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Manuia Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Arorangi
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“We're Back Again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013

Last year we wrote that we were headed back to Manuia Beach for Christmas / New Years 2014 and here we are for the forth time. As usual everything is top notch with a wonderful and friendly staff, beautiful location on a South Sea Isle, an intimate location where everyone says Good Morning and Good Night to one another. This year the dinner menu changes every night with local and international flavors to choose from, so even if you don't want to venture out to many numerous other locations for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, you won't be bored after a couple days with the menu. This place is a must if your coming to Cook Islands, it will always remain our home
away from home in Rarotonga. Gary & Cheri Wells

Room Tip: If your not beach front, ask for garden rooms 8 or 11, which have nice views to the beach.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013

I very much enjoyed my time at Manuia Beach. The cocktails are lovely, the pool and beach area are immaculate and the restaurant food delicious (I particularly liked the fish burger). There is nothing better than sitting in the resort watching the sunset and the Island Night was a very special experience that I would thoroughly recommend. For me however the resort is made by their manager Alex, a thoroughly personable and engaging host, who goes out of his way to make you feel welcome and at home and truly completes the friendly and intimate feel this resort does so well.
P.s. The resort also has a lovely resident dog called Lostris, definitely my favourite member of staff!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2013

The location and setup couldn't be better. We had a garden room, which I was quite happy with given that the ocean view rooms are in the center of the action. It was very nice to be on the west side of the island, as sunsets were beautiful and we got evening light longer than many of the other resorts; also, the location was more convenient to the main town than Muri Beach. The pool was amazing; I'm not much of a swimmer, but it turned into an evening ritual. One of the main reasons we picked the place was its restaurant (few places in Rarotonga have one attached). Still, we were surprised to find how good the food there was--prices were comparable to other places on the island, but the quality was in the upper tier. The beach is pretty, and surprisingly the snorkeling right in front of the resort was better than the two other snorkeling destinations that we took day-trips to go see. (Also, they gave us free snorkel gear, which they kindly let us keep the whole week.) The outdoor (but entirely private) showers were cool. There was a very laid-back, uncrowded feeling to the whole place; they could have tried to pack in two or three times as many rooms with the same beach, pool and restaurant, but I'm really glad they didn't. Finally, the management was friendly and very responsive; though we encountered a few glitches during our stay, they handled everything so well that we left with a smile on our face.

Negatives (all pretty minor):
- pillows were uncomfortable
- instant rather than real coffee in the rooms
- airport transfers really overpriced at $20/pp each way, given that it's about a 5 minute drive.
- internet was really expensive ($6/20MB). To some extent that's life in the middle of the Pacific, but other places on the island used the same provider and were half the cost.

Tip for travelers: don't leave shoes on the porch, here or at any other beach resort on the island! One of my shoes went missing, probably taken by a dog. I don't think Manuia is any higher a risk in this sense than anywhere else, and indeed the staff were quite helpful in searching around with me, but it sucked to leave the island without a good pair of shoes!

Room Tip: I think the first row of garden rooms seems the best: close to the beach, but private. The rooms bac...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

We recently stayed 6 nights at Manuia Beach Resort and it was perfect in every-way. Clean, tidy, comfortable,well located, and the service was impeccable and very personal. On our last night, my wife had a fall and needed to recuperate before our flight the next evening. Alex and the team were genuinely concerned for us and let us keep our room for the whole day at no charge. The sand paths, sand floor in the restaurant, casual dining around the pool and the private outdoor showers were highlights. While we were in Rarotonga, we also visited quite a few other resorts and we think that Manuia is the best of the best, especially for couples. Thank you Alex and your wonderful team for making our 20th anniversary holiday so special

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

I had been to this property about 7 years ago, and must say its even better now. Rooms have been extensively renovated in the past two years, and are very clean and comfortable. Staff were friendly and welcoming, and very helpful. Kura from the restaurant was absolutely fantastic, and a real asset to Manuia Beach Resort, also the Island evening was very well done, its a hands on experience so different from what the other resorts on the island do. Highly recommend it. Close to other restaurants too, if you decide you don't want to dine at the resort every night. ie Windjammer is only 400m down the road. Looking forward to going back.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Timaru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

Seven days of pure magic. The resort has the best staff, headed by Alex the Manager who makes himself known to holidaymakers and is very welcoming, as well as the polite and friendly bar and restaurant staff , reception and cleaners. I leave the best until last - Kura, the Food and Beverage Manager. What an outgoing, warm, friendly, awesome person she is. She made us feel at home at Manuia and catered to our needs. She is a real asset to this resort. The resort itself is lovely. Boutique type, quiet and authentic with sand paths and sand floor in restaurant. The infinity pool looks over the beach which creates a very relaxing atmosphere, along with casual dining and seating on lovely wooden decks. The accommodation was fresh and clean, with air conditioning, fan, great beds and an interesting outdoor shower, which we enjoyed, and of course these were very private. Servicing of rooms was daily if you wished. Cocktails were to die for, and we did consume a variety. The restaurant menu changed every night, which gave us a great variety to choose from. Because of this we mainly ate at the Manuia because we knew the quality would be excellent. Our free tropical breakfast was also nice - particularly the large pancakes made by Mama and the beautiful fresh fruits available. The Manager's happy hour was a great way to meet others staying at the resort in a social setting and friendships were made. The evening sunsets were a delight also. We had the best week ever, very relaxed, great weather and a fantastic place to stay. We didn't want to leave our island holiday, but plan on coming back and staying at the Manuia Beach Resort in the future. We highly recommend this resort.
Kate and Peter Burt, Claire Burt and Tyrone Smith

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

I recently stayed 7 Nights and I had a great time! The resort is well located with a sandy beach to the lagoon, great amenities and the best staff! The Restaurant/Bar is beside the pool and over looks the lagoon, breathtaking! Alex the resort GM has a great team and the restaurant & Bar staff with manager Karu are the best! I enjoyed all the food from the fresh fruit and pancakes at breakfast to the top quality meals at night and finishing off with Cocktail (or 2!)
Very nice units, refreshing island style, Air con, Ceiling Fans, King Beds, Coffee/Tea facilities and great outside showers! (yes nice and private!)
I gained some great friends while staying there and would go back to Manui Beach Resort with out hesitation!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Manuia Beach Resort
Address: Main Rd Arorangi | Beachfront, Arorangi, Cook Islands
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Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Arorangi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Arorangi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Manuia Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your Polynesian Paradise at Manuia Beach Resort awaits you... Marvel at the magical sunsets over a sparkling blue lagoon, while lounging on your sheltered, white sandy beach fringed with swaying coconut palms. Wander through the tropical gardens on your way to the beach side infinity pool. Rest your elbows on the pool edge and soak in the view across the beach, through the lagoon onwards to the waves crashing on the barrier reef beyond. Sip a refreshing tropical cocktail delivered to you from the Beaches Restaurant and bar, or enjoy your Polynesian inspired meals in the restaurant while you trail your toes through the sandy floor. Manuia Beach Resort - your Cook Islands resort accommodation - is set right on the beach in private and peaceful surroundings on the sheltered sunset coast of Rarotonga. You will love the authentic Cook Islands style accommodation, with the coconut thatched suites complete with island style decor and modern amenities such as air conditioning. Walk through the sandy path down to the water and be stunned by the beauty of the poolside area. The infinity pool, Beaches Restaurant and Bar with its relaxed authentic Polynesian cuisine, loungers set invitingly facing the beautiful lagoon, and attentive local staff, will all set the stage for your dream Rarotongan get-away. ... more   less 
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Manuia Beach Boutique Avarua
Hotel Manuia Beach Boutique
Manuia Beach Resort Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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