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Dion and Colette
Pokeno, New Zealand

Amazing island escape

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 Jan 2024
Thankyou team MOTU. You made our short escape to Raro truly memorable. From the minute we checked in we felt welcomed and well looked after. We felt blessed to share this small paradise with you and look forward to returning. All the best from Dion and Colette.
Date of stay: December 2023
Room Tip: Be sure to ask the MOTU team for more information on things to do on this island. They have a...
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 29 December 2023

    This is the nicest place my wife and I ever stayed at. Everything was absolutely fantastic. The lagoon was one the best snorkeling spot around the island (hundreds of fish, giant clam, turtle...), the villa was stunning, the common grounds absolutely beautiful. Add to that the fact that the staff was simply perfect, everyone was nice, friendly and caring. We had the chance to meet Mii who made us feel really cared for and treated us in such special ways that we felt like family.
    This is quite possibly the best holiday we've ever been to, it was that good that on the last day, we were already looking into booking our return trip next year.
    Could not recommend enough and would highly encourage everyone to go there for a very special time away!

    Room tip: It takes time to learn how to unwind and relax for some of us so make sure to book enough time to enjoy the whole thing...
    Date of stay: November 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 8 December 2023 via mobile

    My wife and i have had an amazing Stay at Motu.
    The hosts Tim and Lucile did make sure that all our expectations have been exceeded.
    The beach front villa with direct access to the beach, access to stand up paddle board and kayaks and just simply all the amenities made our stay one of the best we ever had.
    We would highly recommend this Place to our friends and families and consider also our selfs to return one day

    Room tip: The Beachfront Villas are Top
    Date of stay: December 2023
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
    Thank ReebEztam
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    Reviewed 25 November 2023 via mobile

    The experience of staying at Motu beachfront is one I would recommend to any couples that are wanting private adults only accommodation that comes with stunning full service and amazing managers and workers that make you feel well cared for. My husband and I stayed here the week of our wedding in Raro and would choose to stay only here on any future trips! The villas are beautiful and so close to the water it felt like our own little paradise. From the layout of the villas to the decor and design of the main foyer and swimming pool it was perfect. The overall property felt luxurious and what’s not to like about an honesty bar that is open to guests even on Sundays!! The staff were so accommodating it was unexpected as we didn’t realise the extent of the full service we’d receive from a boutique resort of villas. Our stay was amazing and everything was so picture perfect for our likings. Would 100% recommend!

    Date of stay: November 2023
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
    Thank Nora J
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    Management response:Responded 7 December 2023

    Kia Orana Nora & Barry,
    It was such a pleasure having you at MOTU for your big week, and to welcome you back for a short day after your honeymoon in Aitutaki. So glad to hear that MOTU is now your top pick in Rarotonga as there are other wonderful properties on the island. We can't wait to welcome you back again :)
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    Reviewed 13 November 2023

    If you're after absolute beach front in an idyllic tropical setting, then MOTU fits the bill perfectly. We stayed for a week, swapping between two villas, both of which were comfortable and clean. Having only 10 villas on the property contributed to a tranquil experience, as did the helpful, but never intrusive advice and help from Lucille, Tim and Mii.
    We got around largely by bus and the village's e-bikes, but worth considering hiring a car if you have a longer stay, with only a couple of places for dinner within walking distance.

    Date of stay: July 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 11 November 2023

    An idyllic spot on the idyllic island of Rarotonga. We loved the warm friendliness of the staff and the immaculately kept villas and grounds. Our beach front villa was perfect for snorkelling, whale watching and quiet relaxation under the palm trees. We made good use of the kayaks, paddle boards and bikes that were available. We also hired a car which enabled us to explore the top class restaurants and places to visit all over the island. We were very lucky - we saw whales every day (mid August) from the shore on all different places around the island. We highly recommend Motu Villas and hope to visit again next year.

    Room tip: A hire car is great and then you do not have to wait for the bus.
    Date of stay: August 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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