|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
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Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Adventure, Luxury, Romantic, Away from it all, Beach, Tropical|
Description from the owner
This stylish open plan villa The Navigator is a large spacious 2 storey absolute beachfront villa with stunning views of the lagoon. Fully equipped kitchen, with two bedrooms upstairs looking out to the uninhabited islands across the lagoon. Private swimming pool, bbq facilities, kayaks, snorkelling equipment provided and a breakfast pack, tea, coffee, milk and juice on arrival. Enjoy a cocktail or family bbq on the deck or take a stroll along the beach for breakfast, lunch or dinner which is all at walking distance.
Rental Property is located in Muri Beach, Cook Islands, but cannot be displayed on a map. Contact the owner for more details
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Navigator Muri Lagoon
Muri Beach, Cook Islands
located in Muri Beach, Cook Islands, but cannot be displayed on a map. Contact the owner for more details
Additional Location Information
Muri Lagoon / Muri Beach, Rarotonga
Location Type Away from it all, Beach, Tropical
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in NZD) (change)
|Rate Summary||$313||$313||$2,191||$0||4 nights|
|Sep. 1 2012 - Nov. 30 2012||$313||-||-||-||4 nights|
|All Other Dates||$313||$313||$2,191||-||4 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Extra Person - $40 / day - Per-Person Adjustment - Extra Person
Additional notes from owner
Due to safety reasons we are unable to accept children under 10yrs of age. Nightly rate is for 2 people and any additonal will be $50.00NZD per person per night. Please note that our accommodation is for accommodators only and not a base for weddings and functions. Unfortunately we have had too many complaints with noise and parties from other accommodators around us and don’t allow the house to be used for everyone to congregate. We have a minimum of 4 people on the premises at any one time as other people either side have paid for a holiday also and need to respect there quietness also. There are to be no functions held on these premises unless it is a bbq of a maximum of 6 people with friends or family and is pre-arranged with the owners. There are no exceptions on this matter.
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Richard & Sam
Amazing and Fantastic House
Wow wow wow - we stayed here for 9 nights at the end of march and it was an amazing house - The best on the island. It has a lovely pool overlooking Muri Lagoon which was used alot due to the hot weather. Joy and John are such lovely people and make you feel very welcome. Would not hesitate in recommending this house and Raro
Noela and Jim
Mandurah W Australia
Heaven on Earth
My husband and I travelled from Sydney direct to Rarotonga and we were met by Joy who accompanied us to the Hire Car office, and then onwards to our fantastic holiday home "The Navigator". What a delight it was too and everything was sparkling and beautifully decorated in a relaxed mode.
The living area occupied all the downstairs area, lots of stainless steel bench tops, great kitchen, lounge areas, downstairs toilet, and TV entertainment area. WiFi connection is available..a card can be purchased for about $16 from the Telecom shop about 200 metres along the road or you can use the computers at the shop at a nominal cost with Internet connection.
A stairway with SS safety rails took us up to our sleeping quarters. There was 2 x King sized bedrooms, each having its own fully services bathroom with spa bath and shower. The lovely view could be seen from these rooms as well as an outside balcony.
Outdoors downstairs, was a lovely sparkling clean pool with wooden decking surrounding , complete with patio table and chairs, sun lounges and barbecue as well as Kayaks, snorkels and flippers. The pool was maintained daily.
Having a car was a great advantage as it gave a lot of flexibility. Each day we drove somewhere for lunch and tried the local fish (mainly Tuna, but it is delicious) Trader Jacks is a great place for lunch and dinner..really nice with a good menu including the best pizzas Licenced. The Mooring is a great place for lunch with a menu of freshly caught fish. Meals are about $12.00 (The owner is a professional fisherman)BYO. Saturdays is market day in the main town and so much to dee and buy, as well as fresh produce. Sunday is a religious day for most Rarotongans and only a handful of shops are open.
All in all it was a fantastic holiday and The Navigator was an excellent choice for us. All sleeping is upstairs so maybe this should be considered if there is any physical disability.
Our Favourite Holiday Destination
Having stayed in most of the Pacific Islands the Cook Islands has to be the very best with the Navigator being our favourite place. It is spacious, open, has its own private beach, has a beautiful deep pool overlooking Muri Lagoon and has walks both along the beach and along the road to nearby eating houses and resorts.
Our favourite activities from Navigator are kayaking with very easy access to the kayaks; wading through the chest high water( depending on the tide) to the nearby motus; snorkelling among the bommies and finding a wide range of coloured fish or simply enjoying the view across the lagoon to the reef.
For all of our stays we have hired a small albeit old convertible which allowed us to travel around the island to enjoy a the variety of eating places. Our favourite drive to places are Tamarind House and the Little Polynesian whereas our favourite walk to place is Muri Beach Club.
Our fun activities last time were the progressive supper which took us into the real homes of Cook Islanders; the cultural night in the hills; being a part of the service at the nearby church and having a delicious waffle in the market precinct.
The Navigator's decor has an island theme and is very comfortable. You need to know that there is no laundry but it a very short walk to the local laundromat as is to a small supermarket.
The part that we couldn't get our heads around was the layout of the bedrooms. They have been opened up at the front to maximise the view. We hesitated because we couldn't get our heads around it but it absolutely fine. We have stayed there three times with another couple and have booked in for four weeks next year. That in itself says volumes.
John and Joy are wonderful hosts and are there regularly to make sure everything is up and running. They also take the time to talk and give you insights on how to make your holiday better.
A great place to stay!
Beautiful location, great house.
There was nothing that we disliked about Navigator, Muri Lagoon house. Everything we needed and more was in the house.
Joy was a pleasure to deal with from my 1st contact, met us at the airport (which was an unexpected and very pleasant surprise) and her husband John called by one afternoon and he too is a very nice person.
The location is fantastic - your own private beach - a short stroll along the beach to the main part of Muri.
We didn't see another place that we would prefer.
The Fabulous Navigator
I stayed at the Navigator with my husband, daughter and her husband. From the moment we met Joy we felt welcomed and then when we saw our accommodation we knew we didn't want to leave. The house is presented well. We had our own pool and just a few more steps we were in the lagoon. We found out that a lot visitors keep coming back to stay at The Navigator and we know why. We will be returning and will want stay here again, but we will have to book in advanced as it is booked well ahead.
Frank and Judy
Belcarra ( Vancouver, Canada )
Didn't want to leave paradise
Our experience with The Navigator shall be with us forever. The house is a beautiful open concept. Our first morning shall be memorable. We opened our eyes to a magnificent view overlooking the palm tree, lagoon, the island and the crashing waves onto the reefs. The house has all the utilities you would have in your own home. Pots,pans,electrical appliances and nice dishes. The kitchen table is large and the living room furnisher is comfortable. The beds and bedding our such that you don't want to get out of them. I slept more hours there than I do at home. The pool area is fantastic. The pool itself is large and where you would spend most of your day ( and nights ). There is a nice table and chairs set up with a umbrella where we would have our meals most days. There's also lounge chairs for you to relax on. The barbeque was a nice addition which we used almost daily. There's also a shower for you to shower off the salt water after being in the lagoon. As we are animal lovers, the dogs were fun to watch and be with. We brought 8 kilos off dog treats, but was not enough. We bought dog food from the grocery store. We also fed the chickens bread crumbs. John told us about the large eel in the stream and to feed it table scrapes. We didn't see it for the first couple nights, but then we did. It was amazing, the eel was huge. There is a grocery store left of the property about 5 minutes walk and another one about 15 minute walk which is a better choice, Mr. Woo is the owner and a nice gentleman. Car rental is just about across the street, where we rented a car for a couple of days. Also restaurants are within walking distance. We would like to thank John and Joy for allowing us to use there slice of paradise. A big thanks to Christian for showing me how to husk my first coconut. And thank you to Vaietu (water star) for keeping the yard clean. You guys are the greatest.
olaf and famaly
bad kreuznach Germany
wonderful place to enjoy the life
if you need anything, jon and joy will care about you.the house are comfortable experience to sleep, cooking, adventure swimming, relaxing
kayaking or anything you like. one of Best location in island so we mean. a real insider tip...
the wireless can be better but this is depense you need.
we enjoy the time very much and like to come back as possible we can
Best wishes to the lovely famaly
Mark and Myschel Albrecht
An absolutely amazing House in the Perfect Location!
What a fantastic house, full of spirit and life and colour inside with such a serene and tranquil relaxing environment outside. Great views from all over the house, plenty of bathrooms, lovely living area, awesome location and the pool was a definite bonus. Joy and John were great hosts, making sure the yard and pool were always tidy and well maintained and they were very happy to oblige with some good advice on things to do in the area. We truly had such a wonderful time staying at the Navigator and can't wait to go back!
This was our third time staying at the Navigator, and we can't wait to stay again. Perfect Location right on the Beach,great hosts and Beautiful island paradise. The house is amazing as always, and John and Joy are the most gracious hosts we've ever had the pleasure to meet.Nothing is ever too much trouble, and they are always in contact with out being intrusive. We've stayed in many different accommodations all over the world as we have travelled quite extensively, but every 12 months we come back to the Navigator, our home away from home. Great Place, great times - good friends.
Auckland Aotearoa New Zealand
Livin the Dream
Just returned from a week in Rarotonga at the Navigator. Joy and John are great hosts and their home was perfect for our family of five. We loved the location, the pool, the facilities and our daily visits from Stumpy and the rest of the dog posse - when Stumpy would let them visit! The Navigator is a lovely home managed by a lovely family. Highly recommended.
Kerikeri, New Zealand
It doesn't get much better than this!
We just couldn't believe our eyes! The most perfect spot on the island and it was all ours!
For two couples sharing, and one single in a bed downstairs, this was all you could ask for in a pad.
Fully set up kitchen, pool, beach, walking distance to everywhere, awesome owners, many bathrooms, kayaks, and big screen TV if you ever wanted to go there! The pool and air con were our first considerations and they were superb!
Only one draw back but we seemed to cope, the noise levels are pretty high as its all very open plan. But hey, we were considerate of each other and chose to make it work. Still had a very large bed each and bathroom!
We had additional 2 guests in our party that stayed at the Manea Beach villas right next door and we just got together at our place for food and swimming. It works very well and everyone was very accommodating.
Joy recommended a brilliant massage therapist, Inano, who came up to the house with her massage table...Must do!
So all in all...Fabulous! I would recommend this house to couples and older families. Its the best value for money on the island every local we ran into said the same. We would absolutely come back!
Thanks Joy...till next time honey!
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Wonderful house, hosts and location!
We had a wonderful 10 days staying at The Navigator in Muri in September/October 2012. The house is so spacious and comfortable with everything you need, and the location is amazing, right on the beach. We loved having the swimming pool and the kayaks and most days we swam, snorkeled and kayaked, oh the life! The lagoon has to be seen to be believed, it really is paradise. We could have happily stayed around the house/pool/beach the whole time, but did take time away to do a few other things. We would definitely recommend the Te Vara Nui Cultural Village and Captain Tama's Lagoon Cruise, plus my husband had a great time diving with the very professional people at The Dive Centre at aro'a Beach. The snorkeling is particularly amazing from aro'a Beach, a real highlight for all of us. We also found great food at The Mooring Fish Cafe, Tamarind House, The Flame Tree Restaurant and Deli Cafe which made superb chocolate truffles! Try not to miss the Saturday market in avaroa too, great crepes and lots of colorful clothes to buy!
Can't not say anything negative about this place, by far the best value for money on Muri beach (maybe even the whole island). We can't recommend The Navigator enough and with hosts like Joy and John our stay was just perfect. John even called to warn us that fuel was about to run out on the island so we could fill up without any troubles. Rent The Navigator and you won't be disappointed. We will differently be booking it again!
The most fantastic place
The place was absolutely ideal. We woke every morning and our pet saying was "no-one stolen our view". The house was beautifully kept and the fact that we got clean towels and bedding supplied every two days was awesome. My only comment would be that if you went with friends you would need to be very "friendly", as the bedrooms are not absolutely private noise wise.
Manhattan Beach, California, USA
Our best vacation rental ever!
This home is absolutely beautiful, on a magnificent beach, with lagoon views that can't be beat! We've rented several vacation homes over the years, and this was hands-down our best vacation rental ever.
John and Joy were excellent hosts. John met us at the airport, guided us to the house, and provided a thorough tour of the house with instructions on how to operate everything. Joy checked on us during the week to see if we needed anything. Both were readily available on the phone for questions. They are wonderful, good people! We enjoyed meeting such a nice family.
The home was spacious, clean, and well-appointed. The kitchen was stocked with everything you'll need equipment-wise. There's a nice BBQ/grill on the deck just outside the kitchen door. Every aspect of the house was high quality. We didn't find secondhand, left-over, mismatched stuff often found in vacation rentals.
The bedrooms had comfortable beds and bedding. Each had it's own private (and large) bath room. The supply of towels was more than ample. There was air conditioning in each bedroom. The design of the bedrooms is loft style - no wall at the foot of the beds. This allows for spectacular lagoon views. A curtain "wall" can be pulled out for some privacy from the rest of the house. If sharing the house with kids or others this can make for a small challenge when you want some "alone time" with your significant other...
The pool was clean and the deck had two padded lounge chairs and a table with chairs. Two more lounge chairs were on the sand below the deck. Four kayaks were provided and got lots of use. We used them to paddle around and to visit the little islands on the other side of the lagoon.
The lagoon itself seems very safe for kids. Ours (11 and 14) spent a lot of time paddling in front of the house, going to the island, collecting hermit crabs (catch and release) and playing with the island dogs that make regular appearances on the beach.
Response from Joyita Young - 08/19/2012
Kia Orana Mike,
Thank you for the wonderful comments you have made. It was a pleasure to have met you and your wonderful family. We do hope that you visit again sometime and until then we look forward to meeting you in the future. Regards Joy
Los Angeles, California
Private Luxury Paradise!
We were astounded when we walked into this home - it is huge & stunning! It was so much more than we imagined and the photos can't do it justice! The owners came to the airport (arrival & departure) and made sure that we had everything we needed throughout the week we were there. It's so roomy and spacious, perfect for a family or more than one couple. It would be a beautiful location for a party or wedding too! It is right on the lagoon, which was perfect to kayak in (provided), and swim. You can walk/kayak across the lagoon to the neighboring islands - kids loved hunting for crabs over there, and the beach is pretty much private - we rarely saw other people! The house is also within walking distance to multiple resorts (but not close enough that those people disturb you) and their additional activities - sailing, kite boarding, stand up paddle board. It is centrally located, but this island is so small, I would say everything is centrally located.
The kitchen is more than well-stocked with implements and the basic spices, coffee, etc. (when you stay here, make sure you look in the cabinets before shopping). Bbq and outdoor eating area was nice too.
Sitting by the pool each morning and sipping coffee was a total luxury - we felt so spoiled here.
We traveled with younger teenagers and there was a lot to do - we plan on bringing our younger niece back with us, however, this house is not a house for small children (under 6?), the elderly/unsteady as the indoor stairs are very open, as is the upstair loft area. We found it beautiful to have the house open in this way.
Basically, I can't say enough about this rental. It is the very best beach house we've stayed in and will definately be back!
Could not fault the service, hospitality, island, hosts or house
Everything was perfect despite the sun not coming out for us
Suggest mosquito repellant in luggage
Thanks John for the coconut milk and the demonstration
Thanks Joy for making our holiday easy to plan and organize
appreciated your send off at the airport
Stairs a bit hard to handle after a few coctktails
Would not advise elderly or frail climbing up them !
All good with perfect private location
Fantastic Stay - Wonderful Location
It's hard to imagine that The Navigator could have been better the second time around, but it truly was. Having stayed in 2010, we didn't expect this visit (March/April 2012) to surpass the last. It did, in many ways.
The Navigator is a beautiful home in the most amazing location on Muri Beach. The views, the beach, privacy, peace and quiet and gorgeous lagoon and pool all make it a stay in paradise.
The villa has been updated and improved upon, making it even more comfortable and homey. As always, the owners, John and Joy, were there for any needs or questions that arose. We felt so welcome and well looked after.
The bedrooms have stunning views. The common areas are large, bright and airy. The kitchen is large and well equipped.
We can't say enough about the awesome stay we had and can't wait to return.
New Plymouth NZ
A real treat.
Lovely to awake in an airconditioned room to see the sun rising over the litle island across the lagoon. A lovely feel to the place. Joy and John were really lovely and helpful. Great location and the pool was a really well used treat.
A slight odour outside after heavy rain? Unsure why, all good in fine weather.
Can't wait to return
The level of service we received from the moment we booked the Navigator until the moment we left was exceptional.
The Navigator is located right on the lagoon and is one of the most impressive beach front properties in the Muri Beach area. The house is very spacious and comes with it's own pool, kayaks and snorkling gear.
I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this property, and I can't wait to return.
P & P Jones
Rotorua, New Zealand
Our best holiday yet!!!
We enjoyed great service, Joy & John are obviously hard working down to earth people who were very easy to relate to.
We loved the Villa, wow what a view and location. Private pool right off the deck and another 20 metres to the waters edge... just paradise. Shops and restaurants 2 minutes walk just down the road.
What we liked best is the location and privacy of the villa - heaven. Thank you
Our villa in Paradise
We rented the Navigator over the holidays for 8nights. We love Muri Lagoon as it holds many memories for us mainly our wedding on 7-7-07.
The villa was lovely, I loved the pool and view can not be beat! It was plenty big enough for the 2 of us:)
Would have loved to have internet in the villa though, would have made things a bit easier.
Maybe by our next visit Joy will have this in place?
An exclusive, amazing property offering full views of the most b
Rarotonga is a beautiful island which captures paradise, with friendly people, blue waters and tropical lush surroundings. The Navigator is a beach front property, on one of the most stunning beaches with the most amazing views. The design of the property is open and spacious, allowing the indoor outdoor experience to enhance your stay. Waking up in the morning to the view of the lagoon, with the sun shining, the water bluer than blue, is a truly accelerating feeling of enjoyment and pleasure.
The lagoon is crystal clear and is nice for swimming, but the pool is also nice to cool down in and overlooks the lagoon. Very nice to relax in while still enjoying the palms, white sand and watching the waves break on the reef.
The owners are very accommodating and offer a high level of customer service. They are available should you need assistance, but not invasive, allowing you to enjoy all their property has to offer.
I highly recommend this property, it has to be seen to be believed, offering you your own private slice of paradise.
ThIs was heaven a beautiful house on a paradise island
I would like to say a big thank you to the owners for letting us rent their beautiful home. The size and space of it was amazing and the outlook was to die for. We was there for our daughters wedding which was held at the Te Vara Nui venue which was spectacular. We would recommend The Navigator to anyone going to Raro, infact most of the business cards were taken by our friends who were really impressed.
Thank you again Joy for a wonderful and memorable holiday and thank you Raro for making my daughters wedding a wow factor.
Response from Joyita Young - 12/07/2011
So glad that you enjoyed your stay at The Navigator and all the best for your daughters future. So sorry we had missed you as we had you departing on Friday, when we came round on Thursday to say goodbye we had realised that you had checked out. We hope to meet you and your friends in the future. All the best and have a great Christmas and a prosperous New Years. Regards John & Joy.
Auckland, New Zealand
We stay at the Navigator each year for a girls trip away. I have stayed at resorts on the island in the past but after staying at the Navigator the first time I won't stay anywhere else again. The house is modern and spacious with the most amazing views. When you wake up in the morning you look out the huge windows and see the beautiful lagoon. The deck area with it's pool and furniture is perfect for sunbathing, meals, and of course those cocktails in the evenings. This property is the envy of guests staying at resorts next door, with our very own private pool and just a couple of steps out onto the white sandy beach of the lagoon. John and Joy are wonderful hosts and make the experience all the more wonderful with their great service.
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Stayed here for 5 nights and cannot say enough about the home, and the service from our hosts. The position of the navigator is perfect, giving front door access to the lagoon which is teaming with tropical fish, the pool was used by us all day every day, the home fully equipped and a peaceful and perfectly functional space.
Great Restaurants and services are dotted all along Muri Beach, we found everything we needed within a few hundred metres of the house.
We enjoyed this home so much, we booked our next visit with Joy before we left!
Response from Joyita Young - 10/20/2011
Hi David, So glad you enjoyed your stay here at The navigator and we look forward to meeting you again next year. Regards Joy