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Te Vakaroa Villas
5.0 of 5 Villa   |   Muri Beach, Muri, Cook Islands   |  
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Ranked #7 of 17 Specialty lodging in Muri
Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Fabulous accommodation and location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

A group of 16 of us recently spent 6 nights at Te Vakaroa Villas and we had a ball! Nick (one of the owners and on site most days) couldn't have been more accommodating and Poko (Office Manager and font of all knowledge) with her lovely smile and local knowledge just made everyone happy! The lovely ladies who delivered our yummy breakfast each morning were so friendly and happy that you started the day feeling on top of the world!

The villas are spacious and very well appointed and as we had the whole place to ourselves we just congregated in whichever one the food and wine was flowing in! Right on Muri Beach (did I mention the infinity pool that looks out onto the beach?) and within walking distance of at least four restaurants Te Vakaroa Villas is a must-return venue for me!

Room Tip: All rooms are fab - 3 x 2 bedroom and 3 x 1 bedroom - Villa 6 is the best 2 B/R and Villa 1 is the b...
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  • Stayed September 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Our family of four (two adults, two twelve year olds) spent a blissful five days at Te Vakaroa. Everything was perfect - from the airport transfer, to our arrival, right through to our late check-out. Nothing was too much trouble, and everyone was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Our a two-bedroom villa was huge, and had wonderful views across Muri Lagoon. The villa was luxuriously decorated, and had a great outdoor deck with large daybeds. We've stayed at a variety of places on Rarotonga from resorts to private houses, and Te Vakaroa is by far the best. We would definitely return!

  • Stayed August 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

We were one of 2 couples that stayed in a 2 bedroom villa at Te Vakaroa in August and have to say Wow! The rooms were immaculate, the staff were fantastic and our location was perfect. The villa suited us perfectly and there was plenty of space for 4 adults and had everything we needed to enjoy a relaxing holiday. It didn't take long to settle in to island life and the only downside was having to leave. We are already planning our next trip back to this wonderful place.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

This was our first stay in Rarotonga, so we wanted to go "up-market" to avoid disappointment.
Te Vakoroa delivered!!!. From the friendly shuttle driver, to the owner, receptionist and room staff we could not have asked for more. Very relaxed and laid back, but efficient.

The apartment was spacious, and well equipped. We enjoyed the ability to cook for ourselves, and use the washer and dryer contained in the apartment. We were able to get a breeze right through by opening the large "ranch-slider" doors and the smaller one in the bedroom. The lounge opened out onto a lovely infinity pool, with spa. The grounds, though small, were meticulously maintained.

While in Rarotonga we took the opportunity to compare Te Vakaroa with several other resorts, and are confident that it is the best on the island.

  • 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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

This was our first stay in the Cook Islands and we hit the jackpot! Te Vakaroa Villas has gorgeous views and the villas have everything we could need. Whenever we told people around the Island where we were staying, they all spoke of it as the best and just walking around, we didn't see any better. Someone posted that the pool was too cold, but we found it perfect after relaxing in the jacuzzi. After a few days, we realized we could not find a better view at resturants than our villa, so we took advantage of the full kitchens and dined at home. The staff was always helpful and answered all our questions, which included many since we had not been to the Island before.

We'll definitely be back!!!

  • 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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Tauranga, New Zealand
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8 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

I forgot to do a review the last time we stayed here for 7 nights July 2012. The place is simply described as absolutely fantastic, the best facilities on the island,awesome staff and the only negative is the experience of feeling "not wanting to leave" when you depart. We travel to Raro often and have previously stayed at the Crown Resort & MuriBeach Club until we discovered this magical place!! We love staying at Te Vakaroa and have plans to stay again this time for 10 days in the next 2 weeks!! So Te Vakaroa........he we come again!!

Room Tip: Upstair units have an awesome view of whats happening during the day
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  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

My husband and I stayed here at the start of the year. Te Vakaroa Villas seemed to us like the number one choice when staying at Rarotonga and with there only being 6 villas we loved that it would be private.On arrival we were offered a free upgrade as all the other rooms were taken with guests. The upstairs villa was amazing and a perfect house that any family would be happy living in full time. The pool was lovely that over looked the beach and often we saw beach goers checking out our resort from the beach. Of course with the money we paid to stay at this villa we expected 5 star treatment in all areas. This was not the case!
THE BAD...
The pool is freezing even in the middle of summer and no one swims in the pool because of this reason.
The spa did not work the whole time we were there.
All gates we were told were locked with pin codes to enter so as security was a high priority however the gate leading to the beach did not have a lock that worked and anyone could have entered the resort.
Breakfast was the same each day and choices were not offered. By day 7 we were over eating banana muffins and cereal. Not to mention we were not impressed with the clump of bananas that huge outside our room, which was infested with flies and ants and were then picked each day and used to make our breakfast muffins.
Internet service is charged at $25 per internet voucher. I purchased this and then the following day was told the internet was down and it was not known when the internet would be back up and running.
The worst and final problem we had was with the lady who runs the villas. During the week I felt each time I spoke to her she spoke down to me and would act very fake. On our final day I went to the reception to speak with her about our check out time. At the time it seemed another guest was doing the same thing so I waited while listening to their conversation. The owner stated to the guest as he had a late afternoon flight he was able to stay in the room until 3pm.
I then approached the manager and asked her the same question. She stated as we were on the same flight we were also able to check out at 3pm. I then stated she was incorrect and our flight was later that night however we would be happy to still checkout at 3pm and head in to town to eat before driving to the airport. The managers tone changed and she stated that as we were flying later that night we were to pay for an extra days accommodation. This I could not understand as we would be checking out the same time as the other couple. When I questioned why they did not have to pay but we did she simply said "because I said so!"
I decided I would not be paying the hundreds of dollars extra just to stay in the room until 3pm and spoke up how unfair this was and we would check out at the normal checkout time of 10am and have to spend the day on the beach. The owner simply shrugged and said "whatever!"

If I was to go back to Rarotonga I would not stay at this resort just because of the treatment we received and how poorly the manager ran the resort.

  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Te Vakaroa Villas

Address: Muri Beach, Muri, Cook Islands
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Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 17 Specialty lodging in Muri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Te Vakaroa Villas 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This new property offers six beachfront villas that face Muri Lagoon. 3 x 1 Brm Villas at the ground level and 3 x 2 Brm Villas at the 1st level each with views across the pool to the beach and lagoon. All villas are highly appointed, with large terraces, full kitchens complete with dishwashers, microwaves, frig/freezers, DVDs, surround cinema with flat screen TVs, satellite TV reception. I pod docking stations, and WiFi internet connections. Each Villa has its own laundry. A freshwater pool, spa and large daybed are located right above the beach. We provide complimentary meet/greet and airport transfers with welcome fruit platter on arrival. Complimentary tropical breakfasts are delivered to your villa daily and room service from the adjoining restaurant is available. ... more   less 
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Te Vakaroa Villas Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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