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“Wonderful place to relax” 5 of 5 stars
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Makayla Palms
Kauare, Titikaveka, Cook Islands   |  
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“Wonderful place to relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

It has taken us a while to respond but we will never forget our wonderful stay at Makayla Palms. it was our first trip to Raro but won't be our last. The unit had all we wanted and more; comfortable bed, good bathroom, space, peace and quiet, fresh herbs in the garden, local fruit, a few essentials to use and replace, great location and wonderful hosts. We had good chats daily to Rachel and happy that we met John the day before we left to share more stories. We loved the beach a few steps away for our daily swim. kayak or snorkel and reckon it is the best one on the island. Look forward to our next trip.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

This was our first time to Cook Islands and we couldn't be happier with our experience!! There were 5 of us that stayed in one of the villas. It is an amazing set up with even more amazing hosts! Rachael and John were so welcoming! A two second walk to a picture perfect beach, and fruit galore to choose from
We are currently planning our trip back and wouldn't stay anywhere else!
SEE YOU SOON Kate, Michael, yogi Elise and George

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JDMR, Owner at Makayla Palms, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Thank you for your review and it is always great to know that guests have had such a good time that they are coming back....we look forward to your return!
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new hampshire
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We spent five relaxing days at Makayla Palms and enjoyed every minute. The villas are well appointed and spotlessly clean, and John and Rachel were excellent hosts who give us many little extras like fresh fruit and baking. Although you aren't near much in the way of shopping or restaurants, the local bus service is cheap and runs hourly each way. The beach is only a few feet away although not visible from the villas. The beach is great (and very quiet), with superb snorkeling because there is a reef well offshore that results in a large lake-like area for snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, etc. John and Rachel provide the snorkeling gear and kayaks. One note: although the website is correct in saying "free WiFi", all that means is a connection to a telecom hotspot. You still have to buy a data account from the local phone company in order to access the internet.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

An excellent choice for any visitors to Raro:
- Lovely villas stocked with all the essentials for a self-catering holiday (and some things you didn't even realise were essential).
- 10 second walk to the beach (with few other visitors). Amazing snorkelling straight off the beach - no need to try other spots round the island.
- Delicious breakfasts and home-baking.
- Rachel and John make everything so easy: from scooter/car hire and snorkel equipment to well-vetted restaurant and activity recommendations/bookings. As hosts, they absolutely can't be faulted.
We'll be back!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JDMR, Owner at Makayla Palms, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us at Makayla Palms and appreciate your kind words.We work hard to help our guests have an excellent experience where we can and the icing on the cake for us is telling us that you will return! Love to see you both again.
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

This was our first trip to the Cook Islands, and we really enjoyed the people there. Our time there felt like being in an actual community instead of something set up for tourists. This was enhanced by the fact that John and Rachel knew everyone (maybe not surprising since it takes 45 minutes to circumnavigate the whole island by car).
Makayla Palms was a beautiful, modern, clean, well taken care of property on Raro. The owners take great pride in their villas and the grounds. They have a wonderful garden and the beach is secluded (we had the whole beach to ourselves most of the time). We cooked while we stayed there and it's in walking distance of a botanical garden with a cafe and has a little fruit stand across the street but otherwise you would some sort of transportation to get around (bike, motorbike, car, kayak, bus). It was unusually hot while we stayed there so sleeping was a bit a challenge (although it made the ocean feel that much nicer). My wife had allergies to the smoke around the island from burning piles of yard cuttings and sweet flowers. Our villa was the closest to the road so we did hear motorbikes, but that's not unique to MP.
John and Rachel had great recommendations for local places to visit, and they arranged a very nice dinner for us prepared by a local family, with dancing from their talented daughters. They really take care of you: our original flight in was cancelled (Virgin Australia) but John met us at the airport with a rental car that they had paid for, and they arranged for us to stay in the Rarotongan on the first night until our room at MP was available.
We didn't really know what to expect, but ended up having a great relaxing time, swimming 3x a day and getting immersed in island time.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Makayla Palms is a little slice of paradise with a beautiful beach for swimming & snorkelling. John & Rachel are top notch hosts -- full of knowledge re the island, excellent suggestions for activities, restaurants & shopping. In addition, Rachel's breakfasts are a treat both in taste & visually! The units are comfortable & well maintained with beautiful gardens surrounding them. We found it to be the perfect place to relax & enjoy the beauty of the South Pacific.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Havelock North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Makayla Palms is situated in one of the more picturesque beaches in Rarotonga. From the villa's it took us less than a minute to walk right to the beach front. Rachel and John supplied lots of snorkelling gear, kayaks and plenty of beach towels. The villa's are tastefully decorated and spotless. Rachel spoiled us with her delicious home baking and was happy to advise us on the best places to go for food and entertainment on the island. Rachel and John even offer a rental car for guests to book. Fred and his family did a traditional "umu" for us in Makayla Palms' own private garden which we thoroughly enjoyed. While we enjoyed the food his daughters entertained us with beautiful traditional dances. As well as this Fred shared with us his wide range of knowledge on coconuts and the many ways in which they were traditionally used. We have no hesitations whatsoever on recommending Makayla Palms - we thoroughly enjoyed coming back to Rarotonga and wouldn't want to stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Makayla Palms

Address: Kauare, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
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Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Titikaveka
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 Specialty lodging in Titikaveka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Makayla Palms boutique accommodation is situated in the heart of Titikaveka, and steps away from the stunning Titikaveka Lagoon. The white sandy beach is one of the premium spots on the island for snorkeling, swimming and kayaking. Makayla Palms is the ideal place for you to unwind and relax in modern and tasteful surroundings and from where you can enjoy all Rarotonga has to offer. Our focus is our guests. ... more   less 
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Makayla Palms Hotel Titikaveka
Makayla Palms Rarotonga, Cook Islands - Titikaveka

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