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The office ladies were hardly ever their!
Everyone there had trouble with the office answering emails before hand. unhelpful and not welcoming at all. no towels no soap to wash hands with the shower was cold water most of the time.
NO hot water in the kitchen or even matches to light the gas stove !
There were charges that were not discussed before hand and general lack of care for the the people that were staying there at the time.
The only saving grace were the cleaners who did a fantastic job and were always friendly and had to answer all the questions the office couldn't or wouldn't.
I understand Varas is budget accommodation ,and as a second time i have stayed there it has gone backwards!
I will always stay at a backpackers as the people who you meet will make the experience totally worthwhile.
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PO Box 434 Muri Beach
Vara's is the ONLY backpackers / budget accommodation set right on the beach, from the most popular and prime beach of MURI BEACH and stretching up a private hill estate. Famous for the small islands called 'motus' that you can swim, kayak or walk out to, Muri Beach offers the best location for anyone coming to the islands with the largest lagoon of Rarotonga right infront of our famous Beach House!!!!. Being the most popular backpackers / budget accommodation in the whole of the Cook Islands, we offer rooms to suit everyone's needs, from those looking for fun and excitement to those wanting peace, privacy and quietness in our lovely hillside estate only minutes stroll from our Beach House. Vara's accommodation starts from the beach side of popular Muri Beach and stretches up on the hillside about 5 - 8 minutes walk from the Beach House with fully furnished houses, cottages, villas and bungalows set on a private hill estate with great ocean and village views. For those staying on the hillside, we now have a lovely large POOL BBQ decking area for comfort and convenience. The Beach House has a huge beach sun deck stretching across the beach with sunchairs and tables under swaying palm trees, and the most picturesque view of the lagoon and its small surrounding iconic islands. There is a Beach Hut that hires out snorkeling gear, kayaks and organises fishing charters. Our office hires out one of the cheapest SCOOTERS and BICYCLES on the island (under 21yrs? - no worries, we can rent you a fully automatic scooter). We also organise the popular JUNGLE QUAD ADVENTURE and ISLAND BUGGY EXPLORER Adventure Tours. Absolutely convenient to everything with shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, bus stop, dive centers, massage and spa facilities, sailing club, car and bike rentals and much more only minutes stroll. We also offer self-catering accommodation for those looking for something upmarket and more private but still the ability to meet and mingle with others. Please note our accommodation consists of beachside AND hillside rooms, with beachside subject to availability.Vara's has a roadside CAFE, souvenir shop and pharmacy on site, as well as bus stop at front entrance right next to all the local shops. We organise tours and activities and popular island nights and pub crawls. Only 15 min drive to main town Avarua and in central Muri Beach, why would you want to stay anywhere else!
Please note if you do not forward your international flight arrival details directly to Vara's there will be NO pickup.
* The Customer Satisfaction score is based on a combination of ratings from Travellerspoint and external websites. The score of 83% for this property is based on ratings provided by 30 guests.