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Sunset Resort

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My husband and I had a true holiday at Sunset Resort for 10 perfect days. We were meet at the airport with beautiful flowers which set the stage for the next 10 days. The staff, from the managers to the room carers to the gardeners, greeted us in a friendly fashion everyday. In fact the staff all seemed to have a unique way of being extra friendly without being annoyingly “in your face”. The office staff were brilliant, helping us with all our many queries. I loved our upstairs room looking out onto a beautiful lush well cared for garden and a sparkling pool. The room was very clean and bright. It had a small kitchen area, a table and two dining chairs, two rattan arm chairs, a coffee table and a very comfortable king size bed. We had a choice of pillows too......something I love in a hotel! The balcony was very spacious, with two directors chairs, a coffee table and a sun lounger. The bathroom was an excellent size with great storage, a good shower and of course the wc! Towels were changed when necessary but we were encouraged to save water by using our towels more than once. The towels dried perfectly on the rack in the bathroom. Thank you so much to our efficient and excellent housekeeper.........such a treat to come back after a day out to find our room neat and tidy and extremely clean. The actual resort covers a large area from the road down to the beach. There are two beautiful pools and a gorgeous garden. In the very centre is the Anchorage Restuarant. There is a beautiful huge lawn that stretches down to the white sands of the beach. There are many loungers, and chairs on the beach to enjoy. And being on the west side of the island, the sunset is just beautiful! The second pool was closed off while we were there due renovations that are taking place. I can’t wait to see the final results when we return next time. The Anchorage Restuarant served our complimentary continental breakfast each day. We had 4 different types of cereals, juices, selection of tropical fruits, toast, butters and spreads and coffees and teas. If we wanted we could order a cooked breakfast, but this was not complimentary. We had a few lunches here too as I fell in love with their ika mata (marinated fish). We did visit other cafes and restaurants around the island, but honestly.........the meals at the Anchorage were very hard to beat. I personally recommend the pork ribs and the creme brûlée! I also love the way the Sunset Resort is doing its bit for the environment by recycling all water to be reused as grey water in the garden. Many thanks to ALL THE STAFF at the Sunset Resort. You made our holiday PERFECT.

We stayed at the Sunset resort for 9nights, we had a great time at the resort with the beach just a minute walk through the resort,the pool right outside our room and the bus stop right outside the gate. We stayed in a OK room it had everything we needed but was nothing fancy. The floors were very slippery which is something weird that kept bugging me, I guess it's just from the humidity although we did have A/C on and doors closed so I'm not sure.we didn't spend a lot of time at the beach but when we did go down there is was always well presented with lots of seating. We had a friendly driver from the resort pick us up from our 3am flight and he took us to the resort and took our bags upstairs for us. Staff were very friendly although we did not use them to book tours but just saying goodmorning or Kia Orana every time they see you is nice. Resort was very quiet and relaxing for most of the time we were there. One down side, there was a big group of people that were checked into this resort (I think they had 3 or 4 rooms throughout the resort) and like the below review says they all congregated into the one room at night to drink and socialize loudly. Aswell as one night going for a swim at 11.30PM. The resort is a adults only resort which was one of the main reasons we choose this resort - because we thought have children running around and screaming during the day would not be pleasant, although having adults keep the whole resort awake until all hours of the morning seemed to be a bit worse then children. Nonetheless the resort was beautiful and the pool was lovely (it's a salt water pool which was actually really nice although I didn't know that before i jumped in and accidentally took a big gulp of salt water) the tropical breakfast at the Anchorage was a nice addition and consisted of cereal, fresh fruit and toast. Aswell as the juice, water, coffee and tea. Main highlight of this resort has to be the Anchorage restuarant right in the middle. Food was absolutely beautiful. We ate there most days for dinner and never had a bad meal food prices are very similar to NZ and I would recommend having the chocolate pudding, it's very nice! Also if you can get to the BBQ on Sunday you will not be disappointed. AMAZING! We would probably stay at the resort again just for the restuarant. I cannot speak anymore highly for this restuarant 10/10. Resort was 8/10 - very relaxing as it is adults only. Rooms are okay. Staff are very friendly. Nothing really major to fault on apart from the group booking, but that will not happen all the time so not a huge deal it was just a bit of a downer for us.

We stayed for 5 nights at the Sunset Resort and it was beautiful. The grounds are lovely and the beach took our breath away. Lots of hammocks and sun loungers for relaxing. Our room was wonderful with air conditioning in the bedroom and main lounge/dining area so nice and cool which made sleeping easy. All the staff were so friendly and booking tours was not a problem at the front desk with a charge back option available to our room then one payment made at the end of our stay. The bus stop is right out the front so getting around was not a problem. There is a bakery over the road and the food was delicious and fresh. The resort restaurant, The Anchorage is fantastic and all the food we had was 5 star quality so we ate there alot. The resort does not allow children which made it lovely and quiet and at times we felt like we were the only ones there. I would of rated our stay 5 star but the last 3 days of our stay a group spread over 3 rooms arrived and they congregated in 1 room at night drinking and talking very loudly until 2am most nights. Looking out our window from the top floor one night I saw one of the guys come out of the party room to pee in the garden. Most of the other guests were couples and older so they were quiet at night so this group ruined it for everyone. I wish the resort wouldn't book groups as its not that type of resort for late night drinking and partying. Go to the bigger resorts that cater for that so they don't ruin it for the other guests who want peace !!

To us if you want a perfect relaxing holiday you couldn't go past the Sunset Resort. A good restaurant and good service people, the rain was a little bit of a dampener but was better than the other side of the island that copped a battering. met some interesting people from all over the world. The setting was beautiful again as usual, it really is a little bit of paradise in the world. Thankyou to Tim, Colleen and Kimmi who picked us up and dropped us off at the airport. Thankyou for the front office girls and the Achorage staff as all again gave us a holiday to remember till we come back again and which we will. The brumbeat bar when finished will be good as well.

Sunset resort , was the perfect place for our 3 week South Pacific vacation . 35 rooms , 2 pools and a great restaurant. The rooms were very clean , the AC worked well and the staff were exceptional. The resort was remodelling the lower pool and several rooms during our stay but the work was done quickly and quietly and while the lower pool wasn’t open the construction didn’t really bother us. If you can book the studios on the beach ( 2 people) you get the ocean views and beach at your door step. Try the smoked marlin bruschetta, it’s awsome ( thx Tony) No small children , so it leans to a more mature clientele, quiet and relaxing. The lagoon and sunsets are spectacular!

We arrived very late to Rarotonga as our flight was delayed by almost 2 hours. When we arrived we were greeted and welcomed by the very friendly Rua. Upon arriving at Sunset Resort Rua gave us very clear instructions for the morning regard breakfast, check-in etc then it was off to bed as we were so tired. Our room was clean and spacious and the bed very comfy. Staff we always friendly and always said Kia Orana when walking around the resort. Reception staff we also friendly and very helpful as were the staff at the Anchorage restaurant. We absolutely loved the food at the Anchorage and chose to eat here every night apart from the one night that we went to the Highland Paradise island night. The private beach was so quiet and peaceful as was sitting by the poolside. We never felt like we had to fight others for the use of deckchairs/ pool use etc like we have experienced at other resorts. We also loved the fact that Sunset Resort provides reef shoes and snorkels to use and hat they are so helpful in regards to booking any activities etc that you might wish to do. It’s also nice and handy with a bus stop right outside. We really enjoyed our stay here and will definitely stay again! Thanks so much for our wonderful stay!!

I have just returned from two great weeks in Rarotonga staying at the wonderful Sunset Resort. The sunsets were beautiful and the resort well appointed,clean and well serviced. All the staff were friendly and welcoming and went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable and memorable. They displayed typical Polynesian warmth and friendliness and the desire that we had fun with them whilst on their beautiful island. They were happy to extend their knowledge of local functions and activities worth taking part in and places to visit. The facilities were excellent despite renovations being carried out ( delayed due to unforeseen issues of supply ) I look forward to returning to see the renovations completed. The rooms were fully serviced daily and a high standard was maintained. The swimming pool was exceptionally clean and attended to on a regular basis and the lagoon was sparkling and relatively warm with a good selection of tropical fish if you had the patience to lay quietly in the water and let them venture out from under the coral. Being 3000 km from the nearest large metropolitan area ( Auckland, New Zealand ) meant that some things took a little longer to achieve than they would in a more populated spot but this concept of "island time" if embraced is relaxing and enjoyable. If your preference is for the fast paced life and the hustle of numerous people striving for a spot on the beach go to Hawaii or the Bahamas however if you want the relaxation away from the hustle and bustle Rarotonga if for you and the Sunset Resort is an excellent place to stay.

This is a fully laid-back resort with incredibly friendly and helpful staff that made us feel like family from the beginning to the end of our stay. The rooms are comfortable and the pool was ample and refreshing with lots of room around to sit and relax. The beach front added the feel of a the tropical paradise and was a magic place to spend Happy Hour watching the sun drop below the horizon.

When we first arrived the service of the staff was fantastic. They took our bags in to our room and helped us hire a car straight away. That was about where the help stopped.. Our phone was broken in our room and after telling the reception they said it was then fixed. When i went to use it again it didnt work, i told the front desk and they said oh it was fixed, well no.. no it wasnt. So they said just use our one. Day 2 the wifi stopped working, after numerous complaints it remained not working for a further 5 days. Not a big deal if you want to escape however if you have family back home you wanted to check in with this made it disappointing. They did not assist with our tours as much as I would have thought but offered for us to use the phone if we wished to book and follow up as sometimes they dont answer. After talking with some other guests they mentioned the issues with their rooms.. Broken Aircon unit - not good in the tropics! A dripping shower, grey water coming out of the toilet, and last but not least a local using the pool at 6am with terrible form waking us all up with a constant splashing sound! After one of the guests had a meeting with the manager the wifi got fixed however when paying this much for a resort I would have expected more. Now for the food, the chefs special was chicken pasta with cream sauce and was not very nice, however that was the only meal of the six days we were disappointed with. The BBQ on Sunday was fantastic and I highly recommend their ice coffees! The beach view was stunning and our room despite the phone was just what we needed. We had a great experience in Rarotonga and the resort was good there were just some things that could have been better.

My wife and I loved this place. We chose it because it was on the west side of the island so we could get incredible sunsets—and we did. Also, it was closer to the airport and away from the crowd of Muri Beach. The rooms were clean and well appointed. Our room was closest to the beach, so it was nice being able to look at the water in the morning. We didn’t notice the roosters in the morning. The morning Breakfast was bread, fruit and cereals. If you wanted something more then there is a bakery right across the street of the hotel. There’s a lot of restaurants within walking distance. Also, the hotel provides reef shoes, but if want to bring your own, we would highly recommend it. The beach side of the hotel was the best. There were hammocks for taking long naps. We recommend sitting in a beach chair or hammock and getting a drink and watching the sunset. Also, they were still working on the pool—not really a big deal as they had another pool. The Sunday bbq was cool and would definitely recommend as their was a good show and yummy buffet.

Ara Tapu, Arorangi Rarotonga

Hotel highlights

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

Within a short walk of Black Rock, Sunset Resort is within 2 miles (3 km) of National Stadium. This 35-room, 3.5-star hotel has 2 outdoor pools along with a private beach and free breakfast. It's on the waterfront and also near Puaikura Beach and Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre.


Free continental breakfast is served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


The 35 air-conditioned accommodations feature kitchenettes and furnished balconies or patios, and there's space to spread out with sitting areas. 32-inch TVs are available for entertainment, and guests can stay connected with WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Coffee makers, free bottled water, and safes are other standard amenities.

Property features

At Sunset Resort, guests have access to a private beach, 2 outdoor pools, and WiFi in public areas. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for NZD 30 per person roundtrip. Front-desk staff can assist with luggage storage and tours/tickets. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a computer station, laundry facilities, and a garden.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

92.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 684 reviews