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Sands Villas
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12 reviews
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“Perfect beach villas”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

We had a brilliant time staying at Sands Villas for a week in a wedding party. The villas themselves are well designed; it's easy to find privacy, and the decks and lounges are great for socialising. The beach is great, unspoilt and quiet compared to Muri (though only 5 minutes drive from the cafes round there) and the snorkelling seemed better at this end of the lagoon as well. Our two year old loved it, the open plan design was just right for her and the beach very safe. Peter and Jolene couldn't have made us more welcome. Hope we can go back one day!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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RarotongaHolidayer, General Manager at Sands Villas, responded to this review, 1 September 2014
Thank you guys for staying with us at Sands Villas and also for taking the time to do a review for us. We loved having you all here and so glad the little one enjoyed herself.

Our beach here in Titikaveka is certainly the best spot for snorkelling, kayaking and lazy dips in the sea.

We look forward to your next visit, perhaps with a new addition to the family!
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

We had an amazing week here with friends, occupying all three of the villas and we had our own little bit of paradise. The beach is beautiful and pretty much all ours for the week. Great for enjoying the warm water of the lagoon and exploring with kayaks that were made available for all. Great deck, with a nice bit of shade, perfect for chilling out with friends and have a beer or two, or ten.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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RarotongaHolidayer, General Manager at Sands Villas, responded to this review, 1 September 2014
Thank you Si for your review. We're so glad you and the rest of the wedding party enjoyed your stay with us. It was certainly very fun having you all here! We hope to see you back in our piece of paradise again soon- we'll keep the beers cold in the meantime!
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Fantastic place to chill with family and friends. The deck is perfect for wines at sunset and yoga in the morning! Gorgeous spot. Lovely large room to suit a honeymooning couple! Great with kitchen facilities!

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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RarotongaHolidayer, Owner at Sands Villas, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
Kia Orana. Thank you for choosing to stay with us at Sands Villas Rarotonga! We're pleased you had a great stay and found our villas romantic. We'll see you next time!
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

This is just the perfect getaway - family, romance, you could do it all here. The wedding party I stayed with all enjoyed themselves, often until the early hours as it's so easy to socialise between villas. The location and view speak for themselves. Spectacular.

  • Stayed May 2014
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RarotongaHolidayer, Owner at Sands Villas, responded to this review, 20 June 2014
Thank you for choosing to spend your holiday with us at Sands Villas. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to your next visit. Peter, Jolene, Rongo and the team (including Franklin the cat).
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Everything we needed for our stay, at our fingertips. We booked all three houses for the bridal party and family, which worked out great. It was so good I've sent one of my presenters from work there with her family. I can't wait to head back! :)

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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RarotongaHolidayer, Owner at Sands Villas, responded to this review, 20 June 2014
Kia Orana, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're so glad your wedding group enjoyed their stay with us. We enjoyed having you all here and participating in some of the frivolity. We'll see you next time for pina coladas at sunset!

Peter, Jolene, Rongo and the team (including Franklin the cat).
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Duncan, BC
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

Kia Orana

First off I cannot say enough how wonderful Sands Villas are. From the moment we arrived and were greeted by our hosts to the moment we left. When you read the reviews and it tells you how addictive the place will become they were not wrong!

We booked all three Villas for a 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration for my parents in February. When we all arrived at the villas we were warmly welcomed by our hosts and given the tour of our home for the next couple of weeks. As it was early morning upon arrival they had even provided us with fresh fruit, bread and jam, coffee & tea to replenish the soul after a long night of travel.

All three villas have their own flares of personality. The Coral Villa is absolute beach front with the Vaka Villa only a few steps farther from the beach but still absolute beach front. (This is the Villa we stayed in) This Villa also had an extra living area in breezeway which was great on rainy days to still have the outside atmosphere. A little farther back between the two is Hibiscus Villa but still only 50 yards from the beach. These Villas are ideal for families travelling together.

Snorkeling right out front is amazing. There is no need to go anywhere else on the Island to get it any better. We did hear that there was resident turtle "Tommy" that lived in that area but after countless hours snorkeling looking for him we never did see him.

As it was my parents 50th wedding anniversary we surprised them with a catered dinner on the grass area between the Villas. Perfect venue for this or any wedding ceremony. I hired the Wedding Guys to organize for me and I would highly recommend them. This was an honor to provide this for my parents and they understood this completely and made everything perfect from set up of Marquee to the fabulous sunset BBQ cooked in front of us.

The Beach is amazing. You will be lucky to see a half a dozen people walk by during the day so felt like it was our own little oasis.

A couple minutes down the road is "Fruits of Rarotonga" a must if you want a great burger and fries or fish and chips.

Hosts and Owners - All were great. We ran out of water one day and they were there fixing the problem in a second. (Was not the Villas issue was water line from road). On our last night there our flight was delayed and we were required to stay on another night. Upon phoning our hosts there was never a question about us staying on and to confirm this we later were phoned by owner and told that we would not be charged for extra stay and to enjoy the remaining time we had there. Classy!!

I guess it is safe to say that this trip was incredible and we will return to Sands Villas. Thank-You to everyone who made our stay great!

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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RarotongaHolidayer, Owner at Sands Villas, responded to this review, 20 June 2014
Kia Orana, thanks so much for choosing Sands Villas as the backdrop for such a special occasion! We're glad we could assist in making your parents celebration a success. We look forward to hosting you all again for the 60th!

Kia Manuia,

Peter, Jolene, Rongo and the team (including Franklin the cat).
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Hastings, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed 13 December 2013

We had our wedding ceremony at Sands Villas on on October 25th 2013. I could go on and on about this place it was perfect for us we booked out all three villas. I have to say we were on the best stretch of beach with the most amazing snorkelling just out front. My husband and I stayed in the coral villa the deck is only meters from the water edge it was like we had our very own stretch of beach as it was very rare we saw someone walk past. This place is stunning and perfect for large group I could not recommend it enough we are planning on staying at Sands Villas when we return to Raro. Thank you Rongo and your team for making our stay so relaxing and enjoyable!
Sarah & Adam

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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RarotongaHolidayer, Owner at Sands Villas, responded to this review, 20 June 2014
Meitaki maata for spending your special day/s with us at Sands Villas. We're pleased you had a great time. See you for the anniversary!

Kia Manuia,

Peter, Jolene, Rongo and the team (including Franklin the cat).
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Property: Sands Villas
Address: PO Box 3159, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Titikaveka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Titikaveka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Sands Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sands Villas are three, 3 bedroom uniquely styled modern villas nestled on a premier beachfront property in Titikaveka. Our southern beach boasts white sand, palm trees and turquoise waters perfect for snorkelling and swimming. Book one villa for a romantic escape or all three for a wedding, birthday or great family holiday. The choice is yours. But be warned... Your first trip will certainly not be your last! ... more   less 
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