Now more accessible than ever and with the allure of a true South Sea holiday, the Cook Islands won't stay undiscovered for long. This modern Polynesian nation of 15 islands is scattered across a vast swathe of the Pacific Ocean between Sydney and Hawaii.

Boasting rare beauty, a tropical climate, warm welcoming people and a pace of life unsurpassed for romance and relaxation, the Cook Islands also offers a surprising amount to see and do. Visitors can get a sense of the easy going culture at the vibrant Saturday morning market, welcoming Sunday church services and flamboyant cultural shows.

Snorkel, dive or cruise clear, warm lagoons that are safe to swim in year round. Take a guided 4WD tour to explore Rarotonga's jagged and verdant peaks or to discover Aitutaki's ancient and fascinating culture. Many consider the local cuisine to be the best of the Pacific Islands, with sophisticated restaurants serving up abundant seafood and locally grown fruit and vegetables.

The coral atoll of Aitutaki, a 45-minute flight north of Rarotonga, is arguably the most spectacular lagoon in the world; a stretch of turquoise blue crystal clear water reaching as far as the eye can see. Even the most travel weary cannot fail to have their spirits revived in this little Eden.