House, 1 Bedroom, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)
Janice Mellor or Oki Te Okoitu
About Janice Mellor or Oki Te Okoitu
I am originally from New Zealand but lived in the main, 15 years in Rarotonga. My home town in NZ is in the country and I have found Rarotonga very much like this. The pace of life is relaxed, we drive at max 50 kph. The people are very friendly, I feel it an honour to live in the Cook Islands. I have always had holiday homes in NZ on the ocean. Living in Rarotonga and owning this beach front property is like being on 'holiday' all year round.
Janice Mellor or Oki Te Okoitu purchased this House in 2009
Why Janice Mellor or Oki Te Okoitu chose Rarotonga
The house enables you to have a relaxing holiday in a house providing all amenities in a spacious residence. You also enjoy a fantastic piece of beach, maybe the best on Rarotonga right in front of the house!! The bus stops at the gate or rental vehicles are available from near by. Restaurants /bars, groceries etc are all within easy distance. Wifi at the house!!
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great house on the beach
The Wife and I just spent the last three weeks at the beach front home. It was everything we look for in a vacation rental. Quiet, well equipped and right on the water. Just what we needed. The bus stop is right in front of the house. Store right up the road. Perfect
Lovely location and house
My spouse and I spent 2 weeks at the Aroa Beachfront House. It was a very comfortable place and certainly more than we needed for just the 2 of us. The featured picture is literally how it looks from the back, covered veranda. The location was just great for us: walking to the beach, swimming in the reef-protected waters, lots of great fish to see while snorkelling. The outside (cold) shower was great for getting off sand and salt, and the heated indoor shower was a treat after being in the cooler water.
We were somewhat taken aback to discover you can't drink the tap water on the Island (surprised due to our lack of pre-research); so we did end up choosing to rent a car for more convenience in schlepping gallons of potable water (we found 2 of us consumed 5 liters/day) which you can fill up at a filtered water station near the petrol station/convenience store not too far from the house. You could walk the distance, too, if you don't mind carrying the water. We left 10 liters of filtered and bottled water for the next guests, as we felt it would have been nice to have some water to see us through the first day or two while we were getting the lay of the land.
They do have some older, used snorkel masks and snorkels and water shoes at the house, but these are very well-used; so we'd recommend either bringing your own or renting/buying your own on the island.
We basically lived outside on the covered veranda facing the ocean or on the attached beach or in the water. It was lovely! The Shipwreck Bar next door was nice, too, with decent fare and drinks. Not loud, either; except on music nights, but that was pleasant and they wrap up by 9 pm (Tues/Thurs/Sat).
We didn't know about the dogs roaming free on the Island, and one in particular, "Tripod", a 3 legged dog frequents the property. She seemed very nice and interested in making friends; so don't be alarmed if she is there to greet you when you arrive! She didn't beg for food and seemed keen on the odd walk and belly rub. Most but not all dogs seem friendly.
The king-sized bed was rather soft for us, but we rested well, nonetheless. The queen bed seemed firmer and the 2 singles seemed soft.
The facilities were clean and adequate, and the owners even came by with freshly caught tuna one day, which was a treat! We also appreciated the limes and papayas they provided at the start of our stay, and the mid-point house-keeping.
All in all, a great location and space
Nice location and the island is awesome
This place is on the quiet side of the island. The Muri beach side is much more busy. I thought the location was nice. My kids loved it because we had dogs visit us often. The place is just okay. It is nothing fancy, but I think it is typical of the island. The couch was very uncomfortable and the snorkel gear was totally gross. It was all brown and dirty. Could not use it.
Thank you for posting a review on our beach front property.
Yes, houses in the islands do tend to be functional as the temperature is hot and concrete block construction provides an easy to live in environment. The house is family friendly and enjoys the lagoon directly in front. We will pay attention to the snorkelling gear, thank you for pointing that out.
Thank you for staying with us.
We left our hearts in Rarotonga
We spent five weeks at this awesome rental. The house is well equipped and I did get use to the French press coffee maker after a week or so. The photos of the house and surroundings are better in real life and the towels are plush and soft. The BBQ is new and works really well and it’s great to have the outside shower to rinse off after snorkeling. We snorkeled in every suggested spot around the island but the snorkeling in front of the beach house was the BEST...Made friends with an eel that nodded its head while I swam by. Sometimes when we went snorkeling it was like swimming in an aquarium. Having the shipwreck bar beside us was very pleasant as we could go for dinner if we wanted to or just sit and listen to the music while sipping wine. Oki and Vanine were the BEST landlord/caretakers who also became our friends. Going to a church service is a MUST as there you will feel the love ❤️ of the people of Rarotonga of the Cook Islands. There is no kayak included in the rental of this beach house as advertised but there is a place close by that you can rent them if you wish . We would go back in a heart beat to pick up the rest of our hearts left on that bench.
Our sincere apology for this late response to your kind review on our place. We thank you for your time to write kindly of your stay in Aro'a Beachhouse and Vaine and I value both your becoming our friends.
Until we meet again.
Oki and Vaine
Comfortable and great location
Our family of 6 enjoyed our stay here in October. Had everything we needed to cook meals, have a bbq etc beds all good and has great undercover outdoor area, plenty of grass area then a nice beach with pretty sunsets and perfect for swimming and snorkelling for the kids and adults. We hired a car so everything was close by . Also hired a kayak to use. The kids had the perfect climbing tree right on the beach to keep them busy other than swimming. There was noisey roosters to wake us early each morning but just part of the fun of Rarotonga. We can’t wait to return again soon.
Thank you Marissa for your great review, we will look forward to welcoming your family back again in Nov.
Wonderful beach house - superb location!
We would do it all again in a heart beat!! The house was perfect for our family of four (2 teenagers). It is airy and comfortable. The kitchen is large and well equipped. We took advantage of being right on the beach and snorkelled and kayaked daily. There was some snorkeling gear at the house and we hired the kayaks from just up the road. They were delivered to the house and collected again at the end of our stay.
We enjoyed the very mellow live music from the Shipwreck Bar, just over the fence on Tuesday and Saturday evenings and wondered over a couple of times for cocktails and a light dinner.
The bench in the picture is perfect for that early morning cup of coffee and the sunsets are out of this world!
Jan was wonderful helping us with our booking and answering my many questions.
The house was perfect for a very relaxed beach holiday. The kids didn't watch the television once and didn't want to leave - neither did we.
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and also the ambience of the Shipwreck Bar, thank you for posting the review, much appreciated
Adventure hire business just 500 meter walk, has kayaks, snorkelling gear, diving trips