a tourist mecca the Cook Islands usually has plenty of accommodation
for visitors, but it has become so popular you should book before you arrive.
An expected 160,000 tourists fly in each year - which doubles the population of Rarotonga each month. There are a lot of foreign workers on the island and so accommodation can be hard to find.
This means there are very few "cheap" places to stay.
just to let you know from the outset, a five or four-star
hotel on Rarotonga does not necessarily equate to a four or
five-star hotel in London, New York or Melbourne.
you get past that mindset what you will find is clean, comfortable
accommodation that will meet your needs.
the less you pay the further down the ratings you will drop.
pay for what you get.
we were in Rarotonga we stayed at the Edgewater
Resort and Spa, which is a short drive from the airport
and the main town of Avarua.
Edgewater has a big range of rooms and units at varying prices, although it is looking- how shall we put it - tired.
had a lagoon view room and it was comfortable and clean. It
had air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, Sky TV - very important
for watching the Australian Football League and the news -
tea and coffee-making facilities, a nice little balcony overlooking
the pool and a good shower room.
we won't get a room overlooking the pool as it is pretty noisy
and it is right next door to where the shows are put on.
love Cook Islands drumming, which I regard as being the best
in the world, but - if you are trying to sleep - it's a bit
of a pain.