Average accommodation. Very basic and needs a good paint in rooms. Service wasn’t as good as expected and still on expensive side.
Included breakfast is just cereals basic fruit and bread with a couple things like donuts on once a week. Pool is only good if you have kids. As adults eight no kids there was no time that you could use the very small pool (for size of resort) without it being full of kids. Lots of contradictions 6 days a week on beach so very noisy and no discounts. Overall wouldn’t stay again but if you have a family I think you would find it good to average for a family vacation. Just don’t expect much from accomodation or food. Rarotonga is incredible though!
-The restaurant food and "Island night" show and food are amazing!
-Air conditioning in room (necessary!)
-Studio room was quite big
-Safe to keep passports/cash worked
-The wifi was cheaper than we had read it was (we got 2gb for $25 if I recall correctly)
-Thin white curtains had big yellow stains on them and a light from outside another set of rooms shone into our room all night and there was no netting behind the curtains so if we opened them during the day we risked being seen
-Hair dryer didn't work
-Around windows were dirty
-Could hear the people upstairs walking around at 6.30am which woke me up on two mornings:/
-Pool was closed on two separate occasions (that I am aware of) as there were private functions in that area
The Edgewater Resort has the potential to be a great destination, but is sadly let down by a couple of disadvantages.
The accommodation is basically good (we stayed in a spacious sea front room), but the bathroom needs modernising – old fittings and wonky taps. The shower worked fine with plenty of hot water. There was a jaccuzzi bath which we didn’t use.
The room decor was basic but fine, furniture (and the bed) comfortable and with an excellent large patio with table and two chairs. The room is provided with a small safe (not big enough for a laptop computer), a fridge, kettle, tea and coffee supplies, wine and water glasses, 2 plates, knives, spoons and forks. Umbrellas were available from reception.
All linens are provided including a face flannel. Beach towels are available close to the pool (one per person). WiFi is available at extra cost unless included in your package deal. Our package included a “Tropical” breakfast – actually a well presented selection of cereals, fresh fruit, breads (for toasting if you wish), muffins and donuts. Coffee, tea and fruit juices were also provided. Breakfast can be upgraded to full cooked breakfast at a cost.
We were fortunate in being in the accommodation block closest to the main building and the restaurant.
In rainy weather or very hot sunshine, there is no covered walkway connecting the accommodation to the main building. We happened to have a big storm during our visit in mid February – this had little impact on the operation of the resort, but did emphasise to us the disadvantage of staying on this side of the island.
The resort has a shop selling clothes and souvenirs, also a guest laundrette ($6) and a beauty and massage service.
The pool is just OK – small and crowded at busy times – just a leisure pool rather than one used for swimming. This is a shame, because the beach is very stony and unstable underfoot – OK if you are a confident swimmer, but not ideal for those (or small children) who prefer to play in the waves on a sandy beach. At times the waves were quite big with an undertow, making the unstable footing more dangerous. One experience of this and we did not choose to go in the sea again here. There is a building project underway at the moment (February 2020), to protect the resort from storms. This is necessary, I am sure, but no warning was given in advance about these works which severely intrude on the relaxing area by the pool and are visually unsightly.
Without exception staff were friendly and helpful. Their attitude goes a long way to make a stay here enjoyable.
We ate in the restaurant a few times (in addition to breakfast) and the food was very good. We enjoyed the Saturday night “Island Night” entertainment and the buffet on that occasion was exceptional.
We enjoyed our visit, but would probably choose a more protected side of the island with better beaches if we return.
This was our 3d stay at Edgewater. It is near to town and meets our family requirements. It isn't a fancy 5 star resort but the room charge reflects that. Some of the rooms are a bit dated but they are in the process of renovating some of the units. There are a variety of room choices with garden or ocean view. There is a small freshwater pool that is great for kids or to cool off if you get too hot sitting in the sun. There is an ocean view bar and restaurant. The restaurant menu repeats on a weekly basis but there are a number of restaurants within walking distance if you want a change. Tropical fruit breakfast is included with your room. Unfortunately, storms have removed a big chunk of the beach in front of the bar and they have had to place boulders in front to protect the restaurant/bar area. There is large beach area in front of some of the oceanview rooms at the north end of the property.This is the place to stay if you like snorkelling. The reef is close to shore and stops most of the waves except at high tide when it can get choppy. Great variety of fish. Lots of different butterfly fish, parrot fish, sergeant majors, blue starfish etc. Also eels, flounders, sea cucumbers, pipefish, urchins and the list goes on. The one down side is the Picasso triggerfish that do bite if you get too close to their nest area. Bring an underwater camera if you can. You won't be sorry. Also, great sunsets if you're lucky.
We had to stay overnight in Rarotonga to catch our flight back home. We had stayed at Pacific Resort in Aitutaki and then we had to spend a night at this place. It is a glorified multi-story motel and the rooms and the grounds are quite outdated. Many motels have better and often more spacious interior. Initially the receptionist tried to put us in a downgraded smaller room and only upon questioning him were we given close to the room that was booked. There was construction noise ALL DAY right in front of us and we were not informed about it. The interior of the room is quite outdated with just the basic bed and a small bathroom. The restaurant was adequate for dinner and breakfast but the band was too noisy and there was nowhere you could escape to, especially as it was raining rather heavy. The beach in front of the hotel was closed off so the swimming pool was very busy and numerous noisy kids around. All in all not a good experience.