Arcadia Retreat
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Arcadia Retreat

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#5 of 8 villas in Arorangi
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The faint sound of waves crashing on the reef, the whisper of palms swaying in the breeze, the sparkle of the water in the lagoon style pool …. KIA ORANA and welcome to just a few of the joys of staying at Arcadia Retreat, Rarotonga. Our small piece of paradise embodies the definition of Arcadia “an unspoiled wilderness of simple, quiet pleasure“. We invite you to join us on the picturesque sunset side of Rarotonga in one of our 3 stylishly appointed holiday homes set in large tropical gardens with a spectacular shared pool and breathtaking Arorangi beach just minutes away. Book your own private villa now or all three for that large family holiday, Rarotonga wedding or group getaway.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Paid wifi
Pool
Poolside bar
Beach
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Adults only
Electric vehicle charging station
Parking
Pool / beach towels
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Saltwater pool
Bicycles available
Boating
Diving
Golf course
Hiking
Horseback riding
Snorkelling
Windsurfing
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Darts
Fishing
Squash offsite
Walking tours
Car hire
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
Private check-in / check-out
Room features
Dining area
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Dishwasher
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Hidden Gem
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English

Location

02 Aretuna Road, Arorangi Cook Islands
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Robyn P wrote a review Jul 2021
New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Peter and Jolene are awesome hosts and made us really welcome. They make a specialty of catering for those who want peace and quiet and something different from the big resorts. If you prefer boutique accommodation rather than crowded resorts, with only three units on the property this is the place for you.

The location at Arorangi is superb - easy walking distance to the beach and Beluga Cafe (one of the most popular cafes on the island). Also, by being a few metres off the main ring road we heard no traffic, the gardens and pool are exceptionally well maintained, and our villa was equipped with everything we could need to make our stay wonderful.

Top quality and highly recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Peter Heays, Owner at Arcadia Retreat
Responded 20 Jul 2021
Thankyou very much for your comments. Now you are even MORE welcome to come back and enjoy Arcadia Retreat again., Hoping to see you soon. All the best Peter amd Jolene
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shanthini41 wrote a review Jan 2023
Sydney, Australia
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful and very relaxing 12 days at Arcadia Retreat which has a beautiful pool and gardens. The home we stayed in was beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean with 2 bedrooms, well equipped kitchen and access to a barbecue in the gazebo near the pool. Arcadia Retreat has stunning views to the hills on Rarotonga and just across the road from the beach. Our house had very comfortable beds, good shower, a big balcony and lots of different areas to lounge, read and relax. There are only 3 homes available to stay in, so numbers of other guests are kept to a minimum. I would highly recommend this as a great option to staying in a busy resort. We hired a car for our stay so we were able to trip around the island and enjoy lunches at some lovely restaurants and sunset drinks at Shipwreck Hut which is just a ten minute beautiful beach walk away. Arcadia Retreat is also very close to Pacific Fish and Chip outlet which serves delicious fresh fish grilled or fried. Book often and book early so as not to miss out on a great accommodation option in Raro.
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: We stayed in Ta’i which had a great balcony with views looking out to the hills.
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Response from Arcadia Retreat, Owner at Arcadia Retreat
Responded 5 Feb 2023
It was lovely to share our little piece of paradise with you and your family. Thanks for your kind review of Villa TAI and we look forward to seeing you here again soon. Ka kite.
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Judy W wrote a review Sept 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We decided to book at Arcadia Retreat as we wanted something a bit different to the usual large and sometimes impersonal resorts and hotels. And we are so glad we did. We had a lovely spacious 2 bedroom unit with a separate lounge, and full kitchen/dining area. Not that we cooked that much, as we had a fantastic choice of excellent restaurants within walking distance. But it was nice to have the option to cook at home some nights, and to have the option to self cater breakfast and lunch was great and quite a cost saving. Arcadia is just across the road from the beach, and most evenings we would either sit on the beach to watch the sun go down, or go to one of the local bars/restaurants on the beach for sunset drinks. There is a beautiful pool surrounding by tropical gardens for the days we just wanted to laze about and read books by the pool. It was so tranquil, as there are only 4 other apartments, and often we had the whole pool to ourselves. Other days we explored the island (31 kms around) in our rental car that was provided as part of our stay. We stayed for just over two weeks, and enjoyed every minute of it. Peter and Jolene where excellent hosts, with great local knowledge and tips. We were very sad to leave what felt like our second home, and can't wait to go back.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Clare wrote a review Mar 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 10 enjoyable days staying at Arcadia Retreat. For us it was perfect; no crowds, well appointed units, a great pool set in beautifully landscaped grounds and located in a very quiet area. The beach was close by and if you like fish and chips then a 5 minute walk had you at one of the best! True!

We found the hosts to be exceedingly helpful and very knowledgeable about the Pacific Islands.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Depends on your preference. The upstairs unit has bush views.
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Response from Peter Heays, Owner at Arcadia Retreat
Responded 18 Mar 2020
Kia Orana and thank you for your comments. Our little oasis is set up for people just like you and we love to please!. We hope to see you back here as soon as possible - thanks again. Peter and Jolene .
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Amber255119 wrote a review May 2022
Dunedin, New Zealand
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Arcardia Retreat is a fantastic destination, if you’re unsure whether to book, don’t even hesitate! From arrival Neil and Maxine were incredibly helpful - helping with logistics of bookings and even dropping us off to get bikes. We stayed in toru rooms and it was gorgeous. Spacious and light and with an incredible outdoor shower. Big kitchen to cook in but we ended up just eating out for lunch/dinner meals as it seemed cheaper than factoring in all the groceries. The pool was amazing and beautifully clean. We can’t fault a thing about Arcadia Retreat. 100% will be back and will be recommending to family and friends.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Arcadia Retreat, Owner at Arcadia Retreat
Responded 15 May 2022
Meitaki maata (thanks very much) Amber, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We look forward see you and your friends here again soon. Cheers, Maxine & Neil.
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Robynz69 wrote a review Dec 2022
Palmerston North, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We are returning guests to Arcadia Retreat as it is the best place we have found after a few visits to Rarotonga. Both visits we have stayed in Villa Rua. We have viewed Villa Ta'i and Villa Toru as well and they are equally amazing. This beautiful retreat is not beachside, which makes it much more private, serene and quiet from so many other properties on Rarotonga. The BBQ/pool area is huge for only three Villas so again privacy and serenity is not compromised. Our Villa had two queen bed bedrooms, full kitchen (with dishwasher), dining room, separate lounge, bathroom, laundry facilities and two balconies which catch sun and shade at differing times of the day for the perfect choice of outside private seating and/or eating. Neil and Maxine are incredible hosts and have a wealth of local knowledge to assist you with all of your holiday plans. They are readily available but never intrude on your privacy. The property is beautifully kept and we could not fault anything. Your holiday at Arcadia Retreat is assured to be second to none.
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Room Tip: With only three Villas all are exceptional. Personal choice from viewing photographs is the best...
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Response from Arcadia Retreat, Owner at Arcadia Retreat
Responded 5 Dec 2022
Meitaki Robyn for your return visit and the 5 "bubble" review. Your description of Arcadia Retreat as a private and serene holiday property is exactly what we pride ourselves on delivering. It was lovely having Shirley & yourself to stay and we look forward to seeing you again in 2023.
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JessS wrote a review Aug 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 6 days in Rarotonga and Arcadia was exactly what we needed. The relaxed atmosphere and great location meant we were close to the beach but had the luxury of not being in a busy resort. We stayed in Ta'i and had everything we needed for our stay. The onsite team were also very helpful - would absolutely go back!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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jhuset wrote a review Jun 2024
Hong Kong, China
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Arcadia Retreat. Neil was the most gracious host and gave us excellent recommendations for restaurants and shopping. The villa was very spacious—the kitchen was well-fitted out; the living room sofa was extremely comfortable and both bedrooms had king-sized beds. In addition, the villa was walking distance from a great cafe (Beluga), a fish & chips restaurant and a falafel stand. The petrol/mini-mart was a little further but definitely walkable. We absolutely loved our stay and would go back in a heartbeat!
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Date of stay: May 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Trevor W wrote a review Jun 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Arcadia was a great stay for me and family. The host was an extremely helpful. The accommodation villa was very comfortable and had everything necessary. The Arcadia grounds are very good outdoor facilities including the swimming pool and BBQ. The Arcadia is kept to low volume of residence in three villas. I enjoy resorts that have small boutique facilities. Despite not having lagoon access the Arcadia is a good island location to reach the entire island and everything Rarotonga has to offer. Overall, excellent stay and I would return.
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Date of stay: May 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Enjoy what the Arcadia provides.
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Traveler49531244491 wrote a review Mar 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at Arcadia with husband, daughter & granddaughter, the pool & BBQ area were our favourite, they even had a small fridge for our beers & speaker for our music. Villa Ta'i was spacious & very comfortable & felt like a home away from home. A big thank you to hosts Neil & Maxine, how lucky you are to live in Paradise!!
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Trevor W wrote a tip Jun 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Enjoy what the Arcadia provides."
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Maurice T wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Nothing to add other than be prepared for a totally relaxed holiday in a retreat that lives up to its name !"
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xnetballa wrote a tip Jan 2024
Wellington, New Zealand11 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Handy to one of the best Fish & chip shops on the island also Beluga cafe just up the Road."
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sean_bolton wrote a tip Sept 2023
Kinross, United Kingdom62 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"For this location, renting a car or scooter would be useful. You could get away with using the public bus, but hiring something is better."
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Stephen S wrote a tip Feb 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You should choose the room based on the view and the number of occupants. Ta'i is best suited for a family of 4."
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PRICE RANGE
£149 - £212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Cook IslandsSouthern Cook IslandsRarotongaArorangi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
3
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Frequently Asked Questions about Arcadia Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Arcadia Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Tik-e Tours (1.4 miles), Aroa Marine Reserve (1.2 miles), and Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Arcadia Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, free parking, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Arcadia Retreat?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Arcadia Retreat?
Guests can enjoy a poolside bar and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Arcadia Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Arcadia Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Beluga, The Waffle Shack, and Tamarind House Restaurant & Ukulele Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Arcadia Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Arcadia Retreat have airport transportation?
Yes, Arcadia Retreat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Arcadia Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wreck of the Matai (4.0 miles).
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