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Manuia Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Arorangi
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland
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“An amazing time to remember!!”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

We stayed at Manuia Beach Resort for our recent holiday to Raro, it was fantastic. Alex and the other staff made our stay one to remember, especially when we got engaged on the sand with a specially designed private dinner for two on the beach! The staff were all so friendly and the facilities were great! Loved, loved, loved the private outdoor showers in our villas. And management happy hour drinks on Monday's were a great way to meet other couples. Would return again in an instant!

Room Tip: We preferred having a room slightly back from the beach as it was nice and private
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

We stayed at Manuia Beach Resort in October with a small travel group. On our arrival from the airport, which is not far away, we received a very warm welcome and were shown to our cabins. Ours was number 18, a garden cabin, which was just fine. Outside on the porch were two chairs, a table and a large bowl filled with water & flowers to dunk our sandy feet in before going inside. There was also a broom there to clear sand away.

Inside was spacious, with a comfortable queen bed and 2 (not 1!) bag holders. There was sufficient cupboard space, a large mirror, a safe and a small fridge, also tea & coffee making facilities. The bathroom was well set up and we loved the enclosed outdoor shower with a handy clothes line and plenty of shampoo, soap and body lotion.

The outdoor area was always clean & neat, with plenty of sunlounges, umbrellas and chairs, right on the beach. The infinity pool was kept sparkling clean and was lovely to relax in. The beach restaurant was so relaxing, with its sandy floor and friendly, helpful staff. The tropical breakfast, with yummy pancakes, was good as were the other meals we enjoyed there. Happy Hour from 4pm-6pm was much appreciated.

Beach walking is very pleasant but the water is too shallow for swimming but nice to relax in. Sunsets were brilliant.

So, our 6 night stay was wonderful and we congratulate the owners on such a well-run establishment. Any needs we had were promptly attended to. W also loved the fact that it was adults only.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

Twenty or so years ago we stayed here, it was new, and probably the finest resort on the island.
Recently, we returned to the island for a wedding, but stayed elsewhere.
We had occasion to visit the Manuia, firstly for the wedding, and then many occasions over the next few days.
Over time since our last visit, the rooms have been refurbished (as you would expect) to a very high standard.
The staff were very friendly, happy to oblige and quick with their service, the food and drink costs were reasonable given the high standard offered.
The surroundings beautiful and well kept, some of the wedding party made the same comments I made 20 years ago . . . those chickens are very annoying at 5am ! My friends who stayed there complained about being woken up every morning.
We plan on a return to Raro, and would be more than happy to stay here.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

We had the best time at Manuia. The staff were friendly, smiley, more than happy to have a chat and help out with anything they could...and then there is the view! We stayed beach front and got married amongst the coconut palms at Manuia and just could not have asked for a better location or people to help us out, from ironing problems, to keeping flowers cold, to driving us around during wedding prep, to helping take food into our room, everything! Loren is beyond amazing, with a very awesome hubby too! We had so much fun, yet were able to relax thoroughly on the very perfectly maintained grounds. Visitors who attended our wedding all commented how our resort was so much better than theirs, so much more peaceful and personal than big cold massive hotels. Definitely would recommend to anyone and everyone!

Room Tip: Beachfront all the way!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hastings, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Thanks to all the great reviews on Trip Advisor my husband and I selected this resort for a 2 day lay over - it exceeded expectations and we will definitely return. Everything about this place was perfect - from the welcoming management and staff, to the lovely villa rooms, to showering outdoors under a the full moon, to the great bar and restaurant on the beach,with yummy food and drinks not to mention the location - sunset central! No need to go anywhere else, just slip off your shoes, and never put them on again - wiggle your toes in the sand and sip a most delicious Pina Colada - life really doesn't get much better than this

Room Tip: either lagoon front rooms or ones straight back, which have a garden and lagoon view
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Whakatane
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2013 via mobile

We spent 8 nights here on our honeymoon. It really was excellent.

Lovely spot, beautiful sunsets, great staff, nice rooms and great snorkeling. We actually found the snorkeling at the resort to be better than the so called "best spots" on the island.

No children at the resort so perfect for couples. I would highly recommend paying the extra for a beachfront room if you can.

There are only 24 rooms so the resort isn't crowded.

We really enjoyed our stay at Manuia and would happily stay there again. We visited several other resorts in Raro during our stay but didn't see anything that appealed as much as Manuia.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

We were up graded to a beach front unit when we arrived and it was a lovely surprise. The unit was beautifully presented with real attention to detail: flowers on the benches, Balinese light shades, tivaevae cushions and pillow cases and other tasteful touches. The outside shower was wonderful.
The grounds were beautifully landscaped and planted in a riot of colour and foliage. Some serious thought has gone into the design. The gardens were well maintained. There were gas flames as night and Christmas lights around the trees and blue pool lights which made it really magical at night.
The beach is a 10 second walk away and the fish are like the movie "Nemo". If you like to have a proper swim, the infinity pool is divine; deep and refreshing.
The restaurant food was good and they can cook up something to your request within reason. All the staff were friendly, helpful and had a sense of humour. Very much the personal touch.
The fact that there were no children staying meant peace and quiet and that being a smallish resort means there is not the commercialism of the Rarotongan or The Edgewater.
The atmosphere and ambience of the setting and the view/location really made Manuia a special experience. Personally, I think it is better than Muri in that respect.
The Island Car/Bike Hire is diagonally across from the entrance to Manuia and the lady will tell you not to park under or near a coconut tree, which is hard to do in Rarotonga.
We found Vaima restaurant to have very, very good quality food but Trader Jacks was a huge disappointment food-wise.
We did not miss the internet, TV or a metropolitan newspaper at all and it was actually really good to have a break from all of it.
Take some reef/rock shoes with you as there are sharp rocks and sea cucumbers.
We didn't want to leave!
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Manuia Beach Resort
Address: Main Rd Arorangi | Beachfront, Arorangi, Cook Islands
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Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Arorangi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Arorangi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Manuia Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your Polynesian Paradise at Manuia Beach Resort awaits you... Marvel at the magical sunsets over a sparkling blue lagoon, while lounging on your sheltered, white sandy beach fringed with swaying coconut palms. Wander through the tropical gardens on your way to the beach side infinity pool. Rest your elbows on the pool edge and soak in the view across the beach, through the lagoon onwards to the waves crashing on the barrier reef beyond. Sip a refreshing tropical cocktail delivered to you from the Beaches Restaurant and bar, or enjoy your Polynesian inspired meals in the restaurant while you trail your toes through the sandy floor. Manuia Beach Resort - your Cook Islands resort accommodation - is set right on the beach in private and peaceful surroundings on the sheltered sunset coast of Rarotonga. You will love the authentic Cook Islands style accommodation, with the coconut thatched suites complete with island style decor and modern amenities such as air conditioning. Walk through the sandy path down to the water and be stunned by the beauty of the poolside area. The infinity pool, Beaches Restaurant and Bar with its relaxed authentic Polynesian cuisine, loungers set invitingly facing the beautiful lagoon, and attentive local staff, will all set the stage for your dream Rarotongan get-away. ... more   less 
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Manuia Beach Resort Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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