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4.0 of 5 Villa   |   Vaimaanga Beach | PO Box 3018, Vaimaanga, Cook Islands   |  
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“Magnificent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Fantastic spot, beautiful views and excellent facilities. Spent 6 nights recently with friends enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. Great to be able to breakfast when you felt like it and cook our own meals if the need or desire arose. Very close to the local shop for any purchases needed. A couple of great restaurants within walking distance too. Really interesting snorkelling just straight out from the villas. Well thought out building plan, with access to outside shower straight off the path from the beach then directly into the bathroom without having to trek sand through the villa.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Wonderful accommodation, nicely decorated, beautiful beachfront location, and importantly with all the amenities indoors (washing machine, aircon, and a properly equipped kitchen with good knives, and decent frypans) and outdoors (free kayaks, snorkelling gear and a pool)
Location was perfect with the supermarket and a good cafe 1 minute walk in one direction and vaima's restaurant 2 minutes walk in the other.
Shine and Tara were wonderful hosts, we will be back

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Had a wonderful holiday here with 3 friends and highly recommend it. Beautiful beach front views, and a lovely villa which is just great for a relaxing holiday. We did quite a bit of home catering on this trip and the kitchen was great to cook in, and the outdoor dining table great for al fresco dining. Having the option of sea or pool is great, as well as the (small) spa pool. Plenty of books and dvds available, as well as snorkeling gear and a kayak. The hosts and associated staff are lovely - really friendly and helpful. The only small oddity is the fact that there isn't a toilet door as such between bedroom and bathroom (there is a painted brick wall divider between bedroom and bathroom and the toilet is discretely tucked away in the corner of the large bathroom with double basins). Sorry, hard to explain. The design of the villa means as there is space at the top of the wall between both bedrooms which are side-by-side, it's not exactly soundproof if you are chatting. So, know your friends well if you're going on a group holiday ;-) Other than that, highly recommend - it's a beautiful part of Raro, and will happily return in future. The sisters have lovely taste and it's an attractive home away from home ... what a view!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

My family and I spent 11 days at the Cooks Bay Villas. Great place for families, we had my parents with us so we took camp stretchers for the kids. Huge rooms with great indoor outdoor flow, plenty of room for all 6 of us. The villas are stunning and very clean. It rained the first few days so the large deck was great for the kids. This place is definitely beach front. This is great self catering accommodation and fab for kids. This would be a very cool place to go if planning a wedding, you could hire all five villas! Photos of this place do not do it justice. When I return to Rarotonga I will be staying at cooks bay villa again. Ps, the fruit platters in the morning a great to wake up to.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Just had another fantastic stay at Cooks Bay Villias.
These villas are very impressive & stylish.
I have had several vsits to the Cooks over the years and wouldn't stay anywhere else!
Thanks guys for an awesome stay.

Picture Perfect .... Paradise!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

This place was fantastic. The Villa's are stunning and I didn't even realise until I got there that we get our own spa. The beach front was stunning and the staff are extremely helpful and friendly. The Villa's inside are beautiful and spacious and I felt like I was at home. I did not want to come home and my husband and I plan to visit annually especially coming home feeling absolutely relaxed. A big thanks to Shine, Simon and Tara, you are all wonderful.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

We went with another couple and found one Villa for 2 couples fabulous. They are so spacious and with a bathroom for each bedroom, it was heaven. Just a few steps from the front of the villa and you were in the sea,swimming, snorkeling, sailing, at your door. Just along from the super market and fabulous restaraunts, so no problem having a wine with dinner or self catering. We just walked back.The cafe just a few doors down made the best smoothies I have ever had but the best part was the people What a delight to find such friendly, helpful, happy, hosts. Tara and Shine you are the best..If you are looking for a relaxing easy place to spend time away, don't make it a short stay. This is the place to go.We went in June and the waether was perfect One wet day in 10 just gave us the excuse to read.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
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Address: Vaimaanga Beach | PO Box 3018, Vaimaanga, Cook Islands
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Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Vaimaanga
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Vaimaanga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cooks Bay Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cooks Bay Villas (CBV) nightly tariff ranges between: NZD$395 - NZD$495per night and is situated on the unspoiled white sandy beach of Vaimaanga, Rarotonga Cook Islands. We offer a wonderful opportunity to indulge yourself in a little luxury, while being able to enjoy the serenity and seclusion of one of the most beautiful locations in the Pacific. Cooks Bay Villas embraces modern polynesian architecture and styling with all villas being absolute beach front, with spectacular views across the lagoon to distance ocean wave breaks. Our Villas include the following:~ Two separate bedrooms with ceiling fans, air-conditioning and separate walk-in en-suites, a King Split Beds in each room that can be set into single beds~ Spacious living area opens onto expansive private balcony with outdoor teak dinning furniture, teak loungers and day-bed~ Fully self contained and well equipped with all modern amenities with Full kitchen facilities including an electric oven, gas top stove, full fridge/freezer, microwave and each villa has its own (Ultra Violet) treatment water system~ Entertainment embraces a 4inch LED TV, Home Theatre, Stereo/Hard drive consisting of movies, documentaries, tv series, cartoons, music etc. Telephone and WIFI-Internet connection~ Each villa have a Private outdoor courtyard, accessible from both bedrooms and en-suites, a jacuzzi/spa pool, outdoor shower, sitting area, clothes line and a small laundry with washing machine and tub~ Another fantastic feature of this property is that Villas 2, 3 & 4, having full wheelchair access and being disability friendly. Relation should be a way of life, so at Cooks Bay Villas we also offer guests a selection of on-site facilities and services to help you relax and recharge. We understand these little extras go a long way in helping you really enjoy your island experience. ... more   less 
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