Amazing house - spectacular design and amenities. The timber is simply gorgeous.
Great location too!
The hosts were amazing - with beautiful organic produce surrounding the property that they were so willing to educate us about.
They were also so helpful - and were there for us with whatever we needed.
Can't fault in anyway!
We had a fantastic stay here. Great communication prior to arriving in Rarotonga. Clear instructionals on how to get there from the airport.
The hosts Robert and Susanne are absolutely lovely and go above and beyond to ensure your stay is pleasurable. Eg Robert (Snr) dropped us to the markets, sourced fish, supplied us with fresh fruit and vegetables, and provided a lot of local knowledge when asked. Robert (Jnr) is an absolute draw card and I am sure my children will talk about the coconut scraping and fish feeding for a long time.
The house is stunning and well equipped to cater for all. The children thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful and safe location and spent most of the days in the pool and the lagoon. The host provided a traditional waka that the kids also took out paddling.
We loved our stay in this slice of paradise and really hope to visit them again in the future.
With our expectations already high, basing on the photos and reviews, it was hard to expect that they would be exceeded. Although they definitely were. Susanna and Robert have a fantastic house, beautifully designed and amazingly clean. Susanna and Robert are great hosts - thoughtful and caring, yet very respectful to guests' privacy. The house has everything one may need and more, including beautiful views over the lagoon. The beach itself is a bit rocky (especially if you are travelling with young kids), but there is a very nice sandy beach a couple of hundred meters down the coast, plus the house has a sea-water pool.
It's worth noting that although the house doesn't have air conditioning, heat wasn't a problem at all (we were visiting in May) as it is very well ventilated.
Also please note that as Cook Islands' only way to connect to the Internet is via a satellite link, internet there is very expensive and you should not expect free wifi to be available anywhere around the island.
To conclude the above, Susanna's house is a fantastic option for a quiet family getaway holiday, and we would never be looking at other options should we come back to Cook Islands in the future.
I was so excited to travel from the States to the Cook Islands and enjoy a peaceful vacation with family in a luxury private home. I thought I would be lounging at our private pool, looking at 360 degrees of beautiful scenery from the balconies, and walking steps out to be on a lovely beach/ocean. Driving up to the house and parking the car, I see a very junky side lot, (huge metal container used for storage but not aesthetically appealing at all, along with other unsightly items) and a completely open bottom floor of the owners' home. While it is stated that the owners live on the ground floor of the home, what was not made clear was that their level is completely open, allowing them to view/hear anything we were doing at all times. As there are no screens or AC, we had to keep all windows and doors open at all times (even at night) to get air flow. I felt that we had no privacy and that we were being watched (and heard) at all times. As well, I felt like I was intruding on them! I would try to enjoy the pool, yet I'd be watching the owner sitting on her computer or sitting and smoking just near the pool. Is smoking eco-friendly? I was also disappointed upon arrival seeing that the beach, although steps away, was completely rocky, on shore and in the water, making it impossible for children (and adults) to swim. This house is located on a lagoon. Lovely in its own right, but not good for lounging/swimming. It was great place to spot eels off the dock though! We left the house every day to go to one of the nearby pristine, white sand, non-rocky beaches and have privacy. The house has no AC, no screens, no mosquito netting over the beds (yet the owner has mosquito netting over their beds!). There are only two fans-one for each bedroom. However, there are no ceiling fans or other fans for the main rooms (where our son slept) and we had to leave the glass doors wide open to give him air flow, which worried me quite a bit during my stay. There is no Wifi (the owners had it-why not offer it for guests for a fee? People do work while on vacation and this is a basic amenity these days.) There are lots of movies available, but most are in Spanish! The towels were a hot commodity. It was hot, humid and we were at a beach every day. We finally got fresh towels mid-week (because I asked.) Again, I find this to be a very basic amenity when staying at a "luxury" home. Charge for other laundry if you must, but towels should be refreshed or there should be plenty available in the house. The pictures you see of the house are lovely, but it's important to provide the full picture.
I agree about the lack of privacy from the other reviews, found owners smoking cigarettes a few feet away and there most all times quite stifling (sorry); property is really wedged in, too sloppy, and it’s nowhere near the beach. Please check out the satellite view from Google Earth before booking. Also see pic of your actual morning coffee view; junk all around...rusty ship container..etc. (unfortunately worse view on the other side of house). For a top rate to book it, you should provide you guests nice towels, a yard that is picked up, the internet, A/C, and a washing machine that’s not $15/load right? Think low end motel. Since Kaireva was deceptive, all factored in, the accommodations are one ⭐️ (out of five ⭐️), quite below average and should be rented at a far reduced rate. We discovered the best service and beauty for the $ on the island are the spots on (real) Muri Beach. Good luck. Cheers!