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“Bliss” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ariana Bungalows

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Ariana Bungalows
Avarua, Upper Tupapa, Cook Islands   |  
Hotel amenities
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Bliss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

My partner and I stayed here for 6 nights before moving to the Sanctuary Resort on the other side of the Island for two nights. In hindsight we wished we had stayed at Ariana the entire time!

The Bungalows are really clean and comfortable, the gardens are well kept and the property is great for both families or groups. We liked that the property was situated only slightly inland, but was extremely sheltered from the wind. Often when it was too breezy to sunbathe on the beach it was more pleasant to chill out by the pool here.

Kylie and Marsh are hard-case, friendly and accommodating. Nothing is a problem. They will give you attention if you require it, or privacy if you prefer.

Ariana is located just between the main township and Muri which made for easy scootering around the island.

Just loved it !

  • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

This place is simply amazing :) it didnt ruin our budget, cater to our holidaying needs and was simply stress free which is what u need if u want a enjoyable beautiful holiday. Kylie and Marsh did a beautiful job with the upkeep of the surrounds, they are very friendly and approachable and invisbile until needed. Our room was very clean and tidy and made it feel like we were on holiday as it is different to city life. Location is superb, we were the SB regular customer at midnight lol. Maintenance of our room was great had new towels wen we needed them lol like she read our minds. But this place is definitely a keeper amd a must stay if u are wanting to have a relaxing enjoyable cheap holiday. Recommend to all with A+ ;) lol. We definitely going to be staying here in the rest of our trips to Raro. February 2014 we shall see u there :)

  • Stayed February 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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Gold Coast Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

After leaving Australia and the stress of work behind me I fell into the arms of Kylie and Shannon at Rarotonga Airport.It was after midnight and yesterday!,they drove me to there bungalows I felt right at home.Mine was spotless,everything I needed,which was a good nights sleep!.Next in the light of day I saw beautifully kept tropical gardens,bungalows spread out and around a fresh water swimming pool.It was there I spent my late afternoons in the company of other quest,with Kylie and Shannon the perfect host.During the day I toured the island mostly by bike,supplied by the bungalows,mixed with the rest of the tourist along the coastal strip.But what I really enjoyed was returning to the bungalows to the peace and quiet of the interior.It's only 5 minutes to the beach,but if you want a break,I'd call it an escape this is the place to head.Thankyou K and S.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

We came to Arianas and spend 4 nights at club raro and exceded our expectations (much nicer in everyway) we came on ur hunnymooon and totaly enjoyed every moment we spent there, from cooking our own breakfast to lounging on the pool side seats drinking beers and staying cool. Kylie and Marsh friendlest locals ever who run the place, giving u all the advice u need for a wicked holiday and Kylie the best guide for "over the island walk". i totally recommend Ariana's a little peice of paradise. :D

  • Stayed July 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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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

Ariana Bungalows is brilliant! The surroundings are beautiful, the atmosphere is warm & inviting & there's plenty of spots to relax in from poolside to hammock. The hosts Kylie & Marsh make us feel right at home each time we visit, so much so we have stayed at Ariana 3 times & are returning again next month! Their friendly faces even welcome us when we land at the airport making sure we arrive safe & sound at the bungalows. This place is our home away from home & a much more friendly & personable holiday experience versus our time spent at the fancy resorts in the past. I recommend Ariana Bungalows to all :0)

Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

We came here for our Honeymoon and it was just perfect. the rooms are great, peaceful. incredible people as well and felt so looked after.
The bungalows are tidy and maintained daily, the managers are amazing to spend the night talking to - and they introduced us to the locals, who we made good friends with! Just really thoughtful and fun.
And the pool! Man, do't go to a resort - go here, just for the POOL.

  • Stayed February 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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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

I spend three months at Ariana Bungalows and it was just fantastic! The surroundings are beautiful, the rooms tidy and clean. It basically has everything you need, and of course the added bonus of a swimming pool. However, the biggest plus for me were the hosts. They truly make you feel at home and help you in any way they can. If you are looking for a great place to stay, this is it!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Additional Information about Ariana Bungalows

Address: Avarua, Upper Tupapa, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 72 Specialty lodging in Rarotonga
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Ariana you will have everything you will need for a self catered and relaxing holiday. We offer excellent budget accommodation that provides clean, well maintained grounds and facilities. Nestled in two acres of lush tropical gardens there is a tranquil and green feeling around the property. We have a sparkling swimming pool and a covered in BBQ area for guests. ... more   less 

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