Vai Villas
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Vai Villas

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4.5
#39 of 47 villas in Rarotonga
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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Luxury
Romantic
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Beach
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Room features
Air conditioning
Kitchenette
Refrigerator

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Vaimaanga Cook Islands
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Irie79 wrote a review Feb 2014
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were fortunate enough to have our wedding ceremony and reception here and we certainly were not disappointed. Upon arrival we were greeted by Lesi who made sure we were looked after throughout our stay. The Villas and the section itself were immaculate and had everything you needed. If you are looking for a beautiful private wedding venue where you have your own private beach then this place will not disappoint! It was the ideal place for our wedding venue as it provided a beautiful setting, breath-taking views and there was plenty of room there to cater for up to 130 wedding guests, a floor show and a small band.

Wigmore's superstore is right across the round which was so convenient. Another added bonus was having Cocolatte Cafe next door - handy for breakfast and brunch!Thank you so much Nooroa and Lesi we definitely look forward to returning one day.

Debbie & Greg
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Date of stay: January 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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bridgetteSydney wrote a review Nov 2011
sydney
4.0 of 5 bubbles
we booked vai villas over the internet and the prompt replies to all my emails was impressive.the villa looked exactly like the images shown on the web site, so no need to fear that its all trick photography.
we were delighted at the cleanliness, location and facilities the villa offered.the deck and lagoon was a lovely place to chill out and relax.
in regards to the privacy and sheer curtain issue raised in previous review, i can assure you you have privacy . there was another couple staying in the other villa.there is a curtain covering a window in your room and a 3 lattice screens that separates the deck.we didnt hear them at all, and saw them briefly sitting on their deck eating breakfast, other than that you wouldnt have known they were there.sure you can see them if you walk out onto your deck and down to the lagoon, however, its no different to staying in a hotel or bungalow in my opinion.my husband nor i felt uncomfortable with the arrangement.
the amenties of the kitchen were terrific and had every you needed.the shop across the road made things alot easier not to have to go out for meals all the time.
we had asked for some groceries to be bought and waiting for us, as we didnt fly into raratonga till 11.30pm and everything was there for us, which was wonderful.
we would highly recommmend this villa to anyone staying in raratonga
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Date of stay: November 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sydney_Australian wrote a review Jul 2013
Sydney
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our first visit to Rarotonga and on recommendation by friends who holiday here every year (for the past 8 years and who have stayed at many of the top resorts), this is the place to stay and we couldn't agree more. If you are looking for your own fully self-contained beachfront villa, this is definitely it. Well equipped, comfortable, clean and incredibly tranquil with the most breathtaking views. Owners are close by and are truly lovely people and only too happy to make your stay perfect.

Beach: Predominantly private, you really do feel like it's all yours and it's beautiful!

Water: Spectacular! Snorkeling, swimming, stand-up paddle board, kayaking heaven! Aqua blue and you can see clearly to the bottom. You're always surrounded by fish...perfect for snorkeling.

Restaurants: Less than a 5 minute walk along the beach is Vaima restaurant that was impressive on all accounts - food, service and location (our candlelit table was on the beach!). We would happily have eaten here every night! Although we did eat at LBV Cafe/restaurant which served exquisite French food, also a must.

Activities: The villas have an incredible large deck that overlooks the water (see pictures), snorkeling (bring your own as we did or use the equipment provided in your villa), kayaks (several to choose from).

Close by: Everything that you need for your stay, a large shop across the street with a great wine selection, a cafe that serves great BLTs, and fish & chip shop for quick snacks. The villas have a BBQ and the kitchens are fully equipped, so we purchased a lot of supplies from the local shop and from in town and cooked up a storm most days.

Also Do: A guided tour of Matutu Brewery, a local craft brewery that produces some of the best beer we've ever had. Their motto is "no crap added", so it's a great beer that you can only get on the island. Highly recommend you request Matutu wherever you dine so that this local brewery goes from strength to strength.

Weather: We went in June which is winter for the Cook Islands. Perfect temperature night and day, and only had heavy rainfall on the last two days, but this was broken with some sunshine and beautiful double rainbows.
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Date of stay: June 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Blonde_abroad_ wrote a review Apr 2023
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked this place as part of our honeymoon. A few hours after booking I was emailed by the owner asking for funds to be transferred into an international bank account even though the booking said cash only. Very sketchy! As soon as I questioned it my booking was cancelled the following day due to “overbooking” even though I had been in contact with the owner twice prior to receiving this message. THIS PLACE IS A SCAM!
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Date of stay: April 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Do not book this place it is a scam!
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Nicola B wrote a review Jun 2012
sydney
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a beautiful spot! My husband and I spent 5 nights in Villa one (on the right hand side looking towards the lagoon) in late April and were blown away by the location, and the perfectly furnished and clean villa. We spent many hours relaxing on our private deck (comfy loungers and table/chairs) or the joint deck right out over the beach - the views of the garden through to the lagoon is amazing. The snorkelling just off the beach directly in front of the villa was fantastic - we tried a few other locations and found this to be the best one. Shared BBQ, laundry and kayaks were added bonuses, as well as the fresh fruit and selection of local beers left for us on arrival. There is an excellent restaurant 2 mins walk (down the road, or down the beach!) away called Vaaimas - book in advance and ask for a table on the beach; as well as Wigmores Superstone for groceries and petrol across the road, and a newish cafe called Cocolatte which has excellent breakfasts and iced coffee. Highly recommended for couples or a group of 4 (if you rent both villa 1 and 2).
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Date of stay: April 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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eastcoaster4 wrote a review Aug 2013
Halifax, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Vai Villas house, which is next to the twinned villas, and run by the same people. The house was very large, but not the same quality as the villas... and we arrived to find several basic things not working. While the housemaid was wonderful and clearly worked hard to make things right, the manager was unpleasant when we asked for assistance, and essentially treated us as though this was a discount rental.... Having the bedrooms so close to the road was unfortuante because traffic noises start early (most places have a wall to deflect the noise, but this house did not. Turning on the air conditioner did help mask the noise). The beach was as wonderful as advertised - good swimming and amazing coral - the house was clean and tidy with fresh towels and linens, etc. It was just strange being treated so badly when you are paying guests. We will try somewhere else next time. The folks staying at the twinned villas at the same time as us loved them - so I would recommend them instead (and hope that you do not have to deal with the property manager).
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Date of stay: July 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Bring ear plugs
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Brian72 wrote a review Mar 2012
Mannheim, Germany
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Located at Rarotongas south side Titikaveka, slightly misleading Vai is less a Villa than two almost mirror-imaged ordinary, but very nice beachfront cottages. Inside one integrated and bright living- kitchen- and sleeping room, well equipped with all necessary things from washing machine to a huge grill for barbecue. Outside with a spacious terrace, shared garden and combined deck the two houses are perfect for family & friends, in case of individual renting Privacy can be somewhat limited. Certainly, best facility is an almost perfect beach just a step from the deck, where you can easily wind down and enjoy Kūki 'Āirani about half way between Tahiti and Tonga.
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Date of stay: November 2011Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Marytc wrote a review Mar 2015
Traverse City, Michigan
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I loved this accommodation. It is in a great location with excellent swimming and snorkeling, close to Wigamore Superstore for everything you need and Wi-Fi, several restaurants including the Café next door which had excellent food, Vaima, and Yellow Hibiscus nearby. There are two units separated by a large deck. I was in Unit 1 which has the best view. The unit was very neat, clean and comfortable. Laundry on site which was a big plus. There is a covered deck for shade and rainy days along with another deck overlooking the water. Very pretty setting. Screens on the windows and doors to keep out the insects. It was set far enough back from the road to be very quiet. I don't know that you can beat this accommodation or the location for the reasonable price. They have nighttime security because of the crime on Raro which is appreciated. However, it is somewhat disruptive when they check the doors and shine the flashlight around late at night. It woke me up every night. The crime is a Raro problem and not a problem of this accommodation and I will stay here again if I return to Raro.
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Date of stay: February 2015Trip type: Travelled solo
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Kathy G wrote a review Oct 2013
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Vai Villas Beach House for 7 nights. The house was clean and comfortable. Rooms were bright and airy and having two bathrooms was great. Alesi was an absolute gem. If we left dishes on the bench, we would turn our back and they would be washed and dried. She sourced lemons for me and regularly serviced the house with clean sheets and towels. Nothing was too much trouble for her. I totally disagree with the previous review. Nooroa was friendly and easy to deal with. Replied promptly to all my emails, and when we had a problem with the fridge at 9pm one night, a brand new one was delivered the next day!! Pretty excellent service I would say. I would have no hesitation in staying there again. The location is perfect, a minutes walk to Wigmores superstore for all supplies and Coco Latte for excellent coffee and food. And ten steps to the beach for excellent snorkling and safe swimming. Thank you Nooroa and Alesi.
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Date of stay: October 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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funedin wrote a review Jul 2011
Taunton, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow - what a fantastic place. Beautiful little villa, set in private garden with unobscurred beach and sea metres away. Lovely decked area in front to relax on. Kitchen well equipped, very comfortable bed - lie in in the morning and listen to the waves crashing on the reef. Peaceful lagoon to swim / snorkel in. Coral not too bad here - patches from the beach where there is none so you can get into the water.

Don't see why you would shell out to stay in one of the resorts when you can have your own slice of paradise for cheaper. Wigmores superstore across the road, excellent pizza place nearby, with DVD hire next to it - perfect! Definitely hire a scooter too.

It would be perfect if you are two couples, but to be honest we only had one of the villas and found it private enough when the other couple arrived.
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Date of stay: June 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Blonde_abroad_ wrote a tip Apr 2023
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not book this place it is a scam!"
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eastcoaster4 wrote a tip Aug 2013
Halifax, Canada15 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring ear plugs"
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PRICE RANGE
$500 - $541 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Cook IslandsSouthern Cook IslandsRarotonga
NUMBER OF ROOMS
2
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