1 bedroom 1 bathroom close to the beach
About Makayla Palms
We both grew up in NZ and went to school there.As it happened we both became school teachers, had our OE and returned home where we met and married We taught for many years and gave up teaching in NZ to build Makayla Palms. We built and landscaped from the ground up and it was all a labour of love.
Makayla Palms purchased this Villa in 2006
Why Makayla Palms chose Titikaveka Tapere
The land was given to John as he is part Cook Islander and for him it was coming back to half of his roots having been brought up in NZ. It gave both of us the opportunity to immerse ourselves with the people and their culture and for John there was a sense of "coming home" We gave up teaching in NZ to build Makayla Palms. We built and landscaped from the ground up and it was all a labour of love. It has been an interesting journey and we have learned so much. We love that we have a local couple who doing our housekeeping and gardening and have taken ownership with us on the journey. The icing on the cake are all the wonderful guests that come to stay and hearing their stories and seeing the pleasure that they get from being on such a wonderful piece of paradise and engaging with locals
What makes this Villa unique
Fantastic staff. Nothing is too much trouble. Helpful without intrusion. The location being a short stroll along a private access to the beautiful Titikaveka lagoon and beach reputedly the best on the island Beautifully landscaped grounds with herbs and chillis to pick when you are having a BBQ on your deck
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We had a truly exceptional experience at Makayla Palms. Grace picked us up at the airport and proved to be so nice and helpful. The unit and grounds were meticulous. Our unit was well appointed with dishes, grill, outdoor furniture and view of the water. Our hosts supplied masks, fins, snorkels, kayaks, and reef shoes. It was all so easy. Our exploration of the island leads us to the conclusion this is the nicest beach area on the island. It’s only drawback is distance to a grocery store - though we managed thanks to the public bus. We plan to return and will stay in Makayla Palms. We enjoyed talking with Fred who keeps the grounds looking so beautiful. We travel a lot and we rate our experience an A+!
Everything was wonderful .
Everything was wonderful .. just as the website showed & described .. however the bed was like 2 singles together & each was very dipped & meant sleeping was only possible far apart from one another.
The property is immaculate and the rooms were so clean and well kept.
The property is immaculate and the rooms were so clean and well kept. Villa Tia has a very private feel and it was so lovely to go back to at the end of each day after exploring the island. The room had everything we needed, plus more. The access to the beach was perfect and wow it’s so stunning down at the beach.
Titikaveka is a quieter area of Rarotonga but there are many things to visit or do that are not far away from Makayla Palms.
Diagonally across the road is a limestone church and going to a service on Sunday to hear the singing is a real pleasure. Afterwards everyone is invited across the road for a cup of tea and something to eat so if you wish, it is a good opportunity to meet and talk with locals. They are very welcoming.
On the same side as the church and a short stroll is Maire Nui Gardens.There is not a pesticide in sight as everything is tended there organically including the fresh herbs used in their salads at the cafe in the gardens. The botannical gardens contain some wonderful species of plants and you are able to stroll through for a small charge.
Continuing on you will come to Rito which makes organic health and beauty products from coconuts.All products have been researched and tested and I have tried some myself and would definitely give them 10 out of 10!!
At Rito they husk all the coconuts, extract the flesh on a cunner (it comes out like dessicated coconut) then warm it over a large steel plate,with a low fire underneath. When the coconut gets to a certain stage the oil is then extracted and from there the products are made. A must see.
Further on and still on the same side and up the same road to the left is a local who makes spirits out of fruit and you are able to taste and talk to him about it.He also sells local vanilla which has become a popular crop with planters in the last 5 years.
Go right to the top of the road and you will find Colin the Black Pearl jeweler. Colin is an English manufacturing jeweler married to a lovely local lady.
He is absolutely passionate about pearls and loves to show anyone about the differences in the pearls, where they came for, quality wise etc and he has displayed pieces of his jewellery he has made which are for sale. If you wish he will also help you design a piece you would like to make and help you make it. How good is that! He is a lovely man, very patient and interesting to talk to.
Back to the church and if you go right you will come to the Takitumu Conservation area. This land was given by locals and set up to protect the few native birds. It is a great walk and you have a guide who will give you all the history and answer any questions.
Both of the ways you go to see these places of interest you will see side roads going towards the mountains. If you go up any of them you will see some local housing but also plantations of Noni. pawpaws. bananas and vegetables .
Last but not least is Charlie's.Owned by a local family it is a cafe on the beach with local music most nights and is hugely popular. If you go for lunch you may like to order one fish sandwich between two as they are VERY big. A must go to for lunch or in the evening for food and experience local bands