Magic Reef Bungalows
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Magic Reef Bungalows

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5.0
#1 of 8 villas in Arorangi
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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12 Polynesian style, self-contained bungalows located right on the beach of Arorangi, with golden sunset views from each. All bungalows have sea views, comfortable super-king size beds, a private outdoor shower and bath, air conditioning and a ceiling fan. Free unlimited wifi and smart TV in each room, there is also a book library available. The boat-shaped pool, BBQ facilities and beach terrace with loungers, seating and hammocks invite you to relax. Complimentary use of snorkeling gear and reef shoes. Complimentary breakfast on arrival. Limited Electric vehicles available exclusively for guest use.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Beach
Bicycle rental
Car hire
Massage
Adults only
Electric vehicle charging station
Pool / beach towels
Saltwater pool
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Diving
Hiking
Snorkelling
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Iron
Kitchenette
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Kitchenware
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Lagoon View
Ocean View

Location

Ara Tapu, Arorangi Cook Islands
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Amy L wrote a review Mar 2020
Easthampton, Massachusetts
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Magic Reef, bungalow 1, for a week and experienced the magic of sleeping to the sound of the surf, walking the beach to go to happy hour, spectacular sunsets, watching the hermit crabs, seeing a night sky full of stars and rainbows in the early morning after a rain. It was heavenly - just the place to decompress and recharge your batteries. The owners and staff are friendly, helpful and just nice to be around. The only thing I can think of to suggest is maybe having a few basic staples on hand for purchase; like snacks, beverages, bread, etc.. If you don't rent a car or scooter, there is no convenience store close by to walk to and stock the kitchenette. But honestly, I have never stayed anywhere that fit my idea of perfection as much as this place does.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: absolute beach front was fantastic
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Response from Gillian F, Manager at Magic Reef Bungalows
Responded 6 Mar 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us as we try to make our guests as comfortable as can be. We have noted your suggestions and hope that you may return some day soon.
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Andy K wrote a review Jul 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Close to the beach and surrounded by beautiful hibiscus and coconut palms, you’ll find yourself at Magic Reef Bungalows.

There are a total of 8 bungalows, so it’s not too busy like the bigger resorts so has a and a more personal touch to it and the staff are lovely.

The rooms are comfortable with a private outside shower and bath. There is a separate bathroom with a sink and toilet. The bungalows are equipped with a small kitchenette with stove top (no microwave) which is suitable for light cooking if you really want to. There is a BBQ as well as veggie bin with some herbs and salad greens which you can help yourself to. The bungalows all have a deck facing the ocean with loungers to watch the day go by. 😊

The only downsides for us were the bed was firmer than what we are used to, and if people decide to gather at the communal area near the beachfront, the noise does travel. The only other things were the TV in our bungalow was a little dated (I was told this was being changed) and WiFi wasn’t available with the room rate and was available at an an extra cost (this seems to be standard though for most resorts).

What we found to be very convenient was the ability to book and use the electric cars on site. They also had e-bikes available for hire as well as reef shoes and snorkel gear if you didn’t bring your own. We took the continental breakfast option which was priced well and delivered daily.

Overall a good place to stay away from the big crowded resorts and a little funky with a nice vibe.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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GaryandLesleyTravel wrote a review Aug 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice comfortable bungalow with plenty of room. Outdoor shower, fridge, cooktop, air conditioner, complimentary filtered water and ice. Lovely garden and beach front area, nice pool area. Swimming with the complimentary snorkelling gear and reef shoes is best when the tide is in. Some great eating, drinking & sunset spots within walking distance. The paid wifi was good, the TV reception not so good. There are electric cars and electric bikes for hire. Currently with only 9 bungalows available the property is personal yet private. Bungalow 1, 2, 3 & 4 have the best views.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Bungalow 1, 2, 3 & 4 have the best views.
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Rob wrote a review Feb 2020
Surprise, Arizona
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our 6-day stay here. Gill, Jane and staff were outstanding hosts who went above and beyond to make our week unforgettable. We loved Magic the dog, who came and visited us several times a day, and Captain the cat as well. The electric cars located there were a great convenience to tour the island and go shopping. Gill was especially helpful to let us know where to go for shopping. Even though we were there for the offseason, we loved the peace and quiet, the temperatures were fine, there was little rain, the sunsets were breathtaking, and the location was perfect - close enough to walk to restaurants yet far enough from the hustle and bustle. The pool was used every day (the lagoon was difficult for us to walk even with the reef shoes which were provided for us). We plan to return again to stay at Magic Reef Bungalows, and highly recommend staying there.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from GillianEva, General Manager at Magic Reef Bungalows
Responded 11 Feb 2020
Thank you so much for your wonderful review - we miss you already (I think Magic is in mourning)! Give our love to Nancy, Boss, Gretta and of course George. It was a pleasure having you stay, and become part of the Magic Reef family.
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Wales21 wrote a review Sept 2022
formerly UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 11 nights at Magic Reef and loved every moment.
The bungalows are beautiful (we were beachfront in bungalow 3), spotlessly clean and the resort itself well maintained and stunning in location.

What makes a resort special is the staff. And this is where the magic comes into Magic Reef. Simonne, Lawrence, Jayne are outstanding in meeting guests’ every need. David in servicing the rooms is attentive and happy to go the extra mile such as climbing for a coconut for an afternoon drink. Lawrence and Simonne were on site most evening for a sunset drink with guests and watching the whales breach just offshore - a definite highlight.
The extra touches of home made jam and muesli, freshly ground coffee all adds to the feeling that the Magic Reef goes the extra bit in guest comfort. Head of security, Magic the dog and Captain the cat complete the team 😊

Location of the resort is great with some great restaurants easy walking distance along the beach. Electric cars and e-bikes are available for hire and staff readily available with recommendations of what to see and do around the island.

Highly recommended, the Magic Reef is a perfect place to stay in Rarotonga with the most amazing staff.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Simonne Aubertin, Owner at Magic Reef Bungalows
Responded 1 Sept 2022
Thank you so much for choosing Magic Reef as your relaxation destination, and for taking the time to write such a glowing review, we look forward to welcoming you again. Kia Manuia Simonne, Lawrence and the Team!
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Sea2Summit21 wrote a review Feb 2020
Olympia, Washington
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Magic Reef for just one night while we waited for a connecting flight. Oh if we had only more time, we would have stayed much much longer!!!!
Jill, the owner, made our short stay perfect. The bungalows are outfitted with everything you could possible need or want. Fresh, beautiful, delicious fruit, a variety of bread and jams await in the fridge along with juices and milk!! Yummm. So perfect before our early flight.
The decor is beautiful with a canopy bed and the large outdoor shower was magical (again) under the stars with green plants and sunken tub.
They have a swimming pool and large beanbags to sit on near the beach.
Stay here if you are planning a trip to Rarotonga. You won’t be disappointed!!!!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Gillian F, Manager at Magic Reef Bungalows
Responded 19 Feb 2020
Thank you for your fabulous review, and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your night with us. We'd love to see you back at Magic Reef again one day. Meitaki ma'ata (thank you very much), Gill @ Magic Reef
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Beatle Treadwell wrote a review Jun 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A much-needed rest was had. Lawrence and Simonne were beautiful hosts. The bungalow on the beach was well appointed with an open air shower and kitchenette. TV pre-loaded with movies (didn’t watch any - too busy swimming and reading).
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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968lizg wrote a review Dec 2022
Tauranga, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Magic reef was special as much for the owners and staff as was the setting - sunsets to die for, Gin in hand .
So many little personal touches.
We loved the authentic accomodation- simple decor which created a peacefulness .
It you want glitz and glam this is not the place for you .
The owners have a sustainable philosophy _ down to electric bikes and cars to hire , purified water and ice always available
Good snorkelling gear and advise on good spots for fish spotting
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend ,
Here’s hoping we can return soon .
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Best to have vehicle to get around island Good food within walking distance but still good to...
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RestlessKiwis wrote a review Aug 2021
Nelson, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a fantastic place to stay if you want a small, intimate resort. The staff couldn't be more helpful. The setting is one of the best on the Island. Our bungalow had everything we needed and we loved the outdoor shower & bath. Each bungalow has a small deck with loungers and a small table.
In addition, there is a lovely deck by the beach with hammocks to relax in. There is a pirate ship shaped pool with beautiful coloured laterns that are lit up at night.
We rented one of their e-cars for the week we were there and found it to be great value.
We will certainly return!
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: We chose one of the two beach front bungalows (Not the absolute beachfront) and we would chose...
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mjoy93 wrote a review Feb 2024
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in an 'Absolute Beachfront Bungalow' right on the beach and particularly enjoyed the outdoor bathroom (the toilet is separate and indoors).

The bungalow didn't have good airflow and the thick material above the bed made it difficult to stay cool until we discovered the air conditioner had a turbo function which worked great!

E-vehicles are available to hire for $NZ 75 a day, no cost for charging. Vehicles don't have to be hired for consecutive days which was great!

The pool was a bit too warm for summer and the beach wasn't very good for swimming or snorkelling.

The staff were friendly, and the bungalows are located within walking distance of a couple of restaurants.
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Date of stay: January 2024
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Best to organise e-vehicle hire a day or so before you need them so the staff know to charge them...
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Answer from Simonne & Lawrence
Arorangi, Cook Islands
Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately our resort is only for children over the age of 12 years. Meitaki
14jkc asked a question Jun 2018
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania344 contributions53 helpful votes
Is the beach in front of the resort swimmable?
Answer from vivamexic0
courtenay, b.c.48 contributions66 helpful votes
At high tide it seems to be swimmable! Suggest water shoes. Talked to a guy that had been snorkelling a little further North, and he enjoyed his swim and the fishes etc. So possible- not low tide though. I would definitely talk to the resort about this, they are more than helpful and honest, if you were to email or phone them, I know they would give you their very best answer. In front of the Rarotongan, and Muri Beach seem to be the favoured snorkelling and swimming spots, and not too far south from Magic. But for peace, quiet and beautiful sunsets, Magic Reef is it. Probably because of it's location Magic Reef has it own particular intimate appeal, and further south is much busier with tourists, lovely for a visit, but so nice to get back to the beauty and tranquility of Magic, and the quiet beaches you can walk along!
Answer from Simonne & Lawrence
Arorangi, Cook Islands
The following restaurants and cafes are within a 1km walk of Magic Reef; Wilson's Beach Bar at Castaways, Beluga Cafe, the Waterline, OTB at Manuia, and Oceans Restaurant and Flambe Restaurant at the Crown Beach Resort. There is also a caterer who can deliver a breakfast platter.
Kurt B wrote a tip 19 Jun
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Town by the airport rolls up the sidewalks after 5pm. "
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TuiG483 wrote a tip 15 Jun
Christchurch, New Zealand33 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Each bungalow has a small but very useable kitchen. We bought lots of snacks with us to ensure maximum relaxation. The BBQ is also great. "
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A P wrote a tip May 2024
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Beach has large coral rocks, not ideal for snorkeling, but there are nearby beaches where you can snorke. Bring your reef walking shoes."
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Shane H wrote a tip May 2024
Hervey Bay, Australia29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book a vehicle for your stay whether it be a car or scooter. You can’t walk everywhere."
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Eric Turner wrote a tip Apr 2024
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book your airport transfers with Magic Reef too."
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PRICE RANGE
£217 - £219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
magic reef bungalows hotel rarotonga
LOCATION
Cook IslandsSouthern Cook IslandsRarotongaArorangi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Magic Reef Bungalows
Which popular attractions are close to Magic Reef Bungalows?
Nearby attractions include Tik-e Tours (0.6 miles), Aroa Marine Reserve (2.0 miles), and Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Magic Reef Bungalows?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, free parking, and internet access.
Which room amenities are available at Magic Reef Bungalows?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Magic Reef Bungalows?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Magic Reef Bungalows?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Magic Reef Bungalows?
Conveniently located restaurants include Beluga, The Waffle Shack, and Wilson's Beach Bar & Restaurant - Castaway Resort.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Magic Reef Bungalows?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Magic Reef Bungalows?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wreck of the Matai (3.8 miles).
Does Magic Reef Bungalows have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
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