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The remote Cook Islands in the South Pacific boast “the most beautiful beaches in the world,” not to mention balmy year-round temperatures and over a thousand years of island history and traditions. Escape to this sunny paradise at Sanctuary Rarotonga, a brand-new adults-only resort on the largest island of Rarotonga. Each of the 48 beachfront suites features super-king size beds, Italian-tiled bathrooms, and private verandahs with gorgeous views of the white-sand Aroa Beach. The lavish experience is rounded out by the on-site spa and restaurant and the inviting pool with swim-up bar. Guests can also make use of facilities at nearby sister property The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa, including the fitness center and tennis court, activities like ukulele lessons, and nightly island-themed entertainment.
Fittingly, Sanctuary Rarotonga opened on Valentine’s Day, but the super romantic resort is extending the love all year long with special opening rates. Through March 31, book a beachfront suite for $327/night with breakfast included (prices then jump to $362/night through October 30). Just mention the code WOW when you book.
To up the romance factor even more, the opening rates can be combined with Sanctuary’s “Romancing Rarotonga” package. When guests book a five-night stay, the resort will throw in a free one-hour couple’s hydrotherapy massage in the spa’s Honeymoon Suite, and a bottle of wine. Use the code MELLOW when booking to secure these freebies.
Though it’s not the easiest place to get to (Air New Zealand offers one round-trip non-stop flight a week between L.A. and Rarotonga), once there the Cook Islands are pretty easy on the wallet, since U.S. currency is so strong against the local New Zealand dollar. It’s also a spectacular wedding or honeymoon destination, and Sanctuary is happy to help with all your nuptial needs. To book, call 011-682-25-900 or visit sanctuaryrarotonga.com.