Let's start with the good here - the location is great, on Muri beach protected and great for swimming. There's restaurants within walking distance, but really - hire a car or scooter for your best bet on getting around. The staff here are very friendly and helpful. I also had a great massage.
Aside from the above, we felt a bit let down by our stay at Te Manava. We booked through a third party and weren't aware of the "concept". The concept being that you get your room and you pay for everything else. And by everything - I mean everything except kayak use. Don't go straight in and use the shower - the shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and even one type of soap are $15 each. Want new towels during your stay? $55. Want housekeeping to come in and clean - it costs extra. A cot? extra. 2 hours of internet - $30. Snorkels - extra.
We stayed for 8 nights at $850 per night in a 3 bedroom apartment - at this price, I expected more. In addition, the photos of the interiors on the website weren't matched with the standard of the place we stayed at - it was fine, neat and mostly clean, but wasn't 5 star. We had part of a dishwasher held on with velcro and queen sized beds instead of king size beds.
So in short, the staff were really helpful, the location is great, but the concept didn't suit us and wasn't apparent to us until we go there. I felt as though there were a lot better value for money options that we could have chosen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Road Less Travelled … Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa is designed for those who value independence and privacy while relaxing and enjoying luxury surrounds. Set on the white sands of Muri Beach and overlooking a beautiful crystal clear lagoon, our 5-star villa complex is the perfect location for your island getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Te Manava Luxury Villas Hotel Muri
- Te Manava Luxury Villas And Spa
- Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands