I chose to go to Rarotonga, Cook Islands for my birthday. I had never been there nor did I know of anyone who has visited. I can honestly say that it was the most relaxing vacation I've ever had. Our cell phones from the US don't work there which was a joy to find out.
For anyone who isn't prepared the island leans toward the expensive side...not crushingly expensive but nonetheless above average in price. It has to be since there is no industry on the island. This didn't scare us away and it shouldn't keep you from visiting. (For the cheap folks going to the island there is a place on the west end where you can get a $5 burger...either hamburger or fish burger, no frills but tasty.)
It appears that most visitors come to the island for a week. We wanted more time there so we spent 2 weeks on Rarotonga. We never made it to Aitutaki but we will next time we go.
Free to guests were the snorkeling gear and sea kayaks.
Dana greeted us warmly at the reception desk upon arrival on Monday morning. We had reserved a room the night before arrival upon suggestion from the ANZ vacation desk. (We actually could have saved tremendously by not doing that.) We got to our room and the a/c was already on. It was a large room with 2 queen beds. To my pleasant surprise the room was above my expections.
Freddy and Gina were in the restaurant and quickly became 2 of our best friends during the trip. They always had a warm greeting for us and were very accomodating to our requests. They were a very good source of information as we started our two week vacation.
We received a letter on our door for a meet and greet with the managers one evening. There was a lot of valuable information shared with us. Erika (the Operantions Manager) was a wealth of knowledge. She has her hands in many aspects of the operation. She also leads a snorkeling tour at the marine reserve which is free to guests.
I was amazed to see how UNcrowded the beaches were during our entire visit with the exception of one day. This was when a cruise ship came into harbor. The hoardes of people gathered quickly at the beaches and took the chairs and chaise lounges from the guests' beachfront balconies. This was really rude of them but since I wasn't beachfront, it didn't affect me. Truth be told, I was glad when they boarded the ship again and the island returned to its normal peaceful self. Thankfully the MBC Hotel has an age restriction so that nobody under 18 years of age is permitted. This was one thing that we loved. There was never any loud screaming at the pool or restaurant. The food at the restaurant was very good. Breakfast was included.
Being that we never thought we'd be going back we made it a point to eat at as many restaurants as we could in the 2 weeks we were there. There were only a couple of things that kept me from giving MBC Hotel a 5-star review. There were 2-3 days when we didn't get beach towels or fresh towels in the room by the end of the day. We went to the front desk and the problem was resolved. We never mentioned this to Erika until the evening we were departing as it wasn't that big of a deal. We never met a stranger while on the island. Everyone was exceedingly pleasant. If we ever had a question for anyone they were glad to help out. We will be returning next year for another 2 weeks and I'm already looking forward to it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Muri Beach Club Hotel's unequalled adult only resort location puts guests right at the heart of one of Rarotonga's most outstanding natural features - Muri Lagoon. The lagoon is the island's aquatic playground for superb and safe snorkelling and swimming. With other water sports like kayaking, wind surfing, kite surfing, sailing and glass-bottomed boat rides, there's always an opportunity to get out on the water and away from it all. With Motus (offshore islands) a stones throw away beckons you to enjoy its uninhabitated oasis..... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Muri Beach Hotel
- Muri Beach Rarotonga
- Muri Beach Club Hotel Rarotonga, Cook Islands