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“Great location and resort” 5 of 5 stars
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Manuia Beach Resort
3.5 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   PO Box 700, Arorangi, Cook Islands   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Arorangi
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Great location and resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We have just come back from a week stay at manuia beach resort, and it definitely lives up to previous reviews. New modern and large rooms with private deck. Friendly staff, stunning sunsets and well maintained grounds. Managers go out of their way to help and are very accommodating. We had a garden room and loved it! Not far to hang out beachfront sipping cocktails on the loungers. Great location closish to Avarua and worthy numerous eating places near by. scooter and car hire across road very handy. Will definaty come back!!! We miss raro!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Just returned from 5 nights in the Cook Islands, staying at the Manuia Beach Resort and would highly recommend the resort for its service, location, size and comfort. As a couple on their honeymoon looking for a good mix of activity and relaxation this small boutique resort for over 16's was perfect. Staff couldn't have been more friendly or willing to help. Loved the room including the outdoor shower. Hosts Alex and Loren are absolute gems!!

Room Tip: Beachfront rooms 1-6 have great views and accessability to facilities. Beachfront 1&2 are quiet...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Samford, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

If you are looking for the most beautiful setting to leave your cares behind, this is the place. My husband and I just spent the most amazing week at this resort. It's just the right size, is totally relaxing, has the most friendliest staff and is a true tropical paradise. It's over 16's only so is really peaceful and the grounds are beautiful. Sand everywhere (no need for shoes), plenty of sun loungers, hammocks, bean beds, a day bed and the infinity pool. 2 days will feel like a week if you're lounging around but plenty to do on the Island with the help of Alex and Loren, the Resort Managers who make you feel like you've known them forever and that you are staying with them in their home. Get to know Kura who is meant to be the Restaurant Supervisor but is everywhere, involved in everything! I can't rate this resort enough, it has to be seen to be believed. We will definitely be back. Oh, and go to the Island Night, it's well worth the money!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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31 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

This place is beautiful-the perfect place for a quiet romantic escape-great value for money, beautiful rooms, and Alex and Loren bent over backwards to make us feel welcome-it was perfect. I preferred the restaurants at the resorts either side for dinner, but it was fine for lunch and the included breakfast was great-especially loved the pancakes!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

My partner John & I have just returned from a 7 night stay at Manuia. It was our first visit to Raro, so we didn't know where to stay or what to do. Manuia arranged all airport transfers for us (prompt & painless each time) and upon our arrival we were even offered an upgrade to a beachfront room. Alex showed us to the room personally and gave us a thorough run-down of the resort's facilities & local attractions. He left us with a map of the island & plenty of brochures to read. Throughout our stay it was evident that Alex, and wife Loren, have a very hands-on approach to management. They are continually popping in to the restaurant, or wandering past the pool area simply to say hi to the staff & guests and make sure everyone's happy. We got the impression that nothing was too much trouble, and that really had a positive impact on our overall holiday experience. Staff at Manuia are great also, very friendly and cheerful. The only thing I think could use some improvement is the menu at the restaurant - all fine if you're a meat eater, not so easy if you're vegetarian. There are still plenty of other options for food on the island, however, so no big deal. Would definitely recommend Manuia to anyone looking for accommodation in Rarotonga. We'll be back!

Room Tip: Beachfront rooms are beautiful. Lots of space, well thought out. Being too near the resort's res...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Last week my husband and I stayed at Manuia Resort for 6 nights and 7 days. We thouroughly enjoyed our stay, our room was immaculate, the staff were friendly, considerate, caring and very professional.

The managers were always around to ensure customer satisfaction, the grounds were immaculately kept by staff, the room staff were hard working and rooms were always kept to a high standard during our stay. Included with our stay was a tropical breakfast (cereals, fruit, yoghart, toast and Mama's pancakes - delicious and light) a scooter for 3 days and a food and beverage credit which kepts us fed and entertained for our whole stay. The infinity pool was fabulous and beach loungers just perfect for lazy days in the sun, and the hammocks - wish we had these back here in our garden. I couldn't have been happier here. One guest was even proposing to his girlfriend and one of the staff members made a special weaved archway just to make it more romantic for them. The Island Experience night was really fun too, its so much better to do the cultural activities rather than just sit and watch them. The buffet on this night was absolutely delicious.

Manuia Resort is either only a short bus trip or scooter ride away from all of the attractions of the island and the office staff can book these on your behalf. The resort is adults only and we chose this place for this reason as we took a well deserved little break alone without the family in tow. i would come back here in a heartbeat and have brought back as many memories as possible and love wearing my new pareu's around the house now.

The resort is under renovation and they are renovating each room one by one - this made no difference to our stay at all.

My experience was staying at Manuia Resort and experiencing the attractions the Island has to offer by getting around on a scooter or car was 200% the way to go. Can't wait to come back and se the freindly team at Manuia Resort - they made our stay so much more than just having somehwre to stay. Special thanks to Loren and Alex the Resort Managers, Tata who kept our room beautiful, Kura Restaurant Supervisor for her warm welcome each day, Ulesi and Papa Joe who everyday kept the grounds immaculate so when you walked out of your room you knew you were in a little island paradise and the friendly Office team. We wish you all the best, keep up the great work!!

Room Tip: Ask for a renovated room - Room 18 is great a little off the beach but private, quiet and 30 seconds...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

I would highly reccommend Manuia Resort to any couple travelling to Rarotonga.

We stayed in a renovated unit - not beach front; but it wouldn't have made a difference as we walked out onto lovely white sand from our room.

The staff were very friendly and made our trip that much more enjoyable.

This definately is a place for couples wanting to enjoy each others company and enjoy the peace and quiet.

I can't speak any higher of quailty location this resport offers. You are literally a 1 min walk from the scooter/car hire, close to town, have an amaing pool on the beach and an onsite restaurant with quality food and cheap cocktails!!

Thank you for making our trip so memorable, when we return we will be checking in at Manuia Resort again - Natalie and Tolai

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Manuia Beach Resort

Address: PO Box 700, Arorangi, Cook Islands
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Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Arorangi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Arorangi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Manuia Beach Resort 3.5*
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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Also Known As:
Manuia Beach Boutique Avarua
Hotel Manuia Beach Boutique
Manuia Beach Resort Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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