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Pacific Resort Rarotonga

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

From the minute we arrived the service was fantastic, Charlie the porter took us to our room at the very early hours of the morning, he gave us heaps of information along the way, such a lovely and helpful person. The breakfast staff were amazing and loved happy hour with Bianca and her staff in the evenings! Great resort, fab facilities, awesome staff, keep up the great work 😊

One of the highlights of our trip to Rarotonga was staying at the Pacific Resort. The staff were consistently lovely, the room was very comfortable and in keeping with the island style. The daily breakfast was also something to look forward to. The gardens surrounding the resort are really beautiful. I would recommend a meal at the restaurant as well. We will stay there again.

We spent a week on this magnificent 5 star resort with our 3 daughters and found it to be amazing. It has the best views on the island, the food is outstanding, and the staff is very friendly. The lagoon can be explored by paddle board, kayak, snorkeling , or just walking around in 2-3 feet of water. Great place

We stayed here for 2 nights while visiting the Cook Islands with family. We had a family suite with 2 twin beds and a double. Overall, this was a nice hotel. The rooms were clean and well-appointed. Internet was available for a fee (free internet seems to be rare / non-existent in the Cook Islands), as was transport to/from the hotel. These were not particularly cheap and transport was via a fairly large van, so it certainly wasn't luxury transfer. The hotel itself was good... nice pool, great access to the beach, free paddle boards, kayaks, etc., and access to water with great snorkeling (the coral was alive, with lots of fish, islands nearby for exploring, etc.). The Pacific resort Raratonga is rated a 4*, and I think this is the correct rating... it isn't a luxury property, but is very good for its price point. Staff were friendly and helpful, amenities were generally good, and the location is great for Rarotonga. Overall, a very good choice, particularly for families. I wouldn't call it a romantic getaway since there are lots of kids running around. Food was good but the selection was somewhat limited. Over the 3 breakfasts that we ate, the foot became a little repetitive. There are reasonable options just outside the property as well, a short walk away.

Absolutely loved this resort. The location on Muri lagoon is amazing you can snorkel right out front and see some amazing sea life. The resort itself is beautiful lots of gorgeous gardens and the family room we stayed in was very nice, tidy and well kept.Front desk helpful and friendly. Kids club was great and the beach hut crew were very helpful and friendly, and the available activities and awesome, tried paddle boarding it was fun. The resturant has delicious food and the breakfast buffet had great options. Happy hour yes please my fave is the frozen pina colada. If you want a chance for dinner alone get the sitter very affordable. Glad our travel agent recommended this resort

The hospitality, service and beauty of Muri Beach , far surpassed my expectations. The rooms (with AC) were comfortable and clean for a family of 4. The pool area was very relaxing and having access to filtered water (by the pool) was quite helpful. The resort staff were all very kind, helpful and professional. The SUP and kayaks and snorkeling equipment was an added bonus. The island dogs were also very entertaining and very sweet.

This is a beautiful resort, catering to families. The beach is super safe with shallow pristine water. There is a free Kids Club for either half day or full day participation. Access to free laundry equipment and detergent means packing fewer clothes. They have a children’s menu and staff that adore kids. You will love it! The sunrises are spectacular. Enjoy!

Could not fault one thing about the service, accommodation and food. The staff were abosolutely amazing. So Friendlly and caring, made our stay just perfect. 1st holiday in 9 years and I'm so glad I went to pacific resort rarotonga. All the staff, Riana, Mona, Anal Teri and all of them are just worth their weight in gold. I fell sick when i had to fly out, called the resort from the hospital at 2am, they assisted for a room till we could fly out again and assisted getting us from the hospital back to the resort. If that is not bending over backwards, in someones time of need i dont know what is. I am forever greatful and will most definitely be back. thank you so much team Pacific Resort Rarotonga :) Kia Orana to you al and miss you guys so much !!!

In the Top 15 best beaches in the world! This place was beautiful and very relaxing. A hidden gem. This is suitable for couples or families and this resort has the best spot on the beach. Hire a car for a few days and try all the great local restaurants as well.

In summary this place is awesome. The staff were friendly and extremely accommodating especially the dining and beach club staff. The rooms and general facilities were of a good standard and well worth the money we paid. Price We paid approximately NZD$500pn for a family premium room. Essentially, this was broken down to around NZD$125pp/pn which isn’t that bad. Beach Club We had a beach club hut that offered complementary stand up paddle boards, kayaks and snorkelling gear. Everyday the beach club would run activities that you could pick a choose from. These activities included crab racing, a demonstration of getting coconuts and husking them, kayaking tour etc. Overall, this place made the trip for my family. Weather It’s the wet season at the moment so prepare for rain. During our trip we only got around 4 hours of sun, otherwise it was cloudy or raining. We found that it was better for the kids as they could spend more time out doing stuff without getting burnt. Overall, the temperature sat around the mid/high-20s even when it was raining so it didn’t affect us as much as we thought it would. Sunsets are pretty amazing on the island so if you do get a chance, cut around to the western side of the island for dinner around that time to watch the sunset (7:15pm). What to Take? Here’s a list of suggested stuff to take: • Cheap ponchos (no real requirement for a rain jacket as it is too hot), • Sun screen, • Insect repellent, • Snack food and water, • Beach shoes (to avoid cutting your feet on coral), • Jandals and a pair of runners (for activities that require enclosed footwear), • Qty of shorts, t’shirts/singlets, undies, togs (the standard stuff), • 1 x warm top each, and • Day bag. Most resorts will have complimentary snorkelling equipment and beach towel services. During the wet season you’ll find that you’ll go through your accommodation towels quite quickly because of all the rain and swimming. As you only get your room towels rotated once every 24hrs use the complementary beach towels more and keep swapping them out during the day only using your room towels at night. Snack Food Food on the island is generally expensive. There are three local supermarkets on the main island but they charge a lot. As you don’t require much clothing over there, I recommend that you use one of your suitcases to take snack food and water. Especially, if your kids are fussy eaters. We took a 24 pack of bottled water, breakfast cereal, crackers/snacks for the kids so we didn’t have to spend during the day. This easily saved us a couple of hundred dollars during our stay. This resort has complimentary breakfast and a filtered/UV treated water station, so you don’t really need to take water or cereal. When going through Rarotongan customs they only want to know about the fresh food you are taking in, otherwise they don’t really care. Breakfast is continental consisting of cereal, toast, fruit and yogurt. Plunger coffee and tea are also available. Dinner / Lunch Muri Beach Night Markets: By far, the cheapest place to get dinner is at the Muri night markets with the average meal costing NZD$7 – NZD$15pp. Food available there includes: Pork belly, salt and pepper crumbed calamari, chop suey, chicken / pork curry, raw fish, fish ‘n’ chips, salads etc. The Muri night markets are open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday nights (rain or shine). The Paradise Pit Stop: is a good place to get burgers and large meals at a reasonable price. Trader Jacks: does really good meals for an average price of NZD$30pp. Their pizza’s are crowd pleasers with a snack size costing NZD$14.50 (dinner plate size) and a large size NZD$22 (big enough to feed two). You are able to walk into any resort and dine. The average price of a main in most resorts are around NZD$26 – NZD$38pp (not including drinks). Le Rendezvous: This dining establishment is owned by French expats who have imported a French chef. They have a French specific menu that is pretty good. FYI – In comparison to food, alcohol is reasonably cheap on the island. This resort had two happy hours a day that brought the cocktails down from NZD$20 to NZD$10. Many bars will serve beer and shots at around NZD$3.50. Transport The main island is approximately 34kms around. If you want to get around you’ll need to take the bus (NZD$5pp) or rent a vehicle. There are a quite a few rental places on the main island. My recommendation is that you book a vehicle directly through the rental company rather than doing it through a travel agent. This will save you up to NZD$6pd for scooter and up to NZD$16pd for vehicle. Essentially, you should pay no more than NZD$15pd for scooter or NZD$35pd for a vehicle. If you don’t hire a vehicle you are likely to pay NZD$50 per adult and NZD$25 per child (return) for the hotel transfers. It is compulsory for all foreigners (but not locals) to wear motor cycle helmets while riding scooters in Rarotonga. For those who don’t have at least their restricted bike license they have to sit a test with the local police (theory and practical) and pay a NZD$90 fee. To avoid paying for other insurances when hiring things, I’d suggest that you get Southern Cross Travel insurance before you leave. It cost us around NZD$56 (family of four) and covered us for everything ($100 excess). Activities Raro Buggy Tour (3.5hr): This is one if not the most popular activity on the island. This tour often requires 3-5 day lead time on the booking so get in quick. It cost NZD$125 (single rider) or NZD$150 (dual rider). It is better to do this activity in the rain. Raro Quad Tours (2.5hr): Single rider (NZD$125) like the buggy tour this is an off road escorted tour. Ariki Adventures: Snorkel tour (with sea-scooters looking at sea turtles), mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding (day and night). These guys do different package deals that cost anywhere between NZD$80-NZD$100. Rarotonga Sunday Markets: These are located in the western side of the town centre. Unsure about the exact hours but we were there between 9 – 10am. These market sell the standard islander stuff: jewellery, t’shirts, food and activity package deals. Cell / Data Coverage Rarotonga’s telco-provider ‘BlueSky’ suffered a fire to their server room. The flow-on effect of that fire means that the cell network is stuffed. They were supposed to have it back up and running prior to us going over but they are still having problems. This means that you cannot have your phone on roaming while over there. You have to buy data from your resort which costs around NZD$20 (500mb), NZD$30 (1GB) or NZD$50 (2GB). If you are lucky try walking in to a BlueSky store and purchase a NZD$49 SIM card which gives you 7GB. You’ll be able to hotspot all your other devices – if required.

Muri Beach Rarotonga

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Pacific Resort Rarotonga places you next to Te Vara Nui Village and within a 10-minute walk of Muri Night Markets. This 64-room, 4-star hotel has a private beach, a full-service spa, and free breakfast. On the waterfront, the hotel is also close to Matutu Brewing Company and Tikioki Marine Sanctuary.


Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you 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 24 hours) for NZD 50.00 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)

King 1 | Twin 4 | Sleeps 4

Family Room

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1167 reviews