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Rendezvous Villas
Ranked #12 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Muri
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Romance, seclusion and beauty...”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

The photo's do not do this place justice.
Great pick up from the airport made a good start. A gift of pawpaw and bananas made us feel very welcome.
It has a wonderful private courtyard with a plunge pool (and we plunged often) and small but perfectly adequate BBQ.
The rooms are spacious, light and well appointed.
The bedroom is comfortable and separated from the lounge with curtains that, during our stay billowed pleasantly with the sea breezes.
The lounge and bedroom sliding doors open onto a deck with enough space to recline and relax and overlook the lagoon where you can watch the sun rise should you be so inclined and eat BBQ dinners when you are inclined.
The small beach area is a bit rocky but Muri (with restaurants and cafes) is only 15 minutes walk along the beach in one direction and Fruits of Rarotonga (for snorkelling) only 10 minutes in the other direction.
We felt like we'd had a second honeymoon after our stay here.
Wonderful.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

We live on Rarotonga and I was hoping to find somewhere really special to propose to my partner. This place was it. Right on the water in a quiet part of the island. Beautifully appointed properties with private pools and a sweeping sea view from the bedroom and the lounge. We will remember that stay for a very long time. Thanks for making it special.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

If you are looking for the most romantic spot on earth- Rendezvous Villas is it!
Beach front luxury (whilst still remaining private from beach dwellers) - your own private piece of paradise.
The Villas have everything you need kitchen-wise and the private courtyard with BBQ made for a great entertaining area when the wind picked up out the front.
The personalised robes were a nice touch- the owners have gone to every length to finish this property perfectly. Many hours spent reading on the day bed over looking Titikaveka lagoon- with a distraction like that, not much reading got done!
The Villas oozed romance-a perfect setting for our engagement. Highly recommended for anyone wanting their own private hideaway. Meitaki Maata for such a great stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Whakatane Nz
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

A wonderful spot in the world. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, villas are well appointed, privacy plus.
Serviced every second day, good amount of cooking utensils, and well supported by Chad and the people who service the villa. The pool guy to servicing done with the utmost privacy
Short walks to great places e.g Hidden Spirit a little walk but the surroundings are to just lovely, great place for dinner.
When there we had king tides and wind but books read and relaxation began

Room Tip: self contained villa 2 the best for location
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

From the moment we arrived in Rarotonga we realised our holiday was going to be special. Sunrise at the airport off our flight from Sydney was magical and this followed through on arrival at the Villas. The smooth calm touquoise blue waters of the lagoon were everything the brochures spoke of and the spaciousness of the Villas confirmed our first impressions of a great holiday awaiting us.

Chad the wonderful service manager attended to our every needs with timely friendly service. Arranging a rental car and providing advice on where to go and what to do set us on a path that saw us have the holiday of a lifetime.

The Villas were well appointed, serviced every second day, spacious, with a nice plunge pool and BBQ in a private courtyard. Then from our bedroom to the deck only steps from the beach and lagoon, suggested we had selected well with our accommodation.

We found the food great at the various restaurants we dined at with a large number of choices around the island.

On the final day our departure was late in the afternoon and the hosts allowed us to use the Villa thru to the time the private car transfer arrived. All in all our holiday was everything we expected and more ----- certainly great value for money !!!!

Room Tip: Both Villas almost identical and both very private
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

Highly recommended! We just spent a wonderful week at Rendezvous Villas on our second trip to the beautiful Cook Islands. Great accommodation (fully equipped with all your needs), absolute beachfront, stunning lagoon views from every angle including your own private verandah, king bed, loungeroom, and only 10-15 minute walk from the heart of Muri village. Our host Chad was fabulous; helpful, friendly, relaxed and funny, never intrusive but always available. Rendezvous specifies no children under 12 but we visited at the start of low season (early Nov) and they allowed us to stay with our 4-year-old, who also had a great week. The Cooks are all about down time, and this place was great for that. We'd certainly recommend it for couples. Only a few steps to the water's edge, where you can fossick amongst the rocks looking for hermit crabs of all sizes, or splash about amongst the tropical fish. The only downside of this spot, like many other parts of the lagoon coastline, is that the water is full of coral and rocks - if you want perfect sandy beach that's more ideal for swimming and snorkelling, then stay a bit further west along the lagoon up near the Little Polynesian and Titikaveka Beach (about 10-15 min walk further on from Muri - we stayed at the Little Poly last year and it was brilliant). But it's only a short walk along the beach from Rendezvous Villas until you get to a clearer bit of water and the views are great anywhere along the lagoon. They also have canoes at the villas which provide another fun way to move about the lagoon. Loved it and would happily stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Scarborough, Australia
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

Due to the lack of reviews on this place, we were initially a little hesitant booking.... there was definitely no reason to be. We were picked up at the airport on time by Marishia (Marishia is so lovely!!!). Then it just kept getting better.... the instant we stepped through the front gate we were in love. It was perfect.

The furnishings are gorgeous, the view is outstanding and it is soooo private. We had no issues with wind and loved sitting out on the deck looking out onto the lagoon and the sailboats / kayaks / lagoon cruise boats drift by. Even if it is windy or rainy - the view from every room (yes, every room - including the bathroom) in this villa is outstanding and you could easily sit inside admiring the view. The villa has numerous magazines, DVDs, jigsaw puzzles and books to keep you entertained too. Also, don't forget the private courtyard with pool, sunloungers and bbq. The villa also comes with two kayaks and snorkelling equipment.

The villas are only a short, maybe 10 minute, walk to the Fruits of Rarotonga - a great place for AWESOME burgers, smoothies and breakfast at low prices. This is also a great/well known snorkelling spot on the island.

It's about a 15 minute walk to the main town in Muri, where we were able to enjoy a variety of restaurants/cafes and shops.

Overall we were thrilled with this place and were so sad to leave. Having stayed at resorts earlier on our trip, I'm glad we tried something different for the last bit of our honeymoon. The privacy and exclusivity of the villas could not be matched at any resort.

Room Tip: Villas are mirror images of each other
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Rendezvous Villas
Address: Muri, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Muri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rendezvous Villas 4.5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
These beach-front villas, each with their own private swimming pool, provide total privacy and peacefulness for couples, romantics and honeymooners. Each villa has direct access to the beach, a separate bedroom, full kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, frigerator/freezer, large lounge with surround cinema system & flat screen TV, stereo and DVD. WiFi internet access available. Beds are super king with bedrooms air conditioned. Kayaks and snorkeling gear are provided complimentary, as well as free meet/greet and transfer service from the airport together with a fresh fruit platter on arrival.Stay 5 nights and pay for 4 or stay 9 nights and pay for 7 ---- available thru to 31st May 2012. ... more   less 
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