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Kakera Villa Apartments
Sydney
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116 reviews
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

We revisted Apartments Kakera twice in the same year on the strength of the warm hosts, great location and private facilities.
Apartment Ra was quite warm in October/November but the fan and the private plunge pool helped us cool down.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Andrew and Melinda and the fabulous Apartments Kakera as an excellent, private and quiet destination in Rarotonga. I look forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

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.

Meitaki Maata,
Andrew, Melinda and Family.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

We spent a 6 days here. Melinda and Andrew were fantastic. The apartment was equipped with everything we needed. Great range of games for the kids, and also a book collection in case you run out.

The complimentary coffee was delish. The pancake breakfast was devine!!! And thanks for taking us to the ceremony, it was a wonderful experience!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Well where to start & what to say that already hasn't been said, Melinda & Andrew the hosts are amazing they went above & beyond to make our stay & our special day something to remember. The food, decorations, from something as small as candle holders was perfect everything we wanted & more. My husband & I stayed in apartment Pepe it was perfect for us really modern had everything you need & more, was a home away from home so relaxing & welcoming. a big plus for us as well was being able to have our friends & family over all hours of the day so thank you so much Melinda & Andrew for putting up with our loud & crazy bunch :) ohhh i have to reccomend Andrews hectic pig on a spit that was gooooood my whole family couldn't stop talking about that & not to forget Melindas choice cooking the works. i could keep going on about our stay but I'll leave it at that. Just once again thank you so much Andrew Melinda & family we will definitely going back to the cook islands. You guys rock :)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Canada
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

We had a wonderful 2 week stay at Kakera! Melinda and Andrew (the hosts) are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. They go above and beyond to take care of their guests. The Apartments VERY well equipped with everything you could need. Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Milk, Juice, Salt and Pepper, Dishes, Blowdryer, Shampoo and Conditioner, Body Wash, Iron, Mosquito Coils, Bug Spray, Magazines, and a HUGE selection of DVD's. The Apartments are nice, modern, clean, and a fantastic value for your money! It does have a bit of a beach right out behind the Apartments, but it's pretty rocky and full of coral. It has a nice deck to make up for it though. Me and my husband very much enjoyed taking our morning coffee to the beach and sitting on the deck and watching the waves roll in. If your looking for beautiful sandy beaches that are good for snorkelling, swimming, or suntanning then it is only a short drive by scooter or car. Very close to Kakera is a nice little coffee place, a great fruit and veggie stand, and the Mooring Restaurant (great little lunch place). If we ever decide to return to Rarotonga for a 3rd time, we would totally stay at Apartments Kakera again. Thanks Melinda and Andrew for everything! What a fantastic 10 year Wedding Anniversary Trip :)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We stayed here twice. Last year and the beginning of this year. What an incredible experience! We felt like we lived there. Melinda and Andrew are wonderful and so are their beautiful children! We had the best time and there isn't anything that they won't and don't do to make your experience great. Loved the Cook islands! There is one but though....DON'T RENT FROM BUDGET!!! The first time we were there we rented and who we went to the airport to drop off the car there was no one there so we left it there with the keys under the mat like Melinda said and there was no one around so no one saw. When we came back to rent again they said that someone took the car for a ride and they found it on the other side of the island. Melinda took care of that as they were going to charge us $70. Well stupidly we rented from them again when we came back. We get home and they've charged our card $60. As they said the gas tank was empty. There were four of us in the car when we filled it just before we got to the airport. When my husband took the keys to the desk the guy said he was going to check the car and be right back well he never came back and that was over 40 min. Of my husband waiting and then. He had to check in or he wouldn't have made the flight. BUDGET HAS SOME BIG SCAM GOING SO BEWARE!!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

What to say that hasn't been said already? Our wonderful Kakera experience startedin Nov 2011, when we confirmed our 10 night reservation for our tropical wedding and honeymoon. From then until our departure we did not have to worry about anything.  How often do you hear about a completely stress free wedding, but in the end that is exactly what we got (and more) thanks to Melinda, Andrew and the team.  For our holiday/honeymoon, we weren't looking for a home away from home, we were looking for a chance to step away from daily routine and cold rainy weather and into a new experience, in this instance a tropical paradise and complete relaxation. Like many before us the team at Kakera helped us slip eagerly and effortlessly into island time. We have no hesitation in recommending Kakera to anyone looking for self catered, private and well serviced apartment style accommodation on Rarotonga.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kakera Villa Apartments
Address: Beach Side, Turangi, Muri | Ngatangiia, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 76 Specialty Lodging in Rarotonga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kakera Villa Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 1
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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