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OUR Thoughts on Motu Beachfront Art Villas, Titikaveka Beach, Rarotonga.
Previously known as Royale Takitumu Villas (until 01 July 2020) and following an extensive upgrade and improvement program over recent times, Motu Beachfront Art Villas has, In our opinion, just about everything right for a totally relaxing, hassle free, recharge-the-personal-battery type of holiday and that goes for honeymoons anniversaries and celebrating personal special occasions too. 

Motu Beachfront Art Villas is an adults-only resort where the minimum age for guests to be accepted is 18 years. Eight villas are set up to accommodate a maximum of 2 guests while the two Ariki - Premium Beachfront Villas can accommodate a maximum 3 guests.

A minimum stay policy of 3 consecutive nights applies.

The location sets the scene. Titikaveka Beach is on the quiet southern side of Rarotonga. The beach really is beautiful – the sand is powder-white and the lagoon really does have the clearest water you could wish for. The tropical fish in the lagoon can be seen just metres off shore and you don’t have to be in a kayak to see them, just wade in up to your knees – you will often see fish while you’re standing on the beach! From Titikaveka Beach you can see both the sunrise and the sunsets.

Then there’s Motu Beachfront Art Villas itself. It’s an intimate little resort property with only 10 villas. They self-rate their property at 4 Star minimum, but we think that rating is designed so that guest expectations are surpassed, and you can’t really fault them for that can you? The island of Rarotonga is a size that makes it unnecessary for every little resort to have all the services on site that you may need for a great holiday (such as an in-house restaurant) as every facility and service on the island is so handy. What you do need though is professional, friendly and caring staff who are always available to organise any facilities or services you may want, and Motu Beachfront Art Villas has splendid staff with great local knowledge and expertise. Would you like a massage? No problem to organise. Like a special chef-cooked meal in your own villa? No problem. Would you like recommendations/bookings for restaurants? No problem, day trip to Aitutaki, Fishing or dive trip etc – easy! Would you like to attend the best Island Night on Rarotonga? Happy to oblige. It goes without saying that rental cars, scooters or bicycles can be effortlessly organised and the use of e-bikes is included in the nightly tariff.

Resort Upgrade and Repositioning
During the past 18 months-or-so, the resort has been undergoing a progressive general refurbishment:
● All roofs have been replaced with environmentally friendly Palmex roofing
● The resort has purchased an e-van for general use
● All gardens, the pool area and pathways have been refreshed
● The reception area has been refurbished (including new furniture)
● All villas have been re-painted with a fresh, new look -  new furniture purchased and introduced
● All bathrooms have been refereshed and updated.

On-site Motu Beachfront Art Villas provides a lovely fresh-water swimming pool, hammocks and sun-loungers, kayaks and snorkelling gear and there is always that great beach and lagoon right there out front. 
Another welcome service is the first day tropical breakfast starter pack provided to each arriving guest and the personal orientation session provided by the manager when you arrive is a great way to start off your holiday. The resort offers the option of having (charged) continental breakfast delivered daily to your villa.

There are 3 restaurants within easy walking/cycling distance, a village convenience store right across the road and a Rarotonga-style supermarket a short drive away. One excellent local restaurant, (the Vaima), provides complimentary pick-up and drop-off service. The circle-island buses stop right outside. 

Here's the full list of resort inclusions:
● A welcome drink and personal orientation on arrival day
● A welcome breakfast basket on first morning
● Complimentary Wifi voucher
● Complimentary use of snorkel fins, sea kayaks, Stand-up-Paddle Boards. (Please bring your own snorkel and mask)
● Complimentary use of the resort's e-bikes
● Complimentary book library
● Complimentary limited DVD library (Villas are equipped with a TV, DVD player and USB port)
● Complimentary use of guest Pool BBQ
● 7-day maid service
● Free local phone calls

Bullet Honeymoon Bonus
With the compliments of Motu Beachfront Art Villas, honeymoon couples staying a minimum 4 nights receive:
● A bottle of wine 
1. Honeymoon status to be established at time of booking accommodation.
2. Subject to a minimum stay of 4 nights
3. Proof of wedding within previous 6 months of arriving at the resort is required.

Your Accommodation Options
There is a semi-circular drive in from the road.  The swimming pool backs on to the Reception area and as you face over the pool from Reception, the 4 villas on the beach frontage are the Manutai - Beachfront Villas.  Separated from the Beachfront Villas by a pathway and lawn, there is one Ariki - Premium Beachfront Villa on either side of the Manutai - Beachfront Villas. The 4 Onu - Lagoon View Villas, which are closer to Reception, have a filtered lagoon view over the lawns.  All accommodation is serviced daily and every villa has an iPod docking station with CD player.

The villa bathrooms, which include a bidet and a spa bath, are a feature at Motu – bathrooms with both these facilities is something of a rarity in Rarotonga.

All Villas Feature:
● Private, individual Villas with traditional Polynesian thatched-roof 
● Private covered veranda with views of Titikaveka Lagoon and Beach
● Separate air-conditioned bedroom with king bed.
● Luxurious ensuite bathroom (hairdryer, spa bath, bidet & shower)
● Kitchens with refrigerator, gas cooker, microwave, crockery and cutlery.
● Direct dial phones (free local calls)
● Iron and ironing board.
● Safety deposit box.
● Flat screen televisions.
● iPod docking station
● Wifi access (charged)
● Daily housekeeping service

Room Categories (In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Onu - Lagoon View Villas:
Bullet Manutai - Beachfront Villas:
These have the same layout and facilities; it is their location on the resort grounds that differentiates their grade. Lagoon View Villas are a generous 60mwhile Manutai Beachfront Villas are slightly smaller at 55m2. Both types have a separate air-conditioned bedroom. The lounge/dining area has lounge furniture and a dining seating for 3. Both types feature a separate bedroom and separate living area. 1 bathroom.
Maximum occupancy: 2 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 Super King Bed.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding is accommodated.

Bullet Ariki - Premium Beachfront Villas:
Premium Beachfront Villas are quite different.  60min area with a different layout to the other villa types. The kitchen, lounge and dining area feels more separated and extensive lagoon views are gained from both the air-conditioned bedroom and the lounge area.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 Super King Bed
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Rollaway Bed can be placed in the lounge area

Getting to and from Motu Beachfront Art Villas Rarotonga
We will include either seat-in-coach or private car arrival/departure transfers between Rarotonga International Airport and the resort in package arrangements as required/agreed. 

We consider a rental car or scooter hire to be a worthwhile enhancement to a stay at Motu and we will happily organise this service for you.  Of course, you can have a very enjoyable stay without a vehicle by using the circle island buses which pass in both directions every hour during the day and into the evening dining  hours, but if you are attracted to an adults-only resort of the standard of Motu Beachfront Art Villas you may well be inclined to self-cater for breakfast and perhaps lunch, but enjoy the freedom a car gives you to enjoy the many and varied restaurants Rarotonga has to offer for dinners.

Kids Policy
This is an adults-only resort and restricted to guests aged 18 years and over.

Check-in/Check Out
Standard check-in and check-out times are: 
Check-In Time:  2:00pm
Check-Out Time:  10:00am
Day-use rooms can be provided at a special rate between 8:00am and 2.00pm and 10:00am to 6:00pm.
1. This service is not available for stays
   01 April to 31 October
2. The Day Room is offered on a “Run-of-House” basis and may not be the same room or room category as the accommodation booked during the guests’ stay.

Early Arriving Flights
The Resort recommends 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.

Cancellation and Date Changes Policies
Bullet COVID-19 Related Cancellation/Amendment Policy
Guests unable to travel due to Covid-19 illness or Government mandated travel disruption may cancel or change bookings free of charge.
Kindly note that this policy is subject to confirmation at the time of making a booking.
Bullet Standard Cancellation/Amendment Policy
Bookings can be amended with no charge up to 24 hours before arrival. The amended booking dates must be within 12 months of the original booking dates and are subject to availability. 
All cancellations 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 1 and 14 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 75% of the total cost of accommodation booked.
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 25 August 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 (charges may apply)
Bullet Genuine Thatched Bures
Bullet Free use of Guest BBQ
Bullet Free Parking
Bullet Swimming Pool, Sun-loungers and Hammocks
Bullet Daily maid service.
Bullet Tour desk, Bicycle, Scooter, Car and 4WD Hire
Bullet Guest internet computer
Bullet Private chef for personally prepared meals
Bullet WiFi throughout resort
Bullet Complimentary use of Snorkel Gear and Kayaks
Bullet Regular Guest-only Functions
Bullet Welcome Tropical Fruit Basket on arrival
Bullet Welcome Drink on arrival
Bullet Free Local Phone Calls

Room Facilities
Bullet Air Conditioning
Bullet Ceiling fan
Bullet Spa bath
Bullet Bidet
Bullet Shower
Bullet Hairdryer
Bullet Gas Cooker
Bullet Refrigerator/Freezer
Bullet Microwave
Bullet Crockery & Cutlery
Bullet Direct Dial Telephone
Bullet Iron & Ironing Board
Bullet Safety Deposit Box
Bullet Insect screened doors & windows
Bullet 32" Flat Screen TV
Bullet iPod Docking Station with CD Player

All guests identified as honyemooners at time of booking 
will receive a fruit basket and bottle of of sparkling wine.