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“Great location and great holiday” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sunrise Beach Bungalows

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Sunrise Beach Bungalows
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Napier, New Zealand
1 review
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“Great location and great holiday”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

We really enjoyed our stay, the view...waking up to the ocean right outside...perfect. The accommodation is basic but clean and the rates are very reasonable. Caryn and Brian who run the place are very helpful and bend over backwards to help make your holiday a good one. They offer a free pick up service from the airport and for us our out gong flight was not until the early hours of the morning so when we checked out they offered that since the room we had been using was available until the next day we could use the room for the day at no charge. That the sort of people they are in fact there info pack in the rooms says they only have one rule...ASK...and that is how we found them to be. The location is great too, if you have transport it is 2min from muri beach but even if you don't it is an easy walk to muri and the restaurants/cafes and of coarse the beautiful beach.
We loved it and would happily return and recommend others to go and stay.
Looking at some of the other reviews I notice there has been some not so happy customers but maybe their problems have been due to unclear communication or maybe they were expecting 4star service, this is basic, clean, well priced accommodation.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

What a delightful stay with a local person who went out of her way to ensure we made the most of Rarotonga. Her local knowledge was invaluable. She made sure we got the best value rental car deal and found the kind of restaurants we preferred.. Being met and delivered to and from the airport was such a plus. Elizabeth

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

We had 8 days at Sunrise in June this year, and I want to go back.
Caryn and Brian made every effort to look after us without ever being intrusive.
Our bungalow was perfect for us; it isn't five star, but neither are the prices. There is everything that you need for a comfortable, relaxing stay. In fact, you could do a lot worse than just sit on your deck with a drink (G&T for us) & watch the waves break over the reef 100 metres out.
It's only a 15 minute walk into Muri, but far enough away that you won't have people wandering through your view. The local bus is a good option if you're not in a hurry, and you'll meet the locals coming & going.
The beach out front is not suitable for swimming, but with a pair of reef shoes you can walk right out to the reef, where the locals like to fish.
Don't forget to call in to the Moorings Cafe at Avana Harbour, just off the road into Muri, for the best fish sandwich you will ever eat.
All in all, pretty well perfect. We loved it.

Room Tip: I think we had Bungalow #3. It's the closest to the beach, so a little more private.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dick T
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Genappe, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

We chose to stay at Sunrise Beach Bungalows for our first holidays in Rarotonga and we were glad to stay there! Caryn and Brian are really welcoming and helpfull people. They take good care of there host :) We had a bungalow with sea vue and we loved it! Every day we had a glass of wine on our terrace...really relaxing :) Perfect place to do that! Moreover, the Muri lagoon is close and reachable by foot.
I, therefore, recommend you to stay there, especially if you are in couple :)

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Caroline L
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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62 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

This was our first visit to Rarotonga and we certainly enjoyed it, not least because of the friendly atmosphere at Sunrise. Caryn and Brian made us welcome with a free airport pick-up and first breakfast. We had to move after our first night in order to fix the roof on our first cottage but this was done simply and without any fuss.

The cottages have all you need. Being right on the sea there is a pleasant breeze plus a ceiling fan to keep you cool. The pool is great and we had it to ourselves whenever we wanted a swim. Snorkel gear was there for us to borrow, although we had to walk about a km to Muri to be able to swim in the lagoon.

TV was not great and the Wi-Fi was a bit inconsistent but these seem to be symptomatic of the island rather than Sunrise.

We would love to be able to return!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank J_M30a
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

There is not one thing I would change about our trip to ratotonga. Caryn and brian made it such a fun and welcoming experience for us. We would often sit and have a cofee and a laugh with them late at night. Felt as if we were relaxing with family. The room we stayed was cosy and homely and we felt as tho we were central to everything. My best friend was staying in apartments down the road paying 450 a night and I honeslty felt more at home and comftble staying in our lil garden unit. When my partner would go out and cruise around the island on the scooter I always looked foward to returning back to our unit so we could see caryn and brian.i miss them so much already. Also there is a tatoo shop right next door to there and I would recomend anybody to get a tatoo from this shop. My partner and I both did amd we could not have been happier. The tatoo artist is polly and he is extremly talented. I hope to keep in contact with caryn and miss her so much already.if I ever go back to rarotonga, sunrise beach bungalos is wher I will be staying. Honestly best experience ever and I thank caryn and brian for that. Xox

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ebony2013
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Rotorua, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013

I cannot stress enough how much owners Caryn & Brian did for us while we stayed with them. We had booked in for our Wedding/honeymoon and all the way through from the time we booked, to when they picked us up from the airport, to providing transport during our stay, free rooms & upgrades to helping us organise our wedding day, free toll calls to our family, guided tour of the town to shouting my hair and make-up for the actual day of the wedding. They became like surrogate parents and we loved every minute of our stay as it completely took away any stress we may have had.

The rooms and location were ideal, nice and comfortable and right on the beach. We highly recommend staying here and will definitely be back next time.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Sunrise Beach Bungalows
Address: Main Rd, Sunrise Beach, Cook Islands
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Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 77 Speciality Lodging in Rarotonga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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