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“Shame about the rain”
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Muri Beach Resort
Ranked #8 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Muri
Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Shame about the rain”
Reviewed 21 August 2007

Given the two solid weeks of rain the holiday was not the paradise we had hoped for after waiting over a year for a break from work..! We made the best of it by swapping snorkelling for moped trips around the island and spending a lot of time at the pacific resort bar on the beach as it was a great place to sit in the driving wind and rain and the excellent cafe around the corner on the main road. The accomodation was in a great location and I think it would have been good direct access in to the water to swim. There were renovations going on when we stayed which probably look quite good if now finished - traditional roofing around the pool and a bar area being added. The rooms were average but clean. Hopefully the linen and pillows have now been updated with something closer to cotton and down rather than what felt like polyester sheets. One of the kayaks has a huge hole in it so be careful don't end up dragging it back in the rain and then trying to drag it back up the sand dune without emptying it of the water. To be honest I would think the new owners would have updated these by now. I would go back as I think the renovations will be good, however I'd need it to be sunny to enjoy it a second time round!

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — old decor, sheets
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 298 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2007

I actually stayed here a few months ago with my girlfriend, but wanted to put in my two bits on this place.

I see from other people's reviews, they were happy with this accommodation - and so were we.

The Shangri-La is nothing fancy, but clean and with everything you could need (unless you need room service) - the website clearly identifies what is provided/offered and the various price options . I would recommend this locale to couples looking for an affordable place on Rarotonga without having to compromise a clean bed or nice beach.

I'd also recommend renting a scooter to get around the island - there's a rental place just up the road. And for good breakfasts, there's a modern internet cafe/restaurant just a little ways up the road, as well (the name escapes me, but it has red walls inside).

Snorkeling tip: if you have your back to the Shangri-La, the area to the left of the island is much better for snorkeling.

Food tip: Rarotonga's only Indian Restaurant is fantastic and affordable - go for the buffet.

  • Liked — Snorkeling and banana trees
  • Disliked — Ants - don't leave any food out!
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank GlobalEyes
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Alberta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2007

If your looking for a layed back vacation, with a bit of water sports, kayaking, snorkelling, laying at the pool, reading a book -this place is for you!!!We enjoyed a self service cottage, Elliot, the owner was friendly, and always had clean sheets and towels each day if you wished. You were on your own to go exploring on the island, hiking, 7 restaurants within walking distance, serving great food. Internet cafe very handy and a convenience food store just at the end of the property. Lily-the maid, gardner, was a very special lady. We loved visiting with her, and she was so concerned about us Canadians turning a bright red in the sun!!! We enjoyed 14 days down there, and would go back in a heart beat. There were a couple rainy days, but didn't stop us from going into town on the bus, or just sitting back reading. It cooled off the sunburns. If your a T.V. fan-this place is not for you-as there is only one channel and it starts at 3:00 P.M, each day. The Island nights were lovely, we had a few windy days, so snorklling wasn't that good. Muri beach is everything the brochures show. We loved Rarotonga and the Cook islands.

Stayed February 2007
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2007

My fiance and i (Helen & Dennis) stayed here for 2 weeks in Jan 07. From the very beginning when corresponding with Elliot i had a good feeling about this place. Elliot made the booking process very easy and even arranged transport from the airport for us.
The cottages where everything we required, clean, spacious, equiped with cooking facilities, separate bathroom with a spa bath (came in handy after the cross island walk) and airconditioning. Ours even had a view of the lagoon. In our opinion Shangri La is located on the best part of the island - Muri beach, is away from the crowds but has shops, eateries and transport close by. The cottages were also very quiet due to Elliot's policies - this was greatly appreciated. We also had glorious weather for the 2 weeks which really helped.
Elliot is a great guy, friendly and always willing to provide information about the island, its history, politics, places to eat and shop and activities to do. We are not naive, we did our own research as well, but Elliot was always spot on. Special thanks is also owed to Lily, who maintained the cottages to perfection, was always happy to have a chat and even for showing me how to crack open coconuts using a machete.
For those that are thinking of going, do go. Here are some tips from our experience:
Restaurants: Vaima (Hi to Gina and Sharmaine) and Tamarind House (Sue) are excellent. Pick up the cookbook while at TH.
Activities: Definately the Cultural Village (Hi James), The Cross Island Walk (it is hard work but Pa is great fun and Wigmore Waterfall is fantastic) and definately the Aitutaki day trip (cheers to Phil), Aitutaki is out of this world! Church and the markets are also musts.
Pearls: Klassic Pearls and Farm Direct offer great service and value. Also do stock up on soap, perfumes and local liquers at the Perfumes of Raro (the lovely Grace will help you out).
The Cook Islands are beautiful and the people even more so. Once again a big thanks to Elliot and Lily for making our experience there as pleasant and comfortable as we could have ever hoped!

  • Liked — Self contained with full amenities, location, price, peaceful/quiet and Elliot & Lily.
  • Disliked — The crab in the swimming pool (was promptly removed). Never posed any real threat.
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled as a couple
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Luxulyan, Cornwall
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74 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2006

We loved everything about Shangri-La. The airconditioned cottages are spacious, clean and attractive with everything that is needed for a comfortable stay. Elliot and Lily dealt with everything in a quick, friendly and efficient way which helped to make our stay perfect. The cottages are a few steps from the best beach in Raratonga (in our opinion) with some of the best swimming on the island and there is free use of kyacks and loan of snorkelling equipment and reef shoes. There is also an excellent swimming pool with loungers and a couple of inflatables. We loved being able to walk along the sand to have dinner at one of several excellent restaurants nearby, which also overlook the beach and the lagoon with its islands. It is a good secure site with well tended gardens and lots of beautiful flowers. There are shops within a short walking distance that can provide all the essentials necessary for a self catering stay and there are inexpensive buses and taxis if you don't hire your own transport.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Tips/Secrets — The island buses are a great way to get around.
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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Auckland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2006

We have stayed at Shangri-la on numerous occasions and have enjoyed every visit. We did not see Elliot this trip as he was away but he had a wonderful lady called Lilly looking after Shangri-la.
We cooked most nights on the barbecue and then sat outside our cottage looking at the lagoon, watching the sun go down, absolute heaven! If you are looking for accommodation you should not go past Shangri-la as I am sure like ourselves you will keep going back to the Cook Islands.

  • Liked — Privacy, able to cook for your self, scenery
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2006

Having contacted Elliot back in February it was finally the moment of truth, had i booked the right place for us.
one glance out of our bungalow window settled it, yes i had.
the bungalows are well set apart from each other giving plenty of privacy. the swimming pool is set out so that four couples can be seated at the same time and not hear what the others are talking about, more chairs are set out by the small path down to the beach, each bungalow has its own patio complete with table for eating/ drinking outside as well as two loungers.
The bungalows themselves are clean and well cared for.
having used Trip advisor to see what others had to say about Shangri La i had taken the advice given and asked for Bungalow no 7, this one gives a direct view down the garden to the lagoon.
it is definitely the one to have.
Elliott supplies snorkelling gear, reef shoes, and kayaks, oh yeah my favourite mode of transport. i managed to get out of going in one until our last day, still i survived..........
Thanks to Elliotts rules the resort is tranquil and enjoyable, no rowdy behaviour, no children ( i have done my share both of taking the children on holiday and enduring the behaviour of other peoples children)
Elliot is very good at recommending places to go and people to see.
He recommended the internet Cafe literally a five minute walk down the road, run by Doug an escapee from London. Doug makes the best milkshakes ever, ask my husband. Doug also opens on Sunday, when you get there you will realise how rare that is.
We had one meal at Trader Jack, this has to be done.
Shangri La is ideally situated being right on Muri Beach, the place to be, and there are shops quite close, just turn right outside the gate.
The Island Bus stops right by the Shangri La sign. The bus is a very good way of getting round the island. There are two buses and one road, so one bus says clockwise and the other says anti clockwise......so whichever one you get will get you where you want to go.
As previously mentioned Cook Islanders do not believe in shops opening on Sundays, but you must make a point of going to one of the Churches if only to hear the singing.
Another point about shopping in the Cook Islands, they close at 4.30 in the week and 1.00 pm on Saturdays, this can come as quite a shock to the system.
Do go to one of the Island Nights, they are well worth it.
we used Elliotts early bird options which was a very good idea, merely by taking our own towels and bedding back to the office to be changed we saved a lot of money, see the web site for full details.
would i recommend this delightful place to stay to others? yes as long as they do not want Bungalow 7 when i want it

  • Liked — the view, the layout, the thought that had gone into the laying out of the site
  • Tips/Secrets — keep an eye out for special offers with Air New Zealand and take advantage of Elliotts early bird offer. also for visitors from the UK it is worth knowing that Raratonga is only four hours flying time from Auckland therefore it could be combined with a trip to New Zealand, if i had appreciated this fact i would probably have done this
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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Property: Muri Beach Resort
Address: Main Road, Muri Village | P.O. Box 146, Muri, Cook Islands (Formerly Shangri-La Beach Cottages)
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Muri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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