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Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Titikaveka
Certificate of Excellence
Hamilton
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“So Glad We Chose Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Back in New Zealand, listening to the rain, I can hardly believe we had such a lovely holiday at Moana Sands. We chose this hotel because it was one of the few places where we could stay right on the beach and have 3 adults in the room (including our teenage daughter): and what a beach it turned out to be!!

I'm quite sure that we had the best beach on Rarotonga. (It was certainly the best beach I saw as we wandered around the island.)

They gave us a room on the second floor. We walked in and just stood there, stunned by the incredible view from our balcony. We ate a lot of meals on our wonderful little balcony. Much can be achieved with a microwave and a frying pan, especially once we discovered that Wigmore's Superette had really nice fish packaged in small quantities, just right for three people.

The beds were extremely comfortable. We were grateful for the air conditioning and delighted to find that the TV was modern enough to take the cards from our cameras, so we could view each day's photos. Everything was spotlessly clean and it was lovely to have new beach towels each day.

The continental breakfast, included in the room price, proved to be more than adequate. Yes, it was limited but we loved the fresh fruit salad. The juice was delicious, and cereal and toast was all we needed. We were very happy with it.

But what makes Moana Sands so awesome is that beautiful fish come so close to the shore that even non-swimmers like me, can walk out into the water and feed them. It was pure joy to see them. It would be nice if Moana Sands had a fish chart in reception so that guests could identify them. (Just a thought.) Luckily our daughter had googled them and remembered a lot of the names. She bought a fish chart at the airport as we were leaving so in the end we managed to identify everything we saw. The water is always deep enough for a swim, even at low tide, and the beach chairs are comfortable if sunbathing is more your thing. The coral sand is soft and fine underfoot. There are bowls of water strategically placed for foot washing before going back into the rooms, so not too much sand gets in. I did notice a broom in one of the cupboards, but didn't need to use it because the cleaning ladies did such a good job.

We met people staying there who were back for their third or fourth visit, and it is easy to see why. The hotel staff are very willing to help with bookings and advice. The night manager, James, is perfect for the job, nothing is too much trouble, he remembers people's names and has the nicest smile. Having James meet you at the airport with a lei and a bottle of water, then effortlessly whisk you and your luggage back to the hotel is a great way to start your holiday.

I can also heartily recommend their Sunday BBQ. The food was delicious. We ate one night at the Sands Restaurant attached to, but not owned by, Moana Sands. Sadly, I can't recommend this as a good place to eat. It was the one place where we felt ripped off. The food was nice, but the wait was long, the amount on our plate pitiful and the price way too high for what we got. We left still hungry.

The Te Vara Nui Show and Buffet Dinner was marvellous, as was the Highland Paradise Sunset Feast and Show. They are so different that it is well worth going to both, but if I could only do one it would be Te Vara Nui (more food, better view, great performance). We also really enjoyed our day with Captain Tama's Lagoon Cruizes.

We were glad that we hired a car, as we felt that Moana Sands was quite a long way from most things. On the days when it was too windy to snorkel at Moana Sands we explored other parts of the island. The wind was a real nuisance, it stirred up the sand and made the water too murky to see the fish or the rocks! On our last day it was whipping the sand across the beach so much that it stung our legs. Luckily we had done our snorkelling early in the week when the weather was really lovely. That particular part of the island is very windy. If it is too windy at Moana Sands there is a public beach opposite the Big Fish Dive Centre that offers great snorkelling. It is the oldest fish reserve on Rarotonga so there are always lots of fish.

There is a beautiful church within walking distance of Moana Sands. My daughter and I went to church on Sunday (our last day). It was just as beautiful inside. The singing was wonderful and the service in English. We joined them for sandwiches and scones afterwards. There is also a garden and café within walking distance of the hotel. The café was only open about three days a week, but the garden was a delight. We photographed lots of flowers while my daughter fed the hens. There was also, inevitably, a friendly cat that seemed to live there most of the time.

There is a little grocery shop within walking distance, but we didn't go there, so I don't know how well stocked it is. Because we had a car and we were in town shopping for souvenirs, we went to the supermarket there. Food prices were high but we expected that and it was still cheaper than eating out every night. Don't miss the Saturday markets - lots of colour and music and a few good bargains.

But I can't finish a review on Moana Sands without mentioning the crabs. Whenever we could, we went down to the beach at night with a torch to watch the crabs come out to feed. It seemed like the whole beach was alive with little crabs scuttling down to the water. We were just fascinated.

We would gladly go back to Moana Sands if we are ever lucky enough to have another holiday in Rarotonga. We were all delighted with it. The Moana Sands Villas looked amazing, and would be lovely, I'm sure, but if you are on a tighter budget, the Beachfront Hotel is a great place to stay.

Room Tip: Being on the second floor with a balcony makes it feel very private and rather special.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Awesome location right on the beach and the best snorkelling spot . Lovely friendly , helpful staff and handy to have restaurant on site for breakfast and some dinners. Had everything we needed
room clean, not ultra modern but very presentable . definitely recommend this hotel and located on one of the nicer parts of the Island .

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We stayed at the Moana Sands Villas. These villas were absolutley beautiful inside and out. The main lounge had a sliding door which went out onto a concrete area which had seating and coffee table. This area then went out onto a sandy garden, BBQ area where you could lounge around on sun loungers, have bbq's with the guests in the other units. The bbq area then had two steps down to the beautiful beach which was great for snorkelling and swimming. Lots of fish around your feet and you were lucky if you actually saw more than five people on the beach. There is also a great cafe next door called Coco Latte which do the best ever Uncle Marks Cocount Drink. I am definitly going to stay there again. Absolutley love staying there.

Room Tip: Definity stay here and ask for a daily breakfast and a villa room on ground level.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

great location , hotel needs some love but is ok.
Biggest let down is the bathroom taps squirt you and the cleaners don't clean showers very well at all , we still had soap ends from last people in sower EWWL!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bingil Bay, Australia
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

My husband and I spent two weeks at the Cook Islands,we did'nt know what to except,because there is'nt much publicity here in Far North Queensland about the islands.
We were in for a surprise and ended up having a great holidays,the staff at the hotel were so kind, James with his big smile and always ready to help,The girls on the the desk and the three girls cleaning the rooms ,all made us feel very much at home.We stayed on the topfloor in a Beach Studio,with a balcony overlooking the beach,what more would you want.
The two weeks flew by far too fast and all we can say is,Thank you for your care and we hope to come back to Moana Sands and all the friendly faces.

Rex and Lia Couse,Yungaburra, Far North Qld, Australia

Room Tip: The TopFloor ,we found the best for the view and quiet at night
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 3, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here at the hotel for a week just recently, had an amazing time, had a ground floor room which opened straight on to the beach, fantastic!! Staff were great, friendly, more than willing to help and make suggestions. Only thing that I would change is the bed, very soft and even though it was a king bed, it was two singles pushed together. Also the place could do with a bit if a spruce up but very clean otherwise. Thanks for a great holiday!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

We arrived in Rarotonga for our first ever 'island getaway' holiday and our first trip away with our 8 month old son. Unfortunately we had average weather for most of our holiday, but we could still sit in our room and watch the rain on the water. We had adjoining ground floor rooms which were perfect. We could send the baby through to the other room to spend time with his grandma while we went for a walk or a bike ride or all just walk out our ranch slider straight onto a beautiful golden sandy beach. There were plenty of snorkles to go around and a lovely beach for fish spotting nice and close to shore for those of us who were too chicken to go too far out.
It's not the most upmarket hotel and could do with a re vamp however it had everything that we needed, a good sized kitchenette, big shower and a super king bed. It was clean and tidy and Naneth the housekeeper was super sweet and loves to babysit. Unfortunately we didn't need her baby sitting services however I would have felt very comfortable leaving him with her.
Breakfast in the restaurant was simple but pleasant and dinner was fantastic and deceptively good value given the portion sizes and quality.
We will definitely go back there for our next holiday! I'd recommend hiring a scooter or car to get to the super market or Saturday market in town as the buses are really pricey for tourists.

Room Tip: The ground floor units were great to walk straight out onto the beach.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel
Address: Ara Tapu, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Titikaveka
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Titikaveka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel, directly overlooking the idyllic Titikaveka Beach, features a variety of studios with stunning beachfront views. Evenings can be spent at Sands Restaurant & Bar and our popular Sunday night beach BBQ. ... more   less 
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