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Kakera Villa Apartments
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“Not great for families.”
Reviewed September 2, 2006

We recently stayed at these apartments and enjoyed our time but would not recommend this for families. The pool is very small and in my opinion quite dangerous as it is unfenced, quite deep and totally unsuitable for children. the apartment also has a very steep staircase ( which has uneven steps!) and would be most unsuitable for young kiddies or even those who are more senior.
I would hate to see anyone injure themselves... interesting to note that upon check-in guests must sign a waiver to exonerate the owners if anyone injures themselves!

I also felt that at the rates charged facilities such as bar-b-que and aircon should be included and not charged as an extra.

The beach is not suitable for swimming and the nearest sand is a 2km walk.

On the plus side, the beds are very comfortable and the hosts pleasant and helpful.

At the prices charged, however, we would not stay again.

  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with family
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kakera, owner manager at Kakera Villa Apartments, responded to this review, November 26, 2006
At Apartments Kakera we appreciate and evaluate all our feedback so we can continue to offer a unique slice of Cook Island luxury. Please be assured that we do have a system in place to make sure that families with small children are always informed that Apartment Ra has stairs and a deep plunge pool. We will continue to include photos of the staircase on our website so those with mobility issues can be informed. Our check in paperwork, including safety disclaimer, is standard business practice and very much shorter than the paper work needed to travel on an aeroplane. New improvements have been made to the handrails on the staircase in family Apartment Ra.
Kakera beach is very private. The reef runs close to the shore giving this beach a wild appearance yet it is quite safe and natural. Kakera beach changes with the moods of the Pacific Ocean. We value its diverse and unique everchanging nature including, coral rocks, sand, the rock pools, fish, sea eggs and shells of many kinds. A place for sun bathing, playing bathing or exploring the reef pools, surfing and boogie boarding, sometimes snorkeling and turtles.

As new and aspiring Apartment Managers and hosts we, Melinda and Andrew Ponga strive to do our very best.
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Reviewed July 15, 2006

We have just returned from a vacation in the Cook Islands. We stayed at Apartments Kakera located on the East Side of the Island, not far from Muri.
From the initial airport pick up to the late night hospital dash the hosts Andrew and Melinda were just perfect. The accomodation was fantastic for our 2 children, private plunge pool, beach and all the modern provisions you would expect in a resort room.
There wasn't anything you would want for, and if there was just ask and Melinda would get it! I would strongly recommend considering this for a couple just wanting a quiet relaxing holiday or honeymoon (Pepe), or the family unit (Ra) which caters for mum, dad and the kids.
Check out their website, after finding this on the web, I communicated directly via email and all responses were replied to swiftly.
We have travelled for many years both with and without kids, and we are tiring of the reosrt thing, the self contained villa is a resfreshing alternative and Apartments Kakera have created a niche market!
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Additional Information about Kakera Villa Apartments

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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