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Sunset Resort

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

It was our fifth visit to Raro but the first time we’d stayed at the same place for a second time. We weren’t disappointed. We were greeted at the airport and taken directly to our room as it was too early to check in. The restaurant was excellent for breakfast and even better for dinner. Don’t miss the BBQ on Sunday night with a local musical trio and dancing. The rooms are spacious and cleaned daily (except sundays). All the management and staff are friendly. The view and the lagoon are fabulous.

First impression, very well manicured and maintained. Rooms were nice but not 5 star nice. Restaurant food was okay but not great. This is a 3 star resort at best. Now for the bad. My room 34 was extremely noisy. The road that ran behind it I think was louder inside than out. Roosters crowing at 5 am and chickens having a fight or sex or something was not welcomed. I stayed in room until 7 am only to find out restaurant does not open until 7:30. No coffee The people were nice. Rooms clean. Alright for one night but not a vacation.

Lady shuttle driver who picked us and up and dropped us off was just lovely and bubbly, apologies i never got her name. Room was nice and clean and check in was easy. Most staff were lovely and i thought the complimentary breakfast was nice, especially the banana bread! Loved that it was a small resort and was quiet and the beach was so close where the hammocks were so cool as was the snorkelling. Would definitely stay again. The lady at check out could have been a bit friendlier but overall a nice play to relax.

Wow! Arrived early morning (after 13 hours of flying time and a 4 hour layover) and we were fortunate our room was ready. We were told that we were not permitted to eat breakfast that day in the restaurant. No problem, we had done our homework and walked across the street to the bakery and had a great breakfast. Later we realized that we could have ordered off of the menu. Rooms were quite spacious and just as described on website. Had cooking facilities but we never used it. Tropical breakfast was included. Took us a couple of days to adjust to Island time with the roosters. Roll over and back to sleep. Our package included a 3 day car rental. Jamie in reception was very helpful in providing/guiding us in tour information etc. (Air Raro and the concert Aar Dhyna). Thank you. It was fun! All staff are very pleasant and warmly greet you every time they see you. Kia Orana! The beach is what we came for and we were not disappointed! At times, we had it all to ourselves. Lots of shade if you wanted it. Great location to see the sunset and even saw a whale on our first night. Snorkelling was really good! Arrived on a Sun. and thus had the Sun. night buffet. Small selection but plenty of food to eat. The Anchorage restaurant served excellent food. Loved the oysters, tuna and the fish of the day. Tomato soup with blue cheese was good as well. Complete with an excellent red wine from New Zealand. Tried Alberto's restaurant next door and it is very good as well. A 30 min. walk down the road finds you at Castaways - another great place to watch the sunset. Loved the lamb yakatori. About a 20 minute beach walk and you can stop at the Waterline for a very refreshing Passion fruit Mojito. In town, stop at the Palace on a Wed. for happy hour prices for burgers ($3.50) until 8:00 p.m.. Trader Jacks serves up some good pizza (snack size is perfect). The New Place - tuna sliders were great! Do try the Mooring Cafe in Muri for a fish sandwich. Delicious! Have fun at the Muri night market. Lots of food choices. The Drumbeat Bar was under a renovation but they moved it to the grass area - so still it was relaxing and catch up with other tourists and their adventures of the day. Do shop the Sat. market for souveneirs and a wide variety of lunch choices. My favorite was the ika mata (raw fish in coconut milk). About a 10 minute walk from the resort going ante clockwise is an Electric bike rental place (Tik-e bikes). (for more info. contact Highly recommend. Costs about $40.00 NZ for a 24 hour period. The bike can go around the island twice without being recharged. Great way to see the island. Highly recommend Air Raro and take the day trip to Aitatuki for $469.00 NZ. They pick you up on the road for the very short drive to the airport. No long lines for a security check in. 45 min. flight to Aitatuki. Had an awesome guide Ali. The beaches are out of this world. Survivor 2006 was filmed here. Snorkelling was really good here as well and we saw different kinds of fish. Most definitely would recommend the Sunset Resort.

If booking this resort and decide to book through Trip Advisor do some research before using Cancelon. They are not a normal booking agency like and if you're like me don't like risk, don't think it's worth the stress. However, very much enjoyed out stay at Sunset. Due to the above mentioned hic up with our booking we ended up shuffling between 3 rooms. All very similar, although the water front one was very pleasant. The snorkling out from the resort is very good, no very deep so you close to lots of fish. Would recommend.

We really liked this place, we had a beachfront villa, which was great. Snorkeling was great right off the beach as in most parts of Raro. The whales were putting on show most evenings, which was wonderful. Breakfast was included, pretty basic, after first day we paid $10 for scrambled eggs on toast which was very nice.

This is our second stay at Sunset Resort, last time was with a group of friends and this time just family. The resort accommodates both really well. Firstly, it's only 30 odd rooms, but it feels bigger because it's spread out over a reasonably large area, beach front, two pool areas and spacious rooms. So even with what we discovered was 3 different groups of 8-10 people staying it didn't feel busy. The pools are lovely, we did the free introduction to diving and followed it up with a 45 min lagoon dive - fabulous experience. Sitting on the beach or in a hammock watching the sunset is just so relaxing and recharging for the soul. The rooms are big and spacious, personally we liked the first story poolside rooms - the one bedroom end units are fab! All the amenities are top, air con, kitchenette, comfy beds. Some of the shutters needed a little attention and there was a bit of wear and tear but I had to think real hard to point out that. The Location is away from the hustle of Muri, which is what we wanted. It was quiet and at a good pace. Of course the island is only 32km around so you can go join the hustle anytime. We did one outing, loop of the island each day. Whether it was markets, snorkelling spots, lunch at moorings - too easy. The on site restaurant has a fresh - very awesome fresh fruit! - breakfast daily. On Sunday nights the BBQ is fun with some of the staff / family in training for Polynesian Dance it's a great way to get to know them.

Everything about the stay was brilliant. Very helpful staff, great food, cheap cocktails. always a plus. Complimentary daily breakfast is a wonderful bonus. Plenty of eating establishments nearby, had a number of very good meals at The Anchorage at the Sunset Resort. We will return. Enjoyed the whale watching.

There are many resorts big and small and accommodation on offer on Cook Island so choosing where to stay depending on the price and what your looking for needs some research, I all ways check trip adviser for reviews and decided on Sunset resort and was pleased we did, its not a big complex as some others and found mainly a lot of couples there not so manly families and just a nice distance from the main town with free pick up shuttle from the airport .We had booked a garden unit near the pool which it was, but up a fight of stars over looking the pool unit 32, rooms was very spacious well appointed, no free Wifi but can be bought at office every modern except old style TV only one station any way and used it only to watch DVDS on a few wet days which are available for free, location is right on a beautiful beach lagoon for snorkeling in lovely clear waters with palm trees dotted along the beach, The restaurant is nice and meals and drinks were good at a reasonable price for a resort and a tropical breakfast was included, staff very friendly, we walked to a few other bigger resorts to try other meals which were ok but no better then Sunset. You can get around the Island on the public bus at five NZ dollars a trip or buy a $30 10 trip voucher which we did but having to wait around for each bus back forth wasted a lot of time, a hire car is another option to come and go and stop where you want. The resort and Island life is very laid back with lots of wlid chooks roam the island We enjoyed our stay and would recommend Sunset resort as nice peaceful relaxing stay.

This resort is not too big to be impersonal. Our room (unit 35) was spacious, clean and well appointed. With a small kitchen and basic equipment you could save money and cook your own meals if you want to (we didn't). Do take your own milk for the sachet coffees as the milk powder sachets were appalling. I'd recommend taking your own coffee too. Our deal had the tropical breakfast daily which was delicious! Meals purchased through the restaurant were great too and I loved the manioto (local arrowroot) chips! The lovely lawn right by the sandy beach with deck chairs and hammocks between the palm trees was idyllic. The water out from the resort is not too deep, clear and great for beginning snorkelers. Being able to use the goggles and snorkels provided was great. The hotel pick up service from the airport was convenient but I believe the price per person is too high. It's only a short distance from the airport (about 10 minutes drive) and to charge 8 of us $15 each is ridiculous profiteering. I'd recommend this resort to anyone. It's in a handy position with a bus stop right by the driveway (although I'd recommend hiring a car or scooter from the outfit just across the road) and a yummy bakery just across the road. The roosters are dreadful!! They crow any time of night and keep crowing all night long. Sounds like they're right outside the doorway! Roosters and chickens are all over the island. If you think it will annoy you then take earplugs. People from other resorts mentioned them too. We had a fabulous stay and I'd recommend this resort to anyone.

Ara Tapu, Arorangi Rarotonga

Hotel highlights

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

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. Puaikura Beach is also 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from the hotel, which is on the waterfront.


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 665 reviews