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“Romantic getaway for two”
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Rendezvous Villas
Ranked #13 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Muri
Monkeybusiness26
1 review
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“Romantic getaway for two”
Reviewed 12 October 2009

Fantastic getaway location.
Spent a great seven nights in the Cook Islands. Loved the villa, the private location, the service and the snorkelling.
Get a car or scooter (much more fun) as it's located a fair walk to the store.

Very laidback island. Swimmers, fake tan, sarong and sunglasses are all you need. Beware the Mai Tai's at Trader Jacks.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2009

We stayed for 8 nights and the only crticism we had was that it wasn't long enough!
Rendezvous is the best accommodation on the island in our opinion. We had both villas booked with our friends staying in the other one. It was ideal for 2 couples traveling together. Everything you need is provided in the villas. Dhiru picked us up from the airport and took us to a store on the way to the villas. He also services the villas and you can just call him if you need fresh towels at any time, he is great. Cannot think of any negatives except maybe the plates were too big for the dishwasher so we had to wash them by hand!!! Loved it all, will be back for sure.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed 25 May 2009

We arrived on a Sunday afternoon and were met by a very helpful driver who took us by a couple of convience stores before showing us into our Villa and explaining all the features. We then checked out the Villa and surrounds ----as you do and were very impressed with the private pool, the outdoor seating, hanging chair, great state of the art kitchen with everything you could need including champagne glasses, top brand TV and home theatre system, king size bed, beautiful bathroom and shower leading to the private pool. Every detail is thought of; and in a true beachfront location, complete with Kayaks and snorkelling gear.

The pricing of these beachfront Villas equated to garden villas at many other establishments that we checked out prior to taking this holiday. Dhiru our host and the management were wonderful and any small need was attended too immediately. A couple of times he provided courtesy transport to a restaurant and then to our lagoon cruise ---- wonderful and you must do this when on Rarotonga ---- Oh thats right this was provided complimentary since we were staying 7 nights.

All in all a great holiday in a great Villa ---- one which we will return too next year we hope.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Malcolm T
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Edmonton, AB
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2009

The only 2 downsides to this great villas is the location and the lagoon in front.

The Villas are located about as far as you can get to the town site. No on an island that is only 32 km around that doesn't sound far but a car or scooter is needed.

Even though you are at the edge of Muri Beach. The reef comes in very close to shore and swimming can only be attempted at high tide.

Both of these problems can be worked around and this property is well worth the money. We spend 2 excellent weeks there and would go backk.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2009

Just returned from our honeymoon on Rarotonga. Our friends gave us all sorts of property suggestions but in the end we selected Rendezvous Villas because of their beachfront location, intimate surroundings and smallness. Well it was just great -- even better when we found out that we had a private fresh water pool to ourselves. How wonderful to be met at the airport after our flight from Melbourne. Actually Pacific Blue's service thru Auckland was better than we expected, anyway we were taken to the Villa in a private coach to find the Villa just as it is portrayed on the their web. Dehru --- I think thats how its spelt ---- was our host for the seven days we were there and he arranged anything we wanted. He called by every day to check that all was fine and arranged tours and restaurants for us thru out our time there. Rarotonga was very hot during our stay but the sea cool and refreshing, and the food at the restaurants generally good value for money. Oh well i guess now we have to save up for our next holiday because Iam hoping it will be back in Rarotonga.

  • Liked — Spacious, clean, private & beachfrontage
  • Disliked — Nothing really --- it just suited our needs very well
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Tasmania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2009

Theres no denying it Rendezvous Villas are beautiful. The location and all the amenities of the self contained villas are perfect. The service of the fantastic concierge who not only collects you from the airport but also cleans your room etc was top rate. A REALLY "lovely guy!"
All of this however has been sadly forgotten by us thanks to the owner of the villas who in effect ruined any nice feelings we have about the place.
We booked our honeymoon through one of the establishment'sbooking staff with the intention of staying at the other hotel's propertyTe Vakaroa Villas. Because Te Vakaroa had just opened they were having a heavily discounted opening special. Unfortunetly however there was a double booking at Te Vakaroa and we were offered Rendezvous Villas in its place for the same opening special price. A quote was sent to us, which we accepted and paid on the spot thinking we had got a great honeymoon deal.....nothing else occured UNTIL On the final day of our honeymoon we were presented with an unexpected bill for some $2000 of unpaid accommodation fees. We were confused and contacted the English expat owner to discuss the mistake that had obviously occured....He would not hear of it, insisted that we were lying and was very very rude on the phone. We were advised by a very "lovely guy" with first hand experience of what an [--] the owner apparently was and who could see we were being treated unfairly to go to an internet kiosk and print out all of the internet correspondence we had with his booking staff, including quotes and receipts, and present these as PROOF (which he quite obviously already had) to the owner. As if that wasnt bad enough on attempting to discuss this with the owner we were shouted at, swore at and called MANY many names. The whole experience was horrible, so innapropriate, unprofessional and very upsetting. It turns out we had been quoted and charged an incorrect amount for our stay by a booking staff member, a fact which we were totally oblivious of. Instead of honoring the quoted amount which is what any respectable establishment would do, we were being bullied to pay for a mistake which wasnt our own.
With all that in mind can I please suggest to anyone planning a trip to the Cooks Islands DO NOT stay at Rendezvous or Te Vakaroa Villas. I emphasis this EVEN MORE if you are Australian as the owner said some VERY horrible things about Australian people. Its just not worth it and for the money you pay, your better off staying somewhere where you know your hard earned cash is lining the pockets of a decent human being. I assure you that an experience like the one we hadcan sadly really ruin the way you feel about not only the place and the island but your whole honeymoon, which is the sadest thing of all becuase at the end of the day all you have is your memories!

  • Liked — the location and the concierge
  • Disliked — the proprietor/owner
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 March 2008

I have family living in Rarotonga that I have visited several times over the last 5 years.
On this trip I was travelling with one of my girlfriends who had never been to the island. During our stay we attended a friends wedding, that was conveniently a few minutes walk from the villa.

The villa is designed more for honeymooners / couples, but the owners had kindly arranged x2 double beds for our stay.
The view each morning from the villa is beautiful. With the beach a few steps away, private plunge pool, fully equipped kitchen and our own bbq, like the last travellers review we were in heaven! I've stayed in a lot of hotels / villas on the island, but this is by far the best.

If you are planning a trip to Raro I would also recommend hiring a car. I'd also suggest the Air Raro day trip to Aitutaki. It's a bit pricey, but well worth it!

Happy travels

  • Liked — Location, location, location!
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with friends
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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 #13 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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