This was our second visit to the Cook Islands (last time 5 years ago). This visit was even better than expected. We chose Ambala Gardens from reading the great reviews it received. They were accurate on their rating. What a great experience! What phenomenal people Nancy and Esa are! We were treated like family almost immediately, comfortable there from the first day. (we stayed for 12 nights) The Frangipani Suite was huge, having a large living area, large bedroom, nice bathroom, kitchen, and private deck. (though we didn't use the private deck - either visited with our hosts Nancy and Esa, or were out enjoying all that Rarotonga has to offer).
We can't even express well enough, how it felt to stay with these two, "at their home"......
Being that we had stayed in Raro before, in one of the more pricey resorts, we thought we would try out a smaller, less expensive, and more relaxed accommodation this time. The resorts may be right on the beach, but they don't hold a candle to the treatment we got from our hosts at Ambala! We got the best of all worlds....the use of the finest beaches....(walking through the resorts to get to Muri beach), and the spoiling and care by Nancy and Esa. What a way to start every day..... with the unbelievable tasty and huge breakfast and great conversations with them! There was not a thing we needed that wasn't provided for us - with a smile. They actually went over and above....on many, many occasions. Over and above. Super friendly......unbelievable really.
Their grounds are as beautiful as the pictures....with the refreshing clean pool (though we only cooled our feet in it...the beach always called us), and the lovely patio areas. Their friendly cat Smithers made sure he stopped by for a pat from time to time too! Nice cat.
We can't express enough, our contentment, and satisfaction with this accomodation, and how Nancy and Esa made us feel. It has been written on other reviews, but we have to repeat it. " We came as strangers, stayed as guests, and left as friends". This is an understatement.
When Esa drove us to the airport when we left, a tear was shed. Literally.
It was the best vacation ever. A true paradise. A true vacation. Hard to leave, but certain we will meet again.
Only one regret….we should have stayed longer…..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BED & Breakfast set in a beautiful tropical garden, just a 5 minute stroll to the beach. Sea and mountain views. Queen size beds, ensuite rooms, use of lounge, TV & DVD room, deck, barbecue and swimming pool. Close to shops, restaurants and bus stop, and near to watersports, scuba diving, white sandy beach, mountain walks and deep sea fishing. Air port transfers can be arranged. English or Continental breakfast. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ambala Garden Lodge Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands