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“Amenity, location and simply wonderful hosts!!!! A beautiful experience!!!”
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Muri Retreat
Ranked #9 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Reviewed October 16, 2008

My partner and I recently stayed in the beautiful kukupa apartment at Muri Retreat - absolutely stunning views able to be 100% enjoyed not only from the charming private balcony but from anywhere in the apartment itself. It was a really lovely room in keeping with the island's natural culture and character, and with excellent facilities, private, light and airy, and in immaculate condition.

We absolutely LOVED the location - stunning tropical gardens with beautiful flowers and native wildlife. The 5 minute walk down to the waterfront is a genuine pleasure along a sealed driveway through coconut palms and banana plantations - there is a lagoon/beach access point nearly opposite the end of the driveway so no long haul on the main road! There are many waterfront/package options in Rarotonga but for privacy and a truly beautiful and personalised experience, it was wonderful to stay in this lush, tropical garden setting - the mountains of Rarotonga have to be seen to be appreciated, and limiting yourself to the beach front would be a real shame. Staying in a slightly more secluded, but still very convenient location was the best decision we made.

Our hosts at Muri Retreat, Phoebe and Steve, were absolutely fabulous not only throughout our stay, but also with regards to organisational details - booking, transfers, getting around, local advice, check in and check out ... They went out of their way to make our holiday absolutely perfect and to fit around our preferences, and were the kindest, friendliest, most charming hosts imaginable.

We left Muri Retreat with great reluctance, and hope to return again - I would very highly recommend booking your holiday here, you certainly won't regret it!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 16, 2008

Muri Retreat is located next to Muri Lagoon, the best beach area of the island. It is at the southern end, which is as nice as any part, and during our entire stay (in Oct) we hardly ever saw anyone else around on our entire area of the beach, which made it feel even more wonderful. However, all the water activities, cruises, shops and what little hustle and bustle there is in the area, are only a very short stroll away.

Rarotonga has a large range in terms of cost and quality in it's accomodation. We wanted somewhere affordable but decent to stay, and shopped around for quality and price for some time before booking. Sure, there are fancier and more luxurious places to stay in Rarotonga than Muri Retreat, but if you check, you'll see they're mostly double the price per night or more. I don't think you'll find anywhere on a par with Muri Retreat for a price that even comes close. We absolutely loved Rarotonga, more than expected and enough to want to go back when we can, and next time we won't even bother to look at anywhere else to stay.

Pheobe and Steve were so kind and helpful, and gave us their number to use any time of day if we needed anything. We had all the facilities we needed and a spacious and comfortable room with a huge balcony, complete with view. I would strongly recommend Muri Retreat to anyone visiting Rarotonga.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2008

First of all, we wish to thank Phoebe and Steve for looking after us during our stay. We went as guests and left as very special friends. Muri Retreat is the place to go, if you just want to get away from it all. We enjoyed our stay so much, such a peaceful place, wish we hadn’t left. We stayed in the Moko Apartment (downstairs), which has stunning views overlooking the ocean. Beautiful gardens too. Muri Retreat is on the hillside, so a good walk to the beach/s galore, which is only a few 100 metres away. Otherwise, you can hire a scooter from Budget or Island Car and Bike Hire, just down the road. Everything is within walking distance.
We miss the pool and our hangout at the Hula Hut, it has a TV, DVD Player and Radio. Bring your own Dvds, otherwise, their’s a small library if you want to do some reading. Steve and Phoebe enjoyed having us around too, we get to sit around the pool, eating coconuts and bananas, having a good laugh. Thanks S and P, will be back again and this time we will stay longer .

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank MannnnCeen
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Reviewed September 26, 2008

We had a wonderful 8 day stay at Muri Retreat in September 2008 and what an appropriate name! It was so peaceful and relaxing in such beautifully kept surroundings. Steve and Phoebe keep the gardens in beautiful order and the layout of the property means there are several areas to relax in outdoors, either alone or in the company of others. Within the unit was everything we needed and such comfortable beds, we both slept very well.
Phoebe and Steve were only a phone call away to answer any queries and offer suggestions to help us get the most from our holiday. We truly appreciated their quiet, gentle manner and willingness to go the extra mile to make our stay so very easy to organise and their friendly, inobtrusive hospitality made us feel so comfortable staying there.
I only hope I have the opportunity to stay there again, and will most certainly be recommending that friends and family stay at Muri Retreat.

  • Stayed: September 2008
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Thank bronwyng
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Reviewed September 26, 2008

This was my third time staying at Muri Retreat. It's a lovely, sweet, quiet place within 5-10 minutes' walking distance to one of the most beautiful beaches on Rarotonga--Muri Beach. The Muri Beach area has lots going on - good swimming and snorkeling; restaurants; an internet cafe; a couple of cafes with good espresso drinks and food; and some small grocery stores. Muri Retreat is the perfect place for travelers who prefer to discover life outside of the resorts and don't need lots of pampering. That being said, its owners are extremely responsive, helpful, and kind, but they're not "in your face" and they respect your privacy. The apartments each have everything one needs for a comfortable stay, and they're clean and cheerful. There's a salt water pool for cooling off, and a chill-out hut with TV, bbq, books, games etc. The upper units have a beautiful view of the ocean. It's not beach-front, but the prices are not beach-front either. For those looking for a comfortable, clean place which is a good value and who don't want to pay lots of extra money for fancy amenities, this is the place. I would recommend it in a heartbeat!
-Julia Horn - Berkeley, California, USA

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 23, 2008

We spent one week in jeko appartment in Muri retreat. Our stay was the best one would expect from a polinesian holiday. The apartments are very charming and lovely kept. Phoebe and Steve, the owners, are friendly and so nice that it was a great pleasure to know them. The house is in a wonderful tropical garden apart from the main road, with a very beautiful view on the ocean and a swimming pool too. Most beautiful beaches are at very short walking distance.
Unfortunately for us, Muri retreat is too far away from home, otherwise we would return as soon as possible.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank anpa
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Reviewed August 19, 2008

My Husband & I stayed at Muri Retreat in July 2007 for 11 days in the Moko apartment, We absolutely loved it, & decided to get married in Rarotonga, as we throughly enjoyed our stay at Muri Retreat we decided to stay there again for 14 days, we decided to stay in an upstairs apartment Kaute, I must say "what an amazing view". Phoebe & Steve where great & went that extra mile to accommodate us. We will be back a third time! We highly recommend Muri Retreat to all. Thank you so mush Phoebe & Steve for the wonderful stay.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: Ambala Rd | Muri Beach Village, Muri, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
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Ranked #9 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Price Range: $74 - $106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Muri Retreat is situated on a private tropical hillside surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, overlooking the warm turquoise waters of Rarotonga's finest beach...Muri Beach. A peaceful place to relax and unwind. We are a small and friendly adults only self-catering holiday accommodation proudly offering 4 quality apartments that are stylish, comfortable and fully self-contained. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, stunning sunrises, volcanic mountains, tropical rainforest and plantations.... all from your bed or private patio. ... more   less 
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