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Sunset Resort

3.5 out of 5.0

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If you've done "Cook Island" research, you know it's a laidback island with fabulous weather and nice beaches. The island did not disappoint and Sunset Resort was the perfect spot for our anniversary vacation. My husband and I have traveled to many places, many un-developed, so the Sunset Resort on Rarotonga felt very luxurious to us. Everyone we met was courteous, the resort was very clean and quiet, and we had no complaints. I would recommend this resort! We loved the location of our room... room 33, very quiet with beautiful gardens all around. There are plenty of excursions and restaurants and the resort is very helpful with suggestions and bookings, but allow extra in your travel budget (at least $100 a day). We found the food and the excursion options on the pricier side. The breakfast at the resort was provided and adequate and we bought rolls at the bakery across the road every day plus a few staples from a grocery store. We ate at the Anchorage one time (Sunday BBQ for $42 per person) and at a food stand by the harbor one time (fish and chips $8 per person). Our budget was very low for extras, but many other travelers we met were doing excursions every day and eating 2 or more meals out every day.

this is an excellent place to relax on the beach and watch the sunsets. there are two swimming pools and a restaurant. We went in March and the beaches were very quiet. we used the free snorkel equipment to watch the fish just in front of the resort.

We'd booked online back in January but unknown to us our booking had been 'hijacked' to another cheaper resort. We discovered this when I tried to arrange airport transfers and Collen phoned me to explain. Colleen was marvellous, booked us in to her resort explained how we could get a refund from the other booking service. When we landed the resort's own bus and friendly driver was waiting to collect us and promptly took us to our room which had the light on and aircon running. The room was spacious and very clean and the king-size bed was perfect. The complimentary continental breakfasts were good and quite enough to kick-start the days. The Anchorage restaurant for lunches and dinners was probably one of the best on the island but still very reasonably priced. The best bit? THE POOL(S)! at 28-30 degrees they were so inviting and I swam every day

The Sunset Resort was a great place to stay when we were in Rarotonga. The resort is situated on the west side of the island, near the airport and the main town of Avarua. The island bus can pick you up right in front of the resort and we had no trouble getting around from where we were located. The beach in front of the hotel is awesome. Hammocks, lounge chairs, and snorkeling equipment are provided for your use. The water was super clear and we saw lots of fish and wildlife in the water right in front of the hotel. The sunset views are also great from the beach there. There are two pools on the property which looked very nice, but the beach was so perfect we never actually got in the pools. The rooms are air-conditioned and well equipped. There was maid service every day, a drying rack in the shower for swimsuits, and there was a small kitchenette in our room, with a good sized fridge, sink and microwave. Beach towels were also provided in our room too. The bed was comfortable and our room had a great little patio to hang out on. The food at the restaurant was good, definitely recommend the Ika Mata there. The included breakfast was simple but good, just a spread of coffee/tea/juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal and milk, toast and jams. There's also hot breakfast to order as well. The only downside was that the hotel was unable to provide us with a late checkout. There's only one flight back to the US a week from Rarotonga. We were leaving Friday night, and we knew check out was at 10am that day we were leaving. We checked on Tuesday morning to see if we could arrange a late checkout for Friday, and we were told to check back on Thursday, to see if that would be possible. Come Thursday morning, we checked back and they said that it would not be possible since the room was going to be used by another guest after we checked out. We were willing to pay extra for the late checkout, but we were just turned down for it, which wasn't very accommodating on the part of the resort, and caused us to scramble to find other plans. We understood that it was per availability, which is why we asked about it several days beforehand. If this is your situation, I would suggest possibly booking this farther in advance, or even before you come so that you do not wind up in the same situation as us. Fortunately, we were able to get a day room at another hotel that was very accommodating. The staff was very nice to us, but we wish they had been more forthcoming with the late checkout information, or had just given us a straight no when we originally asked. All in all, I would stay here again when visiting Rarotonga.

Stayed here for a week and it was perfect. Everything was perfect minus the few mosquitos that followed us into our room. Just know though that there is no free wifi and only 1 tv channel if you plan on staying in for a bit of R&R. But that is true everywhere on the island. It was convenient that we had a fridge, stove and sink in our room. The beach is also right there. In fact, I went and checked out other resorts and our beach front property was the best. They had coconut trees and hammocks between the trees for lounging around. On the best weather days, it looked like the Corona ads. The other properties near us did not have any hammocks present. Nor did they upkeep their property as much as Sunset did. Our resort truly was the best. Of course, feral dogs found their way to us eventually but these are the sweetest dogs that roam from resort to resort looking for stray food. They will come up and nuzzle with you and even lay under your hammock for a bit of rest before they are on their way. I cannot strongly recommend this resort and if I were to return to the island, I would stay here again.

Wow. Where to begin : first the first contact with the driver at the airport was so friendly after a 16 hour flight not forgetting the flower necklace on arrival! Friendly and helpful staff all aroud : at the reception, the roomkeepers, even the gardeners were waving at us every morning before breakfast. The food at the Anchorage restaurant was great, the service and warm smiles from Vi our hostess, homemade muesli and yogourt were very welcome. Healthy food for a good start. Snorkeling masks and tuba were available for free to enjoy the fishes just a few feet from the beach in the ocean, just in front of the hotel. First time we were to see that. That is rare. Rooms wer spotless and well kept, freshly painted and maintained. We must go back ...and we will.

We spent 7 days, 6 nights at this wonderful resort earlier this month (Feb 2017). GREAT staff throughout!! Our beachfront room was exquisite!! Daily maid service was great, performed by friendly women. We know they were friendly because it rained 6 of the seven days we were there, so we spent a lot of time in the room watching the rain, wind, and ocean waves and meeting the staff!!! Got to know a lot of the friendly guests from various spots around the world as well. But between squalls we did manage to get out and about and experienced the island, as well. The restaurant and staff were great! The complimentary morning breakfast was very adequate if you don't mind giving up meat with your breakfast. Plenty of fresh fruit, juice, toast, and yogurt. Sunday night BBQ with entertainment was a good start to the week for us. Quick and adequate bar service during the day at both the restaurant and the small bar by the smaller of the two pools in the later part of the day. Food and drinks were priced on par with other restaurants we visited on various parts of the island. Check in following our 6:30 AM arrival was faultless. And late check out for our 11:00PM flight went off without a hitch. The staff was very accommodating of the dozen or so guests from the early arriving, late departing, weekly flight from LAX. Room had modern A/C, Large screen TV, king size bed, several chairs, a small dining table and chairs, lots of storage, good sized refrig with ice, kitchen sink, gas cook stove, microwave, and glasses, dishes and flatware, and a small selection of cooking pans. We brought microwave popcorn with us and made good use of it while playing cards and watching the storms roll through. Easy to use phone in the room to make your confirmation calls for your pre-booked tours. Large covered patio with lounge chairs and other chairs and table for relaxing outside. Easy 30 second walk across grassy area to beach!!!! Bathroom and shower were of adequate size and had shampoo, soap, towels, hand clothes, etc. Patio doors don't have inside curtains, but they DO have easily operated hurricane style shutters on the outside that many (most?) guests closed at night, while leaving a section of vertical slats open on them for the morning sun to come through. Adequate parking for the rental car, if you go that route. Bakery right across the street had delicious baked goods, and scrumptious sandwiches and cold drinks, all reasonably priced for that inexpensive lunch. They even had fresh sushi one day. Several restaurants within walking distance for the evening meal, along with the restaurant on site. Both pools were spotlessly maintained with lots of lounge chairs available. Beach front itself has the ramada in the picture with lots of lounge chairs spread around the area, and several hammocks hanging between coconut trees. Although we didn't get to snorkel but for about 30 minutes before the storms rolled in, on my daily early morning beach walk, I found the remains of several partially eaten lobsters that had been wash ashore, along with a large puffer fish, and another large fish, so I'm sure snorkeling would have been rewarding had the weather cooperated. Plenty of complimentary water shoes of various sizes, and snorkeling gear. But with the weather being what it was, our snorkeling opportunities were very limited.' HUGE collection of complimentary movies to take to your room for viewing. We had NO mosquito issues in the room, probably because of the winds and rain. Would we return? YES!!!! Great value for the money, with very clean facilities, friendly and helpful staff, and what I believe is probably one of the nicest beaches on the island. I highly recommend this place for it's location, value, overall cleanliness, and it's great staff throughout the facilities!!!!! Despite the overabundance of rain and wind, we had a great time at this resort, and on the island in general. We are very frequent travelers to various tropical locations in the South pacific and the Caribbean for over 20 years, so we know of what we speak. This resort was great!

We came here on our honeymoon from Australia. We stayed in a beachfront bungalow which was great! It had a lively little deck and a short walk across the grass and we were on the beach!. Rarotonga is a lovely, friendly down to earth place where the locals are friendly and happy. The sunset resort was perfect for us as there were no young children about and we could enjoy the serenity of he gardens and the beach. We will definitely be back!

My fiancé and I arrived in Rarotonga very early on New Year’s Day. We were met at the airport and taken to the resort to begin our vacation. But first we had a nap.... Upon waking up we began our adventure in the Cook Islands. Unfortunately nearly everything in town was closed for three more days as it was the New Year’s holiday, so we could not get our rental scooter and begin our adventure. Once we resided to the fact we are not straying too far from the resort for a few days we went for a walk down the road to get some snacks at a gas station. Along the way we were picked up by a local named Tooks, who is a business owner (Coco Putt Ale House) which has delicious food and an amazing Sunday night buffet. Once Tooks heard we could not get our scooter he took us to his house and gave me his scooter. Which he let us keep for the full 17 days on the island. Good luck arguing the locals aren't nice, trusting people on Rarotonga. After our chance meeting with Tooks things just kept going right. Raro is such a beautiful, peaceful, laid back way of life. The sunset resort is no exception. Amazing place. Whether you are relaxing in the pool and meeting new people or laying in a hammock on the beach or enjoying the lagoon. Simply Amazing. Paradise is an understatement. I truly believe our trip was made even better because of Tooks. Not only did we both have scooters for the whole trip but we went to Tooks bar a couple Sundays to enjoy the buffet. Which included Tooks sending someone to pick us up and drive us back because we were going to be drinking. Live music, friendly people and an all-around amazing night. Tooks also brought us to a local house party/jam session where we got to know more locals. A truly amazing man. I hope to see him again someday. I have nothing bad at all to say about the Sunset Resort or Raro in general. I know someday down the road we will move to Raro and find true peace on Earth.

The Sunset Resort was a great place to stay. Beautiful beach. Nice helpful people. The entire island of Rarotonga had a peaceful feel. It was east to go everywhere on the bus but we had a rental car for 2 days which helped us to know the island better. Drive around it in less than an hour. Our room was near the big pool. A little more noise than we liked. Although the hotel has a strict noise shut off of 10pm. We had a refrigerator, microwave and 2 burners stovetop plus dishes and utensils. Great. We came looking for good snorkeling. Was not really good for snorkeling. We continue our search.

Ara Tapu, Arorangi Rarotonga

Located in Arorangi 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 Aro'a Beach and Puaikura Beach.


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.

Room options

Studio, Beachfront

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Beachfront

King 2 | Twin 4 | Sleeps 4

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Poolside

King 1 | Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Poolside

King 2 | Full 1 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

92% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 609 reviews