Well, it's right on the beach of Muri Lagoon, directly opposite the southern most Motu (little island). The decks of the villas (there's two of them) are maybe 10m from the waters edge. The location is very pretty. That's about all I can say that's good about the place.
The water out front is very shallow, and very rocky. Swimming isn't really an option. Although, if you've got reef shoes you can walk out to the nearest Motu where the snorkelling is very good. The beach is much nicer further up the lagoon. It is a plesant, and easy walk to get there (10min stroll), but there are several properties that have the prime positions like Vara's (inexpensive), Beachcomber (mid-range) and the Pacific (very nice).
The villas themselves are way below expectation. The website claims that they are 1st class, don't believe it. Our kitchen was fine, and the bed was comfortable, but there's just a feeling of 'cheap & nasty' about it. Tiare's (which is right next door) seemed to be of a much better quality.
Lastly, the owner is not nice to deal with. Don't let any correspondance fool you, she's not Cook Island Maori, and she doesn't have a very friendly demeanour in person. If you get a quote from her, make sure that you take hard copies of your correspondance with you. She tried to claim that we owed her much more money than was agreed, after much argument she realised that she was wrong, but then she got very aggresive and tried to kick us out anyway. We were travelling with a baby, and were facing spending out last night on the island in our rental car. In the end, we got so frustrated with the situation that we did leave. We fortunately came across the most lovely people you could hope for at Palm Grove who went out of their way to help us out. We contacted the Police about our situation, after making their own enquiries they were very sympathetic and not surprised with the difficulties we had.
You can do much better! It's probably best to stay with a hotel/resort. The quality is so much better, they have all the facilities you'd want (snorkels, canoes etc. usually available for free to guests), and the staff are actually there to ensure you have a the nicest time possible. Any $'s you think you're saving at somewhere like Kings, you will end up spending on the things that are included it the cost at most other places.
- Also Known As:
- King`s Beach Villas Hotel Muri
- Kings Beach Hotel
- King's Beach Villas Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands