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OUR Thoughts on Te Vakaroa Villas, Muri Beach, Rarotonga
Right in the heart of the action at Muri Beach, Te Vakaroa Villas is a welcome addition to the holiday accommodation options available on the sunrise side of Rarotonga. There are only 6 villas in total which are all in one 3-level block and all are a very high standard. The Resort rates their self-contained accommodation and their facilities and services as 5 Star and we certainly can’t argue with that.

There is a lot about this resort and their services that we like; their service starts right at the airport when guests arrive in Rarotonga. For arriving guests, Te Vakaroa includes a personal meet-and-greet at the airport and a personal transfer to the villas.  A tropical continental breakfast is included in the tariff and to save guests having the bother of getting out of their villa and going to a restaurant, at Te Vakaroa, this breakfast is delivered to each villa fresh each morning.  For those guests seeking a cooked breakfast, for an additional cost, the ingredients for a do-it-yourself cooked breakfast can be delivered to your villa and there is even the option of a Chef-prepared champagne breakfast in your villa. As for dinner, the ingredients for do-it-yourself barbeque dinners can be provided for guests to cook on the BBQ located by the swimming pool.

Many resorts in Rarotonga include free snorkelling gear and kayaks.  At Te Vakaroa, this equipment is provided by a professional operator – Captain Tama’s, (which is handily located next door to the Resort), so equipment is plentiful and well maintained and complimentary for Te Vakaroa guests to use.

We like the fact that there is a well-stocked minibar included in the villas, and we are impressed with the very reasonable prices of the stocked items.

If you want personal security while on holiday, Te Vakaroa provides that for you.  The property is very secure with access into the grounds and the villas controlled by key cards. The amazing thing about the design of Te Vakaroa is that, while entry to the grounds is secure, all the individual rooms are possibly the closest to the beach and the lagoon of all the resorts on Muri Beach. There has been a lot of thought and effort put into the design of this remarkable property ensuring that every unit is absolute beachfront.

Sails Restaurant is right beside Te Vakaroa Villas and guests have key card access direct in and out of Sails.  There are several other resorts, restaurants, cafes, food-markets etc located within very short walking distance.

Te Vakaroa has a lovely horizon swimming pool which seems to meld into the lagoon and there is also a heated Jacuzzi spa beside the deck pavilion which houses a wonderful, big day bed. There are plenty of sun-loungers and because there are only 6 villas and because they have a “No children” policy at the Resort, even when the Resort is fully booked, the pool, the spa, the BBQ and the deck are never crowded.

Included in the tariff at Te Vakaroa Villas:
Tropical Continental Breakfast daily
     (Full breakfast & dinner options available)
Welcome fruit platter & a bottle of wine on arrival
Use of snorkelling equipment, kayaks & beach towels
Full kitchen, including dishwasher, fridge/freezer, 
     microwave & gas hob
Full air-conditioning, ceiling fans, insect screens
iPod docking station
Work desk and direct dial phone

What Te Vakaroa Villas Say About Themselves:
“Absolute beachfront set right on Muri Beach, Te Vakaroa Villas is a remarkable gated haven, offering unsurpassed views of Muri Lagoon and beyond the reef to the South Pacific Ocean. The contemporary designs of the six villas are sympathetic to the natural surroundings, complete with floor-to ceiling sliders that open onto a large private patio overlooking the Infinity pool and Jacuzzi – the ideal places to unwind and enjoy a tropical cocktail. Tropical breakfasts are delivered daily to your Villa and the adjoining Sails Restaurant offers room service and a-la-carte dining, or a short stroll along the beach gives access to some of the island’s renowned restaurants. Guests can enjoy a fully hosted holiday or choose to be full self-catering each villa has a beautiful fully appointed kitchen. Muri Lagoon is a water playground for snorkelling, kayaking, kite surfing and swimming. Kayaks and snorkelling equipment are complimentary for those who want to pull themselves away from their luxurious villa to explore the attractions of the lagoon.”

Minimum Say Policy
There is a year-round minimum 3 night stay policy at Te Vakaroa Villas.

Our Specials
Bullet Year-Round Special
Bullet Honeymoon Bonus
Honeymooners staying 3 nights or more receive, with compliments of Te Vakaroa Villas:
A bottle of champagne on arrival
A “His and Hers” Massage
 - May be combined with other specials
 - Valid for stays all year in all accommodation types
 - Honeymoon status to be established at time of
   booking accommodation
 - Special only applies for stays of 3 nights or longer.
 - Valid for stays up to 31 March 2021.

Low Season Special:
Bullet Stay 5/Pay 4
Stay for 5 nights and only pay for 4 nights
● A complimentary Wifi starter voucher
Complimentary Meet and Greet and private car
     return airport transfers
Welcome fruit platter and bottle of wine on arrival
NZ$50 mini bar credit per couple per stay  
Complimentary 2-day car hire
Daily Tropical Breakfasts delivered to your villa
Use of snorkelling gear, kayaks, paddle boards
     and beach towels
 - Valid for stays:
   01 October to 19 December 2019
   02 January to 31 March 2020
 - May only be combined with Honeymoon Bonus
 - A stay of 5 consecutive nights is required to qualify
    for the free night and other inclusions.

Your Accommodation Options
On the ground floor Te Vakaroa has three 1 Bedroom Villas. The three 2 Bedroom Villas take up the entire first and second floors. We like the little extras that Te Vakaroa includes in the villas, such things as the reasonably priced minibars, the full-size kitchens with a dishwasher, the iPod docking stations and the thoughtful inclusion of bathrobes and beach towels for all guests. All accommodation is air-conditioned and includes fans and insect screens. 

Room Categories
Bullet 1 Bedroom Villas:
Located on the ground floor just steps away from the horizon pool and the lagoon.  The 1 Bedroom Villas are sizeable and modern.  The living area of each villa fronts the pool and the bedroom is in the back of the villa which makes the bedroom nice and quiet. You will enjoy the little totally private walled garden off the bedroom. There is a fully-equipped kitchen with a full-size fridge/freezer.  The Villa also has a clothes washer and dryer. Each of the 3 villas has a beautiful big veranda patio complete with outdoor furniture and each one steps back from the neighbouring villa, an arrangement which provides privacy for all guests. 
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 Super King Bed
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet 2 Bedroom Villas:
The living area of each of the 2 Bedroom Vilas takes up the entire first floor. The living area comprises the full-size, modern, fully equipped kitchen, the dining suite and the lounge as well as a 3rd bathroom.  There is a clothes washer and dryer in the villa. The spacious balcony which overlooks the pool, the beach, the lagoon and the ocean, features a lovely day bed as well as an outdoor settee which is big enough to stretch out on, as well as 2 lounge chairs and a coffee table.  Like the 1 Bedroom villas below, each balcony is stepped back to ensure privacy.  The 2 bedrooms (both with ensuite bathroom) are located on the second floor and each has an intimate balcony.  The main bedroom faces the lagoon and the second bedroom faces Rarotonga’s central mountains.
Maximum Occupancy: 5 Adults
Existing Bedding: A Super King Bed in both bedrooms one of which may be converted to 2 Single Beds.
Additional Bedding:  A Single Rollaway Bed may be added to the lounge area for a 5th occupant.

Getting to and from Te Vakaroa Villas
Te Vakaroa Villa’s guests arriving from international flights are provided with a Meet & Greet service which includes a fresh flower lei and transferred direct to their accommodation where a bottle of wine and a fruit platter will be provided in each villa with compliments of Te Vakaroa Villas.  A private car transfer back to the airport at the end of the stay is also included. The cost of the transfer will be included in our package pricing.

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 what holidays are for!

Kids Policy
Children aged 12 years and over are accepted as guests at Te Vakaroa Villas. 

Check-in/Check Out
The standard check-in and check-out times:
Check-in Time 2:00pm
Check-out Time: 10:00am
Early Check-in and Late Check-out
Early Check-in from 6:00am if available costs approximately 25% of the nightly tariff.
Due to the exclusive nature of Te Vakaroa Vilas, there are no facilities for arriving guests who have not arranged and paid for an early check-in to wait at the resort for their rooms to become available.   
Late Check-out up to 6.00pm if available costs approximately 25% of the nightly tariff

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 Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet Cancellations made between 30 & 60 days of scheduled
     arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to the cost of 50% of
     total accommodation booked. 
Bullet Cancellations made within 30 days of scheduled arrival
     including no-shows incur a cancellation fee equal to 100%
     of total cost of accommodation booked.

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

The information on this page is correct as at 21 November 2019 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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Villa Facilities
Bullet Kayaks
Bullet Snorkelling Equipment
Bullet Infinity Pool
Bullet Jacuzzi

Villa Features
Bullet Air conditioning
Bullet Ceiling fans
Bullet Insect screens
Bullet TV, DVD player
Bullet CD player
Bullet Work Desk
Bullet Telephone
Bullet Internet data port
Bullet Ensuite bathroom
Bullet Bathrobes
Bullet Hair dryer
Bullet Beach towels
Bullet Washer & Drier
Bullet Iron & Ironing Board
Bullet Fully equipped kitchen
Bullet Dishwasher
Bullet Fridge & Freezer
Bullet Microwave
Bullet Gas Hob & Oven
Bullet Filtered Water

Facilities Nearby
Bullet Restaurant
Bullet Bar

All guests identified as honyemooners at time of booking
staying a minimum 5 nights will be provided with a bottle
of champagne on arrival & his and hers massages