Castaway in the far reaches of the world, the Cook Islands cannot be beaten when you simply need to switch off and get away from it all. Washing up on these untouched shores amid a remote cluster of cayes and atolls, you get a sense of being in a place where lost is better than found and isolation is better than cosmopolitan. A luxury vacation in the Cook Islands is your own castaway paradise.
Fifteen islands festooned across a wild acreage of the Paficic ocean, the Cook Islands – despite their true remoteness from, well, everything else – are a castaway’s delight. Fusing Polynesian traditions (tktk) with an emerging artisanal food scene, the islands – with their makatea, or raised coral cliffs, and subway cave pools – never fail to surprise. Tuck in to your arrowroot and suckling pig and get ready to experience a rare and truly kaleidoscopic culture.
A private tour of the island of Rarotonga will bring you face to face with historic Polynesian culture and 21st century convenience, where bright new cafes ply their trade in a country where bush-beer drinking clubs and spectacular, secluded lagoons – such as beautiful Aitutaki – are found once you wander off the well beaten path.
Do you get tired of breathtaking views? Probably not. Luxury, beachfront bungalows and villas where cocktails – the ice, rattling in the glass like dice! – are always a call away. Again, probably not. Do you like sunbathing among acres of lush, tropical gardens? Again, probably not. The Cook Islands, whichever tiny atoll you choose to explore, are literally stuffed with such experiences. Lucky you.
We don’t know how to define romance. Is love a thing intangible, that might dissolve were we to attempt to squeeze meaning from it? Perhaps! But we do know that the jaw-dropping surrounds of the Cook Islands, all fifteen of them, are a perfect place to waltz through a luxury honeymoon. Think Castaway, starring Tom Hanks, but not like that film at all. Just look at the bits with nice sand and palms and ocean. There.
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