If you've always dreamed of a destination wedding on a beautiful tropical island but feared it would be too logistically difficult? Nautilus Resort Rarotonga specialise in creating exclusive, personalised events, meaning you can rest assured that you'll have an easy, stress-free planning process and achieve that dream wedding you've alway dreamed of.
We chat to their expert team about why Nautilus Resort Rarotonga is the ultimate place to tie the knot and honeymoon.
New Zealand Weddings : Why is Nautilus Resort Rarotonga a unique place to tie the knot?
Nautilus Resort: We specialise in arranging exclusive events with a focus on island style wedding ceremonies and receptions. Offering a truly unique and stunning Rarotonga location, you can choose from the resort’s crystal line beach with a beautiful palm fringed island as your backdrop, our lush tropical gardens or travel across the lagoon to an uninhabited tropical island to celebrate in seclusion.
The resort has its own weddings and event planner and our team of wedding and function coordinators will ensure that you have everything arranged onsite including local wedding professionals who can assist with services such as hair and makeup, photography, videography, entertainment, cultural shows, transport, or anything else that you may need to create an occasion to suit your needs. We know you want an experience that is stress-free and filled with personalised details that reflects your style.
What packages do you have available for couples wanting to get married at Nautilus Resort Rarotonga?
What comes next ranges from privacy for two, to celebrations for 150 that include the entire resort and with menus and entertainment to impress. All wedding celebration packages include wedding registration, a celebrant, decorated signing table, floral eis or a bouquet and buttonhole, background music, a bottle of chilled Nautilus Cuvee Brut and your marriage certificate. There's a lot of flexibility within these packages, with many more options available for you to add.
Depending on your guest size there are a range of beautiful locations across the property that can host your ceremony and reception, including a beachfront or poolside marquee set-up, or for larger celebrations, the Nautilus Restaurant.
What activities or services does the resort have that adds to the experience for couples and their guests?
Following the wedding, honeymoon in Polynesian-inspired villas, with one, two or three bedrooms in garden or beachfront locations. All boast private saltwater plunge pools on expansive furnished decks and an open-air shower. The generous living space is complemented by lavish bathrooms with stone bath and rain shower, a mini kitchenette complete with microwave, refrigerator and Nespresso machine, as well as a state-of-the-art entertainment and communication system.
Spa Nautilus offers a range of traditional and western treatments with massages and body treatments, aromatherapy, facials and heritage stone therapy. We also have our signature range of internationally acclaimed Thalgo rituals, optimising the Thalgo La Beaute products, exclusive to Spa Nautilus – the perfect way to prepare for your big day, and romantic ways to share indulgence when you are at last alone.
The beachfront Nautilus Restaurant, which was recently the recipent of Restaurant of the Year at the La Chaine des Rotisserurs and Cook Islands Chefs Association Awards, features Pacific Rim a la carte dining as well as a lighter all-day menu in its Beach Bar, both overlooking the intriguing infinity pool which seems to flow directly into the lagoon.
In your own opinion, what’s one of the best things about visiting Nautilus Rarotonga and Rarotonga itself?
The ease of getting to the destination – there's one to three flights per day and the currency is also NZ$. Nautilus although 4.5-star, is also family friendly – so children are absolutely welcome. Muri Beach Resort , Nautilus' sister lodge is a 3-star resort and directly next door, so there's a range of accommodation offers at different price points.
Some of our absolute personal favourite features are: the private plunge pools, the choice of one, two or three bedroom/bathroom villas AND the Thalgo spa – BEST TREATMENTS EVER!