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Sunrise Beach Bungalows
3.0 of 5 Villa   |   Main Rd, Sunrise Beach, Cook Islands   |  
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Ramona, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great beachfront bungalows!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Great place, very clean!!! Make sure you ask for one of the three bungalows that are right on the beach. Almost like having your private beach. Kitchenette was adequate. Nice hot water for a shower:) Caryn the proprietor was great and will bend over backwards to take care of you with her endless energy. One night we had a barbecue out by the Pool and now have new friends from Germany, Holland, Canada and the cook Islands. We plan to go back. Thanks so much Caryn! Sharon and Vish

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Muscat Governorate, Oman
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
50 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

The family and I (two young children) stayed at Sunrise both before and after our trip to Aitutaki. We stayed initially in an Ocean Front Bungalow and in the 2br house on our return. We were very happy with both accommodations. Unless you really need the space or want the mod-cons the house provides, I'd recommend the Ocean Front Bungalow. Lounging on the cane sofa with cushions on the verandah, listening to the waves breaking on the nearby reef and watching the odd whale swimming past barely 50 meters away was incredibly relaxing.

The beach in front of Sunrise is not really suitable for swimming (rocks and coral), but Muri beach is lovely and is within walking distance.

Caryn was a gracious host and we very much enjoyed sharing tales with her. We were picked up from and dropped back at the airport without any fuss or problems.

Don't expect 5 star luxury at Sunrise, but do expect excellent value for money for comfortable accommodation.

We'd be only too happy to stay at Sunrise again and hope we get the opportunity to one day.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

We stayed with Caryn from the 12/01/14 - 19/01/14 and have to say that she was the coolest lady ever! We had the best stay at sunrise, caryn is so hospitable and so caring towards us... Nothing was ever a problem! We would recommend staying there to everyone we know! The location was perfect, with a dairy just across the road, it was close to all the activities and tours so it was just perfect! We hired two beach front bungalows and the two bedroom beach house... Very clean, tidy, and quite modern in the house, I loved it so much and the best part it was amazing value for money!! we left our doors wide open day and night, so felt very safe in the area too.
If you want a stress free getaway then sunrise is the place for you!! Give Caryn a call today. We miss you Caryn, Jess, Nicky, Eric, grace, Tarah, Priscilla, Louis, Vicky and Maree xoxox

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 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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Canada
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7 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

This was our 5th trip to Raro and we would not stay anywhere else but at the Sunrise.We find it very restfull and quiet everytime we have been there. All the rooms are immaculately clean
Caryn the host is very accomodating picking you up on arrival and making sure that you get settled in to your place. She goes out of her way to sometimes take you around the island to show you spots of interest. Just ask her and she will do her best to answer all questions. She is great.
This is a little hidden gem off the roadway so the only thing you hear are the breaking waves which is great. This is a great value for the clean place that you get, try to find something as good and as clean will be hard to find.
I would highly recommend this if you want peace and quiet and it is not to far from great beaches or beaches for snorkeling. Do like everyone who comes get yourself
(Caryn will arrange) a scooter or a car.I would recommend this 100%.
Thanks Caryn and the critters for a great time.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I stayed with my family (Including my three year old son and 76 year old grandmother) in the house and it was beyond what we were expecting. The house is lovely and spacious it is set up beautifully and had enough beds for all of us. The view of the ocean is amazing and overall the accommodation is great value for money. Caryn was just lovely, she was at the airport early hours of the morning to pick us up and even made two trips in the pouring rain to make sure we got to the place safely. She was a great host being super helpful with everything! Thanks Caryn we had the best time and I would definitely recommend this place :)

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Warwick, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Sunrise, Caryn met us at the airport and was very friendly and helpful throughout our stay. We had booked a garden bungalow, but got a free upgrade to beachfront, which gave us a stunning view. We used bicycles (free to borrow from Sunrise) and the local bus to get around the island. The accommodation was spacious, clean and very comfortable, with all the facilities we required. Excellent value for money. We'd love to visit again sometime!

  • Stayed October 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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Canberra, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

First of all, the beachside bungalows really are right on the beach! They have amazing views of the ocean, and are set out so you feel very private. Perfect for e.g. honeymooners. The rooms are spacious and well appointed. You have a little lounge area, and a balcony with outdoor table and chairs. The rooms are clean.

The owner is super friendly, but has had problems with her phone and email, leading to problems with her losing bookings or not seeing responses. I tried to extend my booking via email (the day after originally making the booking) but she never got my email, nor a couple of follow ups. When I phoned her, she told me to email the details of the change needed and by the time she finally got that email, she had no room available for that extra night. It was all a bit confusing.

However, she went out of her way to book me the extra night in another nearby hotel (had even made two different bookings so I could choose which I preferred) and negotiated a great rate with them for that night. She picked me up personally the next morning, and showed me around the area on the way to the hotel. She also arranged car hire for me (three days of which was free with my hotel booking). There are also very cute and friendly cats and dogs on site.

The only downside is that the hotel is not really on Muri beach. Muri lagoon is around 2km away. The beach directly outside the hotel is rocky and not suitable for swimming (although it's nice to paddle around a little and watch the fish). Another little quibble is that housekeeping seems to turn up around 5pm, which was always right when we were returning after a long day out and wanting to shower and change before going out for dinner. So we had to keep saying "no" to the cleaners, and the room never really got cleaned.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Main Rd, Sunrise Beach, Cook Islands
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Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 74 Specialty Lodging in Rarotonga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunrise Beach Bungalows 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Absolute oceanfront ocean and garden bungalows and 2 bedroom family house.9m from Muri Lagoon fully self catering bring yourselves and your bagsset in 4800 square metres of sand and garden privateswimming pool gas bbeque tour desk complimentary snokelling equipmentideal for groups families and couples ... more   less 
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