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Te Akapuao Holiday Home and Studio Villas
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“Home away from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

We were lucky to stay at Charlie & Mary's holiday home for 10 nights and it really did feel like a home away from home.
Mary & Charie were lovely to deal with before, during and after our stay and went out of their way to help us with our queries, change our dates around, booked our transfers, suggested car/scooter hire places, baked us yummy muffins and provided fresh fruit for us.
The location was perfect as we hired scooters and cars so we could go exploring the beautiful restaurants and beaches arount the island.
Muri beach is 10 minutes away by scooter for supplies, and there were a few stores to buy essentials a bit closer as well (Wigmores mini supermarket was about 4kms down the road if we needed a bigger range of supplies).
There were many lovely restaurants close by, The Sands, Little Polynesian, Aria and our favourite lunch place 'The Moorings' at the boat club for FOB (fresh off the boat) fish sandwiches, yum!
The main house at Te Akapuao had loads of room for the 8 of us and all the essential items. The studio villas were great for the couples in our group and the shared pool and large deck were perfect for relaxing and entertaining.
Great value for money, highy recommend and I'd love to come back!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

The hosts were very friendly and welcoming. A lovely fruit basket awaited us and we were gifted with produce from the hosts often. They were also happy to sort out any airport transfers etc for us.... nothing was too much trouble. Even had breakfast muffins delivered one morn.
Have to say we did have trouble with the showers in the main house but the hosts did try to sort this for us.
The roosters were a nuisance at first but you did get used to it after a while..... drink more, :-)
There was a stray cat that made a nuisance of itself by meowing outside the bedroom windows,the first night but after feeding him, he was happy.
The accommodation was clean and tidy especially so after the aftermath of the hens night!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

I have just returned from the holiday of a lifetime in Rarotonga. Fortunate enough to be at a wedding, with 50 of my great friends, I also had the pleasure of staying at Te Akapuao Holiday Home and Studio Villas.
From the moment we arrived, Mary and Charlie treated us like we were their own family. Nothing was a drama, just a wander up the hill with the dogs or a quick phone call and they would come running to help. Smiling of course!
The home itself, is beautiful, comfortable, and practical. Add in the two self contained villas outside, again very comfortable, with everything you need.
But the real beauty of Te Akapuao Holiday Home and Studio Villas is the outdoor pool and dining area, perfect to waste away the hours!
I certainly would go back, sorry WILL go back, just even to see Mary and Charlie again.
I loved Rarotonga, and I loved this place. Bulls for life!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

We were a group of 14 friends, who needed a place to stay in Rarotonga for a friends wedding in Muri Beach - and am so glad we found Te Akapuao! Charlie & Mary were fantastic hosts, and treated us like family from the very moment of our arrival.
We hired the whole property, and were left to our own devices for the most of it, with Charlie & Mary being readily available whenever we needed them.
They were more than hospitable, with all of the additional friends that would come up to join us for the nightly BBQ's and drinks that would ultimately ensue!
The BBQ & pool area were perfectly set up, and were immensely enjoyed every day.
The property is around 2-3kms from Muri Beach, however not an issue at all, when cruising around on a scooter as transport (which is an absolute must for enjoyment levels!).
Thanks so much again Charlie & Mary for having us! We have some awesome memories from our time with you, and hugely miss Te Akapuao (maybe not the roosters though!) X

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

A large group of us rented the home of Charlie and Mary to celebrate a 40th birthday. It was the perfect location for us with both the main house and the villas at our disposal. So nice to have our own pool and an amazing entertaining deck for us all to gather and sip cocktails on. Charlie and Mary were amazing hosts, feeding us not only with fresh fruit and veggies from their garden but also tidbits of information about Raro, the island, what to do, where to eat and we even got a tour of the garden where Charlie pointed out various plants to a couple of us. I've already recommended this property to friends and if I'm ever lucky enough to return, I would love to stay again even with those pesky roosters!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

I celebrated my 40th birthday in Raro and it was awesome to be able to hire the entire property for a really reasonable price, we had our own pool too! It was a fantastic space to have a party where I could invite other friends to. Mary and Charlie are fabulous hosts and make you feel like you're at home. Loved it!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

A beautiful location. Tranquil and relaxing with the beach a short distance away. Everything you needed was provided. Thankyou for a wonderful stay Mary and Charlie and the fresh fruit that graced our table was amazing. Thanks again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Te Akapuao Holiday Home and Studio Villas

Property: Te Akapuao Holiday Home and Studio Villas
Address: Akapuao, Titikaveka 0000, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Titikaveka
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Titikaveka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Te Akapuao is the perfect getaway holiday retreat for groups or large families. A large 4 bedroomed holiday home and two self contained studio villas are situated in the extensively planted grounds of the family property. Sleeps 12! A gated and fenced swimming pool and large entertainment deck compliment Te Akapuao. Both studio villas and main house have insect screens- a must for the night mossies, smoke alarms in all rooms, safes and security grills on main doors. Set up off the Te Ara o Toi the ancient inland road and nestled on the gentle slopes of Akapuao hills, Te Akapuao is less than a 5 minute walk (a 1 minute drive), to the private family beach and the Charlies Beach Cafe & Grill,Paddleboard and Kayak Hire and cafe at the edge of Akapuao Marine Park Reserve, small village shop the 'Fruits of Rarotonga' cafe, Maire Nui Gardens and Cafe, the Pawpaw Patch Restaurant and the Little Polynesian 5 Star restaurant for that extra special 'dine out' night. ... more   less 
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