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Muri Beach Resort
Ranked #6 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Muri
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Reviewed 24 September 2006

My partner (unfortunately deceased in May) and I have spent several vacations on this wonderful laid back island. Our last three vacations, out of seven, have been spent at the newly constructed Shangri-la Cottages on Muri Beach. These cottages are completely furnished with kitchen facilities (But if you wish to eat at restaurants ,the nearby Flame Tree is highly recommended. ) .Elliot and his extremely friendly Black Lab, Princess, are helpful gracious hosts!

There are two-three local stores nearby, but it is very easy to board the hourly bus into the main centre---all of which the air-conditioning is open windows---a joke of a delightfully humourous driver.

An ATM is now available there---the currency being their own, but NZ currency is accepted at par.

We became avid snorkellers in the lagoon. It is reasonably shallow with little in tidal motion----a great feeling of safety for me, a beginning swimmer. As well our morning walks along the beach were another habit.

South Pacific beats Hawaii any day!

Kaye Fisher

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Reviewed 21 September 2006

We spent a week at Shangri-La Cottages and were very pleased with our choice of accommodation. The rooms were, clean, spacious and the jacuzzi bath was a bonus. Elliot is very helpful, he is a wealth of information and has some interesting stories to tell. Lily did a great job of keeping the place tidy, the gardens and pool were very nice. Princess the labrador is a lovely dog who seemed to spend quite a bit of time guarding her patch of the beach from other dogs. What a dog's life! Muri Beach is a great location - the beach is beautiful and the snorkelling is amazing. Everything you need is within walking distance - shops, restaurants, internet cafe etc. The internet cafe had just opened when we were there in late August (Deli-licious) - excellent if you need to check your email. They serve great coffee - the best we found in Muri Beach. A short walk along the beach are several good restaurants. We tried Sails for dinner - very nice. The Pacific Resort also very nice. I would give the Muri Beach Hotel a miss though - expensive for what it was.
The weather was not particularly good the week we were there - most days were very windy. We stayed in one of the garden cottages which are still very close to the pool but are more private than the pool cottages and give good wind protection. However, it does help to be a deep sleeper if you are staying there because unfortunately there are roosters nearby which start very early in the morning, 4.30am! We found closing the windows and leaving the overhead fan on during the night helped drown out the noice somewhat. Still a great place to stay and we hope to visit again soon.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 September 2006

We have been to Rarotonga three times and are planning our fourth trip for February 2007. We stay at the Shangri La Beach Cottages every time. They are lovely, clean, well equipped and have airconditioning! The cottages have everything you might need including a fully equipped kitchen and a huge private jacuzzi! Right at the beach, with a gorgeous swimming pool! Elliot is more than happy to help in any way he can. He has all the gear you need for a fun stay. (snorkles, kayaks, some water shoes}. He is also very knowledgeable about the Cook Isands and is more than happy to share his wisdom and advice on what to do and where to eat! The place is private and quiet (no kids under eighteen!) We love it and can't say enough good things about Shangri La! You need to stay there!

Stayed: August 2006
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Reviewed 11 September 2006

Shangri-La really lives up to its name and is like a Paradise on Earth. My husband and I have booked up again to stay next year and this will be our third trip. Elliott is a wonderful host and makes it so easy for one to book over the Internet. The cottages are delightful , clean and modern and have everything one would need. They are set round a beautiful pool complex and the grounds of the resort are right on the edge of Muri Lagoon. Muri Lagoon is a wonderful spot and it was so nice to walk along the white sand to one of the many restaurants. There is so much to do within walking distance, snorkeling,kayaking, sailing and to watch the sun set over the Lagoon is amazing. We have recommended quite a few friends and they all say the same. We can't wait to get back there.
George and Patti (Auckland , NZ)

  • Stayed: March 2003, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 August 2006

Six weeks in Paradise...in Shangri-La...in Roratonga! This is how my wife and self describe our recent trip to the Cook Islands! I, personally, was interested in snorkeling and swimming in the Muri Beach Lagoon; in another South Pacific experience; in a reseasonably priced resort. My wife desired a quiet place for reading; a fresh water swimming pool; an air conditioned cottage; and cooking facilities for our limited diets. Six weeks is more than enough time to test these desires. We were very happy and satisfied with the facilities and life-style at Shankgri-La. It would be a pleasure to stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2006

What a great little find on Muri beach.

Cottages are in great shape and location is terrific.

Stayed: July 2006
9  Thank DonnaMaree
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Reviewed 25 May 2006

We stayed at the Shangri-La beach cottages for 6 days, all of which were idyllic. Elliot was friendly and helpful without being intrusive, the place was ideally situated on Muri beach, and our cottage was perfect for the two of us. The kitchenette and bbq meant we could cook fresh fish from the market up the road when we wanted, and we also took advantage of the option to wander down the beach to one of several good restaraunts and bars. Elliot provides snorkeling equipment and kayaks for his guests, and when you have had enough of salt water, the pool was a fantastic alternative. Our short break was perfect, and this was due in no small part to the wonderful Shangri-La.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Additional Information about Muri Beach Resort

Address: Main Road, Muri, Cook Islands (Formerly Shangri-La Beach Cottages)
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Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Muri
Price Range: £114 - £251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Muri Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Absolute beachfront on Muri. This intimate boutique resort offers 20 beautifully decorated deluxe self-contained villas and apartments. These well-appointed units feature air-conditioning, Jacuzzi spa baths, insect screens, TV/DVD, in-house movies, Wi-Fi internet, IDD telephones. And all of this is set amongst tropically landscaped gardens. When not enjoying the stunning views from the beachfront deck, enjoy lazing by the large swimming pool sipping tropical cocktails. The resorts beautiful poolside Polynesian style cafe & cocktail bar which is surrounded by tropical gardens is al-fresco dining Island style. ... more   less 
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