We loved the communal and shared living at Aremango BUT if that's not your idea of fun then perhaps a resort is for you? Shared facilities aren't always (actually never) spotlessly clean. We thought the shared kitchen and facilities are great with everything you need to prepare your own meals.
Although mainly younger people staying there are also some 'older' visitors.... including us!
There are nine rooms altogether not counting the separate fully contained bungalow.
Rooms 1+2 : Each have a courtyard and sliding door. They are at the front of the house so have an extra front screened window as well as the sliding door for extra ventilation. Both have an outside shower with hot and cold water. It was great to have our own garden shower. We stored our bikes in our courtyard and felt As though we had our own private sanctuary.
These are also courtyard rooms and exactly the same as Rooms 1 and 2 but without the front windows. Possibly a bit quieter? They also have a private courtyard and outside shower.
These are large rooms with a window. They are closer to the toilets.
When you arrive the front door it may be shut and locked. Don't freak out. Your name should be on a piece of paper stuck to the glass with your room number. If it's not too late knock on the door to gain someone's attention OR just walk around the side and walk in through one of the unlocked sliding doors. Hopefully someone has left a light on for you. It's a little 'off putting' to arrive in the dark with the front door locked but don't let it worry you. Everything is safe. (Not a bad idea to carry a torch or have your phone torch handy)
Each room gets its own spot in fridge and your own cupboard.
There is a nice outside area to sit.
Lovi comes everyday to check on everyone. She is lovely and very helpful.
The location of Aremango is great in every aspect.
For supplies: Walk out and turn left and walk less than 5 mins to small general store or a bigger one if you turn right.
At both places you can purchase alcohol/ limited fruit and supplies are available
Walk out and turn right to cafes, an amazing bakery with coffee at (LBV), scooter, car and bicycle hire, shops and the Muri night market. There is also a pharmacy and doctor within minutes walk.
Everything is within 5 mins plus short walk.
For more substantial supplies walk out of Aremango and turn left to Wigmores supermarket.(About 2 kms or so )You really need to ride a scooter, bicycle or catch the 'clockwise' bus (same side as Aremango) to get there.
The best place for lunch is Moorings cafe. If you walk out of Aremango and turn right it's about a 20-30 minute walk. (1km) It's in the same side as Aremango. They catch their own fish each day and their fish sandwiches are amazing. We would share one between us both. Everything is so fresh and delicious. The beachside setting is lovely.
The Muri Night market is on Tues/Wed/Thurs and Sun. Thursday and Sunday markets are bigger and better. Get there early because things sell out. We are their a few times but food really wasn't that great.
We also ate at Vili's the busy burger place opposite but don't really enjoy it. Others do so it's just a matter of personal taste.
Our favourite activity was snorkelling... you can walk 5 mins down the track to a lovely beach. At low tide it is very shallow but you can still walk out and snorkel on the other side of the island opposite.
The best place for snorkelling is further down the beach opposite the 'Fruits of Rarotonga' shop. They hire out cheap snorkelling gear as well as make nice smoothies.
We really enjoyed our Aremango experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the beautiful Muri Lagoon in Rarotonga, Aremango Guesthouse welcomes travelers, explorers and sun searches from all over the world, offering affordable comfort, warm friendly service and peaceful relaxation on our little island of paradise. The guesthouse surrounded with coconut palms, banana and mango trees, is seconds to the beach down a garden path and is in an ideal location for sun, sand and sea lovers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aremango Guesthouse Hotel Avarua
- Aremango Guesthouse Cook Islands/Avarua, Rarotonga