Like I discovered months ago, you are probably finding a decision where to stay is a headache because for such a small island there are too many classifications on this site and everything is ranked high. I wound up choosing this resort and relieved I made the right choice. I'll list what made this a great choice and if you like the same then this will work for you:
1. West side of the island. Lots of love posted for Muri Beach and it is great no doubt. But the sunsets, and the possible green flashes, are on this side of the island and sunrise is on Muri's side. I'm a sunset person not a sunrise person.
2. Speaking of Muri Beach, the "no kids" policy was related by others. I'll also add that the bachelorette parties stayed on that side too, and thank goodness. You can't escape from it all if it is all staying with you at the resort. Quiet here--but not a library quiet either, although a few of us read books between watching the surf crash. This is the type of resort where you can enjoy the quiet, enjoy time to yourself or with others, socialize if you care to or not. It is not a waterpark it's an adult oasis.
3. Because this is a small, aka "boutique", resort, the excellent managers Alex & Lauren know your name and actually get to know you--and you get to know them. As well as some of the others staying there. Call it intimacy or camaraderie, but it was relaxing change from my usual major chain multi-level stays. And relaxing is the key right?
4. Speaking of intimacy, although this was a solo stopover for several days after visiting family, there were many happy couples of all ages from newlyweds to retired here. The age range really struck me and speaks well of the resort.
5. No matter which room choice you make you'll be fine. I stayed in a beach front room and although others I met stayed in the garden units, to me it's worth the extra cost. You have your own raised deck with seats so if other seats are taken you always have a spot. Plus there is nothing like watching the stars and night surf from the deck. Or being "on the beach" and looking out, but protected, when a shower goes by (while everyone else has to scamper). The large room has air conditioning but to be honest I barely used it since there was always a nice breeze at night. Others I met stayed in the garden units and they were all very satisified with their rooms and access to spots on the beach.
6. Bus that circuits the island stops literally right in front.
7. Extremely close to the "downtown" business district/shopping/restaurant/bars unlike many other resorts.
8. Even closer to the airport--but never heard planes. You can arrange with the resort to be picked up and dropped off. There were many of us who arrived at midnight. Pretty daunting time to arrive on an island of unknown taxi status. Little nervous that the resort-arranged pick-up would work--how would they find me? How will I find them? Well they found me--and the others quicjly and without fuss. Very impressed.
9. Walking distance to other resorts, bars, restaurants. Though obviously keep your wits.
10. Fantastic unique Island Night. A "to-do" for me but again, there were many choices of seemingly the same thing and it was feeling like choosing which Las Vegas show (not a good thing). This is intmate, hands-on (as others described), with beer & cocktails and good camraderie. Yes even husbands, and myself, in good fun and in spite of craft limitations made great flowered headbands. Appreciated staff and their friends and family participating in demos and entertainment. And the amount of food is stunning--and I am someone who causes Fogo De Chao to lose money when I eat there. There is no Island Night like this one.
11. Great beer selection and good cocktails but most importantly discounted favorably during Happy Hour as we enjoy sunsets.
- Also Known As:
- Manuia Beach Boutique Avarua
- Hotel Manuia Beach Boutique
- Manuia Beach Resort Rarotonga, Cook Islands
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Your Polynesian Paradise at Manuia Beach Resort awaits you... Marvel at the magical sunsets over a sparkling blue lagoon, while lounging on your sheltered, white sandy beach fringed with swaying coconut palms. Wander through the tropical gardens on your way to the beach side infinity pool. Rest your elbows on the pool edge and soak in the view across the beach, through the lagoon onwards to the waves crashing on the barrier reef beyond. Sip a refreshing tropical cocktail delivered to you from the Beaches Restaurant and bar, or enjoy your Polynesian inspired meals in the restaurant while you trail your toes through the sandy floor. Manuia Beach Resort - your Cook Islands resort accommodation - is set right on the beach in private and peaceful surroundings on the sheltered sunset coast of Rarotonga. You will love the authentic Cook Islands style accommodation, with the coconut thatched suites complete with island style decor and modern amenities such as air conditioning. Walk through the sandy path down to the water and be stunned by the beauty of the poolside area. The infinity pool, Beaches Restaurant and Bar with its relaxed authentic Polynesian cuisine, loungers set invitingly facing the beautiful lagoon, and attentive local staff, will all set the stage for your dream Rarotongan get-away. ... more less
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