Proven luxurious safari-style camping experiences (glamping) are increasingly popular around the world, and now they are on offer in the Cook Islands on the main island of Rarotonga.

Passionately developed by husband and wife team, Matt and Luana Scowcroft, Ikurangi Eco Retreat has been carefully created to offer visitors to the Cook Islands the option of a holiday that doesn’t compromise the environment.

Opened earlier this year, Ikurangi is purposely-built eco accommodation that uses the eco technology of shallow foundations for the decking, composting toilets, sustainably sourced materials, natural and biodegradable toiletries and cleaning products, all on an eco-friendly accommodation site.

Ikurangi’s accommodation options include two ‘Are’ bungalows and four luxury safari tents, each with a sustainable waste-management system.

“Being a boutique property with only six rooms, we have the freedom to ensure each guest has a distinctive and special experience,” said Luana.

“We think of it as a unique combination of the allure of a safari with the romance of the South Seas…where luxury meets sustainability!”

Among the many thought-out features of Ikurangi Eco Retreat are the substantial daily tropical breakfasts delivered to guest rooms. And, locally-roasted, fair trade plunger coffee is topped up daily.

“Free WIFI vouchers are provided so guest can keep in touch with family and friends, and to maybe upload a holiday snap or two.”

Located minutes from the beach and to the main township of Avarua, local in-depth knowledge is always on hand with Luana and Matt.

“As a further commitment to sustainability, our guests have free use of bicycles to tour the island or to head to the beach”.

Ikurangi means ‘the tail of the sky’ named after the mountain that watches over the village of Matavera and the accommodation site.

“Ikurangi Eco Retreat provides an alternative accommodation experience on Rarotonga amid its natural inland beauty, yet only minutes to the beach,” said Luana.

“Enjoy the striking beauty of the mountains, whilst still being lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves on the reef.”

Five per cent of Ikurangi Eco Retreat profits go to local conservation initiatives

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