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Don't let anyone tell you when it's time to leave the Cook Islands

In 1773, Captain James Cook discovered the 15-island archipelago.

Cook Island HideawayCook Island HideawayIn 1824, a Russian cartographer named the islands in honor of the captain.

In 2006, Jeff Probst made them famous with Survivor: Cook Islands.

Thanks to Jeff and his not-so-merry band of survivors, Rarotonga & Aitkai are the most popular of all the islands.

But if you're searching for a "pinch-me-I'm-dreaming" vacation, you'll have to venture off the Survivor set.

We recommend:

  • Crown Beach Resort is far enough off the beaten path that privacy and seclusion are still a believable feature. If you want to experience that stranded feeling (in a good way with your sweetie painting your nails on a moonlit beach while you sip a margarita), book Villa 21 or 22. And make sure you set aside time for a "Mauke Miracle Oil" massage.
  • Gina's Akaiami's Beach Lounge hosted exiled survivors from the show. It's owned by Queen Manarangi Tutai - she's descended from chiefs who once ruled the island. The electricity is only powered up in the morning and evening (in true Survivor style), but you won't miss it during the day - you'll be too busy lying on the beach, body surfing, kayaking...
  • The Atiu Villas are on the third most visited island (Atiu) but we included it because the villas sit on a central plateau overlooking a valley that leads to the ocean. Areono (Villa 6) has the best panoramic view. Go birdwatching or get yourself invited to a tumunu, a bush-beer drinking party.

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