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 Fame. This 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 haven’t had the pleasure of staying in one of our world class luxury villas on Rarotonga’s 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

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 spa’s 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 competitors. Your 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 treatments. Manicures and pedicures are also available.

For more information visit our website http://www.rumours-rarotonga.com/waterfall-spa or contact us by email:  info@rumours-rarotonga.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 Air New Zealand 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 box. There are two weeks left on this fantastic Air New Zealand sale ending 28th April 2015.

Introducing The New Managers of Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa

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.

New Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa Managers Andrew and Belinda

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 business’s 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 Villa’s and Spa.

They look forward to welcoming guests to their island home.

Reviews Continue to Praise Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa in Rarotonga

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We love hearing what our guests have to say about their stay with us at Rumours Rarotonga.  We are often blown away by the warm and generous reviews that are written on travel sites such as Trip Advisor. All of our team strive to make sure our guests’ time with us is more than just a holiday, so not only will they return but also spread the word about this magical place.

Here are some of the latest reviews that Rumours’ guests have posted online:

“This is by far the most luxurious beachside villa we have ever stayed in. […]Incredible views on to the lagoon framed by white sand and palm trees. You can literally step off your private decking onto the beach. […]Belinda and Andrew, the new owner/managers were amazing. Relaxed, friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We hopefully now count them as friends. …”

“Rarotonga is stunning, the only downfall was that we didn’t want to leave our perfectly appointed villa! Private pool, spa and all the details within the villas were breathtaking. The Villa management team were so thoughtful right through to a later check out due to a late night flight, which really made every aspect of our stay faultless!”

“My husband and I have just spent 8 nights at Rumours. Wow – what a place to unwind, relax and enjoy celebrity style surroundings and villas to die for. […]The staff were completely unobtrusive, but there in a heartbeat if you needed anything and the recommendations for where to find good places to eat, tours etc, spot on. […]I can’t recommend this place highly enough. …”

“My husband and I just spent 6 nights at Rumours – and it was amazing! We stayed in a beach front villa which was beautiful and private. The staff was lovely and respectful of privacy. The breakfast delivery was excellent – definitely have a breakfast smoothie! Thank you for a wonderful holiday!”

“Thanks Andrew and Belinda for an amazing stay at Rumours. Our villa was just incredible and you were wonderful hosts. The private courtyard with its own spa pool and plunge pool were just such a treat, as was the beachfront position and the beautiful decor. Miss it so much!”

All of us at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa thank these guests for their kind reviews.  We are lucky to have such stunning accommodation in an amazing location with such an incredible team.

We can’t wait to welcome these guests back to our beautiful shores, and if you’re considering a holiday in Rarotonga take a look out our website for more reviews, photos and Hot Deals.

Meitaki Maata!

Cook Islands Celebrate 50 Years Of Self Governance

Cook Island 50th Anniversary Logo

2015 has already started with a bang for Rarotonga, and the party is set to continue with a year’s worth of celebrations to commemorate 50 years of Cook Islands self governance.

The organisers of the celebrations plan to honour Cook Island traditions, culture, talent, events, environment, and youth, and of course celebrate with all the people who live on all the islands that make up this amazing country.

Some of the events planned over the coming months include:

  • Cook Islands style week, which will celebrate local fashion and designers.
  • Music concerts, including a strings festival, Opera in Rarotonga and Arias in Aitutaki.
  • Sporting events including vaka racing (open water outriggers/canoes), international triathlon week, a tinman marathon, and squash and tennis tournaments.
  • Dancer of the year contests.
  • A Cook Islands film festival and Art exhibition in May.
  • A black tie gala dinner, a benefit dinner, and the annual cultural festival of music and dance Te Maeva Nui.

Every month there will be different events open to the public, in addition to the fantastic cultural evenings and dance shows that already take place each week. So 2015 is definitely the year to visit us and witness an important historic time for the Cook Islands.

For more information about events that will be taking place visit       www.ci50th.com

Rarotonga Chosen As A Top Travel Destination

New Zealanders and Australian’s have been coming to the Cook Islands for many years now.  Drawn by the beauty of the landscape and the wonderful culture of the Cook’s, it has been a traveller’s paradise kept secret from much of the World.  But it’s a secret no more with “Traveller” online travel magazine naming our gorgeous island nation in its Travel Writers Pick List for 2015.

Muri Lagoon, Rarotonga. Photo Source: Traveller.com.au

Muri Lagoon, Rarotonga. Photo Source: Traveller.com.au

In their “Travel writers top picks for 2015”, Traveller describes Rarotonga as being like “one big happy resort, meaning you’re not tied to one place and can get out and explore”.  They illustrate our amazing landscape so well “mist-shrouded mountains that tumble down to its dreamy azure lagoons” and point out the ease of getting around our little Island.  They also say that many of our Island’s are like Hawaii 50 years ago – largely unspoilt and untouched.

We love the article, and agree whole-heartedly that the Cook Islands are a Pacific paradise that should be kept a secret no more.  If you are deciding on your next holiday, or if you need the perfect tropical island for your wedding, honeymoon or romantic getaway, then you have come to the right place.  With daily flights from New Zealand, direct weekly flights from Sydney and Los Angeles, it has never been easier to fly here.

We also have a fantastic summer ‘Stay 6 Nights, Pay For Only 5’ offer for our Rumour’s beachfront villa’s.  Each villa has its own private pool and you get preferential Spa rates out our multi-award winning Waterfall Spa Facility – that means you have even more reason to visit us!

If you would like to stay in a 5-star villa in paradise email our team at info@rumours-rarotonga.com, or phone +682 22551.  We can help arrange airport transfers, organise breakfast delivery and guide you on the best restaurants and activities on the Island.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Read the full article as featured in the “Traveller” magazine – Travel writers pick top travel destinations for 2015

Rarotonga Goes Solar

It has taken a few years of planning, but finally Rarotonga has its first solar plant up and running!

The new plant, named Te Mana o Te Ra, was officially opened on Monday by our Prime Minister Henry Puna. The plant was a joint approach with New Zealand energy company Infratec, New Zealand’s Pacific aid programme and the Cook Islands government, costing around US$2.6 million.

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It is estimated that the 3,000 solar panels installed next to Rarotonga’s airport will provide five percent of our Island’s total energy needs, reducing our diesel usage by 400,000 litres a year.

The panels were installed with the help of locally trained technicians, who will also help maintain the plant that will be owned and operated by the Cook Islands electricity company Te Aponga Uira. The panels are built to withstand tropical cyclones, high temperatures and salt corrosion.

Rarotonga aims to produce 50% cent of its electricity from renewable sources by next year, with a long-term aim to have the island using 100% renewable energy by 2020.

This is not a first for the Pacific, the island nation of Tokelau became 100% solar powered in 2012.  PowerSmart installed a solar electricity system on all three Tokelau atolls, helping them meet 100% of their climate change obligations.  It is estimated that their new solar system will save 12,000 tonnes of CO2 over the life of the plant.  The project won PowerSmart the Clean-tech and Sustainability section of the NZ Innovators Awards – with a maximum score in every category they were judged on.

Tonga, Tuvalu and Samoa are also installing similar solar powered systems.

Rarotonga Tourism To Expand in 2015

Air New Zealand plane flies into Rarotonga

As Air New Zealand is phasing out their 767 fleet their Rarotonga-Los Angeles route will be upgrading to the 777-200s in 2015.  This upgrade will potentially grow visitor numbers from the United States as the new planes have a 30% greater seat capacity.

This is fantastic news for locals and those of us working in the tourism industry in the Cook Islands.  Tourism is the single biggest foreign exchange earner for the Cooks, representing almost 70 per cent of our GDP.  The tourism industry supports local growers, shops, businesses, restaurants, accommodation providers and more.

In 2013 Air New Zealand said it carried about 200,000 people to Rarotonga from Auckland, Sydney and Los Angeles.  Of these passenger numbers it is estimated about 7,500 came from Northern America, so with the larger capacity planes this number could increase to nearly 10,000 in 2015/16, along with an expected increase in visitor numbers from New Zealand and Australia.

Rarotonga and the Cook Islands are a truly unique destination.  Unlike the more populated islands of Hawaii, here you will find almost deserted stunning beaches, quiet roads (there are only 2), and laid back friendly locals who are always smiling and are happy to share stories about their Island paradise.

At Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa you can stay in first class luxury accommodation right on the waterfront, with your own pool, spa and beach to relax on.  We often have special deals for visitors staying more than 3 nights, and package deals that include a visit to our award winning Day Spa, airport transfers, complimentary car hire, meals and more.

Check out Air New Zealand’s website for Los Angeles Flight Deals, and take a look at our website for great accommodation Package Deals.

Cook Islands National Celebrations Te Maeva Nui July 2014

The Cooks Islands’ national Independence celebrations Te Maeva Nui are coming up at the end of July.  This is considered one of the most important events in the Cook Islands, an annual celebration of self rule granted by New Zealand in 1965. Te Maeva translates as “the major or most important celebration”.

Every year, dancers and performers from Rarotonga and the outer islands gather at the National Auditorium in Rarotonga to present dances, songs, drum beats and costumes expressing the cultural theme chosen for that particular year.

Te Maeva Nui 2011

Te Maeva Nui

Groups from the 15 outer islands, such as Manahiki, Pukapuka, Penrhyn, Suwarrow, Aitutaki, and Mangaia, also sell crafts and produce from their home on Island Trade Days throughout the festival.

This year’s Te Maeva Nui  celebration is themed ‘Te Rakei Tupuna o Toku Matakeinanga’ translated ‘The Costumes of our Communities & Tribes’.  The week will be celebrated with an International night, featuring entertainment from the different nations living in the Cook Islands, a choir competition, performances and Island days – all showcasing the Cook Island’s culture.

This year’s festival kicks off on Monday 28th July, starting with the Te Maeva Nui Float Parade through Avarua.  All the floats will be judged on creativity, ingenuity, and overall presentation.  This is to be followed by an official opening ceremony at Punanga Nui markets by the Prime Minister.

This will be a fantastic week for tourists on Rarotonga, providing truly authentic cultural experiences with pageantry and fun.  There will be many opportunities to try some delicacies and witness some fantastic cultural performances that will showcase the many different faces of the 15 Islands that make up the Cook Islands.

The draft programme for the rest of the week can be found here on the Cook Islands Tourism Website.