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Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

This was our second trip to Raro having previously stayed at the Edgewater. We thought that The rarotongan would be an upgrade from that but I'm not so sure... Good points: Beautiful entranceway and Island feel about the resort with the walk ways and landscaping. Located on one the best beaches in Rarotonga, lots of amazing snorkelling right on the...

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Canberra, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The rooms are old and need some renovations. Breakfast is pretty dismal and the staff should have some knowledge about the island; they couldn't give even you restaurant recommendations or details of the night markets. That said the pool and activities are was nice and the beach and snorkelling was good.

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Park City, Utah
Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, on a global scale, the Rarotongan would only get a three star rating when compared to a Marriott or similar. However, this is Rarotonga, and this resort is classic, traditional Polynesia at its best. The location is truly 5 star. Situated on a coral beach next to some of the best snorkeling on the island. It's magical!...

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1Thank sdouglas2017
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sadly this resort is struggling which is a shame for the grand old dame nestled by the lagoon, the snorkelling is fabulous here and we were treated to two magnificent moray eels heading back from their nights feasting early one morning, wow! The staff here are very out of sorts, it's basically chaotic with most things not quite working out!...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were worried after reading trip advisor but to be honest I find the bad reviews hard to believe The beach right outside the hotel has some of the best snorkelling on the island Room was clean and big, we stayed in a beachside suite which was nice and private. They even put the aircon on before we got there...

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3Thank 988chantellen
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The suite itself is amazing. It was like our own little private oasis. We loved the private pool, the outdoor spa bath, and the outdoor shower. We didn't try out the sauna, just being outside was a little like being in a sauna anyway. A very comfortable bed, and lovely cool air conditioning. The rest of the resort is nice,...

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1Thank CR111
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent accommodation. Staff are friendly and inviting. We stayed 7 nights and enjoyed everyone of them. Only downfall is to Just check your check in dates as a fee is charged for early check in. However would like to thank the barman Andre who started our days with big smiles and laughter. Will definitely be back.

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TRBR_ResortMgr, General Manager at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Kia Orana Brooke, Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay with us. I am very pleased to hear your found your stay to be excellent and the staff firendly and inviting. Thank you also for personally mentioning our barman Andre, he will be overwhelmed by your kind words. Yes, the international...

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had read a number of reviews that gave us cause for concern for this resort, but decided on balance that it would suit us. We could have stayed at a Muri resort for the same money but at the Rarotongan, we could take two adjoining beachfront rooms which suited our teenage daughters well. The beach was very good, and...

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TRBR_ResortMgr, General Manager at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Kia Orana PenLea, Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay with us. We too are very pleased that you chose to spend your family holiday in Rarotonga with us, and we are thrilled to hear that you made the most of the snorkeling and swimming directly in front of the resort. As you...

Auckland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed here mid January 2017 for 5 nights with my 14 year old and 8 year old. This resort has had some bad reviews so I was a little worried that I had made the wrong choice...but I was pleasantly surprised! My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful location...this is one of the best beaches on the island...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Despite having read some average reviews we went into our holiday optimistic, this place for a family is absolutely perfect, best part of the island and the most beautiful part of the lagoon, we are a water loving family with active boys who like to swim and dive, this place was perfect, the place is definitely dated and rooms not...

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TRBR_ResortMgr, General Manager at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Kia Orana Summa, Thank you for your heartwarming review. I am so thrilled to hear that you and the family had the perfect holiday with us at The Rarotongan. As you say it is the perfect location for water loving travelers! Thank you for being such lovely guests and it was our pleasure having your family with us. We all...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
  • Tennis Court
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Minibar
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  • Paid Wifi
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  • Public Wifi
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  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Experience an iconic South Pacific resort, the Cook Islands' signature resort. Slip off your watch, your shoes, your cares and immerse yourself in paradise at the renowned Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa. Hand feed the friendly reef fish or snorkel straight off the white sands of Aroa Beach in the crystal clear blue waters of Aro'a Lagoon Marine Reserve (the resort's guided Night Snorkeling Tours are a special treat!). This all-tide lagoon is also perfect for stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking (both free!). For couples in love, there's a Personal Wedding Planner to create your dream tropical sunset beach wedding, right beside Aro'a Lagoon, the Lagoon of Love, set on the island's stunning southwest which enjoys both all-day sun and sizzling tropical sunsets. Experience all that's authentic about Rarotonga right in your absolute beachfront, full-service resort. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa

Address: Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Aroa Beach
Price Range: $190 - $258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 110
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Also Known As:
The Rarotongan Beach Hotel Aroa Beach
The Rarotongan Beach Resort And Spa
Rarotongan Beach Resort Spa
The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa Rarotonga/Aroa Beach
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“Don't worry about view room. Sleep in room, short walk to beach.”
 of 5 bubbles sdouglas2017, 19 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Avoid staying in any of the rooms here - I could have paid $700 for a week in 2 star accommodation that would be better than this.”
 of 5 bubbles BluesTraveller82, 1 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Garden View room was close to beach, not far from Pool & restaurant.”
 of 5 bubbles adio904, 1 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Get transport and eat elsewhere!”
 of 5 bubbles X7596VEnicolep, 16 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Rooms are all very run down and shabby.”
 of 5 bubbles carolcN2123BZ, 8 Jan 2017 | Read review
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