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Palm Grove

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stayed here for a week with a Wedding Party. Highly recommended great staff. Great snorkeling out front of the beach bungalows, free hire of snorkeling gear and beach kayaks. Pick up and drop off from Airport. Would stay there again for sure!

On arrival the room was nicely set and very inviting, there was a cot set up for our wee man and after a long day and a late flight all we wanted was sleep. The bed was so comfy i wanted to take it home with us :) waking in the morning was very exciting for our 1 year old as there were chickens and roosters right at our door, he loved it. our stay at Palm Grove was great for the first few days the staff were super happy and loved to have a wee chat with us, telling us things to see and do but once the owner arrived on site things seemed to change the happy staff become very distant and the smiles had disappeared. The young lady in the office you are fabulous :) The complimentary breakfast was very average, the fruit was mostly out of tins other than the star fruit and melon was a bit disappointing. But i have to say the delicious (lemon?) cake was so good our son had it every morning! Child friendly it says... there was not one child friendly thing at the place, maybe a bucket and spade for over at the beach or a swing/slide or tramp would be an asset for when you just want to relax and let the children play? We absolutely loved the Sunday BBQ it is a credit to the restaurant staff and the salads were incredible and i mean incredible!! Overall we enjoyed our stay here but would probably not recommend for families if you just wanted to relax better suited for child free travelers.

We had a great stay at Palm Grove. Friendly, clean, lovely garden and pool area. Beautiful beach and use of kayaks. The coral is regenerating well and the snorkeling just out of the villas is good (once you find the 'best' area). Large rooms with kitchenette - all very clean. We had a glitch in our shuttle from the airport and were left stranded for over an hour - but we busied ourselves watching the comings and goings ( a few snacks from the airport snack bar kept the hungry ones happy) . A few calls ensured we were eventually collected. Great apologies and a complimentary A la carte meal that night for all 5 of us!! Amazing! Breakfasts were simple, fresh, delicious. We were able to use the pool area and showers and store our baggage for our late flight.

This is a great wee resort, the people are friendly and they have a wicked complimentary breakfast when you stay which is awesome! Once you get past island time and that not everywhere is 5stars it's a nice wee place. One cat 2 dogs and 4 chickens keep you company during your stay as well.

Took about 20 min. to get from Airport to Palm Cove resort. Since check-in was not until 12pm, my wife and daughter slept in car for few hours. My son and I played with the many dogs, cute friendly cat, and chickens at resort while waiting. It rained early in the morning but cleared up late in the morning. Was also very windy so people did not snorkel that day. We met Toko (I think). She was very nice and I told her where came from and she gave me some good suggestions on snorkelling, eating out, etc. We stayed in 2 Bedroom garden view house which was pretty big. It even had extra bed in living room where we played cards on. It had 2 large sofas, 2 small sofas, bit kitchen dining are that could seat 6 people, outside backyard picnic bench, front yard, patio tables and chairs. We also met Joanne who was also very pleasant to talk to. They were able to clean the room earlier and allowed us to check in 1 hour early at 11:00 am. Thank you to all Palm Grove staff for this. The resort had free rental of snorkel gear and kayak which was great although it was too windy. We tried to snorkel one day but was too windy and water was too cold. We tried Kayak but again was too windy but we still had fun. Our house had good sized kitchen with microwave, large refrigerator/freezer, cook top, dishes, utensils, etc. Found ants on kitchen area later because we left out some food. Found bug spray under sink so used it to kill ants. Enjoyed dinner at Muri Night Market with many different vendors selling food. After returning, several dogs tried to enter our house so we had to keep it out. Nice to have washer/dryer machine. Lexi was helpful to arrange to have some minor room issues fixed (light bulb, clock radio, kitchen faucet). We met Betsy the owner who was also very pleasant. Joseph the maintenance person even spent some time to show us how to open a coconot so we can eat and drink the inside. Our teenage kids enjoys playing with the numerous dog, "Sock" the cute friendly cat, chickens, roosters, and chick-lets. Coin operated laundry was great to have. Paid $4 for large washer (including detergent) and $4 for large dryer. Paid main office to get coins. Just make sure to pay for coins when office is open. On last day, check out was at 10am but we had late flight (6pm) to Aitutaki island. Palm Cove allowed us to store our luggage for a few hours after checking out. Would definitely stay here again in 2 bedroom huge house.

We stayed five nights here. It has been substantially improved since our previous visit in 2013. We were unable to get a beach villa but our garden villa was fine, although not as private and without the spectacular views of those across the road on the beach. The staff were excellent. We used the local buses most of the time, but hired a car from Island Cars for one day and enjoyed exploring the quieter roads away from the coast.

This was our first visit to Rarotonga. If you are looking for a relaxed, easy, stress free holiday in beautiful peaceful surroundings then the Palm Grove Resort is the best place to stay. There are various types of accommodation in the resort available, depending on your budget. The owner and staff were so friendly and welcoming.The pace of life is very relaxed in Raroronga. to get about, we hired a car which was great, the roads are quiet and we could visit lots of places.Some people prefer to hire scooters Animal lovers will love Rarotonga, we had chickens and roosters visiting our back garden as well as the many well-behaved dogs that sit in the garden or walk with you on the beach and road. There is a lovely, safe, tropical, lagoon ,surrounded by a reef. If you want taste of paradise - this is the place to visit :)

Just returned home from our 7th visit to the Palm Grove! That should speak Volumes! Stayed in both the Garden suite and the One Bedroom Superior! Always bright and cheery and well kept! The staff are Wonderful! Mata and all her help in the restaurant work hard to please and the food is great! Betsy, Joanne & Lexie are so helpful! Love Nga, Joe and Joseph for keeping the grounds so beautiful! There is no better beach , than the one at the Palm! Thank you Palm Grove for always making our visits Perfect!!!

We have just come back from another wonderful stay at beautiful Palm Grove. Joanne, Nga and all the staff were once again amazing. We stayed 9 nights in the Gardens and 5 nights in a Beach Front Unit. Both units were well appointed, fresh and clean. We had such a special time at Palm Grove, we ate most days at the Yellow Hibiscus Restaurant on site. The breakfasts were delicious. We enjoyed leisurely lunches and the Dinners and BBQ nights were outstanding. The staff at the restaurant were so cheerful and welcoming. Our rooms were cleaned daily and the ladies extremely helpful. The receptionist could not do enough for us. Nothing was a bother. We are looking forward to our next trip back, we have already started to make plans. Thank you to everyone at Palm Grove, we have come backhome to snow and wish we were back already. Thank you Joanne and Nga (a special thanks to Nga for taking Gordy to the League).

Cannot fault this fantastic place. Totally blown away by, firstly the welcome, then the service and of course the superb location. My wife and I stayed for 8 nights at the beach front studio (B5). We arrived at night and was kindly shown our accommodation which was across the road. This was a lovely surprise as there was a massive king size bed waiting to relax in. The mattress and pillows were the most comfortable we've ever slept in. There was plenty of space and was laid out nicely throughout the place. Next was the food and service from the main building. Breakfast was supplied which was nice and fresh. A cooked breakfast was available for a cheap price. Service of the staff was great and they were all very friendly. We had several evening meals there which we would highly recommend, especially attend the Sunday night BBQ. the cook there was brilliant. Best steak I've ever had. Cooked exactly as I ordered right the way through. Staff at the reception, Lexie (if spelt right) was the most pleasant and welcoming receptionist I've ever met. Full of information and a very polite young lady. The boss (Betsy) was also warm and welcoming. This is by no doubt the place to go. Book a beach front studio, just not too long as we are coming back again and again. Cheers to you all X

Ara Tapu (Main Road) Rarotonga

Hotel highlights

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

Located in Tapere of Vaimaanga, Palm Grove is within a few miles (5 km) of sights such as Puaikura Beach and Tikioki Marine Sanctuary. This 22-room, 3.5-star resort has free breakfast along with conveniences like a private beach and an outdoor pool. Aro'a Beach is also 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.


Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 8 AM to 10 AM. This resort is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or meet other guests at the free daily manager's reception.


The 22 air-conditioned rooms feature kitchens and furnished balconies or patios. Guests can expect WiFi and 32-inch TVs. Pillowtop beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. MP3 docks, private yards, and coffee makers are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests of Palm Grove enjoy a private beach, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for NZD 15 per person one way. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include WiFi in public areas, a computer station, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Studio, Beachfront

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Superior Bungalow, 1 Bedroom

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Studio, Garden Area

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Bungalow, 2 Bedrooms, Garden Area

Queen 1 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

90% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 547 reviews