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Sunrise Beach Bungalows
Reviewed 13 September 2012

Good location close to Muri with easy access to restaurants and sporting activities. Not a swimming beach but very interesting reef life at low tide.
Caryn and Brian were most accommodating and really know the meaning of the word 'service'.
We stayed in the house and looked inside the beach bungalows which typify the simple, relaxed (and very private) style of non-resort accommodation in the Cook Islands - which is also reflected in the price!!
We would recommend Sunrise to other travellers on a budget.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

Our first visit to Sunrise Bungalows although our 9th trip to Rarotonga. We loved staying here. We loved our Unit 4 and the fresh sheets and towels every few days, the noise of the waves, the peacefullness and the relaxed atmosphere away from the bustle of island life and our business in New Zealand.
We didn't mind that we couldn't swim right outside our unit (we went to the Fruits of Rarotonga for that) and I swum in the complexes pool. It is only a short walk to Muri and all that Muri offers (great coffee etc.)
We loved the friendliness of the owners and the other people staying there.
The sunrisews on our deck were spectacular and sitting on the deck with a drink as darkness fell was lovely too. We even saw whales!
Free transfers were given to us for pick up and return to the airport and a great complimentary breakfast on our first morning as well. All great value for your dollar.
Thank you Caryn & Brian for making our stay so enjoyable. We will see you again.
Denise & David Pearson, The Catlins, New Zealand

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

Three of us, all adults needed a place to stay for just one night and Sunrise met all our requirements. Caryn met us at the airport in the early hours and had us installed in the comfortable family unit in no time. Breakfast was brought to us in the morning. A nice touch for tired travellers. This area of Rarotonga is peaceful and quiet with lovely sea views. We were sorry to have to move on. Caryn and Brian drove us to our accommodation and made sure we were OK before leaving. We really appreciated their kindness and concern.

Room Tip: Family room as plenty of space but not as close to the sea.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank jab009
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

We stayed at Sunrise Beach Bungalows for 2 weeks. The view from our Bungalow was fantastic we even got to see the whales several times as they circled the island. It's a lovely peaceful place, (for those who enjoy their privacy) where you can relax and enjoy the view without heaps of people walking around spoiling your view of the surroundings like in the bigger resorts.
The owners Caryn & Brian are lovely people with hearts of gold.
Our Bungalow was very clean and our room was serviced every second day with: Clean Linen, Towels, Bathroom mat, Toilet mat etc and everything washed & cleaned within the Bungalow including the sliding door glass. The grounds & Garden around the Bungalows etc are kept beautiful. Every time we saw Caryn she was gardening, painting, doing the lawns etc the poor women was never still, but she said that's what she enjoys doing.
They were a great source of information about Rarotonga and very helpful with advice on where the best places to eat were etc
We would love to go back again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank MikeandPam1
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Reviewed 1 August 2012

We had the beautiful, modern house with a wrap around balcony at Sunrise Beach Bungalows, we were in Rarotonga for a weddingdown at Sails in Muri Beach.
Carin and Brian were lively, very accomodating and helpful. Free Transfers to and from the airport as well which is a special bonus.

Perfect for a family or a group of people with 2 bedrooms at either end of the house with the bathroom in the middle - the house is huge with a full decked out kitchen. P.S if you leave sweet things out - the ants will be out to play (this has nothing to do with the cleanliness of the property as its great - this is to do with leaving things out/unwashed).

The walk to Muri beach (main part) is about 15 minutes - There is a beach in front of the property but is not the best spot to swim. The local dogs will follow you all the way and wait for you if you stop. They enjoy a day playing on the beach and will do the same every day while you are there.
There is a small shop across the road which is able to provide food and alcohol.

Watch out and listen for all the roosters crowing at any time of the day or night!

Recomendations: Captain Tamas cruise and Te Vara Nui show - (the best on the island)!!! AND Saturday mornings market in the main town.

Thanks to Carin and Brian for making our trip memorable!

We loved our time here and would recomend to others without hesitation.

Room Tip: The house is fantastic with views of the water with a wrap around balcony. Definitely a cheap option...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

We stayed at Sunrise Bungalows June 2012, stayed in a Garden Bungalow. We
could see the water from the deck of our unit. Caryn & Brian were excellent
hosts and could not do enough for us and nothing was too much trouble.
Facilities in the bungalow were great and we only had to ask if we needed
anything.
Caryn booked all day tours we wanted to do and recommended places to shop
and things to see and do.
would definitely stay here again.
thank you Caryn & Brian for looking after us you made the holiday so much more enjoyable.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Sharon102
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

The accommodation is beautifully situated just steps from the ocean; the best swimming on the island is a very easy 15-minute walk away. The place is great, but what makes Sunrise Beach Bungalows stand out (and the reason I'll come back to stay again) is the owners--Caryn and Brian are warm, real people who will go out of their way to help you out. We were picked up (and dropped off) at the airport in the middle of the night; for the first morning, they thoughtfully provided breakfast, since we hadn't been able to shop the night before. Caryn is an old hand at arranging anything you might want--for us, she put together a morning of spa pampering and a gorgeous birthday cake. Brian, Caryn and their two lovely and relaxed island dogs made our stay something special.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: Main Rd, Sunrise Beach, Cook Islands
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Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 80 Speciality Lodging in Rarotonga
Price Range: £59 - £97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunrise Beach Bungalows 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Absolute oceanfront ocean and garden bungalows and 2 bedroom family house.9m from Muri Lagoon fully self catering bring yourselves and your bagsset in 4800 square metres of sand and garden privateswimming pool gas bbeque tour desk complimentary snokelling equipmentideal for groups families and couples ... more   less 
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