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Rarotonga Cross Island Walk

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If you like to be active on your holidays then Rarotonga has a fantastic selection of outdoor activities. One of the main on-land activities we recommend to guests is the Cross Island walk that takes you from the town (Avarua) side of Rarotonga to the South coast or vice-versa.

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The walk takes 2-3 hours depending on your level of fitness, with some parts an easy walk through bush and a few areas of climbing up over tree roots and rocks. With the reward being the awesome views looking across the Island from the ‘Needle’, which is the highest point on Rarotonga.

To get to the track you can either park at the start point of one end and walk up and back to your car, or you can catch a bus to return you to your car or start point. Some hikers choose to walk from town, starting in Avarua you walk 3km (a bit less than 2 miles) to the Avatiu Valley following the signs to the water intake which marks the start of the walk. From here you follow the path to the left of the houses until you reach the forest and you will see a path fork off to the right. From here it is about a 45min-1 hr walk to the top.  At the top you will see a path to the Needle on the right hand side, this is the spot to get the best views.

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You can then either head back the way you came or continue following the track across the Island to the southern coast and Papua Waterfall. The walk to the waterfall is covered in lush rainforest and features some giant ferns and the Papua stream. Once you reach the waterfall (also known as Wigmore’s Waterfall) you can follow the gravel road out to the main Island road, past the Sheraton Hotel ruins.

If you would prefer a guided walk then there are a couple of companies who offer this, with the most famous being Pa’s Treks. Pa is a local personality who specialises in traditional medicine and who knows much about Cook Island and Polynesian history and legends.

For more information about the walk ask at our reception or browse through some of the many Rarotonga tourist brochures and maps we have available. We can organise guided tours and assist with bus timetables and pick up areas.

A Rarotonga Wedding To Remember

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Last week we had the privilege of a beautiful couple getting married at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa in Rarotonga. Aiyana and Richard were the perfect guests and we were happy to be part of this very special day for them both.
On returning home to the United States they sent us this lovely note:

I hope you are both doing well. We wanted to let you know we made it home safely & thank you again for such a memorable stay. We are certainly missing Rarotonga & our gorgeous Rumours villa. We can’t wait to come back, and are already discussing ways to plan another trip. It really started to feel like home in our 16 days there. It was very tough to leave (as you saw). Everything was just perfect, with our wedding & our entire stay. Thank you both for making us feel like family. We miss you! Enjoy that gorgeous Rarotonga sun a little extra for us ;)

Many thanks & all our love,
Aiyana & Richard Moore

We thank Aiyana and Richard for such kind words, and we too will miss having them here.

Rarotonga is an amazing wedding and honeymoon destination. The white sand beaches and tropical blue lagoon waters are an unforgettable backdrop. We love sharing our slice of paradise with guests from all around the world knowing that their memories will last a lifetime.

If you would like to experience a truly intimate and romantic wedding or enjoy an idyllic luxury honeymoon then look no further than Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa in Rarotonga. We have our own wedding coordinator and three luxury wedding packages that can be tailored to suit your personal taste.

After your wedding our luxury villas are perfect for seclusion and romance for your ultimate honeymoon. All honeymoon couples staying a minimum of 5 nights also receive two complimentary one hour massages at our award-winning Waterfall Spa.

Visit our Wedding Packages page on our website for more details or contact us today [email protected]

Te Maeva Nui 2015 Celebrations in Rarotonga

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The Cook Island 50th Independence celebrations that we wrote about in February are now in full swing! Every year the Cook Island’s celebrate self-governance, something that they achieved in 1965, in what is called Te Maeva Nui. This 50-year milestone is being celebrated over the next 2 weeks with attendance and participation from thousands of Cook Islanders from the outer islands, Australia and New Zealand.

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Over the last few days there has been a fantastic parade with more than 50 floats, the official opening with a beautiful ceremony full of colour and dancing, and Te Maeva Nui dancing performances held at the national auditorium.

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Rarotonga has been full of amazing costumes, dances, songs, drum beats and colour! It is fantastic to see all the groups from the outer islands perform. These islands include Manahiki, Pukapuka, Penrhyn, Suwarrow, Aitutaki, and Mangaia to name a few.

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Today is Trade Day, when people from the outer islands sell crafts and produce from their home. This is a great time to try some local delicacies. There will be more opportunities to visit the trade day stalls on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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The official Government programme starts next Monday, with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key attending. Tuesday 4th August is the official Constitution Day ceremony.

If you haven’t made it to this or other year’s Te Maeva Nui celebrations then we highly recommend this time of year to come and visit us.

So book it in – July/August 2016 celebrate with us in Rarotonga!

Night Market & Restaurants in Muri, Rarotonga

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We are very lucky to have a fantastic selection of restaurants and cafes in the Muri Beach area, where our guests can enjoy anything from a coffee and French croissant to local Fish burgers and chips. Here are some of the places our guests love to visit:

Muri Night Food Market
What started out as a Thursday night market to cater for tourists staying in the Muri area, has now expanded to include Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays. The night market has a selection of delicious local food stalls including main meals such as cajun chicken, tuna with pawpaw dressing, local fish curry, chicken carbonara and a selection of dishes with a topping of our famous Rarotongan mushroom sauce!

Thursday and Sunday nights offer a greater selection of food stalls including an amazing assortment of desserts such as cheesecake, meringues, locally baked cakes and delicious pineapple and custard pies. Smoothies and juices are also becoming popular on the island and you will always find a stall with local fresh juice or custom made smoothies. Tuesdays and Wednesdays usually have at least four stalls, or more if it is a lovely evening.

Live entertainment is on Thursday and Sunday nights, adding to the great atmosphere. When the weather is nice there are tapa mats provided to sit on so you can enjoy dinner and music for the evening.

We recommend our guests visit the night market to taste the local cuisine and enjoy a fun evening under the stars while being entertained by local singers.

Rickshaw & La Casita
Other local restaurants in the Muri area include Rickshaw, a Vietnamese fusion restaurant that has a selection of Thai and Vietnamese food, with many dishes using delicious local ingredients such as locally caught tuna.

La Casita is a Mexican restaurant located next to Rickshaw which serves burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, pizzas and more.

LBV & Deli-Licious
LBV is a great café that has become very popular with both tourists and locals, serving great coffee and a wonderful selection of patisseries, deli and cooked items during the day, and a full fine dining dinner menu on Friday and Saturday evening.

Deli-Licious is across the road from LBV, serving fresh homemade salads and sandwiches, cabinet items, delicious coffee and more.

Located right on the water overlooking Muri lagoon, Sails serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a modern Pacific style flavour. This is a great place to enjoy a cocktail and enjoy the vibe of the Muri beach area.

These are just a few of the dining options available in the Muri area. We will be happy to recommend other dining options in Muri and around the Island, with many great local restaurants catering to all tastes and food requirements.

Rarotonga Resort Nominated For Luxury Travel Award

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We are very excited to announce that Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa Rarotonga has been nominated as a potential winner in the prestigious Luxury Travel Guides 2015 Luxury Hotel Awards!

Nominees of this award have been chosen from votes given by The Luxury Travel Guides subscriber base as well as their research team who have put forward a selection of hotels who have excelled within their region.

The Luxury Travel Guide Awards is an international awards programme in recognition of all accommodation options from large hotel & resorts to small luxury hotelsThe Awards celebrate innovation and excellence across many categories, including:

  • innovation
  • entrepreneurial success
  • service excellence
  • use of technology
  • sustainable development
  • marketing & branding
  • employee satisfaction

Each year the Awards are broken down into regions, highlighting the pinnacle of luxury through their continent awards and individual country awardsTo find out more visit the Luxury Travel Guide website - Luxury Travel Awards

The winners of the Awards will be announced later in June so we will keep you posted!

Another Happy Guest of Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa

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We love hearing from our guests after they have returned home from Rarotonga.  We received this lovely letter from Anna who recently stayed in one of our luxury Villas with her mother:

Hi Belinda, I am taking this opportunity to thank you and Andrew for being a brilliant host, excellent service. Mum and I had a fantastic time during our stay. Our Villa was very spacious, immaculate, clean, luxury etc.  Staff were very friendly & approachable.  Thank you also to the staff at the spa (Shirley) and the other co-workerl definitely will book for a future holiday through you guys.  Special thank you from mum to you and Andrew, she will never forget this first ever special luxury holiday thanks to you guys.

From us to you guys, Kia manuia ka kite, God Bless


We would like to thank Anna for her kind words about our staff and our resort.

If you would like to treat someone to a special holiday in luxury accommodation then contact Andrew & Belinda at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa.

We pride ourselves on our 5-star Villas and our award winning Waterfall Spa, and we have recently been named in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for winning their Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row!

See our website for our latest deals or contact us by email today to start planning that unforgettable experience in beautiful Rarotonga for someone who means a lot to you.

Rumours Luxury Villas Rarotonga In TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

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Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa recently received the Hall of Fame Award from travel site TripAdvisor, recognising our achievement for being a five-time winner of their Certificate Of Excellence Here is their letter to us:

On behalf of all of us at TripAdvisor, I'm very pleased to welcome Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa to the Certificate of Excellence Hall of FameThis unique accolade is granted only to those businesses that have won the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row.

As you know, the Certificate of Excellence can be earned only by receiving consistently great reviews on the world's largest travel site.

Our team at Rumours work incredibly hard to ensure all our guests have a relaxing, enjoyable and of course memorable holiday in our luxury villas. We are especially proud of our dedicated staff, from those who manage bookings and client requests, to our dedicated professional beauty therapists and our amazing housekeepers who always make sure our guests are well looked after.

Of course we also want to thank those guests of Rumours who posted such fantastic reviews about our luxury accommodation here in Rarotonga, and also those clients who reviewed our award winning Waterfall Spa. Without those reviews these awards would not be achievable, so thank you!

If you havent had the pleasure of staying in one of our world class luxury villas on Rarotongas beautiful Muri lagoon then visit our Hot Deals page to see what great packages we have running  plus all guests receive a preferential 20% discount off all spa treatments in our award winning Waterfall Spa.

Rumours Best in Rarotonga Five Years In A Row

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World Luxury Spa Award Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa Rarotonga 2015

All the team at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa in Rarotonga are once again proud to have won the prestigious World Luxury Spa Award for 2015! This is the 5th consecutive year we have won this coveted award for our stunning Waterfall Spa and we feel very honoured to have won again.

Here is the letter we received from the organisers:

Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa - Rarotonga, Cook Islands:

It is an honour for us to present you with a World Luxury Spa Award further to your spas outstanding achievement in service delivery over the past year as voted for by your guests and industry consultants in the recent voting poll.

We have great pleasure in advising you on your spa's voting result following the recent voting period:

Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa - Rarotonga, Cook Islands  Country WINNER in the following category: Best Luxury Beauty Spa

Congratulations to your entire team who have worked so hard to reach the top place amongst all other industry competitorsYour property has now set a benchmark as an industry leader with this remarkable outcome and we trust that this Award will be an inspiration to your entire team for years to come.

Success is all about being committed to the highest standards and therefore we are proud to present you with a certificate and marketing logos to promote your well - deserved recognition.  

We would like to say a special thanks to our dedicated team of Professional Therapists who provide our clients with a superb Spa experience every time, and thank you to all who voted for us.

Remember, all guests staying at Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa receive a preferential 20% discount off all spa treatmentsManicures and pedicures are also available.

For more information visit our website http://www.rumours-rarotonga.com/waterfall-spa or contact us by email: [email protected] com.

Australia to Rarotonga On Sale

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Air New Zealand has a fantastic promotion running for all Australian travellers contemplating a trip to the Cook Islands.

If you book in the next two weeks you will get $200 off your return flights to Rarotonga.

The special offer is valid for travel 26th April - 26th June, 26th July - 18th September 2015 and return flights between 26th April  8th July, and 22nd July  25th September 2015.

With winter coming it is the perfect time to book your tropical escape.

The sale is for direct Air NZ services between Sydney and Rarotonga, and AirNewZealand services via Auckland from Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Cairns, Adelaide or Perth to Rarotonga.

Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa can provide you with the best accommodation in Rarotonga.

We have absolute beachfront villas and beachside Villas that are second to none, as well as an award winning luxury Spa for your ultimate relaxing holiday.

Call or email Rumours today to find out about our special winter rates, including our stay 6 and pay 5 nights special - Contact Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa

To get your $200 discount on Air New Zealand book online and enter the promo code RAR200 into the promo code boxThere are two weeks left on this fantastic Air New Zealand sale ending 28th April 2015.

Introducing The New Managers of Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa

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New Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa Managers Andrew and Belinda

It's finally official! As of today, Andrew and Belinda Griffin are the new owners of the Management Rights to Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa.

Andrew and Belinda were born into the hospitality industry. Hailing from Melbourne, they moved to the Sunshine Coast 30 years ago where they settled, had a family and ran many successful award winning businesses including restaurants, cafes, an award winning florist and a global indigenous art company.

In 2006 they sold their businesss and took off to the desert country to run remote Aboriginal Art Centres and galleries. But the South Pacific called and they went on to run several Award Winning resorts in both Vanuatu and Fiji; their last post was beautiful multi-award winning remote Qamea Resort and Spa.

They are very excited to be here in Rarotonga, saying they are overwhelmed by the beauty of Rarotonga and all it has to offer, and feel very blessed by the opportunity to run such a successful award winning operation that is Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa.

They look forward to welcoming guests to their island home.