The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands forms a chain of 17 volcanic islands, stretching over 600km north to south, with a land area of 470 square kilometres. There are six inhabited islands, but most of the population lives on Saipan.
The Mariana Islands were settled by ocean-going canoe voyagers over 3000 years ago and because of linguistic similarities, they are believed to have originated from the Indo-Malaysian group.
The CNMI was once part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, but in the 1970s its people chose to form closer ties with the United States and become a commonwealth. It is permanently a part of the United States and its people are citizens of that country. Tourism is a major industry and manufacturing is growing rapidly. The three primary islands for tourism in the Marianas are Saipan, Tinian and Rota.
The beautiful island of Rota has loads of character and charm. On the island's western side, the Famous Swimming Hole offers refreshing dips in cool clear water. Life on the island is friendly and unhurried and the hospitality is as unforgettable as the magical sunsets.
Rota Island is a natural playground with around 3000 inhabitants and is known by many to be Micronesia's best-kept secret. It's an easy place for visitors to venture alone or join an organised tour. Relax, enjoy new adventures or learn about Micronesian culture.
Home to two indigenous people, the Chamorro and Carolinian, the islanders have found a way to preserve and celebrate their heritage.
Rota Resort & Country Club covers 230 hectares on a lush hillside with coconut palms, vibrantly coloured tropical flowers and golden beaches. It manages to be truly exotic but casual and is a great base from which to go fishing, diving, hiking and golfing.
There are three kinds of accommodation. Napu Suites have two or four bedrooms and face the Philippine Sea. Isla Suites are four-bedroom garden suites and the four-bedroom Pulan Suites face the lush Rota Jungle to the south.
Two-bedroom suites have large living rooms, a master bedroom with a queen bed and a second bedroom with twin beds and bathroom. Each of the four-bedroom suites has a living room, a master bedroom with a queen bed and three smaller bedrooms with one twin bed each, and a large bathroom.
All rooms are individually air-conditioned and have a small refrigerator, television and telephone.
The culinary experiences at the Rota Resort echo the bounty of the Pacific, with samplings of local seafood, produce, and fresh herbs all prepared with creative expertise and island flair. Make sure you stroll down to our Nature Farm to get a peek at what's in season.
Pacifica, the main dining area, is perched high and makes the most of views across the Philippine Sea. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are delicious experiences. Many dishes are Asian-influenced and dinner is accompanied by fine wines and served by candlelight.
Blue Lagoon serves refreshing lunch favourites and cool drinks as you soak up the sun beside the pool or at the swim-up bar.
Sunset Barbecue is in an open air bungalow and wonderful meals are enjoyed under the stars.
There is an oasis in the centre of the golf course where you can take a break for a light meal and cold drink.
The resort's spa offers traditional aromatherapy massage, herbal baths and five blends of oils aligned with the elements of nature. Oriental Shiatsu balances body and mind and it's a perfect holiday spoil.
Rota Resort & Country Club rooms start at around $245 a double a night. Airport transfers are included.
Continental Airlines has flights to Rota Island starting at around $1300 from Cairns. Virgin Blue can organise your flight to Cairns.
Prices quoted correct at June 14, 2007
The Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific.
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