Recommended tour operator: Turquoise Holidays
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The pristine islands of the ‘Cooks’, dotted halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, embody the nation’s laid-back, untouched charm. Private hideaways, perfect beaches and clear turquoise waters – all the ingredients for an out of this world honeymoon in a stunning natural setting.
The ever-smiling Cook Islanders have plenty to be happy about, from the lush, green volcanic ridges, palm-fringed, powder-soft beaches and coral-filled turquoise lagoons to the blissfully warm temperatures year round and deliciously fresh seafood. You won’t find a high-rise building or a traffic light here, instead it’s all about barefoot beachfront luxury.
Rarotonga is the major island and it’s easy to explore by scooter; there’s just one road that follows the coastline, and the journey takes less than an hour so you’ll have plenty of time to stop for a swim, a bite to eat or a chat with the friendly locals. The coast contrasts dramatically with the rugged, virtually untouched interior, ensuring breathtaking scenery at every turn.
Nestled on a secluded white sandy beach on Rarotonga’s south coast, Sea Change Villas is the perfect romantic getaway, or opt for pristine paradise at Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa in one of the island’s most beautiful locations.
A visit to the tiny paradise island of Aitutaki, a 50-minute flight away, is a ‘must’. The lagoon is breathtaking from the air and even more stunning once you find yourself snorkelling or diving beneath the surface. Aitutaki is quite simply one of the places to see before you die and one of the most remote spots on the planet. It’s home to traditional Polynesian style bungalows and luxury resorts – our favourite is Pacific Resort Aitutaki.
A 12-night honeymoon in the Cook Islands, combining Rarotonga and Aitutaki, costs from around £6,500 per couple on a B&B basis, including all flights.