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Sokala Villas
Ranked #6 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Muri
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

My husband and I stayed at Sokala, along with another couple, each with a separate cottage. Both couples had a pool and large deck, and they had a BBQ. Our cottage had a loft bedroom, which wouldn't be ideal if you can't cope with stairs. The living/dining/kitchen, and bathroom were downstairs. Our friends' cottage was all on one level. All cottages were off the ground by a few steps. The cottages are log-cabin-style and somewhat dated, but clean, comfortable, and spacious. The kitchen was fairly basic, with only a microwave and cooktop, no oven, which isn't made clear on the website, but a large fridge and freezer. There was no TV or stereo - the latter we missed, and would be nice of Sokala installed them. The bed was a king and very comfortable, with clean sheets and towels delivered every second day, but you have to change the bed yourself - there is no maid service. The grounds, with tropical plants, were well-kept, and fresh flowers were in the cottage on arrival, along with a bottle of bubbly and starter items like fruit, cereals, tea and coffee. For us, Sokala's location at the northern end of Muri Beach was ideal, as was their No Children Under 12 policy. If you want peace and quiet, beside the lagoon, away from the road, Sokala is ideal. As this was our first trip to Raro, I had a look at other accommodation on the island, and concluded that, for a comparable price, Sokala has the best location and space, and we would stay here again. We would also choose Raro for a beach holiday over Fiji, or The Gold and Sunshine Coasts of Australia, because the island is tidy, clean and well-kept; there is a wide variety of cafes, many similarly priced to NZ and Australia, but one of the best was Capt Moko's - that morning's catch with salad on focaccia for NZ$10, and eaten on the beach beside the fishing boats; the locals are friendly with a wonderful island sense of humour; and for NZers, having the NZ dollar in use is easy. We would recommend a Raro Safari Tour to see and learn about the island's interior, and Capt Tama's lagoon cruizes for snorkelling and lunch on one of the lagoon islands. Also we'd recommend The Flame Tree, and Tamarind House restaurants. Definitely take your own pates, crackers and nibbles, as there is little choice on the island, and some foods are expensive, as is alcohol from the supermarket, though bar prices are comparable with NZ and Australia. Raro is a laid-back, slow-paced holiday destination; a place to go when you want to just relax. It's not for shopping or clubbing, and that's its charm. Chickens, dogs, and children roam across the streets, which made hiring a scooter too scary for us, and there's only a gravel shoulder on the road. As locals told us many tourists have accidents on the scooters, we hired a jeep, acquiring a license (obligatory) for NZ$20 from the police station in Avarua.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2011

My husband and I spent 4 nights at Sokala Villas during our Cook Islands honeymoon. Our stay here was the absolute highlight! Everything was perfect. We stayed in Villa 1 which is right on the amazing lagoon, we literally took 2 steps from our deck into the crystal clear waters. We LOVED the two story wooden cabin with a comfortable king size bed and an enormous deck with lounge chairs. The views over the lagoon are breath-taking, photos don't do them justice! The swimming and snorkeling was amazing, we made many trips to the various motus in the complimentary kayaks. Susan and Laurence were also the most wonderful hosts, friendly, professional, and a great source of local information. We will definitely return to Sokala Villas!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2011

Just a quick note to thank Lawrence & Suz for yet another unforgetable stay at Sokala Villas. This is our 3rd visit to Sokala and as per normal we left there relaxed & with great memories. From the rustic interior, comfy king size bed, massive deck with your own pool to float around in & incredible views of the lagoon and beyond its the perfect place to stay in Raro. Great location also as you're close to a few great local resturants & shops (Sefano's is a must) , towns not far away, buses stop up the top of the driveway and the lagoon is your backyard. Thanks guys see you again soon hopefully :)

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

My wife and I recently spent 6 days at Sokala Villas and we loved everything about it. The two story cabins are nicely designed with a cozy loft with king size bed upstairs. The kitchenette was very functional and the dining room table was beautiful. the deck was enormous with comfortable lounge chairs and a small pool. The views of the motu (small island) across the lagoon were breathtaking. Lawrence, the manager, was very friendly and helpful and a great source of information. We will definitely stay at Sokala Villas on our next trip to Rarotonga.

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Reviewed 16 September 2011

Our stay at Sokala was perfect, from the moment their driver, Ivor, greeted us with gardenia leis at the airport. Our comfy bedroom smelled heavenly from the flowers for the first three days we were there. Even though it was 7 in the morning, the owner, Lawrence, met us with a trolley at the front of the property and gave us a thorough orientation in his soft spoken manner. Our villa had a perfect view of the gorgeous lagoon from both the living and bedroom. Some of the other villas are two story which might give a better view but we liked our one story layout. The staff at Sokala keep everything tiptop. Susann, who manages the office was very efficient and helpful. We had plenty of clean towels daily and the pool was skimmed each morning. We found the kitchen stocked with cereal, coffee, tea, milk, juice, fresh fruit and a bottle of champagne. The setup was quite efficient. A quick stroll along the road took us to stores where we purchased what we needed to make sandwiches. When we were unable to find a calling card at the local store, Lawrence's mother brought us one from town. Muri Beach is the best walking beach ever--the sand is not too squishy and the sights are unparalleled. Sokala is an easy walk along the beach to several restaurants and Captain Tama's, an excursion which is not to be missed--a lagoon cruise in a glass bottom boat with a fantastic snorkel and BBQ lunch/show presented by a cast of hilarious characters. The resort also provides kayaks for free and the lagoon is the ideal spot for an easy paddle. When it was time to leave, Lawrence met us a 645 in the morning and walked us to the road with a trolley for our bags. He even waited with us until the shuttle picked us up. His customer service is truly above and beyond. If you want an intimate, quiet, lovely place to stay that is secluded but not too far from the action, Sokala is the place for you.

Room Tip: All the rooms would be great!
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

We stayed for 5 days at the beginning of our trip to Rarotonga and it was absolutely wonderful. Lawrence greeted us upon our arrival and we were settled in very quickly. We stayed in a great 2-storey house with an amazing view of the lagoon. The water isn't as great to swim in at this location as other parts of the island but it didn't take away from our stay one bit. I can't recommend Sokala Villas enough. Lawrence is incredibly friendly and helpful, the location is very convenient for food and shopping and the villas are really something else. I would definitely return for a stay if I ever make it back to Rarotonga.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

After working long hours for six months my partner and I just needed somewhere quiet to relax. Sokala Villas suited our needs to a tee. The villas are beautifully placed on a quiet piece of the Muri Lagoon. Lawrence greeted us on our arrival at the villa and was very attentive to our needs throughout our stay. From arranging for a BBQ to be placed on our deck, to providing US stock market updates for me! Susan at reception was also a great credit to Sokala.

Whilst not brand new and shiny, the villas are very clean and have all you need, including the highest pressured, hottest shower I have experienced in the S.Pacific. The pool, deck and kayaks are a nice edition. As are the flowers, wine and fruit on arrival. The stairs to the bedroom won't suit everyone (only in some villas I believe). And also of note there is no beach as such in front of the villas (but you have your own deck of course). Contact the resort directly with your booking enquiry.

Having been to many other island groups in the Pacific, Rarotonga is up there with the best. Its tidy and industrious (without losing its soul). Muri is isolated from the 'bustle' of the capital 15 minutes by scooter. But it still has everything within 15 minutes walk you may need (car hire, restaurants, food and souvenir shops, and cafes). Having looked around the whole island, this corner of the island had the best vibe (by that I mean the whole corner from Muri to the Salt Water Cafe).

A few more random thoughts that may help you:

We bought in all our fresh meat on the advice of a friend. Great idea. It has to be vacum packed. We also bought cereal, pasta, rice, etc. Just no fresh fruit/veg allowed. Also customs guy took my curry sauce on departure. He almost took my olives and pesto too. Be warned about liquid allowances in carry on. Coupled with duty free we ate and drank like kings for an affordable outlay. We got lovely bread and local veg from the supermarket in town, and fruit from roadside vendors. And a flagon of Cook's blonde from the Cook's brewery around the corner from the supermarket. There is another brewery that makes better beer 5 minutes scooter from Muri. When we visited it was not open (it was supposed to be (10-4 M-Sat)). Also a bit on the pricey side (but worth it) there is a deli just past the Delilicous Café. The cheapest and best stocked food store, is the gas station past Delilicious (a bit of a walk).

You can access waterfront restaurants by wading 30 metres right (unless it’s a very low tide) and then walking along the beach. There are a few to choose from. Walking up the beach as opposed to along a road is so much nicer. Also do make your way to The Mooring for lunch at least once (5 minutes north by scooter). And Vaima (15-20 minutes south by scooter).

Get a scooter or a car. There are 2 places in Muri. And note when getting a scooter license at the central police station, queue on the left to pay your $20. Then join the queue on the right to obtain your license. Its bureaucracy at its finest.

Muri lagoon snorkeling is poor. But we were rewarded by seeing a small moray, a sand coloured flounder, turtles and a big puffer fish. There was virtually no coral at all (as with everywhere on the island). And also we found the current quite strong. Do take the kayak to the island in front of the villas. It is a wonderfully isolated spot to eat lunch. The best snorkeling on the island is outside Fruits of Rarotonga shop (and all along that coast to Aroa). Its around 10 minutes scooter south from Sokala. We tried all other renowned spots. Trust me on this one. No coral worth speaking of, but some great specimen and schooling fish. We were rewarded by swimming all the way out to the outer reef. Pick your conditions and be a confident swimmer.

Make sure you visit the Saturday market. And try to go early so if you get mesmerized by the dancers, you don't miss everything else, as it finishes at 12.

Internet in Muri is at Delilicious, 500 metres south from Sokala. Take your own laptop or use their PC's. Great coffee too. Its about $12 an hour, $3 minimum.

There's a great game fishing guy called Moko that operates out of the Mooring. If you have an interest in game fishing, or getting drunk on a boat when the fish ain't biting, this is for you.

Cross island walk - worth it to see a different side of the island. But save some hassle and scooter to the start (by Avarua), walk to the needle and then walk back. On an early August morning we found it a medium difficulty walk. And when we got to the top we found a pretty big lass up there. I have no doubt in wet/hot conditions the near vertical sections would be too hard for many. But it was not as hard as others lead us to believe. Take around 2 litres of water per person. And something to feed the rooster that lives at the top. The view is limited up there, but the walk really is enjoyable.

And don't forget to budget for the $55pp departure tax!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Muri Lagoon, Muri, Cook Islands
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Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
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Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Muri
Price Range: £156 - £234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sokala Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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