We stayed at Apartments Kakera over Easter this year. We had looked at most of what was available on Rarotonga & each property we saw came up as either far too expensive or just not as nice as we wanted. Apartments Kakera came in the middle price wise & looked divine in any photos we could find. We had a few problems arranging what should have been a very simple stay to arrange - 2 people, 4 nights, private transfer at each end, Rental Car for 3 days to be delivered to the Apartment & the use of the Air Conditioning which is extra per day. It all worked out OK in the end except for the A/C which on our arrival at 2am in the morning the remote to control it was nowhere to be seen. When you arrive at this un-godly hour they leave access to the Apartment you are staying in available to you so on finding our way into the Apartment we were reluctant to wake the management up with our problem. However, it was extremely hot & for the sake of being able to sleep - wake them up I did. The remote was duly delivered to us along with an apology for this "oversight".
This is an impressive building, even more so when you learn that the owners both designed & built it themselves. It is extremely well built & no expense is spared either, both on the building and the trendy furnishings & fittings. All the furniture was comfortable, including the large bed which was very comfortable. We self - catered dinner on good friday, having been surprised at the variety of groceries we could buy at the Supermarket in Avarua. There is a 5 burner gas hob, small refrigerator & enough cutlery, crockery & other utensils to be able to prepare a meal. We are not fond of hotel breakfasts so being able to have exactly what we liked was perfect. On the other nights we dined out & particularly enjoyed the meal at the Tamarind restaurant. We had a rental car delivered to us from Pacific Rental Cars at Muri & were delighted when it arrived to see it was a virtually new Suzuki Grand Vitara. Unless you want to stay in a hotel the entire time, you will need a Rental Car on Rarotonga. Taxi's are not plentiful & very expensive.
We stayed in Apartment Pepe which is the luxury apartment for couples. It is reminiscent of a "New York style" loft apartment & is visually stunning. The only negative is that it is at the front of the building & as such only 30m from the busy road that circles the Island. You do get a lot of road noise & at night you also get the vehicle lights. This disturbed us during the first night here but we didn't notice it so much the rest of the time. Not all the windows have curtains on them, the design of the Apartment doesn't really lend itself to this. You do have complete privacy though, with tasteful fences surrounding your patio & yard area. There is a Petanque set and court in the small yard and a private plunge pool with a wooden deck surrounding it. We used the pool on several occasions & really enjoyed it.
The two other Apartments in the complex would not suffer so much with the road noise. The family Apartment runs along the rear of the complex & has a sea view from the upper level. You can walk down the side of the building & along a pathway through the end of a school to a small deck on a rocky beach. This beach is unsuitable for swimming although several surfers were trying their luck with the waves & all the rocks when we were there. This would be a nice private spot to hold a wedding ceremony.
We went out walking each day from the Apartment & found a multitude of walks possible, one that was nice was up to the local water supply dam which is an hour return. You can walk to Muri lagoon in just 10 minutes. So, whilst you are not on the beach you are not very far from it. We enjoyed a routine late afternoons of listening to the many CD's that you had a choice of, sharing a bottle of NZ wine & having a dip in the plunge pool. The last evening here we were so relaxed we almost couldn't be bothered getting ready to go out for dinner but the only other option was to starve so go out we did.
The bathroom is downstairs & comprises of an excellent shower and a modern vanity with a great many amenities provided. All linens are of a high quality & the Apartment is kept spotlessly clean. All in all a wonderfully relaxing long weekend with charming and friendly hosts in a very nice "space". If you had a family function such as a wedding & hired out the entire complex you would not be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kakera Villa Apartments Rarotonga - offer four comfortable eco modern holiday home villas. A boutique private complex of self catering self service trendy villa apartments, some with private outdoor area & plunge pool. Set along side a natural coral reef surf beach at the foot of tropical mountains, two kilometers from the bustle of Muri, close to stores and coffee shop. Kakera Villa Apartments presents the perfect tropical vacation space for longer stay travelers, couples, family with teenagers and grown up children & groups of up to fifteen. ... more less
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