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Sokala Villas
Ranked #5 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Muri
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“Absolutely Fantastic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2014

We just got back from a week on Rarotonga and had a wonderful time. We loved the island and we were so happy that we chose to stay at Sokala Villas. It was the perfect place to stay. It was right on Muri Bay with great views of the bay and easy kayaking to nearby motu's. Easy walking distance to a lot of restaurants. Not only was it a great location with one of the best beach areas of the island, the villa just made the trip even better. We stayed in the two story (no pool) villa and the highlight was the deck on the 2nd floor off the bedroom. The view of Muri bay from the deck was incredible and made for fantastic star watching. The bed was fairly comfortable, bathroom was large, nice kitchen and seating area and we had not need for ac. The breeze through the patio door was cool and made for comfortable nights. They had fans on both levels but never needed them. We were set-up with fruit and some breakfast items when we arrived. So nice to have after a long flight. And fortunately for us, no one was scheduled in our villa on the day we were leaving so we were able to pay half-rate and enjoyed a late check-out for our late night flight. We loved the island and we loved Sokala.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2014

After half a day at Sokala you will wish you could stay ... forever!
The wooden villas are elegant and comfortable, designed to make you feel instantly at home with a mix of timber and stone floors, a nice bathroom and open kitchen, large decks outside and plenty of room to enjoy the gorgeous views over Muri lagoon.
The villas are all very private and surrounded by an enchanting garden. We enjoyed our swims in the lagoon and our lazy afternoons in the shade of our breezy terrace.
But best of all was the warmest of welcomes given to us by Susan, Sarina and Lawrance and the friendly, attentive help they gave us all through our stay.
We came for 3 days, stayed for 8 – but this is just the start!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

This is our fourth trip to Rarotonga and we have always stayed at Sokala villas. During our very first visit, we tried other places but as soon as we came to Sokala, we found what we were looking for and have been coming here ever since. The best part of staying at Sokala is that Lawrance and his team take care of you as if you are part of their family. It is also safe here. I've heard of thefts at other places and staying here makes us feel protected. The villas are equipped with all the things you would need to cook and enjoy the beautiful lagoon. All the villas have great view. Some have swimming pools and to me it is not necessary as there is the lagoon right in front of you to swim. There is a small library at the Sokala office where you can borrow books. This is an ideal place for you to relax and enjoy the beach.

Room Tip: They only have 7 villas and all the villas are great.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

My husband and I stayed at Sokala in May 2012 and got married on the small beach. Lawrence, Sarina and the staff made our entire holiday and wedding absolutely perfect. We booked a lagoon view villa before the wedding and a beachfront villa with private pool for after (to save a bit of cash as we were travelling around NZ when we decided to get married and so didn't have much spare cash). We were upgraded and got to spend our whole stay in the beachfront villa. Susan even helped us arrange accommodation for our family in a villa right next door. Sarina ensured that our wedding day went smoothly and nothing was too much trouble. We look forward to the day that we can return to Muri and can stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

Sokala Villas is so very nice. Our bungalow had a large plunge pool, and looked over the Muri Lagoon. The amenities were great--a kitchenette, large rooms, comfortable shower. The kayaks are always available, and it is surprising how often you will decide to paddle out once you have tried it. The access to the Lagoon is fabulous. One of the most pleasant aspects of Sokala Villas is Lawrence. He is always gentlemanly, never obtrusive, and so often helpful. He is knowledgeable about Rarotonga and its history. His advice on restaurants is spot-on, and he was very helpful in many other matters.

Room Tip: Bungalow 2 was great for us!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

Just spent a week at Sokala Villas and would agree with all the other positive reviews on this site. We had a lovely time, our villa faced straight onto the most gorgeous lagoon and Lawrence and Susan are a brilliant team. The villas are slightly quirky, but in an utterly charming way and you cannot help being utterly carried away by the charm of the place. Only downside, having to leave!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

Seriously, if you are thinking about booking, Just do it!

There are lot of great little places to stay on the Island, but this is hosted with warmth and great discretion.

The villas are fitted out in a quirky island way. Lots of wood and slightly odd artwork. Functional and pleasant would cover it.

The pool is lovely (could be cleaned a bit more vigorously) and the beach is soooo close and basically private! 5mins walk has you in the middle of Muri Beach with coffee, beer, breakfast, lunch and dinner, all on the beach. Bliss

We stayed in Villa 4 over 5 times during a 2-3 year period and would go back again if we had not had a baby. Unfortunately, they have a strict no children policy (although when we first started staying this was a positive thing!!!!)

We've recommended friends to stay here too, and they have also had a great time.

Room Tip: Villa 4 is the most private....
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sokala Villas

Property: Sokala Villas
Address: Muri Lagoon, Muri, Cook Islands
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Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sokala Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Sokala Villas Hotel Muri
Sokala Villas Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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