Having stayed at one of the larger resorts for our wedding last year, we were keen to return to Raro & stay in Muri Beach, but wanted somewhere a lot more affordable... Initially sceptical due to the 2.5* rating of Manea Beach Villas in the brochure, we were immediately put at ease & rest by an amazing Host (& owner), Grace, together with exceptionally comfortable & very clean accommodation.
Grace met us personally from the shuttle bus when we arrived & also go up early at the crack of dawn to see us off when we sadly departed. She was full of great information & local knowledge of what to do & where to go - even where to hire cheap scooters from!! :)
We stayed in one of the 1 bedroomed bungalows, which is fully self contained & has its own deck & BBQ, so you can stay "home" & cook for yourself if you want to. Eating out is a breeze too, as there are plenty of restaurants close-by.
Housekeeping came every day, even if you didn't need them; unlike the larger resorts, where if you say no & they go away, at Manea Beach, the wonderful housekeeping ladies at least insisted that you have a clean set of towels!!
We didn't want for anything at all whilst we were here, the only thing Manea didn't have & the 4+* resorts do was a bar & it's own restaurants, although, there is even a very good one of those in the same driveway. There's internet available (if you really want it - and why would you???); there's a laundry on the premises which you can use, a pool, the accommodation is right on the beach, there's snorkelling gear & kayaks for use.... This accommodation is worth SO much more than 2.5* and should NOT be overlooked!!
All in all - amazing value for fantastic accommodation in a stunning location!! Grace - we'll be back before you know it!!!
Jan & Linz, New Zealand
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Manea Beach Villas, Cook Islands accommodation located on the edge of Rarotonga's beautiful Muri Lagoon. Manea is the Cook Island word for beautiful, which sums up the villas and location on offer. We cater for all holiday seekers, be they the single traveller, honeymooning couple, senior travellers, groups and families ... all are welcome at Manea Beach Villas! Our absolute beachfront location means you can lay on your private deck and gaze at the vibrant turquiose lagoon, only metres away. We are a small accommodation, offering intimate surroundings on Muri Beach with a personal touch. Our staff are a 'family', and will make sure you feel a part of Manea while you are here and long after you leave. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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