"Luxury Polynesian villas, each embraced by a pristine coral lagoon and a private swimming pool."

Need to know

    • Seven 2-bedroom villas
    • Located on a secluded stretch of Muri Beach, Rarotonga
    • Beachfront retreat perfect for kayaking, relaxing, and ocean-side breakfasts.

We love

  • Escape to your villa’s own private paradise: a crystal-clear pool surrounded by tropical plants and waterfalls.
  • Jump in the kayak parked next to your villa to explore the turquoise waters and coral reefs of Muri Lagoon.
  • Enjoy the warmth of a tropical rainstorm as you receive a relaxing Vichy water massage at the Waterfall Spa.

Top Secret

If you want the best coffee on the island, you needn’t venture further than your kitchen. The in-villa espresso maker, though simple to operate, makes drinks full of body and flavor that rival the best cafes in Europe.

Origins

Rumours Luxury Villas are so-named because of the original owners’ affinity for Fleetwood Mac. Belinda and Andrew Griffin, the managers of the property, in keeping with this tradition, strive to let guests “Go Their Own Way” while on holiday. Having managed properties in Tahiti, Fiji, and the Cook Islands, they aim to create sophisticated island experiences that offer a mix of full-service support (including personal drivers and chefs on request) and complete privacy. Their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by locals on the island; just mention their name at the market and you’ll see a smile on every face.

The Review

Tucked away next to the turquoise waters of Muri Lagoon in Rarotonga, you’ll find the secluded paradise of Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa. Each villa pays homage to the style of the traditional Cook Island kikau, seamlessly blending the natural elements of the tropics with Polynesian architecture and modern conveniences. From the second you open the door to your personal villa, you are treated to one breathtaking view after another. First, you find yourself on a private patio overlooking a pool surrounded by stone waterfalls and tropical plants. Then, as you enter the main villa, you feel a cool breeze flowing through a bright, airy living space with huge vaulted ceilings and unparalleled views of the ocean. Hand-carved warm woods, rattan furnishings, and marble flooring with waterfalls, lily ponds, and white and turquoise linens as accents create indoor spaces that mirror the beachfront setting perfectly. Even showering is an incredible experience: surrounded by sand, seashells, and a skylight, your dual rain shower feels like dip in the warm waters of the ocean, with smoothened stones underfoot. Whether you’re watching the sun rise over palm trees from the hammock on your deck, cooking a gourmet meal in your fully-equipped kitchen, unwinding in your private outdoor spa tub, or catching a movie in the Platinum Villa’s private screening room, you may never want to leave your personal paradise.
When you finally decide to venture out from your villa, Rarotonga offers many exciting experiences. To enjoy the outdoors, grab a set of snorkeling gear from the front desk to explore the coral reefs of Muri Lagoon or take a stroll down the beach outside the resort. For an immersive cultural experience, hire a car (or driver) or hop on the colourful local bus and visit a nearby village, take in a cultural night show, or head to the bustling Saturday morning market in Avarua. 

Location

Rumours Luxury Villas And Spa

  • Address: Ara Tapu, Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  • Travel info: 15-minute drive from Avarua Rarotonga Airport (free pickup/drop-off service provided)

Key Features

  • Pool

  • Beach

  • Car Parking

  • Spa