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8 Day Cook Island Sanctuary Escape incl. Airport Transfers, Daily Activities, Watersports, Manager's Cocktail Party + more.

8 Day Cook Island Sanctuary Escape incl. Airport Transfers, Daily Activities, Watersports, Manager's Cocktail Party + more.

8 Days

Your search for perfect tranquillity can end here. Sanctuary by name, sanctuary by nature. This exclusive adults-only resort is hidden away on the coast of Rarotonga in completely idyllic surroundings, fringed by jungle, hugged by white sands, this is a place to truly escape…

4 Experiences
1 Country
5 Inclusions
3 Room options

About This Trip

Sanctuary Resort is a South Seas dream made real. Powder white beaches stretch as far as the eye can see, and the ocean graduates from sparkling turquoise to deep teal as it disappears to the horizon. The gentle breeze stirs the palms and gently rocks the hammocks and the pace of life drops to a standstill. Nothing to do, nowhere to be…..unless you really want it. 


While Sanctuary can be this tranquil delight, those who wish to do more than relax in this environment built for mindful living have a multitude of opportunities. Set on the stunning Aroa Lagoonairum, the serene waters offer the island's best snorkelling in a fully protected marine sanctuary. You can take to the waters and lose yourself in the myriad of spectacular marine life, whether under the water or on the surface on a kayak or SUP. 


There is outstanding dining directly on the white expanse of Aroa beach and should you wish for an even more romantic setting, you can arrange for a private, candle-lit beach dinner, just the two of you, incredible food and the tapestry of a million stars overhead. 


We have arranged an invite to the weekly Manager’s cocktail party and there are daily activities where you can be active or learn some of the time-honoured Raratongan crafts. Create your own flower garlands or learn to weave palm fronds. Take guided nature walks with the knowledgeable staff or learn to drum with the locals. Or, just head to the secluded pool, swim up to the bar and enjoy an ice-cold cocktail after spending hours pampering yourself in the world-class spa. Your vacation, your way. 


What's Included
7 nights of 4-star accommodation at Sanctuary Resort on Aroa Lagoon

Escape to an island paradise on the south shore of Raratongo to relax in this enchanting resort right on the most idyllic lagoon in the south seas.

Private return airport transfers

After being greeted with a fresh flower garland and an ice-cold bottle of water, you can enjoy included transfers to and from Rarotonga Airport to your 4-star resort on the south coast.

Start the day right with complimentary breakfast for 2 adults per room

The best way to start the day! Enjoy daily complimentary breakfasts for 2 adults per room.

Many included activities every day, if you want to do them

It is totally your choice, but if you want, you can participate in the following - 

  • Snorkelling Lessons
  • Marine Sanctuary Snorkelling Tours
  • Try Scuba in the Pool
  • Fish Feeding
  • Island Drumming & Dancing Lessons
  • Ukulele Lessons
  • Pareu (Wrap Around Sarong) Tying
  • Palm-frond Weaving
  • Flower Garland (Lei) Making
  • Coconut Husking Show
  • Crab Hunting
  • Guided Village & Nature Walks
Drinks ahoy!

There is a cooling welcome drink waiting for you upon arrival to Sanctuary, but more than this, you will also receive an invitation to the Manager’s sunset cocktail party.

Top Local Experiences

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Trip Itinerary


Where You'll Stay

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Beachside Suite

Beachside Suites enjoy a premium location directly on the white sands of Aroa Beach with partial lagoon views and direct access to the glistening blue waters of Aroa Lagoon, the Lagoon of Love.


Superior Pool View Room

  • Stay connected with free Wi-Fi
  • King or twin share
  • Private ensuite with rain shower and premium toiletries
  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony with pool views
  • Flat-screen TV
  • 24-hour room service
  • Minibar
Single supplementNo
Max occupancy2 Adults
ShareableNot available
Bedding arrangementDouble/Twin Room

Improve your room's comfort

Beachfront Suite Upgrade

Exactly the same as the Beachside Suite, but you can enjoy full views over the stunning Aroa Lagoon, so if you are planning on spending more time on your verandah, this could be the one for you. 


Family Superior

  • Stay connected with free Wi-Fi
  • King or twin share with balcony or terrace
  • Private ensuite with bath, rain shower and premium toiletries
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee & Tea facilities
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Flat-screen TV
  • 24-hour room service
Total p/p price+$300
Single supplementNo
Max occupancy2 Adults
ShareableNot available
Bedding arrangementDouble/Twin Room
Honeymoon Spa Suite

In addition to all the standard Sanctuary suite features the Honeymoon Spa Suite includes a private outdoor Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and Vichy Shower.


  • Family Superior
  • Stay connected with free Wi-Fi
  • King or twin share with balcony or terrace
  • Private ensuite with bath, Vichy shower and premium toiletries
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee & Tea facilities
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Flat-screen TV
  • 24-hour room service
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Steam Room
  • Sauna
Total p/p price+$1650
Single supplementNo
Max occupancy2 Adults
ShareableNot available
Bedding arrangementDouble/Twin Room
Other Info

Sanctuary Resort is the real highlight here. This is a trip based around letting go of your day-to-day life and seeking out a sheltered corner of paradise to completely escape. You couldn’t find a better spot than Sanctuary. Its four-stars come from its incredible blend of traditional Polynesian architecture, which has been elevated for the modern age. Sleek, modern interiors, all with Polynesian flourish, completely complement the traditional exteriors, with their grass roofs and wooden walls. 


The spa offers a world-class place to treat yourself to some pampering and the staff are about the friendliest, most helpful people we have ever come across. From your welcome drink, right up to the moment you step into your private transfer back to the airport, relaxation will come easily. 


However, should you wish, there is much more going on at the resort and you can learn some exclusive and wonderful skills. There are classes on palm weaving, lei making, drumming and ukulele playing. There are guided walks through the lush tropical vegetation, crab hunts and local village visits, set up by the wonderful staff. You can also jump on a SUP or kayak to explore the lagoon, or borrow snorkel equipment and spend your day crossing off the wealth of marine life that makes this idyllic spot their home.



As soon as you step into the arrivals hall at Rarotonga International, we will start your journey to relaxation. Your driver will be waiting with your name on a board, will take your luggage and get you into the air-conditioned vehicle, with an icy bottle of water to combat the heat. A quick 15-minute drive around the stunning coast of Rarotonga and you will be at the resort, welcome drink in hand, while the team gets you checked in. After 8 days on the stunning south coast, we will transfer you back up to the airport to meet your onward flight.



Focused on drawing you into a delightful waking dream, this stunning resort, created in true Polynesian style, is set amongst lush tropical gardens right on the most beautiful lagoon in the whole country. You can dine in style, explore the local culture or relax on the terrace of your stunning beachside suite. 


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Large rooms leading out to the gardens
  • Private ensuites with bath, rain shower and hairdryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • 24-hour room service
  • Onsite Spa & Wellness Centre
  • Peaceful swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar

important info


  • Return flights
  • Visas
  • Optional activities/tours, personal expenses/transfers not mentioned
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips & gratuities


Age restrictions

  • Must be over 16.



  • The minimum number for this trip to operate is two people
  • Double or twin share basis
  • Triple share available on request


Passport & visa requirements

  • All visitors require a passport with a minimum validity of 6 months beyond your return travel date is required for all passengers (including children and infants)
  • Visitors may require a visa to enter
  • It is the visitor's responsibility to ensure they are holding the correct and current visa for the countries they are visiting
  • If the visitor is a non-Australian passport holder, a valid re-entry visa may be required.
  • Important: Please start arranging your visa at least 6-8 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours and processing times


Travel Insurance

  • We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package


Health & vaccination

  • As border restrictions for countries begin to ease, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will maximise the number of locations you can visit. So whilst you are not legally required to be vaccinated, and it’s also not a requirement to travel with us, it will limit some of the countries that you can visit and may make it harder to travel for the next 12-18 months.
  • We highly recommend our travellers to look at the current travel restrictions of their destination, speak with a medical professional at least 30 days before departure or get in touch with our team for travel advice.
  • Health care such as a doctor’s surgery, dentist and optometrists may not always be accessible on this tour
  • It is advised that you ensure you have adequate health insurance cover as part of your travel insurance




  • Porterage is available on this trip and a tip is recommended.




  • Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion


Fitness requirements

  • Travellers should have a good level of physical fitness and mobility. They must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces and in some cases climb stairs


Dietary requirements

  • Any dietary requirements must be received by DealsAway at least 30 days prior to your scheduled departure date. Failure to provide these details by this date may result in an inability to cater for your requirements
  • In most cases DealsAway can cater for special dietary requirements but please note that on occasion, this may not be possible due to location, lack of availability of ingredients, and other extenuating circumstances. It is always advised to carry supplies with you



  • Return airport transfers are included on this trip



  • Any applicable pre-trip or tour documentation will be emailed to you prior to travelling. Should you have any queries regarding this please feel free to contact us directly via email at support@dealsaway.com 


DealsAway savings

  • The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving


Itinerary amendments & changes

  • Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather, public holidays, common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes, and unforeseen circumstances. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time



  • All DealsAway trips are available on a request-only basis and are subject to availability. Once booked you should receive a payment confirmation and receipt via email, followed by a booking confirmation normally within 72hrs of making a booking, sometimes this can take a little longer subject to supplier delay
  • If you have not received your confirmation within 5 business days of payment confirmation please contact us immediately by email at support@dealsaway.com 
  • In the event that your trip is unavailable on the dates you have chosen, we will contact you by telephone to advise the next available dates



  • Any prices quoted exclude specific costs/measures which may be introduced at a later stage as a result of Government changes due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. DealsAway will inform its guests of these changes as soon as possible, these additional charges will be passed on by DealsAway to the guest



Name change or corrections

  • Name corrections may incur a fee
  • Name changes are not permitted
  • After bookings are fully paid, any amendment has to be requested in writing and incurs $69 fee per person from our supplier, plus any additional costs and administrative expenses incurred in arranging the amendment


Date changes

  • Date changes are not permitted



  • Please refer to our booking conditions for all information on refunds

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