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Sunset Resort

Ara Tapu Nikao, Avarua Cook Islands
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#1 of 6 hotels in Avarua
Travellers' Choice
Sunset Resort is a 3.5 star property and is idyllically situated on the sheltered western side of the island only minutes from Avarua township. The secluded beachfront location provides guests with an unspoilt view of Rarotonga's crystal clear aqua blue lagoon and breathtaking sunsets. This personally managed, privately owned resort has an intimate atmosphere that will make every guest feel welcome and ensure they experience the magic of Rarotonga and its people.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Paid wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Poolside bar
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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cynthia k wrote a review Oct 2020
Hobart, Australia18 contributions6 helpful votes
I particuarly chose this resort because it offered heated swimming pool. Important to me for joint problems. I had emailed pre stay to make sure the pool was heated, answer was yes. Was not the case. Disappointing to say the least. Room nice, right on lagoon, house keeping excellent. Restaurant just ok, breakfast ordinary ( this was leased out when we were there). We travelled in June 2019, so things my have improved. Great bakery across the road.
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Date of stay: November 2019
Room Tip: We had beachfront, beautiful outlook.
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Maggie P wrote a review June 2020
5 contributions1 helpful vote
I always stay at the Sunset Resort. Management & staff magnificent. Close to town & all amenities. I always love to see my friends & adopted family when I get back home. Rooms spacious & well equipped for my needs. I always stay in Room 5 which is on the beach. I have been to Rarotonga 26 times & just love my island paradise.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Room Tip: Best Room 5
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1 Helpful vote
Response from Sunset R, Manager at Sunset Resort
Responded 1 July 2020
Kia Orana Maggie P. We love having you to stay. Thank you for taking the time to write your review and share your experience of staying at the Sunset Resort. meitaki maata
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dabud69 wrote a review Apr 2020
Lake Country, Canada167 contributions45 helpful votes
First off, this was the place to stay ,we were very welcomed and allowed to stay for an extension of 14 days during border lockdown. We can't say enough of the managers and staff taking care of us both during the actually holiday part of our stay and the extension. We could not have been in a better spot, beautiful beach, pools , view of the ocean/sunsets,good snorkelling area to.If we ever make it back to the Cooks this is our place to park it!
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: TRY to get beach front bungalows ,they are the best.
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2 Helpful votes
Response from Sunset R, Manager at Sunset Resort
Responded 1 July 2020
Kia Orana Thank you for taking the time to write your review. It is strange times and we were happy to help a "stranded" guest. We hope to have you come and stay again soon to enjoy those endless Sunsets Take care Travel safe Meitaki
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Orkool wrote a review Mar 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand82 contributions31 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed at this adult only resort for a week of rest and relaxation. Such a beautiful resort and so helpful. We were picked up from the airport by Rua, who was really friendly and knowledgeable. Greeted at the resort by really friendly engaging staff and shown to our lovely room, everything was wonderful. We had drinks at the Birdcage bar, lovely quite bar with friendly bar person. The resort has two pool areas one at the birdcage and the other by the restaurant. A short stroll to the beach where there are numerous seating areas, with loungers and hammocks. We ate a few times at the restaurant, the anchorage. The food was flavoursome and the cost was in line with other eateries on the island. A quick dip in the pool every morning before the heat set in. A boutique type resort with a smallish number of rooms. The cocktails were awesome. Would definitely be back😊
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Sunset R, Manager at Sunset Resort
Responded 3 Apr 2020
Kia orana Thank you for taking the time to write your review.It seems that the Sunset Resort was the perfect fit for you and we would love to see you back at the resort again. We have a regular newsletter that we can send you with updated information on what is happening at the resort. If you would like to receive this, please email us at welcome@thesunetresort.com. travel safe and see you soon
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KnightHoneymoon wrote a review Mar 2020
15 contributions23 helpful votes
Thanks to all the staff at Sunset Resort who pampered us during our 6 week stay. The grounds and accomodations are immaculate, the location is perfect, and the staff were wonderful. My wife and I were lucky enough to stay ocean-front during our time in Rarotonga and were not disappointed.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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USD 179 - USD 236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sunset Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Sunset Resort?
Nearby attractions include Tik-e Tours (0.9 km), Black Rock Beach (0.6 km), and Hospital Hill Lookout (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sunset Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Sunset Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Sunset Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Sunset Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sunset Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tuoro Tapas Bar, Antipodes, and Kikau Hut Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sunset Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Sunset Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Sunset Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Sunset Resort?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Sunset Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wreck of the Matai (5.4 km).
Does Sunset Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.