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OUR Thoughts on Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel, Titikaveka, Rarotonga
There is something very appealing about the Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel.  The 17 room Hotel rates itself 3.5 stars.  This lower rating probably reflects the fact that they lack a swimming pool, a lift and marble bathrooms, but, somehow, when you stay there, the feeling is one of utter enjoyment and contentment while enjoying the sort of comfort that you might normally expect to find at a higher-rated property.

Unless you have already experienced it, it is hard to explain how great it feels to wake up to the morning hush of the beach and the palm-fringed lagoon right outside your door or balcony.  On Rarotonga’s south coast, the lagoon really does teem with marine life, the water is clear and you really can spend hours relaxing on the beach and dipping in and out of the lagoon for lots of swimming, snorkelling or kayaking. (Snorkel gear and use of kayaks is free for guests’ use).

There are plenty of beach sun-loungers lined up each morning, but they don’t stay in line for long, because the friendly atmosphere at Moana Sands soon has guests chatting, mixing, swapping Rarotonga experiences and enjoying each other’s company. The intimate “The Sands” Restaurant & Bar (open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner) and the guest-use BBQ provides more opportunities for guests to mingle and get to know each other if they so wish. Tropical  breakfast is complimentary for guests. Tropical Breakfast includes assorted cereals, bread, butter, assorted spreads, fresh fruit, yogurt, milk, juice assorted teas and percolated coffee. (In the unusual event that less than 6 rooms are occupied at any one time, the restaurant does not open for breakfasts and a breakfast pack is delivered to occupied rooms the night before.)  A beach terrace attached  to the restaurant provides a special beachfront dining experience.  Guests now have the option of dining on the beach deck with its new island-style thatched roof or at tables and chairs right on the beach at the water’s side. During the 2015 refurbishment a new bar was installed and the new pizza oven is another welcome feature - this little hotel just keeps getting better and better.

Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel guests enjoy complimentary use of the hotel's kayaks and snorkelling equipment, although while Covid-19 hygiene precautions, are in place, the hotel recommends guests bring their own snorkelling gear and face mask or buy a set locally.

A local supermarket is a 5 minute drive away.

Click to view the Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel Factsheet (March 2019)

Click to view the Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel Resort Map (June 2020)

Our Specials
Year-Round Specials
Returnee Special Rate
Guests who have previously stayed at Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel can take advantage of a generous Returnee Rate.  Our Specialists have full details.

Bullet Stay/Pay Specials
Bullet Stay 5/Pay 4 and More!
Stay a minimum of 5 nights only pay for 4 nights.
● One free night
1. Valid for stays year-round
2. Valid for stays in both accommodation types.
3. The free night offer may be multiplied to Stay 10/Pay 8 etc:

Bullet 3 Night Stay Honeymoon Bonus
Honeymooners arriving at Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel receive:
● A bottle of sparkling wine with the compliments
     of The Moana Sands Group of Hotels.
1. Valid for stays in both accommodation types
2. Minimum 3 consecutive nights stay is required
3. Honeymoon status to be established at the time booking made.
4. Valid for stays within 6 months of marriage ceremony.

Bullet Heavenly Honeymoon Special
Book 5 Nights or more and qualify
Heavenly Honeymoon Inclusions
with the compliments of Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel:
1 night complimentary accommodation
● A NZ$100 spa credit per room per stay.
● A bottle of wine on arrival.
1. Valid for stays of minimum 5 nights year round in any accommodation type
2. The spa credit is for in-house use at Hibiscus Spa only and cannot be redeemed for cash.
3. The free night offer may be multiplied to Stay 10/Pay 8 etc: (The Spa Credit and wine offer do not multiply)
4. Honeymoon status to be established at the time the accommodation booking is made.
5. Valid for stays within 6 months of marriage ceremony.
6. Special may only be combined with Returnee Rate Special and no other bonus or special offer.

Your Accommodation Options
Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel offers two options; either Beachfront Studios or Deluxe Beachfront Studios.  The Hotel is a three-level (walk-up) block with 6 Beachfront Studios on each of the ground and first floors, and five Deluxe Beachfront Studios on the second floor.  Each room has a private balcony or patio. All rooms are air-conditioned and are fully serviced 6 days a week (no service on Sundays or public holidays). All rooms have LCD TV’s with Sky Pacific & all rooms are non-smoking. A limited number of Beachfront Studios on the Ground Floor and the First Floor offer interconnecting capabilities which makes them suitable for family accommodation or for groups of friends travelling together.

Room Categories (In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Beachfront Studios

As you enter the room, you pass through a small kitchenette which consists of a refrigerator, microwave, jug, toaster and electric frying pan. All rooms have tiled floors, cane furniture and tropical décor. There is a small table and 2 chairs in the open living/sleeping area. Unit size is 40m2
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Guests (plus 1 infant in a cot)
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed (which may be split into 2 Single Beds) plus a separate Single Bed.
Additional Bedding: 1 Cot for an infant may be added.

Bullet Deluxe Beachfront Studios:
Significantly bigger rooms (49m2) on the top floor, with raked ceilings providing a feeling of even more space.  All rooms have tiled floors, cane furniture and tropical décor. The kitchenette consists of a refrigerator, microwave, jug, toaster and electric frying pan.  The table and chair set is in the kitchenette area.  A DVD player included with the LCD TV.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed which splits into 2 Single Beds for twin occupancy.
Additional bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated.

Families & Kids
 Children are welcome in the ground-floor and first-floor Beachfront Studios (subject to room maximum occupancy policy). There is a daily charge when the 3rd occupant is a child.
 One portacot for an infant aged under 12 months, is provided free of charge when pre-booked.
 Two Beachfront Studio Rooms on the ground floor, and another 2 on the first floor, interconnect, which makes them an ideal option for a bigger family group of up to 6 people.
1. Children are only accommodated in Beachfront Studios.
2, Beachfront Studios cater for 3 guests (adults or adults and children).

Exclusively For Adults
Deluxe Beachfront Studios are adults-only rooms (for guests aged 18 years+) .

Check-in/Check Out
Standard check-in and check-out times: 
Check In Time:  2:00pm
Check Out Time:  10:00am
Early Check-in and Late Check-Out
(Charged at a special rate)
Early check-in and late check-out may be requested but will always be subject to availability once guests have arrived at the hotel. 
To guarantee an early check-in or a late check-out, guests are recommended to pre-book the night before arrival and/or the night post departure.

Early Arriving Flights

We recommend that all guests arriving prior to 6:00am should book and pay for their room from the night before to guarantee access to their room at the time they arrive. Not doing this could result in a wait of around 12 hours to gain entry to your accommodation.

Resort Cancellation and Amendment Policies
Bullet COVID19 Related Cancellations and Amendments:
Moana Sands Group will offer a FULL REFUND and/or NO CANCELLATION/AMENDMENT FEES on all bookings up until travel date. Only applies if the following situation occur preventing customers from travelling:
Borders close between The Cook Islands and New Zealand.  Once the border closure announcement dates are confirmed, cancellations will be accepted 30 days post this announcement date. No cancellation fees will be charged if customers choose to cancel 30 days after this date regardless if the border is open or not during this time Customers or groups travelling tests positive for COVID and unable to travel
Customers that are newly informed they cannot to be vaccinated and unable to travel
Border restrictions announced and quarantine is required in either Pacific Islands and/or New Zealand

Bullet Standard Cancellation/Amendments Policy
All cancellations and date changes must be made in writing.
Cancellations and date changes made between 15 and 30 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 25% of the total cost of accommodation booked.
Cancellations and date changes made between 8 and 14 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the total cost of accommodation booked.
Cancellations and date changes made between 1 and 7 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 75% of the total cost of accommodation booked.
Cancellations and amendments made within 24 hours of scheduled arrival and no-shows are charged 100% of accommodation booked.

Travel Insurance is recommended
OUR Travel Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance

The information on this page is correct as at 31 January 2022 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2022.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Covid-19 Supplier Update

Please be aware as we re-emerge from Covid-19 shutdowns, many resorts, hotels and tourism suppliers in the Pacific Islands may open with a more limited range of facilities and services than are currently published here and elsewhere.

Please check with Our Pacific Travel Specialists or check the resort/hotel website for any updates on the latest services available.


Resort Facilities (complimentary)
Bullet Snorkelling Gear
Bullet Kayaks
Bullet Communal BBQ

Other Resort Facilities (charges apply)
Bullet WiFi & Internet in hotel Foyer
Bullet Restaurant
Bullet Tour Desk

Room Facilities
Bullet Absolute Beachfront
Bullet LCD TV
Bullet Air-conditioning
Bullet Balcony or Patio
Bullet Small kitchenette, microwave, electric frypan, toaster, kettle
Bullet Interconnecting Beachfront Studios available
Bullet Rooms services daily excluding Sunday, Public Holidays