|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Property situated on lovely Aroa beach, western sunset side of Rarotonga (on the lee side of the island). With all tide swimming and fantastic snorkeling at your doorstep. Beautiful white sandy, safe beach just steps from the house. Beautiful clear blue lagoon, fringed by waves breaking on distant reef.
House is fully self-contained with 2 x fridge freezers, plus clothes washing machine. Hair dryer, bathroom towels & beach towels. Outside shower, extra to 1.5 bathrooms inside. All windows and doors fully screened.
Convenience stores within 10 minute walking distance, larger superettes/supermarkets 15 min drive.
Rental cars can be arranged, bus stop at the gate.
I am originally from New Zealand but have lived in the main, 5 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.
The Owner purchased this house in 2009
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.
We have very fond memories of our stay with you, thank you. The house is really spacious, it was big for 2 people and we wished we had some of the family with us to do it justice, but rather nice also to have it all to ourselves!! It is not luxury but very comfortable and has absolutely everything you need for a home from home for 3 weeks. Plenty of furniture both in and out of the house, including sun loungers and plenty of kitchen equipment to cater for that unexpected dinner party. And of COURSE!!! the proximity to beach and bar was perfect (there is a little beach bar next door), we felt quite private and loved the sound of the waves crashing on the reef. We are sure other guests will love it too!.
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.
Our family have just returned from a week's holiday in Rarotonga staying at the Aroa beach house. It was perfect. The house was spacious and easily accommodated our family of 4 (incl 2 teenagers). Just 25 steps from the verandah and you're on the beach! The snorkelling was amazing, and the beach safe. A few more steps and you're at the Shipwreck bar with the beautiful and very entertaining local staff (esp the gorgeous Alone and Max!). We took some food with us to Raro (incl meat, condiments, breakfast foods etc) and cooked a few meals at the house - it was really well equipped and with a good bbq (we ran out of gas at one point but called Oki and he came straight over with a new gas cylinder). A very generous fruit bowl was awaiting us in the kitchen when we arrived which we found had all come from Oki's property and he kindly replenished our supply during the week! Like others before us, this was one of the most perfect holidays for our family and we honestly can't wait to go back!
Activities we would recommend while there would be the Storytellers Bike Tours - brilliant - and the Highland cultural night. Recommended places to eat would include Kikau Hut, the Moorings (fab spot for lunch) and Charlie's (another fab spot for lunch esp if you have hungry teenagers!).
We enjoyed three nights in this lovely island style home and I would recommend it for families. The location is terrific - in Aroa and right on the beach, although not too close to the waves. The grass lawn was an easy few metres to walk across to the sand and the outdoor shower was very conveniently placed. The home is comprised of a spacious room that feels airy (even when it's hot) and the bedroom and bathroom (1.5) are off to one side. There are many sliding screened windows. The kitchen is truly huge - almost catering kitchen size - and the biggest I have experienced in many trips to Rarotonga! We had extended family staying in another private home and they would come to our place for BBQ's and dinner because the tables were larger and there was much more space for us all. Beds were comfy and ceiling fans appreciated on the humid days we were there. Laundry is in the carport and there are plenty of clean towels for showering and/or the beach. The double basin-ed spacious bathroom with a separate toilet was very useful. We were a bit worried that the bar next door would be noisy or intrusive, but it was quite the opposite. It gave just a little bit of atmosphere and one night a vibraphone musician gave us a private concert while we drank cocktails on our porch overlooking the sunset! Bliss.
I can't think of any negatives as such. The water boost switch may not have been working for us so we change the timing of our showers, but that was no big deal as it was really hot weather anyway. There were a few mosquitoes, but nothing a plug-in repellant couldn't deal with. Our ten-year old son was a little scared by noises of the waves to sleep in the big room by himself, so he ended up in the single bed that was in our room - lucky it was available!
All in all, we would recommend and would return given half the chance! Thanks Jan and family.
I would like to first take the opportunity to give a warm thanks to Jan and Jim for sharing their house with my family. This home is just that - A HOME - and not just another vacation rental. The location is perfect. My family and I spent just about 8 days on the Rarotonga, and this home and its location really was so memorable.
The Aroa Beach house far exceeded our expectations.
It is an absolutely beautiful home overlooking a wonderful and safe for kids snorkel beach, positioned to take full advantage of the most spectacular sunsets we have ever seen. Our sons only speak of this amazing holiday and beautiful marine life they have seen.
We also enjoyed so much Aroa Beach Bar, their local fruit breakfast and BBQ nights.
We can´t thank enough to Jan and Jim for their hospitality, warmth and help.
As we reluctantly left, I know we all took one lasting memory picture of the view.
My husband and I and our 9 year old son stayed here for 3 weeks. We cannot forget this trip. Everyday we talk about how we can't wait to come back as soon as possible. Not only was this the absolute best beachfront location on Rarotonga to stay for snorkeling, sunsets, great food and atmosphere, but the owners are truly the kindest and most fantastic hosts you will ever meet. The beach house was very comfortable and well equipped and as soon as we walked in the door, we felt like it was our second home. The wonderful food and music at the Shipwreck Hut bar next door is greatly missed. All of the staff were very friendly and went out of their way to please. We are already planning our next vacation here and the memories of this relaxing, quiet paradise will carry us through our days until our return....Thank you Jim and Jan and all the staff of the Aroa Beachside Inn and Shipwreck Hut for a truly memorable family holiday
My friend and I had a brilliant 10 days here. I have been to Rarotonga three times and it is my favourite south seas island. Rarotonga's gorgeous flowers, stunning lagoon, great cafes and ease of use mean you get off the plane already in rest mode. Jan's place totally exceeded our expectations, being just that right mix of homey comfort and laid back tropical beach ambience. As my friend was recovering from knee surgery, the level floor out to the terrace then to the lagoon beach was ideal. We practically lived on the roofed terrace, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles and having frequent leisurely swims. Company, when we felt the need, was right next door on the beach at the small but perfectly formed Aroa Beach Bar (rated 3rd best beach bar in the world!).
We wandered over there most mornings for their local fruit breakfast with delicious fresh muffins made with mangoes, pawpaw or banana) and often had evening bar meals from their simple but good menu along with yummy cocktails served in their distinctive jelly jars! Their special BBQ nights were also fun with local music and the chance to meet Aroa's guests and locals.
The house has all the facilities you need to enjoy a south seas island paradise. We hired a car at a good rate through Jan and thoroughly explored the island's great restaurants, cafes and museums and the awesome saturday market of course.
Can't wait to go back to Jan's - and Raro.
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
A deposit of $300nz is required to secure the booking, the balance is due 30 days from arrival
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.