The renovated Little Polynesian Resort. PHOTO: SUPPLIED. 21050512
Local company Pacific Resort Hotel Group announced the completion of a $10 million renovation project for two of their resort complexes.
The five-year renovation programme saw a full remodel of all guest rooms including new furniture, floor and wall coverings as well as bathroom remodels for both resorts, the hotel group said in a media statement.
The renovations were carried out at the Little Polynesian Resort Pacific Resort Rarotonga.
Additionally, full renovations for all public area spaces
including restaurants, bars, and pools were undertaken and finished recently.
Te Manava and Pacific Resort Aitutaki have also been able to
undergo outstanding maintenance during the Covid-19 border shutdown which
caused a year-long closure for the hotel group as a whole.
Remodeling, renovation and maintenance plans have all been
completed with fast-track upgrades ahead of schedule and right on time for
borders to open on May 16.
Marcus Niszow, the chief executive officer of Pacific Resort
Hotel Group, said: “The renovations and repositioning have been designed to
meet the needs of today’s leisure travellers while paying respect to both the
resort’s rich history, stunning locations and the unique culture of the Cook
These upgrades have also boosted the star ratings of the two resorts with Little Polynesian moving from four and a half stars to five stars, and the Pacific Resort Rarotonga moving from four to four and a half stars.
Work commenced with bringing maintenance up to date, then
progressed to retraining and cross training all staff and employees across each
of the resorts.
“Our objective has been to preserve and enhance our physical
assets, location and people,” said Niszow. He said it is through government
support via the Economic Response Plan that this project as a whole has been
Niszow said bookings have gone through the roof since the
announcement of the two-way travel bubble between the Cook Islands and New
Zealand, with website traffic on pacificresort.com going through hundreds to
thousands of visits a day.
The Pacific Resort Hotel Group will be opening from day one
of the travel bubble with confirmed arrivals across each of their resorts, and
even a wedding set at the Pacific Resort Rarotonga during the first week of the
After a year of hibernation, the hotel group eagerly
anticipates the return of guests once more.
“All four resorts within our group are in pristine condition and ready
to welcome back our international visitors very soon,” Niszow said.