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4.0 of 5 Villa   |   Vaimaanga Beach | PO Box 3018, Vaimaanga, Cook Islands   |  
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Brisbane, Australia
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“WOW!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We travelled as a party of 10 and stayed in 3 of the villas at Cooks Bay Villas. CBV's is amazing, everything that the photos show and more. The villas are very clean, self contained and well laid out, everything has been thought of. Each bedroom has its own bathroom which was perfect for our party. The movie channel on the TV was ideal for when the kids needed some quiet time. Everything is well maintained and cared for and the cleaning girls do a fantastic job. The start up pack was great to get us going and the fruit platter every morning was wonderful. There is a supermarket over the road which was well stocked. The views are AMAZING. You step off your patio area straight onto sand and then just a few steps to the amazing lagoon. The fish were incredible in the lagoon and you didn't have to go far to see them. Hammocks, kayaks, snorkelling, life vests and reef shoes are all provided. On windy days the pool area is lovely. "Vaima" is a restaurant 1 minutes walk away and it served the most wonderful food at reasonable prices if you feel like having a night off from cooking. Our hosts Shine and Tara (& families) are the most beautiful, kind hearted people you will ever meet. Nothing is a problem and they went over and above helping us with what we wanted to do. My husband and I were renewing our vows after 15 years of marriage and the girls organised/made head garlands, neck Ei's, made a big love heart in the sand out of flowers as well as presenting us with a lovely gift which also was to celebrate my 40th. I didn't get to celebrate my 40th as we were saving up for our Cook Island holiday so it was very special that they had remembered. They helped make it a very special day for us all. But their generosity and kindness was truly shown when our plane got cancelled and we were stranded at the airport at midnight. Shine took all 10 of us back in and gave us beds for the night as well as organising somewhere for us to go the next day. I highly recommend CBV's as the place to stay when visiting the Cook Islands. We can not begin to thank you enough for our amazing holiday and look forward to staying with CBV's in the future, Lisa, Paul and clan xxx

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We would like to thank you for a most relaxing and wonderful stay. We found our villa to be very private and we were under no pressure at all to do anything. Very close to purchase food and eating out places. The gardens were beautiful and we enjoyed the very private spa.

We loved it so much we have booked again already.

Many thanks from Jeannie and Garry.

Room Tip: We had a middle villa and always very private.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Just got back from 9 nights at Cooks Bay Villas and we are having severe withdrawls being back!

We were there for our honeymoon and there was not a single regret about choosing Cooks Bay Villas after extensive research into all of the accommodation on the island.
Shine and Tara were amazing hosts and helped with everything we wanted to do. Shine was in the office at 7pm when we arrived and then again at 6am when we were to get picked up to go to the airport. They both helped to book restaurants and things to do and no question was ever to hard.

The villas themselves are amazing. Great set up with a great flow from the bedrooms with the great bathrooms into the lounge/living area. Nice big TV to watch a good movie (that they provide) after a big day snorkelling in the lagoon that is literally 5 metres from the back deck of the villa.

The first couple of days we were there were hit by a bit of a wind period so we spent the first day in the nice swimming pool which is onsite for the guests and then spent the night drinking wine in our private spa out the back our unit. Amazing.

CBV provides snorkelling gear and kayaks and we used both to look around the amazing lagoon out front. There is fish almost as soon as you hit the water.

We travelled around the island extensively and Cooks Bay Villas would easily rate in the top few places to stay on the island.
We would definitely recommend it and if time and money permits would stay here again in a heartbeat!

A must do is going to the markets on a Saturday morning where you will hear Tara sing. She has an amazing voice! She also sings at the Yellow Hibiscus restaurant which is a just a 5 minute walk up the road!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

.....A Special Place.... A Special People.... A Special Magic....


Cooks Bay Villas exceeded our expectations and then some.

The location is as good as it gets and we loved everything about our villa, Shine and Tara have thought of everything you could possible need or want and you are always greeted with a smile.

The girls/staff that do the cleaning do an exceptional job, I know the accommodations are only a few years old but they still look brand new which is not the case with a some of properties on the island. Having been to Rarotonga seven times, we know and have seen firsthand, how tough the elements can be on an oceanfront property. Constant maintenance is a must, and it was evident at every turn.

Your care and attention to detail are second to none and we truly loved every minute of our stay, (even being woken up in the middle of the night by your father to tell us our door was unlocked)


Looking forward to calling this our home away from home for many years to come.

We have already booked for next year.

Donna and Ryck.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We love this place so much we have come three years in a row and have already booked for next year!! Everything you could need at your finger tips, so lovely and clean and easy living.Well designed, spacious villas right on the beach, with pool, spa love it! Great for a family or a couple. Thank Shine, Tara and family we love your place and will come back again and again!!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

My husband and I love Rarotonga and have stayed many times over the years. This time we stayed at Cooks Bay Villas and it was exceptional. The villas are spacious, modern, cool, comfortable and affordable. In fact I almost don't want to share this island treasure.

Shine and Tara also made our stay even better. So friendly and thoughtful. I am looking forward to our next stay.

Room Tip: We were in the middle villa. It was great. The celings are high, we were close to the amenities.
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  • Stayed August 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
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Toowoomba, Australia
1 review
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Just want to a leave a wonderful thank you to Shine and her family for our best holiday ever. Everything was seamless. There was nothing more to ask for. We travelled from Australia with a long stop over in Auckland. The international transfer lounge is so set up for everything that you need in transit that the time went by quite quickly. We could keep the children's technology charged which assisted with the smooth trip.
Arriving at Cooks Bay Villas was like a dream come true. A wonderful warm welcome at 0200am and a cosy bed awaited us. My parents had one villa and our little family of 5 stayed in a villa next to them. Time went by way too fast and everyday we were sad that we knew we would eventually have to leave. So much thought had gone into the design of the villas that each day felt like a privledge to be able to stay there. We would certainly love to go back in a heartbeat. Envious of anyone about to travel to the Cooks Bay Villas - you will not regret it.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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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$595per 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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