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The Edgewater Resort and Spa

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The Edge water is in a lovely place with a stunning beach. We stayed in a beach front villa and it was nice, the room was nothing special but the view was fantastic and we had a nice hammock and sun lounges at the front of our room looking over the ocean. We arrived in the dark and when we woke in the morning we couldn't believe the view we had. The staff were helpful, the barman was friendly we got to know him really well. The drink and food prices seemed reasonable our bill was nowhere near as bad as we thought when we checked out. We did visit in the school holidays which we didn't realize and there were a lot of locals using the resort. We could hardly use the pool which is in a very small area as they had so many kids running around screaming and we noticed when the families of the resort staff where there it was very hard to get served. Great for families with children but as a couple without kids or if you are having time away without the kids this isn't a quiet romantic resort more for the family, Great facilities though, kayaks and snorkel gear are all free of charge, rooms are very clean and comfortable, buffet breakfast was nice and fresh. There is a free town bus that picks you up from reception including a Saturday night party bus. There is also scooter hire at the resort which we used for a very reasonable price and a very helpful tour desk.

I stayed at the Edgewater Resort with a room on the second floor. The room I had was comfortable enough. It had a double bed and a single bed, the shower had great pressure and the balcony had a nice view off to the left. Right in the middle was a palm tree. The restaurant had some really nice food and a great morning breakfast both a hot breakfast and a continental breakfast. The bar was great. The Afternoon drink specials they had were great. Especially for the fish bowl. The view from the bar was beautiful and it was lovely to watch the sunset while having a drink. I attended the cultural experience they had there which was a good laugh and the food they served was divine. The swimming with the fishes was a great experience. You could hire the shoes to go into the water for free. The main office was helpful with any questions that we had. Including giving out pamphlets of suggested things to do and help with the buses. It did have a lot of children around when I was there. But that didn't bother me the slightest. I am looking to go back to Rarotonga next year and I would definitely stay here again. For the price it is well worth it.

The staff are all lovely, the beachside facilities have breath taking views but some of the family villas are well back on the main road. These villas are exposed to very loud music from the bar blearing out until till after 1am on Friday and Saturday nights and earlier on other nights. We requested a villa change and were offered one directly next door which was hardly going to change the noise levels.

I choose to stay at the EDGEWATER SPA AND RESORT.. IT IS A VERY FRIENDLY PLACE I'VE BEEN MANY TIMES NOW AND AM TREATED AND TOLD I'M A LOCAL... a couple of trips back I did have a problem with my room and I was immediately moved to another room, I feel very safe there and the grounds are very well maintained and clean. the housekeeping staff need to pick up a bit at times but the restruaint staff and bar staff are always very friendly and well mannered, the entertain that is at the resort is good and one really doesn't have to go elsewhere for any entertainment, I like also how the local bus comes right into the reception area to pick up and drop off, always travellers remember a 10 trip bus ticket for $30 Will take you right around the island .. ie 29 klms...... and then you can board the bus and get of at places you have seen on your 1 st bus trip... there are some nice hidden cafes to eat at along the way and don't forget to go to 'TRADER JACKS" for great eats in town and do the saturday markets the bus drops you right there and picks you up.....THE WALK ALONG THE BEACH TO BLACK ROCK IS A MUST..... ABOUT 4 KLMS EACH WAY.... ENJOY I SAY. ALWAYS I GO IN AUGUST EACH YEAR WEATHER IS GREAT........... NO CYCLONS.....

We had read very mixed reviews of this place so were a little unsure on what to expect but were very happy with our stay here! We had actually booked 5 nights here at the start of our trip and then 3 nights over in Muri at another resort, the price difference between the two was crazy and I would actually choose to stay here again rather than the other one. The staff here were very friendly, the amenities were good and our room was excellent - we had a ground level beach front opposite the tennis court. I would specifically request a room along here next time also (ground level). We were happy with the bar/restaurant and the breakfast included with our package was wonderful! The italian place at the end of the driveway was delicious and we ate here a few times! The resort is a nice scooter ride into town with scooter and car rental available onsite up the drive a wee bit which was very handy. Overall we were very impressed with this resort and felt very welcome and at home our whole stay. The kids club was awesome and my 6 year odl really enjoyed going, they have good hours also and night sessions (7-9pm I think) which was cool.

We decided to have our wedding at the Edgewater Resort and Spa and the entire process was fantastic! Our amazing wedding planner Heather arranged everything and we had a gorgeous room right on the beach. When we arrived there was nothing we needed to do and when we meet with everyone they all ensured us there was nothing we needed to do for the wedding except show up on the day. The resort was fantastic and even children who were coming to the wedding but not staying were welcome to play in the pool. The snorkeling out front was some of the best around the island and the activities hut always had a large range of activities on. The themed nights were absolutely fantastic! We had a lovely lady Va who was looking after our room and would ask us each morning if there was anything we needed. Whenever we saw her she always had a big smile and time for a chat. On the wedding day they left our room until after 4pm to clean and did it up so beautifully that I cried when I saw it. At our reception we had Tui and Leonora who were looking after us and they were amazing! They remembered what each person was drinking and were kind enough to extend our drinks package as we hadn't been drinking enough! As the night progressed Tui joined us on the dance floor and was fantastic! The following days whenever we or our guests saw them they had big smiles, remembered every bodies names, and went above and beyond to ensure we were well looked after. Tui kept the leftover wedding cake in the chiller and we were able to ask for it each night for desert. We spent 16 nights at the Edgewater and come the last day I was in tears not wanting to leave. We were there in school holidays but the resort was designed so that even surrounded by people you always had a table away from others, or a quiet part of beach to relax on. Children were well looked after, with the pool, restaurant, and activities hut always having something for them. We will be back in a heartbeat and can't wait to be able to renew our vows with our family. By far one of the most exceptional resorts, with exceptional staff!

Traveled to Rarotonga with my partner to visit the Cook Islands. Had been to Fiji and was thinking its just the same. How wrong i was. After visiting the Island I would never go back to Fiji. The locals are so friendly and genuine. You use New Zealand money so a bonus on not loosing money on exchange rates. The Scooters and rentals are great but if you do not want to use the scooters then the round the Island bus service is great during the day. Don't try to get it after dark The Edgewater Hotel catered to all of our needs and it was value for dollar, we had trouble spending money which was a great thing. going back soon

Having stayed at the hotel for many years, it fails to meet best standards for today's travelers. WIFI is expensive at $10NZD for 100MB and $20NZD for 300MB plus it is slow and has poor coverage. There is no free WIFI anywhere on the property, unlike most hotels that have this at the reception or foyer. The food and beverage menu is basic and pricey. A simple non-alcoholic drink at the bar is $10NZD. Rooms are dated and in need of a refurbishment. The bed mattresses are old and thin. The air conditioning blows directly on to the beds. The linen and towels have been overused and again are tired and worn. Limited TV and no in-house movie selection system. Fixed channel TV. Not much in the way of facilities. The swimming pool is about the same as a large home domestic pool. It gets crowded and noisy quickly. Great hotel staff, but a property owner that is lazy and gouging patrons. If you want basic accommodation and high prices for food and beverage, expect this.

We stayed in two rooms at the Edgewater- after a week it really felt like we lived there, in the best way! The rooms were big and clean and had everything we needed (we didn't spend much time in them apart from sleeping). The staff were very friendly, and nothing was too much trouble. The food was AMAZING, and cocktail hour every day at 5pm was a real highlight. Tennis, pool, and free snorkel and reef shoe hire. Great snorkelling right outside the resort. We would definitely stay here again on another trip. The rooms by the pool can be a bit loud (although we were the ones being loud, not complaining!). Security was very onto it trying to get us to quiet down, but maybe book rooms away from the room if you have kids or are trying to get early nights

We stayed with our children 3 and 6 years old and the grandparents in a 3 bedroom villa. The room needs an update though was a big villa with lots of space for everyone. We had breakfast with our package though was very basic. Kids club was amazing as was the guy who runs it. Kids had lots of fun (adults too) Great snorkelling straight off the beach. They have lots of reef shoes so don't pack any. make sure you visit the night food market and the wood fire pizza place in town.

Avarua Rarotonga

Hotel highlights

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

Located within a leisurely stroll of Black Rock, The Edgewater Resort and Spa is within a few miles (5 km) of National Stadium. This 280-room, 3.5-star resort welcomes business and leisure travelers with a private beach, a full-service spa, and 2 restaurants. Near the airport, the resort is also close to Puaikura Beach and Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 7 AM to 10:30 AM. Enjoy dining at the resort's 2 onsite restaurants: The Brasserie specializes in local and international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner; The Spaghetti House offers relaxing garden views. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.


The Edgewater Resort and Spa's 280 rooms are individually decorated and provide balconies, refrigerators, and electric kettles. Guests can expect WiFi and TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Other amenities include ceiling fans, safes, and ironing boards.

Property features

Guests of The Edgewater Resort and Spa have access to a private beach, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for NZD 45 per person roundtrip. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include outdoor tennis courts, WiFi in public areas, and 3 meeting rooms.

Room options

Superior Room, Garden Area

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room, Lagoon View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Deluxe Room, Beachfront

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Villa, Beachside

Full 2 | Sleeps 6

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

72.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1682 reviews