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Sunhaven Beach Bungalows
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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“Best vacation ever!!! :-)”
Reviewed 25 March 2014

Seriously guys, this place is incredible!!! It´s not big place like other resort, but it is what makes Sunhaven such a beautiful place :-) Quiet, friendly, everything clean. If I´ll come back - this is the best decision where to stay. Thank you all of you, you made my holidays unforgettable. Jana

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Uncledennis, Owner at Sunhaven Beach Bungalows, responded to this review, 27 April 2014
Kia Orana Jana,

Thank you for your glowing review. Glad to see you had an "unforgetable" vacation and that it was your "best ever" Being a small boutique property we are able to provide a friendly personal service whilst maintaining a quiet peaceful atmosphere for our guests to enjoy, as you have.

Hope to see you again when you next journey to this side of the world.

Kia manuia,

Dennis, Patti, Shari, Ali, Sandra, Sheekal and Ronald.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

Patti and Dennis spared no effort in making our stay amazing. The location of the bungalows is superb and the beach views uninterrupted. The accommodation was spotless; staff friendly; and Patti's banana pancakes stole the show!! This is the best holiday that we have ever had in the most beautiful location. Strong words for well seasoned travellers but all true. Clearly we can't recommend Sunhaven enough and look forward to our next stay! Thank you!!!!!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Uncledennis, Owner at Sunhaven Beach Bungalows, responded to this review, 27 April 2014
Kia Orana Ivan and Rich,

We are so pleased to hear you had an amazing stay and your "best holiday ever" at Sunhaven. That's quite a recommendation for well seasoned travellers like yourselves. Yes we are very fortunate having such a superb location with postcard panoramic views from your verandah.

Thank you for your kind review and recommendation. We look forward to seeing you again and if you're good there might be more banana pan cakes for you.

Kia manuia,

Dennis, Patti, Ali, Sandra, Sheekal and Ronald.
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

We discovered Sunhaven in the Lonely Planet and then reviewed Trip Advisors comments. It was peoples' comments and how quickly Dennis replied to my first email that convinced me to book our holiday. Not being of a suspicious nature but always believing that there are 2 sides to a story, I was wondering if the numerous positive comments would live up to the reality. They do and did! Peoples comments are spot on, Patti and Dennis' Sunhaven is exactly what everyone says. Clean-Patti runs a tight ship, no ants are allowed, lovely spot, quiet, except for the stupendous roar of the ocean, helpful staff-thank you Ali, Sherri and Sandra, sunsets were an extra bonus, as well as the hammocks. Dennis is always in the background, either in the office or working hard in the heat, even doing more upgrades! I didn't find the Cook Islands cheap, but would we go back, absolutely. Love the islands, the people, culture and our accommodation.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Uncledennis, Owner at Sunhaven Beach Bungalows, responded to this review, 14 March 2014
Kia Orana Ranjibhimji,

I'm glad Sunhaven lived up to your high expectations after reading all our great reviews on TripAdvisor. It's gratifying to know we are keeping up the high standard we strive for in giving our valued guests a quality product, the best personal service and a memorable holiday.

The upgrades are now all done for this year and Sunhaven is ready for the upcoming high season.

Thank you for taking the time to write your great review. We look forward to seeing you again.

Kia manuia,
Dennis, Patti, Ali, Shari, Sandra, Sheekal and new boy Ronald.
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Quorn, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2014 via mobile

Well all the other reviews say how lovely the place is, and I do not disagree. We stayed in the 'no frills' bungalow and it was excellent, even in hot season we had no need for air con, the housekeeping staff are exceptionally attentive; the best part was the sun seemed to set right outside the window!
As a comparison, due to a long delay in our flight at the end our trip we got to stay in one of the larger resorts for a night and it made us realise just what a great decision we had made in choosing Sunhaven! It's so peaceful and secluded but as the island is so small hire a scooter or car and you have access to everything.
Thanks again to Patti & Dennis and all the staff for a great stay.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Uncledennis, Owner at Sunhaven Beach Bungalows, responded to this review, 28 February 2014
Kia Orana Terry M,

Thank you for your review and for endorsing our other TripAdvisor reviews.

So your delayed flight had a positive side in that it gave you the opportunity to compare the big resort atmosphere to that of the peaceful secluded Sunhaven. If you get back this way again you'll know where to book.

Kia manuia,
Dennis, Patti, Ali, Sandra, Sheekal and Ronald.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2014

Lovely self catering bungalows with veranda, great ocean views (sunset!!!). The little resort was spotless and it seemed the staff did not even WANT to sit back and relax. Every single one of them was very caring and it was highly appreciated that Patti dropped by for a chat now and then. The beach right in front of the bungalows is not really suitable for swimming but simply walk about five minutes to the south and you will find a shallow sandy beach.
Sunhaven was a fantastic experience. No need to look any further.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Uncledennis, Owner at Sunhaven Beach Bungalows, responded to this review, 28 February 2014
Kia Orana trendyfox,

We're glad you had a "fantastic experience" at Sunhaven enjoying your lovely self catering bungalow with verandah looking out to the great ocean views and sunsets. I have passed on your postive comments to the staff. Thank you for your review and recommendation. We really appreciate you taking the time.

Kia manuia,
Dennis, Patti, Ali, Sandra, Sheekal and Ronald.
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Spokane, Washington
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2014

If you're looking for the quintessential South Pacific holiday, look no further then Sunhaven. Our dream holiday was a bungalow on a secluded beach with a light breeze to cool us off while laying in a hammock. Add in amazing sunsets, spacious and spotless rooms and the personal touch offered by Dennis and Patti and you have Sunhaven. We stayed here the first time in 2000 and were so awed that we just returned home from our 12th visit. A stay at Sunhaven is more then a holiday, it's an experience. One that everyone should have the chance to enjoy.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Uncledennis, Owner at Sunhaven Beach Bungalows, responded to this review, 16 February 2014
Kia Orana Jelbert13,

After 12 holiday experiences at Sunhaven you've sure become part of the furniture around here every year. We look forward to seeing you each time and enjoy our discussions about the improvements we have made to the place since the last visit.

Jelbert13 indicates number 13 maywell be your lucky number. If that is the case then we would like to confirm that. To celebrate your 13th "experience" at Sunhaven, we would like to offer you a special treat. Patti and I would be very happy if you would accept 13 nights free accommodation as our way of thanking you for your loyal support and business over the past 12 years.

Thanks very much for the high recommendation and sharing your thoughts. We truly appreciate it.

Until next year,

Kia Manuia,
Dennis, Patti, Ali, Sandra, Sheekal and Ronald.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2013

Me and my partner stayed here for a week and found it a great choice. The staff were so friendly - particularly the house-keepers who serviced our room daily! The room was so clean when we arrived and the staff do all they can to keep it that way and bug-proof. The room was very spacious and had great kitchen facilities, which meant that we could stay at the hotel some days for lunch etc. The bungalow did have a wee brunch cottage out the front but this was not open during our stay. Our room was right beside the pool and had a deck to sit on, which I did most of the time while my partner enjoyed the refreshing, clean pool. The office also had snorkeling equipment for use which was handy. We were also able to borrow some dvds to watch in our room on the rainy nights which we really appreciated. The decor of the rooms is not anything flash but it does the job and is kept well! The only down-side is having to pay an extra $30 per night if you want air-conditioning in your room but we managed to get by without it.

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Uncledennis, Owner at Sunhaven Beach Bungalows, responded to this review, 16 February 2014
Kia Orana Dannijean,

It would appear that we met most of your needs and you both had a really good time enjoying our property. The complimentary DVD library sure comes in handy on a rainy night. And what better time for it to rain, leaving the days mostly fine and sunny.

I have passed on your praise to the housekeeping staff who kept your room up to scratch.

Thanks very much for reviewing your stay at Sunhaven and we hope to see you again.

Kia manuia,
Dennis, Patti, Ali, Sandra and Sheekal.
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Property: Sunhaven Beach Bungalows
Address: Main Rd, Arorangi., Arorangi, Cook Islands
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Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Arorangi
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Arorangi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunhaven Beach Bungalows 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Absolute beachfront. A private secluded boutique property hidden amongst mature tropical palms on a pure white sand beach on the west sunset side of Rarotonga. Superbly equipped modern self contained bungalows, suites & studios. See breathtaking views from your verandah of the lagoon and the Pacific Ocean beyond with tropical sunset backdrops. Huge freshwater pool with BBQ area. Catering mostly for couples looking for total relaxation. Our NO CHILDREN policy ensures peace & quiet. Good old fashioned friendly personal service by owner hosts. ... more   less 
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