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Sands Restaurant

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Vegetarian, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
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Moana Sands Hotel, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 27189
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 25
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Just Us, But Just Lovely!

The Sands is part of the Moana Sands complex near Muri Beach. We booked at the Sands Restaurant for our evening meal and pointed out to the manager that on Trip Advisor (May 2015) the restaurant is shown as being at the Moana Sands second location near Palm Grove. There are two parts of the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
DavidBrittain
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We were staying at the Moana Sands which is part of this restaurant. I decided to order pancakes for breakfast one morning instead of having our usual breakfast that was included in our accommodation. The lady informed me that they had no eggs and so I said ok I guess I cant have the pancakes then.? She said that she... More 

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Tigard, Oregon
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Pizza on the first night, just off a 10 hour flight, was quick & easy and could take it to our room next door. The dinner we had there I didn't care for. I didn't know Sea Scallops could be made into a bland mush, but they found how to do it.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

The Sands is part of the Moana Sands complex near Muri Beach. We booked at the Sands Restaurant for our evening meal and pointed out to the manager that on Trip Advisor (May 2015) the restaurant is shown as being at the Moana Sands second location near Palm Grove. There are two parts of the dinning room; one sheltered and... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This is exactly what I wanted. It had all the right elements of the true Cook Islands without the tacky over the top gimmicks. Out of all the places we visited...THIS was our absolute favourite. They had beautiful local live entertainment, amazing simple yet tasty food, great warm and friendly host and staff. I can not say enough nice things... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The Sands is the restaurant linked to Moana sands and every time we ate here for lunch or dinner the food was fresh and tasty.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We waited 90 minutes for a stark and a bowl of Chowder…just unacceptable! The food was good when it finally arrived but the wait time spoilt what could have been a good night out. Seems that they don't have a decent system for getting meals out in a reasonable time….especially simple meals like we had ordered

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We had been to the sands for dinner n it was awesome n best good ever in Rarotonga deserts were not very satisfying so we went to Vaima Polynesian rest n bar for deserts

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NZ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Excellent spot on the beach but small dinners, havn't changed the menu, used to have an amazing cheesecake, not any more, pretty average with high prices, wont go again

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Marbella
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The location is simply amazing, outside the view is perfect for having dinner when the sun comes down. The food is very good, especially fish, and the service is nice and quick !

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

A fantastic relaxed place by the beach with superb Tuna or Mahi mahi sandwiches - best I've ever experienced. Nice service. Casual - served out of a container. I'll definitely be back if I'm in Rarotonge again.

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Additional Information about Sands Restaurant

Address: Moana Sands Hotel, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
Phone Number: +682 27189
Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Titikaveka
Average Prices: USD 9 - 23
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Contemporary, Pacific Rim

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Moana Sands Hotel, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Titikaveka
  • Phone Number: +682 27189

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 23
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Contemporary, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Romantic

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