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OUR Thoughts on Moana Sands Lagoon Resort, Muri Beach, Rarotonga
Brand-new in mid-2018, this adults-only property is delightfully located right at the westernmost end of Muri Beach facing the reef and Taakoka Islet (one of the Muri Lagoon islands). The resort is built on a raised area above the beach and a flight of steps takes you down to the beach from the resort’s extensive pool deck area.  At the bottom of the steps, the beach, which is one of a very few north-easterly facing beaches in the Muri area, forms a pleasant, sandy cove. From Moana Sands Lagoon Resort, it is an easy walk of around 1.5km along the circle-island road to the Night Market and the centre of the Muri area and on the walk, you will pass many resorts, restaurants and other eateries, beach hire facilities, road-side convenience stalls and all the little pleasant features which make a holiday at Muri so enjoyable.

New Block of Shops Opens Nearby
A great new little shopping complex has opened in Muri, conveniently located a one-minute-walk from Moana Sands Lagoon Resort. The complex includes a local bakery, general store, liquor store, restaurant, bar, coffee cart and a gym.

The resort comprises a 2-level beachside block of 22 spacious, modern Cook Islands hotel-style studio rooms, 11 on the ground floor and 11 on the first floor, and 2 extra-spacious Lagoon Suites - one on each floor. All accommodation features a microwave oven (very useful for heating snacks etc) and every room has a private patio (ground floor) or balcony (first floor) with a side aspect to the lagoon.

Space in the 2 Lagoon Suites is difficult to obtain as there are only 2 units and they are often used for alternative purposes such as meeting rooms etc. 

A super little restaurant gives diners beautiful pool, deck and lagoon views and remember, this is an adults-only resort, so the swimming pool and its surrounding deck and sand terrace is always a haven of peace and quiet!

Moana Sands Lagoon Resort is the latest addition to the ever-growing Moana Sands Group of properties in Rarotonga, so we thought it would be a good idea to briefly outline the makeup of the whole Moana Sands Group to help to avoid any possible misunderstanding.

The 3 Moana Sands Group properties are spread out approximately 7kms along Rarotonga’s south and east coasts.  The two furthest apart Moana Sands properties are Moana Sands Beachfront Villas & Apartments in Vaimaanga Village on Rarotonga’s south coast and the new Moana Sands Lagoon Resort on Muri Beach. Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel, which has a splendid beachfront location right on Titikaveka Beach, is approximately mid-way between these two.  Each property has unique features; Our Specialists know them all very well and can assist you to make the right decision as to which one to choose for your perfect Rarotonga holiday.

Included in the tariff at Moana Sands Lagoon Resort:
● Daily complimentary Tropical Breakfast in the
      on-site Restaurant.
Tropical Breakfast comprises assorted cereals, bread, butter, assorted spreads, fresh fruit, yoghurt, milk, juice, assorted tea and percolated coffee.
● Complimentary use of:
      Resort Snorkelling Gear
      Resort Kayaks

Click to view the Moana Sands Lagoon Resort Factsheet (March 2019)

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

What Moana Sands Lagoon Resort Say About Themselves

"Moana Sands Lagoon Resort, located in magical Muri, features striking lagoon views and modern facilities. 

What sets us apart is our personalised management approach and welcoming interaction with guests.
Our Deluxe Lagoon Studio Rooms for our two storey resort complex, situated on the ground and first floors, allowing direct access to the lagoon.  Our lagoon facing studios are ideal for couples seeing a romantic escape, each tastefully decorated with a modern Polynesian flare.

Each air-conditioned studio rom features a private balcony or patio, king-sized bed, room safe, flat screen TV, basic kitchen facilities including microwave, mini-fridge, and tea and coffee making facilities.  Guest amenities are conveniently located within the complex, including an onsite restaurant and bar, large swimming pool and lounging deck.

Special Celebrations:  
Bullet Honeymoons, 
Bullet Wedding Anniversaries, 
Bullet Birthdays
For guests staying a minimum 3 nights, Moana Sands Lagoon Resort help to make a special occasion even more special with a bottle of sparkling wine and a gift card, (with their compliments), provided to guests celebrating a special occasion on arrival at the resort.
 - Honeymoon, wedding anniversary or birthday 
  status to be established through Our Specialists 
  at the time of making the hotel reservation.
 - A minimum 3 nights stay is required to qualify

Year-Round Specials
NEW for 2020/2021

Bullet Returnee Special Rate
Guests who have previously stayed at Moana Sands Lagoon Resort can take advantage of a generous Returnee Rate.  Our Specialists have full details.
 - Returnee status to be established at the time of
   making a new accommodation booking.
 - Valid for stays in Deluxe Lagoon Studios
 - Valid for stays 01 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

Bullet Stay/Pay Special
Bullet Stay 5/Pay 4 and More!
Stay a minimum of 5 nights only pay for 4 nights.
● One free night
 - Valid for stays year-round
   from 01 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.
 - Valid for stays in all room categories.
   Stay 10/Pay 8 etc

Bullet Heavenly Honeymoon Special
Book to stay 5 Nights at Moana Sands Lagoon
Resort on your honeymoon between
01 April 2020 and 31 March 2021
in a Deluxe Lagoon Studio and qualify for:
Heavenly Honeymoon Inclusions
with the compliments of Moana Sands Lagoon Resort:
1 night complimentary accommodation
● A NZ$100 spa credit per room per stay.
● A bottle of wine on arrival.
 - Valid for stays of minimum 5 nights
 - Valid for stays in Deluxe Lagoon Studios only
 - Valid for stays:    
    01 April 2020 to 31 March 2021
 - The spa credit is for in-house use only and
   cannot be redeemed for cash.
 - Offer may be multiplied to Stay 10/Pay 8 etc:
   The Spa Credit does not multiply
 - Honeymoon status to be established at the time 
   booking made.
 - Wedding Certificate is required to be emailed/faxed to 
   the resort to confirm honeymoon status in advance 
   of guests’ arrival.
 - Valid for stays within 6 months of marriage ceremony.
 - Special may only be combined with Returnee Rate
   Special and no other bonus or special offer.

Your Accommodation Options
The two-level (walk-up) accommodation block at Moana Sands Lagoon Resort comprises 11 ground floor and 11 first floor Studio Rooms and 1 Lagoon Suite on each floor. All rooms and Suites are nicely arranged so that the covered patio area on the ground floor rooms and the balcony on the first-floor rooms is angled towards the lagoon providing privacy from the adjacent rooms. 

Room Categories
Deluxe Lagoon Studios:
Every Deluxe Lagoon Studio is a spacious 46m and features air-conditioning, a private furnished balcony or patio, kitchenette (microwave oven, under-counter fridge and tea and coffee making facility), in-room safe, flat screen TV and an ensuite bathroom with shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 guests
Existing Bedding: A King Bed which may be split into 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated

Getting to and from Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
● In conjunction with Moana Sands Villas and Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel, Moana Sands Lagoon Resort operates an independent Airport Transfer services for all International and Domestic airline services.  The vehicle is air-conditioned and arriving guests receive a chilled bottle of water to help them on their way. The cost of these transfers will be included in package arrangements made by us.
● The Round Island Bus anti-clockwise schedule departs Moana Sands Lagoon Resort on the hour and takes 15/20 minutes to reach Cooks Corner in Avarua Town.  On the return journey, the clockwise service departs Avarua Town on the hour and also takes 15/20 minutes to reach Moana Sands Lagoon Resort. It takes 40 minutes on the bus if you take the long-way around in either direction.
● For guests who have not pre-arranged rental car, scooter-hire bookings through us, staff at Moana Sands Lagoon Resort are happy to make vehicle reservations, but, of course, this is subject to availability of vehicles at the time.

NEW - Electric Bicycles
Electric Bicycles are available to hire via Our Specialists.  Rarotonga is ideal for battery-powered bicycles and we can pre-book these for you.  With pedal assistance, e-bicycles will go twice around the island on a single charge and batteries may be recharged using a standard power plug. Try something new in this friendly environment, after all, isn’t that what holidays are for!
Exclusively For Adults
Moana Sands Lagoon Resort is an adults-only resort and accepts guests aged 18 years and over. 

Check-in/Check Out
Standard check-in and check-out times: 
Check In Time:  2:00pm
Check Out Time:  10:00am
(Charged at a special rate)
Early check-in may be arranged for flights arriving 8:00am onwards (Included tropical breakfast) 
Late check-out may be arranged up to 6:00pm.
 - This service is not available for stays 01 April to 31 October
 - Early check-in and late check-out services are offered on 
   a “Run-of-House” basis and guests may not be allocated 
   the same room as that booked during the guests’ stay.
 - To guarantee same room access guests are recommended 
   to pre-book the night before arrival.

Early Arriving Flights
Several flights each week from Auckland arrive at Rarotonga between midnight and 2:00am. 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:
For travellers affected by international travel restrictions or ill health due to COVID19, the resort is offering the following adjustments to their Standard Cancellation Policy to give extra peace of mind when making bookings. (A medical cercificate is required).
Prior to 24 hours of arrival - Free date changes are allowed for travel up to 12 months from original travel dates>
Cancellations received within 24 hours of arrival - Will be charged 25% of total accommodation booked.
Non-COVID19 cancellations are subject to Standard Cancellation/Amendment Policies

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 13 May 2021 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:
Bullet New Day Spa

Bullet BBQ for guest use
Bullet Beach (Swim all tides)
Bullet Extensive Decking
Bullet Kayaks
Bullet Laundry Service
Bullet Restaurant/Bar
Bullet Safe deposit box
Bullet Snorkelling gear
Bullet Swimming Pool
Bullet Tour & Attraction bookings
Bullet Wifi

Room Facilities:

Bullet Ceiling Fan
Bullet Daily housekeeping service
Bullet Fire extinguishers
Bullet Hairdryer
Bullet Microwave
Bullet Fridge
Bullet Room service meals
Bullet Tea/coffee facilities
Bullet Telephone
Bullet TV