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Rossendale, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 November 2007

myself and my partner stayed here for 10 nights. we stopped in a beach house which was 10 secs walk from muri lagoon (though we didnt manage to get a sea view). we originally wanted a beach hut but as they were fuly booked we got $20 oer night knocked off the original price!. we wouldnt recommend the hillside accom...

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dublin
Reviewed 19 September 2007

Please read all the below before chosing were to stay, i'm not biased just telling you exactly how i saw it when staying in both backpackers. Ok this is the best advice you will hear when chosing were to stay. Its between Rarotonga backpackers and Vara's and from personnally spending 2 weeks in both. Rarotonga bac'packers wins hands down no...

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1Thank joeglynn
rotorua
Reviewed 10 September 2007

che ka wiz a wow wow! Varas is some luxuary accomodation for the budget types. we had this spacious bungelow up on the hillside - named after vara's miss cook island daughter. talk about glamour haha but we had good views from the room and a real cool guy named anton - looking out for us. We had no problems...

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Thank holly0000000
Holland
Reviewed 24 August 2007

When we arrived at Varas we'd already stayed in the Cook Islands for a week and were accustomed to the countries high price level . Varas is reasonably priced, offers basic rooms with shared facilities. There are a very good equiped kitchen, a huge lounge and a terrace with sunbeds overlooking the Muri-lagoon, probably the best view of all Rarotonga....

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Sheffield, England
Reviewed 4 April 2007

Please don't believe any of the negative comments written about this place. Vara's is an honest, family business and has been for many years. My partner and I booked a couple of weeks prior to arriving and a good job we did too. It was so busy we only just managed to get a place at Ariki's Lodge a couple...

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1Thank BennyofEngland
Auckland
Reviewed 31 March 2007

We arrived in the wee hours of the morning (1am) There was a a rep from Varas to meet and greet us and take u to the accommodation.. Made landing and finding our way very easy. commend if you go to Raro for any reason you organise transfer from airport and even better get it thrown in as part of...

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1Thank AucklandBigM
Windsor, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 January 2007

Firstly, the description of this place in the Lonely Planet is utterly false. It is not notorious on Rarotonga for anything else other than decent budget accomodation in a fantastic location. We arrived here after a short flight from Fiji and found the free pick up service extremely helpful - this should be offered to you via email if you...

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7Thank Zicher
Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 17 October 2006

We arrived at Varas in the middle of the night, along with other backpackers who were availing of the accommodation's free airport transfer. When we got to our accommodation we were given the key to our room and allowed to go straight to bed, with check-in being the following morning which was nice! We had originally booked a standard private...

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9Thank Fairyfort
Brighton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 June 2006

By far the best "BACKPACKERS" we stayed in our whole round the world trip. The location was amazing. We arrived in the middle of the night and everyone off the plane seemed to be going to Varas. Every day we watched backpackers arriving off the bus from other backpackers on the island wanting to stay at varas. After some organisation...

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 June 2006

My wife and I stayed at Vara's for 3 nights in one of their fully self-contained units (NZ$120pn). We chose budget accommodation on this trip because I was paying for my parents to come along as well - normally we stay at resort accommodation but couldn't afford for 2x. For what we paid I think we got a fair deal....

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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Vara’s Beach is the only budget accommodation set right on beautiful Muri Beach, the most popular and prime beach on Rarotonga. Famous for its perfect white beaches and small islands called “motus” that you can swim, kayak or walk out to. We offer budget style accommodation with lovely fully self-contained Beach Studios, Ensuite as well asTriple/double/single and Dorm rooms. Vara’s Beach is situated on the Eastern side of Rarotonga only 15 minutes drive from main town Avarua, with bus stop, bike rental, souvenir shop and a pharmacy at entrance. koka Lagoon Cruise is located on the property and offers the best Lagoon Curise on the island. Absolutely convenient to everything with bars, dive centers, sailing club, and much more only minutes stroll. Vara's Beach is the place for those looking for fun and excitement, or for those just wanting to relax and unwind and get away from it all. Meet and mingle with our friendly staff and make new friends... ... more   less 

Additional Information about Vara's

Address: Muri Beach | P. O. Box 434, Muri, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Price Range: $741 - $992 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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Vara`s Beach House Hotel Muri
Vara's Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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“Self contained rooms are better.”
 of 5 bubbles Blingcorp, 24 Sep 2014 | Read review
“If you have a bit of extra cash then the cabins and apartments do offer a much higher standard of accommodation. If you get chance try kite surfing with Kitesup on the main road. We did 3 days and had great fun.”
 of 5 bubbles RoyChalmers, 20 Nov 2013 | Read review
“Beachside is best for some, more sunny more going on. But at the back much more quiet, though got the smelly creek.”
 of 5 bubbles travelkiwi8, 11 Oct 2013 | Read review
“Go somewhere else give this one a miss !!”
 of 5 bubbles SteveScragg, 28 Aug 2013 | Read review
“Rooms opposite Vara's office are somewhat quieter.”
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