Manuia Beach Resort
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Manuia Beach Resort

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4.5
#1 of 1 boutique hotel in Arorangi
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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Your Polynesian Paradise at Manuia Beach Resort awaits you... Marvel at the magical sunsets over a sparkling blue lagoon, while lounging on your sheltered, white sandy beach fringed with swaying coconut palms. Wander through the tropical gardens on your way to the beach side infinity pool. Rest your elbows on the pool edge and soak in the view across the beach, through the lagoon onwards to the waves crashing on the barrier reef beyond. Sip a refreshing tropical cocktail delivered to you from the Beaches Restaurant and bar, or enjoy your Polynesian inspired meals in the restaurant while you trail your toes through the sandy floor. Manuia Beach Resort - your Cook Islands resort accommodation - is set right on the beach in private and peaceful surroundings on the sheltered sunset coast of Rarotonga. You will love the authentic Cook Islands style accommodation, with the coconut thatched suites complete with island style decor and modern amenities such as air conditioning. Walk through the sandy path down to the water and be stunned by the beauty of the poolside area. The infinity pool, Beaches Restaurant and Bar with its relaxed authentic Polynesian cuisine, loungers set invitingly facing the beautiful lagoon, and attentive local staff, will all set the stage for your dream Rarotongan get-away.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Canoeing
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Parking
Paid wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Poolside bar
Hiking
Snorkelling
Fishing
Car hire
Taxi service
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
iPod docking station
Bath / shower
Safe
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, Filipino

Location

Main Rd Inave, Arorangi Cook Islands
637Reviews28Q+A100Room tips

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Maree N wrote a review Mar 2020
67 contributions2 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Manuia over the period 31Jan20 to 04Feb20 for our wedding anniversary and had the most amazing and relaxing stay. Being an adults only resort, there were no children to interrupt the serenity of sitting on our verandah gazing across the infinity pool to the beautiful beach.
If possible, book one of the beachfront villas to enjoy the beach view. The villas are comfortable with both air conditioning and fan, an outdoor shower, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities. There was no radio or tv (although the accommodation guide mentioned a clock radio which we were unable to locate).
The staff are friendly, particularly Riko from the front office, Victor from the airport pickup and Victor from around the gardens.
The car/scooter hire is just across the road and I highly recommend your own transport, unless you wish to wait for the bus which runs every half hour clockwise or anticlockwise.
OTB Restaurant has great food and even better sunsets and it is recommended to book to ensure you get a table. If nothing on the Al a Carte menu takes your fancy, you can ask for something off the pool menu.
Snorkelling is great from the beach and you can get snorkel gear, along with reef shoes from the front office.
The friendly dogs and chickens come to say hello and have a pat and you might even find eggs in your garden.
Thanks also to Sue for sorting out our little problem with our account.
If in Rarotonga, I highly recommend a stay here.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Beachfront villas are the best as you can enjoy the views of the infinity pool and beach.
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Jazz03 wrote a review Jan 2020
5 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My sister & I along with our 88yr old Mum stayed at the Manuia Beach Resort for 8 days over Dec-Jan. I cant say enough kind words regarding the staff at the Manuia Beach Resort. From the time we arrived they were welcoming & went out of their way to ensure our Mum was comfortable & had everything she needed. The views were stunning & this Resort is perfectly situated for a relaxing time away. Staff are always on hand to help with anything you need whether it be a drink or food by the pool or beach area. The restaurant staff reserved a table for us that was easy for Mum to get to with her walker & even helped her to her chair. Warm amazing staff & the food is top notch. This restaurant is popular for a reason, & you wont be dissapointed with your meal portions. We regularly had to take dessert to our room because we couldnt fit it in! Totally recommend the Sunday BBQ Buffet as the food has a big variety with ample for you to go up for 2nds or 3rds if you can fit it in with the large range of desserts that follow, they also have entertainment to sing along to as well. One thing I would recommend would be for the Manuia Resort to have a Dinner & a Show, this would top off the excellent experience for Guests at the Manuia Resort. Thank you to the Owner & all the staff for making our Holiday so memorable! Definitely 5 stars from us!
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The Rooms at this Resort are all ground floor bungalow rooms. Rooms on the North side are...
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Happycampersnz wrote a review Jun 2021
Auckland, New Zealand15 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolute beachfront, quite simply it could not have been better. I now know why others rate this resort so highly. The rooms are immaculate always, the service impeccable. Staff are incredibly friendly. There are so many choices of spaces to enjoy and the On The Beach restaurant is the best in the Cook Islands.

We enjoyed entertainment every night which even included fire dancers next to the infinity pool one night. We arrived in the 3rd week of the Cook Islands bubble opening with all rooms freshly refurbished and the pool completely revamped.

we could not have been happier.
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Spend a little more like we did and get a beach front room, it is definitely worth it.
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Scenic59835790676 wrote a review Aug 2022
6 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for 12 days and found the resort to be so relaxing and the villa with the outdoor shower was awesome! Spacious rooms with great outdoor lounging area, perfect for curling up with a good book! The pool is very refreshing and the loungers are great. The property has sand paths that are raked at least once a day, and the gardens are vibrant and well maintained. The daily tropical breakfast is a bit basic but there is the option of ordering a la carte for a cost. OTB restaurant is excellent but you must book in advance. All the staff were fantastic and always accommodating any request. Highly recommend the Manuia and will definitely be back ❤️
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Perhaps some earplugs for the Rooster calls in the early hours! Bug spray for the mozzies, small...
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Joe B wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I returned to the Cook Islands to celebrate our 30th anniversary, and we were delighted with both the accommodation and the restaurant. We took a unit directly with a great view of the beach, the nearby swimming pool and just a few metres from the On The Beach restaurant. The staff were friendly and helpful, and in particular surprised us with complementary cakes for our special anniversary. There is a bus-stop outside the resort so it's easy to get anywhere on this beautiful and serene island.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The front rooms facing the beach! Worth the extra cost.
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Gary wrote a review Aug 2021
1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow what can I say but wow Manuia Beach Resort has just gone too our number one place to stay, Beautiful, spectacular sunset views, clean and Amazing friendly staff who we got to know so well, couldn't do enough for us. Lovely, gorgeous rooms with outdoor showers Heaven! Amazing infinity pool located on the beach front perfect for sipping cocktails by the pool, while looking out to the ocean, for us you can't get much better than that. We were so fortunate to meet such a range of Lovely kiwis enjoying the lovely resort when we were there, which made our stay even more special, so nice to enjoy a lovely sunset Happy Hour session and making new friends.. the environment and surroundings of Manuia just brings out the holiday happiness in people. We got engaged in Rarotangta and our Manuia friends and family made it extra special to celebrate our special moment with.
Ok so its a 10/ 10 for us, but unfortunately we had one little complaint, that being the Sunday night BBQ event nights, we had an issue with, only because it was very noisy with kids running round the pool around.. and lots of noise with that. It was just unfortunate it was our first night there, we also have to say that our issue was very well taken care of my management, they were always constantly making sure that everyone was happy and very interested to hear of any issue.
We so can't wait to go back, and know that we will be welcomed with open arms, Krisy is a super star in hospitality, and made our stay special, she took the time to know us, our cleaning lady Sally was so lovely and couldn't do enough for us. So happy we chose Manuia.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lisa M wrote a review Jul 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand97 contributions26 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I’m struggling to review Manuia Beach Resort, as it feels like a well kept secret that you want to share but not too widely. My family of four - my husband, two teenaged children and I were fortunate to spend a week here. It’s located on the western side of Rarotonga, affording it the most gorgeous sunsets which can be viewed from a deck chair on the beach or poolside or with a cocktail from OTB bar adjoining the resort. Staff are friendly and the rooms spacious and decorated island style with Tivaevae. The outdoor showers are refreshing. This is a boutique resort, over 16s only and just 12 duplex units - you can’t help but relax.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Breakfast included, the fruit is amazing, but if you have favourite cereals or spreads it’s worth...
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CHRISTINE V wrote a review Mar 2020
Brisbane, Australia48 contributions28 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We chose Manuia because it is adults only and has an on site restaurant. The accommodation was comfortable and well serviced - it was a novel experience to have a shower outside in the rain!! The staff were freindly and helpful and the included activities enjoyable. The beach/pool area with numerous sun loungers was great for relaxing. We dined at the OTB (on the beach) Restaurant twice, the food and service were good and the sunsets stunning. So a good place to stay!
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Date of stay: March 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Rachel S wrote a review Jul 2023
Wellington, New Zealand9 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My partner and I stayed at the Manuia for a week at the end of May and it was absolutely glorious. The villa was beautifully set up and located in the garden, so really private and quiet. The pool was cold but perfect for cooling down on hot days, and loungers around it and on the beach were excellent for sunbathing and book reading. OTB was brilliant with a great selection of food and drinks, and reasonably priced if you got the 3-course deal. The staff were so friendly and welcoming and nothing was a problem. Oh, and the view! Absolutely stunning sunsets! We’d go back in a heartbeat, and really hope to soon!
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Water is treated and drinkable. Transport provided to and from the airport. Was relatively quiet...
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RugbyMadKiwi wrote a review Aug 2022
Papamoa, New Zealand604 contributions268 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved this resort ! The views from our beachfront room were fantastic, the outdoor chairs comfortable along with the bed.
The continental breakfast was great with gluten free bread and cereal, the option of ordinary milk, Almond milk or and Soy milk which impressed us.
All the staff were super friendly ! Max in the bar was brilliant , all the dinner staff and breakfast staff were super friendly as well as the house keeping ladies we chatted too. The receptionist was very friendly as well.
The gardens are stunning and really add to the ambiance of the place.
We at the resort every night as the food was great and they took your drink orders straight away , not like the other resort we stayed at afterwards, when we waited 20 minutes.
The food too came out quickly so well done to the people in the kitchen.
The General manager Ross hosted a cocktail hour or so which was really nice as we got to meet and chat with other guests . This was our 12th stay in Rarotonga over the last 20 years and have tried lots of the resorts and this is the first time we have seen this done.
Finally the owner Richard took the time to chat to us and that has never happened to us anywhere else either.
We highly recommend !!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
£221 - £276 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
manuia beach boutique avarua, hotel manuia beach boutique
LOCATION
Cook IslandsSouthern Cook IslandsRarotongaArorangi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
24
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Frequently Asked Questions about Manuia Beach Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Manuia Beach Resort?
Nearby attractions include Tik-e Tours (0.3 miles), Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) (0.5 miles), and Aumata Mini Golf (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Manuia Beach Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Manuia Beach Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Manuia Beach Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Manuia Beach Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Manuia Beach Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Wilson's Beach Bar & Restaurant - Castaway Resort, The Waterline Restaurant & Beach Bar, and OTB Restaurant & Bar Arorangi.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Manuia Beach Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Manuia Beach Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Manuia Beach Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Manuia Beach Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Manuia Beach Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Filipino.
Are there any historical sites close to Manuia Beach Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wreck of the Matai (3.7 miles).
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