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Reviewed 10 November 2017

The three of us stayed at the villa Tiana for 5 nights this past October to celebrate my sister’s 50th birthday, and we all agreed that we couldn’t have find a better place to stay than the Makayla Palms. As we drove around Rarotonga and enjoyed the island, we saw a wide range of accomodations, and quite frankly it was a delight to get back to our villa every day. Rachel’s welcoming sense of hospitality is warm, courteous, always helpful without being intrusive. Her baking goods were so yummy, the villa and the gardens kept impeccably clean. She even arranged a ‘ei’ and a crown of fresh flowers for my sister’s special Island night out. The beach and the lagoon were so enchanting; in fact we had the beach to ourselves most of the time!!! I already miss my sunrise walks on Titikaveka beach every morning. Snorkelling was amazing; what’s left to say? Thank you Rachel for having us....we would definitely come back to the Makayla Palms when we return to the Cook Islands. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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John R, Owner at Makayla Palms, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2017

We so enjoyed your stay with us and you were all delightful guests who made the most of their stay and were oh so appreciative.
It was a real pleasure having you as our guests and thank you for your high recommendation.
We look forward to seeing you again
Rachel, Fred and Loving

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Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

We can thoroughly recommend Makayla Palms for a truely relaxing holiday. Our villa was clean and fully equipped for self catering but we also enjoyed the safety of knowing Rachel and John were onhand with friendly local advice - and homebaking. The gardens are truely beautiful complete with fresh fruit and herbs, and what a treat to often have the best swimming and snorkelling beach to ourselves. It was easy to hire scooters and visit nearby cafes and shops. It was sad to leave and we will be back

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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John R, Owner at Makayla Palms, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Always delighted to read that guests are happy to recommend us and that you will be back!....thank you so much.
Our herb garden is the best it has ever been and we currently have a whole row of strawberries with loads of fruit ready for guests to pick.
We enjoy interacting with our guests and helping out when we can.......glad you enjoyed the home baking too.
Look forward to seeing you again
Rachel and John

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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

This was our second trip to Titikaveka Beach and our first stay at Makayla Palms. We stayed for 12 nights and it passed all too quickly as always. The accomodation was perfect, location spectacular (we rate Titikaveka as the best spot on Rarotonga) and we were looked after by the great team of Grace, Loving and Fred. They were very helpful whilst at the same time being respectful of our privacy. On hand if we needed something or some advice. Most evenings we used the BBQ and ate outside buying fish, meat and produce locally picking herbs from Fred's herb garden. Standouts were the tuna steaks and passion fruit. The bungalow was clean and bright with attention having been given to guests needs, with DVD's, welcome pack of wine and home baking, fruit basket, books, games, snorkelling gear etc. Nice shower. The snorkelling is simply spectacular and the beach less than a minutes walk. My husband hired a bicycle in Muri and enjoyed his cycle around the Island which took less than 3 hours. The location was very peaceful but we were slightly unlucky with the weather which was quite windy at times. Overall a wonderful relaxing holiday and we will be back.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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John R, Owner at Makayla Palms, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

We were delighted to read your wonderful review of your stay with us at Makayla Palms. It is always very heartening to read not only that a guest has had a wonderful relaxing holiday but that they will be back.As you know our staff love to help our guests without being intrusive and we appreciate that they did this for you.
The quiet beach location with such a stunning lagoon for safe swimming. snorkelling and kayaking is a bonus!
We look forward to seeing you again.
Rachel and John (owners)

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

This was our first time to Makayla Palms and we will definitely be going back. John
and Rachael are amazing hosts. We had everything we needed at our fingertips.
Our villa was beautifully decorated, very clean and well stocked. We didn't have to go far to enjoy the beach a minutes walk from our villa. We had the pleasure of using the kayaks and a vehicle when needed. The staff where all very friendly and very helpful, always smiling. We where shown so many amazing sights and where truly in awe of the amazing sights/food and lovely people. John and Rachael 'you guys rock' thank you so much for making this an amazing holiday.

Room Tip: Both rooms where beautiful and well positioned.
  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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John R, Owner at Makayla Palms, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Always good to read a review from first time guests and that you were obviously very happy with your villa, the staff, our beach and the sights and people of Rarotonga.
We look forward to your return
Rachel and John (owners)

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

We have just recently returned from our third trip to Makayla Palms. The experience yet again was outstanding. John and Rachael, Lovie and Fred go out of their way to meet all of your needs. The attention to detail from your arrival, the home baking, fresh fruit, wine and beer and a well stocked pantry! There are so many things to do if you don't move from Makayla, the beautiful beach has to be the best Rarotonga offers. We enjoyed exploring with the Kayaks, relaxing in the beach chairs and walking along the beach. The accomodation is outstanding so clean and styley!! The team at Makayla also shared their local knowledge with us ensuring that we got to enjoy other activities on the island. It truly was a relaxing and memorable holiday - Thanks team Makayla.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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John R, Owner at Makayla Palms, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

We always love to see return guests! Thank you for your kind review and we appreciate that you had a memorable and relaxing holiday.
Our attention to detail for our guests is something we are proud of and the whole team work very hard to keep up our high standards.
We look forward to your 4th visit to paradise!
Rachel and John (owners)

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