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“Great Villa in A Fantastic Tropical Paradise”
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Rendezvous Villas
Ranked #13 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
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“Great Villa in A Fantastic Tropical Paradise”
Reviewed August 6, 2011

Just got back after a 5 day stay.

The villa was very well appointed, clean and well maintained - with pretty much everything you need for a luxurious, private and relaxing stay. Incl - large well furnished rooms, high quality fit out, well sized bedroom, very nicely appointed bathroom, aircon + ceiling fans, fully equipped kitchen, your own pool in private sheltered courtyard, a large comfortable lounge with flatscreen tv and surround sound system and a good sized deck overlooking the fantastic lagoon ie. absolute beachfront.

The villa is located on the beach and you can step off your private deck straight onto the white sand beach, with views of the sea/lagoon from basically every room. Waking and going to sleep with wthe sea lapping at the shore only metres away was great.

Location was also very private with a max of approx 8 or so people walking past on any given day. The beach - our beach! - was great for a swim, snorkel (lots of fish only a little way out) - there is coral in the lagoon - so reef shoes make it easier to get in/out of the water. Snorkel gear and kayaks are included with the villa.

Location is good also with shops, restaurants, car/scooter rental places and tour options close by ie. walking distance. Definitely recommend hiring a scooter so you can travel the raro way : )

The staff - Chad and Marisha - were polite, friendly and helpful. Transfers were included with our stay and we dropped into the supermarket on the way from the airport to the villa so we could do a little shop. Room was turned over on the 3rd day. We also took advantage of the late checkout for a small additional fee - which effectively gave us the best part of another day. Overall very happy with the service/staff.

Liked - The quality and privacy of the villa. The fantastic beachfront location.
Disliked - Nothing - other than having to leave. : )

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 18, 2011

Lovely place, ultra flash with lovely floors and really beautiful decorations. Lovely fresh flowers in the place and also given on arrival. When we walked in we were sooooo happy because everything looked amazingly beautiful. Not like some stark hotel room, rather a really lovely little house. It was really comfortable and a romantic place for us. Felt like kings living there.

All insect screened. Didn't see one bug at all in the place!!! That is very important to me as I hate bugs!!! It was extremely clean.

Huge bathroom with two sinks. Very comfortable bed. Lovely deck with a swing chair! Very spacious accommodation. Didn't use the pool much. Very private accommodation. Beach isn't sandy, it is coral so you can't swim there. But you can walk about 2 minutes down the beach and there is a sandy spot. The benefit of having the coral is that not many people walk past so it is very private. The deck is AWESOME, huge deck with banana lounger seats, and table and chairs, and the swing seat. Would sit out there all day just swinging away.

It has a fully equipped kitchen, ultra flash. It was awesome!

The only thing I would comment on is I would have preferred to know a specific time that the cleaners were coming. On a romantic weekend away you don't want to be caught un-awares! or in underwears! Apart from that, everything was brilliant.

The only thing with the location is that you get alot of wind around that size of the beach. That is nice because it cools you down, but it is a bit annoying if you wanted to kayak or see the fish in the water.

Definitely recommend.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Anthem, Arizona
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Reviewed January 24, 2011

My wife & I booked a 6 day trip to Rarotonga for our 30th wedding anniversary after seeing a great deal in Budget Travel magazine. The villa was everything we were looking for. Laid back in the island-style but with all the ammenities. Mr. D met us at the airport at 7 AM on a Monday and we were able to get right into the villa and stay until time to go to the airport at 10 PM the Saturday following; so the 5-night package was really 6 full days. We had a delicious fruit platter and the fixings for a meal there when we arrived. The villa must have been about 800 square feet with a big deck right on the beach and and a very private front garden area with our own personal plunge pool. The Muri beach area is the best swimming, kayaking, and snorkling area on the island and the villa provided the snorkling gear and the kayaks. Often when we were on the beach we seldom saw another group of people and the beach is about as classic "Robinson Crusoe" as you can get with white sand and swaying coconut palms all around the island. Everything is imported here in the middle of the South Pacific but if you like tropical fruit and fish like we do there is plenty of reasonably priced stuff to eat! If you want night life and casinos this is not the place to go; but if you want a tropical island experience like Hawaii was 50 years ago then Rendezvous Villas in the Cook Islands provides it.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sheffield
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4 reviews
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Reviewed September 28, 2010

After travelling from New Zealand on our honeymoon we arrived at 1am to be greeted warmly and happily but to a little bad news. The luxury honeymoon villa we had booked to top off our month long trip was not available. We were not best please having all the stress of the wedding and travelling for a month, we were really looking forward to ultimate relxation. We were put up in another, less superior villa for that night and for the next night. I can only imagine that they had another booking overlapping slightly and didn't want to turn it down. We did make a complaint and were pleased that we weren't charged at all for our first two nights. A nice gesture I thought and wanted to mention it here to be fair. Apart from that our stay was fablous, the villa is amazing and I can only highly recommend it. It was one of the best times of our lives and can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bowral nsw
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Reviewed September 19, 2010

We Stayed here for 5 nights and thoroughly enjoyed the villa. if anything it is too big!!!.
It is a 15 minute walk to Muri shops/restaurants which is not too bad. The bathroom is huge. Very good value for money. our only criticisms would be that they had 2 complementary pairs of goggles but only 1 pair of flippers. (minor Problem) and that you cant swim in front of the villa, there is too much coral and rocks, but you dont have to walk too far.
We had a few unusually windy days there so the pool that your own villa has was very handy as it was protected from the wind

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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Reviewed December 3, 2009

My husband and I loved the villas.. they were beautiful and well worth it for a honeymoon stay. Very secluded - not a resort so doesnt have hundreds of people walking around.. the beach was basically all ours - though we only had good weather for 2 days..

We found the restaurants to be extremely expensive so we took advantage of the full kitchen in the villa and cooked 3 of the nights. We had to hire a car as the location is too far to get anywhere - and we were charged $80 for a return cab fare into the city..

We were tossing up between Sea Change and Rendezvous villas - it turned out sea change was booked out so lucky for us! it is roughly the same price for a garden villa in sea change (ie. view of garden and beach is across the road) and the rendezvous beach front secluded villas... well worth it!!!!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Monkeybusiness26
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Reviewed October 12, 2009

Fantastic getaway location.
Spent a great seven nights in the Cook Islands. Loved the villa, the private location, the service and the snorkelling.
Get a car or scooter (much more fun) as it's located a fair walk to the store.

Very laidback island. Swimmers, fake tan, sarong and sunglasses are all you need. Beware the Mai Tai's at Trader Jacks.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rendezvous Villas
Address: Muri, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Muri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rendezvous Villas 4.5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
These beach-front villas, each with their own private swimming pool, provide total privacy and peacefulness for couples, romantics and honeymooners. Each villa has direct access to the beach, a separate bedroom, full kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, frigerator/freezer, large lounge with surround cinema system & flat screen TV, stereo and DVD. WiFi internet access available. Beds are super king with bedrooms air conditioned. Kayaks and snorkeling gear are provided complimentary, as well as free meet/greet and transfer service from the airport together with a fresh fruit platter on arrival.Stay 5 nights and pay for 4 or stay 9 nights and pay for 7 ---- available thru to 31st May 2012. ... more   less 
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