Experience the Cook Islands

PICTURE YOURSELF ON A MOUNTAINTOP, gazing out over a panorama of unobstructed views onto one of the most amazing sights you will ever experience in your lifetime.

A solitary table stands nearby, dressed for a silver service banquet. A gourmet chef is preparing your evening meal, al fresco, and the aroma drifts tantalizingly across the deck of a property that is exclusively yours for the evening.

“Passing cumuli casually drift across a cerulean sky, reflecting the vast ocean beyond.”

White caps crash over a protective reef, and a string of uninhabited islands trail into the distance. Coconut palms, silhouetted against the skyline, sway in the warmth of a gentle breeze. All around you is tranquility, and to complete this sublime portrait, the darkening sky is now quilted with stars. This is the embodiment of a tropical paradise, and you feel blessed to be witnessing it.

YOU ARE OVERLOOKING the fabled Aitutaki lagoon, with its turquoise crystalline waters, ecstatically spoken of since the days TEAL’s Solent Flying Boats used this very lagoon for a stopover on the renowned ‘Coral Route’, as they winged their way across the Pacific in all the style of a bygone era.

In the twenty-fours hours since arriving in this marvelous setting, you have touched down at Rarotonga’s international airport with a group of respected business colleagues and their partners, had your luggage collected, and you’ve been personally met at the terminal by our Destination Management Cook Islands representative, greeting you with a fragrant garland of flowers, known in the Cook Islands as an ei–– a symbol of warm welcome to our islands.

They’ve escorted you to another mountainside view, this time in a sacred setting, and you have visited an ancient marae site, and the pre-historic home of the Tinomana tribe of Puaikura, a place now known as Highland Paradise. There, you have been shown traditional medicinal plants still flourishing in the surrounding tropical gardens, and told the legends of Rarotonga’s pre-European past, before returning to the airport and boarding a SAAB aircraft to Aitutaki.

ON ARRIVAL ON THIS STUNNING ATOLL you’ve been transferred to the award-winning international luxury hotel, Pacific Resort, and given a traditional warrior welcome, before being settled into the comfort of your elegant beachfront suite. That first night’s meal, a relaxed, yet sumptuous bar-b-que on the resort’s poolside terrace, followed by another highlight; an impromptu Cook Island cultural dance performance with accompanying drummers. The performer’s exuberance, unequalled anywhere in the Pacific.

The following morning, after a delicious breakfast of fresh tropical fruits and accompaniments on a table beside the water’s edge, you’ve had your first real taste of beginning a day in the paradise we call the Cook Island’s.

And what a day it’s been, spent crisscrossing the vivid blue-green waters of the majestic Aitutaki lagoon. Snorkeling amongst shoals of dazzlingly colourful tropical fish within a protected marine sanctuary, water skiing and tube-riding, then landing for a finely prepared lunch on one of the verdant islands fringing the lagoon’s perimeter.

After lazily cruising homeward over this pristine waterway, you return to the Pacific Resort to freshen before finding yourself here on this balcony taking in the sweeping vista before you.

“You already feel enriched by these experiences, and the thought of the many others to come over the days ahead.”

A ‘guilt-free’ trip aboard your privately chartered deep-sea fishing vessel off the island’s coastline, with the distinct possibility of wrestling your very own ‘catch-of the day’ to the surface, confident your spouses are being luxuriously pampered in the Pacific Resort’s onsite spa, before lunching together at the Black Rock Café.

For those with no interest in fishing, there will be time to explore the island of Arutunga by motor scooter, and discover the culture and the uncomplicated way of life in the Cook Islands. Attend a traditional Cook Island’s Christian Church service, and experience the glorious hymns that resonate from the pews, or simply relax and soak up the sun, sipping cocktails beside the pool. The choice is all yours.

THE PINNACLE OF ALL THESE EXPERIENCES will be the most memorable of all, a traditional Polynesian feast, prepared in an umu kai, earth oven, followed by an “island night” exclusively for you. It’ll be an evening filled with excitement, sensuous dance, performed to the hypnotic rhythm of beating drums, the way our ancestors practiced it, right on the beach with the golden rays of a setting sun as the backdrop.

What will make this experience so unique is that to get there you will have boarded a chartered lagoon cruiser to reach Motu Tapuaetai, or “One Foot” Island, at the farthest reaches of the lagoon. The sensational “One Foot” island, described by some “as the most incredible island ever visited” will be reserved just for you on this unforgettable night.

And along the way, DMCK will be there, working discreetly in the background to ensure that all of these incredible experiences occur just as we planned.
Our expertise is arranging one-of-a-kind incentive holidays, and our clients entrust us to create uniquely rewarding, inspirational travel experiences just like this, confident that we will take care of all the hard work, the planning, and the stress, to ensure that once you arrive in the Cook Islands you can simply relax and soak up those incredible views.

Put yourself in this picture, and appoint Destination Management Cook Islands as the company to handle all your incentive travel arrangements in the Cook Islands.

It is, after all, what we do best.

Ootu Beach, Aitutaki
Island Night, Motu Tapuaetai, Aitutaki

Warrior welcome, Highland Paradise, Rarotonga
Historic Cook Islands Christian Church, Aitutaki

Cultural dancers, Highland Paradise, Rarotonga
Private dining, Pacific Resort, Aitutaki

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