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“Good size house overlooking beach but some pitfalls”

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Captain James Retreat
Ranked #2 of 2 Muri B&B and Inns
Reviewed 5 April 2014

Despite some areas which were disappointing with this house, we made the most of our stay in Rarotonga. The house was a good size for two couples. We enjoyed the large verandah and the hammock.There were overhead fans in every room which were put to good use as it was hot and humid. the kitchen was poorly supplied with cutlery and glasses.An extra wine glass was provided on request. The bedrooms were adequate but no wardrobes. The bedding was old and faded and blankets, although not needed, were not available. The BBQ was too dirty to use. The bathroom and shower were great. The whole house was rather grubby although the price was reasonable, We felt that the standard could be much better. The location is beautiful and good swimming and snorkelling is available to the right of the house after a 5 minute walk . The one available Kayak was fun to use. The owners were away and perhaps therefor the standard was not as good as usual. Despite this, we had a lovely time on this beautiful Island which we love. yes, I agree, Dogs are becoming a real problem along the beaches and barking at night.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

We have been to the Cook Islands several times now and this visit decided to rent a house instead of staying in a resort. Thoroughly enjoyed having a whole house to stay in, it was great. The house was spacious and comfortable and would easily suit a small family. There was no air con but ceiling fans in all rooms and that was certainly adequate for us, might not be enough in the summer though. Kitchen was very spacious but lacked a few basic things such as drinking glasses - nothing too serious that we couldn't live without, furniture is tired and needs upgrading, bedding smells musty. One thing that was needed though was some hanging space for clothing, only 2 hooks provided behind doors and that was all. Not good enough, I think a bit more thought should be shown to travellers needs. These few things were annoying but not bad enough to ruin our stay. You couldn't possibly be unhappy here when the lagoon is just in front of you. Unfortunately not a user friendly section of the lagoon for swimming, not much good for snorkeling either. There is no break in the rocky area and it is quite shallow and loaded with sea cucumbers. This was certainly not a choice part of Muri to stay. A short walk either side of this spot however does provide both good swimming & snorkelling. The house is situated at the end of Muri lagoon and no restaurants or shops within close walking distance. Buses do go by every hour but it's worth considering hiring a car if you want to dine out, particularly at night as there is very little street lighting to be walking along roads. Thoroughly recommend Captain James Retreat though as it is very reasonably priced and comes with very friendly neighbourhood dogs.

Room Tip: rent a car so you can get around at your leisure
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank JanKel3
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

We stayed for 6 days and enjoyed the house very much

it is well laid out, has everything you need and you have your own beach. Its next to Te Manava (rumours) which is one of the most expensive places to stay..

beach is not really great for swimming as its quite rocky (as all of Muri is) but good for snorkelling.

The house is away from the road so it nice and quiet (ignoring the roosters that roam the whole island)

Its a short 10-15 min walk to Muri and a short drive to Fruits of Roratonga and other snorkel/swim beaches

Loved having the canoe to go out for a quick spin.

Overall a great place to stay for 2 couples or a family

Would definitely recommend the place and would go back myself

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Ralph W
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

My friend from Melbourne and I have just had an amazing holiday at Captain James Retreat. The house is so spacious, and has everything you would want. Very spacious rooms, well equipped and the arrival breakfast pack was more than expected. The owners are very helpful, friendly, bringing fresh fruit and fish. Giving tips and info on the island. We had many laughs with Warren. It is within walking to Muri and many shops and resorts. Cocktails at Aqua Bar, Muri Beach Resort, short walk and great. Swimming straight out from the house wonderful. The island bus was all we used for transport and was adequate. Do buy a concession ticket, 10 rides for $25 otherwise the drivers dont tell you and just charge $4 each way for a trip.
Good internet at Sails in Muri, again walking distance. Do visit the shop, skirts to wear 100 ways, lovely helpful lady.
Unfortunately, thanks to Virgin Australia, our 8 day holiday became only 6 and that was not long enough :( I will be back.
I fully recommend this house as your accommodation.
Good food at Trader Jacks, The Moorings, Delicious Cafe, and wide range of prices available for all types of meals.
Go to the Highland Paradise Cultural evening, it may be a little more expensive, but a true experience from descendants of the original tribe. A very moving experience.

Room Tip: unless you particularly want resort accommodation, you wont get better than Captain James Retreat, y...
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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8  Thank falynette
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

Captain James' Retreat more than lived up to expectations. Perfect setting, great access to everything very spacious with all facilities. We and our kids loved it. We got married on the beach right behind the property and all our guests were extremely jealous of where we were staying. It is very private would recommend over any of the resorts. Great value for money and Warren was extremely helpful with tips of where to go and what to see, he was a perfect host.
Thanks for such a fantastic family holiday we will be back!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank James W
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

Just my wife and I stayed here for one week.
The setting is absolutely idyllic,and the house itself is absolutely great and has everything you need for a total chill out break from the rat race of everyday life.
The kayaks are very handy and the snorkelling is out of this world.
There are loads of good restaurants within walking distance, but we found it handy to hire a car for a few days to get about the island.
One thing you must do is go to one of the cultural evenings that many of the local resorts hold every week.
They are worth every penny

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank davevalMisterton
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Reviewed 20 July 2010

This property is set back off the absolute beach front by about 20 metres. The website photos were a good representation. Kids loved the front yard and beach front. There was a kayak and good supplies, eggs butter cereal and milk and a loaf of bread in fridge for our arrival. Modern appliances and cooking equpment, lovely deck and hammocks. Friendly dog called "puppy" and chickens, cats etc... all of which were well behaved and good natured. We felt this place was good value as well.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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3  Thank joebe
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Address: Main Road, Muri, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
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Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Muri
Price Range: £184 - £187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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