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“Great place to stay, top location” 5 of 5 stars
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Townsville, Australia
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great place to stay, top location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Only got to stay here for 3 nights and wish we could of had more. Enjoyed the location and the house was great. All the comforts of home. Was just a short stroll along the beach to great restuarants. Had a great time in the kayak just floating around the lagoon. Pleasant way to while away the day resting on the front deck overlooking the ocean. We stayed in the Villa that was absolute beach front and it was a dream. Would stay there again and definitely recommend this spot to anyone wanting to visit Rarotonga.

  • Stayed February 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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RarotongaHolidayer, Manager at Sands Villas, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Kia Orana Gary,

We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. We'll be taking good care of the kayaks until your next visit!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
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Te Aroha, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Everything you could ask for. Again Aunty Rongo was fantastic. the place is equipped with everything you need.
First time there we had the coral and hibiscus villas, second time there werent as many of us and we had the front coral villa.
Great for families, and even when you're with the whole family, you can still sneak away for some quiet time with your person.
Rock dog....aka Jack....was there again...fantastic, and we got to meet Jack's parents who had come over from NZ.
We just love the Sands Villas. Wouldn't consider staying anywhere else in Rarotonga.
Thanks for sharing this awesome place.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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RarotongaHolidayer, Manager at Sands Villas, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Kia Orana, We're so glad you enjoyed your holiday with us- make it three and you've stayed in all three villas! See you next time. Kia Manuia.
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We stayed here in December 2012 with family. The location is superb on a beautiful beach with amazing snorkelling (equipment provided) - even the oldies had a go. The villa itself was spacious, well-equipped and beautifully furnished. We were very warmly welcomed and given lots of information on places to visit.
We would have no hesitation in recommending this property.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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RarotongaHolidayer, Manager at Sands Villas, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
We're glad you enjoyed your holiday with us Eric- see you and the family next holiday!
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

I had great stay here. The accommodation staff were very warm and welcoming and exceptionally friendly; they were constantly recommending places for us to go and see and we really felt like we got a slice of the 'real' Raro. Its right on the beach so you can wake up and step out into paradise.The snorkelling was was incredible! Would definitely recommend this place to my friends.

  • Stayed April 2012, 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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RarotongaHolidayer, Manager at Sands Villas, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Thank you for your review Steph. We look forward to seeing you in paradise again soon.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

Stayed here for 7 nights late May 2012 with a party of 16 celebrating a 60th birthday. There was plenty of room for all of us to gather together for the evenings, especially in the villa second back from beach, this villa had a big glass enclosed sun room which gave us great protection from the wind. There were great views out to the Lagoon from the front villa which is the one we stayed in. Perfect for this type of group however would be just as good for a family or even just a couple in one villa. I would choose the front one for the views.
Unfortunately we had very windy and rainy weather whilst there but it was still warm and it didn't stop us doing anything we wanted to. I imagine it would be truely idilic if the sun was out all the time.
Landlady was living on site and could assist with anything we wanted, all villas were well stocked with towels, tea towels and dishwashing liquid etc. Only thing we needed to buy was food.

Room Tip: Pick the front villa for the views. Third bedroom was quite small though and had no mirror which wa...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Seriously don't go anywhere else. This 3 bdrm place (coral villa) is right on the beach, in Titikaveka, and honestly is the BEST spot in Raro for snorkelling. We had lots of family staying with us, so we saw other places, and other beaches. Our kids were out there everyday, some nights after dark, they couldn't get enough. The sand is white and easy to walk on, no sharp coral on shore.
Because it's on the south side, you get sunrise and sunset up and down the beach. We had our wedding here, it was perfect. The house is awesome. The master bdrm has an airconditioner but this wasn't strong enough to cool the whole house, although every room has ceiling fans which are fine. You're going there for warmth anyway, enjoy it. We were there the last wknd in March and it wasn't too bad at night. We were lucky and had no rain all week except overnight 2 or 3 nights.
The house is tidy, clean, well provided with everything you need as a home away from home. Mama Ina out the back has more beach towels if you run out, and she's lovely. We locked ourselves out one day and she let us back in. Franklin the cat makes himself at home there too, he's very affectionate.
Would recommend you take your own snorkel and mask though as they're not great.
It's hard to find, make sure you give people perfect instructions if you need anyone to find the place, it's not signposted for privacy, and there are not obvious landmarks to make it any easier.
Wonderful place, we will be back for sure.

Room Tip: I put 'service' lower, only because it's only serviced once a week...we did know this be...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

Stayed here in 2010 as a family group in the Coral Villa. Arrived in the middle of the night, and pulled the curtains back in the morning to the most stunning vista of turquoise water and palm trees. Ahhhh.
We loved the place and think of it often. We felt so at home, self catering was easy, there is a barbeque provided so we had some lazy meals at home, as well as eating out. Best of both worlds.
The master bedroom has a terrific bed, really comfy. The airconditioner struggled if I'm honest, but we really didn't need it, as opening all the doors let in such a lovely breeze. Insects were non existent so close to the beach too. Small but perfectly adequate bathrooms. Washing machine and clothesline was helpful too. The view from the deck was about 270 degrees of lagoon.
Our little piece of the beach was the envy of all who walked past - but there was not much in the way of traffic, so privacy was assured.

We had a hire car along with the deal, which was a great deal and much appreciated. We are trying our best to get back there asap. If you're looking for a home away from home, I recommend it highly. Rongo was a most gracious and warm host - thanks :)

One tip, if you arrive in the dark - the bus driver had all but unloaded us at Moana Sands before we convinced him that was not where we needed to be. Make sure you have a good map, as it was not very well known. The driveway is a little further along (on the other side) from Titikaveka College (going anticlockwise from the airport) - its only a driveway, so you won't see it from the road.

Room Tip: Coral Villa is right on the water - delightful.
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 3159, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
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Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Titikaveka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 Specialty lodging in Titikaveka
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sands Villas are three, 3 bedroom uniquely styled modern villas nestled on a premier beachfront property in Titikaveka. Our southern beach boasts white sand, palm trees and turquoise waters perfect for snorkelling and swimming. Book one villa for a romantic escape or all three for a wedding, birthday or great family holiday. The choice is yours. But be warned... Your first trip will certainly not be your last! ... more   less 
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Sands Villas Rarotonga, Cook Islands - Titikaveka

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