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Muri Beach | P. O. Box 434, Muri, Cook Islands   |  
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Ranked #17 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Hamilton, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Priceless paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Had the pleasure of staying in a self contained unit which had my own shower/washroom kitchen and bedroom was incredible!!
Its location was picturesque!! Couldnt have been luckier to have had it recommended to me, the price was so cheap i wondered if it was a typo an was pleased that when i checked it infact was correct!!
Close to loads of places to eat out ( price of food to use kitchenette was slightly counter productive was easier to eat out)
And the lagoon was amazing the sounds of the tamas lagoon men singing was truely beautiful.
Cannot wait to return!!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Manchester, England
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

As you can see from lots of the earlier reviews Vara's was the place to be. Sadly the money men have come in and are slowly but surely turning Vara's into an up market hotel/apartments. Gone are the dorms on the beach, these have been replaced by a building site (which only competed with the cockerals as an alarm clock rather than an annoyance - it wasn't a problem).
The beach house remains and it does what it says on the tin It is the only budget accommodation in Muiri. Its the best location on the island at the cheapest rate. We heard that people were paying more in the hotel next door for one night than we paid for 9 nights. The bedrooms and bathrooms are kept clean but the kitchen needs a work.
In fact my only complaint was the kitchen. They need to remember that guests are still needing to use the facilities despite the wind down. No working tin openers, one broken sharp knife, no way to light the gas stove if you have no lighter and frying pans that looked like they've been in a fight. It just needs a few dollars spending on the basics to keep people happy.
In summary, you get what you pay for accommodation wise and we really liked that. Just be willing to look past the building site to what is an amazing location.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We stayed at Vara's for our entire time in Rarotonga. The rooms were basic but clean and were serviced daily. I don't know how it compares to other places at Muri in terms of price as I didn't check out anywhere else. But it is a great location and is a lovely spot to walk along the beach day or night. All amenities are within easy walking distance.

I agree about the roosters but that could be dismissed as part of the island experience. My main concern was the smell after heavy rain - there was definitely issues there with sewage overflow and they need to sort it.

Room Tip: Beachside is best for some, more sunny more going on. But at the back much more quiet, though got th...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gisborne, New Zealand
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

What a rip off we never got the rooms we booked paid more than was quoted.

The units don't come with Tea, Coffee, Milk!!

No Soap in the Bath room. Even the dish washing liquid was watered down.

Rosters crowed from 12.30 am and the dogs barked most of the night too.

Room Tip: Go somewhere else give this one a miss !!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bern
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

For the price you can't compare. We stayed for 1 week here and when you look at what accommodation is just next door like the Pacific which is 4* you really can't complain. Varas is not expensive to be directly on Muri Beach. Room was basic but clean. Sun deck is good for relaxing although we were unfortunate with the weather. But for the good days we did have it was fantastic to walk along the beach and paddle board to the island. One tip is there is lots to see at the Fruits snorkel spot.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thai Mueang, Thailand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Vara's is the best place to stay on a budget in the Muri area. We had a great location on the beach at an affordable price. Don't expect 5 star luxury as you get what you pay for. Also great facilities and a bus stop within walking distance.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

I stayed in one of the self contained beach studios and I found it to be great. The studio was very clean and the cleaner came every/ every other day, no issues at all, not even one single mosquito bite.
The location couldn't be better, right on Muri beach with its own sun deck. There is also snorkel rent and boat tours just next to the place. I found good restaurants close by, I had my life’s best fish burger at the little burger shack down the road. The bus that goes around the island stops just outside the hotel as well. I also found it very convenient that Vara helped me with the airport transfer. Just one tip though....if you arrive outside reception hours, make sure you are informed about where the key is hidden.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Muri Beach | P. O. Box 434, Muri, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vara’s Beach is the only budget accommodation set right on beautiful Muri Beach, the most popular and prime beach on Rarotonga. Famous for its perfect white beaches and small islands called “motus” that you can swim, kayak or walk out to. We offer budget style accommodation with lovely fully self-contained Beach Studios, Ensuite as well asTriple/double/single and Dorm rooms. Vara’s Beach is situated on the Eastern side of Rarotonga only 15 minutes drive from main town Avarua, with bus stop, bike rental, souvenir shop and a pharmacy at entrance. koka Lagoon Cruise is located on the property and offers the best Lagoon Curise on the island. Absolutely convenient to everything with bars, dive centers, sailing club, and much more only minutes stroll. Vara's Beach is the place for those looking for fun and excitement, or for those just wanting to relax and unwind and get away from it all. Meet and mingle with our friendly staff and make new friends... ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Vara`s Beach House Hotel Muri
Vara's Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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