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OUR Thoughts on Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel, Titikaveka, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel was completely refurbished during December and January 2014/2015 and is in great shape. Improvements were made throughout the rooms (with an emphasis on the bathrooms) as well as in the restaurant - this beaut little property is now better than ever.

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, contentment and 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 a spot 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 get to know each other if they so wish. Tropical fruit breakfast is included in the tariff and this 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 new beach terrace has recently been added to the restaurant which 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.

A local supermarket is a 5 minute drive away.

What Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel Say About Themselves:

Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel Factsheet (March 2019) click here

“Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel is located on Rarotonga's stunning southern coast. Here the 10 kilometre stretch of soft sand is so white, that you can walk on it without shoes or sandals - even in the heat of the day.

The lagoon is iridescent blue and offers a safe, sheltered marine playground, teeming with colourful tropical fish - one of the premier spots on Rarotonga for snorkelling and swimming!

All of our studios are ABSOLUTE beachfront and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the lagoon, reef and vast Pacific Ocean beyond.

The Hotel’s onsite restaurant 'The Sands Restaurant and Bar' is open daily for breakfast and dinner.

Our small and friendly team at Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel will welcome you with a big ‘Kia Orana’ and a smile from the heart! Sit back, relax and enjoy the view!”

Our Specials
Bullet Special Celebrations:  
      Wedding Anniversaries,
Moana Sands Hotel is only too happy to help make a special occasion even more special with a bottle of bubbly and a gift card, with their compliments. You just need to advise us that you will be celebrating a special occasion and we will inform the hotel of the special occasion.

Bullet Honeymoon Bonus
Guests spending a minimum of 3 nights on their honeymoon at Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel receive a bottle of wine on arrival, with the compliments of Moana Sands Group.
 - Honeymoon status to be established at the time of making
   accommodation booking.
 - Subject to a minimum 3 night stay

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
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed (which may be split into 2 Single Beds) plus a separate Single Bed.
Additional Bedding: 1 Cot may be added for an infant.

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.

Getting to and from Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel
Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel in conjunction with Moana Sands Villas and 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 Beachfront Hotel on the hour and takes 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 20 minutes to reach Moana Sands Hotel. It takes 35 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, Moana Sands Hotel staff 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!

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.
 - Children are accommodated in Beachfront Studios.
 - 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 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 or room category as the
   accommodation 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.

Cancellation/Amendments Policy
All cancellations and/date changes must be
     made in writing.
Bullet 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.
Bullet 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.
Bullet 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.
Bullet Cancellations made within 24 hours of scheduled arrival
      and no-shows are charged 100% of accommodation

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

The information on this page is correct as at 21 August 2019 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2020.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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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