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Muri Retreat
Ambala Rd | Muri Beach Village, Muri, Cook Islands   |  
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Ranked #6 of 17 Specialty lodging in Muri
Sydney
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3 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Best hosts and great base in Rarotonga!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

After arriving on an early morning flight to the Cook Islands in November 2012 we were pleasantly welcomed by hosts, Steve & Phoebe. Had a great stay at Muri Retreat for the duration of 2 weeks and was made to feel at home by the great couple. They were only too happy to answer any questions we had and went out of their way to arrange scooter hire etc (yes Phoebe even watched me shamefully fail my scooter test haha). The property is maintained daily and is ideally situated up from Muri beach, away from all the hotels etc based along Muri beach. Great view from the top balcony and pool a good size to take a dip when you can't be bothered going to the beach. Rooms are spacious and beds comfy. Kitchen well equipped for simple meals when staying in. Would recommend scooter or hire car to explore the island and snorkelling at Fruits of Rarotonga rather than Muri beach. Again the hosts are what make the stay at Muri Retreat great, don't miss the chance to learn how to husk coconuts with Steve and play the Ukelele with Phoebe. Would definately stay here again and look forward to going back to the Cook Islands some day soon. Thanks so much for a great stay Steve & Phoebe :)

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We stayed at Muri Retreat for 5 nights in the Onu apartment (ground floor, smallest apartment) and absolutely loved it. For 2 people (on our 6 year anniversary) it was perfect and i wouldn't really call it small-it is the perfect size for 2 people. There is a veranda outside the front of the apartment with table, chairs and umbrella-perfect for breakfast and really private. Loved cooling down in the pool, perfect temperature when you have been baking on the beach all day. Didn't have to share it once, to be honest the whole place has a very serene private feel about it.

When we arrived it was the middle of the night and the taxi driver let us in to our apartment. Super clean and exactly what we wanted and needed. The next day we were met by Steve and Phoebe who greeted us with fresh coconuts with straws in, paw paw and bananas-perfect as were just leaving to go find some breakfast. They were both so knowledgeable and helped us determine where we would want to visit.Gave us some great ideas on where to eat etc and the best idea they gave us was to hire a treddlecat from muri beach instead of going on one of the lagoon cruises. You can walk to the motus from muri beach and the snorkelling in front of muri beach is perfect (best to the left of the beach), they even have people doing massages on the motus for $40-who could ask for a better location than palm trees and sparkling water (way cheaper than being in a room that could be anywhere) The treddlecats are only $15 for 1 hour and so much fun. You can snorkle on your own and get to the motus for a fraction of the price, only thing you are missing out on is the fish bbq.

We absolutely loved staying at Muri Retreat and if we were ever on this side of the world again would book it in a heart beat, perfect location (about 5 min walk down/up a hill from the main road, you can access the beach from any of the side roads and walk to town along the beach) 15min walk to town (total), perfect hosts and perfect apartment.

I have noticed some people have written about there being ants or insects inside the apartment, this only happens if you leave food out. As long as you tidy up after yourself this wont happen-common sense really.

Recommendations-spend the cash on Te Vara Nui Village-absolutely worth it. Eat at Vaimas in Vaimaanga-a must!!The Rickshaw-a new restaurant with delicious food (another recommendation from Phoebe), Snorkel at Aroa beach, dont eat at Captain Andys at the Rarotongan,mistake! Sunset at Titikaveka, Saturday market in Avarua, Sunset cocktails at the Aqua bar at Muri Beach resort- 2 for $12!!!Nowhere beat that and they were definitely the most alcoholic haha. Plus dinner in their restaurant was great. A must is to go to the Mooring, the best smoothies and fish rolls you will ever eat!

Thank you Phoebe and Steve for a wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed October 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 Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Muri Retreat was a pleasure. We were looking to self cater so the room was excellent, with a kitchenette, eating table, bed and bathroom. It was basic but exactly what we needed. The resort is close to the best beach in Rarotonga and we spent all 6 nights on the island at Muri Retreat. It is more secluded (5 minute walk) from the road which has beach access, giving it a more private and quiet feel. The owners were so friendly and we even went on a tour with them one day, giving us a 50% discount because we were with them. We were on the bottom floor (there are 4 apartments, two on ground level and two on top) and had great warm showers with good water pressure. We really recommend the culture evening at Staircase - only 5 dollar entrance and was absolutely spectacular - very impressive.

Room Tip: I presume the top rooms have a view of the sea, but we were very happy on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Ås, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We want to thank Steve and Phoebe for being such a good hosts. The appartment was really nice, tidy and clean without bugs. We had appartment nr 3 with great view over the ocean, just a few hundred meters away. The appartments have a nice common lounch outside where you can read about things to do, have a bbq, watch tv or take a dive in the (small) swimming pool. The owners always were around everyday to help with questions or making arrangements.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Just home back in Christchurch !!! after lovely holiday in Rarotonga with four good friends we stayed @ Phoebe & Stephen Happ's wonderful Muri Retreat in three self contained apartments it was everything we could possibly desire - we were greeted by our charming gracious hosts with a platter of fresh fruits & grated coconut - Phoebe & Steve had brochures & maps to show us the Island & their knowledge of the history of Rarotonga was much appreciated - our apartments were very comfortable - the views & glorious garden were an added delight - we had a great time around the salt water pool eating & drinking the warm nights away - the culture people restaurants bars food (alcohol cheaper than in New Zealand!) shopping & entertainment all superb - thank you Rarotonga & especially Phoebe & Steve of Muri Retreat - we are coming back next year!!
Sylvia & Andrew Thomson

Room Tip: Our rooms being in Muri Beach South side of Island & up in the hills were very peaceful - even o...
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  • Stayed July 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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Kawakawa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

We spent two glorious weeks staying at muri retreat which offers spacious accomodation and beautiful views, it's quiet and tranquil and hosts Steve and Pheobe are always there to welcome guests to their rooms, they even showed us how to shuck and crack open coconuts and how to grate them too, they have now become great firends of ours and we look forward to returning next year. They have a swimming pool and party hut where you can relax and have barbacues, watch tv etc, and it's a short walk or drive to shops, etc. We absolutely reccommend their establishment to anyone as they are very friendly people who are more than willing to help with anything you require.

Room Tip: all four rooms are great, I guess if you chose the two top rooms you get the best view but in saying...
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  • Stayed July 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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Brisbane
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Spent just under a week here and loved it. Was welcomed by Phoebe and Steve that morning with beautiful fresh fruit, talked like I had known them for years, and felt a genuine welcome and kindness from them both straight away. Accommodation better exceeded my expectations, especially for the price and they were always there to help, give advice or recommendations when needed. This will be a place that I will definitely be staying at again. Even better is they have hardly any roosters unlike most other places, so you are guaranteed on a good nights sleep. If you want a lovely place, off the main road, quiet, clean with beautiful and wonderful hosts, then look no further. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Ambala Rd | Muri Beach Village, Muri, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 17 Specialty lodging in Muri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Muri Retreat is situated on a private tropical hillside surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, overlooking the warm turquoise waters of Rarotonga's finest beach...Muri Beach. A peaceful place to relax and unwind. We are a small and friendly adults only self-catering holiday accommodation proudly offering 4 quality apartments that are stylish, comfortable and fully self-contained. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, stunning sunrises, volcanic mountains, tropical rainforest and plantations.... all from your bed or private patio. ... more   less 
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