Not the cheapest resort and not the dearest, Lagoon Breeze is good value. It is not a chrome and glass resort, nor does it trade off the South Pacific myth of palm leaves and wooden carvings. The buildings are clean (absolutely meticulous!), plain and comfortable. The one bedroom units are duplex villas. Each has a large bathroom with shower, a large bedroom with a fan and an aircon unit, an L-shaped kitchen-dining-lounge with a fan, and a small terrace. Apart from one corner in the kitchen, the rooms are quiet and soundproof, with little or no disturbance from neighbours. Why one corner should transmit every sound is a mystery, but otherwise the rooms are quiet with negligible annoyance from the crowing roosters and barking dogs that are characteristic of life in the Islands.
The Cook Islanders keep their Sundays as a day of rest and worship. Most places are shut. Lagoon Breeze supplies a cold breakfast of cereals, toast and fruit – lots of it. If you arrive on Saturday night or Sunday morning, this will have to last from breakfast to dinnertime, when restaurants open. Better bring something for your lunch if arriving on Saturday night or Sunday morning! If you hire a car or scooter, Wigmore's Supermarket, 4 kilometres away, is open all day, as are shops in Avarua. A lunch pack can be made available if you contact the Office in advance.
It was great paddling round in the lagoon on the two kayaks supplied for guests to use. Reef shoes (essential), swim fins, goggles and snorkels are also supplied, which meant a lighter suitcase for the plane. There are colourful fish within easy range and the lagoon water is crystal clear. When the tide is low, the pool is a good alternative to salt sea swimming. Although small, the pool was never crowded. Enough seats and recliners ensured there was no tension among guests. However, more recliners would be appreciated. Guests can cook their meals on the barbecues near each block of rooms. With only 17 units, there is no crowding, the atmosphere is friendly, with other guests friendly (and willing to share their barbecued catch!)
Staff, and the Owners, Garth and Debbie, are friendly and approachable but not intrusive. You can usually chat to the Owners at breakfast. Their advice and comments are worth listening to. They will go the extra mile: when I needed insect repellent (bring litres of it) and none could be found on the shelves, Vicki sprayed me with her own can. Happy Hour is an important time to meet and chat, if you feel inclined. Garth and Debbie and some staff may be present for a chat, as well as fellow travellers who can tell you what is worth doing and what isn't. The atmosphere created by staff and owners is something you can't buy, and will leave a lasting memory of Lagoon Breeze Villas.
The grounds are immaculate but not intimidating as we found in nearby resorts. The vegetation is natural (yoou can pick fruit if you wish.) The 'grass' is raked and edges tidied, and the flower beds tended regularly. Maintenance was immediate, a faulty fan switch being replaced within minutes of asking. Cleaning is immaculate, as it has to be in the tropics. Some pesticides smell, but at least you know vermin are under control. The office staff are very knowledgeable. They help stock the library, which is a real treasure trove. Vicki and Jaimee will also advise and make bookings on your behalf. They both are helpful and can't do enough for you. You feel their friendship and know it is genuine. They love Raro and they love Lagoon Breeze.
One disadvantage is a lack of a resort restaurant. However, there is Coco Putt right next door, so there is no hardship. Except for Sunday lunch!
Rooms 11 and 12 are further from the road. 12 gets more sun on its terrace.
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Thank you for your informative review, we are delighted you enjoyed the ammenities we provide. Thank you for highlighting the Welcome Pack for those who arrive on Sundays, which consists of a loaf of bread, butter, milk and juice. Although a lot of restaurants are not open on Sundays there are many that are and of course all hotel restaurants are open. Lagoon Breeze Villas also has an arrangment with several local restaurants who will pick up and drop off our guests. These restaurants are also open on Sundays.If we have groups travelling together and they arrive on Sundays, we can arrange prior to their arrival for Coco Putt to put on a BBQ buffet. Coco Putt has a wonderful restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is just 2 minutes walk from the resort.
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Thank you again for your kind words and we look forward to having you stay with us again soon.
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