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BETTER THAN MOST RARO RESORTS BUT TERRIBLE BEACH

3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 Jul 2023
As resorts go in Rarotonga, Club Raro is better than average in terms of accommodation and facilities but could not be categorised as "luxury", mainly due to the absence of a good swimming beach. There is no sand, or if there is, it is under a thick layer of broken coral debris which if you walk on with bare feet will cut your feet severely. It is so bad that the resort provides a bin of reef shoes of various sizes for guests to wear as soon as you step on the beach. Compensating for the poor beach, the resort has a wide concrete promenade fronting the beach with many sunlounges and tables and chairs as well as shaded areas under palm trees. It is a nice environment on a sunny calm day but when the prevailing SE wind blows, the resort, which is on the northern side of the island, is not as sheltered from the wind as are resorts on the western side of the island. Their swimming pool (with island bar) is well maintained and sheltered from the wind. It is relatively small for a resort this size though and any more than 6 guests swimming it is crowded.
Generally, service was good but you have to be prepared to be let down: our airport transfer included in our room rate out of the resort was a no-show and we had to pay for a taxi ourselves to rectify the situation. It pays in the Cook Islands to double-check any arrangements just before they are due to ensure they actually occur as scheduled.
Date of stay: June 2023
Room Tip: Beachfront rooms have a good view of the water but lack privacy from the promenade they front...
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 7 Dec 2023
Kia Orana

Thank you for choosing to stay with Club Raro. We appreciate this awesome feedback, will share this with the wider team.

Knowing your stay was relaxing and the atmosphere, staff & facilities had a positive contribution to your vacation is fantastic!

We strive to create and make all our guest feel the Caring & Loving Spirit of the Cook Islands. Hoping everyone who crosses our path will have the most authentic and memorable stay!

Thank you for recommending Club Raro. We hope to welcome you back in the near future

Kia Manuia

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    Reviewed 30 June 2023

    Beautiful resort all staff helpful and big smiles , rooms very clean comfortable beds food very tasty as I am a chef so I no good food ! , cocktails happy hour 4 to 6 half price very delicious 😋, I travelled all around Europe and I must say you are my winner Club Raro, beautiful resort,I recommend club Raro 💯, bus stop across the road, food and gas station walking distance not far at all , very happy hoildayer 🌺thank you , Janette Stefan 🌺

    Date of stay: June 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Guests Sevices, Guest Services / Front Office at Club Raro Resort - Adults Only, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2023

    Kia Orana

    Thank you for choosing to stay with Club Raro. We appreciate this awesome feedback, will share this with the wider team.

    Knowing your stay was relaxing and the atmosphere, staff & facilities had a positive contribution to your vacation is fantastic!

    We strive to create and make all our guest feel the Caring & Loving Spirit of the Cook Islands. Hoping everyone who crosses our path will have the most authentic and memorable stay!

    Thank you for recommending Club Raro. We hope to welcome you back in the near future

    Kia Manuia

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    Reviewed 20 June 2023 via mobile

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. We were in a beach view room- comfortable bed, quality linen, spacious shower and a secure safe. 10/10

    The staff. 15/10! So friendly, kind, funny and really go above and beyond for their guests. As a coeliac who requires a gluten free diet I was treated with discretion and always served up a quality gluten free dish.

    Facilities. 9/10. Beautiful pool, bar, restaurant and reef at the doorstep. Everything you need is onsite, snorkelling etc. Only issue is with the tv- will come to it.

    Caveats about staying here.

    Isolation- if you don’t have a car/scooter you will be reliant on the bus or taxi. A taxi to Muri beach will cost you $35 each way. Knowing the bus timetable will help avoiding unnecessary taxi trips. Everything you need is on site anyway!

    TV- in our room we had a beautiful widescreen smart tv. But these cannot connect to the internet the resort provides! I’m sure this will be amended in time but if you are exhausted and only want room service and to watch a movie in bed, bring your laptop.

    All in all, amazing place, amazing people. We saw whales one of our days having a cocktail at 4pm….what more can a person want?!

    Date of stay: June 2023
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Guests Sevices, Guest Services / Front Office at Club Raro Resort - Adults Only, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2023

    Kia Orana

    Thank you for choosing to stay with Club Raro. We appreciate this awesome feedback, will share this with the wider team.

    Knowing your stay was relaxing and the atmosphere, staff & facilities had a positive contribution to your vacation is fantastic!

    We strive to create and make all our guest feel the Caring & Loving Spirit of the Cook Islands. Hoping everyone who crosses our path will have the most authentic and memorable stay!

    Thank you for recommending Club Raro. We hope to welcome you back in the near future

    Kia Manuia

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    Reviewed 9 June 2023

    3.5 star with 5 star service. Second time back here now and had the best experience staff are super friendly and everything is well priced. Food options for both breakfast and dinner are amazing. Highly recommend to anyone either flying solo or with family and friends. Thank you to everyone that's involved in making my experience here 10/10.

    Date of stay: June 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled solo
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    Reviewed 29 May 2023 via mobile

    Check-in was great, staff very friendly. The room was okay, but a little old and rundown. I could hear the neighbor snoring all night and loud bass music playing before 7 am on a Sunday. Breakfast was fine, mostly bread items. The hotel is an 8-minute drive from the airport, so a decent option for one night if you arrive late.

    Date of stay: May 2023
    Trip type: Travelled solo
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    Guests Sevices, Guest Services / Front Office at Club Raro Resort - Adults Only, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2023

    Kia Orana

    Thank you for choosing to stay with Club Raro. We appreciate this awesome feedback, will share this with the wider team.

    Knowing your stay was relaxing and the atmosphere, staff & facilities had a positive contribution to your vacation is fantastic!

    We strive to create and make all our guest feel the Caring & Loving Spirit of the Cook Islands. Hoping everyone who crosses our path will have the most authentic and memorable stay!

    Thank you for recommending Club Raro. We hope to welcome you back in the near future

    Kia Manuia

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    Reviewed 28 May 2023 via mobile

    Club Raro staff are incredible …
    we were placed for one night only at club Raro due to a air NZ aircraft cancellation …

    Our room was directly in front of the pool .. so very noisey for a Thursday night as the pool closes around 11 pm .. and by 7 .30 am people start to pass by the pool on the way to breakfast

    The room is a very basic motel … the door did not open and lock easily .. in fact club Raro has just had a few updates and a coat of paint but rooms and bathrooms are still quite basic

    We ate at the restaurant and the food selection was similar to many casual places on the island … the service was incredibly friendly and always with a smile although they were slammed with a packed restaurant due to flight cancellation
    Through the hour & half wait for our food we watched as customers continually asked for food updates… the replies to grumpy customers were passed so graciously it is a lesson to us all

    The breakfast is very basic but again delivered with a smile … we got the bus to Beluga and had a delicious breakfast and coffee to fill the morning before our flight home

    We would not stay again as a little crowded and the ocean is too rocky to swim … but if you want well priced accommodation with a pool bar and cocktails with music all day … it is the place to be!

    Room tip: Wifi is not available on the island you must buy your own … even in an emergency so be prepared
    Date of stay: May 2023
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Guests Sevices, Guest Services / Front Office at Club Raro Resort - Adults Only, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2023

    Kia Orana

    Thank you for choosing to stay with Club Raro. We appreciate this awesome feedback, will share this with the wider team.

    Knowing your stay was relaxing and the atmosphere, staff & facilities had a positive contribution to your vacation is fantastic!

    We strive to create and make all our guest feel the Caring & Loving Spirit of the Cook Islands. Hoping everyone who crosses our path will have the most authentic and memorable stay!

    Thank you for recommending Club Raro. We hope to welcome you back in the near future

    Kia Manuia

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