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Kia Orana Serena & Conrad
First of all THANK YOU for the beautiful stay at Muri Hillside you both are exceptional and friendly hosts and we are very fortunate to have stayed at the accomodation. Our group consisted of 16 adults & 5 kids and we all really REALLY enjoyed our stay. The pool and bbq facilities were perfect as most mornings we were all in there around 7am as we were blessed with beautiful weather every day and coming from cold NZ weather it was pure bliss. Location is in Muri and is a close walk to shops.
We finished our stay off with Koka Lagoon Cruise and it was absolutely beautiful, the people, the kai and the pure beauty of swimming in the clear waters of Rarotonga. Highly reccomend especially if you have a large group. We shall be back😊
Meitaki Maata & Kia Manuia
Te Ara Ponga (Nov 2017)
Thanks so much for your wonderful hospitality again .
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay again , you really have something special , your location ,all of the accommodation options , pool and BBQ area , your staff and yourselves so caring and considerate .
We and lm sure others that stay really appreciate it and I guess that's why we keep coming back .
Treasure what you have , and keep doing what you do so well, at the best place of all the Pacific Island group .
See you again soon"
Tony & Steph (Jul 2016)
"We attended a family wedding in Rarotonga recently and had the pleasure of staying at the Muri Hillside Guesthouses.
We booked both the bungalow and 3 bdrm apartment as we were an extended family of 10. The accommodation was great, spacious and well equipped with the necessities. While the rest of our family were boiling in stuffy little rooms at a resort down the road, we were living the balmy breezy life on the hillside. With great outdoor space, a lovely pool which the kids never got out of, it was truly relaxing and perfect for a week long stay. Daily we made the 3 minute walk down the hill to Muri beach and joined in the festivities then strolled back home to enjoy our little piece of paradise.
Thank you so much to Serena and Conrad, they made the stay so relaxed and enjoyable, we look forward to our next visit."
Whaikawa-Gordon Whanau (Oct 2015)
"We had 14 adults and children in our group when we stayed at Muri Hillside Guest Houses. Brilliant location as we could walk to restaurants, vehicle rental spots as well as the night markets. Serena and Conrad were fantastic hosts. Very friendly and helpful with all of our questions. Nothing was a problem. As for the rooms themselves, very spacious and clean. They had everything we needed. Such a relaxing and private environment and the pool was priceless. We couldn't have asked for a better spot. We will definitely be back. Thanks again."
Kelci Flintoff, May 2015
"Thank you so much to serena and Conrad, we have returned for our 2nd time on the island and 2nd time staying with you. Your very accomodating to my endless emails trying to organise 20 people. Each and every house was very welcoming really well equipped, and the hospitality considering we were a loud bunch made my birthday extra special. And even the tuna Conrad gave our family that was awesome. We will return again to the island and we wouldn't stay anywhere else's but with you. Having the whole complex to ourselfs made it our home away from home the pool and bbq area was well used. I always recommend your property to anyone I know going to rarotonga - until we see you again Kia Orana from taranaki/waiwiri whanau"
Te Rina Waiwiri, May 2015
"Thank you so much Serena and Conrad, for making our stay at Muri Hillside Guest Houses so enjoyable. The transfer that Serena organised knew exactly which building we were in and pointed us in the direction of where to find Serena in the morning. After a fairly long flight from Sydney via Auckland we were looking forward to a good nights sleep. The Deluxe Studio was spacious and clean and the bed was really comfy and the kitchen had everything we needed for preparing meals. We had heard that not much was open on a Sunday in Raro (the cafe down the road was), so we had brought some breakfast makings with us, and had our first meal sitting on the deck enjoying the tropical surrounds. After Brekkie we explored the local area. Muri Beach with its exquisite lagoon is a short stroll down the hill. The Hunter family made us feel so welcome, and we spent New Years Eve with them down on the beach and New Years Day at the Cook's anniversary concert on New Years Day. Most days we would catch the bus somewhere to explore, followed by snorkeling in the lagoon and finish up relaxing by the pool. The pool area has a BBQ and covered area with a large table and bench with sink, which was ideal for the type of cooking we love. I cannot speak highly enough about Muri Hillside Guest Houses, and we loved it so much we have booked again for our annual vacation."
Cam & Corinne, Jan 2015
"Thank you Serena and Conrad, we had a fabulous holiday at your place! You were great hosts and made us all feel very welcome. This was our second visit to Rarotonga, the first time we stayed at a resort and this time we stayed at Muri Hillside. Muri Hillside beat the resort hands down! The facilities were great, we had two family groups, we were in the apartment and our other group was in the bungalow, both had everything we needed. They were spotlessly clean and comfortable and the pool was fantastic. The location was perfect, just a short walk to the beach, shops, scooter hire, restaurants, delicious fish and chip shop, Muri Market, everything we needed. A definate place to stay. Thanks so much for having us!"
Alannah Burney, Oct 2014
"Kia orana Serena we had an absolutely beautiful time staying in Raro and particularly staying at Muri Hillside. It certainly was a pleasure meeting you and several of your family during our stay there. My family raved about how ideal the place was for us. the pool was definately an added bonus for our children and kept them entertained day & night. Being able to stay together made our trip more memorable and Vina as well as your brother inlaw were always on hand to assist us in any way they could. We would definately return one day soon. I know the family are all missing the place and want to return. They are all wondering how long the Rarotongan Blues lasts because after being home nearly 2 weeks they are still in raro mode finding it hard to get back to reality! I hope you and your family had a great time in Australia. Muri hillside exceeded our expectations and is definately somewhere we would stay again. Meitaki Ma'ata. See you again soon."
Deb & Greg, Jan 2014
"The stay was perfect, from the informative and helpful e-mails before we arrived, to the cleanliness and layout of the accommodation to the friendly and welcoming owners that greeted us the next day, ( we arrived late at night and transport had been arranged for us), the family were approachable and nothing was to much trouble, their two youngest kids played with our grandkids and they all got on famously. The grounds were well kept and the pool was another godsend! Every morning we all had a dip in the pool and later in the day on returning from beach outings the pool was again well used! It is big enough to accommodate a large group of people at once. All in all, Muri Hillside Guesthouse far exceeded our expectations, I couldn't recommend it highly enough to do it justice, the place, the owners, the family and the surroundings all made for one of the best holidays we have had in a long time, thanks guys, you made our holiday as perfect as it could be, we will be back!"
Jim Evans April 2013
"Serena and Conrad and extended family. What can we say but WOW, the hospitality the accommodation. OUTSTANDING, nothing was ever a problem, I just hope that we weren't to rowdy for you. Your children and family are a delight and very welcoming. The accommodation was perfect and exactly what was in the picture. Perfect for us. Your lagoon cruise was an absolutely fabulous day out thoroughly entertaining and worth every sent, also your family it was a pleasure to share and watch the delight and love they put into their work. We will be back if you will have us. And to those people that are reading this the pictures on this website are true and doesn't disappoint.Thank you so much Aerre ra, Meitaki."
Tracy and Kelvin Knox, Jan 2013
"Fantastic accommodation was able to go away with the extended family and still have our own space. Totally child friendly and Serena and Conrad were awesome hosts. Would highly recommend Muri Hillside to anyone planning a holiday in Rarotonga. We hope to be back in the near future:-)"
Shannon and Philippa Booth Jan 2013
"Muri Hillside is one of the best places we have ever stayed in and we didn't want to leave. In terms of location (away from many tourists) and atmosphere it far exceeds the 5 star place we stayed in for the last few days of our stay in Rarotonga. Whilst the bungalow is basic it is so homely, comfortable and relaxing. The fully self contained kitchen was great with kids who don't always want to go out for meals. The gardens are gorgeous and the grass is soft enough to lie on. To wake in the morning to the sound of roosters and the sight of coconut trees and lush green vegetation is simply marvellous. We loved being up in the hills and only a 5 minute walk down the road to the beach ( 5yo son and 9yo daughter walked it easily everyday). Serena, thankyou for your hospitality from bringing down games and dvd's for our children on the rainy days to inviting us to your son's 18th party by the pool. I cannot forget our stay at Muri Hillside, in fact, I daydream about it everyday. Hayley and Tom often talk about coming back to Muri Hillside particularly jumping in the pool, opening coconuts and walking down the road everyday to the beach again. We are already planning our next visit"
Jenkins Family, Sept-Oct 2012
"22 family members attending our daughter's wedding took over all of the accommodation at Muri Hillside for over a week. It was simply perfect for our group - not only the fantastic facilities including that very special poolside area but also our wonderful friendly hosts, Serena and Conrad. They allowed us the freedom of their very special place but were around if we needed anything. Thank you so much - we will be back."
Rosie Hohepa October 2012
"Hey, A Big thanks for and awesome holiday!!! Everyone commented how awesome the house's were for the family, great for the kids and everyone so close together!!! Thanks so much Really hope that we will be back soon Georgia is already saving all her Rarotongan coins to come back and visit"
Julie, Nick and the rest of the family =) June 2012
"Kia Orana Serena and Con, We just wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge MEITAKI MAATA to you for your hospitality during our stay in Rarotonga. The accomodation was fabulous, spacious and perfect for what we were seeking. It was great to meet you all, we absolutely loved the Cook Islands and can't wait to come again for another holiday. Take care and all the best from our whanau to yours."
Arohanui, Donna, Mark, Leon and Paige xoxo February 2012
"Wow! what can we say! If you are thinking of heading to Rarotonga for a holiday then we would totally recommend Muri Hillside Guest Houses. The accommodation was everything we hoped for with the most amazing scenery right in front of you. We stayed in the upstairs cottage which was a double 3 bedroom home with all the facilities needed. A home away from home. Con and Serena and also their children were fantastic hosts and the pool was just as great as the lagoon, which was only a short walk away. We were close to everything we needed including ATM machines and a car/scooter rental at the bottom of their road. We would not only recommend this place, we are seriously looking at going back and staying there again. AAA+"
Pihema Whanau 15/10/2011
"Kia Orana, Muri Hillside Guesthouses, what can i say? It was the best!!...It was such an awesome experience and it will be one we will never forget. We were all happy with the accommodation and I wouldn't stay anywhere else. We had dinner and bbqs every night at the pool area and it was just fantastic. The kids loved it and I keep hearing my nephews and nieces saying when we're coming back home. HAHAHA I think they thought we were all moving there LOL. Thank you so much for everything Con and Serena, we all agreed that it was the best holiday we've been on, and it wouldn't have been so great if we didn't have the best accommodation sorted for us, thank you for that but I can't thank you enough for making our trip most welcoming, accommodation was sorted and also couldn't get over how safe it was, we would leave the premises with our houses open and sometimes even left the doors open when we went to bed. It was such an awesome trip. Thank you once again, be expecting us again. Definitely recommend Muri Hillside Guesthouses if you're looking for accomodation in Raro :) Awwesome :) Alofas, Pat"
Patricia Mai 24/07/2011
"We have just come back from my Father's Birthday at Muri Hillside, 16 of us in total ranging from 2 to 70 years old and booked every room except the studio bungalow. We wanted self catering and everything we needed was there. We took our meat over with us and bought everything else in Raro, found the supermarket prices much the same as NZ. Conrad and Serena are fantastic hosts, there if you need them but not in the way. Ask Serena to book your glass bottom boat trip, it was fantastic. Muri Hillside is in a lovely location, very close to the action in Muri but set back for privacy. We walked to the beach, restaurants and great local coffee shops and hired a car to take us around the island. Best snorkelling we found was just to the right of the Rarotongan near the reef. We went to the new over water fire/cultural evening which was well worth the money. Kids and adults both loved it. In the evenings we all gathered around the pool and BBQ area. It was set out with two extra large tables and pool loungers with a large BBQ and sink. There is even a toilet there to save your sun tired legs from walking too far. Our holiday at Murihillside was like being in paradise."
Penny Family Holiday - July 2011
"We really enjoyed our stay in the cottage, there was heaps of space, totally self contained which we made great use of. We bought heaps (20kgs) of frozen meat over (which was no problems going through customs from NZ) I also bought over 15 kgs of regular groceries as shopping was fairly expensive in Raro.The bbq worked well, we invited guests over to entertain even. It was way easy to catch the bus to town. make sure you get a weeks concession card, it will save you a bit of money. Def take your beach (reef) shoes make the effort to kayak to the reef its awesome. You can even walk to the little islands out from Muri beach. Banana court had a great atmosphere. Trader Jacks is open after it closes. The Saturday market has a great show of Cook Island dancing, we thought that they were better than the island night at the edgewater. By the way if you hire a push bike, it only takes 1 1/2 hours to get around the Island, well worth the effort. If you like your privacy and your own space this is the place to stay at a reasonable price."
Karen Camp 29/05/2010
"Thanks Con and Serena for the awesome stay. We really enjoyed it at Muri Hillside Guest Houses. Will definately be back next year for another stay. Had a fablous holiday in the Cook Islands, loved the people and relaxing time. Definately need your insect repellent and sunscreen. It was only a short work to the beach which was lovely, and Muri Beach is lovely. The BBQ area worked really well, with entertaining. Thank you so much. Kind regards Mike & Sheree"
Sheree Camp 29/04/2010
"A group of 9 of us went to Rarotonga from NZ to compete on the Raro International Triathlon. We stayed at the 3 bedroom apartment that was recommended to use by a friend who had stayed there before. The accommodation exceeded our expectations. It was AMAZING! We were picked up from the airport by a lovely lady, got to the place and only then realised how big it actually was. We couldn't see much outside as we arrived late at night, but on the following morning we could appreciate the closeness to the beach, the cool swimming pool, the large garden and the view. We loved the place and the hospitality of you all. We felt really looked after. We highly recommend this place (except when we go again because we'll be staying there!!!!) Thanks heaps"
Mercedes Garazon 29/04/2010
"There were 10 of us staying at Muri Hillside, and we had a blast! Yes, Muri Beach Lagoon is outstandingly beautiful, but we also had a ton of fun in the pool at the Cottage. BBQ as well, there were sometimes tough decisions to leave the Cottage and head to the beach! Serena and Con were wonderful hosts, and their family helped with servicing the Cottage. I would fully recommend staying here."
Shane Minnear 12/01/2010
"My family and I booked out the Studio, Bungalow, Cottage, Appartment. For my little brothers special wedding day. Murihillside was one of the best places to take a big group, for example we had 28 people and we were so lucky to be able to stay together to experience Rarotonga together. Awesome time was had by all, the rooms are spacious, clean and tidy, the pool is a must, Serena and Conrad very friendly and helpful. If we were to go to a resort, we would have been separated, but Muri hillside is very homely. We took our own food, meats and cereals, milk. I recommend Murihillside to anyone who wants to see Rarotonga. All the locals that we had met on our travels that asked where we were staying didnt know the place as Muri hillside, they knew it as "Conrads Place". The main thing is it made our stay more enjoyable, having the freedom and not having to worry about locking the house's everytime we went out, Thank you Serena and Conrad Arohanui. Te Whanau."
Angela Komene 17/02/2010