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“A place to truly relax”
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Makayla Palms
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new hampshire
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86 reviews
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“A place to truly relax”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

We spent five relaxing days at Makayla Palms and enjoyed every minute. The villas are well appointed and spotlessly clean, and John and Rachel were excellent hosts who give us many little extras like fresh fruit and baking. Although you aren't near much in the way of shopping or restaurants, the local bus service is cheap and runs hourly each way. The beach is only a few feet away although not visible from the villas. The beach is great (and very quiet), with superb snorkeling because there is a reef well offshore that results in a large lake-like area for snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, etc. John and Rachel provide the snorkeling gear and kayaks. One note: although the website is correct in saying "free WiFi", all that means is a connection to a telecom hotspot. You still have to buy a data account from the local phone company in order to access the internet.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

An excellent choice for any visitors to Raro:
- Lovely villas stocked with all the essentials for a self-catering holiday (and some things you didn't even realise were essential).
- 10 second walk to the beach (with few other visitors). Amazing snorkelling straight off the beach - no need to try other spots round the island.
- Delicious breakfasts and home-baking.
- Rachel and John make everything so easy: from scooter/car hire and snorkel equipment to well-vetted restaurant and activity recommendations/bookings. As hosts, they absolutely can't be faulted.
We'll be back!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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JDMR, Owner at Makayla Palms, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us at Makayla Palms and appreciate your kind words.We work hard to help our guests have an excellent experience where we can and the icing on the cake for us is telling us that you will return! Love to see you both again.
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Santa Cruz, California
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

This was our first trip to the Cook Islands, and we really enjoyed the people there. Our time there felt like being in an actual community instead of something set up for tourists. This was enhanced by the fact that John and Rachel knew everyone (maybe not surprising since it takes 45 minutes to circumnavigate the whole island by car).
Makayla Palms was a beautiful, modern, clean, well taken care of property on Raro. The owners take great pride in their villas and the grounds. They have a wonderful garden and the beach is secluded (we had the whole beach to ourselves most of the time). We cooked while we stayed there and it's in walking distance of a botanical garden with a cafe and has a little fruit stand across the street but otherwise you would some sort of transportation to get around (bike, motorbike, car, kayak, bus). It was unusually hot while we stayed there so sleeping was a bit a challenge (although it made the ocean feel that much nicer). My wife had allergies to the smoke around the island from burning piles of yard cuttings and sweet flowers. Our villa was the closest to the road so we did hear motorbikes, but that's not unique to MP.
John and Rachel had great recommendations for local places to visit, and they arranged a very nice dinner for us prepared by a local family, with dancing from their talented daughters. They really take care of you: our original flight in was cancelled (Virgin Australia) but John met us at the airport with a rental car that they had paid for, and they arranged for us to stay in the Rarotongan on the first night until our room at MP was available.
We didn't really know what to expect, but ended up having a great relaxing time, swimming 3x a day and getting immersed in island time.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Makayla Palms is a little slice of paradise with a beautiful beach for swimming & snorkelling. John & Rachel are top notch hosts -- full of knowledge re the island, excellent suggestions for activities, restaurants & shopping. In addition, Rachel's breakfasts are a treat both in taste & visually! The units are comfortable & well maintained with beautiful gardens surrounding them. We found it to be the perfect place to relax & enjoy the beauty of the South Pacific.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Havelock North, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Makayla Palms is situated in one of the more picturesque beaches in Rarotonga. From the villa's it took us less than a minute to walk right to the beach front. Rachel and John supplied lots of snorkelling gear, kayaks and plenty of beach towels. The villa's are tastefully decorated and spotless. Rachel spoiled us with her delicious home baking and was happy to advise us on the best places to go for food and entertainment on the island. Rachel and John even offer a rental car for guests to book. Fred and his family did a traditional "umu" for us in Makayla Palms' own private garden which we thoroughly enjoyed. While we enjoyed the food his daughters entertained us with beautiful traditional dances. As well as this Fred shared with us his wide range of knowledge on coconuts and the many ways in which they were traditionally used. We have no hesitations whatsoever on recommending Makayla Palms - we thoroughly enjoyed coming back to Rarotonga and wouldn't want to stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Milsons Point, Australia
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Our first (and hopefully not last) visit to the Cook Islands was a memorable one. We were fortunate to chose the perfect place for our stay: Makayla Palms on the beautiful island of Rarotonga. John and Rachel are the perfect hosts for an amazing holiday. They go the extra mile to make you feel welcome which includes home made cookies, fresh fruit and personal attention. The accommodation (Villa Tia) is a joy. Clean, spacious and well furnished and equiped and situated close to the beach surrounded by beautiful plants and trees. Furthermore complimentary kayaks, reef shoes and snorkel gear. As said: heaven on earth. A special thanks to Loving and Fred for the complimentarty fruits during our stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newmarket, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2013

We loved it very much. Very beautiful and very well maintained. The best beach for the snorkeling. John and Rachel are very supportive and helpful. Thank you for your hospitality!!!
For the location and the price there is nothing better in Rarotonga.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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JDMR, Owner at Makayla Palms, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
We so enjoyed your stay....it was all too short! Fascinated to find that Russians know all about the Cook Islands.Thanks for your kind review and we very much hope that we will see you again.
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Property: Makayla Palms
Address: Kauare, Titikaveka 0000, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Titikaveka
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Titikaveka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Makayla Palms 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Air NZ Cook Island Tourism Award Winner 2016/2017 Self Catering Villas Award winning Rarotongan accommodation at its best! Excellence on trip Advisor. Beautiful self catering villas with private beach access to stunning Titikaveka lagoon and beach. A perfect tropical holiday destination. Relax on the uncrowded beach with complimentary kayaks and snorkeling equipment or explore the many and varied activities on the island. Makayla Palms has a two bedroom villa and two couples villas (studios) and they have everything you need for your tropical holiday. These fully screened villas feature full kitchens, spacious lounges with flat screen TV, iPod dock, DVD player and Wifi modem. A cupboard contains all linen changes and beach towels, books games and DVDs. Guests enjoy the BBQ on their deck and the open air shower. AIR CON available with a surcharge. Within walking distance is a village shop, a fruit stall, a church, Tuk tuk tours, cafes and restaurants. Three kms away in Muri are many more cafes and restaurants. There is a car and scooters that can be pre booked and parking is available on the property. Buses run regularly and may be hailed at the gate. Exclusive airport transfers are available for booking. ... more   less 
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