Does Fiji or the Cook Islands have any....

Old Apr 28th, 2003, 01:55 PM
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Does Fiji or the Cook Islands have any....

five star hotels?? We were set on Hawaii for our honeymoon, but now just reconsidering our Fi wants to stay in a hotel with they exist??
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Old Apr 28th, 2003, 02:45 PM
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There are number of 5-star hotels in Fiji - here is a Web site that lists most of them:

The pickings are going to be slimmer in the Cook Islands. The Pacific Resort on Aitutaki claims 5-star status, and has spectacular air-conditioned beachfront bungalows. I would also check out the Moana Sands on Rarotonga.
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You don't need air-conditioning 98% of the time in Fiji, though some resorts are putting it in, I think just to appease people that think they will need it. And it you need to be in air-conditioned surroundings than maybe a 5 star in Hawaii would be better for you. Fiji's upscale resorts are definitely open air luxury.
But check out Katafanga (has air) in Fiji, which opens in June. Also Vatulele (my current favorite) & Turtle Island. Those are "island" 5-star hotels. None on Rarotonga of that level. Pearl Beach & Pacific resort on Aitutaki are the best in the area. Personally I'd rather go to Fiji any day than Hawaii.
Good luck with your search.
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I agree with Peggy as we would rather go to Fiji rather than Hawaii any day. She is right when she says that A/C is hardly needed in Fiji. We want places with cross ventilation, open screens and ceiling fan so we can smell the air, hear the sounds of nature with its clean pure air blowing over us. The best part you can sleep nude without covers or just a sheet. I should think your FI would like this idea. I hope he is adventuresome enough to expience a honeymoon bure in places like Vatulele or our favorite Matangi. There are many others such as Turtle Island, Yasawa and Namale. Peggy will tell you that Vatulele is about as good as you can get from her choice. I avoid A/C as much as I can as the recycled air full of germs and mold spore does not agree with me very well. Just think what SARS would do inside the A/C system of a modern high rise. It is bad enough in a modern jet with uses more outside air than most building systems. Your FI can have his A/C not me. I hope you can find a place where you can open the windows at night and turn the darn thing off.
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This link shows you which hotels in Rarotonga have ac and fans. There aren't that many 5 stars hotel there!! While the hotel in Aitutaki might have air conditioning, beware that it's a very quiet island.
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Fiji has plenty 5 star resots. Turtle is nice, Wakaya Island if you have the $$$ and the others previously mentioned.
A/C shuld not be a problem - the kind of thing you like for 20 minutes after a burn on the beach, but you really don't need it to sleep or the like.
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Of course Fiji has 5-star resort hotels. Have you checked out the prices? If we could afford it, I'd stay at the new Katafanga Resort in a hearbeat at about $1300 per night!

Vatulele is also nice - but just as costly - around $1000 per night, right?
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I keep checking into Katafanga & they still do not have an opening date, according to I want to get some feedback after they open to see if that cost can be justified!
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Old Jun 24th, 2003, 02:47 PM
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Deborah - is right about Aitatuki being very quiet, but then again The Cook Islands are very quiet. They are not Tahiti, and certainly not Hawaii, even the outer islands.

But The Cook Islands do have a few 5* resorts (small)and their prices are way less than Tahiti.

You also have to ask yourself just how far (and how many hours) you want to fly. Also remember that flights to any of these destinations are limited by the number of carriers that serve them, and the days of the week they fly.
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