We have returned from our adventure to the Cook Islands, Raratonga to be exact. What a wonderful experience it was and I have no hesitation recommending it as a stress-free destination.
We stayed at the Edgewater Resort & Spa on the western side of the island, and it was everything and more than we expected. Back in 2019 we attended a charity function and during the night they auctioned a holiday at the Edgewater for two with heaps included, we were fortunate to win the auction and all we had to pay for were our flights.
We were excited but then Covid hit, and you all know what happened then. This meant that the first opportunity we had to go was September this year.
We had to take four flights to get there and back and all of them were delayed. There is no direct flights we had to pass through Auckland. Our travel agent had warned us of possible delays and advised that we take clothes in our carry-on luggage. Fortunately, no hassles with luggage.
We arrived at Edgewater Resort very late at 11:15pm to the warmest of receptions everybody was so willing to help to ensure that everything was perfect.
The following morning, we woke and walked onto our balcony to find that we were right on the beach, how absolutely wonderful, the water in the lagoon was at the perfect temperature and the weather was a very pleasant 26ᶜ and stayed that way all week.
We had tour and adventures booked for each day with the exception of Sunday which we knew was a quiet day on the island with just about everything closed, we remained at the resort and enjoyed the relaxation. We met a Kiwi couple with very similar interests and a great sense of humour. We spent most of our time with them and a couple from York in the UK. We formed our own ‘Bloody Good Drinkers Club’.
I must at this stage mention the staff at the resort, every single member was a total delight, with the biggest smiles and so willing to make sure we had the best service possible. The attention to detail was outstanding.
We hired a driver for a tour of the island and to experience the culture, his knowledge was extensive, and he took us to places others don’t normally venture. We were impressed at how neat and tidy the whole island was with the homes and yards well maintained.
We went on the reef in a glass bottom boat and snorkelled we enjoyed a BBQ on the beach and were entertained. We also enjoyed a fabulous progressive dinner at three local homes, the food was outstanding and we both ate too much, but what the heck!
I guess you might have realized that we had a wonderful holiday in a perfect place, that I wholeheartedly recommend. If you are thinking of travelling to the Cook Islands stop thinking and do it.