Palm Grove Resort, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

We landed in Rarotonga just after 6:00 a.m. local time, which was 9:00 a.m., Arizona time and 8:00 a.m. British Columbia time. Hubby and I were one of the first off the plane; we quickly cleared customs, picked up our bags and headed out of the secure area. Within seconds we had hooked up with the shuttle to our resort, were adorned with fragrant plumeria leis, and our luggage was stowed away in the van. Along with three other couples we ended up waiting almost half an hour for one final passenger and then we were on our way.

Just after 7:00 a.m. we arrived at the Palm Grove Resort to check in and unfortunately our room was not ready. We had reserved a beach villa and our unit had guests in it that were not checking out until today. We were told to leave our luggage at the desk, go and enjoy a free breakfast (which is included each day with our villa), use any resort facilities we wanted and by noon we should be in our villa.

That was five hours to kill! But we enjoyed breakfast then wandered around the resort.

The pool was empty when we arrived at 7:00 a.m. although it was warm. The temperature was 28C (82F) and with the humidity felt a lot warmer.

Breakfast was really good and served in a very nice dining room.

The resort looked exactly like the pictures we had seen on the Internet and was very well maintained.

The vegetation is very lush.

There are chickens all over the island of Rarotonga.

One of the newer villas surrounding the pool.

We knew which beach villa we were going to be in so we headed across the road to check it out and once again were very pleased!

That’s our villa in the centre.

We decided to walk along the beach up to the local supermarket.

So beautiful!

And then we walked up to the road, you can see how the weather hangs over the mountains in the middle of the island but along the beach, were we are, it was sunny skies.

This supermarket is a three minute walk from our resort.

We picked up some fruit juice at the market and then continued along the road back to our resort.

Pretty roads and blue sky

Again lush vegetation surrounding local houses. The ocean side of the road is right along the beach but behind the houses on the other side the hills rise quickly and hold the rain which is why the island is so lush.

House on the left as we walked back to the resort.

Ocean, and sunny sky, to the right.

By 10:00 a.m. we were unpacking in our room and were oh so happy with our accommodation! I will do a separate blog on our villa but once we were unpacked and changed into our bathing suits we enjoyed a drink on our deck.

How is that for a view!

The rest of our day was spent swimming in the South Pacific … it is a tough life we live!

The view of our villa from the water

And the coconut tree in front of our deck.

That was about it for our day. The sun was warm, the water was warm, the day was long, and we had an early night 🙂

Until next time …

12 thoughts on “Palm Grove Resort, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

  1. Stunningly beautiful. A perfect first day. Love the view. When you have time maybe you can find out the name of those beautiful trees with the orange blossoms.

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  2. I’m just catching up! This looks amazing! I don’t have to tell you to have a great time…….just do a little beaching for me too please! 🙂


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