Great place! A review of Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa
We stayed in the beachfront bungalow with jacuzzi (#11), and it was amazing!
The hotel consists of only individual bungalows in a garden setting. It occupies a long stretch of the beach.
The beach bungalows are facing the beach and are right on it, so you have unobstructed view of the gorgeous clear green/blue water, passing yachts, and fish. Snorkeling is good right near the shore - there are corals growing all over, and we saw various fish in the very shallow water.
With the beach bungalow, you also have your own hammock - so the whole atmosphere is extremely relaxing.
The hotel offers free kayaks and we took advantage of that - lots of fun!
We also rented a "fun car" - an open little two-seater tiny car which came handy exploring the island. That was really fun!
The food at the restaurant is very good - we had fish entrees.
One improvement/suggestion is regarding the jacuzzi water temperature - it's rather cool and not heated, even though there is a 'heater' button. We didn't use the jacuzzi because of that.
The only other snag was that it took them a long time to deliver our luggage to us when we arrived. We needed our bathing suits because we couldn't wait to get into the water!
The staff at the activity desk is very friendly but their English is marginal. Be sure to double check and confirm everything they say to avoid misunderstandings.
Kia Ora is definitely orders of magnitude better than neighboring Novotel.
I'd recommend this place and would definitely stay here again if we come back to Rangiroa.