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Moana Sands Villas

Ara Tapu Rd Cook Islands
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#5 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Rarotonga
Located in the heart of the enchanting tapere (‘village’) of Vaimaanga, and tucked away amongst lush tropical gardens with stunning views of the turquoise lagoon, is the charming Moana Sands Villas & Apartments. The property offers ten spacious self-catering villas, apartments and studios. Each Villa incorporates both traditional Cook Island and contemporary design, with local paintings and Polynesian inspired décor. With spectacular views overlooking the pristine swimming pool (built in 2019) and breath taking lagoon, this is a stunning location. All rooms are self-catering with air conditioning, spacious living area, fully equipped kitchen (studio has microwave), safe, flat screen TV, private balcony or patio. Kayaks, guest laundry and a BBQ are available for in-house guests, and Wi-Fi vouchers are available for purchase at reception. A baby-sitting service is also available on request. This delightful property is the perfect choice from a few nights, a week or a long stay!
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Explorer795373 wrote a review June 2021
11 contributions5 helpful votes
Fabulous, spacious, clean accommodation with amazing staff. Loved everything about Moana Sands Villas from the delicious and generous breakfasts to the amazing snorkeling just a stones throw from our villa. Stayed for 11 nights and loved every minute of it. The stunning outdoor area was kept immaculate and the pool was lovely. Liked that the deep end was 1.7m. Wigmore’s supermarket across the road was very handy with delicious ice creams and meals for sale at lunchtime if you just wanted to spend the day at Moana Sands Villas. We would be greeted in the morning by the very, friendly staff bringing us the most fabulous breakfast, relax the day away by the pool and enjoy the fantastic snorkeling. In fact the best snorkeling I have experienced with so many different fish to look at. Fabulous, friendly Claire, from the office, gave us maps and recommendations of places we might like visiting, which were extremely helpful and absolutely perfect for the type of vacation we were wanting. Cannot recommend highly enough and definitely the best relaxing holiday ever! Loved meandering along the beach to Vaima Restaurant and Bar, or along the road to Yellow Hibiscus Restaurant. Caught the bus right outside our villa into town to explore the island. Enjoyed evenings sitting in our outdoor patio area and was impressed to find they had even provided mosquito coils! Other handy extras were the umbrella and torch for our evening strolls. There were also kayaks and reef shoes available so they really had thought of everything! Cannot wait to return again.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
3 Helpful votes
Response from Moana Sands Group, Owner at Moana Sands Villas
Responded 2 Aug 2021
Kia Orana Explorer795373 Thank you for your kind review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Moana Sands Beachfront Villas & Apartments. Wigmores supermarket across the road is indeed very handy for all your vacation requirements, offering an array of products and the wonderful Yellow Hibiscus and Vaima Restaurants are indeed just a short walk away and a lovely way to spend your evenings under the stars. Again, thank you for your wonderful feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back to the beautiful Cook Islands! Meitaki ma'ata e kia manuia
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Mozak wrote a review Mar 2020
Vulcan, Canada3 contributions3 helpful votes
My first trip to Rarotonga was amazing. A group of 3 of us stayed at the Moana Sands Villas for a month. It was the perfect location. We were right across the street from Wigmores grocery store where we were able to get everything we needed. Also the bakery delivered fresh baking several times a day. Go Cook Islands was a great place to rent a car and the owner, Jaret, was very helpful. The bus stop was right outside our door and we were about the same distance to town as we were to Muri beach. The apartment we stayed in was on the bottom level. We were only steps to the water and to the pool. We had access to the kayaks and snorkeling equipment. I think the beach where we were had the best snorkeling on the island. Lots of fish to see. Our apartment was perfect. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms, air conditioning, a kitchen and plenty of room made it a perfect month. An added bonus was the daily maid service. The girls were always singing and smiling. Also Yoga, the maintenance person and grounds keeper. He was so helpful - even when we needed his help one evening!! At the helm of these villas was Claire. She was in the office and seemed to take care of everyone. Claire gave us great advice on what there was to do on Rarotonga. Her assistance was invaluable and we appreciated her help. It was always nice to see her happy smile when we went by the office or popped in. If we were to return to Rarotonga - Moana Sands Villas would be our first choice.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Carol F wrote a review Dec 2019
Tauranga, New Zealand30 contributions20 helpful votes
The villas contained two bedrooms and two bathrooms plus a large lounge dining area and full kitchen facilities. Maid service daily and private outdoor seating area as well as lovely swimming pool and great friendly community. Office staff were extremely helpful with suggestions locally to visit for dining and just relaxing and a rental car agency and supermarket just across the road. Many places to enjoy on the island and the local bus was a great inexpensive way to travel around it with locals.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Room Tip: Villas have sea views and a private beachfront locality.
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38Naki1 wrote a review Dec 2019
New Plymouth, New Zealand5 contributions
We have just returned from a magical week at this accommodation. Claire in reception is so lovely and accommodating and always greets with a happy smile. We snorkelled in many different areas but the best fish were spotted just out from our accommodation. Supermarket, cafe, spa and takaways are just outside the property which is so handy. Thanks team for the great holiday.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Kim A wrote a review Oct 2019
Sydney, Australia12 contributions6 helpful votes
This was our second visit. They have added a pool which is great. When the winds died down and sun came out the waters were so clear you could see all the fish without snorkels. The apartment was large and ours had a full stove and oven. Wigmores across the road is great. Highly recommend, and a rental car is a good option so you can look around the island.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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USD 214 - USD 282 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Moana Sands Villas
Which popular attractions are close to Moana Sands Villas?
Nearby attractions include Tik-e Tours (6.2 km), Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) (5.2 km), and Aroa Marine Reserve (2.9 km).
What food & drink options are available at Moana Sands Villas?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Moana Sands Villas?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Moana Sands Villas?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Mooring Fish Cafe Rarotonga, Beluga, and Tuoro Tapas Bar.
Are there any historical sites close to Moana Sands Villas?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wreck of the Matai (6.7 km).