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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- Also Known As:
- Sokala Villas Hotel Muri
- Sokala Villas Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands