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“Didn't meet expectations”
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Manea Beach Villas
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

We booked this accommodation for a significant family birthday celebration. After the recommendation from our travel agent and also through reviewing trip advisor we decided to proceed with the booking. We wanted something that had the option of self catering, slept 5 adults comfortably, beach access, a pool and was based at Muri Beach. It seemed to tick all those boxes. We booked the garden villa and upon arrival was extremely disappointed in its shabby appearance, including curtains hanging off their hooks. What was our biggest concern was the very unsafe deck railings and dodgy decking boards. On the final night of our stay, our father put his foot through one of the boards, confirming our concerns! Fortunately he was not injured but a very nasty accident is waiting to happen. We did not even consider going out onto the deck upstairs as it looked so unsafe. Similar dodgy decking and broken railings were evident at the swimming pool too. The place definitely needs some serious maintenance work. For the price we paid, it is shameful. We paid $3717 NZD for 9 nights.
The place advertises that it is beach front, but in order to get down to the beach you must clamber down over rocks. This is unsuitable for anyone visiting who maybe unsteady on their feet. The poolside area was in a great spot however, with a lovely outlook over the lagoon.
The property offered a complimentary breakfast welcome pack on arrival. This comprised of coffee, tea, juice, milk, weetbix, jam sachets and a small pack of butter. There was no bread or fresh fruit, which seemed a little bizarre.
The kitchen was very poorly equipped for self catering. There was only 1 large sharp knife and a bread knife. No smaller sharp knives. Only 1 small salad bowl and no dishes for the microwave, or to place food in for serving. There were adequate glasses, plates and cutlery.
There was a daily service (except Sunday) and we were supplied with plenty of fresh linen and beach towels. The beds were comfortable.
The cleaning and gardening staff were absolutely marvellous (more on this later), but the management appeared rather indifferent in her manner. When we arrived, we asked the manager what the swimming was like. She was quite condescending and she said she didn't know as the locals don't swim at this time of year. You would have expected a bit more enthusiasm in her reply.
Basic things do need to be attended to by the management. An example is the information pack is falling apart with a broken folder. There is no information in this folder also, about what to do in the event of an emergency . Also attending to the safety issues around the property.
The villas are well located in Muri, and there are some great places to eat nearby, such as Sails and The Moorings. Our parents ate at the next door restaurant, The Flametree, and were very disappointed and felt it was overpriced.
We enjoyed visiting the Woman's Co-operative Shop, and found Chantel and her products to be fantastic.
While we are critical of the facilities and close environs of the garden villa, the highest of accolades go to Soni the gardener and his wife Bale. They were warm and friendly from the word go even bringing us pawpaw from their garden. When our father took very ill during the night, they could not do enough for us the next morning. Their care and attention was fantastic. They are the gems of this establishment.
We will definitely return to Rarotonga and Muri Beach, as it is a lovely spot. But we will look out for alternative accommodation that is of better value and standard.

Room Tip: The one bedroom units do look in better condition.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

Certainly the 3-bedroom beachfront villa was perfectly located for a Rarotonga stay for a family with young adults. Staff and management were helpful and friendly, and the facilities just fine.
Despite a week of strong wind blowing directly into our front door we didnt let it stop us getting around and enjoying more sheltered spots - it would be just idyllic under normal weather.
We will be back.

Room Tip: Pay more more the beachfront - its worth it
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank jeffkendrew
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Great place, lovely family holiday, great management and very friendly staff couldn't have asked for much more. Great location with easy access to the lagoon thumbs up to a good holiday.Local shops and restaurants were within easy walking distance so it made for a very relaxing holiday. Safe place for the young ones and Cookie the dog made friends with all of them. Would certainly revisit again as it is had everything you needed.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Mike E
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Manea villas is the PERFECT location, amazing snorkling right at the door basically! Will def stay again when i come back! The locals are so friendly and easy going! The best holiday EVER!!!!! Two very enthusiastic thumbs up and huge smiles! Was sooo depressed to leave!!!

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Thank Rachelmelrose
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

We stayed in Villa six and it was great. Pefect location, great value.
A wee skip over the rocks and you are on the beach or swimming...actually a point to be made here is that there are no steps to the beach you have to walk over a couple of big rocks, which was no issue for us, but would be a consideration if you were not that stable on your feet.
Clean and tidy, good room service. BBQ on deck and electric fry pan inside, plus toaster and kettle. In 10 mins you can walk from here down to the other hotels and restaurants if eating out.
We would definately go back here. If only to see Cookie the dog.
Down side...we found the bed too soft for our liking and it did effect sleep quality.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank ChristchurchCoopers
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

We booked the garden house and two of the one bedroom villas for a week for our extended family celebration. What a huge success it was for us all, ranging in ages from 24 to 60 and made extra special by Maryanne and her happy team!
The location is great as they are almost at the end of the famous Manea Beach, so there are very few folks wandering past and yet you have access to kms of perfect walking beach, safe swimming lagoon, adventurous islands to kayak to and all around are cafes and restaurants and yet it is so peaceful. Yes, we were there outside school holidays. I suspect it would be quite busy otherwise.
We loved it and would go back in a heartbeat except we have yet to go to Samoa and Nuie!

Room Tip: If you can get the beach house, pay the extra. Sadly it was booked during our stay!
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Thank nzmermaidnz
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

Don't stay in the garden villa! the other villas are much more like what you would expect a holiday place to be. We'd heard great things about how relaxing Raro was and had been told about Muri, so we felt we had booked the right place. However, the Garden Villa is in need of serious refurbishment, and has a pretty rotten deck that faces over a slow running river and the banks are used as the garden rubbish dump for the villa's, so not that beautiful or pleasant! But ok we could live with that as the place was ok enough, apart from the inability of the villa to provide hot water. What was awful, was the fact that the top room and other bedrooms face over/towards the league club, whom had numerous loud parties with various DJ's playing until well into the early hours, this made it impossible to sleep and was particularly bad as we are a family with young childern, so made it a very tired holiday. Its a shame as it could be a great place, Soni the maintenance guy was fantastic, the pool (cold) but great, and straight onto beach with use of kayaks too. Just let down by horrid villa and bad placement of villa (which is also right opposite a restaurant bar, again noisey as customers and bins). Shame, maybe the other villas better.

Room Tip: Choose a villa close to the beach away from restaurant and league club
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank KittyCW
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Additional Information about Manea Beach Villas

Address: Ara Tapu | Muri Beach, Ngatangiia District, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 79 Speciality Lodging in Rarotonga
Price Range: £114 - £248 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Manea Beach Villas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Manea Beach Villas, Cook Islands accommodation located on the edge of Rarotonga's beautiful Muri Lagoon. Manea is the Cook Island word for beautiful, which sums up the villas and location on offer. We cater for all holiday seekers, be they the single traveller, honeymooning couple, senior travellers, groups and families ... all are welcome at Manea Beach Villas! Our absolute beachfront location means you can lay on your private deck and gaze at the vibrant turquiose lagoon, only metres away. We are a small accommodation, offering intimate surroundings on Muri Beach with a personal touch. Our staff are a 'family', and will make sure you feel a part of Manea while you are here and long after you leave. ... more   less 
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