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Outdoor Patio & Pool Area
Large glass sliding doors, creating a huge indoor outdoor living space
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Sleek, modern kitchen with high end appliances
Large air-conditioned bedrooms with view to pool.
Ensuite Bathroom
Private refreshing salt water pool
Rarotonga Island
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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Vaimaanga, Rarotonga, Southern Cook Islands

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SweetVale...
Adelaide, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Amazingly Beautiful Property”
Reviewed December 21, 2016 for a stay in November 2016
3
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So where do I start. The house is like a small luxury hotel. The gardens are stunning...The layout of the house is superb. The living, dinning and kitchen are in one part of the house and then the 3 bedrooms you need to go outside to enter them which means there all face the pool and garden area and you don't hear any noise from the other part of the house. Each bedroom is the size of a junior suite.. And set up beautifully with walk in wardrobe and huge bathroom and fresh flowers are a lovely touch. The house is spotlessly clean in fact I walked through the huge glass stacker slide door because the glass was so spotless. The cleaner and Desi do an amazing job of cleaning all aspects of the house ..big thank you xxx The kitchen is really well appointed and equipped with everything you could possibly need and everything is well maintained. Desi and Phil are great host ..nothing was too hard for them they were easy to deal with and very accommodating and obviously very house proud and it shows..they have thought of everything. The pool is amazing better than some of the resort pools in the Cook Islands. The location is great ..very quiet area...lovely stretch of white sandy beach less than 2 min walk down the road..Whitmore grocery store again just a walk away and they sell the best organic local grown vegies and fruit...and there is a great coffee shop walking distance if you want great breakky etc. and Viama restaurant just short drive...hence a great location. I would not stay any where else the luxury standard of this property is much better than some of the resorts on the island. I can not highly recommend this property enough ...Thanks again Desi xxx

Date of stay: November 2016
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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NZ_Scoote...
New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Beautiful place to stay!”
Reviewed March 27, 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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When we travel as a family now - our requirements are a little different than when my husband and i travelled as a couple. We like our space and like our daughter to have her own bedroom. So this means we now need to look further afield than the run of the mill hotel room.
The Pacific Palms villa looked just as good in person as they did on the websites. The villa was spacious, modern and luxurious. And the hosts Phil and Desa were super friendly and very responsive.
Things we loved about the villa: the spacious kitchen, dining, living area, the huge tv and movie selection (as we got a bit of rain on this trip), the beautiful pool and outdoor area, the luxurious bedrooms with huge walk in robes and ensuites, the close proximity to a stunning beach and Wigmores superstore!
There were a couple of minor things about the villa which families with young kids need to be aware of - the bedrooms have no external access so you need to go outside to get to them. And all rooms open onto the pool area. This just meant one of us slept in with our daughter for the whole trip.
The villa does have wifi access but you need to purchase an internet card to use it. This cost us $50 for 1,25gb. We went through two of these in the week!!
The other things which would be nice to have in the villa would be - air con in the living area as it gets super hot in there, even with the two fans and a dryer (i know that its on its way though).
This villa is great for friends travelling together, families (but perhaps with slightly older kids) etc. And yes we would come back - although maybe when kids were a bit older - of if we bought a baby monitor with us!

Things we enjoyed on the island were - the beautiful beach at the Rarotonga beach resort was our favourite (feeding the fish there is awesome), the LBV bakery in muri (their custard filled doughnuts are amazing), good coffee at the Saltwater cafe, Wigmores superstore is open exceptionally good hours and offers really good value ice creams by the scoop, the nautilus resort offer a beautiful area for drinks in the evening and also have a great spa.

Date of stay: March 2016
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Traveling group: Young Children
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Syana S
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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39 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“STUNNING!! AMAZING !! RECOMMEND BEST ACCOMO ON THE ISLAND !!”
Reviewed February 24, 2016 for a stay in February 2016
1
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Where do I start !
Even before we arrived for our vacation, the owners of the beautiful holiday villa (Desa and Phil) were great with communication, answering all our questions and because we were travelling with a newlywed couple, they provided a bottle of champers and beers plus did up there room with flowers and a little gift !!! Already winning with us !!

Now on to the villa! 1 word - Amazing !!!
Large open living area. Kitchen fully equipped with everything so you can utilize to the best of your ability. Both inside and out were clear/ tidy. The rooms all separate, including there own en suites and walk in wardrobes (+ aircon/ TV/ Ceililng Fan) and all face the pool which allows for an amazing view in the mornings.

Property is inland so not right on the beach but we didn't find this a problem. We cruised to the beach when we wanted to. Having the pool onsite cooled us all off all throughout day and night. We all admitted that the pool was definitely a life saver !!!

The above doesn't sum up our accommodation but it is a tease of what you'll receive. HIGHLY RECOMMEND !! We know that when we return back to the beautiful island, this will be our 1st accomo option forsure !!

Date of stay: February 2016
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Liked best: Resort Style Bedrooms. Beautiful
Liked least: The local wild dogs stealing our snorkel mask !!
Traveling group: Friends
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PutiputiP...
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect Paradise at Pacific Palms”
Reviewed January 31, 2016 for a stay in October 2015
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Desa and Phil have created a luxury home away from home that is relaxing and so easy to be in I didn't want to leave.
We had about 20 people over for dinner one night, plus the six of us and the house and facilities handled the crowd well. We got the barbecue out, made salads and turned the music on. Fabulous.
The bedrooms are sanctuaries so when it all gets a bit much, off you go, close the door, put the fan on and you don't hear anything going on outside.
The large verandahs were we we hung out every day (even when the daily shower came through), lounging on the huge cushions that then went in the pool to lounge on when it all got too hot.
Perfect Paradise

Date of stay: October 2015
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Liked best: The open plan living and great indoor outdoor flow was fantastic.
Liked least: A bit scary for our toddler who came to visit. We had to watch him like a hawk around the pool.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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6marina
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
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“Like walking into your dream home..."”
Reviewed November 3, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Love at first sight - I could live in this airy, light spacious, uncluttered, beautifully furnished, 'good vibes' house. Felt good from the moment you walked in, You can hear and see the sea, but just want to sink into that turquoise pool off the deck and courtyard, and float on one of the huge pool cushions, sipping your gin and tonic. The floor plan is so cleverly designed to cope with a crowd, yet all the tenants have private, quiet spaces and ensuites. More than one cook in the kitchen area is not a problem - and why wouldn't you want to be in that spacious kitchen, seeing everything thanks to the fabulous mirror splashback wall? I want one of those! The owners are to be congratulated on their design and taste. Superb and stylishly cool.

Date of stay: October 2015
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Liked best: The living area plan and kitchen -
Liked least: Would need to watch toddlers around the (deep) pool all the time.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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marinapsy...
Sydney
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“The Best House in Rarotonga!”
Reviewed October 6, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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Stayed here for a few nights at the end of Sept and loved every minute of it! This house is amazing....like something you see in a design magazine. It has everything you could possibly want and need. Location is great, on the hillside, directly opposite the beach which is a one minute walk away, with filtered views of the ocean. This makes it very private and quiet, unlike many of the houses built close to the road and on the ocean front. The house is brand new, only completed earlier this year, so absolutely everything works. It is gob smackingly gorgeous and it is impossible to not say 'wow' when you enter.
Everything has been thought of; huge living space, floor to ceiling windows, designer kitchen with everything you could possibly need, [dishwasher, hob, oven, microwave etc..], full laundry, huge leather sofa, flat screen TV with 100 movies on tap, air con, three very chic bedrooms, wonderful beds, all en suite with beautiful towels, bed linen,and stylishly furnished throughout. The curtains are thick and black so lie-ins are easy to achieve. All the bedrooms open on the pool. There are bean bags loungers which can be placed in the pool or kept on the ample sized deck. The whole house and surroundings are immaculate. Desa and Phil, who own and run the house, have done a brilliant job in building it from scratch with all the building materials brought to the site from NZ. The quality and finish is exceptional. Desa keeps the house extremely neat and clean and is a fantastic host. She is a perfectionist so absolutely everything has been thought of and she is also great company.
We loved our stay at Pacific Palms luxury Villa ,Rarotonga and in the time we were there we didn't see a house of comparable design and style on the whole of the island. If you want a lot of space, privacy, quiet, a great pool, proximity to restaurants and access to the beach, all wrapped up in amazing architecture then this is the place for you. We'll be back for a much longer stay next year!

Date of stay: September 2015
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Liked best: everything!
Liked least: no complaints at all
Traveling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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JanePete...
New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Truly Perfect”
Reviewed June 29, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Wow this place really is everything it says, and more besides!
We have stayed in properties all over the world, and honestly couldn't fault this one.
It is luxurious to the core, spacious, and so comfortable, yet has a real homely feel about it. The details are so well thought out - I must have spent the first 24hrs just taking in the little touches of genius in the design and build.
The inside/outside flow is so clever and makes you feel connected to all parts at once - yet easily closed off to create a sense of privacy. As for the pool - perfect.
The beds were so comfortable I didn’t want to get up in the mornings. The en-suites are a dream, but the walk in robes - I want one of my own! There's more than enough storage which is unusual nowadays.
The kitchen is so fully kitted out there's nothing you could need - absolutely a joy to be in.
The location is perfect too! It's on the better side and has the best beaches on the island within easy walking distance. Complete tranquillity, yet so close to all the must-go-to places.
I'm normally very harsh with my comments - but at this place I cannot fault it, or the wonderful care and attention we got from the manager. Perfection!
We WILL be back!

Date of stay: April 2015
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Liked best: Everything!
Liked least: Can't think of a thing - other than having to leave!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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