My partner and I stayed at the main house with the larger deck in August '11. It really is a magical looking straight out across the lagoon from any window which gives the place its charm. The house is unpretentious, some may find it a little too well worn, but it fits in well with the surroundings and laid back atmosphere of the island. It feels more like a holiday home rather than holiday accommodation if that makes sense. It's worth bringing a stock of food with you for self catering purposes as everything on the Cook Islands is limited and very expensive (Customs showed no interest in all our Japanese stuff bought in LA). Fresh veges, meat or fish can be purchased from the local store (Wigmores) to supplement anything you bring. We went to a resort one night for a dinner and a show - that was more than enough for us. Solitude and quietness is what makes this place special (so long as there's no-one staying next door). Relax and enjoy doing nothing except swimming with all the fish at your backdoor.
The only let down was arriving on a 5am flight from LA, then making our own way to the place ($60 cab fare), only to find that the key hadn't been left out. (F&#K!) This was despite us reconfirming all details prior to arrival. It was still dark and after much groping around, we had to seek help from Wigmores as our phones didn't work. It's open early which was a godsend, and they were very helpful. When Geoff finally turned up after dawn, it was all good, but it wasn't a good way to start - especially considering we'd paid a full night for early check-in (No refund or discount offered - should've asked). It's certainly no hotel, but you can't expect that it'll be like one I guess.
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