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Reviewed 27 December 2017

Our experience of Rumours was absolutely outstanding for 2 main reasons:

1) The Hosts.

Belinda and Andrew are the epitome of excellent hosts. Even before arrival, they were so proactive with organising transfers and in-room platters for our late evening arrival, activities and local information to make sure we hit the ground running and such genuine warm hospitality we felt like we were visiting friends. Throughout our stay they touched base with us multiple times and made it very clear that they were contactable at anytime should we need anything. They organised dinners, activities and other experiences that ultimately made our stay in Raro so special, and their personal recommendations made us confident to head out and be sure we were doing only the best things on offer. All of this without being intrusive. I honestly cannot praise them highly enough; they clearly love what they do and you can tell they get enjoyment out of crafting exceptional experiences for their guests.

2) The villas.

We were fortunate to stay in two villas during our time at Rumours. First in Villa 1 which was a Beachside Villa and following that in Villa 4, one of the Beachfront Villas. Both villas were almost identical on the inside and both absolutely stunning. Almost everything is made of marble which has a very high end appeal and also helps to keep everything cool (as it can get pretty hot!!). The kitchen and bathrooms had excellent fittings and the entire accommodation just felt very spacious and clean. There is a private pool out the back with loungers etc and also a waterfall which was nice, there's also maximum privacy with the villas designed so that no-one is able to see in. The beachside villa doesn't have a view of the sea but does have a decking surrounded by some nice foliage etc and is only a short walk down to the beach. The beachfront villa had a stunning view out to the lagoon/sea and a decking that stretched out onto the beach - absolutely stunning. Both villas also came with private kayaks that were free to use - highly recommended as the lagoon is beautiful and you get a brilliant view looking back at the island. The media system is also very modern with each having access to a hard drive of hundreds of good movies!

Breakfast is included but is prepared on a platter for you to cook yourself in the morning - this suited us perfectly and you can order from a larger variety of options. Just a short walk along the beach is the main Muri resort which has a bunch of nice hotels with good restaurants on the beach - we loved the appeal of being able to walk to and from dinner along the beach (just make sure to watch the tides!). Our favourite restaurant along the beach by far was Sandals - we were looked after so well by our server (Anal) and Matre D (Bianca), the food was brilliant and the entire evening was so fun thanks to their amazing group of staff. We also had a great dinner at Tamarind House on the other side of the island which we did a cocktail hop to get to - highly recommended, make sure you time for the sunset - Belinda and Andrew organised all of this for us.

I cannot rate Rumours highly enough. If you are looking for a quiet and luxury villa then this is the one. Whenever we met locals or other visitors on various trips etc they often would say 'ah that's the best one on the island' when we told them where we were staying. They were right.

Room Tip: If you have the budget, go for a Beachfront Villa - the view is outstanding.
  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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11  Thank Kieran G
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Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

We stayed at villa 5 for 5 nights and the accommodation was amazing!! Easy access to the beautiful beach. The outdoor pool was great! Breakfast was delivered everyday for ourselves to cook. Belinda and Andrew were great host and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend this place!!!!!

Stayed: December 2017
1  Thank Zhuwawa
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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

Honeymooned at this wonderful place.

From the moment we arrived to tje moment we left Andrew and Belinda were wonderful hosts.

The villa was just amazing. Everything that you could want.

Breakfast each day was more than we could eat.

Housekeeping each day was great.

Highly recommended. You will be spoiled.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Gongboy53
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Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

Stayed in the beachfront villa and it was incredible. I got engaged to my girlfriend while I was there and the owners Belinda and Andrew were so helpful in the planning process. This place is 5 star and you’ll see why when you stay here!

Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank ryanpW4970LC
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Reviewed 20 November 2017

We have just returned from the Cook Islands having spent time on Aitutaki and in Raro. As part of this trip we spent the last three nights at Rumours. Aitutaki was one of our new favorite places until we arrived at Rumours.

Rumours is amazing, the villas are stunning and huge, the attention to the smallest detail is incredible and they are immaculately clean. We stayed in Villa 1 which is back from the beach and incredibly private, its like you are in your own little world. The staff give you complete privacy so you can feel completely comfortable sitting by the pool in whatever you like or nothing at all which was our preferance. The space is completely yours which is a real treat these days.

Belinda and Andrew are great hosts, they are the sort of people you meet and feel you have known for a long time, they make you feel so welcome.

The night we were packing up to leave we starting planning on when we could return to Rumours staying much longer than 3 nights this time.

Stay at Rumours, you wont be disappointed.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Adventure809223
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