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OUR Thoughts on Magic Reef, Arorangi Village, Rarotonga
This place lives up to its “Magic” name!  Rarotonga has always been known for the number of small beach-front properties where guests almost become part of the family and to which they return year after year to enjoy “their” bungalow at the beach. This is one of those places and it ticks all the boxes for those looking for a pleasant relaxing laid-back place to stay, a magic beach-front location and a good 3½ Star rated standard of accommodation and facilities with a self-catering option.  

To start with, there are only 9 stand-alone bungalows all of which afford guests a view of the ocean.  Each bungalow has a veranda which faces inward towards the central resort courtyard which contains the swimming pool and the gardens.  A garden path runs down each side of the resort courtyard and joins at a beachfront timber deck and gazebo; with sun-loungers and ultra-comfortable bean-bags, this is a special place to relax any time of day, but most particularly at the end of the day while taking in the sunset. 

The swimming pool at Magic Reef is a little quirky and a bit different. It is designed to resemble a large old sailing ship with the water inside rather than outside!  There is a raised “Bridge Deck” at the back which comes complete with ship’s wheel.  A waterfall runs from the Bridge Deck into the pool and there are two sets of steps down from the Bridge into the pool.  The pool is semi covered by shade “sails”.  All-in-all it’s a good size and a very pleasant place to cool off on a hot day.

The "magic" of Magic Reef is its location close to the centre of Arorangi Village on the beach on the “sunset” side of Rarotonga. Arorangi Village is a typical Rarotonga “Village” which doesn’t have a village centre (although the big old Cook Islands Christian Church nearby may be considered the central point) but it does have village facilities and the odd shop spread out along the road.  For those people who prefer a little exercise while on holiday, the beach outside Magic Reef is very walkable, especially in the early morning. If you are seeking something a little more strenuous close to the resort, you will find Raemaru Park Road nearby which leads up to Raemaru Park in the central mountains.  It is a pleasant climb up to an area with a fabulous wide view of Rarotonga’s coastline and the reef and well worth the effort to get to.

Magic Reef doesn’t have a restaurant on site, but there is a good restaurant (The Waterline Bar & Grill) virtually next door, only 50 metres or so along the beach.  Bunnies Diner is only 250 metres away on the road side and there are several other restaurants & cafés within a couple of kilometres - Tumunu Restaurant & Bar - 1 km, On The Beach at Manuia Beach Hotel - 1 km, Spaghetti House - 1.2 km,  Alberto's Steakhouse - 1.7 km,  Anchorage Restaurant - 1.8 km,  Kikau Hut - 1.9 km.  For self-catering supplies, there is a village grocery store almost right outside Magic Reef Bungalows.

For a property with only 9 bungalows, Magic Reef offer a surprising range of services. There is an on-site manager who is very helpful with advice and booking service for all Rarotonga’s attractions.  They have Wifi (charged), pool/beach towels are available, they provide complimentary ice, a (paid) laundry service is available and there is a communal guest BBQ. 

This is a perfect location for a Cook Islands wedding and Magic Reef offers a simple but beautiful Wedding Package. 

All this comes with a beaut beachfront location and air-conditioned island-style bungalows with kitchens.

What Magic Reef Say About Themselves:
“Kia Orana!

Welcome to tropical Rarotonga

Welcome to Magic Reef Bungalows 

Come enjoy the magic of Rarotonga. Sit back, relax, and take in the breathtaking sunsets on your own balcony with each bungalow having an ocean view.

Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast on arrival from your international flight. 

Are you wanting to just get away from it all, plan your dream wedding or even elope, fly your team away for their annual team-building event, spoil your staff with an island-style business convention, or just take that romantic trip away you deserve? Allow us to organise all of that for you!

Magic Reef Bungalows is beautifully located on the western side of the island of Rarotonga, Cook Islands, where the golden sunsets are magical! These self-catering, spacious studio bungalows all have ocean views and sleep up to two people but can allow for a double foldout bed in each bungalow that can cater for an extra person. Children over 12 years old are welcome. 

Magic Reef Bungalows – the ultimate getaway for those wanting a romantic, peaceful escape..”

Our Specials
Bullet Complimentary First Breakfast
A continental breakfast comprising fresh fruit, cereals, juice, bread, butter & jams and milk is provided for guests on the first morning of your stay.
After the first day, daily continental breakfasts are available at a charge of $22 per person per day.

Bullet Year-Round Stay/Pay Special
Bullet Stay 7/Pay 6
Bullet Stay 14/Pay 12
● Stay for 7 nights and only pay for 6 nights
● Stay for 14 nights and only pay for 12 nights
 - Valid for stays in all accommodation types
 - Valid for stays year round until 31 March 2020
   This special is not available after 31 March 2020
 - Only stays of consecutive nights qualify.

Your Accommodation Options
The 9 individual thatch-roof bungalows are in two single rows, one on each side of the property in a herringbone pattern, with each bungalow angled inwards to face the pool, the gardens or the beach.  There is a view of the ocean from the veranda/porch of every bungalow although the extent of the ocean view varies depending on their closeness to the beach.

Every Bungalow is around 50m2 in area which makes them very spacious indeed. Each has a very pleasant pitched ceiling and a “South Seas” décor with woven bamboo-style wall and ceiling coverings, a carved four-poster bed complete with insect net, plenty of living space, a roof-covered veranda with 2 sun loungers and a very big internal/external bathroom.  Each bungalow has a small dining table and a kitchen with good-sized under-counter fridge, kitchen sink, microwave oven and a 2-plate cooking hob.  An electric jug and toaster are also provided.  Bungalows have tiled floors throughout and a wooden deck out front.  The bathrooms are a special feature.  The toilet and vanity are located in the internal part of the bathroom which opens out into a totally private walled courtyard housing a shower (with a nice big rain-head shower), but what is really special, is the inclusion of a modern semi-sunken bath in the courtyard to complement the stand-alone shower. Taking a shower or bath under the night sky is something else!

All Bungalows are air-conditioned and have a ceiling fan plus flow-through ventilation. 

Minimum Stay Policy
Magic Reef has a policy of only accepting bookings for stays of 3 nights or longer.

Room Categories
Bullet Oceanview Garden Bungalows:
Bullet Oceanview Poolside Bungalows:
Furthest back from the beach, but that’s hardly far at all. These bungalows, which all have the same price structure, are either on each side of the pool or located nearby in the tropical gardens.  Each one has an ocean view.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Four-Poster King Bed and 1 Single Divan Bed
Additional Bedding:  A second Single Bed can be added for a 4th guest.

Bullet Beachfront Bungalows:
The 2 Beachfront Bungalows are only one bungalow building away from the beach and guests enjoy wide views of the beach, the lagoon and the ocean beyond.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Four-Poster King Bed and 1 Pull-out Sofa Bed
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding is accommodated.

Bullet Absolute Beachfront Bungalows:
If these 2 bungalows were any closer to the beach and the lagoon you would need to wear a snorkel at breakfast!! The view is terrific – beach, lagoon, reef, ocean, the spectacular sunsets and passing whales (in season).
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Four-Poster King Bed and 1 Pull-out Sofa Bed
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding is accommodated.

Getting To and From Magic Reef Bungalows
All guests are personally met at the airport irrespective of flight arrival time and provided with a transfer to Magic Reef Bungalows.  The departure transfer is also provided by hotel staff.  There is a charge for this service and Our Specialists will include the cost in your package arrangements.

Most visitors to Rarotonga will hire a scooter or car for at least part of their holiday duration and there is a vehicle hire location well within walking distance of Magic Reef Bungalows.

The “Yellow Bus” which regularly circles the island stops right outside Magic Reef.  The bus takes approximately 15 minutes to Avarua Town on the direct route, if you take the scenic indirect route the ride to or from town takes 35 minutes.

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!

Kids’ Policy
Magic Reef Bungalows is an Adults-only Resort. 
Young people aged over 12 years are accepted as guests.

Check in time is 2:00pm
Check out time is 10:00am
Early Check-in and Late Check-out
Early check-in, which is subject to availability may be arranged from 6:00am at a cost of 50% of the nightly tariff of the accommodation booked.
Late check-out to 6:00pm, which is subject to availability on the day of check-out, may be arranged at a cost of 50% of the nightly tariff of the accommodation booked.
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.

Cancellation/Date Change Policy
All cancellations and date change applications must be
     made in writing
Bullet Cancellations or date changes made 15 to 30 days prior
     to scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee of 50%
     of booked accommodation cost.
Bullet Cancellations or date changes made 8 to 14 days prior 
     to scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee of 75% 
     of booked accommodation cost.
Bullet Cancellations or date changes made within 8 days  
     of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee of 100% 
     of booked accommodation cost.
Bullet No Shows are treated as cancellations and charged
Bullet Cancellation policies are strictly enforced at this resort.

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 March 2020 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2021.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.


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Resort Facilities
Bullet Swimming pool

Bullet Pool/Beach Towels
Bullet Wifi (at a charge)
Bullet Ice
Bullet Laundry Service (at a charge)
Bullet BBQ
Bullet Wedding Package Available

Room Facilities
Bullet Air-conditioning
Bullet Ceiling Fan
Bullet Insect net over bed
Bullet Small dining table
Bullet Mini Fridge
Bullet Kitchen Sink
Bullet 2 plate cook top
Bullet Jug
Bullet Toaster
Bullet Private walled-Courtyard Shower
Bullet Semi-sunken bath in walled courtyard
Bullet Sun Loungers