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“Wont stay anywhere else” 5 of 5 stars
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Sands Villas
PO Box 3159, Titikaveka, Cook Islands   |  
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Wont stay anywhere else”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We have been to Raro 3 times now and will keep coming back as often as possible. Last time there were 12 of us and we had the best 2 weeks! No-one wanted to go home and everyone is nagging me to book another trip. You can do heaps or you can do nothing, whatever suits. You step off the Vaka Villa deck right onto the sand and straight into the water. Snorkelling gear and kayaks are all provided free of charge. Unlike the resorts, we had the beach to ourselves and it was fantastic. All accomodation, airport transfers etc were very well organised and everyone we dealt with were efficient and informed and more than happy to help. Loved it!

Room Tip: The Vaka Villa has the best deck access to the beach :)
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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RarotongaHolidayer, Manager at Sands Villas, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
That's great your group had such a good holiday and we look forward to your next visit soon!
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Rating summary
  • 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
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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wellington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Our family of ten stayed in two of the villas. The location was superb, even though it was very windy most of our stay! Rarotonga is great in that you can get away from it all and relax, but can hop in a car and in a couple of minutes be at the shops or a cafe for dinner. The staff are lovely, but unobtrusive. The beach is superb, with good snorkelling right in front of the villas.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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RarotongaHolidayer, Manager at Sands Villas, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Kia Orana, thank you for choosing Sands Villas for your family holiday. We'll see you again once Wellington winter kicks in! Kia Manuia.
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Townsville, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Te Aroha, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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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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 #6 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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