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Little Polynesian

Little Polynesian

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.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

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.

Location

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.

Families

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.

Our opinion

We love this secluded resort for its beachfront location and serene beauty. The rooms feature hand-carved detailing and offer heavenly views.

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