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Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel & Villas
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Titikaveka
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Beautiful location”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

we lot upgraded from the studio hotel room to the 2 bedroom villa and it would beautiful. so much room in the villa, beautiful views out to the lagoon. the beach was beautiful right out the front of the villas - great for swimming and snorkelling. Villa location was great, with small supermarket right across the road. nice clean rooms and good kitchen area

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Thank you to all staff at Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel. We were looked after so well from the evening we arrived until we left yesterday. Nothing was a bother to them. The room was very comfortable and spacious and was very clean and comfortable. The unit was serviced daily. The view from our deluxe studio was amazing. I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Rarotonga. It has the best snorkelling beach one could wish for.

Room Tip: You may wish to request a ground floor studio if you have physical problems negotiating stairs, as t...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2014

When we first arrived to the hotel they made us feel welcome. It was excellent way they run the Hotel. I enjoyed i every single minute. The best! I can really recommend a stay in this hotel. They make you feel special.

Room Tip: We spent our time on the second floor and the balcony. It was very nice but i think every room in th...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank 5EvaD
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Brisbane
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2014

We stayed in 302 and found the room to be really good, the views are spectacular as you look over the ocean. The hotel is located on one of the best beaches on the island, it is sandy and you don't need reef shoes. It is in a really good location, right beside Little Polynesian, which do beautiful meals and a happy hour. It is also connected to Sands Restaurant, we never ate there, however the location is beautiful. The room was very spacious and had everything that you needed. The girls who do housekeeping do a great job and the people on reception are always very friendly. I would be more than happy to stay here again as you are very close to Muri - where a lot of the resorts and restaurants are located. It is a short scooter ride away.

As I said before the beach is one of the best on the island and some days you had the entire beach to yourself! It was beautiful.

Room Tip: We stayed in 302 and it was a really good room, located on the 3rd floor. There are no lifts.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

Been dying to get back to Raro for some time now and thanks to a great Grabaseat deal I made the most of it. It was great to be back at Moana Sands in a familiar environment. It's comfortable, clean accommodation on the best stretch of beach. Even better now that they have their own transport from the airport to the hotel instead of waiting another 2 hours to get to the hotel on the raro tours bus. I was taking a midnight dip at 1am, instead of still being stuck on the bus.
Our driver JJ was very lovely and I love the new dinner deck area on the beach. Had a few too many cocktails sitting out there made by lovely Ine from the restaurant.
Another great stay, thanks guys hope to see you all again soon

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Amersham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

When we arrived at the hotel there was only one other couple staying and we feared the worst, but eventually a few other people arrived and we had a very pleasant stay. Our room was on the ground floor and the patio doors opened onto a wooden deck and then straight onto the white sand, palm fringed beach with fairly comfortable loungers and beach towels. 5 meters into the sea and you are surrounded by all kinds of colourful fish - there is no need even for the snorkels provided.

The rooms are basic but very comfortable with a large bed, TV, fridge, kettle, microwave and toaster. Breakfast is delivered on a tray the evening before and you can store the cereal, bread, juice and fruit in the fridge overnight and have it on the deck whenever you are ready.

The restaurant, which is 10m from the room, has separate ownership from the hotel, and provides excellent freshly cooked dinners while you watch the stunning sunsets. We also ate at the Little Polynesia Hotel next door, which had comparable food but the sunset view was not nearly as good.

WiFi is available but is not free and seems to work only in reception, where we got bitten to bits by sand flies. Curiously, this did not happen elsewhere in the hotel. The staff are all very helpful and we were able to keep our room for an extra night when our flight out was delayed overnight.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2014

we have stayed 3 tines at Moana Sands Hotel and wont be back. They have not replied to emails explaining the shabby conditions. staff are excellent but owner needs a wake up to improve the sub standard living conditions, old blood stains on wall, filthy rails up stairs, linen shabby and worn out ends of sheets, chairs on deck need painting on grubby arm rests, toe nail clippings and chewing gum on carpet, sticky remains of tape on new windows that had been put in several months previously, shower hot water cutting in and out all the time while we were there for 10 days.
It has got to the stage that it would be embarrassing to recommend the resort in the future

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel & Villas

Property: Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel & Villas
Address: Ara Tapu, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Titikaveka
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Titikaveka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel & Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel, directly overlooking the idyllic Titikaveka Beach, features a variety of studios with stunning beachfront views. Evenings can be spent at Sands Restaurant & Bar and our popular Sunday night beach BBQ. Moana Sands Beachfront Villas & Apartments are just a short drive away on Vaimaanga Beach, offering spacious apartments and villas, perfect for families or couples traveling together. Indulge in a relaxing massage and beauty treatment at the Hibiscus Salon, helping you unwind and feel refreshed. ... more   less 
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