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JJ's Retreat

3.5 out of 5.0
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • WiFi in rooms and publi...
  • Laundry facilities

Recent guest reviews

We had a wonderful time at JJ's. The vilas are fully equiped with everything that you could wish and more!! Jason and Jamie are such a nice couple and they are always willing to help. Thanks guys for a fantastic time! We hope to be back :)

With the most friendly hosts (who were always willing to help us out) and a beautiful garden retreat, JJs was a perfect place for relaxing and enjoying the South Pacific! Thank you for such a great time!

Fantastic stay here. Amazing grounds and very relaxing surroundings. Accomodation was immaculate, and hosts were very helpful. Great restaurants within 5 minutes drive, and good swimming beach a couple of minutes walk. Couldn't ask for more.

With just 2 bungalows, a pool, spacious grounds, beautiful garden laden with fruit, great deck and friendly, helpful kiwi owners this place is an ideal place to stay. Clean, good shower, hot water, good WiFi (it is not free anywhere on the island - same price everywhere NZ$25 for 1.5GB) and everything you need for your stay. Bikes are available which are good for getting to the supermarket, bars and restaurants, different beaches and to explore the island. With these and a good but simple bus service it is not necessary to hire a car or moped but it will give you more flexibility if you do (and the owners will help you to and take you there). It's not on the beach (just 600m away) but that also means you are away from other people. Highly recommend staying here. There are some mossies but not an issue with some spray, coils (provided) and the screens.

We tried a few different locations in the Cook Islands and this was probably the quietest. There are just 2 units and they're a little inland. We booked a car because it was the wet season and that was helpful. It's a nice spacious clean place with good facilities and ideal if you don't mind driving to places. There are a couple of good snorkelling spots in 10 or 15 minutes drive. A nice alternative place to stay.

I feel bad writing the first non 5 star review for JJ's but I feel perhaps the standard has slipped since their most recent reviews. We booked this as a last minute holiday and the glowing 5 star reviews were a large part of why we chose JJ's. The owners are no longer living in Raro and it is looked after by a local woman (lovely Liv who did her best to address our concerns as best she could). My main gripe was the pool- I'm pregnant and having a pool almost to ourselves just outside the door was a big drawcard to stay at JJ's. On our arrival the pool was green and definitely not suitable for swimming in. It transpires the pump was broken and they were waiting to hear from the owners to get the go-ahead to have it fixed. We worked out fairly quickly we weren't going to be lazing around the pool at all during our stay and unfortunately it wasn't fixed by the time we left. Yes, the beach is only down the road but there's signs saying 'no watersports recommended' due to the strong currents. We ended up hiring a car and cruising around looking for nice beaches to swim at. In fairness, we were given a discount due to the pool not working but had they let us know prior to arriving we would have booked somewhere else. Another niggle included the hot water being intermittent (again, Liv tried her best to have it fixed but no luck). Overall we enjoyed our stay at JJ's- it was very quiet and away from all the resorts and people. It just felt like the standard had slipped from previous reviews.

Comfortable bed, beautiful setting. All that you need and more is there! It rained while we were there so the big deck with cover, and table and chairs were excellent! lovely quiet retreat! It was close enough to the beach.

First class accommodation in a garden setting. The guest houses have everything you need and have been tastefully decorated. Water cooler for safe drinking a definite plus. Tropical fruit basket and breakfast basics await in a fully equipped kitchen. Being just a short stroll from the beach allows the visitor to pass through a small village, past tropical farms and animals. Close to public transport, good restaurants and great snorkeling.

I've been to Raro numerous times and this was by far the best accommodation I've had the pleasure of staying in. Nothing was too much trouble for Vanessa and James and the villa itself was excellent. No hesitation in recommending them to my friends and family.

Traditional yet modern design villa (only 1 of 2) was new, clean and stocked with everything one would need. Beautifully landscaped tropical garden was a delight to wake up to. James and Vanessa were wonderful hosts, thankyou. Can't wait to return!

Vaiganaua Road, Rutaki Rarotonga

Hotel highlights

  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • WiFi in rooms and public areas (fees apply)
  • Laundry facilities

JJ's Retreat is located within a few miles (5 km) of Aroa Beach and Wigmore's Waterfall. This 2-room, 3.5-star villa has in-room conveniences like kitchens, MP3 docks, and dining areas.


Guests can expect to find WiFi and a flat-screen TV with a DVD player. Other standard amenities include a kitchen, an MP3 dock, and a dining area.

Property features

Guests of JJ's Retreat enjoy features like an outdoor pool, WiFi in public areas, and express check-in. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for NZD 25 per person one way. Other amenities at this adults-only villa include express check-out, a terrace, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Deluxe Villa, 1 Queen Bed, Mountain View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Villa, 1 Queen Bed, Mountain View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.