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Manuia Beach Resort
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

My two sisters and I have literally just returned after seven blissful days at Manuia. Loren and Alex were professional, friendly and helpful, our well appointed unit was near the glorious beachfront, no TV needed in the unit as we were always out and about. I put on several kilos after overindulging in the delish breakfast (esp the pancakes). We booked trips on the staff's recommendation and were able to make the most of our time on this gorgeous island. Outdoor shower - such fun! Great snorkelling off the beach, though best away from directly offshore from the resort where the water was deeper. Our only niggle was the evening menu, the prices were very high for what you got - just a walk away is Windjammer restaurant which became our favourite dining spot. Thanks to all at Manuia (including the dedicated staff who serviced our rooms so beautifully!).

Room Tip: We had room ten, just one row away from the noisy at times beachfront and restaurant, perfect.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Lynn F
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

What a great find - we loved the Manuia Beach Resort - small enough to be friendly and offer personal service. We stayed a week and would love to have stayed longer. The staff are fantastic and very attentive - the guests were nice too! Because the place is so small it is easy to chat to the other guests over breakfast or at the end of the day for drinks - no crowds here. The location is perfect - just ten minutes drive into town.

We stayed in a renovated room and just loved the outdoor shower and simple décor. The only downside of the room was that it was very public - anyone walking along the path could see in and even if you were on the deck you were very exposed - it just lacked a little privacy.

The restaurant was a fun place - sand floor and open to the elements. Breakfast was a little disappointing in terms of what was on offer - some fresh fruit but mostly canned. Dinner we felt was expensive at $30 for a main course - and not that tasty regardless of the dish- better value and quality elsewhere. Great sunsets though! We walked about 100metres down the road to the Waterline Restaurant - fantastic food,, great choices and for much less.

The beach has plenty of sun beds and is a relaxing spot to while away a few hours - the beach is not the best for swimming - but there is a small pool for that much needed dunk.

Overall we enjoyed our stay and would return - loved the child-free policy.

Room Tip: We had a garden room which I think would have been better than one overlooking the pool and beach - a little more private and the resort is so compact that walking anywhere is not an issue
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Jane B
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

First time visitors to Rarotonga (and Manuia obviously). Loved that it was child free and only a maximum of 24 couples staying at any one time. The last unit to be refurbished was completed while we were there (late May 2013) so al units now looking great. Highly recommend the Beach front units (1-6) although units 7-12 would also be OK (1 row back). Units 19-24 are a bit close to the Office/car park so avoid if possible. Snorkelling is great right off the beach in front of the Resort. Snorkelling equipment provided by the resort if needed. Would highly recommend snorkelling opposite "Fruits or Rarotonga" about 7km east if you like bigger fish/deeper water but Manuia was great especially for first timers who can touch bottom at most times if required. Take bread with you too for a close up experience with the fish. Even saw a couple Moray eels which just sit there and look at you ! Restaurant is good too with great lagoon views over the beach to the breaking waves on the coral and sunsets to die for ! Awesome. Also loved the outdoor shower, the friendly helpful staff and the fact the only TV is in the Guest lounge. No phones in the rooms but cell reception good if required. Unlimited filtered water on tap from the restaurant which you can use to fill up the provided water jug in your fridge. Tea and Coffee making facilities in each room but no cooking facilities ensures you are eating out each day ! Highly recommend the Manuia Beach Resort to any couples seeking a quiet romantic holiday ! Oh, and not a rooster to be heard :-)

Room Tip: Rooms 4 and 5 have a path between them which is the main walkway to the restaurant/Infinity pool for other guests so rooms 1,2,3 are quieter with less passerbys. That said, this is a boutique resort no hoards of tourists so pretty quiet overall.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank KiwiCplTwo
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

Our first visit to Rarotonga and we could not have felt more welcome. From the 2 Managers through to the rest of the staff they were all friendly, helpful, and most importantly made us always feel like we were on holiday. We are counting down the days until we can come back and enjoy again. Being a smaller resort you never felt crowded and it was easy to meet other guests and feel just like a big family

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Bevan D
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

First time to Rarotonga, and Manuia was recommended by our travel agent. I jumped on trip advisor and saw the great reviews so booked it. As has been said the rooms are excellent. We would often come back after a days activities and just sigh with relief when opening the doors, they have been that well refurbished. We stayed in a garden suite and to be honest would prefer those to the water view apartments. The pool is great. The beach is picture perfect, though there is better swimming spots around the island, mainly around Muri, the Rarotongan resort, and for snorkelling - opposite the 'Fruits of Rarotonga' which had an abundance of sea life.

In our 7 days there we drove around the island two,three times. Probably only saw one other resort ( little Polynesian) that caught my eye as being better, but rooms start at $530 a night and quite honestly - for what Manuia offers you'd be crazy going somewhere else. Manuia is well located, well known, close to town and car/scooter hire plus have good connections with the local dive company 'big fish' which I also found excellent as a diver. The two buses the circle the island ( one clockwise the other anti clockwise) stop directly outside Manuia' entrance once an hour. Just note that the anticlockwise bus stops at 4:30pm which is the one you'd get going to the good restaurants in the south.

I've rated it 5 stars because it fulfills everything you want in accommodation and more. The owners were away during most of the time we were there. Personally we found the restaurant attached to manuia disappointing. Compared to some great restaurants like Vaima, the Sands and Tamarin House, Manuia's restaurant didn't compare. Great for a breakfast, cocktail or bar food, but not for serious dining. Which is a bit of a shame because the location and views from the restaurant are stunning. The other slight neg was information from the office like bus times, and pick up times, flight info at times was incorrect. But, if you do your research you'll be fine!
Rooms were cleaned everyday, air conditioning was great, bathroom spacious ( due to outside showers which were fantastic). Every other guest we spoke to said if they came back to Raro they'd return to Manuia. There are some tired looking resorts on the island, in particular Edgewater, and in my opinion the Rarotongan. Wasn't that impressed with what I saw at Club Muri and Moana Sands either, but that's just an opinion.
When we return to Raro we'll definately be rebooking at Manuia.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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