We stayed in villa 5, which is set back from the beach but there is still a view from the sitting/TV room. However, it did offer a bit more privacy by not sharing any interior walls with other villas.
They welcomed us with leis at the airport. A few snacks were available in the villa upon arrival along with champagne, beer, soda and milk the fridge. The kitchen is well stocked with supplies as well as oil, salt and pepper for cooking. The breakfast is substantial. They were able to easily accommodate our dietary restrictions (vegan).
The villa itself is gorgeous with a private pool. The beds are very comfortable. The staff is so friendly and helpful and assisted with all of our reservations as well as renting e-bikes for our week-long stay.
We liked the location. There are several restaurants nearby and we were able to bike to the rest of the island as desired. We also went to the spa twice. The massages were amazing.
Sara K
Clayton Misouri

Rumours villas are beyond luxurious and AMAZING. My husband and I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect honeymoon and that’s because of Carol, Grant and the rest of the team at Rumours.

These villas are exceptional, first class, 5 star villas.

Aside from the beautiful beach and exquisite villas, the best aspect of this place is by far the staff. From the moment we landed at the airport, they made us feel at home from start to finish. We had breakfast delivered every morning and our room was kept spotless throughout our stay. Carol was so kind and helpful with booking excursions and just answering any questions we had pertaining to the island for us throughout our stay. They’ve mastered the fine art of anticipating your wishes before you even know you have them, all without being obtrusive. If you are traveling to Rarotonga this is the place to stay!! Rumours Villas are by far the most beautiful place to stay on all of Rarotonga and you will be treated like royalty.

-Katelynn & Sal from California.

I can’t fault our holiday at this wonderful place.the location is perfect, white sandy beachfront villas in the Muri lagoon.

Villa 3 is stunning. And the managers are the epitome of discreet five star service. The staff were overwhelmingly helpful and did not disturb us while we were enjoying the peace and quiet.

Villa three has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen lounge and cinema room inside. Outside there is a wide beachfront deck with four sun-loungers and a dining table. Then there is the private courtyard with swimming pool, spa pool, sun loungers and dining table. If you want to have a private holiday, this is the villa to get. Not once did the staff disturb me while I was reading or relaxing.

Embee – Wellington

Have just retuned from the Cook Islands. Spent a week at Rumours Luxury Villas and spa. Loved every moment. From the outdoor but private pool to the beautifully decorated room to the short 25 metre stroll to the white sandy beach. Thanks Tara for excellent service. Would thoroughly recommend this accommodation. Just superb.


This is a big call; but we are placing it No 1 for us Worldwide!

Lots of pictures here to give you a good feel for the vibe. All these photos taken several days in while staying, not the pristine first 10 minutes of arrival. The sunrise is from the deck right on the beachfront.

If you have already booked Rumours you have struck the jackpot, if your looking for a 6 star location and accommodation without the hassle and pretense of demanding wanabee high enders around you, this is the place.

For context; and without risking name dropping ourselves, we have enjoyed over the water, “luxury labelled” stays all over the world.  We’ve tasted so called “5 star romantic views” from room balconies across all of the “listed” romantic cities.

So why our No 1?
As they say in the movie;”The Castle”; it’s the vibe!
Despite it punching on par in all these things; its not the quality of the bed linen, the on demand housekeeping, the free inclusions, the direct access to crystal waters, the 1% touches of detail, authentic caring , service and absolute privacy, but the fact that Rumours for us, successfully blends all of these qualities with the Cook Island friendly culture, beautiful environment and climate, to create everlasting memories.

Depending on your package; yes you get, included scooter or car hire, 1 hour massages in their award winning spa, lagoon cruise and cultural dance evening. You enjoy your own private single and double canoe outside your private deck directly on the lagoon beach: At high tide in 10 minutes after canoeing to the adjacent island, we were both out in the lagoon snorkeling among the the most beautiful fish species, turtles and reef life in the world.  All the reef shoes, snorkeling gear is complimentary, and for competency; we were no Bear Grylls and partner lookalikes, so you can easily do it. A good part of the lagoon, you can stand up in and still see nature under the water, in all its glory.

Or just rest up in your 100% private outdoor spa bath or waterfall pool, before ordering a villa delivered seafood platter at your balcony table for dinner, gazing at the lagoon waters:
Walk outside into the world on your doorstep ,and after 70 metres, you have a coffee hut that would easily survive in the inner lanes of Melbourne, a wine shop with quality drops, a bakery, a general store, boxing fitness gym to work off your indulgence and a burger joint to contradict the later.
Looking for a good restaurant, experience, or attraction, just ask Tara at Rumours and its all taken care of. You even get a note delivered to your villa, listing and confirming all that has been organised for you, including double checking your own bookings separate to Rumours to ensure you pickup collection will occur on time.

This is prime honeymoon, romantic, adult only digs, and while we would love to come here again with family and even grandchildren ( because there is that much room in the villas) we get this is not a copycat resort you will find beachside around the world, so if you have kids, them just wait the years like we did and place Rumours on your bucket list.

Rumours is like trying to pick your best ever restaurant.There are plenty you will remember and forget because the name dropping reputation, cuisine and service, all hit the mark or exceeded expectation. Then there are the few; despite the years past, that left you with that intangible feel, special to you both, where notwithstanding the culinary excellence; what you actually ate, is easily forgotten.

The experience and memories at Rumours will never be forgotten.

We loved our 9 days at Rumours! So relaxing.

The are two king beds and two bathrooms, full kitchen, TV with lots of movies, books, pure bliss. Oh and I forgot the private pool and spa!

I would come back tomorrow if I could! Staff were lovely, nothing was a bother. We used the kayaks and visited the island, we snorkeled, we relaxed, we read books. We visited the supermarket and cooked some night, other nights went to the markets.

The rooms are spacious, and having a deck right on the beach, was bliss. I loved sitting out having a coffee, patting the friendly local dogs, watching the hermit crabs. Honestly have never felt so relaxed ever. Can I please come back now, loved loved loved it.

We were in Villa 4 on the end, so quiet!

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