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Muri Beach, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

OUR Thoughts on Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
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 that make a holiday at Muri so enjoyable.

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.

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

New Day Spa Open at Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
The upper level Spa Retreat is newly constructed and offers both single and couples’ treatments from trained therapists. Appointments are available to both resident guests and the public. 

What Moana Sands Lagoon Resort Say About Themselves

Moana Sands Lagoon Resort Factsheet (March 2019) click here

"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
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.

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

Bullet Lagoon Suites:
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.  Lagoon Suites are an extra-generous 55m with all the features of the Deluxe Lagoon Studios plus an ensuite bathroom with shower and bath. Both Lagoon Suites offer uninterrupted views of the lagoon.
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.

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 18 March 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:
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