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Vaikoi
Reviewed 26 March 2011

We stayed in one of the one-bedroom villas at the end of January 2011. The location is idyllic, set in beautifully landscaped gardens, a short distance from a wonderful coral beach where colourful fish swim around al the small rocky areas. Most of the time we had the beach to ourselves! Mata and Kathy provide snorkelling equipment which is an added bonus and Kathy also lent us a chart of all the fish that can be viewed. We wanted to relax for a week before going on to New Zealand, so were determined not to hire a car, but to use the local bus service which goes round the island every half an hour. This all worked fine. At other times, just lying in the garden chairs watching the hens and chickens stroll by and listening to the mynah birds was amazingly restful. The Raratongan Resort is a short walk away if you want a drink at a bar or meal or want to email home. Kathy and Mata are really friendly hosts. Mata was there to greet us when we arrived and also to say goodbye when our transfer bus arrived. In between, he would often stop by for a chat. He also offered to drive us to the supermarket. The villa has a fine range of facilities, is clean and spacious . We had a wonderful time at Vaikoi and can't praise it enough.
Alison and Paul

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 March 2011

We had the 3 bedroom house and we were visiting Rarotonga for a family wedding.All the rest of the family were staying in resorts which were very highly priced so when they visited us they could nt believe our luck,the price,location and they didnt want to go back to their own rooms cause of the relaxed atmosphere,space and privacy.

Mata the host makes you feel so welcome and is always available for a chat.Yep,the best place to stay in Rarotonga in terms of everything by a country mile!!!!

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 January 2011

We stayed at Vaikoi over Christmas period at 1bed bungalow and had a very pleasant experience. Upon arrival our host Mata greeted us and provided with all necessary stuff for the first few days to have a smooth start of your holiday.

Tidy rooms with high celling, kitchen with all the appliances you need for cooking meals (in case when restaurants are closed or booked out). From nice veranda you can enjoy your dinner cooked on a small outdoor gas BBQ whilst watching the sun going down.
There was a pleasant gift from our hosts on the Christmas eve - a hearty basket of sweet cakes and a couple of little bottles of sparkling wine.

Just 5 minutes walk to the nearest beach with good spots for snorkeling. Complementary kayak extends your options for water activities.

There were sometimes roosters waking us up in the middle of the night, but that's i think is a common issue throughout the island. The bungalow itself was also close to the road and sometimes you can hear local traffic passing by, not very loud or frequent though.

It's worth to rent out a car or a scooter for the whole duration of the stay, as the best restaurants and shops are located in a distance from this place.

If we are going to visit Rarotonga again, we will definitely stay at Vaikoi, highly recommend, very good value for money!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank lovkiys
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Reviewed 12 September 2010

This is a very reasonable accommodation, hosts Kathy and Mata go above and beyond, and it was just across the road from a wonderful beach! We wouldn't stay anywhere else if we ever get the chance to go again. Highly recommended!

Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2010

Vaikoi villa - we stayed here for a week with friends. we had a one bedroom villa while our friends (with children) stayed in the 3 bedroom house. was perfect! very short flat walk to beach - were the snorkling was the best and the beach was lovely - hardly anyone on it.
the rooms very clean and comfortable...complimentary snorkling gear shoes beach towls kayak ...etc lovely palm trees all around - private yet able to sit outside and enjoy a friends company. owners very lovely, interesting helpful people. When i go back to Rarotonga i will definately stay there again. Will recommend to anyone to stay there.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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1  Thank explorer2010nz
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Reviewed 9 August 2010

Vaikoi is the prefect place to stay. I had a holiday with my mum and sister so we stayed in the 3 bed house. There was more than enough room and we were more than comfortable. Mata and kathy were great hosts very friendly and nothing was a problem if we needed anything. The house was clean and private in a beautiful setting. The beach was close and one of the best beaches on the island. It was fun to have use of the kayak and snorkel gear. I would highly recommend staying here and hope to be back in a years time for my honeymoon.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Thank jen00476
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Reviewed 27 July 2010

Perfect size, excellent amenties, modern, clean, beautiful private setting, so close to best beach and lovely lovely owners. We considered the earlier Trip Advisor reviews before booking and although attracted to Vaikoi as a result, were a little uncertain as there were few photos of the inside of the bungalow and only 3 reviews. Upon arrival we were so happy we had booked here and absolutely agree that this is an excellent place to stay. We stayed in a one bedroom bungalow which is roomy for 2 people - decent size kitchen and bedroom, lovely sitting area, large bathroom and a lovely spacious front verandah that catches the last of the afternoon sun. We had friends staying at the nearby Rarotongan who paid a lot more for their accomodation but we believe that we had the nicest place to stay by far! We hope Vaikoi will be available next time we visit Rarotonga as it will definitely be our first choice.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Vaikoi

Address: Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Aroa Beach
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Aroa Beach
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
Vaikoi Rarotonga/Aroa Beach

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