CRYS­TAL BLUE LA­GOON STAY

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There is not a grass roof in sight on the con­tem­po­rary, self-con­tained Crys­tal Blue La­goon Vil­las. The min­i­mal­ist white cubes stand in their own pri­vate gar­den with a shared in­fin­ity pool right on the edge of the beach and a pri­vate spa pool. Houses have slick white and jewel-blue fur­nish­ings and the lat­est in flat-screen tech­nol­ogy. Is this Mykonos or Raro­tonga, or a so­phis­ti­cated villa in the South of France? Five star touches in­clude a food bas­ket on ar­rival and lit­tle cakes and petit fours which ar­rive as un­ex­pected af­ter­noon treats. For all this, the vil­las are per­fect for older fam­i­lies (chil­dren 12 and above are wel­come).

Here’s our list of the most fam­ily- friendly restau­rants.

MURI BEACH Why: Sim­ply the best fish sand­wiches on the is­land served out of a con­verted ship­ping con­tainer with views of the la­goon. A leg­endary meal stop.

MURI VIL­LAGE Why: A range of donuts to die for (Cook Is­landers love their donuts), a cool ve­ran­dah and a lit­tle gar­den with chick­ens and roost­ers to pro­vide a com­edy turn as you dine. Why: A great court­yard for out­door din­ing and a tree by the beach which is just ir­re­sistible to lit­tlies who all want to climb it.

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