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Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Muri
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Great place to stay, friendly and helpful staff. Walk off your deck onto a very nice beach . Not really a swimming beach until you get 50m off shore beyond the coral, but you have a private pool and spa anyway.
The villa is self contained with full cooking facilities and a BBQ. Home theatre system included in villa 3.
The showers are awesome.
No restaraunt on site but plenty near by, hire a scooter or walk. Breakfast is included, delivered at your choice of time.
This is an excellent place to stay. If your looking for a large 5 star resort Rarotonga doesn't have one, rumours is a small high quality accomodation but doesn't have the room service and other on site amenities of the larger resorts.
Wifi is not included in the cost of your room.

Room Tip: If you have the spare cash upgrade to the premium villa
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rumours7, Guest Relations Manager at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2014

Kia Orana to you both. Really appreciate the fact that you did this review for Rumours while you were still staying with us - that's very special so a big thank you for that. Our staff really love hearing that they have done their job well - they do try very hard to ensure that our guests get a high standard of service and attention when with us as the guests require, which I guess is why some guests leave more as friends than guests. Do hope you enjoy your time out at Aitutaki. Thank you again.

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Myself and my partner stayed here last month in one of the Beachfront Spa Villas.

It was an absolutely perfect place for our mid-winter break - the owners and staff really know how to look after their guests.

We made sure to use the spa (right next door) and very much enjoyed the treatments we had from their multi-award-winning facility!

This being our second visit to Rarotonga, we decided that we wanted what Rumours has to offer - i.e. a 'holiday home' style villa which wouldn't feel too cramped over our ten night stay. Our friend came to visit for a few nights in the middle of our holiday and it was lovely to be able to offer her the second level of the villa so that she (and myself and my partner!) could have our own space but still enjoy holidaying together.

The hard-drive with loads of TV shows / Films was an excellent way to pass the windy evenings which we had during our stay and the breakfast smoothies are an excellent way to start the day!

The only - very slight - criticism I have is that internet should be included in the room rate.

Room Tip: The Beachfront Spas are 500m further down the road away from Muri Town - which is an extra 500m to w...
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rumours7, Guest Relations Manager at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2014

Kia Orana C & M Lovely to see your review come in. It was a pleasure to do anything we could to make your holiday more enjoyable, and it was good that you had such easy access to the Spa. The weather back in NZ over the last week or so hasn't been too good has it, so I guess you were thinking about the warmer temps you had been enjoying recently up in the islands, so nice you could get out of the NZ winter just for a little while. Yes, the 450 DVD's plus on the hard drives give plenty of selection to view while relaxing and we are at the point with all the new releases lately, of adding even more into the mix ! Hope all is well with you back in Wellington, and thank you again.

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

This really is a lovely place to stay in when visiting Rarotonga. Close enough to Muri Beach amenities, yet still private and secluded. View from beachfront villa is spectacular, no matter what the weather. The villa is beautifully appointed with everything that is required for a restful and rejuvenating sojourn. It would probably not be possible to find better.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Rumours7, Guest Relations Manager at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2014

Kia Orana friends. Hope all is well with you back home and so nice for us to hear that you found the Spa Villa to be relaxing, away from it all, yet still handy to most of the local amenities. The villas are very close to the water aren't they, and sometimes when the seas are high, the crashing of the waves on to the reef provide a spectacular sight. Thank you for visiting both the island and Rumours. It was lovely having you and I do hope that your son's career choice works out well for him.

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

My wife and two sons, 21 and 16, recently stayed at Rumours and we loved the villa. The owners are on-site, and their staff is friendly and responsive. The location is just far enough away from Muri Beach to be private and serene, but close enough to take advantage of tourist services (car rental, restaurants, dive company, etc.). Heartily recommended. Also loved the convenience of an inepensive washer and dryer on-site, after days of salt water, bug spray and suntan lotion soaking into clothes. I also recommend reserving a car for a stay there, because there is no restaurant on site, though a healthy breakfast is included.

Room Tip: We were in #7, one of two villas down the road from the office and main building, next to the spa. T...
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Rumours7, Guest Relations Manager at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2014

Kia Orana family. Really appreciate your taking the time to do a review on Rumours especially as you've just got back and the thousands if things that must be pressing on you as soon as you return. You got heaps of diving excperiences in both in Rarotonga and Aitutaki so that's great - something you obviously enjoy as a family. Do hope all is well back in the US of A and that the rest of 2014 goes well for you all. You were a great family to have stay.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

The location of Rumours was SO nice, right on the beach. The Lagoon which was right outside our door was so beautiful. It was such a nice place to relax and unwind. I enjoyed such a nice holiday. The people and staff were very friendly and kind and I just loved all the different kinds of fresh fruit available on the island.
I also had a lovely massage at the water fall spa which completed the holiday beautifully. I will remember this holiday with special fondness for the rest of my life.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rumours7, Guest Relations Manager at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2014

Kia Orana - Greetings from a not quite so sunny a day in the Cook Islands today. Lovely to know that your time here with us was so memorable and that you enjoyed it so much. It was a really hot time of the year when you came so hope the pool was helpful in that regard ! Yes the tropical fruit when in season is so sweet isn't it. Must be the heat that helps it ripen so naturally. We have local oranges everywhere now and they don't look so good from the outside (more brown/yellow than orange), but the flavour and the amount of sweet juice out of just one orange is unbelievable. Almost all juice and nothing else. Really good. Hope all is well with you and we will get to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 13 June 2014

We had a very relaxing massage each at the Spa at the end of our trip to Rarotonga. It was most enjoyable and professional massage from the 2 masseuses at the Spa. The Spa itself is very well appointed with the running water wall being a lovely feature; the coffee offered on arrival was a very nice addition to their service delivery and complimented the massages which followed. We would definitely recommend the Spa to anyone considering a massage or other form of treatment while in Rarotonga.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rumours7, Guest Relations Manager at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

Kia Orana. Great to hear from you and especially how much you enjoyed your time in the Spa. It adds quite a special dimension to a relaxing holiday doesn't it, and the girls are so good at paying attention to the little things that make the whole experience so enjoyable. Hope everything is going well for you now you are back home again. Really appreciate your taking the time to do this review and I will make sure the girls get to read your comments. Thank you.

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Visited Maricel and Myrna at the Rumours Luxury Waterfall Spa Facility on our recent trip to Rarotonga. The girls were great at our treatments selected as a few of our family members visited whilst on holiday, one family member even making 2 trips.
Thanks girls, well relaxed and we enjoyed our time at your Waterfall Spa Facility. Would warmly recommend to others.

Room Tip: It was only the Waterfall Spa Facility we used, not the complex itself.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rumours7, Guest Relations Manager at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2014

Kia Orana. Lovely to hear that your time in the Spa was such an enjoyable experience for you all. Maricel and Myrna are great and they are not only very good at their profession, but they genuinely love the people they deal with and it's very important to them that folks enjoy their time in the Spa. I have passed on your review to the girls who will be very happy to see it. Thank you again.

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Additional Information about Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa

Address: Main Rd, Muri Beach, Muri 1468, Cook Islands (Formerly Rumours of Romance)
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Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Muri
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Muri
#1 Luxury Hotel in Muri
Price Range: £460 - £906 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Top class Award Winning luxury villa accommodation with three villa categories. Each villa has private swimming pool with waterfalls off rocks into pools all set in private courtyards. Spa pools to beachfront villas as well. Movie theatre room option with 2.5 Metre projection system and full surround sound. Absolute beachfront location. Superb four poster beds, Our all villas having two bathrooms. Rumours guests also enjoy a 20% in house discount on treatments at our Waterfall Day Spa, which has won many World Travel Awards and Luxury Spa awards for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 ... more   less 
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