For families on a budget.
Comprised of 7 self-catering private vacation villas, Manea Beach Villas sits in Ngatangiia District on the Eastern side of Rarotonga. The villas are a short walking distance from restaurants and Muri Night Market, allowing guests to feel immersed in local life.
Maire, our spacious three bedroom, two bathroom riverside villa laid out over two floors, has a full kitchen, and lounging area. The wood faced interior has a Pacific cabin feel, with windows all around that reveal idyllic scenes like a neighbouring patch of taro, and goats chomping on grass beside rows of coconut trees. The outdoor patio with barbecue and long communal table is ideal for al fresco dining with beautiful views of the mountains.
Just past the communal laundry facilities, a gravel path leads to a large communal pool with bright white lounging chairs and slumbering kayaks (available to guests) overlooking Muri lagoon. It is a picture of the Pacific.
What CSL liked Best
Early morning kayaking in the shallow water becomes an impromptu race toward the tiny Oneroa Island (one of the many motu that dot Muri Lagoon) in search of shells. On my return a local lady is digging for clams, her wheelbarrow nearly spilling over. At the water’s edge, I spot a giant clam and blue starfish, emblems of the islands.
This original hotels article first appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.