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Review of Sunhaven Beach Bungalows

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Sunhaven Beach Bungalows
Certificate of Excellence
Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Already planning our return trip !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2007

We were a group of 4 couples with 4 different prerequisites for an "island" holiday.Sunhaven Beach Bungalows has it all !!
I'm still coming back down to earth 2 weeks later!!
Thankyou Patti & Dennis for making us all feel so welcome at your small piece of Paradise.
From our arrival with beautiful, fresh, fragrant ei's placed round our necks to our departure 10 days later with a flower tucked behind our ears, every moment was special!
We spent many hours either beside the pool or in it, we used the barbeque to cook fish we had caught, we hired motor scooters, we even went on an arranged Pub Crawl, we had cocktail parties on the deck and drinks on the beach watching the sunset AND we even saw whales.
For rest and relaxation go no further than this wonderful, small complex. Patti & Dennis have obviously worked very hard to achieve such a high standard of affordable accommodation.
Nothing appeared to be too much trouble and we have come home with wonderful memories and firm plans to return as soon as possible.

  • Liked — Friendliness & Cleanliness
  • Disliked — Leaving it
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
6 Thank Dinahmac
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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UK
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22 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2007

We stayed at Sunhaven for 1 week in February 2007.
Sunhaven is in a good beachfront location. We rented a scooter and could get to almost anywhere else on the island in less than half an hour.
The accommodation was kept very clean, and we felt comfortable and safe throughout our stay. The bungalow was very spacious.
The hosts - Patti and Dennis - were very helpful, and we soon felt at home. They have good attention to detail and lots of little features made all the difference, e.g. DVDs to borrow on a wet day, a bowl of water outside the room to rinse your feet when you come off the beach.
Although other sites on Rarotonga are described as the best snorkelling spots, the best site found was about 5 minutes walk along the beach from Sunhaven.
About the only thing we could complain about was the weather, but that's just down to the time of year!

  • Liked — Cleanliness and comfort
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank LawrenceUk
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Junction City, Oregon
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2006

We spent a month in 2005 at the Sunhaven in Raratonga, and it was great. We were met promptly at the airport in the early morning hours after a VERY long flight. Dennis and Patti own Sunhaven. Dennis greeted us personally when we arrived at Sunhaven (still in the very early hours of the morning), and was very helpful in helping us get settled and oriented.
Sunhaven itself is beautiful, with several bungalows just yards from the beach. Our bungalow was nicely furnished with a small kitchen, a dining area, living room, bedroom, and bath, and best of all a furnished front porch facing the ocean. It was immaculate,was cleaned every day, and fresh flowers were abundant inside. The outdoor pool and barbeque area were frequently used by guests and again very clean. The grounds and gardens were beautiful.
We faced some challenges on our trip to Raratonga. My husband had a motor bike accident, and Patti was very helpful in working through the red tape and medical issues. She also helped us rent a car economically. We also got to experience two cyclones during our trip, one of which resulted in our flight home being canceled. Dennis and Patti were amazing in helping allay the fears of their guests (most of whom were experiencing cyclones for the first time), in getting things cleaned up after the cyclones, and in assisting guests who had to stay past their reservation times.
I would stay at Sunhaven again, and recommend it to any of our friends who were going to be in Raratonga.
P.S. Patti was also great about directing shoppers to the best deals and hungry guests to really good meals. She also took care of our personal laundry which was much appreciated given the length of our stay.

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8 Thank SimpleSue
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2006

Paradise Plus at Sunhaven
Our second trip to this tropical "Heaven" was spent at Sunhaven for approximately 4 1/2 weeks. We were not only treated like Royalty, we were made comfortable and Dennis and Paddy were more than helpful with all our inquiries. Their loyal hospitality and helpfulness will be truly remembered for our next visit which without a doubt we would stay at the Sunhaven again. The rooms were cleaned daily, fresh flowers and fruit in the room daily with a cheerful attitude from all the staff.
Donna and Dale, British Columbia
Canada

  • Stayed February 2004
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
43 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2006

The Cook Islands are truly beautiful and our stay at Sunhaven Beach Bungalows was a highlight during our trip around the South Pacific.

Its location on the west coast of Rarotonga is superb. It is hidden from the main road, has its own stretch of private beach and is sympathetically designed to blend in with the tropical surroundings.

You can, and we did, spend hours relaxing by the pool or lounging in the hammocks watching the breakers hit the reef. And every evening the sunset was an event in itself. The oranges and reds that lit up the sky were stunning.

In October you also have whales migrating around the Cook Islands. Our final evening waiting for the sunset started with the humpback whale and her calf breaching. To see nature like this was inspiring - I just wish the photos had come out!

Snorkelling gear (including the essential reef shoes) and a couple of kayaks are available to guests. Definitely use them as the marine life is so rich around Sunhaven.

I was disappointed with the first review on Sunhaven, and I do not feel that it was representative given our own experience. In our dealings with Dennis & Patti, prior to arriving and during our stay, they were courteous, efficient and extremely helpful. It was no problem for Dennis to phone and book tables at local restaurants or to book us on to local tours. They also arranged pick ups and drop offs at the airport for us in the early hours of the morning, which was an absolute essential.

One of the attractions for us about booking Sunhaven was the cleanliness (as also described in the Lonely Planet Guide). I was surprised this was considered an inconvenience! Personal touches like the fresh flowers from the gardens every day also made the bungalow warm and welcoming.

Dennis and Patti have obviously worked hard to build up their business at Sunhaven and I hope that we can return some day soon.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
8 Thank TheLawMan78
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Rochester, WA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2006

We are here for our sixth stay and our 48th anniversary.
We come back to be pampered, and treated like priveleged members of the family by Patti and Dennis.
We particularly enjoy the many personal touches; fresh fruit and flowers in all the rooms every day, and especially appreciate the immaculate condition of our room and the daily room service that keeps it that way.
We find the location accessible to several restaurants and convenience stores, with the main town of Avarua just a short ride away.
We usually take one of the beach bungalows, so we are just a few steps from the lagoon, and fall asleep to the sound of surf breaking over the reef.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank alvaston
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Spokane, Washington
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2006

After reading the comments from "too many rules and bad decor", I have to wonder if they stayed at the same Sunhaven we've been lucky enough to call home on our last 6 trips to Rarotonga.

The Sunhaven we just returned from is everything you see on their website and more. As you walk into your bungalow, you feel as if you actually stepped into one of the photos. From the modern, up-to-date furnishings to the cool tile floor, everything is as pictured and described. Fresh flowers and fruit basket accents the warm, inviting feel. Having stayed in various accommodations around the world, the cleanliness at Sunhaven is second to none. To keep it that way, there are notes posted. But they are put there as reminders, not rules. The only "rule" at Sunhaven is to enjoy your stay to the fullest.

As warm as the accommodations are, it's the genuine caring from owners and hosts Patti and Dennis that truely makes Sunhaven your "home away from home". They pride themselves in making sure your stay is exactly what you had in mind while planning your holiday. You don't "stay" at Sunhaven, you become part of it.

So if a South Pacific holiday is in your future, you must look into Rarotonga and the Cook Islands. Be sure to compare all the accommodation options available. Then treat yourself to the ultimate South Pacific escape at Sunhaven Beach Bungalows. You deserve it!!

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
8 Thank Jelbert13
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Additional Information about Sunhaven Beach Bungalows

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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 13 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 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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