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Whitesands Beach Villas
Reviewed 23 January 2013

Our stay in Rarotonga was truly heaven on earth and was made extra special by staying at White Sands. This was truly our home away from home. The location is perfect and we think, the best location on the island. The house was well equipped and we were not wanting for anything (except maybe calmer seas for fishing). However, Don was so generous, he dropped off fish from his fishing trip, knowing we had been skunked! The people are the most friendly we have ever met, on all of our travels!! The snorkelling was fantastic and only steps away. Great BBQ facilities made it so great we hardly went out for dinner which is so not like us. The bus stops right out front making it easy for getting around. You can walk to a couple of great restaurants too. Thank you for sharing paradise with us Don and Mae we loved your spot and look forward to a return visit!

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

I don't even know where to begin with this piece of paradise. Everything was wonderful, from the warm and inviting hosts to the amazing view to the clean comfortable accomodations everthing was just top notch. I travelled here with my sister and 2 year old daughter from Seattle WA. At first I hesitated to go so far away with a young child but once I arrived I knew the right decision for a 2 week vacation was made. Aside from the amazing beautiful island, WhiteSands Villas was truely one of the best places I have ever stayed and I have travelled the world. The owners Don and May really go out of there way to make you feel at home. I cannot recommend this place enough. The kitchen is will stocked, there is a BBQ, comfortable beds, lots of snorkeling equip., towels, floats for the ocean (which is breathtakingly beautiful) and very spacious accomodations. Hands down you cannot get this kind of clean, comfortable lodging, in this location for this price anywhere. PERIOD. I cannot wait to go back! Thank you Don and May for an amazing time.
PS. The beach is AMAZING!!!

Room Tip: You cannot go wrong with any of the villas
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

I hardly like to tell you how nice this is just in case when I try to go back I can’t get in because you are there already. This was our third trip to Rarotonga. We have stayed in three different places and this is our favourite so far. We travelled as a family group of four.
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• Location. About 20 minutes drive from the airport. Great part of the island. Sunsets can be viewed off to your right hand side. Swimming and snorkling is good. We saw whales breeching beyond the reef from our balcony. You are tucked up right on the beautiful beach with coconut palms waving about. Paddling about in the kayak was fabulous, fish were jumping all around us.
• Villa. Absolutely everything you could want and more. The interior feels like a little like a well loved New Zealand bach when you go in but the thought that has gone into providing you with everything you might need is impressive. This is a place to relax and feel at home. Very very comfortable beds, with additional extra fluffy rugs if you are chilly. Big complementary water bottle which lasted our 4 days, lovely island fruit, all the positive things that have been mentioned by others. Just fabulous. Outside there is a communal barbecue area so Whitesands is perfect for larger family groups to rent as there is plenty of accommodation for larger groups to get together whilst being able to get away to their own space. I might also add that the magazines in our villa were a great touch. My daughters and I were able to get completely up to speed with all the celebrity gossip. We were also presented with the most amazing tuna from Don. Incredible all round.
Cons: None

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Annie2008UK
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

What a perfect piece of "paradise"!.. We loved the "absolute beachfront" of the Whitesands Villas - they're sitting on the sand! We just walked off our deck - down 5 steps on to the beautiful beach - stepped a couple of metres and our toes were in the sparkling blue lagoon...

The villa was spacious, very comfortable and very clean- and well equipped with everything we needed - even down to the serviettes, toothpicks, and a lemon squeezer ! The fruit bowl on arrival, milk in fridge, filtered water, coffee, tea, sugar all supplied..Modern kitchen with plenty of crockery, glasses and utensils. Big BBQ area - handy for cooking and entertaining as well. Oh, free phone too for making enquiries and bookings, better than $2 minute@ hotels

A good bed, nice clean linen and plenty of big fluffy towels - it felt like "Home away from home"

We loved the tranquility and privacy of the place - yet just a few kilometres up the road at Muri Beach one could enjoy the buzz of all the tourist activities... and... just a few kilometres down or "clockwise" we drove just a short distance to the evening shows at the top resorts!!

Villas are in a great location on the island. We loved the fish sandwiches at "the Moorings" and the best Latte coffees on the island at Miros - they're both just up the road in Muri.

The only thing wrong was the weather - sadly our 4 day stay was wet and stormy so we didn't get to enjoy the kayak and the snorkels, flippers, sandshoes and all that was provided for "fun in the sun" - better luck on our next stay at Whitesands with Don and May, the very generous hosts who have added the "little extras" - we are recommending "Whitesands" to our friends...

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2011

Our group had the 4 villas for a week and it was a perfect spot. Big with heaps of space, clean, well appointed and well serviced. A nice deck for lounging. Good barbecue area for communal stuff and boozing at night. A nice sandy beach at the door and the lagoon is safe as for snorkeling and swimming with a good variety of fish (best snorkeling is 1 km towards Muri). Just a short walk along the beach for morning java. Had trouble getting to sleep with the noise of the surf on the reef - bugger. Don & May were nice hosts - friendly, helpful and discreet. Thanks.

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Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 April 2011

Our holiday was wonderful. The villas, exactly as the internet portrayed. The villas are wonderfully positioned - less wind than just up the beach, great snorkling right in front of the villas and wonderful weather.

The only bad comments we can make was the bedding and linen was very stained - not what you expect from a $250.00 per night stay.

We sadly did not see our hosts either. Nobody contacted us on the day we were due to leave to thank us for our stay. We simply shut the door, put the key on the hook as advised (after we had rung to find out what we needed to do) and we left for the airport.

The local roosters also drove us nuts. They started at 2am and went through until 8am. Made for a very broken sleep.

After looking around at all the other hotels and locations along the beach we realised we had picked one of the very best locations.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 December 2010

We stayed here for a few days before moving to a bigger house to stay with a larger group but really wished we had stayed at Whitesands for our entire holiday.
Ive stayed at a couple of other places in Raro in the past and have never found anywhere as impecibly clean as this place.
Don and May are wonderful hosts who have included so many little things around their villas, you really couldnt ask for more.
In addition to the amazing location (literally right on the white sand beach with some of the best snorkling on the island) we were also surprised by Don bringing round some fresh tuna and May dropping of a huge basket of fresh tropical fruits.
Will definately book this place again next time I visit Raro

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Titikaveka, Cook Islands
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Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
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Ranked #34 of 79 Speciality Lodging in Rarotonga
Price Range: £142 - £156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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