Fully agree with all the reviewers here, this is a really comfortable place to stay and just what we wanted -a home away from home. The owners are really nice and helpful. The set up is great, you have pretty much your own house, access to the pool, BBQ and games room with pool table, games, TV, and a library of books and magazines. No problems with parking your car or scooter.
Our renovated bungalow was bug screened and had kitchen / dining room, separate bedroom, and ensuite bathroom. We also had a covered balcony to enjoy our morning coffee and fresh coconuts. Kitchenette had practically everything we needed, pots, wok, etc, although i would have liked a microwave to reheat food. We were supplied with enough bath towels / beachtowels so that we never had to ask for extra, and there is no time you have to return the towels by, unlike some places who will even fine you if you are late to return them. Just as a note, there is no TV, which we don't watch anyway so it didn't bother us, but we do recommend taking a laptop with movies / TV series. esp for the bad weather days.
As far as location goes, although we did not have the beach on our doorstep, we were close enough to Avarua (main town), Muri and the sunset side of the island so it suited us just perfectly. Also did i mention that there is a SuperBrown 5mins walk away (30 second scooter) that has petrol and a mini-supermarket?
I think what i loved about this place the most is that we got a taste of what it might be like to actually live in Rarotonga, away from all the usual tourist resorts, great sense of freedom - there are no curfews, even to use the pool as long as you are not noisy.
We wish all the best to our wonderful hosts Kylie and Marsh. Thank you for teaching us how to de-husk coconuts and for suggesting us to get scooters, best advice ever!!! :) Will definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a place in Raro, and will likely be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Ariana you will have everything you will need for a self catered and relaxing holiday. We offer excellent budget accommodation that provides clean, well maintained grounds and facilities. Nestled in two acres of lush tropical gardens there is a tranquil and green feeling around the property. We have a sparkling swimming pool and a covered in BBQ area for guests. ... more less