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Ara Tapu, Arorangi Cook Islands
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#4 of 19 Speciality lodging in Arorangi
Travellers' Choice
Set in the enchanting western village of Arorangi, Castaway is the favourite farewell point of so many of our islands’ most stunning sunsets. Enjoy peace and relaxation at this lush adults-only oasis, where guests can enjoy the freedom of their self-catering rooms or dine at the on-property beach restaurant & bar. Castaway offers comfortable accommodation with rooms perfect for solo travelers, couples, families and small groups (Minimum age is 16 years and above) And if you’re looking for a little more, Castaway offers accommodation at their Beach House that’s right next door. All rooms are tastefully furnished and guests can enjoy kitchen facilities, air-conditioning, and TV in case of those tropical rainy days. Wilson’s Beach bar & restaurant is Castaway Resorts’ on-property restaurant and is considered one of Rarotonga’s Top 5 Restaurant & Bars (As per Tripadvisor) For good reason! The restaurants gourmet menu is diverse with themed nights every night of the week. From Monday: Pasta, Tuesday: A la carte, Wednesday: Mexican, Thursday: Pizza, Friday: Seafood, and Saturday: Curry. Sunday BBQs are special at Castaway, when live music is played all evening by local musicians Freddy and Pascale, and guitar talent Anania Browne. Specialty dishes like Mr Paul’s Crayfish and Papa D’s Crayfish platter are both very popular amongst the local community. An absolute must try if you want to know what all the local enthusiasm is about! Many returnees rave about the fantastic location, quirky character, relaxed ambience and the friendly, welcoming staff. Guests will enjoy personable service, as staff take the utmost care to remember your name! The resort is also close to many of Rarotonga’s best snorkeling spots, only 20 minutes from the town center, has a bus stop and convenience store across the road. The resort is also home to many unique attributes. Whale watching can be enjoyed right from the restaurant deck. Expect a free bevvy from the bar if you’re first to ring the Whale Bell! Their crayfish dishes are large, fresh and delicious – there’s nothing like it anywhere else on the island. And if that wasn’t enough, Cuban Havana Cigars can also be purchased and pairs well with their signature cocktail “The Big Kahuna” – exclusively available at Castaway. Castaway Resort is the perfect accommodation choice for travelers wanting independence of a self-catered room, or to enjoy a cocktail and delicious dinner without leaving the property.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free breakfast
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Street parking
Paid wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Evening entertainment
Shuttle bus service
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Adults only
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Complimentary toiletries
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
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Yvette wrote a review Dec 2021
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This place has such amazing food relaxed atmosphere awesome staff. This was our 2nd trip to Rarotonga and it was on our list of must do after stopping in for a meal on our first trip, we will be back for sure on our next trip over. One of the staff even arranged for her husband to drive me back to our resort because I ate so much I was unable to jump on the back of the scooter. Perfect place to watch the sun set right. Excellent staff, food and prices. Its must do if you ever go to Rarotonga 🥰
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Castaway Resort, General Manager at Castaway Resort
Responded 15 Dec 2021
Kia Orana Sl1mo, and meitaki maata for your lovely review! We're absolutely stoked one of our staff could help organize transportation for you to your resort, and for the best reason possible. We can't wait to have you join us for a meal upon your return to our little paradise, til then!
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Renata Dvorak wrote a review July 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand4 contributions2 helpful votes
What a great place on sunset beach 🌅so if you more sunset person then sunrise this place is right for you . We had a great room with swimming pool view just few meter from the beach. They have a great breakfast menu even satisfying me as a vegetarian. Very friendly stuff.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Castaway Resort, General Manager at Castaway Resort
Responded 30 July 2021
Kia Orana Renata, meitaki maata for your lovely review! We're so glad you enjoyed staying with us and could also enjoy our breakfast menu. We're proud of our vast menu, and are pleased to learn you could dine on our vegetarian options! We hope you'll join us again soon. Meitaki maata!
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Sherpa496580 wrote a review July 2021
Glenfield, New Zealand4 contributions4 helpful votes
We went here for lunch on my birthday and got chatting to Trina, she was so welcoming and friendly, as was Paul the owner, and the Crayfish Mornay they had advertised for dinner sounded so fabulous we came back for dinner that night, we got a table right on the sand just metres from the water, Trina was fabulous and had the singer play my favourite song and got the whole place singing happy birthtday. There is a genuine welcoming Raro feeling at Castaways, I didn't see the rooms, but if you are wanting to go somewhere with a spectacular location with the BEST customer service we had on the island, then this is the place. We will definitely come back
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Date of stay: June 2021
1 Helpful vote
Response from Castaway Resort, General Manager at Castaway Resort
Responded 7 July 2021
Kia Orana Sherpa and meitaki maata for your kind review! Our staff are thrilled you had a wonderful dining experience with us! We have shared your review with our staff and they're humbled by your lovely review. Thank you so much! We look forward to having you join us again for dinner.
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John B wrote a review May 2021
Auckland, New Zealand29 contributions14 helpful votes
The welcome & service that we received from the Castaway staff & owners was truly amazing. With being the first international tourists to visit Rarotonga, a lot of the businesses & resorts were either closed or not really prepared for the first influx of tourists. As soon as we arrived Paul (aka the Sicilian Don) & lovely Michelle made us feel more like visiting family than paying customers. It’s incredibly hard to get that relaxed vibe & yet still have attentive & genuinely caring customer service, Castaways manages it with ease. Beautiful rooms , sumptuous meals and dangerous delicious cocktails are all served up with a smile & great humour. A very big thanks to Trina, Apo, Moeroa, Richelle & Rosally. You made our trip so memorable, enjoyable & most importantly fun! Also the Marketing Director Fe’ena often dropped in to check up with us that everything was ok. Not the usual hotel/resort service! The staff were happy to go out of their way to give out local advice & information whenever approached. We will definitely be returning & are more than happy to recommend to our friends & family. The location was great with shops, restaurants, bars & other resorts within easy walking distance. The resort is absolute beach front with a nice lagoon to swim in, lots of fish if you like a snorkel.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Talk to the staff with any questions they have great advice on places to visit & things to do!
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Response from Castaway Resort, General Manager at Castaway Resort
Responded 3 June 2021
Kia Orana John and meitaki maata for your kind and detailed review! Our team are highly appreciative of your kind words. Both you and Jaimee were an absolute pleasure to host, and are so glad you chose to stay with us for your first holiday in the Cook Islands in 15 months! We look forward to seeing you again, hopefully soon. Meitaki maata!
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Claire McErlane wrote a review Dec 2020
Cook Islands1 contribution1 helpful vote
Just enjoyed a lovely 2 night stay! Great food, great service, great location and a very comfortable bed. Found the bar and wait staff extremely friendly, as were the reception staff! A very enjoyable stay from the time we checked in, to the time we unfortunately had to leave. Huge thanks to Paul and team!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
1 Helpful vote
Response from Michelle Oberg, General Manager at Castaway Resort
Responded 13 Jan 2021
Kia Orana Claire and meitaki maata for your lovely review! Our team are absolutely pleased you enjoyed your short stay with us, and hope you'll return soon :) We'll be sure to pass on your kind words to our restaurant team, they will surely appreciate your compliments. Hope to see you again soon!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Castaway Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Castaway Resort?
Nearby attractions include Tik-e Tours (1.4 km), Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) (0.2 km), and Aroa Marine Reserve (2.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Castaway Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Castaway Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Castaway Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Castaway Resort?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Castaway Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Beluga, Tuoro Tapas Bar, and Antipodes.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Castaway Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Castaway Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Castaway Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Castaway Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Castaway Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Castaway Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wreck of the Matai (6.2 km).
Does Castaway Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.