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Pacific Resort Rarotonga

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This was our last stop of our holiday after New Zealand for a 25 wedding anniversary. We didn't really know a lot about the Cook Islands, other than it is very relaxing, and that it is. Our resort (if not a little tired) was in a fabulous position, turquoise water out front and mountains behind, reminded us of a mini Kaui in Hawaii. Our garden room was a nice size, with a big bathroom (no bath). The bed a little soft, but the room was in a great position in the resort. Continental breakfast included every day. The one thing that stood out at the Pacific Resort was the staff, they are a credit to the resort, so helpful and friendly, nothing to hard and they made us laugh the whole time we were there. Thank you for making our stay such a pleasure.

We had 7 nights in a garden view studio room, great size room, very basic kitchen but lots of eating options close by and breakfast included in room rate, very comfy beds and lovely linen and big soft towels. Staff are beautiful and always ready to help with your needs , a must do is the glass bottom boat trip with Captain Sweet and Captain Sour, if you love being in the water the snorkeling is awesome , or you can take out a paddle board or kayak and explore the very safe lagoon, this resort may not be the most upmarket on the island but we felt it was great value for money, reef shoes snorkeling gear kayaks and paddle boards included as well beach towels activities at the beach hut and complimentary laundry, would definitely recommend

Beach wedding was arrangedperfectly by the resort. The setting and service were superb. Hotel staff were extremely friendly and helpful at all times, front desk, housekeeping, beach hut and the restaurants. I recommend taking the free kayak tour. A chance to learn a bit about the island from a local, and lots of tips on what to do and where to go. Standup paddleboards are available, but for some reason these are extra charge. Kayaks are available free. Restaurant meals are really really good, but a little pricey. Drinks are only affordable at happy hour IMHO, but they have 2 each day, at 4-5 and 8-9. There was a reconstruction project on in one building, unfortunately the noise carried to the pool area. So we happily spent more time at the beach. Was initially quite worried about the reported ooze in the lagoon. But, we did not see it. There is definitely a small weed growth occurring as a result of the excess nutrient loading, but it is patchy and not really a problem. They are very low, only at the bottom and don't interfere with swimming or wading. The beach is breathtakingly beautiful. The best snorkleing is further out near the motu, and much better yet a couple of miles south and west near Fruits of Rarotonga.

This was our fourth visit to this resort. A beautiful situation with the full 'white sand, blue sea and palm trees.' Room was well furnished and spotlessly clean. Some aspects are beginning to show their age so it was pleasing to see a programme of refurbishment was under way. We had a good breakfast and every evening meal was excellent wll priced and a good sized portion.

This was the second Pacific Resort we stayed at in the Cook Islands. The resort has taken great care to provide personalized customer service without being over-bearing. The rooms are spacious and clean. Our patio overlooked the lagoon/ocean and we started most mornings with coffee and admiring the view. As a bonus, our room had a small fridge, microwave and electric frying pan which made it easy to prepare food and drinks. The breakfast buffet was well stocked and offering lots of variety to cater to different tastes - they also had a menu and each selection we made was delicious. The fruit was fresh, the pastries were tasty, and the coffee plentiful. Depending on the weather, you could either eat on the sand or in a more enclosed area that overlooked the gardens and ponds. Both were beautiful settings. The island is small - if you rent a vehicle you can drive around it in about 45 minutes. Even without a car, this resort is close to several businesses and markets plus there is a bus that runs regularly. The night market is worth a visit (we were there 4/5 nights!) and there are several tour companies that offer SUP, fishing and other water excursions.

As we were staying at Te Manava (which is managed by Pacific Resorts), they provide shuttle service between the two properties, and there is no bar at Te Manava, we decided to give the Barefoot Bar a try! Somewhat mixed reviews. Pretty good food/beverages coupled with a spectacular view of Muri Lagoon! We certainly enjoy outdoor eating, so being on the sand was great. Had burgers and Fries, and they were good, not great! If/when we show up on Raro again, and find our way to the Barefoot Bar, we'll probably just sit, drink, and enjoy that unbelievable view!! FYI- Vili's across the street has the best hamburgers on the island!

We loved staying at the Pacific Resort Rarotonga. We are not very familiar to resorts, but I think this accomodation was the best solution on the island. After touring around a little bit, we awarded Muri Beach as the best beach on the island, and the Pacific Resort is located just in the middle of this wonderful beach. Our lovely room was always very clean and well kept. Excellent tropical breakfast with a large variety of fruits, and perfect restaurant for dinner on the beach. A nice bar is also available for snacks at any time. The animation team is not stressing :) We saw lots of couple enjoying their honeymoon here (as we were), the atmosphere is very romantic indeed.

What a great resort, and destination! The resort is immaculate, and the staff are super friendly and helpful. So great to find a place where the folks realize their livelihood is dependent on tourism and work very hard to make you want to visit again, and we will. Can't say enough nice things about the trip.

We were fortunate to have only 1 night at the Pacific Resort Rarotonga. We had booked a Beach Front Suite, expecting something amazing, being rated 4 1/2 star and right on the beach. Paying $800.NZ per night you would expect something quite abit better than a 2 star hotel room. Low and behold on arriving, it was a hotel room which stunk. The bathroom was something out of the 1960's. The beach front was a short walk around a hedge to see the water. Headed to breakfast only to be faced with the basic tropical fruit and breakfast cereal for kids. The cheese and ham were processed, but, you were lucky, it was available at no cost. To have a cooked breakfast even paying $800.00 per night for the hotel room, you had to pay for the pleasure of eating it. What a joke Pacific Resort Raratonga is, 4 1/2 star - I will eat my hat. They must rate themselves - it is a 2 star if you are lucky. Terrible place to stay if you are used to Luxury. It is not.

We only stopped by for a coffee as we were walking along the beach, but the location, service and menu was excellent at the restaurant on the beach. The outlook is across the bay to the islands, with one of the best views in the village.

Muri Beach Rarotonga

Pacific Resort Rarotonga places you next to Muri Lagoon and Muri Beach. This 64-room, 4-star hotel has a private beach, a full-service spa, and free breakfast. It's on the waterfront and also a short walk from Te Vara Nui Village and Koteka Winery.


Free continental breakfast is served each morning from 7:30 AM to 11 AM. This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge.


The 64 air-conditioned accommodations feature furnished balconies or patios and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. Guests can expect WiFi and 32-inch LCD TVs. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds are dressed in premium bedding. Microwaves, refrigerators, and minibars are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Pacific Resort Rarotonga have access to a private beach, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available on request) for NZD 40 per person roundtrip. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include WiFi in public areas, a free kid's club, and a computer station.

Room options

Premium Suite, Beachfront

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Premium Suite, Garden Area

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Premium Room (Family)

Twin 4 | King 1 | Sleeps 4

Standard Family Room

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1050 reviews