Kings Beach Villas are situated on what I think is the prettiest beach in Rarotonga - Muri Beach - and is easy walking distance to 5 restaurants/cafes; hire cars; post office; mini-marts; petrol stations; internet access points and takeaways.
There are three little 'motus' (islands) off shore with waving palm trees to enjoy; golden sand; and we were closest to one of the best snorkelling spots - just to the right of the motu opposite. Not a lot of pretty coral, and visibility was cloudy - but it didn't matter as the sheer numbers and variety of fish meant it was like swimming through an aquarium. Shoals numbering hundreds of fish streamed past me as I swam amongst them - fabulous.
All tropical accommodation of a certain age gets worn and shabby - and Kings Beach Villas were no exception. It was very well equipped even down to first aid kits; mozzie bite soother; tsunami evacuation pack (!) and the kitchen had everything we needed. The fridge was excellent - but we needed to buy drinking water. The ants mentioned by another traveller were evident but not a real bother - self-seal plastic bags is all you need to stop them foraging. And they had kayaks too - one each - a real treat.
The bed was wonderful. Large, firm - and we slept really well to the sound of distant reef-thunder and shooshing waves just outside the door.
But the shower was awful. We were told that water pressure was really low due to no rain. At best it trickled and quite often stopped completely - usually when I had a hair full of shampoo. I resorted to a bucket and dipper of hot water to sluice myself off.
I kept reminding myself that this was beach front Muri and that was what we were paying for - but really it was overpriced for the facilities. The landlord is an absentee Canadian and he needs a good kick up the bum to improve them. It rained hard while we were there - and apparently we were lucky the rain didn't come in because on our last day were were told about the roof leak (which explained the strange furniture arrangement in the lounge to keep the spare bed dry!) If it had rained and leaked I would have been furious.
The phone also didn't work - terrible interference and impossible to use. Luckily I had a mobile. No wi-fi access either even though there was a modem in the room.
The saving grace is the position - less than a stone's throw from high or low tide; a perfect strolling beach; everything you need within a maximum of 10 minutes walk - and that gorgeous, thundering, pristine, white reef foam in the distance, fronted by the perfect turquoise fish-filled lagoon behind waving palms and casuarinas. Sitting out on the deck sipping wine and glorying in the view - well, I would probably go back just for that - but until they upgrade and refurbish my husband definitely wouldn't.
- Also Known As:
- King`s Beach Villas Hotel Muri
- Kings Beach Hotel
- King's Beach Villas Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands