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The Black Pearl at Puaikura
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Wellington
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“Excellent experience in Aroa Pool Villa”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

We just returned from a family holiday in the Aroa Pool Villa, which is owned and managed by Puaikura Reef Lodge. The house had just been renovated and was very comfortable and clean. It's just down the road from Puaikura Reef Lodges and the staff there made sure we had everything we needed and were very friendly and helpful.

The villa is well-equipped and has its own beautiful pool, BBQ and outdoor eating area and is only a couple of minute's walk from the beach. The beach is great for swimming and snorkelling and is right by the Aroa marine reserve - the water is clear and the fish amazing.

There's a small store about ten minutes walk away and scooter hire nearby. Good location. If you're a light sleeper take earplugs because of the roosters that are ubiquitous in Rarotonga.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

We have just returned from 10 days staying here, we had a standard 1 bedroom self contained unit. It is very basic but clean, well serviced and the staff are friendly and helpful. Well situated, across the road from a swimming and snorkelling beach; beside a shop, fish and chippie, kayak hire and on the right side of the island for easy getting around. The first night we checked in we saw a couple of creepy critters but they disappeared when we arrived and didn't come visiting again.

Room Tip: All rooms are well positioned in this small complex. The neighbours will be the only issue if any!!
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

OK,so we know Raro well,having lived there,we return often and have stayed in motels across the board.
Guests have to check out by 10am,so if you're catching the 5.30 pm plane,you havn't a car,it's $75 to use your room for the rest of the day.there are no new guests in your room and no staff to clean it,and it's there waiting to be cleaned ,and you're charged ,we think that's money gathering,
The office is closed from noon on sat and all day on Sunday,so don't be needing any thing during this time..
We asked at the office if maybe we could see an island show and skip the dinner part,and were told No,you can't do that.
Rarotongan hotel and Edgewater hotel both do this on enquiry.
we had prepaid our return shuttle ,and they offered a free trip to other guests.
We just thought they lacked the finesse that the other properties had.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Orewa, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

Booked as part of a package. Price was great, location is perfect right in the middle! Pool is lovely - great for a morning wake up swim. Mini mart right next door and fresh fruit stall across the road. Beautiful sandy beach and walking distance to one of the best beach bars in the world! Friendly staff - we'll be back!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

Booked as part of a package it ticked the boxes for price, location and friendly staff. Big rooms, gorgeous beach across the road and places to walk. Fruit stalls abound (pawpaw and bananas for breakfast) and there's a mini-mart for provisions, so with the good cooking facilities you can survive without a restaurant (although there are several around). Plus my son and fiancee came later and stayed too in the two extra beds. Sure you get what you pay for but this is good value.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Black Pearl at Puaikura

Property: The Black Pearl at Puaikura
Address: | Kavera, Arorangi, Cook Islands
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Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Arorangi
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Arorangi
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,909 - ₹ 13,028
Hotel Class:3 star — The Black Pearl at Puaikura 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the sheltered sunset side of the island, the Black Pearl at Puaikura enjoys an enviable location with a pristine beach across the road, safe for swimming and snorkelling; a magical spot to watch the sunset. A mere 15 minutes to downtown Avarua, ten minutes to the airport and twenty minutes to the eclectic hustle and bustle of Muri. Intimately set in tropical gardens around a central salt water swimming pool The Black Pearl’s 12 rooms are spacious with high vaulted ceilings. A bold, vibrant, sometimes quirky colour palette complements the natural colours of the island. All on the ground level each room has a private patio, a view of either the lush garden or sparkling pool – or both. Kitchen facilities mean you can prepare breakfast, a light lunch or dinner in between dining at a great choice of restaurants close by, many of whom offer a free pick up and drop off service. Or choose to use our poolside BBQ. The Black Pearl at Puaikura is a haven for those not wanting a large hotel with multiple bars and restaurants but rather an intimate environment where the emphasis is on personal service, a place where you can lose yourself in a tropical paradise, at an affordable price. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Puaikura Reef Hotel Arorangi
The Black Pearl At Puaikura Rarotonga/Arorangi, Cook Islands

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