I apologize in advance for what I know is going to be a long-winded post! I’m sorry!
Once again, thanks to all for their help last week in deciding to visit the Cook Islands. It’s still a bit out (Arrival May 12, 2014. 5 nights in Raro. To Aitutaki on May 17th, 7 nights , fly home on May 24.) But so much excitement in planning!
So now to my accommodations questions. First of all, I’ve narrowed them down to the area between Aroa and Titkaveka (with one exception, I think…I’m starting to get confused!) My reasons for that decision is I don’t want shadowed evenings, but would still like a breeze. And everyone seems to glow about the beaches on this part of the island (that is not to say Muri doesn’t look fabulous, but I’d rather be more on the sunset side. And while wanting a breeze, I don’t want full frontal, you know). Am I on track with that, or am I making wrong assumptions?
Anyway, here are my other thoughts, I am aiming for the following: beachfront, kitchen, clean, near at least one beach dining establishment, a way to cool off, whether it’s breezes or a pool, and less than $200US/night. Believe it or not, I have found some choices:
Sand Between Your Toes (proximity to moana sands a plus) holidayhomes.co.nz/pacific-islands/titikavek…
Vaima Beach House (proximity to Vaima restaurant and grocery) holidayhomes.co.nz/pacific-islands/vaimaanga…
Te Rito (not entirely sure whats nearby) holidayhomes.co.nz/pacific-islands/…map
No Name? On http://www.rarohomes4rent.com/ the studio A1040…Pool! But too far north?
Sunset Palms (I’d welcome info on this, found it scarce so far) homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3634875i#map
Tuarai Nui Villa Studio (I found no pics or info on this but have sent a request)
Okay, that’s my start. I guess what I’m really asking is…if we rented in Arorangi just for a pool, would we be sacrificing half of my list? And while beachfront is essential, we can always scooter or walk to better snorkeling and swimming. We just like to be comfortable while lounging near our own door step while looking at a beautiful view after a day of exploring, with the option to walk to have a drink or meal.
Thank you so much for all you experts and others do to answer all our crazy questions while we wrangle back here in the cold and rain. It helps get us through!