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Muri Beachcomber
Ranked #1 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Muri
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Reviewed October 6, 2006

We spent a week @ MBC and we probably should have made it 10 days.
Whilst not a "Flash" Place MBC has every thing you need.
Its location is really good near many small but well stocked shops.
The grounds are really well cared for 6 days a week, as are the actual apartments, the House Staff are really lovely.
Snokeling is pretty good at the left hand corner of the Island 150 metres off Shore to the right of MBC, you can walk out there and then look for the Buoys not huge numbers but plenty of variety of marine life, from our experience the best place on Rarotonga to snorkel.
There are a number of very good Resturants close to MBC.
A Motor bike is essential to get to good eateries and just to soak in the Raro experience.
Well worth the visit.e don't usually return to a place twice but we will be back.
Ross & Meryl

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2006

Our family's stay at Muri Beachcomber was the highlight of our time on Rarotonga. We had one of the garden view bungalows right beside the pool (that no one but us used !). The bungalow was spacious and very clean, with an almost fullsize kitchen, seperate bedroom with a/c(and king size bed), dining area with cane table and four chairs, two single beds off to one side. Plenty of room for a family of four. When we arrived the bungalow was literally covered in flowers, with the fridge stocked with bread, butter, spreads, juice milk etc. There was fresh fruit on the table and the whole place looked delightful. We were welcomed and made to feel really at home the staff, even though we arrived on a sunday at lunchtime.
We made major use of the complimentary snorkelling gear (we snorkelled most spots and decided off the Rarotongan Resort and out from The Fruits of Rorotonga to be the best - exceptional colours and fish. All very accessible no matter what your level as you could pretty much stand up most of the time ! Our 7 yr old had no difficulty. We also used the complimentary kayaks to paddle out to the Muri Lagoon motu's and were very happy that they provided small lifejackets for 2yr olds.
Muri is a wonderful safe, picturesque and idyllic beach. Muri beachcomber is perfectly positioned, you can self cater (butcher nearby - supermarket in town - not to mention fab indian takeaways!) or you can simply walk down the beach a bit and eat at Sails (right next door really - and fine for kids) or the Pacific Resort. Plus a cafe next door (Oma) and a pasta spot close by on the main road. There were BBQ's available by each bungalow and everybody was very friendly and patient - our boys loved the free ranging chickens and the really friendly dogs, not to mention the multitudes of fish in the stream that loved receiving toast crusts each morning.

We hired a car and had the opportunity to visit a number of other accommodation options on Raro and decided we had made a very good choice. We would return in a flash. Must also recommend The Cafe in Avarua - best coffee and cake on the island.

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled with family
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23  Thank Tipper2
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Reviewed June 25, 2006

Whilst not 5* the owners ensure everybody's comfort is met. I was really impressed with Muri Beachcomber. The semi-detached units is set out in a semi-circle, it consists of a separate bedroom, lounge with dining area and a small kitchenette with large fridge and microwave and two burner cooker. It included a separate toilet, shower and vanity unit. The place was immaculate and serviced daily with fresh towels and beach towels.
I was amazed at the seating. We had dining table and 4 chairs. Two comfy wicker chairs and a single bed that doubled as a day couch also a coffee table. Outside was a good quality hardwood table and two chairs as well as 2 plastic chairs... but wait there's more. Each unit had two (also good quality) sun beds so no fighting here for one like in some place in the world LoL. All this and we only have one butt each !!! And a bbq for every 2 units. They were checked daily and the gas bottles were checked too.
Laundry room with ironing facilities and free phone for local calls (no phone in rooms) washing lines discreetly tucked around the property.
When we arrived we had a breakfast pack and juice in the fridge to start us off and a bowl of fresh fruit on the table and more flowers around the place than the Cheslie Flower show :-) even on the toilet roll (honest)
I was a little disappointed we only had a queen size bed as we have a king at home and used to lots of space. Anyway, during a conversation with a lovely Kiwi lady (everybody was a Kiwi) I found out that most rooms had king beds so approached the owners to see if we could move to one and they were very pleasant about it and moved us across straight away. My husband had gone for a walk (to internet cafe to check the World Cup results) and came back to the wrong room... as you do.
Have to say this is a very nice property and I'd be more than happy to stay again.

14  Thank Gerryb48
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Reviewed May 22, 2006

We stayed at Muri Beachcomber in October 2004, for 7 nights.
A great things about Rarotonga, is the proximity of the airport to well, everywhere! Even with the airport transfer coach stopping off at various other resorts around the island to let out other visitors, we were still in our unit at the Muri Beachcomber and unpacking with a glass of fresh fruit juice about an hour after landing.

We had a friendly welcome and quick explanatory tour of the Beachcomber when we arrived, and our luggage was taken to our unit. Our unit was seaview, one bedroom, and fully self contained. Our package deal came with a breakfast pack every morning (slices of bread to make toast with, butter and preserves) although they did occasionally forget to leave it after cleaning the room each morning. Sometimes we would go to reception to pick it up, sometimes we didn’t worry about it. Also in the deal was a $30 lunch voucher to nearby Sails Restaurant.

Unit was everything we needed – separate bedroom – ample space for clothes and suitcases (and I always overpack) and a ceiling fan that did a fantastic job. Heavy drapes that did a fine job of blocking out the daylight if a morning sleep-in was in order. All windows to the unit had grills over them for security, so you could leave the windows open.
Bathroom was adequate – shower only. Plenty of vanity and drawer space for toiletries and all the sun screen that you’ll need to take there.
The kitchen / dining and living area was all in one room – with a cane sofa, coffee table, chair, small dining table, and fully equipped kitchen just like home.
Radio in each room, and no television.
At the time we stayed, we were constantly visited by the friendly resident dog, one small lizard, multiple small chickens, and as many Rarotongan residents and visitors know about, the ubiquitous roosters.

Resort facilities include gas BBQs scattered around the area for visitor use, laundry room, public telephone, and a selection of magazines and books in both the laundry room and the communal lounge area off the reception building – also has a television for guest use. The only time we went into that room was on arrival and on departure.
A small pool on site, which looked a bit murky for most of our stay- it was cleaned the day before we left but we didn’t bother using it as the beach is so beautiful. Kayaks available for guest use were up on the beach part of the resort – no hireage – just take when you felt like it.
Some of the bigger units had their own outdoor furniture – for those of us who didn’t there were ample lounger chairs and tables scattered around.

Muri Beach is gorgeous – I’d agree that it is by far the best beach in Rarotonga, for both swimming and from a picturesque point of view. The 4 islands just out from the beach are lovely, and we would kayak out to them and walk around. Perhaps 300 metres or so out? Not far.
The water is crystal clear, and not deep at that point – I felt it was a safe swimming beach for me. I always wear acqua shoes when in the ocean as I don’t like to think I’m stepping on things that move…. and did so here too.

Great location for restaurants within a few seconds / minutes walking distance. Loved Sails Restaurant by the Yacht Club – fabulous outdoor deck. Food was fresh and amazingly good. Next to that at the Pacific Resort – we were frequent visitors at the beachfront restaurant there, the Barefoot Bar right on the sand. Flametree Restaurant a minute further down was a bit disappointing the night we ate there – perhaps just what I ordered though. I’ve eaten there on a previous trip to Rarotonga and found it very good.
On the Saturday night we taxied to the Rarotongan Beach Resort to join in the ‘Island Night’ dinner. The taxi was an expensive way to travel – to minimise costs we should have taken the bus there earlier, and either taxied back or tried to get a ride with one of the other resort coaches after the event. But – a holiday is not the time to be concerned with mundane financial matters…. (much) it was a great night, enthusiastic entertainment and an interesting meal – nice talking to other guests also.
Other options for eating – there are numerous convenience stores dotted around the island – we would buy bread and other small items like cheese, potato chips, fruit, easy things to have if we didn’t feel like eating out. A number of them specialised in freshly baked goods – breads and muffins. There’s a butcher right outside the Beachcomber – we bought steak there one night and used the BBQ outside our unit. On the other side of the Beachcomber is another convenience store with a takeaway restaurant attached - of the burgers and fries variety. Definitely no need to go hungry.

Transport – there’s a bus stop right outside the resort – as you’ll all know there are 2 bus routes – clockwise and anti-clockwise around the island – so it was just a matter of jumping on one in either direction and waiting till you got somewhere that looked interesting! We went into the township of Avarua a few times – had lunch at one of the many little places there – did a bit of shopping at the very cheap Cook Islands shopping centre (like a small department store) and one of the many places that sell cheap jewellery and the famous black pearls. Visited the supermarket to stock up on provisions also.

Own transport – there was a bicycle and motor scooter hire place outside the Beachcomber too – in the interests of getting at least a little exercise we hired bicycles a few times – cycled up to the Rarotongan Beach Resort one day for lunch and a well-earned beer and a swim, then back again. About a 20km round trip. Fairly warm in the middle of the day (October – was about 28 degrees) but no too awful – the road rings the island so is all at sea level – so almost completely flat.

Weather – perfect choice I think to have an end of October visit – the weather was about 26 to 28 degrees, getting up to maybe 30 one day. Hot, but not unbearably so. We experienced a couple of overcast days, but the sun still managed to shine through.

Overall – we had a great time. Previously I’ve stayed at the Rarotongan Beach resort – which I enjoyed too but in a different way. If you want to stay at a small place without the real ‘resort’ feel, and enjoy the convenience of self-catering, I can think of no better place than Muri Beachcomber overlooking the beautiful Muri Beach.

  • Stayed: October 2004
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27  Thank Peaches8
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Reviewed April 4, 2006

When we arrived our rooms was decorated with flowers.
Short way to the beach.
Island night in the hotel nearby.
Friendly staff.

  • Stayed: February 2006
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2  Thank MagnarMolde_Norway
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Reviewed January 20, 2006

Muri Beachcomber is a nice resort and is situated on the best beach in Raratonga. We stayed in one of the watergarden villas which were very spacious with a full kitchen. These villas are very private - much more so than the seaview units which were very close together. The villa was looking a little dated and was pretty expensive for what it was - although I am comparing it more to places we have stayed in the South Pacific. I'm not sure how it compares to other places in Raratonga.
I didn't think the staff were very friendly at all. The lady who checked us in didn't even say hello to us. Muri beach is definitely the place to stay in Raratonga - the beach is lovely. It is on the other side of the island from the main town so getting your own transport is handy, although there is a bus. We hired a car one day and were lucky enough to see the Commonwealth games torch relay, which lots of people had got dressed up to go and see. In general, I found people in Raratonga very friendly. Raratonga is busier than the smaller Cook Islands, but also has more character and it's definitely worth spending a few days here, although for real paradise I would recommend Aitutaki.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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12  Thank SuzieRUk
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Reviewed November 20, 2004

The Muri Beachcomber was perfect. The units are very spacious and clean, and the property is probably the prettiest, with a beautiful garden and pond. It is also located on the finest beach on the island (Muri), being the largest lagoon and best for swimming. Our hosts (Phil & Juliet) were VERY friendly and helpful. They have a great website at: ----- We highly recommend the Muri Beachcomber.

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Address: Ara Tapu Rd, Muri Beach Village, Muri 2000, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Price Range: $191 - $320 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Muri Beachcomber 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Muri Beachcomber is a small, intimate property in prime position on the shores of beautiful Muri Lagoon - 22 units ensuring a truly relaxing holiday atmosphere. Our stylish rooms offer separate air-conditioned bedrooms, spacious living/dining area, well-equipped kitchen and modern bathroom. Perfect for long stays. The Seaview Units and Watergarden Villas are ideal for couples seeking a peaceful retreat, the poolside Garden Units are wonderful for families seeking quality time together. Facilities include a swimming pool, barbecues, wifi plus guest computer, petanque court, guest laundry, tour desk, snorkeling equipment, kayaks, paddle boards, bicycle hire and guest lounge. Shops, pharmacy, hairdresser, cafes and restaurants within easy walking distance. Offering a moderately priced, quality experience in a prime location. Includes Airport Transfers, Free use of kayaks, paddle boards, BBQ's and snorkeling equipment, Fruit Basket on arrival, Daily Breakfast pack, Tea, coffee and sugar supplied daily plus Free local calls. ... more   less 
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