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“Simply Stunning”
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Cooks Bay Villas
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

What can I say, this place is amazing! Shine, Tara and the staff are just amazing. Very friendly and accommodating at any time you need them. The villas are very well set out, all the comforts of home in the beautiful paradise setting of the Cook Islands. The beach front is but a few steps from your villa, the lagoon is sheltered with golden sands. A substantial welcome pack is provided with everything you need to get started upon arrival. Fresh, delicious fruits are delivered each morning to your patio. Kayaks and snorkel gear for guest use are great. I cannot rate Cooks Bay Villas high enough, anyone who stays here will absolutely love their stay and the hospitality provided. Thank you again for a fantastic six night stay, we certainly cannot wait to come back again! :)

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

Well I have just spent 10 days of total bliss at Cooks Bay Villas and i wouldnt change it for the world. Not only did we stay in Luxury in Paradise but we also got married on premises which was truly amazing! Shine, Tara and their team were beyond amazing and i look forward to returning in the future.

Thank you again Shine, Tara and the Team for making our stay and our wedding the best day of our lives with an amazing setting.

xoxoxo

Jenna & Marcus Taituha

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank Jenna T
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

First and foremost, my thanks go to Shine and Tara for allowing us to rebook at no charge last year after my husband had a serious health problem and we had to cancel at literally the last minute.

My family has been traveling to the Cook Islands since the 1990s and we've always stayed at our favorite resort. Our loyalties have now changed to Cooks Bay Villas. The villa is huge with a fully stocked large kitchen, 2 bathrooms and bedrooms, and 5 steps from the best beach on the island. Cooks Bay is within a very short distance to Wigmore's grocery store, Coco Latte cafe, Vaima Restaurant, and a little farther down the road is The Yellow Hibiscus Restaurant. We love the convenience of the back entrance direct to the outdoor shower when we are mucky from the beach. It's nice for us old folks to pack less since we have a washer to use. It usually is too warm to use the hot tub, but one of these days I know we will love that, too. A fresh fruit platter delivered every morning is a delight, and delicious, too. The staff is always smiling, always friendly, always ready to help. I came here alone not long after they first opened just to check it out. I loved it so much, but I was afraid my family would balk at staying somewhere new. They loved it as much as I do. Right now I am in the process of booking another week for my best friend and I.

Cooks Bay Villas saves us money because we don't have to eat out for every meal and we can all stay in one villa instead of 2, which is much more fun than being seperated. Even if it didn't save any money, I just wouldn't stay anywhere else.

I regret that I do not have the words to adequately describe what a wonderful vacation home this is. My only complaint is that I can't go more often.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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8  Thank Festercrabbit
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

Simply magical is one way to describe our weekend experience with Cooks Bay Villas... 100% attention to detail, your home away from home, everything you could possibly need & more to make your holday experience fan-freeking-tastic! The ONLY place on Rarotonga that is 100% Family Friendly....exclusive beachfront, spacious rooms (each your own bathroom), fabulous snorkelling, great pool, childrens swimming vests, kayaks/snorkelling gear, day bed, out door shower, spa, supermarket/cafe/restaurant walking distance... its like closing your eyes making a wish and having it come true everywhere you turn!!!

Bless you guys heaps

Elaine & Bils xxxx

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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7  Thank Elaine Aketarai... T
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

We stayed for 2 weeks in October 2103 with our 2 grandsons (8 & 6 yrs) and had a fantastic stay. This was our 10th visit to Rarotonga & the boys 4th & 5th visits but our first to CBV – what a wonderful property! Facilities were excellent – a real bonus having a pool and spa with the fantastic beach, on windy days the pool provided a sheltered swimming spot. The boys loved swimming in the lagoon, showering off then hoping into the pool followed by a spa! Good snorkelling in the lagoon just out in front of the villas. The villas are superb – well set up for either 2 couples, or a family – both bedrooms having their own ensuite and entry to the private courtyard with spa and outdoor shower. The private alfresco lounging/dining area a lovely place to relax and watch sunsets, you could even see the fish down in the water from here. Excellent having a lovely fresh fruit platter delivered daily and other supplies replenished often. The villas are immaculate, a real tribute to Tara, Shine & the staff. A good selection of snorkelling gear, reef shoes & kids life jackets available to use and kayaks available beside each villa.
The location is great – Wigmores mini supermarket & Coco’s café within a few minutes stroll, Kai Pizza also located by Wigmores on a Sunday & do great pizza! Vaima Restaurant (always yum!) also a pleasant stroll down the beach.
Thanks Tara & Shine for your hospitality – we hope to return one day!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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8  Thank MawslovesRaro
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

Six nights at Cooks Bay Villas and already planning when we can return. It was absolute bliss. Thanks to Tara and the girls for looking after us so well and sharing their slice of paradise. The villas are absolute luxury, with everything you could want. Perfect for our family of 5. We cooked in some nights and ventured out others - lots of great restaurants and food exceeded our expectations. Spent lots of time in the sea, on the kayaks and snorkelling - and a few swims in the pool to finish off. This place is beautifully looked after and we'll maintained. Beautiful linen on the beds and lots of special little touches. Fresh fruit platter every morning on the balcony was much anticipated. Cannot recommend highly enough. Rarotonga has just knocked Fiji off the top of our list for Pacific a Island getaways. Can't wait to return.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
7  Thank Greenfieldsontour
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

This was my 9th visit to Rarotonga, and my first staying at Cooks Bay Villas, and I can say without a doubt, that this was by far the best accommodation I have ever stayed in on the island. Tara and Shine were amazing to deal with, everything was superbly organised, and the attention to detail in the villas is amazing. The villas are immaculate, with everything you could ever want/need - each room has their own ensuite, and air-conditioning, and added bonuses to this is the outside shower/spa pool, huge incredibly well stocked kitchen, and gorgeous views out over the beautiful lagoon. Snorkelling equipment, reef shoes and kayaks all supplied. When we were sick of the lagoon we swam in the pool instead! We will most definitely be back again!!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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9  Thank Melissa S
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Additional Information about Cooks Bay Villas

Address: | Vaimaanga Beach, Vaimaanga, Cook Islands
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Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Vaimaanga
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Vaimaanga
Price Range: $276 - $346 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Cooks Bay Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cooks Bay Villas (CBV) nightly tariff ranges between: NZD$395 - NZD$495per night and is situated on the unspoiled white sandy beach of Vaimaanga, Rarotonga Cook Islands. We offer a wonderful opportunity to indulge yourself in a little luxury, while being able to enjoy the serenity and seclusion of one of the most beautiful locations in the Pacific. Cooks Bay Villas embraces modern polynesian architecture and styling with all villas being absolute beach front, with spectacular views across the lagoon to distance ocean wave breaks. Our Villas include the following:~ Two separate bedrooms with ceiling fans, air-conditioning and separate walk-in en-suites, a King Split Beds in each room that can be set into single beds~ Spacious living area opens onto expansive private balcony with outdoor teak dinning furniture, teak loungers and day-bed~ Fully self contained and well equipped with all modern amenities with Full kitchen facilities including an electric oven, gas top stove, full fridge/freezer, microwave and each villa has its own (Ultra Violet) treatment water system~ Entertainment embraces a 40inch LED TV, Home Theatre, Stereo/Hard drive consisting of movies, documentaries, tv series, cartoons, music etc. Telephone and WIFI-Internet connection~ Each villa have a Private outdoor courtyard, accessible from both bedrooms and en-suites, outdoor shower, sitting area, clothes line and a small laundry with washing machine and tub~ Another fantastic feature of this property is that Villas 2, 3 & 4, having full wheelchair access and being disability friendly. Relation should be a way of life, so at Cooks Bay Villas we also offer guests a selection of on-site facilities and services to help you relax and recharge. We understand these little extras go a long way in helping you really enjoy your island experience. ... more   less 
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