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Avana Waterfront Apartments
Ranked #7 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Muri
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

Our family stayed for a week, along with friends & their children, from NZ. We had a very relaxing family holiday. The BBQ at night by the pool was great. Location is good - not far from town by scooter and close to the good snorkeling spots. The kids enjoyed the kayaks and snorkeling just out from the jetty. Jumping off the jetty was great fun also. The Moorings just across the water from the Apartments is a great place for lunch. Desiree & Randy were great hosts ensuring everything was OK. Thanks also to Mark for the bonfire on the beach for the kids and the "short" walk up the hill for view of Muri - it was worth the effort! Rueben is a good snorkeling guide and his local knowledge of the area was interesting. We had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to go back.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 July 2011

We enjoyed taking the kayaks out on the lagoon. It is easy and interesting to kayak to the nearby islands where you can swim on your own little beach. There are lovely walks on the same islands as well.

Our studio apartment is big and well fitted out with a very comfortble king size bed. The apartment has all the things you need if you are self-catering.

We used the local bus to get around the main island. The ten-trip concession bus tickets are good value. The apartment is about 15 minutes from town by bus going anti-clockwise and the hours of the bus service are very good.

We loved the lunches at The Moorings just a short walk from the apartment. The fish sandwiches for lunch are delicious and very reasonably priced. We also walked to Muri Beach, about a 10 minute walk.

Mark, a Canadian who has lived in Rarotonga for many years, proved a great local guide. Desiree and Randy, the hosts, make a great team with Randy keeping the property ooking good and clean and Desiree looking after the guests.

A great break to recharge the batteries.

Tony and Ruth

Room Tip: Ask Desiree for an inventory of things in the apartment and then travel light.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank RuthandTony
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Reviewed 13 July 2011

We stayed for one week at the Avana waterfront in the three bed apartment. It was and excellent stay. There were some problems with wasps in our room and a leaking dish washer, but the rest of stay was great. Mark, the local guide from Canada, took care of our questions. We had a great view. The location was perfect.
Wi Fi is available for a small fee.
You wont go wrong with a stay here.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 June 2011

We stayed at the Avana Waterfront Apartments for 8 nights, and soon discovered that we should have stayed for alot longer!!
The studio room we rented was lovely and clean, and really roomy, with everything we needed, plus more, including a beautiful welcoming bowl of fresh tropical fruit, yum.
The view from our deck was gorgeous, looking straight out onto the lagoon. The fish under the jetty were amazing, every colour of the rainbow.
Desiree and Randy were wonderful hosts, nothing was too much trouble. Thanks again for the extra passionfruit.
We will definately be back, for much longer next time.
Jo Allely

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank falcofarms
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Reviewed 18 June 2011

Avana is situated in a beautiful spot right on the lagoon. The rooms were spacious and lovely with everything you need in them. We really enjoyed the lovely big bowl of tropical fruit. You cant beat Rarotongas fruit and coconuts. Yum. It is right on the waterfront. Enjoyed looking at all the tropical fish off the private jetty straight out in front of our units. Also snorkeled too, the fish life is amazing. This place is so relaxing, we enjoyed lying back on our sun loungers watching the ocean breaking just to our left. Desiree and Randy (Apartment Managers) were very helpful, Desiree booked tours for us and nothing was too much trouble. Thanks also Mark for your amazing knowledge on the area and for the great walk up the hill behind your place for the best view ever. Best restaurant in town the PawPaw Patch a must! We will be back to Rarotonga and would definitely stay at the Avana again!!! mai taki.

Room Tip: All rooms face the lagoon and have an awesome view
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 February 2011

We are two families from the Interior of Alaska about 100 miles south of Fairbanks. The day we left on our vacation the temperature was -25 F. The temperatures while we were traveling dropped to -42 F back at our home in Alaska. So you can understand why we love the Cook Islands! But aside from the warm temperatures and warm water, it’s the Cook Island people that make visiting this part of the South Pacific so special. This is the second time we have stayed at the Avana Waterfront Apartments and we have not been disappointed. We love the view of the open ocean at the outlet of the lagoon, the quiet, private pool and barbecue area, as well as the clean and comfortable living space. The kayaks provided are perfect for exploring the lagoon and there are some great private beaches to be found along the way. We saw a turtle and stingray in the lagoon this trip. There is good snorkeling in Muri Lagoon as well as at other beaches close by. The managers of the property, Desiree and Randy, are wonderful people. They take very good care of everything and go out of their way to make sure that things are perfect. Avana Waterfront Apartments truly has become our “home away from home”. We will be back!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 January 2011

This location offers something unique in Rarotanga, in that it is open to the ocean via the entrance to the Muri lagoon, and the fish life that can be viewed from the wharf and water is more varied than further along in the lagoon. We were kept fascinated for a month when we stayed at the resort and would prowl the wharf for hours watching octupus, turtles, sea snakes, moray eels, puffer fish, trevally, lion fish, parrot fish, plus all the usual small colourful fish. Whales passed by the entrance constantly as well - at least a couple a day.
The resort is private and quiet, with very friendly staff, a lovely pool and pleasant facilities. There are quiet sandy beaches and sandy swimming areas a kayak paddle away over at the islands opposite, and the Muri shopping/cafe centre just a walk away.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Address: Kaireva Drive | Avana Lagoon, Muri 869, Cook Islands
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Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #7 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Muri
Price Range: £96 - £184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Avana Waterfront Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There are six two level family-size self-contained, waterfront apts. and four oversize studio apts. each with complete privacy, unrivalled views of the lagoon, ocean and the uninhabited islets opposite. Each 2 or 3 bedroom apts. of well over 1000 square feet (100 square meters), offer accommodation of either two or three bedrooms one and a half or two and a half bathrooms, a huge dining / lounge area, laundry and kitchen, viewing and relaxing decks, verandas and a private courtyard too. The modern studio apts. are large (50sq m) .A great tropical island paradise for family, wedding parties & honeymoons . The spacious grounds are palm shaded, with frangipani, bougainvillea and hibiscus gardens, hedges, lawns and sandy sunbathing areas. Our swimming pool is surrounded by hardwood timber decks and thatched shade and barbecue huts. Our private jetty stretches from the shore into the deep water harbour. It is a short kayak ride across the uninhabited tropical islet opposite. ... more   less 
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