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Castaway Resort

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Kia Orana - Castaway Staff Our first trip to the lovely Cook Islands. Just a beautiful place, sunsets, snorkelling and more..... Thank you for a great stay, we spent 12 nights and enjoyed every minute. Breakfast was included daily and the food at Wilson's served many options from seafood, pizzas, and more. Very good. Paul, Michelle , and staff work hard to make sure your stay is memorable and enjoyable. A few nights a week there were live performers at Wilson's, this was especially enjoyable. We had the best room #8 deck facing the Ocean and a mere few feet to the water. We could sit and watch the sunset, and every night was different. Thank you

West side of the island. The room was comfortable with a small kitchen and bathroom with shower. The room had a queen and a twin size beds and was oceanfront. There was a large fan overhead and air conditioning which was a relief on the hot humid nights. Continental breakfast that included cereals, toast with jams, fresh fruit and in-house made banana bread. A full breakfast could also be ordered at a small cost. Happy hour from 3:00-6:00 pm. Dinner could be ordered from 6:00 pm. All the staff were friendly and accommodating. Paul and Michele were wonderful hosts. We had a great time!

Have just spent 11 nights at Castaway Resort, and it certainly met our expectations. The staff are wonderful...friendly, good at their jobs, and enjoy doing their jobs. The meals and drinks were great, and brilliant sunsets can be seen of an afternoon. The rooms are self catering, and are serviced each day except for Sundays...they had everything we needed for a very enjoyable holiday.

I have just returned from my second stay at Castaways. Their staff is unmatched. Owner/hosts Michelle & Paul are equal parts kind, organized and accommodating. This is one of the best spots for sunset in Rarotonga and everyone knows it. The fact that you get to enjoy it with fantastic live music & a really interesting menu that varies from Japanese selections to good old fashioned pizza-makes it the perfect place for ending a perfect Cook Islands day. In addition-I love the fact that you’re just about 10 minutes away from city center by scooter. They have a nice little snorkeling spot, too. I’ve stayed many places in Raro, but Castaways is a favourite. Pay a bit more & try to stay in beach bungalows 8 or 9.

I love it! Michelle and her husband were absolutely great and super helpful! It's a gorgeous spot in front of the beach. OMG! that was the best! it also has a pool that you can enjoy there is a scooter/car rental place nearby as well as Pacific fish and chips oh last but not least there is a beach-bar with the Castaway-movie features (Wilson, the throne) adorable The memories of this place and its sunsets will be in my heart for a very long time.

We have just returned from a beautiful week long vacation at the castaway resort celebrating my mother’s 50th birthday. Our holiday would not have been the same if it weren’t for the entire castaway team. We thank Michelle and Paul for going above and beyond daily to ensure we were well taken care of, having faced a few hiccups on our trip both Michelle & Paul stepped in to genuinely make sure we found our way. I can’t thank you both enough. We thank the chefs for the spectacular food they served every morning and night (we ate at Crusoes restaurant and Wilson’s almost every day & night- I recommend the prawn skewers #1) As well as the wonderful people who serviced our rooms and waited our tables while we drunk cocktails watching the sunset from Wilson’s bar, always smiling, always checking that we were happy and satisfied, and ALWAYS going an extra mile, we truly appreciate it. My grandmother, mother, fiancé and I will certainly be recommending this slice of paradise to anyone who asks about our holiday. This was our first trip to Rarotonga, and we fell in love. That being said, we WILL be back. Thank you all very much from The whanau in room 5A.

Debra Inia Michelle Paul and the team at castaway resort thankyou thankyou thankyou. You guys made our holiday one to remeber When we asked for things we got more then we asked for. I will be recommending your resort hospitality and your beautiful smiles to all my friends and family. Thank you for letting my son inlaw stay a few more days when he realized his flight was two days after owns. It was nice to get home to new Zealand and know that he was safe so thank you thankyou thank you all for the wonderful jobs yous all do.

My wife and I stayed two nights on separate reservations, book-ending a four night venture to Aitutaki as part of our 6 weeks honeymoon trip through the South Pacific. The Castaway has a minimalist feel to it. Rooms are really clean/simple in a refreshing way - not extravagant. Pool is a bit small and old but finding a cool place to swim in the Cook Islands isn't hard. The hotel is a not in the main town or on Muri Beach, but you can easily hop on the round Island bus for $5 (per trip, per person) to get where you need to go. There are scooters for rent but you need to get a license which can take a day or two. The castaway offers a laundry for a small fee - $15. The free breakfast is very basic (fruit, toast, coffee, oj) but it'll get you by. You can pay for hot breakfast but that was only OK as well. Solid dinner options including seafood, pizzas, yakitori and much more. Everything we had for dinner was pretty solid. There was good live music two of the nights we stayed. The sunset from the beach area of the hotel is one not to be missed. For the most part, the staff is very friendly/helpful. Paul, a co-owner, greets every guest/employee he passes & Michelle (other owner) has great tips about getting around. She was nice for the most part but tried to charge us for an arrival transfer we never arranged, as we paid for a cab to the hotel upon arrival in Raro. Evidently, the cab we paid for is also the company she uses for transfers so when we pulled up she just assumed we had made an arrangement (which is weird since she'd obviously know that) and tried to assess us a fee. When we inquired she got a pretty nasty attitude before making it seem like she was doing us a favor by not charging us. They were busy so I'm guessing it was just stress but you may just want to confirm your plans/bill.

If your looking for a great place to stay... that offers everything.. that you need to relax.. just meters from ghe pristen warm waters, enjoy fantastic dining, whilst sipping a hand made cocktail... with live music during some of the most surreal sunsets, With the friendly team at Castaway.. Is where you want to spend your next break away. Greg M

This was my 3rd stay and everything was again perfectly arranged. The transfer was efficient and we checked in and straight to Wilson's bar for a drink. we had 9 days and thoroughly loved the food with fresh fish, the skewers and the new Japanese menu. the staff were very friendly and helpful. The room was well serviced and we enjoyed the evenings either down the beach or at the bar. Breakfast with fresh fruit, cereal and toast is ideal for us ( you are able to order cooked breakfasts as well ) and often we took our coffee down to the beach. music down the beach 3 times a week and always good that it is not a late night party place. You always meet like minded adults ( no children allowed ) who are there to relax and enjoy. Thanks again to Paul and Michelle and we look forward to returning next year.

Arorangi Rarotonga

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Private beach

Within a short walk of Black Rock, Castaway Resort is within 2 miles (3 km) of National Stadium. This 3-star resort has 12 rooms and welcomes guests with free breakfast, a private beach, and an outdoor pool. It's on the waterfront and also near Puaikura Beach and Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre.


Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at Crusoes Restaurant, the resort's onsite restaurant.


The 12 individually decorated rooms feature kitchenettes and furnished balconies or patios. 32-inch TVs are available for entertainment, and guests can stay connected with WiFi. Select Comfort beds grant a restful night's sleep, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include coffee makers, free local calls, and ceiling fans.

Property features

Guests staying at Castaway Resort enjoy access to a private beach, an outdoor pool, and WiFi in public areas. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle at scheduled times for NZD 40 per person roundtrip. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with luggage storage and tours/tickets. Other amenities at this adults-only resort include a library, laundry facilities, and a garden.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

98.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 268 reviews