After planning a surprise getaway for my Mother, I had chosen to stay at Apartments Kakera for our 2 weeks from Jan/Feb 2013 in The Cook Islands. Needless to say this place is absolutely amazing. At first, I was a bit weary being that there isn't too many reviews about Apartments Kakera compared to other Apartments and Home stays in Rarotonga and because it isn't really "well known", however Apartment Kakera definitely lived up to my expectations! Apartments Kakera is more value for money compared to staying at a not so 'flashy' hotel. You'll also be pleased to find that Apartments Kakera are also in the South Pacific; Lonely Planet book as part of the "Top End" accommodation style in Rarotonga. So if your looking for self contained Apartments in Rarotonga then stop looking and book for Apartments Kakera.
The compound itself for Kakera is beautiful even more so that its tucked away neatly from the main road (where many locals didn't even know it existed) and conveniently 10mins away from town in Avarua and less in the opposite direction to the lovely Muri Beach. You'll find it more interesting when you hear how the Hosts Andrew and Melinda self designed and built these beautiful eco friendly apartments. The photos also, look exactly like the Apartments itself.
We stayed in Apartment Pepe; newly renovated and very modern with all sufficiently contained with all you need in a spacious open plan apartment. The bathroom, kitchen, lounge and upstairs bedroom was perfect with everything carefully thought of and placed! The plunge pool was excellent after a day of activities and the beautiful garden in our complex complimented the beauty of the Highlands that your able to see from your Apartments. Everything is modern and self contained and contained beautifully right down to Shampoo/Conditioner, Body Wash, Blowdryer, All kitchen Utensils and complimentary essentials such as milk, coffee and juice was excellent. Air conditioning is something you have to pay for as an extra however we found we didnt even need to use it as the lovely French windows and ceiling fans sufficed the Rarotongan heat. The Ipod dock was also handy. After booking a day tour to Aitutaki, it was just beautiful coming back to our Apartments, a place that definitely feels like home away from home. Our apartments was spacious enough to have our local family and friends visit comfortably.
The location itself is convenient to all activities that Rarotonga has to offer being close to town and Muri Beach.
In Melinda's absence, Andrew, Repoama, Paulina and Arianne were lovely and we thank you for making our time most enjoyable. Andrew is lovely and has great knowledge of all you need to know in Rarotonga giving us great tips on places to eat and drink. The Ponga host family were very helpful and non invasive at the same time. Basically, they're there when you need them other than that your left to your own devices.
The beach behind the compound isn't very good for swimming which didnt bother us as Muri Beach is a short walk or drive away but it is definitely somewhere beautiful where you can sit on the deck and contemplate life.
I'm all praises for Kakera and i do hope that it remains Rarotonga's best secret Apartments because much like The Cook Islands itself, its unspoilt! My only issue (If any!) was that I wasn't able to pick up the WiFi from our Apartment, however it may have just been my iPhone. There is a hotspot in the office where i was able to use the internet (when i needed to).
We were able to look around the other 2 Apartments which look just as beautiful as Apartment Pepe.
I could definitely go on and on but ill leave it at - If your looking for somewhere private, self contained, modern and not to mention beautiful then definitely stay at Apartment Kakera.
AND as cliche as it sounds, weve already decided that were not staying anywhere else other than Apartments Kakera on our next visit to the Cook Islands.
Andrew, Melinda and Family.
- 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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