This is a lengthy review but hopefully it answers all your questions about Lagoon Breeze.
We just returned back from a 26 day vacation at the Lagoon Breeze in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. We were met at the airport by a shuttle bus pulling a small trailer for luggage - a quick and efficient method. The bus then transported us to the resort. Once there the driver deposited each guest at their guest cottage/bungalow. Once inside you were greeted by a letter welcoming you and instructing you to make yourself at home and then head over to the dining room for breakfast. After breakfast you could head over to reception and register. What a pleasant surprise. Usually everyone mills around in the reception area, waiting their turn to register, in sweltering heat and still overdressed for the weather. This was so much more pleasurable and makes you wonder why no else thought of this.
The resort is small, about 18 units, and its size makes it possible to meet other guests and make new friends. Everyone had breakfast together (Between 8 -9:30 A.M.) and at Happy Hour (4:30-6:30 P.M.) all the tables were usually pushed together to accommodate the growing group, many addresses were exchanged to continue these new friendships.
Each of the guest cottages is self contained and stocked with almost everyhting you would need. We stayed in one of the smaller garden studios, but there were also 1 and 2 bedroom units available.Our unit was similar in design to a studio apartment - with a large room that contained a twin bed, rattan love seat and coffee table as well as a queen bed and nightstand. In one corner of the room there was a small dining area and a kitchen that was stocked with dishes ,pots and pans, tea towels, dish clothes and soap, a kettle, French Press for making coffee (bring your own coffee grounds or buy locally) a basket that contained instant coffee, tea bags, coffee whitener and sugar, utensils for eating as well as cooking, salt and pepper - even bug spray and insect coils and matches. The kitchen in the unit has a 2 burner stove, microwave and electric kettle for preparing meals, but there were gazebo covered BBQ's for guest use that saw plenty of action. The bathroom consisted of a toilet, shower stall, and a sink/vanity/mirror. It was stocked with soaps, shampoo and body wash as well as a bathmat, bath towels, hand towels and face clothes.
You can buy a token for $5 NZD to use the washing machine. The washer has a soap dispenser attached to it that automatically dispensed soap and there was a whitening agent to use for whites. No need to bring your own detergent and bounce sheets from home, like I did.
The pool and grounds are meticulously cleaned every day and the gardens are very beautiful.
The owners, Garth and Debbie, live on the property and are a very vital part of the resort life. They have breakfast with the guests each morning and make themselves available for any inquiries , such as recommended restaurants and shops or to chitchat about island life. The owners bought the resort 18 months ago and have managed to transform the resort into a beautiful, garden lush retreat with units that are clean and fresh. They have promised even more surprises in the future and we are planning on returning in 2 years to see what changes they have made.
The office is run by 2 women - Vicki and Jaimie- both extremely helpful and always available to arrange car or scooter rentals, restaurant reservations or deal with whatever guests throw at them.I can't forget to mention one of our favorites - a lady named Tui that worked in the restaurant for breakfast, the bar at Happy Hour and cleaned the rooms.
This was truly an enjoyable, relaxing holiday, with great snorkeling and diving (an abundance of sea life)cross country hikes, shopping and restaurants on an island that is only 32 kms around. The pace of life is relaxed and stress free, the speed limit for scooters is 35 kph and cars is 50- but often these speeds were never reached. No traffic jams, just a leisurely drive around the island where there was a lot to see and do.
The only real noise on the island is made by an abundance of roosters and chickens that are wild on the island. My sister in law complained about the roosters waking her early in the morning, but after stopping in Los Vegas for a few days on the way back had her wishing for roosters.
We would highly recommend this Resort and this island for a holiday destination - a piece of paradise.