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“As good as it gets!” 5 of 5 stars
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Sands Villas
PO Box 3159, Cook Islands   |  
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wellington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“As good as it gets!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Our family of ten stayed in two of the villas. The location was superb, even though it was very windy most of our stay! Rarotonga is great in that you can get away from it all and relax, but can hop in a car and in a couple of minutes be at the shops or a cafe for dinner. The staff are lovely, but unobtrusive. The beach is superb, with good snorkelling right in front of the villas.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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RarotongaHolidayer, Manager at Sands Villas, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Kia Orana, thank you for choosing Sands Villas for your family holiday. We'll see you again once Wellington winter kicks in! Kia Manuia.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Townsville, Australia
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Only got to stay here for 3 nights and wish we could of had more. Enjoyed the location and the house was great. All the comforts of home. Was just a short stroll along the beach to great restuarants. Had a great time in the kayak just floating around the lagoon. Pleasant way to while away the day resting on the front deck overlooking the ocean. We stayed in the Villa that was absolute beach front and it was a dream. Would stay there again and definitely recommend this spot to anyone wanting to visit Rarotonga.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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RarotongaHolidayer, Manager at Sands Villas, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Kia Orana Gary,

We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. We'll be taking good care of the kayaks until your next visit!
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Te Aroha, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Everything you could ask for. Again Aunty Rongo was fantastic. the place is equipped with everything you need.
First time there we had the coral and hibiscus villas, second time there werent as many of us and we had the front coral villa.
Great for families, and even when you're with the whole family, you can still sneak away for some quiet time with your person.
Rock dog....aka Jack....was there again...fantastic, and we got to meet Jack's parents who had come over from NZ.
We just love the Sands Villas. Wouldn't consider staying anywhere else in Rarotonga.
Thanks for sharing this awesome place.

  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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RarotongaHolidayer, Manager at Sands Villas, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Kia Orana, We're so glad you enjoyed your holiday with us- make it three and you've stayed in all three villas! See you next time. Kia Manuia.
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We stayed here in December 2012 with family. The location is superb on a beautiful beach with amazing snorkelling (equipment provided) - even the oldies had a go. The villa itself was spacious, well-equipped and beautifully furnished. We were very warmly welcomed and given lots of information on places to visit.
We would have no hesitation in recommending this property.

  • Stayed December 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RarotongaHolidayer, Manager at Sands Villas, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
We're glad you enjoyed your holiday with us Eric- see you and the family next holiday!
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

I had great stay here. The accommodation staff were very warm and welcoming and exceptionally friendly; they were constantly recommending places for us to go and see and we really felt like we got a slice of the 'real' Raro. Its right on the beach so you can wake up and step out into paradise.The snorkelling was was incredible! Would definitely recommend this place to my friends.

  • Stayed April 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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RarotongaHolidayer, Manager at Sands Villas, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Thank you for your review Steph. We look forward to seeing you in paradise again soon.
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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6 hotel reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

Stayed here for 7 nights late May 2012 with a party of 16 celebrating a 60th birthday. There was plenty of room for all of us to gather together for the evenings, especially in the villa second back from beach, this villa had a big glass enclosed sun room which gave us great protection from the wind. There were great views out to the Lagoon from the front villa which is the one we stayed in. Perfect for this type of group however would be just as good for a family or even just a couple in one villa. I would choose the front one for the views.
Unfortunately we had very windy and rainy weather whilst there but it was still warm and it didn't stop us doing anything we wanted to. I imagine it would be truely idilic if the sun was out all the time.
Landlady was living on site and could assist with anything we wanted, all villas were well stocked with towels, tea towels and dishwashing liquid etc. Only thing we needed to buy was food.

Room Tip: Pick the front villa for the views. Third bedroom was quite small though and had no mirror which wa...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Seriously don't go anywhere else. This 3 bdrm place (coral villa) is right on the beach, in Titikaveka, and honestly is the BEST spot in Raro for snorkelling. We had lots of family staying with us, so we saw other places, and other beaches. Our kids were out there everyday, some nights after dark, they couldn't get enough. The sand is white and easy to walk on, no sharp coral on shore.
Because it's on the south side, you get sunrise and sunset up and down the beach. We had our wedding here, it was perfect. The house is awesome. The master bdrm has an airconditioner but this wasn't strong enough to cool the whole house, although every room has ceiling fans which are fine. You're going there for warmth anyway, enjoy it. We were there the last wknd in March and it wasn't too bad at night. We were lucky and had no rain all week except overnight 2 or 3 nights.
The house is tidy, clean, well provided with everything you need as a home away from home. Mama Ina out the back has more beach towels if you run out, and she's lovely. We locked ourselves out one day and she let us back in. Franklin the cat makes himself at home there too, he's very affectionate.
Would recommend you take your own snorkel and mask though as they're not great.
It's hard to find, make sure you give people perfect instructions if you need anyone to find the place, it's not signposted for privacy, and there are not obvious landmarks to make it any easier.
Wonderful place, we will be back for sure.

Room Tip: I put 'service' lower, only because it's only serviced once a week...we did know this be...
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  • Stayed March 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 3159, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
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Ranked #22 of 71 Specialty lodging in Rarotonga

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