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Castaway Resort

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Had a great stay at the Castaway recently. The hosts, Michelle and Paul, and their staff were wonderful. They are very accommodating and helpful. We had a poolside room where we were able to rest and relax. Even able to stay in it a little longer on departure day. The chickens provided a great deal of entertainment during our stay. Enjoyed a dip in the pool, and a paddle down at the beach front. I was a bit disappointed at the state of the loungers by the pool and on the beach front, as some of them were in need of repair eg screws poking out and the back broken off one. I would also have liked to have seen more lounger pads available as well. We enjoyed cocktails down at the bar and hese are discounted between 3-6 pm. There is a restaurant onsite and various themed dinners, but we took advantage of the kitchenette in our room. I enjoyed the complimentary breakfast where there were a variety of cereals, bread and fruit provided each morning. Orange juice, coffee, and tea was also available. The room was clean and tidy, and the bed was very comfortable. There is also room to park your rental car and you are given 150MB of free wifi. Really enjoyed my stay here.

Low value for money. Let me quickly state that the owner, Michelle, is very nice and kind - but it simply doesn't justify the price. The location is great - but ONLY in the evening when their bar opens at 3pm. Their complementary breakfast is a joke. I honestly can't recommend anyone to stay at this place before they'll make significant improvements - and they should start with the complementary breakfast (rather don't serve anything and refer people to the great cafe 500 meter down the road). We ended up not eating the breakfast at Castaway and just paid the extra money for great breakfast at the cafe. We also tried their barbecue night, which was a big disappointment. We thought there would be a grill on the beach, but instead we were served a buffet with low quality food. And considering the price which was 40 NZD/person (for only food), I would either recommend to get better chefs or to skip the barbecue night completely. You will just disappoint people. We visited 2 other resorts where our friends lived just around in the same area, and they payed just a tiny bit more than us, but the standard was way higher - food, rooms, cleaning, facilities etc. I can only recommend people to visit Castaway for a drink on their lovely evening-beach, but move on and get a nice dinner nearby when you have the time. Thanks anyway, Michelle. We think you were very service minded, and for sure upgraded the experience, but you still have room for improvements 😊

We done a girls trip and stayed in two poolside rooms. They were spacious, with our own kitchenette and outside table & chairs. Being a girls trip, we weren't very quiet during the afternoon having a few drinks together outside, before moving down to Wilsons Bar on the beach. We had rooms 3 & 4 and were quite private. This is the 2nd time I've stayed at Castaway and have loved it both times. Michelle & Paul are very accommodating .. all staff are really friendly. Not like the large resorts, you're made to feel at home. Would highly recommend staying here.

We visited here for dinner with group of eleven. Table set on the sandy beach and felt relaxing. Went when sun up but once it went down was rather cool as breeze came off sea. ( take cardigan or jacket) was a lovely meal of fresh fish however others had steak and said it was chewy. Tip: choose the seafood on this island as it is alwAys fresh and delicious

Our stay at Castaway was absolutely awesome. Our room was small and cozy as we had a poolside room. Absolutely loved it. Quiet, not crowded. It was absolutely wonderful. It started to feel like a home away from home. Staff are friendly, nice and helpful. Owners are approachable and nice. Food was amazing. Pitty the Chef is leaving and I hope they get a Chef just as good. Restaurant on site and close to Wilson's Bar. What more can you ask for. We are definitely coming back to stay again.

Not very big but very friendly and cozy environment. The host is very nice and helpful. Have 150MB wifi for free. We stayed in the room until 2pm on the last day. Beachfront bar makes good food and cocktails. Music good too. And I love the cats, very cute ones. However not very quiet or private since it's not a very big place and you might hear others talking in the bar or walking around.

The Castaway resort is a fabulous place to enjoy a peaceful vacation. Located on the side of the island where sunsets are gorgeous. Stayed in room 5a, a 2 bedroom suite. Extremely spacious, big refrigerator, incredible deck!! The hosts, Paul and Michelle were INCREDIBLE. Made sure that everything was to our liking. Bent over backwards to make sure we had a warm shower before leaving the island LATE Friday night. Would highly recommend this place. Also, a restaurant and bar are part of the property which makes everything you need within a VERY SHORT stroll!!!!

If you like yakitori and other simple Japanese delights you will love it here. The food is great but the service is also really great - attentive and always with smile. We came here too many times for me to count as the girls kept wanting to go back. Within walking distance of Coral Sands Apartments where we stayed so super convenient too - just a short stroll along the beach. Come for sunset cocktails and dinner and you won't be disappointed.

Our room was facing the beach so we could sit on the verandah and read with the sound of waves on the reef. On arrival early in the morning we got a room within an hour.Michelle on reception was excellent. As my wife has dietary problems we were taken to the chef who listened to her requirements. From then on she was able to get suitable meals every night. So helpful. Wilsons beach bar served excellent meals and the staff were very helpful. A very pleasant stay.

What a great place for a holiday sunshine lovely beach sunsets freindly staff and very quiet. The beach bar and restaurant are very convenient places to eat with a different menu each music is a great bonus .

Arorangi Rarotonga

Hotel highlights

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

Located in Arorangi 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. Puaikura Beach is also 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from the resort, which is on the waterfront.


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.

Room options

Studio, Beachside

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Poolside

Twin 5 | King 2 | Sleeps 5

Villa, Poolside

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

98% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 256 reviews