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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for 2 nights at Vara's before flying to aitutaki. We couldn't fault the view. It is right next to the beach. Our room was okay, of course not five stars but the facility was decent and definitely comfortable. Just a couple of meters down from vera's is a burger shack and was absolutely delicious. So we frequented that.... More 

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Reviewed September 3, 2015

This was home away from home what more could you ask for. Serena was a great there when you needed help and information. Very friendly, kind and welcoming as was her family. This is a great place for family and friends to stay at. I would be very happy to stay there again and I would encourage others to do... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 24, 2014

Good value 'guest house', would stay again. Right on Muri beach. I would recomend walking down to the rugby league club when a game is on and meet some of the locals. Facilities are not flash, but the deck and beach make up for it.

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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Stayed here with my son as part of our 4 month round the world holiday. We stayed in apartments on the hill which although we had our own en suite room we shared a kitchen with some great students on a similar trip to ourselves! The actual beach area and view has to be one of the best I've ever... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

We just had a 10 day stay in Grand View Lodge and it was perfect! Carl and Pua are amazing hosts and always eager to help out. Carl dropped off fresh fruit from the property regularly, and the fresh lychee's made for the perfect cocktail ingredient! The view is to die for, and being set back from the beach to... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Had the pleasure of staying in a self contained unit which had my own shower/washroom kitchen and bedroom was incredible!! Its location was picturesque!! Couldnt have been luckier to have had it recommended to me, the price was so cheap i wondered if it was a typo an was pleased that when i checked it infact was correct!! Close to... More 

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Manchester, England
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

As you can see from lots of the earlier reviews Vara's was the place to be. Sadly the money men have come in and are slowly but surely turning Vara's into an up market hotel/apartments. Gone are the dorms on the beach, these have been replaced by a building site (which only competed with the cockerals as an alarm clock... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

We stayed at Vara's for our entire time in Rarotonga. The rooms were basic but clean and were serviced daily. I don't know how it compares to other places at Muri in terms of price as I didn't check out anywhere else. But it is a great location and is a lovely spot to walk along the beach day or... More 

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Gisborne, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

What a rip off we never got the rooms we booked paid more than was quoted. The units don't come with Tea, Coffee, Milk!! No Soap in the Bath room. Even the dish washing liquid was watered down. Rosters crowed from 12.30 am and the dogs barked most of the night too.

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Bern
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

For the price you can't compare. We stayed for 1 week here and when you look at what accommodation is just next door like the Pacific which is 4* you really can't complain. Varas is not expensive to be directly on Muri Beach. Room was basic but clean. Sun deck is good for relaxing although we were unfortunate with the... More 

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Vara’s Beach is the only budget accommodation set right on beautiful Muri Beach, the most popular and prime beach on Rarotonga. Famous for its perfect white beaches and small islands called “motus” that you can swim, kayak or walk out to. We offer budget style accommodation with lovely fully self-contained Beach Studios, Ensuite as well asTriple/double/single and Dorm rooms. Vara’s Beach is situated on the Eastern side of Rarotonga only 15 minutes drive from main town Avarua, with bus stop, bike rental, souvenir shop and a pharmacy at entrance. koka Lagoon Cruise is located on the property and offers the best Lagoon Curise on the island. Absolutely convenient to everything with bars, dive centers, sailing club, and much more only minutes stroll. Vara's Beach is the place for those looking for fun and excitement, or for those just wanting to relax and unwind and get away from it all. Meet and mingle with our friendly staff and make new friends... ... more   less 

Additional Information about Vara's

Address: Muri Beach | P. O. Box 434, Muri, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Price Range: $563 - $745 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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Vara's Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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“Self contained rooms are better.”
 of 5 bubbles Blingcorp, Sep 24, 2014 | Read review
“If you have a bit of extra cash then the cabins and apartments do offer a much higher standard of accommodation. If you get chance try kite surfing with Kitesup on the main road. We did 3 days and had great fun.”
 of 5 bubbles RoyChalmers, Nov 20, 2013 | Read review
“Beachside is best for some, more sunny more going on. But at the back much more quiet, though got the smelly creek.”
 of 5 bubbles travelkiwi8, Oct 11, 2013 | Read review
“Go somewhere else give this one a miss !!”
 of 5 bubbles SteveScragg, Aug 28, 2013 | Read review
“Rooms opposite Vara's office are somewhat quieter.”
 of 5 bubbles GermanL658, Jun 1, 2013 | Read review
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