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Palm Grove

Ara Tapu, Vaimaanga Cook Islands
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Set in the enchanting area of Vaimaanga on the stunning southern coast, Palm Grove enjoys the tranquility of one of the best locations on Rarotonga. 22 individual bungalows are scattered over 5 acres of landscaped beachfront and garden property. Bungalows are available in studio to 3-bedroom layout and feature kingsize beds, full kitchen facilities, airconditioned bedrooms, ceiling fans, flatscreen TV, and private patio/balcony. Property amenities include our onsite restaurant and bar, swimming pool, guest BBQ, laundry facility, tour desk, and motorbike rentals. All guests receive complimentary daily tropical breakfast buffet and use of kayaks, snorkel equipment, beach chairs and beach towels. Welcome to Palm Grove, your private piece of paradise!
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Free parking
Paid wifi
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
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Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Shuttle bus service
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Sherpa496580 wrote a review July 2021
Glenfield, New Zealand4 contributions4 helpful votes
Although our Beachfront Bungalow was gorgeous and right on the water, the rooms from 6 upwards are RIGHT next to the road, the numbers 1 to 4 are closer to the beach and further from the road, when we arrived the place was really empty, the guy on our shuttle with us was booked for a garden room and was upgraded for free to one of the front four rooms. In the morning my partner went over to see Betsy in the office, he said, Hi, we booked in yesterday from NZ, she said “yep” he said, is there any chance we could be moved to one of the rooms further from the road and the traffic noise was REALLY loud, her response was “ no sorry” nothing else, no explanation, she was brusque and to the point of rude. I had read a heap of reviews on this place and the main complaint seemed to be about Betsy’s attitude, I would like to back this up. My travel agent had especially mentioned tin our booking confirmation that it was my birthday, but no acknowledgement of this was made at all , I did arrange with Tangi the head of housekeeping for her to make me a head wreath, which was absolutely beautiful and a bargain at $10 The staff are friendly, but not nearly as friendly as some other places we went, like Castaways where they heard it was my birthday and had the singer do my favourite song and the crowd sing happy birthday, we spoke to the owner there who was lovely and it was clear that the great friendly service came from the top, unlike at Palm Grove, there is just no heart in the place, the restaurant, although it serves good food, is devoid of any personality at all and is facing the busy road. there are much better restaurants in the area, right on the beach with great food and excellent. In short, would not stay there again, the beach is fantastic, the service and hospitality just isn’t there.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: If getting the beach front Bungalow, definitely request rooms 1 to 4 they are further from the...
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Phil J wrote a review Mar 2020
4 contributions2 helpful votes
Great friendly place to stay top staff good food an entertainment At Palm Grove restaurant 👍 Got to do the safari 4wd also the mud buggies at the Hilton So many great places to eat an shop Lovely beach’s
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Tatania G wrote a review Feb 2020
Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution2 helpful votes
Beautiful place to stay, Air cons in all rooms, clean facilities, lovely free breakfast, free snorkelling gear, water shoes and kayaks, beautiful private beach! Good area, bus stop across the road, Recommend A+++
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Amanda W wrote a review Jan 2020
Mandan, North Dakota21 contributions17 helpful votes
We arrived on Sunday morning January 12 and our beachfront bungalow was ready. It was amazing. We literally stepped off our deck into soft sand. The beach was stunning. Sunday night we were able to enjoy the BBQ that Palm Grove has. You get a choice of steak or fish along with numerous sides and salads. The food is delicious. After you stuff yourself with the BBQ then there's dessert. The bed was extremely comfortable and we both slept really well.Yes, there are chickens and the roosters crow but I brought ear plugs and it was fine. My husband didn't wear ear plugs and they didn't bother him either. I truly think Palm Grove has the best beach and the snorkeling was great. We enjoyed the water everyday, even when it rained. The continental breakfast was plenty for me. It includes a variety of fruit, cereal, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, toast, juice, etc. If you would like a hot breakfast, you can order eggs, bacon, sausage for what I thought was a reasonable price. We loved everything about Palm Grove and can't wait to come back! All of the staff are friendly and wonderful!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Lisa_on_tour wrote a review Jan 2020
Torquay, United Kingdom56 contributions65 helpful votes
we stayed here early December in a beach bungalow. The views were to die for! the room was huge with plenty of space for 2 large suitcases. Very well equipped kitchen. Breakfast was great with lovely fresh fruit every day. Location was great, short walk to a nearby supermarket and a couple of other restaurants. We didnt use the pool so cant comment on that. would highly recommend this accommodation!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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USD 147 - USD 253 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Palm Grove
Which popular attractions are close to Palm Grove?
Nearby attractions include Tik-e Tours (6.5 km), Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) (5.5 km), and Aroa Marine Reserve (3.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Palm Grove?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Palm Grove?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Palm Grove?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Palm Grove?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Palm Grove?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Mooring Fish Cafe Rarotonga, Beluga, and Tuoro Tapas Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Palm Grove?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Palm Grove have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Palm Grove offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Palm Grove have airport transportation?
Yes, Palm Grove offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Palm Grove?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Palm Grove?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wreck of the Matai (6.6 km).