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“Honeymoon. Winner.” 5 of 5 stars
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Te Vakaroa Villas
5.0 of 5 Villa   |   Muri Beach, Muri, Cook Islands   |  
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Ranked #6 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Venice, CA
1 review
“Honeymoon. Winner.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2010

Spotless rooms. Unparalleled views of a dream lagoon. Amazing staff. The kind of place fellow travelers stop outside to ogle. And while it's technically at the heart of Raro's "tourist" beach, by contrast to Hawaii, Tahiti, even Samoa, it's EMPTY. Mid-season, midday on a Saturday, you can still be alone here...easily. Nick, Poko, et all made us feel at ease, at home and entirely relaxed. Breakfasts are simple - bread, fruits - but I was rarely craving a four egg omelette + hash browns at 8AM in the tropics. TV + internet seemed to work fine if you're dying to cruise TMZ on your vacation. Sails next door does a decent lunch and the corner market does a good plate lunch (but you should hit up the Windjammer for dinner). Kayaks, snorkeling gear on hand at little joint next door. Warm pool. Hot hot tub. I can wrack my brain and not find a complaint.

For whatever reason, Americans just don't go here (Kiwis - insert pithy comment here) but trust me fellow gringos, you should. We will go back to Raro and back to Te Vakaroa absolutely for sure...soon.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2010

The Te Vakaroa Villas are fantastic and in our opinion you cant get much better than this anywhere. Spacious,modern and superbly appointed with every thing you could possibly need. What you see in the photos is exactly what you get plus more. Wish we could have stayed longer but will plan to return. The weather was great and Te Vakaroa is located on Muri Beach where there is lots to do and restaraunts very close by.
This would be one of the best locations to relax and chill out, The staff are very friendly and Nicholas the owner and Poko (Front Office Manager) did everything to make our stay one of the most enjoyable holidays we have had.

Lee and Petra

  • Stayed August 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

My wifeand I have enjoyed several stays at Te Vakaroa Villas in Rarotonga. It's position at Muri is wonderful, the quality, standards and service provided is bang on!, see you next time Nikck.

Mike and Louise Wood
Kumeu, Auckland New Zealand.

  • Stayed June 2010, 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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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2010

A most enjoyable and relaxing break in a great location. Their website provides an authenticate description of the villas, facilities, and the location - something that is, in our experience, not the norm for online accommodation content. The villas' gardens and pool are beautifully laid out and provide direct access onto Muri Beach. Our villa's design was both practical and elegant with easy access to the wide deck area and control of the sea breeze cooling which was useful at night if we didn't want to use the air conditioning.
We ate out most nights as there were several restuarants within easy walking distance. We especially enjoyed the The Flame Tree which we visited twice - it is unusual for our family to be unanimous about where to eat so this was an exception.
The staff were friendly, helpful and responsive which helped make our stay a memorable one.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 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 July 4, 2010

Our few days at Te Vakaroa Villas was just divine, our whole stay was just so comfortable and relaxing, the beds are wonderful!. The Villas are right on the lagoon of Muri Beach, a long expansive sandy beach. The architecture is modern yet with a flair of the South Pacific, the gardens are just lovely. You want for nothing in the villas, modern kitchen ( if you want to cook) spacious areas for dining and relaxing, big screen TV with Sky! Great DVD library and book swap if you are short of reading material. Breakfasts are tropical and there is a great choice of wines etc in the pantry if you choose. The staff are very friendly and look after you. Good choice of excellent restaurants close by and we reccomend 'The Flame Tree' minutes walk from the villas and an excellent coffee shop and Deli serving French breads and pastries which are the best I have tasted outside of France! We would suggest hiring of a car to really appreciate this Island and to get the best out of Rarotonga as it has many interesting aspects.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland OR USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2010

I cannot say enough about this place. The accomodations are perfect, on the best beach on Rarotonga, the staff and owners were wonderful. If you are looking for a 5 star accomodation this is the place. I always rent a car here but Te Vakaroa is close to several restaurants and small stores so you would not have to. Compared to five star accomodations in Tahiti this is a steal for the nightly price.

  • Stayed May 2010, 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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Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2010

We had been searching for quite some time to find a piece of paradise. Te Vakaroa is unmistakenly the most amazing place on Muri Beach, and potentially the whole island. The complex, although not large, is 5 star in both appointments and setting. The villas, both one bedroom and two bedrooms, were huge, well appointed with modern appliances, sat tv, huge beds, full kitchen facilities and all with an incredible view of Muri Lagoon. We stayed 4 nights here but wished we had stayed longer. Being adult only, the whole environment is peaceful with a beautiful infinity pool overlooking the breathtaking Muri Lagoon. There is also a spa located next to the pool that is kept at a constant 34 degrees, and despite being in the tropics, an evening soak with a cocktail is not far from perfection.

Every morning we would wake to a spectacular sunrise over a deserted white sandy beach. Soon after, breakfast arrived, with freshly backed muffins, or croissants, bread, spreads and a carafe of juice. Just enough!

Being an island destination, food and drink can be expensive, but at Te Vakaroa, the villas are stocked with a wide range of beer and wine, and all at prices you would normally see at a local bottle store, not a 5 star hotel. Everything was so reasonably priced.

You didnt have to walk far to find anything either. Sails restaurant is right next door on one side, with the Pacific Resort on the other. There are plenty of choices on places to eat, with our favourite pick being the Flame Tree which is about 100 metres down the beach past the Muri Beach Club. There is a convenience store at the end of the drive and the car hire place just over the road.

We loved everything about Te Vakaroa, so much so, we have booked to return for 7 nights next year already.

I highly reccommend this property to any couple or group of friends looking for a place to stay in the best spot on Raro.

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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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 #6 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Te Vakaroa Villas 5*
Number of rooms: 6
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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