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“Ross&Kath” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Te Vakaroa Villas

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Te Vakaroa Villas
Ranked #4 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
“Ross&Kath”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

Great experience. We loved it. Very quiet & private, but also close to dining and activities. Staff very friendly. We just chilled and relaxed for over a week. Easily recommended.
Short walk to bars/dining etc but a walk around the corner of the bay for as long as you want you find all the peace needed and great snorkelling. Staff were great with advice and help when needed, but most of the time you have all the privacy you need. No young kids makes it quiet, but there are obviously other places nearby for parents with young families.

Room Tip: We were downstairs. Minor only.Probably better upstairs.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ross G
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

From the moment my wife and arrived and received a welcoming poolside visit from Owner/Manager Nick, we knew we had made an excellent choice. Very comfortable,well appointed accommodations, and ample amenities. Sitting by the infinity pool, gazing out to the lagoon through the picture frame of Palm trees could not have been more relaxing. A few steps down to the beach to swim, snorkel, canoe etc. in the lagoon.The Continental Breakfast (delivered to our room) had variations on a theme each day; freshly baked Croissants melted in one's mouth - best I have tasted outside France!
A side entrance gave convenient access to the neighboring Sails restaurant - delicious food and attentive service. The coded lock security gates, especially to the beach, were welcome - overlooking the beach prompted strollers-by to peer up, admire the property and sometimes to check out the gate!
Outstanding, knowledgeable, proactive staff and Nick was an entertaining conversationalist - especially if one appreciates (as I do) a straight talking New Zealander conveying pride in the property - accommodation, amenities, landscaping, future plans, etc. - to give guests an incentive to return.
We had been looking for a relaxing 50th Wedding anniversary vacation, in the sun, by a blue lagoon. Our hopes were indeed realised.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SYHRM
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Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

What beautiful accommodation. We loved every minute of our stay at Te Vakaroa. From the tranquil beautifully manicured gardens as you step through the door at the entrance to the Villas. The architecture and the beautifully furnished villas were a real treat. We were looked after by Nick and Poku extremely well if we required it. The 2 bedroom apartment we stayed in was perfect with its great day bed on the veranda which we spent alot of time in. The kitchen was well equipped if you wanted to cook in which we did one of the nights. Fresh Mahi Mahi which was delicious.
The seclusion was just what we wanted. You were lucky to meet more than one couple in the pool area at any one time. I think the security door is an excellent feature and stops people wandering in uninvited, especially when the office is not manned 24hours a day. The breakfasts were light and refreshing and all you needed to wake up to.
Well done Te Vakaroa and thank you for such a fabulous stay. Love the simplicity of the Cook Islands.

Room Tip: If you have the additional funds to spend book a 2 bedroom villa as elevated overlooking the pool wi...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DeborahandPhilip
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Mission Viejo, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

Spectacular view from room and grounds. Meticulously maintained tropical landscaped six room resort. Very private and quiet. Suite is large and open to an awesome view. Outstanding service and staff. Fresh and delicious continental breakfast every morning. Restaurants close by within walking distance on the beach. Had a great time relaxing and enjoying the tropical weather only the Cooks can offer. Met all our expectations. Plans to return are in the making.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ozur
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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

Te Vakaroa is a fantastic property. However, it is locked by bar codes from each access. We arrived at 1.20 pm and kept calling the reception to come and open the main door. My partner ( after 20 mint) managed to get the code of 'someone' . On entering the property and complaining for having to wait, the manager Poka was a little sorry...... She had taken a break to have lunch!!!! .
She then very non apologetically informed us that our room was used by the guest ( she had extended there stay to late check out) . She will put us in a temporary room for 4 hours ( while we wait).
The only way one could have spend the time there was to watch some TV ( as felt very unsettled still unable to unpack), but the remote woldn't work!! When informed Poka about it, she send another man in...... They have instructions on how to use the remote, but since the electrician had changed the system recently, the instruction were wrong and the remotes didn't have a battery.

Boring breakfast everyday( croissant, tinned fruit and banana).

Last day asked Poka to confirm our booking with Raro travels for airport drop off for departure( put the prebooked voucher in front of her). Who turns up at pick up is another taxi service ( who wanted to be payed).......we told him to claim it off the villa as it's their fault and we had had enough.

Word to the owner, nick, if you want to run these beautifull villas successfully, please put a professional person on the front desk and may be get rid off the locked doors everywhere( one comes to Raro to be out in open , not o be in a prison)

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank meeras28
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Des E, Director of Sales at Te Vakaroa Villas, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
Kia Orana,
Apologies for the bad experience thru the time of your stay with us. Its unfortunate that your travel agent arranged all your transfers with a second party without advising us on your arrival details, when in fact we provide transfers complimentary in our own private car.
Almost without exception our guests love the privacy created by the coded gate system that gives an added security to them during stays with us.
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Waikato, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

A great location just stroll thru the coded gate and onto the beach. We stayed in a 1brm unit on the bottom floor, with direct access to the infinity pool and spa. The unit is extremely well appointed with comfortable king size bed.
Sky tv is available as is Internet, but don't expect to Skype or Viber call as the Internet is hit and miss and when you do get it, it's slow.
The staff are fantastic. Right from the manager to front desk staff and cleaners. Really friendly and helpful. Nothing was a problem to them.
Although there is no restaurant, you can eat next door at Sails and charge back to your room. Room service is also available.
There are a number of good restaurants nearby.
This is our second time to Rarotonga and last year we stayed on the other side of the island at Crowne Beach Resort, which was was booked out. I rated that highly, but the lagoon at Muri is superior with less rocks, and the swim/kayak to the island is worthwhile.
I would choose Te Vakaroa next time.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank presco57
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Ashburton, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

I would have been very disappointed had I booked a lesser value accommodation after checking the other hotels out on our trip around the island -it was the best. Villa 1 is best as the bathroom has a door opening onto a private courtyard with an outdoor shower. service was great from the time we got picked up from the airport and returned - all part of the package. Pool and spa were fantastic. Breakfast was cereal, fruit, juice and muffin or croissant. Sailing Club next door was a great place to eat lunch and dinner. Beach out front was excellent and have the privacy with the glass wall separating villa from beach. we will go back to this place again and I everyone enjoys this as much as we did.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Helen T
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Additional Information about Te Vakaroa Villas

Property: Te Vakaroa Villas
Address: Main Road, Muri, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Te Vakaroa Villas 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This new property offers six beachfront villas that face Muri Lagoon. 3 x 1 Brm Villas at the ground level and 3 x 2 Brm Villas at the 1st level each with views across the pool to the beach and lagoon. All villas are highly appointed, with large terraces, full kitchens complete with dishwashers, microwaves, frig/freezers, DVDs, surround cinema with flat screen TVs, satellite TV reception. Blue Tooth connectivity to in room speakers,and WiFi internet connections. Each Villa has its own laundry. A freshwater pool, spa and large daybed are located right above the beach. Welcome fruit platter provided on arrival and complimentary tropical breakfasts delivered to your villa daily, with room service available from the adjoining restaurant. Private car meet/greet and airport transfers $ 20 per person each way are recommended given our property is only manned between 8.30am and 4.30pm. ... more   less 
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