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“A touch of Paradise!”
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Kura's Kabanas
Ranked #9 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Shirley BC Can
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A touch of Paradise!”
Reviewed March 11, 2012

What a lovely surprise to find Robin, our host from Kura's, greeting us at the airport with smiles and beautiful fragrant "ei's" garlands of gardenia's. Robin came to Rarotonga going on 50 years ago where he met and married his island princess Kura. Together they have created a lovely, very comfortable retreat set in tropical gardens overlooking a stunning turquoise ocean lagoon. Paradise Found!! Arriving at our cottage we found a huge bouquet of flowers and a large bowl of tropical fruit from their trees at the resort. Just another nice surprise!
My husband and I spent a relaxing week, exploring the island, paddling the outrigger around the little islands in front and for lunch at Jill's seafood seaside cafe'.
After spending our week at Kura's we spent the following week in Tahiti and then returned to Kura's. We felt like we were coming home!. The staff are very friendly and the cottages are immaculate. The beds are comfortable and the covered decks are perfect for the tropical rains that pass thru.
We will return to this lovely island , friendly people and comfort of Kura's Kabanas. Kia Orana!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

We stayed 7 nights at Kura's Kabanas and we were amazed by the quality of the rooms and beach location this accomodation have. The rooms were very clean and there is room service every two days. We were exhausted from our flight and a snooze in the comfortable king size bed was one of the most enjoyable moment we had when we arrived. Fruits, milk, bottles water and coffea/tea was complimentary to the room and eating fresh pawpaw for breakfast was awsome. Muri beach is accessible by a short stroll on the beachside and the motu are accessible by kayak provided. I recommend any Rarotonga visitor to consider this accomodation since you get a lot for a reasonable price (we enjoyed the X-Mas special at 145 NZD a night, which is a very good price considering it's location near Muri beach and the highed priced resorts!!).

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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McKinleyville, California
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

When we arrived in Rarotonga, we were casually picked up and taken to very relaxing and exquisite bungalows along an enchanting portion of Muri Beach's lovely lagoon. The locale was postcard-perfect and the accommodations delightful; we really relaxed and enjoyed a week of pure bliss. Thanks

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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Reviewed December 2, 2011

I stayed 4 nights at Kura's Kabanas at Muri Beach in rarotonga. Muri Beach is probably the nicest spot to stay in Rarotonga as it has a fair concentration of services nearby (laundry, cafes, souvenir shops, some of the nicest restaurants on the island), and the most beautiful lagoon on the island with plenty of opportunities for safe swimming and paddling. Kura's Kabanas has 4 wonderful bungalows, spacious, perfectly clean and well equipped with a medium-sized fridge, a gas stove, toaster, blender and everything you need for cooking a great meal. The bungalows are perfect for 2 people, though larger families may need more space, but there are larger appartments available (3 units, I think). The owners, Kura and Robin have been perfect hosts, gentle, helpful and always smiling. The rest of the staff, the gardener and the two cleaning ladies are also awsome, efficient and friendly. Kura's Kabanas has kayaks for free. I travel a lot everywhere in the world, both for business and pleasure. If I come back to Rarotonga, independently of my budget, I would make sure to stay again at this wonderful place.

Room Tip: All four bungalows (kabanas) have great lagoon views, number 4 is closest to the water, then number...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed November 29, 2011

Very clean and comfortable accommodation in great location just at the end of Muri Beach. Hosts Robin and Kura couldn't have been more helpful, even offering a supermarket visit on the journey from the airport. Kabanas are right on the beach with great views and very short walk along the sand to the centre of Muri Beach. So if you want a more affordable option in the best area of Rarotonga this is the place for you, just take some earplugs for the early morning roosters (they are all over the island so no different from anywhere else).

Room Tip: Number 4 is closest to the beach though only metres between the units
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed November 26, 2011

I stayed at Kura's Kabanas for three nights while in Rarotonga for a friends wedding. I couldn't fault the friendliness of staff, and the quality of the rooms. Bang for your buck, they definitely get top marks from me. Comfy, quiet and so close to the beach and everything else. I just wish I had longer to enjoy it all. I'll definitely be coming back to stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

Our stay at Kura's Kabanas was fantastic from the moment we were picked up by Robin! I was in the family studio with 2 friends and there was plenty of room even after our luggage that we never felt in each others space. The bathroom was a great size as well. The huge drying racks out on the deck were fab as there were lots of wet togs and towels!
We were in the upstairs studio closest to the road so something to be aware of is the traffic noise at night. I am a light sleeper so really struggled that first night but earplugs (which I normally travel with) did the trick. It also helps with the roosters who are very helpful in the morning. I would also recommend an eyemask so the beautiful sun in the morning doesn't
wake you up or the car lights as they go past. None of this should stop you staying at Kura's Kabanas though - this is just so you enjoy every bit of your holiday!
I found the location fantastic - great restaurants in walking distance, an ANZ ATM just down the road as well as a car rental and grocery shop/petrol station. The anti-clockwise bus is the fastest to Avarua.
Kura's is on a lagoon so even though there isn't a beach, there is a deck area at the bottom of the property with some loungers. The current in the lagoon was quite strong for the 1st couple of days but Rarotonga had just had a storm the day before. However, there are kayaks and it is an easy walk around to a beach. And I love the library! :)

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Kura's Kabanas
Address: Muri Beach, Muri, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the northern end of the magnificent Muri Lagoon, Rarotonga, Kura’s Kabanas enjoy a secluded beachfront location.Here you will find time to unwind...to experience the true meaning of “island time” in one of our 4 Kabanas, or in one of our 3 Family Units (where children under 12 years stay free)Enjoy breakfast on your deck gazing out to the beautiful lagoon, and then in the evening dine by moonlight on our bbq deck on the shores of Muri Lagoon.Take a paddle on Muri lagoon in our complimentary kayaks, or simply lie back in a sun lounger on the deck.Rarotonga accommodation doesn’t get any better…….. experience for yourself true Cook Islands hospitality - from the first time we greet you at the airport, the friendliness and kindness of the people here at Kura’s will ensure your stay with us is a memorable one. ... more   less 
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