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“Another stellar visit to Raro!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Heliconia Hideaway

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Heliconia Hideaway
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“Another stellar visit to Raro!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

This was our second time here, can't say enough good things about the place. The snorkeling is world class, the lagoon super clean the reef sharks bloody amazing! This is the place to stay to relax and unwind. John and Hinano are the most gracious hosts we can't wait to book our next visit. Ad, Bec & Zeke

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2011

My husband and I stayed in the Heliconia beachfront villa for our honeymoon in November. We had an amazing time - the villa couldn't have been any closer to the beach (sometimes the water comes almost up to the back steps) and Hinano made a fabulous hostess. The beach itself was pretty close to private, I think the most people we could see at one time was 6, and they weren't even close by! Snorkelling on this beach was awesome and gear was supplied, as well as a kayak.
Hidden Spirit cafe and gardens is also owned by Hinano and John, and was situated directly across the road. It made a convenient and delicious dinner and lunch option and the wine was great!
All in all, we got very used to relaxing on this holiday and doing not a lot. Raro is perfect for people who love a laid back island lifestyle, with the option to do as little or as much as you like.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2011

First trip to Rarotonga and what a place to stay. We stayed in the Beachfront Villa, great facilities, fabulous location and stunning views. Lounging on the beach was great and snorkeling in the lagoon was just amazing, we even got to swim with the turtle for a while. Loved barbequing on the deck overlooking the lagoon, perfect!
Hinano was a wonderful hostess, very discrete but attentive if we needed anything.
Truly recommend Heliconia to anyone looking to recharge the batteries.

Graham and Jacqui

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2011

Heliconia Beach Bungalow was perfect for our family holiday (two couples). The bungalow had everything we needed - just like a typical Kiwi bach. We were able to make our own meals when we wished, eating on the spacious deck. The beach is the best spot on Rarotonga - all tide swimming and snorkelling and a much quieter area than Muri. Although it is not right on the beachfront it's only a few steps back and the bungalow is private with lovely garden surrounds. It looks out to the lagoon through the garden. John and Hinano are ideal hosts. Their cafe over the road is in a gorgeous garden setting and the lemon meringue cheesecake is rightfully famous!

Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2011

My wife and i spent our honeymoon at the heliconia beach villa at rarotonga.

the villa was so comfortable, the lagoon waters so clear and the sunsets were amazing.

I recommend this place to anyone who wants a truly romantic getaway in the south pacific.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2011

Amazing beaches and snorkelling. Was great to ride around the island on a scooter( No traffis problems).Beautiful relaxed way of life and people. Great food at paw Paw Patch and the Island Night was lovely. Awesome Tropical Chicken salad and Lemon Merigue Cheesecake over the road.
Fantastic accomodation and friendly people.
Hope to go back one day.
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Deb & Ross Jamieson
Munglinup Beach Park
Western Australia

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2011

Our group of 3 adults stayed in the Heliconia Beach Bungalow for 5 nights. We came from Northern Ireland via New Zealand with our daughter for a time of relaxation, sun and good food and we were not disappointed. The beach is simply beautiful, reached by a 30 second walk directly through your own private garden. The beach is peaceful, clean and so uncrowded - we felt we were often the only people there. It was picture postcard perfect, water so blue and clear which offered fantastic opportunities for kayaking and looking at the fish and corals in the lagoon.

The beach bungalow is well equipped for cooking anything from snacks to full 3 course meals. We took advantage of the fabulous restaurants on the island and kept home catering to a minimum!

The bedrooms are comfortable and fans offer a restful night's sleep. The bathroom was adequate for our needs.

John and Hinano were wonderful hosts and provided useful local knowledge. They were there if needed, yet so unobstrusive.

Our 5 day visit was far too short - what better reason for a return visit!

The Latimer Family

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Heliconia Hideaway
Address: Titikavaka Village | Rarotonga, Southern Cook Islands, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
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Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Titikaveka
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Titikaveka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Heliconia Hideaway 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Heliconia is a private retreat comprising a Luxurious Beachfront Villa, House and Bungalow. Heliconia is unique for its appointments, spaciousness and privacy. If you are considering a Honeymoon, a getaway or a family holiday, each of the properties offers something for everyone. Each accomodation is on its own block with its own beachfront access situated on the prettiest beach on the island. Heliconia sets a new standard in self contained accomodation in the South Pacific. Heliconia -'where life is good. ... more   less 
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