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Sunset Resort

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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
Wifi
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Diving
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Paid wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Poolside bar
Snorkelling
Fishing
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Room features
Air conditioning
Dining area
Private balcony
Safe
Kitchenette
Microwave
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English
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Amy wrote a review 15 Feb
41 contributions5 helpful votes
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My husband and I stayed at the Sunset Resort for 6 nights and rate it 10/10. All the staff are so friendly and welcoming and nothing is a hassle. It’s a resort that has literally everything, the beautiful beach, stunning sunsets, restaurant bars and two pools. We have been to Rarotonga a few times and this is now our favourite spot. Highly recommend
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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mjoy93 wrote a review 10 Feb
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One of the few places you can stay in Rarotonga for less than 3 nights (but in a poolside/garden view room only). The beachfront rooms have great views and the beach is good for snorkelling. We enjoyed the bird cage swim-up bar and the atmosphere of the whole resort. Staff are friendly and helpful, and self-serve washing facilities are free to use (note there's no facilities to hang clothes but there are dryers with tokens for NZ$2 each). There is a restaurant on-site and continental breakfasts are included. There are also several other restaurants within walking distance. Would recommend this resort to anyone thinking of going to Rarotonga.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Book dinner at the on-site restaurant on Wednesdays - they do a barbeque with live music
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Steve L wrote a review Jan 2024
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Had a great time. Beach is beautiful and great snorkeling. Room well appointed. Was able to buy groceries at local market, and cook in room, to cut down on costs for lunches and dinners. Enjoyed complementary breakfast each morning. Staff knowledgeable and very friendly. Would like to salute Kevin, the manager, who let us use his car for three days! Both pools were beautiful as were the grounds. Beach had lots of lounging chairs to watch sunsets in the evening. Please note: Make sure you book rental car before you arrive as all were in use for all our time in Rarotonga (thanks again to Kevin). Great stay ~ Thanks
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded 20 Jan 2024
Kia Orana steveIP7720QI Thank you for taking the time to post your lovely review, we really appreciate it and will pass this onto our team here at the Resort. Great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that Sunset Resort provided the accommodation that you were expecting. Yes, with regard to rental cars at times it can be very difficult and we do try to let people know this in advance - very sorry if we had not given you a heads up in your case. Once again thank you for your lovely comments - we will salute Kevin on your behalf :-) - have a wonderful year ahead Kind regards Cathy Kev and the Sunset Resort team
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David b wrote a review Jan 2024
Wyong, Australia26 contributions25 helpful votes
Just returned from our first visit to the Cook Islands for five adults at Sunset Resort and what a fantastic 9 night stay. Beautiful, well maintained, boutique friendly resort. Great staff and management on a beautiful beach with plenty of lounges for all. Amazing snorkelling, felt like we were swimming in an aquarium. Two great pools and superb Cocktails in the afternoon. Close to everything. Highly recommend for all and thank you for a lovely stay.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Recommend high a car before arrival for complete flexibility
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Responded 20 Jan 2024
Kia Orana David Thank you for travelling from Australia and choosing to stay with us here at Sunset Resort in Rarotonga. We really appreciate your lovely feedback and it is really good to read that you loved your stay with us and also Rarotonga, we will pass your feedback onto our team here at the Resort. Wishing you and your family all the very best for the year ahead. Kev Cathy & the Sunset Resort Team
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Paul L wrote a review Nov 2023
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Stayed at the Sunset Resort with my wife and adult daughter for a quick 6 day break. Had a 2 bedroom unit with one of the two fantastic pools right outside the door. Room was Large, very clean, great beds and all rooms had seperate aircond. We always try and be on ground floor to be close to pool etc. Total resort incl 2 x bars, the restaurant, 2 x pools and all other facilities are excellent. Very long happy hours between each bar. Right on the perfect beach with plenty of beach loungers and hammocks. Easy beach walk to other Resorts and easy road walk to several great restaurants. Staff were the friendliest we have ever come across. Water was perfect Blue. Be as busy or restful as you wish as plenty to do around the Island. We will be back. We can't recommend highly enough
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Room Tip: Rent a car for 2 days as bus gets rather packed at times. Visit the Tuesday Night markets with...
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Responded 28 Nov 2023
Kia Orana PaullJ7059DA thank you for taking the time to post your review - we really appreciate your positive feedback. The team here at Sunset Resort work hard to provide a special place in paradise for our guests and we love it when we hear that you have found it to be that way. We look forward to hosting you again should you return to Rarotonga. We take this chance to wish you and your family all the very best for the upcoming festive season. Kind regards Kev Cathy & the Sunset Team
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adkath1969 wrote a review Oct 2023
Newcastle, Australia64 contributions6 helpful votes
What a beautiful resort ! Grounds and Resort are impeccably clean,Our poolside room beautiful, All staff we came across couldn't do enough for you.Tina and Hayley special mention for helping us out with our phones.Beachfront so lovely to kick back and relax .We look forward to returning to this beautiful ,unspoilt paradise.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 28 Nov 2023
Kia Orana Thank you for taking the time to post your review - we really appreciate it. It is great that you found a beautiful slice of paradise here in Rarotonga at the Sunset Resort - the team here work hard to make it that way for our guests, and it is lovely for them to get positive feedback. Yes, Hailey and Tina are our tech "go to" team. We wish you and your family all the very best for the upcoming festive season. Kind regards Kev Cathy & the Sunset Team
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Lynneboy2 wrote a review Sept 2023
Auckland, New Zealand42 contributions4 helpful votes
Sunset Resort is hard to go past in Rarotonga. Having stayed there must be close to 10 times now, it never disappoints. Beach side, close to the reef so the whale watching is epic, two pools and self contained facilities (not that I really use them) you can’t go past this wonderful adults only resort. The Birdcage Bar has the absolute best cocktails on the island. Josie and Hayley are epic bartenders!!! Even though I have ventured to other accommodation on the island I just keep coming back to this one. No regrets
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Bring your snorkeling gear
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Responded 25 Sept 2023
Kia Orana Lynnboy2 Lovely to read your review - thank you for taking the time to post it - we really appreciate it. We will pass your review onto the team especially those two lovely ladies that run the Birdcage Bar. Really pleased to read that you had an awesome holiday and once again enjoyed your time at Sunset Resort, we will look forward to seeing you back here again sometime in the future. Have a wonderful Christmas (yes nearly that time) and all the very best for the New Year. Kind regards Kev Cathy and The Sunset Team
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Sandie J wrote a review Aug 2023
4 contributions3 helpful votes
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Very nicely appointed rooms. Staff couldn’t have been nicer, extremely helpful and made you feel very welcome. Restaurant meals could improve but service 10:10 great snorkelling/swimming straight from motel, even at low tide. Good parking
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 13 Aug 2023
Kia Orana Sandie J Great to read your review and see that you enjoyed your time at Sunset Resort, thank you for taking the time to post. We will pass your comments along to our team and also to the Anchorage Restaurant team who are working on employing an additional chef. Really pleased that you enjoyed the wonderful snorkeling off our beachfront and we do hope that you managed to see some of the whales that have been swimming past the resort over the last couple of weeks. Take care and have a wonderful year ahead. Kind regards Kev Cathy and the Sunset Resort team
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nicola141 wrote a review Aug 2023
Ashburton, New Zealand21 contributions12 helpful votes
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This is our 2nd visit to the resort. This time we had a beach front studio which was perfect. Thank you to the amazing staff from the office ladies to the restaurant, bar and cleaning,garden staff. Lovely to chat to the manager each morning when he had been out walking his dog. Great breakfast. Evening meals were fantastic. We will never get tired of the view. We will see you again. 🍹🌞🐠
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 13 Aug 2023
Kia Orana Nicola141 Great to hear that you enjoyed staying in one of our beachfront studios at Sunset Resort. Thank you for taking the time to write your review and we will pass your comments along to our staff. We do hope that you also got to see some of the whales that have been swimming by for the past couple of weeks. Have a fantastic year ahead and should you ever return to Rarotonga we will love to host you here at Sunset Resort again. Kev Cathy and the Sunset Team
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Amanda R wrote a review Jul 2023
New Plymouth, New Zealand4 contributions
We have just got home from 7 nights beach front. The view is incredible, sunsets and whales passing by the reef were a treasure. A peaceful, friendly sanctuary to retreat to after a day of exploring, snorkelling and eating. The gardens are stunning and tended to daily. The cleaners did a fabulous job, big shout out to them! The Anchorage Restaurant staff Wise, Isaiah, Judy and the whole team were lovely & the food reasonably priced and delicious. We checked out some of the other resorts and were really pleased with our decision. Thanks team, we’ll be back.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 13 Aug 2023
Kia Orana Amanda R - thank-you for taking the time to write your lovely review. We will pass a copy onto both our staff and the restaurant team. Great to hear that you were happy with your decision to stay at the Sunset Resort and we will look forward to hosting you when you return to our lovely paradise here in the Pacific. Have a lovely year ahead Kind Regards Kev Cathy & the Sunset team
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$292 - $367 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
the sunset hotel arorangi, sunset hotel arorangi, sunset resort rarotonga
LOCATION
Cook IslandsSouthern Cook IslandsRarotongaAvarua
NUMBER OF ROOMS
35
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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 Aumata Mini Golf (1.1 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 Antipodes, Kikau Hut Restaurant, and The Anchorage Restaurant & Bar.
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.