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The Navigator
Reviewed 10 October 2010

Reality vs expectations: - Having eagerly anticipated our stay at the Navigator for about a year...drooling almost daily over any internet pictures we could find, we were so happy and relieved when the reality far exceeded our very high expectations. Without exception, this holiday hideaway delivered on all fronts - comfort, location, facilities, price, service and indulgence. Frankly, we're nervous about posting this submission in case everyone else finds out about our little island paradise!

The house: - The impact of the space is immediate when you open the front door. The kitchen / dining / lounge area downstairs is generously proportioned with sound literally echoing off the high ceilings and vast spaces. A separate bathroom on this level comes in super handy. The kitchen is well equipped and the bbq on the deck a welcome inclusion which we used a lot during our stay. Everything is well maintained and ready to go. However the piece de resistance is the backyard and its million dollar view - the infinity pool leads down to a very private beach from which you can wade across the lagoon to the uninhabited motu (the water only comes up to about waist height at high tide). We did this most mornings - a great way to wake up, take in the surroundings and clear the head from the many cocktails of the night before. Up the beautiful curved staircase are two bedrooms, both with their own bathrooms and the most exquisite views of the lagoon - it's a joy to open your eyes in the morning. We weren't bothered by bugs at all, but there are inbuilt insect sprays for any creepy crawlies. We had 3 people in the house (us plus a mum in the second bedroom) and we were spoit for space the whole time.

Having previously stayed at island resorts, we highly recommend staying in a holiday house. Although only there a week, we were truly able to relax and do as much or as little every day as we chose. By the end of our stay we were starting to feel really welcomed and included in the community - the locals were recognising us and giving friendly waves and even inviting us to their parties. It was also great to source local ingredients to prepare at home (don't miss the Saturday markets!) - fish on the barbie has never tasted so good.

Location: - close to the Muri Beach hub of restaurants, cafes, hotels, spas etc but yet slightly around the corner from the main beach area - just enough to be private and away from the buzzing tourists. We had the occasional person stroll past our backyard oasis but no-one really loitered which made us feel llike we had our own private beach out the back. The snorkelling directly outside the house was excellent too (comparable to that at Fruits of Rarotonga). There were heaps of beautiful coral fish. If you're careful, you won't tread on too many sea cucumbers. The laundry ($12 for a load) and corner shops at the end of the driveway are a godsend.

The hosts: - Joy and John are warm and friendly and incredibly gracious hosts. They generously share their expert local knowledge and tips without being obtrusive in any way. We had a mishap with our hire car upon arrival and Joy patiently and cheerfully drove us to the various rental branches and was on hand to mediate until all was sorted out. Also when the island nearly ran out of petrol, John called us with a heads up so we knew to fill the rental car up quick smart. This type of personal attention changes a place from being mere accommodation to being a true home away from home. We can't speak highly enough of this lovely, understated couple.

In short, the Navigator absolutely rocks. If you're even slightly tempted, just do it, you won't be disappointed. We can't recommend it highly enough. Such incredible value for money. We have already booked our next stay and hope to return as often as possible. It's cliched, but this is truly a slice of island paradise - a little piece of heaven.

Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
13  Thank Halcor
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Reviewed 18 September 2009

We stayed at The Navigator mid August and it is just the best kept secret.

The photos don’t do it justice and the owners Joy and John were the best hosts.

There were 4 of us in total (two couples) and the afternoon that we arrived we walked into the house and it was amazing – we looked at the view through the large windows looking out to the lagoon and could not believe our eyes – the view was just incredible. It was just perfect!!
I have never been to a tropical island before but it was just how I had imagined it.

We used the B-B-Q almost every night and it was great as we could sit around and have a couple of drinks and eat when we were hungry sitting on the deck in the warm tropical air.

There are only 2 bedrooms and are both upstairs and very large, they have their own separate bathroom with spa bath, shower and toilet and a separate toilet downstairs.

We hired scooters for the week and were glad we did as it gave us our independence. Snorkelling was high on the agenda most days as the water was nice and warm and depending on where you went you could find lots of tropical fish of every colour and description.
At that time of year we did not really need the pool but I am sure in the height of summer it would be well used.

A Big thanks to Joy and John for making our stay so enjoyable, they were only to happy to answer our questions about island life and recommend dining places and things to do.

The taxi service Joy organised was at the airport with a sign to pick us up and was on time to go back to the airport. ( not that we wanted to leave)

As we are all dog lovers it was wonderful to have the stray dogs come around to say Hello – we made friends with 3 in particular who would usually be sitting on the beach waiting for us to get up in the morning.

There are two canoes at present which are good for getting out on the water and over to the islands at high tide.

Rarotonga is defiantly the best place for a relaxing holiday and we would highly recommend it and The Navigator.

We will defiantly be back.

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Additional Information about The Navigator

Address: PO Box 165, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
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Ranked #62 of 80 Speciality Lodging in Rarotonga
Price Range: £205 - £258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2

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