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Rarotonga accommodation winner

Makayla Palms Rarotonga accommodation does it again! Your Rarotonga holiday accommodation winner.

Last night at the Air NZ Cook Islands Tourism Awards which are held every two years Makayla Palms again won the self catering villas. The following comments were made by the judges before announcing the winner.  Read more

Mosquitoes in Rarotonga

Mosquitoes on your Rarotonga Holiday

When you holiday in Rarotonga you are fortunate that there are very few bugs and nasties. However we do have mosquitoes, which are more apparent when the weather is humid. When you are looking for Rarotonga accommodation it is important to search for villas that are fully screened. Makayla Palms is fully screened. Read more

Low season Rarotonga deals – Rarotonga holiday

Low season Rarotonga deals and specials at Makayla Palms for your Rarotonga holiday.

The low season is under way in Rarotonga and goes on until April 2016. Loads of tourists choose a Rarotonga holiday at this time, and if you go on the Makayla Palms main website you will see our deals and specials. Read more

Jetstar, Virgin Australia Flights for your Rarotonga Holiday

Flights for your Rarotonga Holiday are now easier than ever.

Great news to hear that Jetstar begin flying into Rarotonga three times a week from March 2016. They have 8 domestic airports to fly out of making for a reasonably smooth transition and the fares are much cheaper!

News also today that Virgin Australia have a non-stop flight from Christchurch to Rarotonga from June 25th in 2017, with the last flight departing on October 8th. This flight will depart on a Saturday at 2pm and arrive in Rarotonga for your holiday at 8.35pm the day prior. The return flight leaves Rarotonga at 11.10pm and arrives back in Christchurch at 2.25am on the Sunday. Perfect for leaving the cold and arriving in a beautiful tropical climate a few hours later, ready to enjoy a relaxing and easy 7 night holiday!

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Is the water safe to drink at your Rarotonga Accommodation?

Water quality and safety in Rarotonga is something to look out for. There are many different types (and pricing) of Rarotonga accommodation and you need to take care and check whether the water is filtered on the property. Check also that the water is UV filtered – not just an inexpensive tap filter, which may not give you good drinking water. You may want to be aware of this when looking for accommodation as you could end up buying water every day.

At Makayla Palms Rarotonga accommodation all the villas have UV filtered water and you will find lovely, cold filtered water in your fridge on arrival. All water going into the villas is filtered so that if you are showering, doing your washing or washing the dishes you can rest assured that you have a good filtered supply of water.

Umukai Feast

Newest attraction: Aitu Tumunu Experience. Book at your Rarotonga Resort

Staying at a Rarotonga resort? Experience the island’s newest attraction. Drive yourself or book a transfer from your Rarotonga Resort to the Aitu Tumunu Experience.

The Aitu Tumunu Experience has just opened and is a must-do activity to enjoy ‘local tradition’, and you are able to be involved with parts of this experience.  Although you can watch local activities on some tours, this one is unique in that you can be ‘hands on’ – take part in husking a coconut, learning to weave with the kikau, take part in the cooking of food in the umu (an underground oven) etc… Read more

Authentic traditional marae experience on your Rarotonga Holiday

Planning things to do in Rarotonga on holiday? An authentic traditional marae experience is not to be missed – enjoy Highland Paradise Cultural Feast and Show.

Although all the Rarotonga Hotels have Island Night shows and feasts,  Makayla Palms highly recommends Highland Paradise Sunset Cultural Show and Feast. The show has the unique advantage of being on a traditional marae up in the hills and it is an “experience” – not just a show for the tourists. Read more

Unique Experience - Umukai Feast

What to do in Rarotonga? Unique Experience: Umukai Feast

If you are wondering what to do in Rarotonga, how about the unique experience of a local family traditional Umukai at Makayla Palms.

We have available for our guests during their Rarotonga holiday, a traditional umukai feast. This is prepared by our local family, Alfred and Loving, just as their ancestors did – by wrapping the food in banana leaves and tying it with kikau to steam underground. Read more

Self-contained accommodation - kitchen example

What exactly is self-contained accommodation in Rarotonga?

We find we have many guests who arrive and are not sure exactly what self-contained accommodation in Rarotonga is, so we thought we would offer an explanation to help.

There are many and varied self-contained villas and bungalows around the island of Rarotonga. Self contained means that you are able to cook for yourselves, do your own laundry, shopping and keep your villa tidy, just as you would at home, or you would at your bach/holiday house. Self contained accommodations are generally not serviced, but in some places they are serviced daily, and if you wish there might also be a paid send out service for laundry. Read more

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Welcome to Makayla Palms Blog

Firstly a little insight into how it all came about, ten years on. John’s father was a Cook Islander, and as all land in the Cook Islands is owned by families, when he died his children succeeded him through the court. Hence John was given a piece of family land in Rarotonga.

All land is on a 60 year lease and when the piece of land that Makayla Palms in Titikaveka became John’s we had a decision to make. We were school teachers in New Zealand – did we want to go on teaching or have a complete change?

We decided to make a complete life style change and build a small tourist accommodation. A brave move on our part knowing very little about building, tourism, business or marketing! However we forged ahead, didn’t look back and now nearly ten years later we can look back with pride at what we have achieved. Read more