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Review of Makayla Palms

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Makayla Palms
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Adelaide, Australia
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41 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“First visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

What a beautiful island! Thanks John and Rachel, Lovie and Fred. The villa had everything we needed.couldn't work the tv but no matter- the radio was enjoyable....seems Elvis type songs are popular! Roosters only woke us once or twice. This is island wide,not exclusive to Makayla.The church singing on fridays at 6am was beautiful to wake to. A bit of Road noise might bother some but we didn't mind. Fresh fruit stall across the road was a bonus- nothing like fresh coconuts. Didnt need the aircon and only used the fan twice. Plenty of ventilation. Thanks John for letting us use the car the first night to pick up groceries. Unfortunately the restaurant i had booked for our first night's dinner weeks in advance with complimentary pick up burnt down the day before we arrived. Rachel visited twice to make sure all was ok. The gardens were beautiful thanks to Fred. Thanks to Lovie for saying goodbye on our last day and for your gift.A beautiful lady with a heart of gold. I will remember you every time i look at the pareu. The beach was beautiful, mostly people free. A few dogs but they were no problem. Would recommend if you're not wanting absolute beach front views.

Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014

Makayla Palms is a beautifully located, self-contained option for a spectacular holiday in Rarotonga. We stayed for 9 nights in March and were absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of our hosts John and Rachel. The villas are spotless and provide an amazing home-away-from-home base-point for all activities on the island. Snorkeling from the beach directly infront of Makayla Palms was better than any other spot on the island. We are already dreaming of our next romantic getaway to Makayla Palms and look forward to seeing the wonderful John and Rachel again soon. Thanks again Makayla Palms for the most relaxing holiday we're ever had! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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JDMR, Owner at Makayla Palms, responded to this review, June 16, 2014
We might not be as young as we were!!!!!! but love the romantic getaways and honeymooners that stay with us. Lovely to read how happy you were with your stay with us and thank you so much for your very kind review.
John and Rachel
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Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014

We stayed at Makayla Palms for almost a month last year from Dec 16, 2013 to Jan 11, 2014. It was our first time at Makayla Palms and our seventh visit to Rarotonga.

It is difficult to add much more to the many positive experiences other visitors have had, except we think Makayla Palm is the “hidden gem” amongst all the other accommodations on the island.

Rachel, John, Loving and Fred made us immediately feel at home and staying at villa Tiare surrounded by a lush tropical garden was a delight. With the lagoon just a short walk away, we spent our days at the beach, snorkeling and swimming out to the edge reef. Overall our time at Makayla Palms was more like visiting relatives, a “Home away from Home”.

We are looking forward to be at Makayla Palms again in December 2014

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 5points2014
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Surrey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014

We stayed at Makayla Palms for 9 days in February. Rachel picked us up at the airport and when we drove into Makayla Palms we knew immediately we would be very happy there.
3 villas set apart from each other in the most beautiful spacious gardens. We stayed in Tiarre villa, which was beautiful and furnished to a very high standard. It was very clean and comfortable with everything you would need provided in the kitchen, and a BBQ on the verandah which we used for many evening meals. The location was excellent, only one minute walk to the beach, and this was probably the best beach on the island, white sand and a fabulous blue lagoon. We went snorkelling every day using the snorkelling equipment provided free, there was also free use of Kayaks. We seemed to have the beach to ourselves most days and hardly ever saw anyone else, it really was paradise.
Makayla Palms gardens are a joy and these are looked after by Fred who does a wonderful job, his wife Loving is the housekeeper and keeps everything ship-shape as well as finding time to stop and chat and giving us fruit and herbs grown in the garden.
Whilst we were there we enjoyed an Umu, a traditional feast prepared by Fred and Loving of food wrapped in banana leaves and cooked underground, it was delicious, so many different meats and fish to taste. During this evening we were entertained to traditional singing and dancing by Freds daughters and niece. It was a wonderful evening and we are so glad to have been part of it.
Rachel was the perfect host, bringing us homemade cakes and biscuits, calling in to make sure all was ok and giving us info on shopping and Restaurants, nothing was too much trouble.
We would certainly highly recommend Makayla Palms.
We were sorry not to have met John, as he was away in NZ, but would like to thank you both from Linda and Malcolm in England.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

My daughter and I went on a fact-finding mission as she would like to get married in Rarotonga. We stayed at Makayla Palms but got so much more than we bargained for! Rachel (the owner) was so helpful and generous and kind! The villa was superb and the location excellent ! I would definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

My mother and I stayed in one of the Villas at Mikayla Palms for a sweet and short holiday. We could not believe how gorgeous the villa was and how private it was. It is so close to the beach, probably about 50-100 feet. We would spend hours on the beach and sometimes watch the sunset. The best part was swimming, then we would walk up the little path and get a bite to eat then go back down to the beach. It is wonderful staying in Villa as you don't have limitations of anything such as meal times arranged by a hotel. Everything is at your service in the Villa. It's also a great way to cook and eat with local produce. It's nice and close to everything and all the equipment you need to snorkel and kayak is all available for you. It was lovely for us to have some beautiful home baking made by Rachel aswell. I would highly recommend staying at Mikayla Palms to enhance the best experience of your stay in Rarotonga. There is no chance you will be disappointed. Thank John and Rachel for such a wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

The Makayla Palms live up to their reviews, they are wonderful and I highly recommend anyone looking for self catered accommodation to stay here. It was our home away from home and we loved it!

We stayed in the Tiare Villa 6-14 February 2014, and everything we needed was provided. It was great having the convenience of fridge/freezer, bbq, cook top and other kitchen basics. Plus the fruit platter and little baked treats were most appreciated.

Rachel was a wonderful host and it was nice to have someone there to ask advice, make reservations or just to have a friendly chat. Loving, who is the housekeeper, would also pop in for a chat, so was nice to have friendly faces.

The beach in my opinion is the best on the island, with great snorkelling and swimming at all tides. The snorkelling gear is provided free, as are the kayaks, which were also great to have.

The gardens are very well maintained by Fred, and it was great to be able to help yourself to any fruit that was ripe. There is also a fruit stall just across the road which was very cheap and handy.

Our room had a ceiling fan and a stand up fan, and also air conditioning for a surcharge. We coped with just the fans, but would recommend paying the surcharge if you struggle with the heat. All the doors and windows have secure insect screens, which means you can leave all the doors and windows open and still be secure...not that we felt this was an issue...but at least it keeps the bugs outside.

Thanks Rachel & John for having us - we love the Makalya Palms!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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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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