Nautilus Rarotonga room

Rarotonga’s newest boutique hotel, Nautilus Resort, has opened the first the stage of its accommodation offerings.

The first 17 of 38 Polynesian-inspired luxuriously appointed private junior suites and two- and three-bedroom villas have debuted, each with their own salt water plunge pool, traditionally constructed buildings and contemporary, island- inspired interiors.

“Nautilus is dedicated to those who want a modern yet authentic South Pacific experience,” says Nautilus owner, Jane Pearson.

Nautilus Rarotonga cocktails beach

All dining options offer views over the infinity pool to white sand beaches and sapphire ocean waters.

Guests can choose from the resort’s beachfront restaurant or the beachside patio casual dining area, celebratory marquees, private celebratory or meeting dining quarters or personal room or beach service.

Pearson says the cuisine is Polynesian-European fusion, using local seasonal ingredients and produce, with an emphasis on organic fresh produce and harvest from the sea.

All villas are fully air-conditioned, have sculptured private stone baths and use aromatic natural toiletries.

Nautilus Rarotonga deck

Pearson says the resort has been architecturally designed and built with ecological authenticity.

She says solar power, UV treated and filtered drinking water, full recycling systems and edible organic gardens make this the “most forward thinking luxury eco build in the Cook Islands to date”.

Ben Plummer has joined Nautilus as Hotel Manager with extensive boutique luxury hotel experience, having held similar roles in Australia, Fiji and Bali.

Most recently Ben was the General Manager of Longitude 131° at Uluru. Ben will oversee all facets of management at Nautilus alongside owners and visionaries of the resort, Paul and Jane Pearson. He will also oversee management of boutique sister hotel, Muri Beach Resort, located alongside Nautilus Resort on Muri Beach.

Rates at Nautilus start from $650.00 per couple per night.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management