Winner - Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Award 2011-12 - Best Private Home
This high-ceilinged 100 year old Colonial timber bungalow was moved from the owners village to her family land on the beach. The home has been enlarged, fully restored, with 2 decks added. Absolute beachfront, sitting well off of the main road its next door neighbour is Rumours of Rarotonga, a 5 star accommodation. Held in trust for Aloma Moore, the youngest accommodation owner in the Cook Islands, this is the only Colonial era dwelling on Rarotonga available to visitors.
The bungalow is located on Tikioki Beach, at the southern end of Muri Beach and has the advantages of being on the ’right’ side of the island without being in the centre of the Muri Beach developed area. The best restaurants and other attractions are a comfortable walk down the beach, while privacy is assured. The wide lagoon in front of the bungalow is on the edge of a large marine reserve, with the best snorkeling on Rarotonga.
The bungalow has been faithfully restored while adding modern appliances and features. A stainless steel and ceramic tile kitchen with a bevelled glass view of the lagoon offers a sunrise outlook.
Smoking is outdoors only - the covered porch is o-k.
The Beach Place is held in trust for Aloma Moore by her parents, Ngaoa and Travis. Ngaoa's extended family owns the land where the Beach Place is located. Ngaoa and Travis are Registered Agents in the Land Division of the High Court of the Cook Islands. Ngaoa has a second career as a landscape specialist.