Local resorts win big in Hong Kong


One of the country’s leading hotel companies, Pacific Resort Hotel Group (PRHG) has scooped major awards in the World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia Gala Ceremony 2015 in Hong Kong recently.

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Pacific Resort Rarotonga Wins at World Boutique Hotel Awards


For the second time the World Boutique Hotel Awards has honoured Pacific Resort Rarotonga, this year declaring the establishment winner of the 2015’s Australasia’s Best Beach Boutique Hotel.

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Conde Nast Traveler China


Photography by Yan Lee C featuring Pacific Resort Aitutaki

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Small Luxury Hotels of the World


With its lush tropical foliage, its white sand beaches and ls turquoise waters of the lagoon that surrounds it, the island of Aitutaki is the paradise islands of the Cook Islands. Upon your arrival, you would be greeted with the traditional Garland of flowers and a refreshing coconut cocktail.

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Cook Islands: Blue Lagoon


Aitutaki's eco - snorkelling trail highlights the frailty of lagoon life. 

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Cook Islands: Touch of Paradise


Aitutaki casts its beautiful and restful spell over Carly Flynn, who discovers a destination better than any brochure could promote. 

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Resort sponsored golf tournament sets record


The recent Pacific Resort Golf Tournament at the Rarotonga Golf Club set a record, with over $8000 in prizes on offer. 


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2015 Brides Best Honeymoons: The top 10 Resorts in the South Pacific


Decisions, decisions: Should you take your lounge chairs down to the surf and spend the whole day at the water's edge or keep active with snorkeling. 

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Paradise in the Pacific


Once you have journeyed around the island and incredible blue lagoon you will see you have truly arrived in paradise.

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Splashtacular: The world's best places to swim


The remote island of Aitutaki claims to have the most beautiful lagoon in the world, renowned for its turquoise water and undeveloped landscape. Many tourists make a stop on the tiny One Foot Island inside Aitutaki's lagoon to secure a unique foot-shaped stamp in their passports.

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Best Beaches of the World : Cook Islands


Settled in the 6th century by fleeing Tahitians, the 15 islands compromising the nation of Cook Islands is infused with the quiet 
sartorial splendor expected by the 100,00+ visitors to the South Pacific Ocean. 

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I got Sunshine


When New Zealand skies are grey, tropical islands beckon. Oh Baby! Editor Ellie GWilliam, packed up the family and made the dream a reality in beautiful Rarotonga.

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Canning Aitutaki Sunday flights " disastrous " for economy


Tourism operators in Aitutaki in the Cook Islands say if Sunday flights between the island and Rarotonga are canned it could be disastrous for the economy. 

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Cook Islands tipped as place to go


At the recent Australia Market Day, news media and travel review sites were heaping accolades on the Cook Islands as a great place to holiday. In Trip Advisor’s 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards Titikaveka made the Top 10 Beaches – South Pacific and two Aitutaki hotels Etu Moana (sixth) and Pacific Resort (18th) ranked in the Top 25 Hotels for Romance – South Pacific.  

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Pacific Resort Hotel Group Launches Exclusive VIP Program


Pacific Resort Hotel Group (PRHG) is delighted to announce the launch of their new and exciting VIP Program, Pacific Pearls. The Pacific Pearls program was designed as a means for PRHG  to show their appreciation to the travel agents that work tirelessly  to sell the hotel group’s award winning properties; Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa and Pacific Resort Rarotonga.

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Seven star hopes for local resorts


Pacific Resort Hotel Group is in the running for even more awards.
The group announced last week that two of their properties had been nominated for the Seven Star Luxury Awards, for the third year in a row. Five-star luxury properties Pacific Resort Aitutaki and Te Manava Luxury Villas and Spa have been nominated in the Cook Islands section, and now it’s up to the trade and public to vote. The Seven Star Luxury Award is the top prize in the Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle sectors. 

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Paradise In Polynesia


So as we were warmly welcomed to the Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands, we walked through the grand entrance of topical gardens, zen outdoor lobby and water lilly laden ponds. Further ahead poking through the palm tree fronds I caught a glimpse of fluorescent turquoise shimmering in the sun

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Cook Islands: A lovely place to still be in love


You can spot honeymooners a mile away. They are young and in good shape. Their wedding rings are shiny and new. My husband Michael and I never looked like that. We did everything backwards - children first, then a wedding and finally a "second" honeymoon to the Cook Islands in January for our fifth wedding anniversary, where we spotted several pairs of happy newlyweds.

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Pacific Resort joins airline programme


Airpoints is Air New Zealand’s Frequent Flyer Programme which enables members to be rewarded with Airpoints Dollars and Status Points. 

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12 Most Romantic Isles in the South Pacific


Rarotonga has been named the 2nd most romantic island in the South Pacific and Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa has been named the 'hot' hotel.

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Room to grow food production


The encouragement Pacific Resort gives to local growers goes beyond just having the cheque book ready: the resort has extensive and well-established gardens and every scrap of green waste from them is taken to the Titikaveka Growers’ Association to produce mulch for their organic gardens.

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Five Hot Spots in the Cook Islands


The idea of marrying your beloved in a beautiful tropical island surrounded by bright blue seas, soft white sand and more palm trees than you can count is the definition of destination romance.

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New manager for Pacific Resort Aitutaki


Pacific Resort Hotel Group has appointed Shelley White to the position of manager at the five-star Pacific Resort Aitutaki. 

White is tasked with building on the solid platform already set by the resort and taking the operation to even higher levels.

Originally from the US, White has spent the last 12 years as general manager working at high-end boutique properties in Fiji and New Zealand. They include Tongariro Lodge, Toberua Island Resort, Qamea Resort and Spa, Koru Sun Resort and Taveuni Palms. She is a highly experienced manager with a strong reputation in the South Pacific.

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Top 10 Small Luxury Hotels of the World


Pacific Resort Aitutaki has been named one of the Cook Islands most romantic destinations

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Pacific Resort Hotel Group finishes 2014 on a high


Pacific Resort Hotel Group (PRHG) has finished 2014 on a high note by winning two major awards at the World Travel Awards Grand Final Event held in Anguilla last night. After spending the last 12 months searching for world’s best hospitality organisations, the World Travel Awards hosted the industry’s best at a Gala Ceremony held at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa.  

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Polynesian Pantry


Cooking in the far-flung collection of coral atolls that make up the Cook Islands means beach barbecues of chilli mud crab, slow-roasted pork and tropical fruits, charred fresh off the trees.Welcome to the land of coconut milk and honey, says Marc Mill

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Pacific Resort Hotel Group wins 4 awards


Pacific Resort Hotel Group has been recognised with four major awards at the 2014 World Boutique Hotel Awards Gala Ceremony, held at The Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch in London.

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Pacific Resort Hotel Group scoops six major awards


Pacific Resort Hotel Group (PRHG) is in celebration mode once again after all three of its Cook Islands properties were honoured at the 21st annual World Travel Awards, capturing six major awards on a special night for the hotel management company.

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Rubbish Roundup exceeds expectations


Pacific Resort Rarotonga's team took part in the Rarotonga Rubbish Round up program on September 20, collecting more than 200kg of rubbish from Avana and Koromiri motus and Muri beach. 

Pacific Resort provided a boat to take the volunteers accross the lagoon to the motus, participants included Deputy CEO Marcus Niszow, Resort Manager Ani Thompson and members of the Food & Beverage, Reception, Housekeeping, Beach Hut, Engineering and Marketing teams.

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Breaking Travel News interview: Marcus Niszow, deputy chief executive, Pacific Resort Hotel Group


With a collection of world-class resorts in the Cook Islands, Pacific Resort Hotel Group is an industry leader in running upscale boutique resorts in remote locations.

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Pacific Resort Aitutaki celebrates the re-launch of Te Tika


Pacific Resort Aitutaki recently hosted the Te Tika and Tiare Spa Moana Soiree, an exclusive event dedicated to re-launching the Te Tika beauty range and celebrating the partnership between the luxury skin care brand and the 5 star luxury resort.

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Award recognises accommodation excellence


Pacific Resort Hotel Group's Deputy CEO Marcus Niszow has been awarded ‘South Pacific General Manager of the Year’ at the 2014 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence.

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Tourism function for Air NZ Cook Islands Tourism Awards winners


A cocktail function was held in Rarotonga for winners and sponsors involved in last year’s Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards.

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Ultimate Indulgence at Te Manava Spa & Nail Salon Cottage


What better way to relax and revitalize than with a luxurious massage or a mani-pedi? Clients at Te Manava Spa are in great hands with the internationally experienced and charming duo of Komang and Sri.

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Kerryn Amyes stays at Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa


After staying at Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa during her sisters wedding, Kerryn Amyes highly recommends the award winning property.

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Pacific Resort Aitutaki leads the way in Global Luxury Travel


Pacific Resort Hotel Group (PRHG) is delighted to announce that 5-star luxury property Pacific Resort Aitutaki has been awarded the Signum Virtutis Seal of Excellence, for the second year in a row, at the 2014 Seven Star Global Luxury Awards.

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Pacific Resort Hotel Group Hosts Major Golf Tournament in Rarotonga


Pacific Resort Hotel Group (PRHG) is partnering with the Cook Island Golf Association in a sponsorship deal that will bring over $8,000 in prizes to the first ever Pacific Resort Hotel Group Golf Tournament in Rarotonga.

This event sponsorship is part of PRHG’s ongoing commitment to support and develop local talent through backing events within the community.

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Dancer of the Year crowned for 2014


Pacific Resort Rarotonga activities manager Matt Pierre has been crowned Cook Islands National Dancer of the Year at the 2014 Te Mira Ure competition. The competition is the highlight of the annual Island Dance Festival Week, and is a prestigious dance title in the Cook Islands. Pierre is delighted to hold the coveted title, saying dancing has been a long-time love of his, and that winning the National Dancer of the Year is something he has wanted to achieve for some time.

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Another swimsuit shoot on Aitutaki


Aitutaki’s stunning lagoon has provided the backdrop for another glamorous swimsuit shoot which is sure to draw more attention to the Cook Islands.

Australian label Zimmermann, known for its high-fashion swimwear and resort wear, is about to release its Summer Swim Campaign 2014.

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Pacific Resort Aitutaki home to Sports Illustrated for their 50th Anniversary Swimsuit shoot


Pacific Resort Aitutaki has played the role of host to yet another word class event, this time to the cast and crew of the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Swimsuit edition. 

The photo shoot features internationally recognised models including Kate Upton, Chrissy Teigen and Nina Agdal among others, with the world renowned 5-star Pacific Resort Aitutaki setting the perfect backdrop. 

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Air NZ video launched in Aitutaki


Air New Zealand’s glamorous new in-flight safety video had its official Cook Islands launch at an event in Aitutaki last night.

More than 2.5 million people have already viewed the video – featuring scantily-dressed swimsuit models in the Cook Islands - since it went live on YouTube 10 days ago.

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Star athlete heads to Kings College


Talented young Aitutaki athlete Leo Roa is set for a bright future, which started this week when he flew to New Zealand to start learning at one of the country’s most prestigious schools.

Along with Air Rarotonga, Rarotonga businesses Pacific Resort, Maritime Cook Islands and the Cook Islands Yacht Squadron have helped give Leo the financial support to attend the prestigious school.

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Pacific Resort spends half a million in revamp


Pacific Resort Hotel Group (PRHS) is spending half a million dollars on upgrades and refurbishments at its resort in Rarotonga.

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Oe Vaka exhibition celebrates 10th anniversary


Paddles line the walls of The Art Studio this week, but these paddles will definitely not be hitting the water.

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Pa flies Cooks flag


Movers and shakers in the nation’s tourism industry were out in full force on Friday evening for the 2013 Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards.

Big winners on the night included ‘Supreme Award’ winner Pacific Resort Group - which brought home a total of four awards - along with Highland Paradise Cultural Centre and Makayla Palms at two awards each.

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Industry honours excellence


Members of the Cook Islands travel industry were present Friday evening at an exclusive gala event to honour excellence in the sector.

The premier award of the evening – the Air New Zealand Supreme Award – went to the Pacific Resort Group, which brought home a total of four awards.

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Pacific Resort big winner at awards gala


The 2013 Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards gala on Friday was an evening designed to honour what’s most important in the industry – hospitality and “our manuiri”.

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Vaka Eiva volunteers make it happen


The annual Vaka Eiva paddling festival is a success story that spans 10 years and its success hinges on the dedicated services of volunteers.

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Air NZ Tourism Awards finalists announced


After a record number of 47 entrants into the 2013 Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards this year, the confidential New Zealand based awards assessors have completed their evaluations and 21 hopeful businesses have been named as finalists.

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Cook Islands resorts pick up trophies


The 20th annual World Travel Awards took place on October 1 at the Palm Resort and Spa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Volunteers step up for rubbish round-up


Hundreds of kilograms of rubbish were collected by volunteers during this year’s rubbish round-up events in Rarotonga.

Volunteers who took part included representatives from KiteSUP, Pacific Resort and Pacific Divers, as well as other locals and some tourists from New Zealand. Rubbish collected ranged from the very small, such as cigarette butts, to the large, such as old cages. Nu and bananas were provided for the volunteers, sponsored by Pacific Resort.

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South Pacific Solitude - Destinations of the World News


Maori culture, secluded hideaways and some of the most friendly locals in the South Pacific - the Cook Islands invite you to dive in and experience them all by Robert La Bua

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Ground hog Holiday - Pacific Resort Aitutaki


Annah Stretton tells us her story of her stay in Pacific Resort Aitutaki

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Rarotonga's Rhapsody


White sands, turquoise waters and a frangipani breeze - hannah harding and Robert Ruarau, winners of our dream destination wedding, found that vows exchanged at Rarotonga's Pacific Resort are a sweet and serene celebration of love

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Rarotonga Tropical gem of the Southern Seas


Claire Leonie Russell describes her time in Rarotonga and describes Pacific Resort Rarotonga as 'a indulgent boutique resort all about luxury and pure relaxation'

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Aitutaki number one: CNN


Aitutaki is number one according to an online article by global media giant CNN which listed it as the top island “you’ve never heard of”.

“Don’t feel sorry for the cast of ‘Survivor’ having to battle the elements, construct shelter and scrounge for food”, reads the web article. “With its crystal clear lagoon, archetypical tropical scenery and New Zealand savoir faire ... Aitutaki is a place anyone would volunteer to ‘survive’

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Pacific Resort Aitutaki award


Pacific Resort Aitutaki has received a new award.

A panel of 18 at the 2013 Seven Star Global Luxury Awards gave the resort a seal of approval named the ‘Signum Virtutis, the Seal of Excellence’.

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Pacific Resort announces big investments in Raro, Aitutaki


Pacific Resort Hotel Group (PRHG) is investing more than $1 million for resort upgrades for two of their iconic Cook Islands properties, Pacific Resort Rarotonga and Pacific Resort Aitutaki, furthering work completed done over the past year.

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Free flu shots for resort staff


Flu vaccines sold out earlier this month – but Pacific Resort staff got in quick with pre-ordered shots.

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The Australian Womens Weekly


Nicola Russell discovers the beauty and relaxation of Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, where life moves at its own happy pace to the rhythm of the ukelele and drums.

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Lets Travel


Gayle Dickson describes Rarotonga as 'a place that enables me to completely unwind from the moment I step onto the tarmac on arrival at the airport'. Pacific Resort Rarotonga is recommended by Dickson as one of the places to stay whilst in Rarotonga.

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Pacific Resort Hotel Group boasts the best in the South Pacific


Pacific Resort Hotel Group heads into the second half of 2012 boasting numerous new international travel award accolades that clearly consolidate its position as the best in its class across the South Pacific and along the way putting the Cook Islands on the map in terms of excellence in quality, service, hospitality and guest experience. 

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Aitutaki - The Most Romantic Place on Earth


Janine and Phillipp from Austria tell their wedding story in the 'My Wedding' Spring issue about their fairy tale wedding in the paradise island of Aitutaki.

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The Art of Escapism


It's that time of the year again. The skies are turning grey, the woollen jumpers are coming out of storage and nights in front of the fire are a common occurrence. For most, it is the time of the year where we all yearn for a whimsical getaway on an island paradise where the water is like crystal, the cocktails are on tap and the sunshine is never-ending. It sounds like a far away dream but it could be more of a reality than you realise...
Georgina Sinclair describes her unforgettable experience staying in Pacific Resort Aitutaki. 

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Winter Blues- Aitutaki Style


Greg Sinclair describes Aitutaki, "220km north of Rarotonga lies one of the most stunning and untouched holiday destinations in the world."

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Where the Sun Sinks Without a Trace - Along with Life's Excess Baggage


Bruce Laybourn tells his story of the Cook Islands and his stay in Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Laybourn collaborates the history of the islands with his experience of his visit. 

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Every day is Valentine's Day in Pacific Resort


What better way to create unforgettable memories this Valentine's then with a romantic escape with Pacific Resort Hotel Group, who have decided to celebrate in true style by making every day in February Valentine's Day.

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April Ieremia and Melanie Mata go on holiday to Rarotonga


April Ieremia and Melanie Mata visit Rarotonga for a rewarding trip after feeling accomplished about their weight loss programs.

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A look inside Robbie and Nikki Rakete's Wedding in Rarotonga


" From our room we looked out over Muri Lagoon, which is straight off a postcard...beautiful palm trees, wonderful sandy white beaches and calm waters."

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Robert Rakete gets married in Paradise


A tropical storm has a welcome finishing touch to this couple's Rarotonga nuptials. Read the full story of Robert Rakete and beautiful bride Nikki's wedding at Pacific Resort Rarotonga. 

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Now that's Paradise


If the words 'Tropical Island Wedding' conjure up a picture of waves gently lapping on a white sand beach with coconut trees swaying in the breeze as you gaze towards the most beautiful sunset ever, then Aitutaki is the perfect destination for you. Read the full story of this perfect couple's wedding at Pacific Resort Aitutaki. 

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