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Manea Beach Villas
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Hamilton, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
30 reviews
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“fantastic family villa”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

stayed in the 3 bedroom villa for 2 weeks, first with adult family friends, and the second week with family and grandchildren (3 and 1yr)
Our villa was well appointed, flexible for both purposes, kept clean and tidy on a daily basis by very friendly staff and Manea Beach Villa management was also available and friendly and very accomodating to all various needs.
The location was great with wonderful resturants- one across the lane, and others further down.
There was a grocery shop very close for all your needs.
Our villa was along the small stream, which provided hours of entertainment for the young ones- chickens, crabs, fish, eels etc etc
A fantastic family time and we hope to be back next year!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

We stayed at Manea beach for a week with an 18 month old who was more than welcome. The rooms are kept really tidy and clean and there is a real friendly atmosphere there. They provided a babysitter service there for a great rate thank you very much Bali! If you after a self-contained place to stay this is a great spot.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

This was my first trip to Rarotonga and we could not have picked a more beautiful place to stay. Maryanne and all the wonderful staff made sure that we had everything we needed and more. It was fantastic to get up each day in our wonderful villa, walk out on to the deck and admire the breathtaking views over the lagoon. I would recommend this place to anyone as it is clean, tidy and well presented and has everything you need at your fingertips.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

We stayed in the 1 bed-room villa, which were a perfect size of 2 people. They were clean and serviced everyday. We only made breakfast and an occasional lunch there...so the small kitchen (microwave/ electric kettle only) was perfect. There was also a gas BBQ outside on the deck if you wanted to be more adventurous with your cooking. There are so many great restaurants nearby or by taxi, that you needn't bother.
They are in a perfect location, straight onto the lagoon, or a stroll down Muri Beach was a daily ritual. They have complimentary kayaks and snorkle gear. There is a small store nearby for your basic needs.
Marianne is delightful and always helpful.
We will definitely go back.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Omakau, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

We stayed with Maryanne and her awesome crew in June 2012, our villa was everything we wanted and more, so clean and tidy, bbq on the deck, kayak's and snorkel gear for our use and friendly helpful staff. With the lagoon outside our door we felt like it was our own personal beach. Muri Beach is a beautiful part of the island and Manea Beach Villa's will always be our place for staying when we return! Thanks again for making our stay so great!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2012

We arrived in Raro May 18, 2012 we booked two x one bedroom lagoon units. The property is well kept, tidy and scrupulesly clean. Travelled with my hubby and also my sister and hubby. The villas themselves are well equiped with the basics, including a lovely bbq on each deck. a small table and two chairs on each decking. inside the units, a small kitchenette with microwave, fridge tea/coffee making facilites. The lounge area contained two lovely rattan chairs and a small coffee table. A tv with cable or similar I believe, however we did not turn the tv on, far too busy relaxing!! The bathroom with shower, vanity toilet, and a bedroom with king bed, open wardrobe, including a small guest safe. The thing that struck me about the Manea was how clean the place was, and how the staff took great pride in their work. All the staff were happy and friendly and chatting to the gardner/handyman Sonny each morning as he did his rounds and attended the pool, was like chatting to a neighbour. His local knowledge and willingness to share it with everyone was just lovely and made you very much part of the Raro experience. Very genuine and friendly people.

Rooms were serviced daily clean sheets and always tons of fresh clean towels.
The grounds are up a long driveway which leads to the beachfront. Alongside the property is the Flametree restaurant. We dined there one night, which was spectacular and on par with any good NZ restaurants. Will review the flametree seperately.

When you go to Raro you will encounter 'Raro dogs", but don't worry. There are many friendly wonderful dogs wandering about in Raro. They are not aggressive and you should not fear being bitten, these are extremely well adjusted animals and all seem great with children.

The Muri area no exception, and you will encounter furry friends from time to time, popping in to visit whereever you go. A kind word and a pat never goes amiss. Each time we go we see dogs that were puppies from our previous visit now all grown up. We popped into the Esther Honey foundation and made a donation for the good work they do in keeping animals spayed and neutered and in good general health. Well worth a visit and a small contribution as this is improving the lives of these animals and I have noticed a decrease in wandering dogs in the time I have been going to Raro. Won't get on a soap box here, but worthy cause. etc.

However, i am not an insect lover, in particular cockroaches and the like, i will point out that this is indeed the tropics an one should expect them everywhere, However, i did not see one creepy crawly anywhere in the Manea villas. there were a few small ants around one of the loungers by the pool but this was near the lawn and they were the minutest ants and did not sting or bite.

i didnt get bitten by an mossies although we were armed to the hilt with repellant etc. Perhaps it was not the time of the year for them. but taking reellant never goes amis. i will point out that the units had insect spray cans under the sink, including mozzie coils for putting outside if you are out in the evening on your decking, which I am sure you will be!!

The Manea has a small fresh water pool which over looks the beautiful Muri Lagoon. The seating and loungers allow shelter from any onshore breezes and the outlook is breathless. We really enjoyed the location f this property as it is "at the end" of Muri beach and a little away from the main tourist part, which we felt a pure bonus, we felt like we were the only people there. Manea supplied fantastic clean, well maintained kayaks and paddles,

On previous trips we have stayed in Resorts $$$ and also self catering resort, Manea was by far the most preferable to us. Becasue t rained so much when we visited Raro this time, we spent a bit more time inside which we didnt plan on. At this point we could have done with a small table to eat from or play cards etc. The units simply don't have the room inside for that, and if you like a little more room then I suggest taking one of the bigger units, maybe the beachfront unit. (3 bedroom) had the weather been better then this would not have been a problem.

Maryanne the manager, was just fantastic, really helpful and nothing was a problem. Even arranged deep sea fishing for the boys, who caught Tuna!! Thank you Maryanne for making the holiday for us all, a great one. We would love to return and when we do we will be booking in again at the Manea. It had everything we wanted. i'll keep buying the lotto tickets as i could send six months a year out there.
places worth visiting for us was
Fish and chips from the little fishing boat not far from Avarua.
trader jacks
The Roadhouse kareoke night - the locals were awesome and we had a fantastic night out - totally unexpected.
The Rugby club, next door to the Manea - thru the gate- just ask Maryanne. Cheap drinks and again locals made us feel like neighbours. exceptional.
Flame tree retaurant
The Waterline Restaurant
Vaimas Retaurant - the lovely Doroth always makes you welcome - such a top host, she really knows how to run a restaurant, nothing escapes her eye. Well done!!
Saturday Market - love it every time I go. pawpaw smoothies to die for!!
Great dresses in the CITC store- surprisingly they have a better selection of summer wear than NZ. some lovely resort wear.

Room Tip: one room units for just a couple. Larger units a must for two or more. loved the lagoon view units...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Methven, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

Great place for a group of friends! It is the perfect location in Rarotonga without the price tag, especially compared to the other places in Muri beach.
Heaps of resturants and activities all within walking distance and the beach is the nicest on the island. The three bedroom beachfront villa was fantastic, right on the waters edge.Awesome for just sitting on the deck having a few coctails in the evening with your friends. The staff are super friendly and very helpful. Highly recommend this place.

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Property: Manea Beach Villas
Address: Ara Tapu | Muri Beach, Ngatangiia District, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 77 Specialty Lodging in Rarotonga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Manea Beach Villas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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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