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Cooks Bay Villas
Certificate of Excellence
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
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“Pure Magic!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2012

'Cooks Bay Villas' is the most amazing holiday resort!
Villas are superb. Each villia has two large bedrooms with a large ensuite for each. Fantastic 'outdoor' shower (hot & cold water) plus a spa pool. Your own laundry!
The beach is brilliant. Great snorkling. Owners/hosts Shine & Simon are great!!!
This resort is more than a 'Home away from Home'
Just Perfect ...Paradise

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

Cooks Bay Villas is definitely the place to go for a lovely relaxing family holiday. Absolute superb villas! Everything was more than we imagined. An incredible job has been done with the property, it was just perfect. The beach and amazing snorkelling right out front, the pool, the private backyard spa, the outdoor dining on the deck, a bathroom for each room, the villa and location was perfect for our family and not to mention the beautiful hosts! Can not say enough about this stunning place. A definite must stay when you are in Rarotonga!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2012

My partner and I have just returned from Roratonga. We spent the last days of our break at the Cook Bay Villas Bungalow 5. After returning from a section of our Holiday in Atuitaki.
Well what can Iwe say Cook Bay Villas is outstanding, Up to date interiors and Mod Cons. Fantastic amenities with the provision of Canoes and Snorkolling equipment free of charge. outdoor and indoor showers, jacuzzi. Beautiful self contained villas. which are located on a beautiful sandy beach. What more could anyone ask for. I am sure it is the best accomodation on the island. The two sisters who run the property were delightful and laughed all the time.
Can't wait to be back there again one day.
Hi Shine and Tara

Gary and Mauree (UK)

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2011

Cooks Bay Villas is located on the southern coast of Rarotonga. The 5 villas have been designed with extraordinary attention to detail to give travellers the best in comfort, convenience and relaxation. One example is the hot tub in the enclosed yard area at the rear of each property. You can snorkel until you're chilly, take a quick hot shower outdoors to wash off the sand and hop in the hot tub to warm up. Luxury!

The properties are in Polynesian style, but using the most modern materials. Think good quality cotton sheets on the beds, stylish polished concrete floors and all designed to the highest environmental standards. Our villa felt like a real home from home. Furnishings were well chosen for clean simple lines and maximum comfort - no cheapo cane furniture here! Being only 6 months old everything is in immaculate condition and the owners, Shine and Simon, have thought of everything. I liked the provision of beach towels and hairdryers.

One big draw for my family was the situation of the villas - fronting some of the very best snorkelling on the island. The fringing lagoon is just teeming with colourful fish and coral. Although the lagoon has obviously suffered some damage during a period of pounding hurricanes a few years back it is regenerating beautifully. The sand outside the villas is white and clean and there is no need to wear reef shoes on the beach.

Vaimaanga is a quiet part of the island compared to Muri, but the villas are located between two decent restaurants (Vaimas and the Yellow Hibiscus) and just over the road from the rather grandly named Wigmore's superstore (basically, it's like a glorified Seven11, but it has all the basics and a few interesting extras) which has a reasonable takeaway.

It was so good that we've already booked to return next year!

Room Tip: All villas have the same floor plan and all face the lagoon.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2011

We stayed at a beachfront Hotel in Muri in 2009 but................ after staying at the Cooks Bay Villas, Vaimaanga we wouldn't stay in Muri again or anywhere else on the island. There are 5 villas all with the same floor layout and we stayed in villa 4. Our hosts Shine and Simon have obviously given alot of thought to the design and functionality of the villas as they are great, couldn't fault anything. Excellent fit out in furniture and furnishings, full kitchen, own laundry facilities and a superb private outdoor shower and spa pool. We loved the outdoor dining at the front of the villas along with the daybed. The water is just metres away. They supply free of charge kayaks and snorkelling gear or if you don't want to swim in the sea there is a pool. Just at the end of the pool is a BBQ with dining facilities and we made good use of this. We received a fresh fruit platter every morning and Wigmores grocery store is 2 minutes walk away selling a good variery of foodlines including beer and wine. If you want to dine out there are a couple of very good restuarants within 5 minutes walk and Wigmores have a takeaway attached which is very reasonable priced.

We were most impressed with what Shine and Simon have done in minimising their carbon footprint when building the villas. They have made use of natural resources which makes the property very eco friendly. Take the time to talk to Simon about it.

We hired a scooter while there and Shine arranged this for us, nothing was ever a problem. Her sister Tara is a very good singer and we highly recommend finding out where she is singing and take in a meal while being entertained by someone who has a great voice.

Well as our tan fades (the weather was good sunshine for all of our 13 day stay) the memories are vivid of our stay in paradise. This is one place we will come back to.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cooks Bay Villas
Address: Vaimaanga Beach | PO Box 3018, Vaimaanga, Cook Islands
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Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Vaimaanga
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Vaimaanga
Price range (per night): $364 - $456
Hotel Class:4 star — Cooks Bay Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cooks Bay Villas (CBV) nightly tariff ranges between: NZD$395 - NZD$495per night and is situated on the unspoiled white sandy beach of Vaimaanga, Rarotonga Cook Islands. We offer a wonderful opportunity to indulge yourself in a little luxury, while being able to enjoy the serenity and seclusion of one of the most beautiful locations in the Pacific. Cooks Bay Villas embraces modern polynesian architecture and styling with all villas being absolute beach front, with spectacular views across the lagoon to distance ocean wave breaks. Our Villas include the following:~ Two separate bedrooms with ceiling fans, air-conditioning and separate walk-in en-suites, a King Split Beds in each room that can be set into single beds~ Spacious living area opens onto expansive private balcony with outdoor teak dinning furniture, teak loungers and day-bed~ Fully self contained and well equipped with all modern amenities with Full kitchen facilities including an electric oven, gas top stove, full fridge/freezer, microwave and each villa has its own (Ultra Violet) treatment water system~ Entertainment embraces a 4inch LED TV, Home Theatre, Stereo/Hard drive consisting of movies, documentaries, tv series, cartoons, music etc. Telephone and WIFI-Internet connection~ Each villa have a Private outdoor courtyard, accessible from both bedrooms and en-suites, a jacuzzi/spa pool, outdoor shower, sitting area, clothes line and a small laundry with washing machine and tub~ Another fantastic feature of this property is that Villas 2, 3 & 4, having full wheelchair access and being disability friendly. Relation should be a way of life, so at Cooks Bay Villas we also offer guests a selection of on-site facilities and services to help you relax and recharge. We understand these little extras go a long way in helping you really enjoy your island experience. ... more   less 
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