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Sunset Resort

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We only stayed one night at Sunset on our way to another Island but were very happy with the accommodations. We were picked up from the airport and taken to the resort. I think it was a $30 charge (return). We arrived early and our room was not yet ready so we had a beach side nap in the double hammock. A perfect way to start the holiday. Our room was #25, which is ground floor and pool side but farthest away from the beach (a 2 min walk so really nothing is too far from the beach). The room has full size fridge, microwave, and hot plate. A huge bonus is that the water at the resort is fine for drinking. This is not the case in many parts of the Island. Be sure to bring a water bottle with you to fill up. You can snorkel right at the resort. They have masks and snorkels for rent if you do not bring your own. There was a BBQ dinner the night we were there with smoked marlin, chicken, beef, pork and at least five different salads. It was quite good and would recommend it. If you want a snack or lunch I would recommend going to the STJ Bakery which is right across the street. Everything they have is freshly made each day. They have great sandwiches and be sure to try the coconut buns! There is a bus stop at the road right outside the resort which comes by once an hour.

We stayed here for the week, it was our first break in over two years and it was perfect. The rooms are lovely, the people are so helpful, the grounds are fantastic. We were able to just relax, falling to sleep listening to the waves crash to the reef while the resident cat would come for a visit. Having Anchorage restaurant right there was also a bonus so we could just be and not have to go exploring if we didn't feel like it. We loved it and are already talking about returning as soon as we can.

We stayed here for 7 nights in a beach front room. (Honeymoon) It was very clean and had everything you needed. They cleaned the room daily. There is also a safe in your room for any valuables. Airport transfers available which was efficient and you are greeted with flowers and a bottle of water. Reception staff not as friendly didn't feel like a warm welcome when we arrived little bit moody, some of the staff seemed this way during our stay. Pool was a bit cold but you just have to be brave. Pool bar only open in the evening. During the day you have to use the restaurant bar. Breakfast good. Restaurant food good. Reef shoes and snorkel available for you to use free of charge. Sunsets on the beach are amazing. Lots of mosquitoes tho so make sure you use repellent. Took us to a hire a scooter from a local place down the road. Overall 4* stayed here for part of our honeymoon we told them in advance it was our honeymoon. Nothing extra was given to us during our stay, some reviews state people have been given a bottle. Overall good stay! And yes the cockrel is loud in the morning!

We spent 6 nights in this lovely resort. Well appointed and comfortable room with a garden view. A short stroll to a beautiful beach with hammocks, loungers and seats with the best view of the beach. Fabulous staff who all made our stay special. Would love to go back again

arrived early at 4am and our transfer was there and picked us up. we hadn't booked a room for that night but he had one for us so we got it for half price which was good. we had a pool side room which was well equipped, comfortable beds and very clean. and the best thing was the black out blinds. Staff were very helpful and knowledgable. but every time we got back to hotel and wanted to book something the reception was closed. its open from 8.30am-6pm but slightly longer hours would be helpful. the location is fantastic and amazing beach area as part of the hotel with hammocks and the best sunset on the island. Breakfast had good coffee and cereal and toasted Fruit which is all you need on the island. we were short two vouchers but it didn't matter as we didn't have breakfast one morning. it was very handy having a laundry there especially after the buggy tour. had a bit of a issue with our bill. we had paid a deposit but they couldn't find it and we had to push for them to find it and take it off our final bill. we also got charged for extra Wifi that was didn't buy which they found in the end that we didn't buy so took it off at the end. all and all i would definitely recommend this Resort.

We stayed here for three nights during the last leg of our honeymoon. I had booked a studio pool room but when we arrived we were delighted to have been given a complimentary upgrade to a double room which was so kind of the team. To add to that we were also given a bottle of champagne as a congrats. The apartment was spacious, clean and well fitted out. The hotel has laundry facilities which we were grateful for. The location was near to great snorkelling spots and restaurants. There is a great bakery across the road which we frequented as well. It was a lovely stay, with outstanding, friendly staff at a top location.

Arrived Wednesday 03 May and left early 09 May We were delighted with the presentation as soon as we opened the door and felt the ambiance, - the appointments, the flowers, the fragrance - the veranda looking out on the lush garden and pool - and the quietness harmonized with the sound of the waves on the lagoon. Sounds like a honey-moon paradise - YES - it is. And there is an air of friendliness - not intrusive - but totally welcoming and caring - and that seems to catch on with other guests who are also absorbed with this warmth. This was an opportunity for us to escape from very busy daily lives and discover the enjoyment of being together with no "To Do" lists. Beautiful beach, swimming pools, secluded reading spots in gardens so naturally tropically local. And of course it is the best/west side of the island with the sun setting over clean clear lagoon. If this reads like total enthusiasm, it is because we really feel that this resort ticked ALL of the boxes.

We recently traveled to the Cook Islands for the first time and absolutely fell in love. The resort is very nice with one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. The rooms are quite large and come with a kitchenette. We didn't really use the kitchen besides the fridge for our drinks but is a very nice option. Beds are comfy and the 2 pools were relaxing. Dinner at the restaurant was very good but breakfast was limited except if you pay some and get a cooked breakfast which was so good. I am still thinking about that Turkish bread and grilled tomato. Hotel staff were friendly and willing to help often as there is no cell phone service for US companies so they had to help book some tours. One thing I have to mention is one of the tours left us a couple of messages about a booking and we didn't get the message until 2 hours before we were suppose to leave so luckily we stopped by the desk or else we would of missed the tour. I'm not sure what happened with that but thought I would mention. Everything worked out so I wasn't upset. Since they only have 12 years and up are allowed when we go again we will stay elsewhere so our daughter can come but when she is old enough we will 100% stay again.

The place is our go to for complete R & R, the warmth, the pools, the comfortable rooms, The superb snorkeling ( I think better than the eastern side of Raro) We eat well, we sleep and we read. We always come home relaxed. This last trip was our third and we will be going again.

Just returned from our trip to Raro and to say it was amazing would be an understatement. Sunset resort was beautiful, the grounds are so nicely kept and the rooms were perfect. We stayed in a garden room (room 11) but our friends had the beach front studios and they were not disappointed. Our room was lovely, the kitchen came in handy as we went to the grocery store and purchased food and drinks when we got there. We also hit up the bakery across the street, almost every day, it was sooo good. When we travel there again we will get a beach front studio, its worth it for sure. The beds are very comfortable and they gals cleaning the rooms do an excellent job, we never had any complaints in terms of the room and how it was cleaned. We arrived very early Sunday morning and didn't have to wait too long to check in and they accommodated us with a late check out since our flight didn't leave until almost midnight on Friday. We did eat at Anchorage Restaurant, it was good but we found many other places on the island that we enjoyed more. We did come for the BBQ on Sunday but were very tired from traveling and honestly felt that it took too long to start eating etc. We are from the US and are not used to "island time" and we were tired but had we not been tired we might have enjoyed it more. My husband and I enjoyed the food but the other 5 in our group were not impressed. The resort has a very relaxing feel to it, it was especially nice that they have no little kids there. If you are looking for a lively partying atmosphere Sunset Resort is not it, its more on the quite side and people looking to relax, very different than what we are used to in terms of vacations, I loved it personally but some in my group thought it was too quite. Chickens/Roosters roam free there too, and yes, the chickens to wake you up every morning, it didn't bother me but I could see where it might bother others. We'll be back for sure.

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. 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 630 reviews