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Muri Beach Cottages
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Reviewed 16 November 2012

We stayed here in Jan 2012. The owner Gwen couldn't have been a nicer host.

The location was excellent. We stayed in one of the cabins. Great ventilation, very clean. Nice shower/washroom. Good kitchen with all you need. Her cat and dog were great entertainment too.

The area is fantastic for walking and is minutes to either Muri or Fruits of Rarotonga for excellent snorkelling. We also enjoyed renting a beach sailboat numerous times at the beach rentals spot next to the yacht club in Muri beach.

My only suggestion would be to better light the beach access beside the pole house and as myself and and another friend took a good spill there one night walking up to the cabin from in the dark. It is quite steep and rocky, but there is a railing.

For newbies to Rarotonga, this was our first trip there. We loved it. Quiet, peaceful, beautiful with very nice locals. This cottage was perfect for our vacation and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a peaceful place to get away from it all. Bring lots of books, music, and a desire to unplug from the real world. If that appeals you will find this place a little paradise. We really enjoyed having a cabin, and would do the same thing again as opposed to a hotel when we come back some day.

Room Tip: The cabins are roomier than the pole house, but you can't really go wrong with any of the choices.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank LongKeel
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

We stayed in the pole house. Fantastic location right on the beach with 180 degree views and snorkeling in the lagoon out front. You are in walking distance to shops and restaurants and transport options. Gwen was really excellent and was always around when we needed her to answer our questions - it was our first time on the island. The only thing is that the wind was in our faces for most of the stay and so we didn't get to spend as much time on the deck as we would have liked. All in all it was our best holiday in ages, largely due to great accommodation at the Muri Beach Cottages.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Hikeopath
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

The cottages have to be one of the best ever locations on the planet to have a break. Due to extending my time there I ended up staying in all three accomodation options. All were great, but the beach cottage location can't be beaten. The kindness of Gwen and the generosity of fellow guests went above and beyond any expectation I had. Thank you for the most wonderful of holidays.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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3  Thank glencuts
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

We had a superb week at Muri Beach Cottages. We are the kind of people who normally like to stay off the tourist track a bit and this has the perfect balance of being at the quiet end of Muri beach whilst in easy reach of all local facilities. We stayed in the basic but comfortable garden studio, which is incredibly good value. Gwen the owner is just lovely as is the cat Little Boy and her shy dog Zoe. We loved the fact that every time we set off down the beach for a walk Zoe would always trot along with us and even chase the occasional stick!

The beach immediately outside disappears with high tide but you only need to walk for 2 minutes in either direction to find another nice beach. The snorkeling is just amazing especially out towards the reef at the fruits of rarotonga. I have l never seen so many fish in my life and we were even lucky enough to catch a glimpse of two giant rays.

We loved the laid back atmosphere here. If you want really high class 5 star service you probably want to look at places like the pacific resort down the road. If you want a good quality, quiet but reasonably priced base for a relaxing week - yet within spitting distance of somewhere to get a cocktail then this is for you. Don't forget to bring a torch so you can go for a walk on the beach at night and see the massive amounts of crabs that come out to play.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Laura G
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

I did a lot of research on Rarotonga before choosing Muri Beach Cottages, as I had been to Rarotonga 26 years ago and wanted to stay around Muri Beach in a quiet location. The Pole House here was a slice of magic -- quiet, phenomenal views (the deck is RIGHT on the pristine lagoon) and private. I took my mattress out on the deck every night to sleep under the stars, lulled by the sounds of waves and wind. The owner Gwen is so delightful; she is welcoming and so helpful about recommendations on Rarotonga (having lived on the island for over 40 years). She knows exactly how to make you feel personally welcome and attended to, without being intrusive. I felt like it was my "home away from home." I felt Rarotonga hadn't changed much at all in the last 25 years -- more hotels and restaurants, but the Kia Orana spirit is alive and strong, especially at Muri Beach Cottages! Thank you, Gwen.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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4  Thank Sally-on-the-go
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