Cook Islands Properties Awarded Best Island Villas & Resort in the World

Cook Islands Properties Awarded Best Island Villas & Resort in the World
Rarotonga, Cook Islands, November 09, 2010 --( The bubbly is flowing once again in the Cook Islands for the Pacific Resort Hotel Group (PRHG) after walking away with awards for the “World’s Leading Boutique Island Resort” and “World’s Leading Island Villas” at the 2010 World Travel Awards Grand Final event held last night at London’s Grosvenor House.

Pacific Resort Aitutaki has been voted “World’s Leading Boutique Island Resort” for the third consecutive year, while Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa, Rarotonga has been voted “World’s Leading Island Villas.”

Hailed as "The Oscars of the Travel Industry" by the Wall Street Journal, the World Travel Awards is recognised worldwide as the ultimate travel accolade. WTA 2010 nominations featured 5,000 companies in 1,000 categories across 162 countries. The winners were selected by thousands of industry professionals and consumers worldwide who have been voting online.

Graham Cooke, President and Founder, World Travel Awards, said: "This year, like the last, continues to challenge every strata of travel and tourism. However tonight's World Travel Awards winners see struggle not as sign of weakness or failure, but as an opportunity for growth and renewal, and a chance to put their business model through the ultimate test."

He added: "By combining flair and ambition with savvy business acumen, these organisations are spearheading the worldwide recovery of travel and tourism. In doing so they are also reinforcing our industry's role as one of the mainstays of the global economy."

Pacific Resort chief executive officer Greg Stanaway says this award is considered to be the ultimate achievement for the Pacific Resort Hotel Group and for the Cook Islands.

Stanaway was quick to share the accolades with all involved saying that, “We are seeing the results of a total team effort, the success of Pacific Resort Aitutaki and Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa owes much to all of the people involved in the experience that is a visit to the Cook Islands, it is our team and the people of the Cook Islands who underpin the success of these outstanding properties.”

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Notes to Editors

About Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
The road less travelled…You’re a traveller who appreciates beautiful surroundings and luxurious five star accommodation…and you also value your independence. Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa has been designed just for you. This new Cook Islands concept in luxury accommodation gives you the freedom to personalise your own leisure experience. Set on the beautiful white sand beach of Rarotonga’s stunning Muri lagoon, your private villa awaits. How you choose to use it is completely up to you. For more information visit

About Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Secluded Luxury…Like a siren of the Pacific, Aitutaki, Cook Islands, beckons you. This magical place, full of South Seas idyll and romance, is home to Pacific Resort Aitutaki, an enclave of privacy, refinement and luxury, that seduces even the most discerning traveller. Pacific Resort Aitutaki member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection has just 27 luxurious ‘absolute beachfront’ bungalows, suites and villas all with their own personal, panoramic view of Aitutaki’s world-famous lagoon, where every sunset majestically captures the colours of the lagoon and the ocean beyond. For more information visit

About World Travel Awards
The World Travel Awards were conceived in 1993 to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the world's travel and tourism industry. Now in their sixteenth year, travel professionals and discerning travellers have come to regard the World Travel Awards as the very best endorsement that a travel product could hope to receive. With thousands of votes cast by travel professionals from over 170,000 travel agencies, tour & transport companies and tourism organizations in over 160 countries across the globe, winning a World Travel Award has become one of the highest accolades a travel product or organization can achieve. World Travel Awards are especially coveted as, uniquely, the votes are cast globally by fellow professionals. With trophies awarded in over 1,000 different categories, the World Travel Awards are undoubtedly the world's most comprehensive awards celebration. For more information visit

For further information, please contact:
Marcus Niszow, General Manager – Finance & Marketing, Pacific Resort Cook Islands –

Pacific Resort - Cook Islands
Marcus Niszow - General Manager Finance & Marketing
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