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The Edgewater Resort and Spa

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This was our second visit to Edgewater Resort still great place. Had upgraded our room to a Beachfront Deluxe Suite this time the room was large with a big bathroom with spa bath. View fron balcony was fantastic. The resort is definetly in need of an upgrade on the outside very dated. Food & island night terrific. Only downside and an important one Get Rid of that paving its very slippery, who thought broken ceranic tiles was a good idea for paving🤕 I slipped on dinning room floor. Surprised no ones sued yet. Otherwise great holiday.

Just returned from 6 night stay Had beachfront room which was large and view was sensational. Short walk to restaurant and pool We reported toilet running 3 times but not fixed. Spa didn’t work and fridge either froze everything (We lost food and beer) or wouldn’t cool Overall great room though we didn’t see inside any others. Was serviced daily and housekeeping flexible if we were in room. Island feast night was great show and food Daily activities well presented especially on rainy days and looking for something to do Highlight was Happy hour each day Bar staff all friendly and helpful especially our favourite Josie. We made many friends and ended up eating at resort 5 nights Good choices from snacks to meals and service was great Sunset on our last night was amazing and finished our stay on a high.

This is a very large budget resort that caters to groups and tours. It is a little jaded and it shows. We found: - hot water to be good - the AC to work well - the beach to be nice. Rarotonga doesnt really have good swimming beaches and Edgewater is no exception. But the beach has sand and you can go out in the lagoon (reef shoes recommended). We also found: - the room to be small and a little grubby - parking difficult - staff to be unfriendly - the bathroom to be small and cheap and without a fan - the location to be just far enough away from town to be inconvenient but not close enough for town to be easily accessable - the breakfast to be ok but limited. One thing to be aware of is that there seems to be a large range in the type of rooms they have. So you could be close to the beach in a large room or in a block of units quite a distance away. Finally - this place does not have access to Bluesky which is the local internet provider. So you must use their internet which is ridiculously expensive. On this point alone it is worth shopping around imho.

The Edgewater was perfect for our family holiday, great location and facilities. We had garden view rooms which were cleaned each day. Having the restaurant and bar on the beach front was great for breakfast and afternoon happy hour. Unfortunately we didn't find the waiter or reception staff very helpful or friendly. We would differently stay again and recommend others to stay.

We stayed in a beach view 3 bed villa and to be honest I think we had the best location in the resort as we were right at the end away from the hustle and bustle of the pool and restaurant area. The beach view was worth a million dollars, the villa was self contained and even had it's own laundry facilities. We dined at the restaurant several times and always found the staff attentive and friendly, and the meals and drinks reasonably prices and the menu varied. Special mention to the best bar staff on the island!! The lagoon was a stones throw from our villa so we never even used the pool, and it was so convenient to have free snorkel and reef walkers available to use each day. This resort is laid back and chilled out, it's not 5 star so wouldn't suit everyone, but if you come to Raro to unwind and relax this is the place to be. Cultural nights were good value. The beach is immaculate. Internet is expensive. Breakfast buffet gets a bit boring but you can have cooked breakfast for extra $$$. We watched whales breaching from our table during lunch, beat that!!

This is a fantastic family friendly resort that offers great facilities and excellent value for money. We have stayed in a garden room, beachfront room and one of the family villas at the Edgewater. All were clean and tidy. The kids club at the resort was a huge bonus for us and our 5 year old loved it which meant we were able to enjoy a bit of time to ourselves. Food at the resort was great with plenty of options. The Edgewater is in a great location and has a great team of knowledgeable and friendly staff. This is not a five star resort but it doesn't claim to be. It is priced very reasonably for what it is. I can't fault it.

This is a huge complex and no doubt very busy at times. We travelled out of school holidays and consider our stay value for money. A good variety of breakfast options came in the room rate. The beach was good with plenty of snorkling. The rooms are not well soundproofed so you tend to be aware of neighbours, especially if they have a crying baby at night. Some units are noisier than others, some have balconies. Our room was basic but adequate, had no balcony or view but was a little more spacious with a small kitchen. Would stay here again.

The Cook Islands is a paradise that is a well kept secret outside of New Zealand. There are so many choices and levels for all visitors. This review is to say that The Edgewater is an older place (as most are these days) that is best suited for families with kids. The staff are friendly But the resort is a bit tired. Weddings are also popular and celebrations can go long into the night for those wishing an early night. The sunset views are simply stunning so get ready with your camera.

From the moment we arrived at Edgewater we felt instantly on holiday. Our family holiday (7 adults 5 young children ) we just wanted to spend time together and relax. This is the place to do it! All rooms are easily accessible to the large restaurant bar,swimming pool, activity centre, shop, salon. Easy selection of food available to order throughout the day and fantastic cocktails! Kids spent all day in pool and evenings on the beach building sandcastles all the while , we could keep an eye on them but enjoy happy hours! Kids club was also handy especially when they felt pooled out! We decided to get married 6 weeks before we arrived Heather our wedding planner deserves a special mention for the most memorable relaxing no stress enjoyable day that a bride and groom could ever have. All took place at the resort and we wouldn't have changed a thing. A huge special thanks to sanil at the resorts salon ..... this lovely man really knows his stuff and created a look that was suitable for the weather conditions. Listen to sanil!!! Added bonus was whale watching from the beach! Staff were lovely. Perfection all around such an easy relaxed atmosphere and we are saving to come back!!!!

Basic facilities making an unenjoyable vacation, hotel room was comfortable although constantly killing ants in wardrobe and bathroom, We sat in bar area waiting to be served for over half an hour whilst watching staff stand around chatting, this happened on a couple of occasions ... very poor service! Apart from sitting under umbrellas in the outside seating area getting drenched in rain downpours, there is nowhere comfortable and relaxing to sit and mingle with other guests - did not expect to have to retreat back to room. The pool was very tiny with cracked tiles and only a handful of sun loungers available - would have been more appropriate to have more available to accommodate guest numbers. Definitely not value for money ... if I could get a refund I would. We travel frequently and this is one place we would not recommend

Avarua Rarotonga

Hotel highlights

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

Located in Arorangi within a 15-minute walk 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. Puaikura Beach is also 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from the resort, which is near the airport.


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% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1615 reviews