Set on a palm-fringed beach overlooking Titikaveka Lagoon, Little Polynesian is an intimate resort offering great service and attention to detail. The friendly, local staff greet you as old friends on arrival, and the facilities on offer are reminiscent of those of a far larger hotel.
Guests can choose between Garden Studios set back from the beach in lush tropical gardens, or Beachfront Bungalows which offer views across the lagoon and out to the ocean. All rooms are quiet and spacious with a classic yet sophisticated 'island' decor, private courtyards, and indoor and outdoor showers.
The small restaurant offers casual poolside dining as well as more formal indoor seating and serves a range of dishes that span from traditional Polynesian to modern European fare.
Resort facilities include a saltwater infinity pool with panoramic views and complimentary use of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and snorkeling gear.
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Thatched roofs with a high pitch give the rooms at Little Polynesian a traditional appearance but inside, they are bright, modern and airy. The decor is pale and simple with touches of tropical vibrancy in the cushions. The Garden Studios sit among lush planting a few steps from the beach, while the split-level Beach Bungalows look out over the water. All rooms have a kitchenette, private courtyard and outdoor shower as well as air conditioning, flat-screen TV, and Wi-Fi (at an additional cost). The Beach Bungalows have the addition of dining and lounge areas with views of the lagoon.
The hotel sits at the southern tip of Rarotonga on a stretch of golden sand fringed by palm trees and overlooking the Titikaveka Lagoon. The marine park at Tikioki, renowned as the best snorkelling spot on the island, is just down the road and there are a variety of local cafes within walking distance. The airport is about a 20-minute drive away.
Food and Drink
A generous tropical-island breakfast is available in the restaurant or can be delivered to your room. During the day, a range of casual dishes is served by the pool, while in the evening, a full menu of traditional Polynesian and modern European cuisine is served overlooking the Titikaveka Lagoon. Private dining on the beach can also be arranged, or, if you prefer to eat out, there are a variety of local cafes within walking distance.
The hotel is open to over 18s only.
Facilities and Activities
Along with a saltwater infinity pool, it’s possible to swim or snorkel in the lagoon at high and low tide. The hotel offers complimentary use of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and snorkels, and one of the best snorkelling spots on the island is just a short distance away. The hotel can also arrange a lagoon cruise or snorkel cruise.
We love this secluded resort for its beachfront location and serene beauty. The rooms feature hand-carved detailing and offer heavenly views.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The Crown Beach Resort comprises of 22 villas nestled in four and a half acres of tropical garden, which leads onto a beautiful stretch of white sand beach.
Manuia Beach Boutique Hotel is a friendly Polynesian resort of twenty beautifully appointed duplex bungalows overlooking a lagoon, reef and the turquoise Pacific Ocean.
Located at Rarotonga's premier location on Muri Beach, the 64 rooms and villas of the Pacific Resort Rarotonga offer some of the best accommodation on the island.
Rarotonga Beach Bungalows faces onto a wide, white sand beach located on the southern coast. The turquoise lagoon, which each of its bungalows looks onto, boasts one of the safest snorkelling areas on the island.
Set amongst lush vegetation and tropical pools, Royale Takitumu Villas is an intimate and romantic spot. Its premium villas face directly on to the beach.
Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa is the ultimate getaway, set on the beautiful Rarotongan coast. Each of its villas has its own courtyard with a pool, decked area and outdoor furniture.
The beauty and tranquillity of the Cook Islands have been captured in the design of the luxurious Sea Change Villas. Each villa has its own private swimming pool and hammocks in which to lounge and soak up the sun and ambience.
Located on Rarotonga's west coast, Sunset Resort offers beachfront and garden studios, facing the island's famous sunsets.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
This fascinating walk will take you deep into Rarotonga's lush interior to learn about the local flora and fauna, and their uses in ancestral medicine.
Enjoy a scenic flight over to Aitutaki where you will have a short tour of the island before joining your cruise, enjoying a selection of fresh tropical fruit whilst sailing out into the crystal clear lagoon.
This jeep tour will take you off the beaten track, away from the circular road around Rarotonga and in amongst the island's valleys and up its mountain tracks.
Travel by air conditioned minivan around the whole of the 32km circumference of Rarotonga, in the company of a local guide.
The Highland Paradise Cultural Tour takes you high up into the rugged mountains of Rarotonga to an open air museum, showcasing evidence of a historical lost village and the survival of the Polynesian people.
Enjoy a morning cruise in Muri Lagoon and snorkel and swim amongst tropical fish in this marine conservation site.