We had a great 4 nt stay in Villa 1 at Te Manava (pronounced teMAnava). The layout, interior design and furnishing are all top end and obviously the work of a professional designer. Although I think our unit had been around for something on the order of a year it seemed as though we were the first to ever stay there. Everything was in perfect and new condition. The glass doors along the front and rear walls of the living area fold away and the house can be completely opened up to the tradewinds. There's a beautiful covered sitting area outside that can be used in any weather - which was not particularly ideal during our stay with lots of wind and intermittent rain. Evidently, the weather can be dodgy on Raro at any time (we thought we were going in the best season but I gather there is no guaranteed good season). The principal lure of this destination is sunny weather, turquoise water and swaying palms so when it's cloudy and miserable there isn't a whole lot to do. However, one thing absolutely not to be missed is the island night at Highland Paradise. Forget all the hotel shows; they don't come anywhere close to this spectacularly enjoyable feast and show, which got a heartfelt standing ovation from everyone there.
By the way, the power outlet and hair dryer is inside a hidden cabinet on the side of each mirror. Pull it open from the bottom.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Cook Island's newest and most luxurious private villas managed by Pacific Resort operator of Australasia's & the Cook Islands Leading Resorts - World Travel Awards 2007 & 2008. Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa is 5-star luxury accommodation, set on the beautiful white sand beach of Rarotonga's stunning Muri lagoon, offering an exciting new choice for the discerning traveller. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Te Manava Luxury Villas And Spa
- Te Manava Luxury Villas Hotel Muri
- Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands