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Avana Waterfront Apartments
Ranked #6 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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50 reviews
37 hotel reviews
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“wonderful and quiet place to stay”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

We stayed at Avana Waterfront Apartment (formerly Avana Condos) several times during the past 12 years. It has not changed (thankfully) but has been carefully maintained. It is really peaceful, quiet, a little away from the touristy strip of Muri beach, but with Muri beach easily accessible by foot (20mn). Our children adore swimming from the jetty or in the pool. The current caretakers are delightful. The setting so close to the water is very nice. Once again we cannot wait to go back. The fully equiped kitchen and laundry are really convenient as is the barbecue in the garden. The only little drawback: no window and no fan/aircon in one of the three bedrooms (it was much too hot, even with a small portable fan).

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Raglan, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Our stay at the Avana Apartments was magnificent, the rooms were cooled by fans, right next to the lagoon and the reef for fishing. Their own jetty was very useful for us as we like to bomb off the end of that.Snorkeling and kayaking daily if you wanted.Desiree and family looked after us from knowing where to shop, taxi to and from the apartments to the airport,best and recommended places to eat(Wendz, in town, The meanest fish wraps, fish and chip meals and yummy az fruit smoothies.we ate there everyday while on holiday,friendly service with a smile . Moko's in Avana, mean fresh fish burgers and fruit smoothies)Markets Day and night ones had nice munchies.Avana Apartments give them a call.

Room Tip: All rooms are comfortable and cool.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Kapiti coast New Zealand
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

We have just spent eight days at Avanna waterfront apartments, and couldn't recomend them more highly. Our studio apartment was very spacious, clean and comfortable. Being right on the edge of the lagoon, and a distance from the main road, made it a peaceful and relaxing place to be, ----- the crashing of the waves onto the reef, and the bird songs being the only noise. Just delightful. Fresh limes, Pawpaw and bananas were left in our room for us to enjoy. The staff were always friendly and very helpful. Desiree is amazing. She now has a month old baby boy (Robin) to care for as well as all her other managerial duties.
Recomendations ? Everyone seems to have covered most things, ------ but try a visit to the night market (just up the road) on a Thursday evening. 5pm until 8.30pm. We enjoyed chicken and coconut curry and delicious fruit smoothies there.
We plan to return, and would DEFINITELY stay at Avanna again.

Room Tip: Their studio apartments are large, and have all the usual amenities, ----- but not a washing machine...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Appartment was great (perfect waterfront spot), Desiree brilliant, Rarotonga amazing. Having the jetty was cool for snorkelling, stonefish who lives under it was a real bonus (hadn't noticed him there for 5 days before). Fishing trip Desiree arranged was amazing, Roy had a ball and caught whopper Wahoo! Flying fishing fun too, even I caught one!

Love to go back and bring our new baby (was pregnant while there),maybe in couple years.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

Our family of 12 are just back from 11 nights at the Avana and had a ball. Desiree was such an amazing help from our first email contact to the minute we left. Nothing was too much trouble - we can't wait to go back again. Beautiful fresh fruit supplied in abundance - freshly caught tuna and even a wonderful birthday cake for my husband who was celebrating a significant birthday! You can't go past this resort!

Room Tip: We had 2 two bedroom apartments and 2 studios for our family group - they are very spacious and have...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

My wife and I just returned from a week at Avana, our second visit (we had our honeymoon here 2 years ago). The place is even better than last time, freshly caught fish was brought to our room twice during our stay as well as fresh fruit (all free of charge!). We had a week of kayaking around the islands, diving the nearby marine reserves and surfing the reef passage in front of the apartments. I couldn't dream of a better location for my holidays. The apartments were nearly full during our stay but our room was very private and quiet. We even saw whales from the headland about 100 meters away! All I can say is we will be back as soon as we can.
Thanks again.

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms would probably have the best view.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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sacramento
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2012

Our family of 9 adults and 2 pre-teenagers stayed at Avana Waterfront Apartments for 2 weeks during the December holidays. The manager, Reuben, was a perfect host and stopped by every day to check on the guy's fishing luck and to offer to take us on adventures like snorkeling out to the point, kayaking to the outer island, and showing the guys the best fishing spots. Desiree and Randy were so nice, and kept us comfortable and supplied with anything we needed. The apartments were fully furnished and the best spot on Raro to stay. Our family spend many hours out on the dock fishing, swimming, talking to the other guests, and just relaxing. The beach was just steps away from our apartment and each apartment had an outside shower to rinse off in. There were kayaks available for use and we loved paddling out to the outer islands to fish, swim, and explore. Each apartment had a washer/dryer and clothes line which were very convenient to have. There was a bbq that we put to good use and it allowed us to cook family meals easily. Our family voted the Avana Waterfront Apartments and Rarotonga the best vacation spot and we would love to go back this year.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Avana Waterfront Apartments
Address: Kaireva Drive | Avana Lagoon, Muri 869, Cook Islands
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Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Avana Waterfront Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Absolute waterfront spacious & fully self contained apartment accommodation on a deep water harbour. All apartments & studios have unrivalled views from private decks across pristine Avana Harbour to an uninhabited islet with its beautiful sandy beaches. The private jetty is the departure point for local fishing charters as well as the start of your lagoon activities. Experience fish feeding, kayaking, snorkelling, and fishing. An ideal accommodation option for couples and families with teenagers who enjoy water sports and especially fishing!  " ... more   less 
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