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“Couldn't have found a better place to stay”
Review of Ariana Bungalows

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Ariana Bungalows
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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“Couldn't have found a better place to stay”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

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.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

I stayed at Ariana over my holidays and it was terrific. The owners, Marshall and Kylie were tremendous hosts, really make you feel home. It was a 'Home Away from home" for me and the really guided me well about activities and attractions. I will recommend this stay for anyone visiting Rarotonga.the set up is also commendable as you have your own space with no distractions to do your own business. Cheers Kylie and Marshall...

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

Ariana Bungalows is a stunning and relaxing place.
The bungalows are clean and tidy and the landscaping/ pool is very nice.
Kylie and Marsh are awesome hosts and genuine/ nice people. They look after their guests and give good local advice/ knowledge.
Price is very affordable - I have recommend to friends/ family to stay at Ariana Bungalows.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hastings, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

My husband and I stayed 14 days here for our honeymoon/holiday. a huge thanks to Kylie and Marshall for a being great hosts and recommending neat places to eat and activities to do, our bungalow was perfect always tidy and relaxing to come back to after a long day. we highly recommend Ariana Bungalows to anybody
Thanks again
Emma and Scotty :)

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

We had the most relaxing holiday in a long time - fantastic place to stay. Both Kylie and Marshall are super host. Very friendly and helpful. They are doing a great job. Rooms are always very clean. BBQ area and pool are fantastic. All you need for a great Holiday. Can't wait to go back. Thnak you both Kylie & Marsh :)

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

My partner and I stayed here for 6 nights before moving to the Sanctuary Resort on the other side of the Island for two nights. In hindsight we wished we had stayed at Ariana the entire time!

The Bungalows are really clean and comfortable, the gardens are well kept and the property is great for both families or groups. We liked that the property was situated only slightly inland, but was extremely sheltered from the wind. Often when it was too breezy to sunbathe on the beach it was more pleasant to chill out by the pool here.

Kylie and Marsh are hard-case, friendly and accommodating. Nothing is a problem. They will give you attention if you require it, or privacy if you prefer.

Ariana is located just between the main township and Muri which made for easy scootering around the island.

Just loved it !

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

This place is simply amazing :) it didnt ruin our budget, cater to our holidaying needs and was simply stress free which is what u need if u want a enjoyable beautiful holiday. Kylie and Marsh did a beautiful job with the upkeep of the surrounds, they are very friendly and approachable and invisbile until needed. Our room was very clean and tidy and made it feel like we were on holiday as it is different to city life. Location is superb, we were the SB regular customer at midnight lol. Maintenance of our room was great had new towels wen we needed them lol like she read our minds. But this place is definitely a keeper amd a must stay if u are wanting to have a relaxing enjoyable cheap holiday. Recommend to all with A+ ;) lol. We definitely going to be staying here in the rest of our trips to Raro. February 2014 we shall see u there :)

  • Stayed February 2013
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Additional Information about Ariana Bungalows

Property: Ariana Bungalows
Address: Avarua, Upper Tupapa, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 77 Speciality Lodging in Rarotonga
Number of rooms: 5
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 

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