Living The Dream

Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa rest upon a resplendent stretch of coastline to the southeast of Rarotonga, lapped by crystal waters and sprinkled with sugar sands, it is the largest of the fifteen coral and volcanic Cook Islands. Lauded internationally as one of the Pacific’s leading luxury retreats, the multi-award-winning destination comprises beachfront villas with private pools, a spa, waterfalls and tropical gardens. Available VIP packages even include a chartered private jet.


Melbourne couple Belinda and Andrew Griffin recently celebrated their first year at the helm. Their relationship is dynamic and beautifully balanced, having worked as a team since they first met and fell in love 35 years ago. They’ve always felt drawn to tropical climes having moved to Noosa, Queensland, where they worked in hospitality and raised their two children, Annika and Jack. A spirit of adventure and creativity courses through the couples’ veins with music, travel, food and surfing among their many passions. A selection of awards grace their shelves, won while in charge of eateries, a florist and an international indigenous art company. During their stay on the Sunshine Coast, the community-minded couple founded food, film, theatre, music and poetry festivals, all part of a diverse experience which proved vital in opening up further opportunities that would present themselves around Australia and abroad.


The couple realise the importance of time off in order to rejuvenate and form fresh, creative ideas, so after their Sunshine Coast endeavours took a break to relax, take in the ocean, renovate their home and enjoy their family. Now, their journey brings them to Rarotonga, this remote wonderland of the Cook Islands. When the opportunity came to buy the management rights of Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa, according to both Andrew and Belinda, it was too good to even think twice and they bought the business site unseen.


That the couple adore life is without question, while their passion for people, travel and adventure has laid the foundation of all their success, past and present. Their numerous industry awards and collection of five-star Trip Advisor reviews bear testament to their dedication to the industry and their love for what they do. They believe to have found heaven on Earth in these iridescent Pacific isles, and are honoured to share it with their guests. As their favourite saying goes, “We travel not to escape life, but for life no to escape us.”


Words By Nina Lafferty