is a boon for young families. The kitchenette includes a stovetop and microwave plus refrigerator and a cosy dining area. The 2-Bedroom Family Suite has no outdoor veranda, no view nor garden aspect and is fully air-conditioned.”

Bullet Beachfront Rooms (microwave):
The same size and layout as Beachside Rooms, but in a beach frontage location, Beachfront Rooms may be located on either the ground floor or first floor of two-level blocks. Guaranteed Interconnecting rooms can be arranged at time of booking, but you need to book early to have a chance of securing interconnecting rooms.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults & 2 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds plus a single divan/day bed
Additional Bedding: A set of bunks may be substituted for the single divan/day bed to cater for 2 children.

Bullet Deluxe Beachside Suites (microwave):
At approximately 50m2 including deck, the open-plan bungalow-style ground floor Deluxe Beachside Suites are only steps away from the beach but as they are angled out from a central accessway, they don’t have full direct sea views.  A lovely feature of these suites is their private tropical outdoor shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults, 2 Children and 1 Infant in a cot
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds plus a single divan/day bed
Additional Bedding: 1 set of bunks may be substituted for the single divan/day bed to cater for 2 children. A cot for an infant may be added.

Bullet Deluxe Beachfront Suites (microwave):
At approximately 50m2 in size including deck, the ground floor open-plan bungalow-style Deluxe Beachside Suites are only steps away from the beach and have beach and lagoon views.  A lovely feature of these suites is their private tropical outdoor shower. There is also a spa bath in the internal bathroom. 
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults, 2 Children and 1 Infant in a cot
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds plus a single divan/day bed
Additional Bedding: 1 set of bunks may be substituted for the single divan/day bed to cater for 2 children. A cot for an infant may be added.

The Honeymoon Pool & Spa Bungalow (microwave):
Quoting The Resort:
“Nestled in its own completely secluded, lush tropical garden, this is your own personal paradise, complete with your own ‘water features’ including private swimming pool, luminous open-air shower, outdoor ‘starlet’ spa bath on the veranda, and couple’s sauna! Featuring elegant polished tropical wooden floors, rattan-lined walls and chocolate-coloured water-hyacinth furniture, LCD TV, privately-commissioned lighting laced with black pearl shell, and spacious bathroom with rain-tree vanity top and over-sized double basins, the Honeymoon Bungalow offers an incredible sense of freedom with spectacular indoor-outdoor flow through four wide openings onto the veranda. The Honeymoon Bungalow features a unique design with a broad wraparound veranda and a high, thatched roof providing a fabulous sense of space and island romance, and the broad encircling deck means that sun-lovers can follow the sun all day in complete privacy. This wonderfully secluded, one-of-a-kind bungalow provides easy access to the lagoon via a private gateway tracing a sandy path to the beach.”
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults & 2 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed plus 2 Single Beds or 1 King Bed and a Double Bunk.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Grand Beachfront Suites (full kitchen):
Total size including decks is 103m2.  There are only 4 of these open-plan suites at The Rarotongan.  Located right on the beach frontage; in the early days of Rarotonga tourism, these were the suites where visiting Prime Ministers and Presidents would stay!  Today, they are great for families and with their full kitchen facilities and roof-top deck they are also ideal as a location for a small wedding or used as corporate breakout rooms.  Their location makes them ideal for honeymoons too.  A feature of these suites is their private tropical outdoor shower. There is also a spa bath in the internal bathroom.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults and 4 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 King 4-Poster Bed plus 4 Single divan/day beds
Additional Bedding: 2 sets of bunks may be substituted for the 4 Single divan/day beds.

Bullet 2-Bedroom Beachside Interconnecting
      Family Suites (microwave):
Bullet 2-Bedroom Beachfront Interconnecting
      Family Suites (microwave):

Two Beachside or two Beachfront Rooms interconnecting, which together cost a tad less than the 2 separate rooms are very popular.  This configuration is very suitable for families, especially those families with teenage children requiring a little more privacy.  This configuraton is available on both the ground floor and the first floor.  Maximum Occupancy: 6 Adults or 2 Adults & 4 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds plus a Single Bed, or 1 King Bed plus 2 Single Beds and a set of Bunks.
Additional Bedding: The set of bunks issubstituted for one of the Single Beds.

Bullet 2 Bedroom Beachside Suites (full kitchen):
Two, 2 Bedrooms/1 bathroom Suites, each approximately 81m2 in size including deck.  In close proximity to the beach and lagoon, but without direct sea views, they feature a sitting and dining room which opens out onto a spacious veranda. a master bedroom which also opens out onto the veranda, a second bedroom with two single beds, a full kitchen (including microwave, stove top, and refrigerator / freezer), a tiled bathroom with spa bath/shower, and a separate toilet. The sitting room is equipped with LCD TV and DVD, sofa, armchairs, and dining table and chairs that can be used for dining inside or al fresco.  The Two-Bedroom Beachside Suites also feature two separate, individually controlled air conditioning units in the sitting room and hallway.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 Adults or 2 Adults & 4 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 King 4-Poster Bed in one bedroom, two Single Beds in the second bedroom each of which may be substituted by 2 Bunk Sets (maximum 2 sets of bunks).

Bullet 3 Bedroom Private Pool Villa Onemaru
      (full kitchen & laundry):
Located 400 metres along the Circle Island road. This is a wonderful, 770m2, completely private vacation retreat and includes a large fresh-water swimming pool, spacious deck, pool pavilion, indoor-outdoor dining, mobile BBQ kitchen, private Games Lounge with pool table, table soccer and card table. Villa Onemaru also has a fully equipped kitchen, formal lounge, laundry room and a children’s playground which is tucked away in the back garden. Complimentary tropical breakfast is included as well as exclusive-use kayaks which guests can launch into the lagoon from the beach immediately over the road.

All the services and facilities at The Rarotongan Resort & Spa are available to guests at Villa Onemaru. This Villa is a great option for friends to share or for family/extended family groups.  It’s also a great option for a Wedding Party to stay while the wedding guests stay in guests rooms at The Rarotongan Resort.
Maximum Occupancy: 6 Adults and 3 Children or 4 Adults and 6 Children.
There are 2 Master Bedrooms each with ensuite bathroom as well as a third bedroom and a third bathroom. Each Master Bedroom contains a Super King-size four-poster bed.  The third bedroom has a Super King bed plus 2 Single Beds.  The King Bed can be split into 2 Single beds.  For a family, 1 or both of the Single Beds can be removed and replaced by 2 sets of bunks and these together with the existing 2 Single Beds can sleep up to 6 children.

Bullet 3 Bedroom Private Pool & Spa Villa Lime Blossom
      (full kitchen & laundry):
900m2 estate directly across the road from The Rarotongan, includes a spacious 280m2 heritage villa with a huge 350m2 deck and swimming pool, pool pvillion, spa pavillion with jacuzzi, Blue Bathhouse, sauna and tropical gadens galore! As with Villa Otemanu, Spa Villa Lime Blossom occupants have full access to all the facilitie at The Rarotongan including the daily Tropical Breakfast Buffet and the Kids' Club.
Maximum Occupancy: 6 Adults or 4 Adults and 4 Children.
There are 2 Master Bedrooms each with ensuite bathroom as well as a third bedroom.. Each Master Bedroom contains a Super King-size four-poster bed.  The third bedroom has a Super King bed.  This bed can be split into 2 Single beds.  For a family, the Super King bed in the third bedroom can be removed and replaced by 2 sets of bunks sleeping up to 4 children.

Getting to and from The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium
We will provide a seat-in-coach or private car arrival and departure transfer from/to Rarotonga International Airport in package arrangements as required/agreed. The airport is only 15 minutes away from The Rarotongan.

Kavera Cental with a general store and local café-style dining is 5 to 7 minutes-walk away. A Dive Shop and Coco Putt mini-golf, which also has a café are close by and Wigmore's Superstore is approximately 2kms away along the Ara Tapu circle island road.
The round island buses stop right outside the gate.

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!

Families & Kids
The Rarotongan Resort & Lagooarium is very well set-up for families.  In recent times the resort has added more options for families with more than 2 children with many interconnecting room options and the ability to add sets of bunks in many room types. 
Full details are found below under "Kids Stay Free" and under “Room Categories” above.

Bullet Kids Stay Free
Children and Teens aged up to 16 years sharing a Room or Suite with parents are accommodated free of charge, subject to individual accommodation types maximum room occupancy policy. 
Beachside Rooms:  Up to 2 Children/Teens stay free
Beachfront Rooms:  Up to 2 Children/Teens stay free
Deluxe Beachside Suites:  Up to 2 Children/Teens
      plus 1 baby in a cot stay free
Deluxe Beachfront Suites:  Up to 2 Children/Teens
      plus 1 baby in a cot stay free
2 Bedroom Family Suites:  Up to 2 Children/Teens
      stay free
● 2 Bedroom Beachside Interconnecting Family Suites: 
      Up to 4 Children/Teens stay free 
● 2 Bedroom Beachfront Interconnecting Family Suites:  
      Up to 4 Children/Teens stay free 
● 2 Bedroom Beachside Suites:  
      Up to 4 Children/Teens stay free 
Grand Beachfront Suites:  Up to 4 Children/Teens
      stay free
3 Bedroom Private Pool Villa Onemaru: 
      Up to 6 Children/Teens stay free
3 Bedroom Private Pool & Spa Villa Lime Blossom:
      Up to 4 Children/Teens stay free

This includes the use of bunk beds, rollaway beds and cots as required/allowed and is subject to individual room maximum occupancy rules for adults and children.
Complimentary cots and baby baths are available on request.

Bullet Kids Play Free
The Rarotongan Resort & Spa has excellent facilities and programs for young guests and in our experience, most kids just love the Kids' Clubs.  Separate facilities and programs are available:
For kids aged 4 to 11 years in the Moko’s Kids Club
    and Little Dolphins Mini Water Park
Teens (12 to 16 years) in the “Teen Zone”
Infants aged up to 3 years in the Banana Beach
    Playground Baby Crèche. 
Operating hours of all facilities:
Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays)
 · 9:00am to 12 noon
 · 2:00pm to 5.00pm
 · 7:00pm to 9.00pm

Bullet Moko’s Kids Club
For kids aged 4-11 years old inclusive, Moko Kids Club is a large, colourful, supervised clubhouse packed with toys, paints & crafts, play shop, trampoline, books, board games, computer games and videos. It includes a Kids Discovery Programme of activities themed around the unique nature and culture of Rarotonga. Open year-round to in-house kids up to 11 years inclusive. Free snacks and drinks at Moko’s Kid’s Club sessions. Free Fun Welcome Pack for all Kids aged 4-11 years old inclusive. Entry to the Moko’s Kids Club is free to in-house guests. 

Bullet Little Dolphins Mini Waterpark:
A popular part of the FREE children’s facilities with loads of slides, water and fun in a supervised environment as part of the Moko’s Kids Club programme.

Bullet Teen Zone
(12-16 years old inclusive) is a separate club house just for teens with a wide variety of teen activitiesand games including video games, pool table, table tennis and table soccer. Entry to the Teen Zone is free to inhouse guests.

Bullet Banana Beach Playground Baby Crèche
A separate, specialist, supervised facility for infants under the age of four with their own “baby gym”, toys, indoor sand pit, games, videos and books as well as separate sleeping and toileting facilities. Activities programs designed to keep the smallest treasures of the family happy and entertained. A minimum 3 hours charge ($45) applies.  

Bullet Babysitting
Private babysitting can be arranged at 48 hours notice.  Charges, posted to guest room accounts are NZ$15 per hour (VAT included) and NZ$22.50 per hour for babysitting between 10:00pm and 8:00am.  In addition to the hourly charge a transport levy of NZ$10.00 per booking applies and for any babysitting session over 4 hours a meal allowance of NZ$15 applies for each 4 hour period completed. Minimum 4 hour booking is required per session.

Check-in/Check Out
Hotel standard check-in/check-out times:
Check In Time: 3:00pm
Check Out Time: 10:00am
Early Check-in and Late Check-out
Early Check-In between 6:00am and 3:00pm can be pre-arranged through Our Specialists and included in holiday package pricing arrangements.
Late Check-Out up to 6:00pm may also be prearranged and included in holiday packages.
All check-in and check-out requests for times outside hotel standard check-in and check-out times are subject to availability and while every effort will be made to minimise inconvenience to guests, operational requirements may result in the early check-in or late check-out not being in their reserved room or room category. However, the resort advises that every effort will be made to place guests in their reserved room whenever possible.

Early Arriving Flights
For guests arriving Rarotonga on midnight/early morning arriving flights, The Resort recommends guests 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 Policy
Bullet All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet Cancellations made between 15 and 30 days of scheduled
     arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the total
     cost of accommodation booked.
Bullet Cancellations made within 15 days of scheduled arrival
     including no shows, incur a cancellation fee equal to
     100% of the total cost of accommodation booked.
Bullet Guests departing the resort prior to scheduled departure
     date receive no refund or credit for unused
Bullet The cancellation policy is strictly enforced at this resort.

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

The information on this page is correct as at 26 October 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 Wedding Chapel
Bullet Restaurant
Bullet Bar
Bullet Wine Bar & Island Deli
Bullet Ice Cream Parlour
Bullet Gift Shop
Bullet Activities Hut
Bullet Tennis Court
Bullet Fitness Centre
Bullet Tour Desk/Vehicle Hire
Bullet DVD Hire
Bullet 24hr Internet Booth
Bullet WiFi Hotspot poolside
Bullet Business Centre
Bullet Guest Laundries

Room Facilities
Bullet Air Conditioning
Bullet Private verandah
Bullet TV/DVD Player (incl satellite TV)
Bullet In-room movies
Bullet Radio alarm clock
Bullet IDD Phone
Bullet In-room safe
Bullet Filtered & UV purified water on tap
Bullet Shower
Bullet Hairdryer
Bullet Refrigerator (on-demand Mini Bar)
Bullet Coffee/Tea making facilities
Bullet Iron/Ironing Board
Bullet Fan
Bullet Insect Screens
Bullet Daily Housemaid Services
Bullet Room Service
Bullet Spa Bath

Have your wedding at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa!
Click here to view package details.
A minimum 5 night stay at the Resort is required of which 3 days
must be working days, the day of the wedding & the day after.

All guests identified as honyemooners at time of booking will be
provided with a bottle of chilled New Zealand Campagne and His & 
Hers Island Pareus (sarongs) on arrival.
A minimum 5 night stay applies.