The SpaceA cozy house on a quiet sandy beach, overlooking a postcard like turquoise lagoon, one of the most beautiful spots on Rarotonga. Sparkling clean water filled with small tropical fish and some blue starfish are easy to spot too.
The house is a private property but is available for rent each year for a few months when we are away.
The House has most modern facilities but we are overcoming certain features that came with the house and are difficult to change. So whilst we provide a juicer, blender or electric kettle and pan for our guests so they can fry their pancakes sitting on the deck, the oven for example is sort of ancient and since it's a very strange dimension - not easy to change. So if you are up for a lot of cooking and baking then our house may prove not to be perfect for your needs.
Because of the lease agreement we cannot change as much in the building itself as we would like to .
We try to make it comfortable for our guests. There are beach towels, a wooden table on the beach, hammock on the deck, WIFI at providers' pricing so that you don't need to look around the island for a reliable WIFI access (by the way there is no free WIFI on the island, the hot spots not only charge for the access but often don't even sell vouchers for which the customer has to make a separate trip to the Telecom office)
The house is perfect for you if you appreciate a magnificent view, freedom, long swimming and snorkelling, lounging on the beach, waking up with sunrise on your face to make a fresh juice or smoothie and step out onto the warm sand or plunge into the soft waters of the lagoon, if you like beach walks, swaying coconut leaves, glass of wine at the sunset over the lagoon from in your house steps but you don't mind modest dwelling and can overlook small flaws in our abode.
This is a modest private home with the owners away. Staying in someone else's home requires sometimes communicating with the owner and service providers (i.e. Meter Reader, Tradespeople).
There is one bedroom available with a unique queen size bed and cosy lighting, a lounge with wooden table for 4, comfy leather sofa, small open plan kitchen with 4 windows and big sliding 4 segment door to the deck.
There is a table on the deck with three deck chairs allowing you a great view of the lagoon. You can enjoy your breakfast or dinners by the water's edge (there is a wooden table and bench under the house) - great sunsets over the lagoon and you can see the sunrise from your bedroom window. Half of the deck outside the bedroom has glass windows so you can lounge there even if you happen to have a bad weather day.
one of the best beaches on Rarotonga - clean, quiet, beautiful spot for snorkelling and swimming with crystal clear turquoise water.
There is a wooden table / bench rolled into one so each morning you can have your breakfast with sand under your feet and each night you can sit right in front of our house, listen to the surf and watch the stars. You can often see blue starfish and school of little fish right from your bedroom window. If you go further into the water, up to your chest, you have a a view of Rarotonga's majestic mountains covered with lush tropical forest.
BUILDING AND VIEW
The building itself is simple, not very fancy, this is why the price is low for what the house has to offer in terms of interior and stunning view and location. The house is raised up on high stilts so that it overlooks the lagoon.
As you walk onto the property it's not impressive but once you get up the steps and open the gate to the deck you have the most fantastic view you can imagine. There are mountains behind you and a sparkling turquoise lagoon with the ocean beyond in front of you, fine, soft sand of the beach fringed with swaying coconut trees and most of the time no one else, just one quiet house, very few people passing by on their walks, otherwise just you and breathtaking nature.
If you value privacy and a pristine beach the water here is exceptionally clean yet the beach is not at all busy due to the absence of resorts and low density of other accommodations. A walk away there is a nice resort with a restaurant but the visitors usually stay in front of the resort on the beach chairs and rarely wander this way.
COMFORT and security- WHAT MATTERS IN RAROTONGA
The house has mosquito nets in all the windows that you need to open. There are big sliding doors and high windows along the whole beach side of the house opening onto the roofed deck so the house is bright but not hot. There are also 4 windows on the other sides in the main room and another one in the bedroom allowing the breeze to go through. basically when it's hot you can always find a window to get some air in. It also only gets hot inside the house when the sun is out which is all the reason to hit the beach or the lagoon. This is something very important on the island.
There are tiles on the floor to keep the house cool and having it raised up means there are no CRAWLY VISITORS - no centipedes or other uninvited crawling guests here ever, very few mosquitos (only at certain part of the day and when it's really hot and still) so you can enjoy time on the deck and on the beach without need to use mosquito spray.
The bus stops wherever you flag it down. You can walk to the best, third biggest supermarket on the island where you can get good deals on local vegetables and fruit and where you can find some local specialities - apart from having all main brands they sell bread from local bakery and dishes cooked by the people from the village. You can get here ika mata - coconut fish, freshly squeezed coconut cream, locally baked cakes, plates of delicious local food. A trade mark of the shop is its icecream - big island scoops. get one and use the wifi sitting at the tables in front of the shop.
Next to the supermarket there is a Take away and a small cafe -very good value for money.
A good restaurant, "Vaima" serves Parrot fish, a must try here. You can walk to Vaima either on the road, a bit past the supermarket, about 10 minutes walk, or stroll there along the beach. you can dine at the tables on the beach, sand between your toes.
For rent only to very reliable respectful and cultured people with reference. We entrust you with all our earthly possessions so we would like to be sure you are going to take good care of them and respect our little slice of paradise.
To replace even simple things here is often very difficult and stuff is expensive. A lot of our stuff came from New Zealand at high shipping costs, like our beloved sofa or bean bags.
So if you use an outdoor sofa, bean bags or wooden table on the beach and there is going to be high tide, please remember to pull these things back up or they might get washed away.
We hope you will enjoy your holidays here and will do our best to help you with all your arrangements and advice.
It is always really rewarding to hear back or find letters from our gusts praising the place and telling us how they enjoyed it here. With some we remained friends. So far we only had good experiences and hope it will stay like this.
2014 we stayed in Europe for 3 months, we have arranged a cleaner and paid in advance, sadly you can't always count on the cleaners in Raro, the ones who came specifically to do cleaning job are employed full time in the resorts, others come when it suits them. It's easier when you are there.
We tried to do our best to have the house presentable for the guests, the neighbour offered to replace the cleaner, she then stayed in the house when the guests were not using it and sadly she did not our email where we explained we offered to one of our guests an very early arrival and when they arrived she was still staying in the house. She cleaned it and then proved a great help to them and to our other guests with everything but this is island reality to you.
That's a little story to show you not everything there goes according to the plan but if you can relax and accept the island way it often rewards you in the end.
i really hope that everything will go smoothly when you are there but in case of any problems at all talk to us straight away, happy to fix any problem distance allowing or refund or talk to our neighbour (we will give you emergency phone numbers and emails)
other than this - just enjoy your stay! Guest Accessbeach table, blow up bed if requested in advance for extra guests, juicer, blender, towels, kitchen equipment, snorkels, two plastic chairs that can be taken to the water, 2 beach chairs, 1 ceiling fan, one portable fan
Third party provided WIFI at cost (official provider's prices)
2 bikes (fee) Interaction with GuestsWe rent out this house only when we are overseas and provide local phone numbers and a phone to call these numbers for free for:
- friend with mechanical skills
- us via local number The NeighborhoodVaimaanga - great beach, never crowded, often empty, good swiming spot and everything you need within walking distance - great little supermarket, best on the island for fresh bread, vegies, fish, steak and fruits (Wigmore's Super Store) Palm Grove Resort and Vaima Restaurant, Cafe, Bus stop, playground for kids Getting AroundThere is a bus that stops right in front of the house - just flag down the hourly buses in either direction. Check Rarotonga buses for the schedule. Buses are once an hour. Renting a car, scooter or our bikes are another option to get around if you even want to get a away from the beach or the jungle hikes that are possible by heading inland. Other Things to NoteWe do have a 42" TV but no TV reception, you are welcome to bring your own movies or music on a USB Stick or small 2.5" self powered hard drive. Landline phone and internet available on request.