Here at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa we have had the honour to host some famous faces from New Zealand rugby, and on Friday we along with everyone in Rarotonga were very excited about the visit of Rugby World Cup winning All Black Jerome Kaino for a parade and fan visit.
The Webb Ellis Cup has travelled to the Cook Islands where it was showcased at an honorary Rugby World Cup dinner hosted by Prime Minister Henry Puna last Monday night. Mr Puna acknowledged that the Cook Islands community has the greatest supporters of the All Blacks outside of New Zealand. This is the first overseas outing for the cup since it was won by the All Blacks last year. It is a very special visit as it acknowledges the support that the Cook Islands has given to the mighty All Blacks and their successful Rugby World Cup campaign.
Last Friday afternoon People in Rarotonga got their chance to see the cup at a special paradeThe parade started in the Avarua township where Jerome Kaino was driven with schoolboys flanking him and drummers following. Stops were made for photos and the parade finished at a local market where a traditional Cook Islands welcome was presented, followed by a dance troupe, and finished with school boys performing the All Black haka and their local haka. Happy fans were able to have photos taken with the cup and Kaino, and the day was a huge success for our small community.
As with any Country, it is great to celebrate success and to inspire the younger generation to get involved with sport. We are lucky that despite a population of less than 20,000, the Cook Islands have so many sporting activities available for both locals and tourists
We are very excited that our very own Rumours Luxury Villas & Spahas again been nominated in the prestigious 2012 World Travel Awards. The category is for “Best Resort Spa” for the Cook Islands.
These Awards give luxury hotels recognition for their “world classfacilities and service excellence provided to guests”The Awards aim to“encourage and raise service standards within the luxury hotelindustry”.
We have worked really hard over the last 12 months to maintain our highstandard that won us this award last year. We understand the importanceof offering a luxury resort that has outstanding service and of courseone of the best locations in the World. Winning awards like this not only recognises our hard work but alsoraises our profile as a luxury resort and gives our hard working staffthe recognition they deserve.
If you have stayed with us and wish to vote, go to the link on ourfacebook page or visit the World Travel Awards websitehttp://www. luxuryhotelawards. com/. You can read more about the award wewon last year in the Press Release included in our April 2011 blog.
If you haven’t stayed in the last 12 months, check out our brand new 6night pampering and indulgence packagesThere is a package for allvilla categories and so many inclusions! See the deals on the Hot Deals page of this website.
Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa has beenannounced winner of the 2011 World Travel Awards - Best Resort Spa. Below is the press release from the World Luxury Spa awards.
4 April 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The World Luxury Spa Awards™ pay tribute to the global spa industry’s top spas
The World Luxury Spa Awards™ gives recognition & thanks to the spaindustryThe Awards congratulate unsurpassed service excellence and putthe spotlight on our spas that represent the finest standards &thus attracting the attention of global spa-goers and industry experts.
Open to luxury spas in the respective categories, the World LuxurySpa Awards™ are recognized and respected on the global front by thepublic and media at large and are universally acknowledged.
The World Luxury Spa Awards™ celebrate the spa industry with 8 spa categories.
The caliber of entries for 2011 was outstanding and as such the bar wasset highOfficial voting closed on the 19th of March and the responseand comments from voters was phenomenalThe independent judging processwas based on spa guest votes and the feedback and votes from a selectedglobal panel of spa industry professionals.
Marinique Truter, Executive Manager, World Luxury Spa Awards™ said: “TheWorld Luxury Spa Awards™ is the highest accolade a spa can ever hope toreceiveFor participants the World Luxury Spa Awards™ challengeservice excellence and highlight the importance of constant improvement. The World Luxury Spa Awards™ truly puts a winner/finalist spa ahead ofits peers from a marketing perspectiveRecipients of this prestigiousaccolade see challenges as opportunities and stay ahead with strategicchanges allowing facilities and service to stay on par with globaltrendsWe congratulate all our winners further to this outstandingachievement. ”
The World Luxury Spa Awards support all nominees in promoting their status with our Awards.
Consumers are increasingly using the list of winners and finalists as areliable guide and means of reassurance when choosing their next spadestinationSpas that make it on to the winner & finalist listreceive global coverage and share in fantastic marketing benefits thatfurther build and maintain credibility.
From start to finish the wedding went with a breeze and was very stress free!
Whenwe arrived it only took a few hours to arrange all the additionaldetails and meet those who would be involved in the weddingJulietook us around to the town hall for our marriage license, we visitedthe florist and JK the wedding celebrant in his homeThe hairdresserand also the photographer popped into the villa also to confirm a fewdetailsVery well organised and met some brilliant people!
Our wedding took place at 3pm and we even managed a kayak session in the morning it was so stress free!
Thehairdresser arrived at 1pm and with a glass of champagne was a greatstartWe had a decorated archway on the beach and flowers decoratingthe beachHinoi the photographer cameearlier to take a few pre wedding shots and everything was ready. Flowers, cake and champagne were brought with Julie and Maria.
Wehad a local guitarist on the beach when the wedding started which forus was a very beautiful authentic touch to the ceremonyThere was theopening ceremony, vows, rings and declarations Tipani weddings haddecorated and set a table up for signing, cake and champagne while wesigned the papers.
Totop this great day off we had a very talented chef come to our villaand cook our gorgeous 3 course mealHe was very talented and made usfeel very comfortable.
Overall we both had a memorable day and a beautiful wedding!
Thanks to Tipani ladies and Rumours for making our day such a special one!
TRIPADVISOR ACCOLADE 30th October 2010
Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa in Rarotonga has just received a Certificate Of Excellence from the world’s leading Travel Review websiteThe certificate acknowledges a 100% overall excellence in guest ratings from those who have stayed at the property throughout 2010
Our staff at Rumours work extremely hard to maintain our positioning on the island as a recognised extremely high standard of luxury villa accommodation, not only with presenting a villa standard of a world class but also along with that, realise that a property can be beautiful but if there is not the same high standard of service, then it is of limited valueWe have a small staff in place but one highly dedicated and motivated to do the very best they individually can and take pride in the personal satisfaction they gain from seeing happy and contented guests commenting on departure that they don’t really ever want to leaveThe majority of our staff here at Rumours have been with us for years, with the latest staff member now being into her second year and not wanting to leave at the end of her three year contract alreadyA happy team also goes a long way to having happy guests !
Hopefully we will be able to show the readers of this blog some of the same high standard Cook Island hospitality at some point in the future.
The year is waltzing along rapidly and when we just listed on our website our next great special offer in these luxury villas, we realised just how close we are actually getting to the end of 2010 and it becomes quite a scary thing to realise how quickly the months go by.
Rumours has been really busy most of this year and we have not only had delightful guests, some return home and continue to keep in touch, so that they are more than past guests, they instead become closer than that, and with the high level now of returning guests, it becomes a matter of catching up again with old friends.
One of the things we love to see from guests who have returned home a few months later, is pictures of their “Rumours” baby – and this has happened on quite a few occasions, which is a great endorsement for the romance that these villas provide !
As mentioned above, we have just posted our next special offer for stays during November, and this is a great month to come to Rarotonga, because the annual Tiare Festival runs from November 8 – 13th, and it is a floral celebration featuring of course the Tiare flower as it’s theme, a float parade, a teen beauty pageant, workplace decorations, floral arrangements and lots of competitions to enter if you feel so inclined.
With the island flowers coming into their best at this time of the year, it is a festival that many visitors to the island shores really enjoy, so if you can get away in November, email us and see if there is a villa available for the time period you are thinking of. The villas in Aitutaki are also on a special offer, so if you can sneak a few more days – how about enjoying some time out there as well.
On another note, the Spa villas have new kitchens fully completed and these are now in keeping with the high standard of the rest of the villa. Great use of space has been achieved and although the kitchens were a little late in being completed due to shipping hassles into the Cook Islands (or should I say lack of shipping at the time needed), they were worth waiting for and look amazing.
Till next time,
The team at Rumours