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4.6 out of 5

"The beachfront location is unbeatable. Staff were excellent. " More

By a verified traveller on Sun 02 Feb 2020

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Hotel Description

At Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel you'll be within just a 10-minute stroll of Maire Nui Botanical Gardens and Tikioki Beach. Highlights at this beachfront resort include a private beach, a restaurant, and free continental breakfast.

All 17 rooms feature LCD TVs with satellite channels, and you can enjoy furnished balconies or patios, sitting areas, and WiFi. Kitchenettes come with refrigerators and microwaves, making in-room dining convenient. DVD players, coffee/tea makers, and safes are also available.

The restaurant, Moana Restaurant, serves fusion cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy access to kayaking and snorkeling. Other amenities include WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. Each morning free breakfast is served. There's also free self parking, along with the convenience of an airport shuttle.

Attractions within a 10-minute drive of this 3-star Tapere of Titikaveka resort include Muri Beach and Aroa Beach.

Studio, Beachfront

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
AU$314* Per night/room 6 Apr. - 7 Apr.

Deluxe Studio, Beachfront

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel ratings based on 7 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.6 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 5.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel

Everyone (4) Couples (2) Family (1)
5 out of 5
The beachfront location is unbeatable. Staff were excellent.

Posted by on 2 Feb. 2020

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Comment from Hotel Management

3 Feb. 2020 by Wayne Sheard - GM

Kia Orana, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel. My Team and I look forward to possibly hosting you again in the future. Regards Wayne

5 out of 5
Close to a very nce beach.Everything was great except for lighting in room.To dull fo older people

Posted by on 13 Sep. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

23 Sep. 2019 by Sabine Vogel - Reservations

Kia Orana Anonymous Thank you for taking the time to leave a feedback. We are delighted you had a great stay with us at Moana Sands and hope you will consider staying with us again in the future,

3 out of 5
Not many facilities, no lunch restaurant or bar service. Rooms clean but found lots of insects

Posted by on 10 Jul. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

2 Sep. 2019 by Sabine Vogel - Reservations

Kia Orana Thank you for your time to leave a feedback. We are very sorry we could not fully meet your standards this time. We are working on opening our restaurant for lunch as well, but at the moment this is not possible. In regards to the insects, please note we are trying hard to keep the insects out of the rooms, but in such a tropical place, this is a real challenge. Therefore we are providing bugs spray in the room to keep this under control. We hope you will consider Moana Sands again in the future to proof you of our good service. Kia Manuia & Regards

5 out of 5
Kiorana....Excellent beach & facilities, wonderful staff will return. Only slight gripe is that the television channels were basically static but other than that enjoyed relaxing in Rarotonga.

Posted by on 5 Dec. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

12 Dec. 2018 by Wayne Sheard - GM

Kia Orana and Meitaki for taking the time to post your review of our "Little Slice of Paradise". It is pleasing to see my Team helped make your stay memorable. The TV Channels are a work in progress and we are working to get the issue sorted. Thank you again and I look forward to hosting you again in the future. Regards Wayne.

5 out of 5

Great value, absolute beach front.

Pros: Located on one of the best beaches on Rarotonga at Titikaveka on the south side of the island, about 16km from the airport or roughly half way around.
Cons: Probably nothing without increasing the cost of accommodation. There are other higher star rated resorts nearby, but their rates are more than double.
Location: Good snorkling at all tides right in front of the hotel, or just swim if you want. Topical gardens within walking distance and other cafes/restaurants
We enjoyed the very nice continental breakfasts which are included at the onsite Sands Restaurant with lots of fresh fruit, cereals, toast, juice and tea of coffee. We also had dinner there most nights as food was good, on low cost tap beers. We stayed in one of the deluxe suites (sleep 2 only) on the top floor with great lagoon and ocean views but the other rooms looked very nice too as they all have lagoon/ocean views too. I would recommend ground floor if you had a child with you (sleep 3 max) as you have direct access onto the sand. Mini kitchen is well equipped for a hotel, with plates etc. The sister resort Moana Sands Villas about 3 km down the road sleep more. We viewed them and they are very nice too with full kitchens. We enjoyed the snorkling right in front of the hotel at least twice a day and there were outdoor showers so you could wash off. Sea was warm so easy to get into. Snorkling gear and reef shoes provided free, but we had our own. We had a rental car but there were other people staying there that managed without (Hotel offers airport transfers at a reasonable price). We went to a Island night with buffet dinner at another resort which offered free transfers which we took as drink driving is not tolerated on the island. Also enjoyed dinner at the Little Polynesia Resort just a few minutes walk away which is on the same beach. We will be going back to Rarotonga and Moana Sands Hotel will be our first choice if available.

Posted by , from NZ on 22 Feb. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

20 Mar. 2018 by Wayne Sheard

Kia Orana Peter, Thank you for your comments and confirmation we my Team and I are getting it right. I am pleased you enjoyed your experience in our slice of the "Little Paradise" of Rarotonga. My Team and I would like to host you again.

4 out of 5
Pros: The beach on your back door.
Staff were very friendly and a special mention to the regular kitchen staff. Enjoyed daily complimentary continental breakfast. We also had a couple of dinners at the restaurant which were very nice. Excellent location for snorkelling with great access and views from all rooms. If you want beach side, this is the place to go.

Posted by , from New Zealand on 5 Jun. 2017

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5 out of 5

Good quality accommodation, very close to beach

Very good, no problems, would stay again in the future. Great staff

Posted by , from NZ on 3 Feb. 2016

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About the Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel

Location Ara Tapu (Main Road), Rarotonga,

Renovations + Closures

The property will be renovating from 01 March 2020 to 17 April 2020 (completion date subject to change). The following areas are affected:

  • Select guestrooms

Renovation work will only be conducted during business hours on weekdays. Every effort will be made to minimize noise and disturbance.

Property Features

Step outside to feel the sun on your face and the sand in your toes on the white sand beach. Summer fun is a breeze at Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel with activities like snorkeling and kayaking. Free breakfast is served daily. There's a restaurant on site. Public spaces have WiFi for a fee. This beach resort also offers a garden and a terrace. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3-star Rarotonga resort.

  • 1 building
  • 17 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • Built in 2000
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Dining venue
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Wedding services available
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • On private beach
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • DVD player

Internet

Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge)

Parking

Free self parking , Parking (limited spaces) , Free parking nearby

Transport

  • Airport: Rarotonga (RAR-Rarotonga Intl.) (16.6 km / 10.3 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle and area shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel offers 17 accommodations with DVD players and safes. Rooms open to furnished balconies or patios. Accommodations offer separate sitting areas. 32-inch LCD televisions come with satellite channels. Accommodations at this 3-star resort have kitchenettes with refrigerators, microwaves, cookware/dishes/utensils, and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms include showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. In-room wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • In-room kitchenette
  • Private balcony or patio (furnished)
  • Sitting area
  • HD television
  • Satellite channels
  • DVD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily from 8 AM to 10:30 AM.

Moana Restaurant - This beachfront restaurant specializes in fusion cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered. Reservations are required.

Spa Services

  • Manicures and pedicures

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 7:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM.
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 72 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation.

24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM.
To arrange for check-in, guests must contact the property at least 72 hours prior to arrival using the information on the booking confirmation.

Airport transportation is offered on request 24 hours a day. Fees may apply. Please make arrangements in advance by contacting the property.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.

Pet Policy

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel

Policies

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No lifts
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • No pets or service animals allowed

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: NZD 25 per person (one-way)
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: NZD 12.50 (one-way), (from 2 to 11 years old)
  • Early check-in fee: NZD 200 (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out fee: NZD 200 (subject to availability)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Moana Sands
  • Moana Sands Beachfront
  • Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel
  • Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel & Villas
  • Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel & Villas Rarotonga
  • Moana Sands Beachfront Villas
  • Moana Sands Beachfront Villas Rarotonga
  • Moana Sands Hotel
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  • Moana Sands Beachfront Rarotonga
  • Moana Sands Beachfront Titikaveka
  • Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel And Villas
  • Hotel Moana Sands Beachfront
  • Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel Rarotonga
  • Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel Villas
  • Moana Sands front Rarotonga
  • Moana Sands Beachfront Resort
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  • Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel Resort Rarotonga

You should know

  • Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel offers transfers from the airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation 72 hours prior to arrival with your arrival details.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.
  • Guests may experience noise disturbance due to nearby construction work.
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