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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Arorangi, Rarotonga, Southern Cook Islands

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Helen C
1 review
“Excellent customer service, beautiful property, perfect location!”
Reviewed 20 November 2016 for a stay in November 2016

Our group of 5 stayed here from Nov 14-18, 2016 at the tail end of our 2 week trip to Rarotonga. During the first half of the trip, we stayed on the east side of the island, near Muri Beach, which had all the large tourist resorts and activities. It was a nice change of pace to move down to Island Harmony Cottage, which is in the south end of the island, close to great beaches for snorkelling and swimming. The home is located a little inland (about a 5-10 min walk from the main ring road) and surrounded by a large garden with all sorts of fruit trees (mangoes, papaya, guava, banana, star fruit...), so you get the feel of having a secluded little paradise all to yourself. Plus, you're welcome to the fruit on the trees, though unfortunately most of the fruits were out of season during our stay.

Linda and her family live in the home next door and they are extremely hospitable. She and her son showed a few of our group around the garden and shucked coconuts for us to eat. When we had questions or needed some extra supplies, they were readily available to help. The service they provided went a long way to making our trip more memorable.

As stated above, the location is great for those who enjoy snorkelling. And the sunsets on this side of the island are gorgeous. I would highly recommend booking this cottage for a fantastic experience!

(not to confuse anyone new to Rarotonga - on the island, you purchase data packs through WiFi. While there is internet available at the cottage in the form of a WiFi hotspot, it's not without charge)

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Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
21 Nov 2016
For a group of 5 they were very quite which was excellent
Easy to converse with
Respectful of the cottage and clean what more can I say
Thanks again for your awesome review really appreciate that
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ALaodicea...
Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Far from the Madding Crowd”
Reviewed 20 November 2016 for a stay in October 2016

What a relaxing holiday we had at Island Harmony Cottage! I had specifically chosen this holiday home due to its high ratings at TripAdvisor (well-deserved, as we experienced) and its private garden setting, a world away from the crowds and noise of touristy Muri Beach, and NO traffic noise, as it is not near the main road (as are so many other holiday rentals in Raro). And you definitely want to be on the sunset side of the island for the spectacular sunsets and less wind. Just a short walk to the beach, with hardly anyone else there, so you feel as if you have the lovely lagoon to yourself. Heaven!

Dion was our charming host, and he very obligingly drove us into town to fetch our rental car, and was available for any other questions we had. The huge pluses of Island Harmony are its spaciousness, comfortable beds, ceiling fans, washing machine, lovely and quiet garden setting with privacy, huge beach towels, well-equipped kitchen, Wifi capability, excellent value for your money, and proximity to a "private," uncrowded beach for incredible swimming and snorkeling. And it's just a short stroll to the island's famous Shipwreck Hut, rated as one of the top three "beach bars" in the world. We hope to return again to Island Harmony Cottage next year.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
21 Nov 2016
I did not have the pleasure of meeting Gina & Craig hopefully I will have the chance to meet them next year when they come back to Rarotonga
Dion my son was there host and said they were a lovely couple and loved the Cottage and looked after it as if it was there home
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James E
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
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“Spacious, clean and friendly”
Reviewed 12 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016

We loved our stay here. The cottage is spacious and airy, immaculately clean and well kitted out for a stay of a week or more. Everything you would want in the kitchen is there and the washing machine is handy to save on packing.

Linda and her family live in the house behind and were really welcoming, with fresh fruit from from the garden and advice on what to try.

Can't recommend highly enough. We'd love to stay here again.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
14 Aug 2016
Sarah & James left the Cottage clean
They were a joy & a pleasure to have stay in our Cottage
Also I learnt from Sarah that "Adventure Cook Island" which hires out snorkel gear , Body boards, kayaks, scooters, bicycles etc is one of the best adventure places on the Island and just 5 min away from Island Harmony
So pleased to have contributed to your holiday here in Rarotonga
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meganmQ45...
1 review
“Awesome location”
Reviewed 30 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Coming to Rarotonga for the third time, this was the best place to stay... The best beach is at the end of the driveway! Great to have access to all the snorkelling gear and we left some more. Layout of the house means everyone had their own space! Quiet surroundings back from the main road is awesome. Linda, a friendly and helpful host! We will definitely be back!

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Management Response
31 Jul 2016
Thank you Megan & family for your beautiful comments
Thank you for treating Island Harmony like your home
It was great to play a part in your having a greatly needed restful holiday
My family enjoyed all the goodies you left in the cupboard
Look forward to seeing you again
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mikeandsu...
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Perfect place to rest,relax and be restored.”
Reviewed 25 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

We loved staying in Linda's special Island Harmony Cottage. It has everything one needs and is a perfect home from home. It easily accommodated ourselves and our daughter and son in law,and Linda supplied a beautiful new camp cot for their eleven month baby. The cottage was very child friendly,and we enjoyed the beautiful garden packed with Bromeliads, all grown by Linda. The fresh fruit that Linda left for arrival was a tropical treat, delicious granadillas,bananas and star fruit.Linda. ran us into the market on our first day and to church the next day. We really felt so looked after. The beach is 300m ,and we enjoyed paddling,swimming and snorkelling, and exquiste sunsets. So lovely to feel as if the beach was our very own. We highly recommend this idyllic spot from which to explore all the delights of Rarotonga.Hope we will be back before too long. Thank you Linda and family.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
25 Jul 2016
Highly recommend this family where ever they go
Easy going down to earth
Very respectful, left the Cottage clean
Just loved the simple things of life that we take for granted here in Rarotonga
Look forward to having them return again
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LINDA W
WHAKATANE
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Perfect family cottage in rural Rarotonga”
Reviewed 1 July 2016 for a stay in June 2016

This was our 8th visit to Rarotonga and the first time we have stayed at Island Harmony Cottage. We have tried a number of different accommodation options, and although happy with all of them, this was the best for us. We like to travel with our own charcoal portable bbq so the covered outdoor area at the back was perfect for cooking in all weathers. The cottage has a separate bedroom, but also a double bed and single bed in the remaining open plan area. This meant we could have our children come to stay for some of the time we were there (a month). The cottage was securely netted against mosquitos and the furniture very comfortable. The many fruit trees in the beautiful garden provided us with breakfast and the cottage is only a 10 minute walk from the beach. We felt very private although the owners' house was close enough to assure us our belongings were secure and if any help was needed, it was close by. We are used to rural settings but if free-ranging roosters and barking dogs annoy you, bring some earplugs! Our kind hostess was generous with her garden, produce and time - we will be back.

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Liked best: Privacy and security
Liked least: Probably more and better outdoor furniture would have enhanced stay
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers Families with young children
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Management Response
2 Jul 2016
Enjoyed having Dave & Linda
Very respectful, easygoing down to earth couple felt very relaxed in conversing with them
Left the cottage clean
Usually I supply earplugs so Dave & Linda review reminded me to check the drawers
Looking forward to having them again in Dec 2016
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Simon R
1 review
“Awesome”
Reviewed 26 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

Thank you linda for everything you did to make our stay lovely. An amazing place to stay with so much room for kids to run around. Highly Recommend!!

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Management Response
27 May 2016
Thank you Simon & Brenna
Pleased you had a awesome stay
And beautiful memories for your wedding here in Rarotonga, happy to have been part of that special occassion
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