CRYSTAL BLUE LAGOON STAY
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.