Vina, the owner, was so warm and welcoming when we arrived and Muri Beach Hideaway is in such an amazing location. Vina provided us with lots of lovely home grown fruit and filled the fridge with water, milk and juice for our arrival. We really appreciated this factor as nothing is open when you arrive late at night so it was good to be able to make a cuppa and have something to eat. I loved the bungalows and the privacy and you can't beat the lagoon view, absolutely stunning. The bungalows have a great deck and you can see the beautiful lagoon from your deck if you stay in a lagoon or seaview villa. It rained a bit when we were there but the decks have blinds to roll down for a bit more protection and they worked at keeping the rain at bay so we could still chill out on the deck. There's no air-con but there was always a lovely breeze which kept it cool and a ceiling fan if needed. All windows are screened and the shutter doors are also screened. We actually didn't have any mozzies at all when we stayed as the wind kept them at bay. There's an outdoor shower to wash off and each deck has a big bowl of water to wash the sand off to keep the rooms nice and clean. And make sure you get the hammock out of the cupboard, very relaxing. I loved being at Muri Beach as it wasn't in the hustle and bustle of town but it still had a small village feel and wasn't isolated. You could walk to the bakeries, bars, small shops and car rentals easily. The night food markets (locals cooking local food) in Muri Beach were also fantastic and only a few doors up from the accommodation. It was lovely and quiet however there are roosters, they're everywhere though so it doesn't matter where you stay. We loved waking up to the sound of the drums and the singing from the Lagoon Cruise guys in the morning (about 8-9am so not too early). It just set the happy and relaxed tone every day. Couldn't have asked for more.
As a side note there's no free Wi-Fi on the island and if you found a hotspot it was a very slow connection. It was fantastic for tuning out and not having to worry about the daily grind but if you do need to keep in touch we found going to the Bluesky telecom office had a reasonable connection and a good deal for Wi-Fi rates.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Simple yet luxurious accommodation in the Cook Islands, our traditional Polynesian Style Bungalows are set on one of Rarotonga's most beautiful beaches Muri Beach. With soft white sand and magnificent views of Muri Lagoon we offer everything that traveller’s hope for in a tropical escape to the Cook Islands: views of the morning sun above, and the finest restaurants and experiences in Rarotonga right at your doorstep. This little retreat known as the Hideaway, is truly hidden away and a place to kick back and relax while you indulge yourself in Cook Islands culture. Spoil yourself with a swim in the outdoor swimming pool, take a stroll along Muri beach, stretch out on your patio and inhale the scents of your garden’s tropical flowers. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Muri Beach Hideaway Hotel Muri
- Muri Beach Hideaway Rarotonga, Cook Islands