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Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa

Main Rd, Muri Beach, Muri 1468 Cook Islands
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#1 of 6 hotels in Muri
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Top class Award Winning luxury villa accommodation with three villa categories. Each villa has a private swimming pool with waterfalls off rocks into pools all set in private courtyards. Spa pools to beachfront villas as well. Our premium Villa also has it's own media room with 2.5 Metre projection system and full surround sound. Absolute beachfront location. Superb four poster beds, all villas have two bathrooms. Rumours guests also enjoy a 20% in house discount on treatments at our Waterfall Day Spa, which has won many World Travel Awards and Luxury Spa awards each year since 2011 to date.
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Free parking
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Private pool
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Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
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Private balcony
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Tim Borylo wrote a review Mar 2020
9 contributions1 helpful vote
My fiancee and I just returned from 13 days at Rumours and can not think of enough great things to say about the accommodations, staff and location! We stayed in villa 5 and had an amazing time, the pool and courtyard were great for relaxing, spending time tanning in the sun and cooling off when we needed. The bedrooms were always clean and very comfortable, the kitchen and living room were perfect for relaxing at night and cooking our breakfast and occasional dinner. The breakfast was always delivered right at the beginning of our requested timeframe so we were never waiting around and it was always fresh and delicious especially the fruit and juices! The staff were all so friendly and helpful, from our airport pickup by John he had us laughing and pointing out everywhere we should try to visit and where certain restaurants were that we were interested in. Tara and Tayla answered all our questions and took the time to book and plan our outings for us and always greeting us warmly. The employees were always kind, welcoming, kept our villa wonderfully clean and stocked and always had a second to talk. It was even better than we had hoped from reading all of the other great reviews. Having the ocean about 30 steps outside our back door was great for watching the waves, kayaking and seeing the great lagoon. The privacy was amazing as well, other than the odd parking area passing we would forget that there were others around as we felt we were in our own world. I cannot recommend it enough for anyone really wanting an amazing vacation in Rarotonga, we are sure to return for another amazing experience. -Tim and Jade
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Carolyn Wilkinson, Owner at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa
Responded 27 Mar 2020
Kia Orana Tim & Jade, We really appreciate your review - and were especially happy that you managed to squeeze your holiday in before borders started closing and overseas holidays were no longer possible. Our staff are people we are immensely proud of - they work so hard to ensure our guests are happy. Yes Jone always has a smile on his face and the fact that so many of our transfers into Rumours are in the middle of the night, does not phase him at all, the smile never stops ! Now our staff are a bit in limbo with the coronavirus nightmare and it's a bit scary for them, but we will do all we can to make sure they are looked after as they looked after our guests. In the meantime Tim and Jade, please take care, stay as safe as it's possible to do within our personal circumstances, and we will all get through this eventually.
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Vive 9 wrote a review Mar 2020
5 contributions
Wanted to celebrate a surprise birthday for my husband, I have heard “Rumours”in Rarotonga can accommodate everything....... and more!!!! The villas are beautiful, well appointed( the coffee machine is one of a kind ,in a nice way!), the view of the lagoon & ocean is outstanding. Thanks again to Tara and the rest of the team for their effort about the cake, champagne, flowers. Definitely will be back and spread only good “rumours “ All the best, Vivian&Gabriel
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Carolyn Wilkinson, Owner at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa
Responded 27 Mar 2020
Kia Orana VIvian & Gabriel. So pleased you went to so much trouble for your husband and even better that your stay was a big success. As things turned out now, it will be even more of a holiday to remember, as who knows when we will all be able to enjoy travelling abroad again. Tara talked about your special cake and how unique it was - great to be able to arrange whatever made your time at Rumours enjoyable. Please take care back home, stay safe and hopefully we will all get through this by being there for each other and taking the request precautions. Thank you very much.
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Graham M wrote a review Feb 2020
Dunedin, New Zealand36 contributions60 helpful votes
A late-in-the-day decision to do something different on Xmas day had us playing the date line game and experiencing seasonal cheer - twice. We were of course gazumped by a couple of enroute fellow travellers who managed three date line crossings – it doesn’t do to boast! The decision to make Rarotonga our holiday destination, albeit at the last minute was easy, since it has become a familiar and stress free routine. No early morning call, fifteen minute traffic free ride to Dunedin airport, direct flight to Auckland, short walk from domestic arrivals to the Airport Hotel, relaxed meal and comfortably quiet overnight stay; plus the icing on the cake – a two minute walk to International departures in the morning. We also had the confidence that comes with familiarity on overseas trips and no currency snakes and ladders games. So where to stay and what to do? Accommodation on Raro has become a no brainer from our perspective and we know our routine would involve being greeted at the airport by the widest smile and most infectious laugh in the Pacific. A short ride with Jone to the supermarket on the way for essential supplies of limes and tonic and then to Muri and our luxury pancake paradise home – Rumours! Rumours is to be experienced. We never fail to gasp when we open the door from the courtyard to confront the palate of blue hues that are framed by the lagoon. This time we were privileged to meet the owners Tara and Matthew and their equally charming daughter Tayla. Obligatory hugs with the staff complement the charm and unfettered luxury of the villas. Jone, Toni, Mila, Victor, Myrna and Sharon are all warm and caring stars. If you want to be totally spoiled rotten try the hot stone massages at the spa. But what to do you ask? Plenty of Trip Advisor reviews by way of answer, and there are now excellent facilities that are minutes away from Rumour’s doorstep, including: top caffeine fix, well stocked supermarket with many familiar NZ brands, bike and car hire, bakery, three restaurants and a liquor outlet. No great hike up on prices and good eats aplenty. Down the beach, try Charlies for a fresh fish sandwich (NZ $12) that serves two! For fine dining and views, Antipodes is outstanding by international standards. Oh and the fresh fish sizzler at the Pacific Resort is a must. Add in Tamarind House and Little Polynesia, burgers and pizzas and all else and you are spoiled for choice, or simply ask Tara or Tayla for their favourites! Apart from the weekend market and a raft of tourist activities, Autataki is must. Most highly recommended however is removing your watch and taking as many moments as you can to squeeze in all the luxuries the intimate Rumours boutique complex has to offer. Our days were gloriously unplanned, but we readily filled them being really really busy – yip, doing nothing!
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Date of stay: December 2019
Room Tip: Seven choices of fully serviced villas available, with full kitchen facilities, double bedrooms...
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2 Helpful votes
Response from Carolyn Wilkinson, Owner at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa
Responded 28 Feb 2020
Kia Orana Graham M. What a beautifully crafted review. You have a great way with words, and for us, it is very pleasing to see how you have used them in such a positive way for Rumours after your recent stay. It makes us happy to know our staff continue to do their best with our valued guests in ensuring they are looked after to the best degree possible. It has been wonderful to have the small block of shops developed just across the road from Rumours and makes having a quick meal, grocery items and best of all great coffee so accessible. I love the term you use for no currency changes - "No Snakes and Ladders game". Very true! We do hope all is well with you back in Dunedin and hopefully at some point in the future, we can look forward to showing you more Rumours hospitality. In the meantime - thank you so much.
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Sara K wrote a review Jan 2020
Clayton, Missouri11 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed in villa 5, which is set back from the beach but there is still a view from the sitting/TV room. However, it did offer a bit more privacy by not sharing any interior walls with other villas. They welcomed us with leis at the airport. A few snacks were available in the villa upon arrival along with champagne, beer, soda and milk the fridge. The kitchen is well stocked with supplies as well as oil, salt and pepper for cooking. The breakfast is substantial. They were able to easily accommodate our dietary restrictions (vegan). The villa itself is gorgeous with a private pool. The beds are very comfortable. The staff is so friendly and helpful and assisted with all of our reservations as well as renting e-bikes for our weeklong stay. We liked the location. There are several restaurants nearby and we were able to bike to the rest of the island as desired. We also went to the spa twice. The massages were amazing.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Rumours07, Guest Relations Manager at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa
Responded 25 Jan 2020
Kia Orana sarak944. Thank you for your detailed review on your VILLA FIVE home away from home when you were recently at Rumours. The fact that this tucked away villa is slightly smaller than the others, but still has the two bedroom, two bathrooms, and the fact that it's the beachside villa with a small view of the lagoon/beach and a clear walk through is a big plus isn't it. It's in it's own little private world. Good on you for getting the bikes ! A great way to get exercise in between relaxing and eating ! Pleased that you found the massages relaxing (especially after being out biking and maybe getting some sore muscles). We look forward to the time when you may be able to return to the island and visit us again. Thank you.
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Zane C wrote a review Dec 2019
Taupo, New Zealand147 contributions85 helpful votes
Stayed here with friends for 6 nights. Great welcome from the hosts and a beautiful gift basket on arrival. We were upgraded to the Platinum Villa - nice one! Right on the beach and quite private. The villa is well equipped with all that you will need for great holiday enjoyment. Good breakfasts were delivered daily. Very nice! A cool little coffee caravan was sited across the road too so we had all the much needed trappings close by! Great spa and plunge pool in the villa that we well used too. On the downside? Well, the villa really is quite dated, the beach is rocky (we had to travel down the road to go swimming) and there is a bit of a smell emanating from what I think is a septic tank on site? Anyway, we relaxed here - I had great sleeps. Would I stay here again? Hmm, possibly. Again, great hosts, good servicing of the rooms and an overall nice place but I think I would look to Bora Bora for my next holiday.
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Date of stay: December 2019
3 Helpful votes
Response from Rumours07, Guest Relations Manager at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa
Responded 11 Jan 2020
Kia Orana Zane. Thank you for staying at Rumours. So happy that we were able to upgrade you into the Platinum Villa. It's a beautiful villa isn't it. Possibly the fact that you thought it was a bit dated was because of the fact that we try to incorporate luxury "island style" as well as high end western influence. Island style is quite different so hard to sometimes get the balance right. Not sure what the smell was, as it hasn't been mentioned before, but have checked that issue with maintenance. So pleased you found Rumours relaxing and slept well. Maybe the sounds of the waves breaking out on the reef added to that. Hope you enjoy your next holiday, whether it be in Bora Bora or elsewhere. Thank you for your review.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa?
Nearby attractions include Titikaveka Beach (2.5 km), Te Rua Manga (The Needle) (6.2 km), and Te Vara Nui Village (1.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and a spa.
Which room amenities are available at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Mooring, Vili's Burger Joint, and Charlie's.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wreck of the Matai (7.8 km).
Does Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.