We stayed in both a double room and a dorm here recently, after moving from Rarotonga Backpackers. Vara's was everything RB was not - clean, tidy and safe.
Both rooms in which we stayed were absolutely spotless, as were the kitchens, showers and toilets. Staff at reception were really helpful and there's a safe in which they'll store your valuables free of charge. There's also the small matter of the location - you're right on Muri Beach, the best on the island. Some of the best snorkeling is only a few minutes walk down the beach at Fruits of Rarotonga too.
For the money, I reckon this place is hard to beat on the Cook Islands.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vara’s Beach is the only budget accommodation set right on beautiful Muri Beach, the most popular and prime beach on Rarotonga. Famous for its perfect white beaches and small islands called “motus” that you can swim, kayak or walk out to. We offer budget style accommodation with lovely fully self-contained Beach Studios, Ensuite as well asTriple/double/single and Dorm rooms. Vara’s Beach is situated on the Eastern side of Rarotonga only 15 minutes drive from main town Avarua, with bus stop, bike rental, souvenir shop and a pharmacy at entrance. koka Lagoon Cruise is located on the property and offers the best Lagoon Curise on the island. Absolutely convenient to everything with bars, dive centers, sailing club, and much more only minutes stroll. Vara's Beach is the place for those looking for fun and excitement, or for those just wanting to relax and unwind and get away from it all. Meet and mingle with our friendly staff and make new friends... ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Vara`s Beach House Hotel Muri
- Vara's Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands