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Rumours of Romance

pool at Rumours of Romance

Rarotonga, The Cook Islands
Splashing out on your honeymoon needn't be all bride and gloom. Blue List Hotels falls in love with one of the hottest hotels in the South Pacific and says 'I will' - as long as it's here.

first impressions
Ultra-exclusive, modern and sexy, these luxury beachfront villas put the 'lust' back into wanderlust. Set on the edge of Rarotonga's sapphire-blue lagoon, this five-star romantic retreat is a place where rumours of romance become reality.

There's the Beachside, the Beachfront or - for that once-in-a-lifetime extravagance - the Ultimate Beachfront, Villas.

Beachfront Villas have two grand, spacious bedrooms, each boasting hand-carved super king four-poster beds and designer linen. The en-suite bedrooms are outfitted with plush, Italian fittings as standard, with handmade towels and comprehensive range of complimentary toiletries. Bathrooms also have clear, glass block showers that extend into its own secluded, tropical garden. Here you'll find an outdoor swimming pool, elegant waterfalls, sculptured fountains and a deep, hot spa.

The main living area of each Beachfront Villa has marble floors throughout, a fully-fitted designer kitchen - complete with handcrafted china ware - and four-poster sofa beds. A stream with colourful fish separates the lounge from the bedrooms. Huge sliding doors provide 180-degree views of Muri Beach and the turquoise waters of its tropical lagoon. On the extensive decking, you'll find an outdoor shower, dining table, BBQ and padded sun loungers. There's also steps to the beach where complementary sea kayaks are moored.

bedroom at Rumours of Romance

A built-in home entertainment centre with 60-inch LCD TV, DVD and CD player come as standard. A full library of movies is available free of charge, as is broadband internet wi-fi. Laptops for rental are also available. Beachside Villas boast virtually the same huge list of amenities, minus the beachfront aspect.

For unparalleled luxury, you might consider the Ultimate Beachfront Villa. Entry is via an arched bridge over a private swimming pool with fountains and bubbling spa tub. A giant home cinema, flowing internal waterfall and vaulted ceiling await inside ...

food and drink
Don't waste precious time on your honeymoon with trips to local restaurants, when you've got that tasty someone at the hotel - your own chef, that is. For an additional charge, a trained chef will visit your villa and prepare authentic, Cook Island specialities to your liking.

A complimentary breakfast - cooked, or Continental - are delivered daily to your door. Meanwhile, you can order lunch, dinner or Champagne Brunches from the in-house menus. Alternatively, cook your own fare on the BBQ or the fully-fitted kitchen.

service with a smile?
Whether it's a fortnight's honeymoon, a week's anniversary, or just a one-off overnight's stay, expect VIP treatment from start to finish.

Guests receive complimentary airport transfers, fresh 'leis' - garlands of hibiscus and gardenia - and Champagne on arrival.

In-house massages, rental cars and motor-scooters and restaurant bookings are also available on request.

The hotel's resident wedding co-ordinator can also arrange your dream ceremony on the beach - including a string band, wedding cakes, and luxury banquet.

beach at Rumours of Romance

local attractions
Rarotonga, the largest of the fifteen Cook Islands, has it all - miles of unspoilt white-sand beaches, crystal-clear lagoons, and stunning scenery.

Be sure to visit the local markets where traditional arts and crafts are widely available. The library also boasts a large selection of local literature, and an interesting museum containing many South Pacific artifacts.

will it break the bank?
Maybe - but it's worth every penny for the stunning views alone.

Rates for the Beachside Villas start at NZ$850; Beachfront Villas from NZ$1,200; and the Beachfront Ultimate Villa from NZ$1,500.

Special wedding and honeymoon packages on request.

Rumours of Romance
PO Box 308
Cook Islands

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