NO PRIVACY is the major take-away from this rental. The owners are immediately underneath this house, and they never leave! But that's not all:
- The property has junk on it.
- The beach is rocky and not ideal for swimming. We ended up driving to a different resort every day to enjoy a better beach and to get away from the hosts. Shout out to the Moana Sands who welcomed us daily and allowed us to use their facilities and equipment.
- The family will use the private swimming pool during your stay.
- The hosts try to charge $15 per load of laundry.
- Wifi is not provided by hosts.
- You ARE expected to clean the house when you leave, otherwise they keep your deposit. This was not communicated.
- Hosts do not routinely maintain the home during your stay.
- You DO need a vehicle.
- I wish the hosts had prepped us with advice about the island, including common tourist activities prior to our arrival.
- This review, in part, is fueled by the hosts aggressive, untrue and unprofessional handling of our stay. As paying customers we are very disappointed in how they operate their business.
The Cook Islands and Rarotonga are beautiful. Muri beach is lovely, and so are the people. But this house was the reason why our visit wasn't great, especially for the price. You're much better off staying anywhere else.
Two thumbs down, two stars, D grade.
Abe M. - Portland, OR
Lots left to be desired here! Pictures look great but do NOT tell the whole story: most importantly, the Owner's family lives on the entire bottom level in an open-air apartment and is always home; so every time you step out you're being watched and are compelled to engage. The "beach" is actually tiny and rocky--not suitable for kids, lounging, or swimming--and the owner chain-smokes there. The house does not have air conditioning, ice maker, ceiling fans, screens or netting, and the kitchen lacks even basic utensils. Views are NOT 360°! In fact Owner keeps a huge rusty container in the front yard, and there's dense apartment housing right next door. Before booking be sure to read between the lines!
Top experience. The location of the house is just amazing, right in the lagoon and in a very quiet area. It's a very good spot for fishing and snorkelling too (Robert gave us the best tips for that), they even let us use the polynesian style canoe they have, so that we could explore all the islands in the lagoon by ourselves. Susana and the Roberts are super friendly and always ready to help with anything. And they have the best organic garden... we tried so many tropical fruits and veggies there. Perfect place to relax, but with many activities to do around for those who don't want to lie on the beach the hole day :) Thank you very much and I hope to see you again soon!!
We spent a few days in Kaireva beach house during or recent Cook Islands trip and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The house is simply amazing, with probably one of the best views in the island. You know it is going to be a great day when you start it by having breakfast on the terrace looking to the motu (island) and the Muri Lagoon. The beach is just at the doorstep and they also have a pool!!
During our stay we also had the opportunity to experience local life with our hosts. Learning how to husk a coconut was a great experience, the impossible to be more fresh yellowfin tuna sashimi was the best we ever had in our life and the herbs and fruits from the ecogarden were delicious. We also enjoyed fishing on the jetty and snorkelling around looking for trevallis, turtles etc. We even were offered to go on an adventure to the motus using the little boat, even if we proved ourselves not to be the best rowers in town.
This place offers you the possibility to stay in a 5star resort and enjoy the quietness of being in a private beachfronthouse. It is simply great.
The beach house is in a fabulous, secluded spot on a lagoon near Muri Village. The house itself is immaculate and the owners are very gracious to assist in any way. They also share fresh fruits and vegetables from their garden as desired and provide helpful tips on the best day trips around the island. If you are going to the Cook Islands, I highly recommend this wonderful house!
First time in the Cook Islands and what a gloriously relaxing time we had. Susanna and Robert gave very clear instructions on how to find the property and we had no problems; though it is quite difficult to get lost in Rarotonga. The house overlooking the lagoon was absolutely what we were hoping it would be. It is spacious and well furnished with a large covered deck area. The kitchen is well equipped and has all the utilities you need in a holiday home. Robert and Susanna were very helpful and hospitable, with suggestions for eating out etc. Muri village is within easy reach and has plenty of places for breakfast , lunch and dinner. We loved seeing the turtle swimming off the adjacent wharf. Would recommend without hesitation
Just back from staying at Kaireva. Excellent place to base yourself, close to Muri beach and all it has to offer, but quiet enough for some serious R&R.
Luxurious private accomodation.
Snorkelling off the front steps, close to the Moorings Cafe (which is excellent).
Thanks to Robert and Susanna for being great hosts.