Saturday, 30 August 2014

A Room with a View

The theme of this month's blog link-up organised by Emma of Adventures of a London Kiwi and Kelly of Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes, Rebecca of Runaway Kiwi and Angie from Silver Spoon is 'A Room with a View'. When I read this, the first thing that sprung to mind was my stay at the most idyllic Aitutaki island, one of the Cook Islands. I was lucky enough to travel there on a familiarisation trip to both the Cook Islands and New Zealand when I was working for Air New Zealand.

Photo by Tim Parkinson under Creative Common Licence

Going on famils can be very exhausting as every hotel and restaurant manager and attraction vendor wants to show off their stuff, hoping you sell more of it after returning home. But on the up-side you get to fly, stay and eat for free.
So on my famil to the Cook Islands I was asked to stay in one of the beach front villas at Tamanu Beach. The villa was amazing in itself; it had all mod-cons like AC, DVD, CD and lots of other acronyms you can't live without on a holiday. There was a luxurious bathroom and a private porch decked out with sun loungers and steps leading directly down to the beach.

Photo by Rowen Atkinson under Creative Commons Licence

The bed, which was positioned facing the ocean, was extremely large and comfortable, and gave me the best sleep I had in a very long time. However, the best part was the waking up in the morning. I hadn't bothered to shut the curtains the night before, so when I opened my eyes the first thing I saw was the far-reaching view across the white sandy beach sinking into the turquoise coloured lagoon and a couple of boats bobbing on the soft waves.

Photo by Rowen Atkinson under Creative Commons Licence

Can you think of a better way to wake up in the morning?


  1. Oh my goodness, you worked for Air NZ? In NZ or the UK? That view is incredible, the Pacific Islands are so dreamy xx

    1. I worked at the London office. A million years ago. :-)

  2. No, it is probably place when we want wake up every morning

  3. Oh that's my family friend's resort! I love that place :) Heaven on earth for sure.

  4. Really? I loved it there. I only got to stay for 1 night though. Way too short.

  5. That sounds like bliss. I also like to sleep with the curtains open if I know I'll wake up to a pretty view. How relaxing!
    Claire xx

  6. The sea is the best thing to see when you open your eyes. Indeed very relaxing.

  7. Oh yeah, would love to wake up to that! Now all you need is some fresh juice and a croissant :)