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“Bungalow 3” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kura's Kabanas

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Kura's Kabanas
Ranked #8 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Muri
Calgary, Canada
1 review
“Bungalow 3”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

We enjoyed an extended holiday over the 2012 Christmas season. Our stay was nothing short of incredible. We stayed in bungalow 3 as well and Robyn, Kura and their staff were so pleasant and forever helpful. Words can't really express our vacation experience; you have to visit to understand the true meaning of the best vacation ever.

Not sure if it is coincidence but prior to our stay nobody mentioned the presence of a friendly cat in their review. As it happens to be, from day 2 of our stay we were pretty much adopted by this cat (white with orange tabby coloring) who found us to be his new family; his companionship completed our vacation. Yes, we fed him on an ongoing going basis; he loves the cat food that has the beef veal sauce avail in the food stores and named him Marvin (cause he was always starvin). For those of you who have enjoyed and experienced his wonderful personality (including his loving body massages) and unconditional companionship we appreciate knowing that he is sharing his presence with other visitors and doing well. Our apologies to those who don't share our appreciation of his returning presence.

We hope to return soon and occupy Bungalow 3 once again and experience yet another beautiful stay on an island we can only describe as the pearl of the South Pacific.

Room Tip: Kura's Kabanas is a sure recommendation to whomever wants to experience living at home away from...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Palmerston North, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

We stayed in the downstairs family unit from August 5th to 9th. We were wonderfuly greeted by Robin in the early hours from the airport. Our room was immaculatey clean and spacious enough for a family of 4 with a lovely patio which was always bathed in sun and used often for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This room was private and enjoyed a view of the lagoon a short distance away. Kura's is located at the quiet end of the lagoon within easy walking distance from great places to eat ( checkout the Moorings, The Flame Tree and a great beach view at Sails Restaurant ) and other island attractions e.g Te Vara Nui Village - highly recommended cultural show and dinner.

Overall, all staff including Kura and Robin were friendly and accommodating. Great location at an affordable price with well appointed and clean facilities and supplied with fresh fruit which was amazing. Our children spent many hours at the lagoon edge exploring, catching hermit crabs, spotting fish/seaslugs and gathering coconuts for the kind gardener to open. We met some wonderful people staying at Kuras and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Would definitely stay here again - Thanks Kura and Robin.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank happykiwi2013
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Ruapekapeka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

My husband, me, Daughter and her 8 year old stayed 9 peaceful nights 26 July/04 Aug 13 in Family Unit 6. Was clean, private, handy to everything I needed. Large bowl of fruit in room for us and plenty of tea/coffee. Room was serviced daily except Sundays and when we didn't require service. Lagoon was just right for our Moko (Grandchild)to splash around in. Didn't use the BBQ as the cylinder couldn't be turned on. Didn't tell the owners at the time, didn't want to be annoying then forgot to so it could be fixed for other guests, sorry.

Hosts and cleaning staff were very friendly. On arriving in Raro the host Robin was there to meet and greet us and promptly organised us into the van and gave a few running commentaries on our way to Kuras Kabanas which was a nice added touch.

If you want to be a tourist without the bother of lots of other tourist around you, then this is the place to go. We travelled over as a family group of 20. The others stayed at two other places which were flash I suppose but didn't compare to Kuras for the views or tranquility.

If your a light sleeper, the top units might not be for you as you could hear the scooters etc zapping past thru the night. The noise on the first night I could hear was only the waves down further but I got used to it.Only nuisance thing was the way the main entrance screen doors opened onto the units nextdoor and vice versa. Animals didn't bother us at all.
Would recommend Kuras Kabanas anytime to everyone.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Oska K
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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013

We had a great time here. Even though we stayed in the Kabana that was furthest away from the beach it was not a problem. Relaxing, close to the beach and we were welcomed with flowers and a ride from the airport. The owner even let us stop on the way to get supplies from the supermarket. As can be seen from all the other reviews it was a fantastic great stay.

If there was any negative thing to comment about it was the chickens/hens that make a noise at sunrise 5am so on some nights I would get woken up by them so recommend bring some earplugs or something. Dont let this stop you for choosing this as your accommodation on Muri Beach. Watch out for the crabs and sand holes around the accommodation- they are best seen at night with a torch shined on them as that is when they come out!

Room Tip: kubana closest to beach best but nothing wrong with any others.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

We stayed at the "Grand Villa" (upstairs) which is a short walk away from the cabinas and the lagoon. The view over the lagoon is delightful and the property clean and well maintained. Having the "early check-in" was wonderful with our flight arriving at 1:30 am. Robin made us feel welcome and was very helpful throughout our stay. We did a diving course at Pacific Divers which is only a 10+ min walk from the villa. Being able to self-cater in the villa was a big plus when returning home after a great day's diving.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

We recently stayed in the family unit which is both spacious & practical with a large balcony. Kuras Kabanas overlook Muri Lagoon and are a short stroll to Muri beach along the waterfront. Restaurants and activities are close by and the staff are friendly and helpful. The units themselves are a little tired with the odd broken fitting here nad there but they are kept very clean and the beds are comfortable. If you are a light sleeper, the top floor units can quite noisy from road traffic and wind. Roosters are a regular feature on the island so be prepared for the odd early morning call. The beachfront villas would be quieter and have a more pleasant aspect acroos the lagoon, but the adjoining units are very practical for families. We rented a car and this proved to be very convenient as you travel around the island to different beaches, snorkelling locations and attractions. Waiting for a bus is a pain as it is rather old and gets very crowded - those old seats were not designed to share with some of bigger boned passengers we encountered!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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40 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

We stayed at Kura's for three nights at the end of our vacation. The owner was very hospitable and helpful. They picked us up promptly from our flight and were kind enough to drive us to the airport for our very late night departure. The offer of half-day and late check-out was helpful. These options were more expensive or not offered by other accommodations we considered. It's a big bonus if you're coming or going on flights with awkward arrival/departure times. I would recommend asking for one of the villas near the beach if you have the option. The villas were clean, regularly serviced and in good repair. The provision of some fruit was also a nice addition. All these things considered we'd have given a 4/5 rating, but feel it important to know a few points about the location that have caused us to rate it 3/5. The water is not particularly deep at the Kabanas, making swimming less ideal than beaches a close scooter ride away. The tide also brings a strong current that makes kayaking a bit of an uphill battle at times. That said it is an easier walk over to the islands than other locations on Muri Beach. So if you're renting for the beachfront just be aware of this. If you're not, Kura's has good service, facilities and value.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Kura's Kabanas
Address: Muri Beach, Muri, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Muri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the northern end of the magnificent Muri Lagoon, Rarotonga, Kura’s Kabanas enjoy a secluded beachfront location.Here you will find time to unwind...to experience the true meaning of “island time” in one of our 4 Kabanas, or in one of our 3 Family Units (where children under 12 years stay free)Enjoy breakfast on your deck gazing out to the beautiful lagoon, and then in the evening dine by moonlight on our bbq deck on the shores of Muri Lagoon.Take a paddle on Muri lagoon in our complimentary kayaks, or simply lie back in a sun lounger on the deck.Rarotonga accommodation doesn’t get any better…….. experience for yourself true Cook Islands hospitality - from the first time we greet you at the airport, the friendliness and kindness of the people here at Kura’s will ensure your stay with us is a memorable one. ... more   less 
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