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#1 of 6 hotels in Avarua
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Sunset Resort is a 3.5 star property and is idyllically situated on the sheltered western side of the island only minutes from Avarua township. The secluded beachfront location provides guests with an unspoilt view of Rarotonga's crystal clear aqua blue lagoon and breathtaking sunsets. This personally managed, privately owned resort has an intimate atmosphere that will make every guest feel welcome and ensure they experience the magic of Rarotonga and its people.
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Free parking
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Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Paid wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Poolside bar
Diving
Snorkeling
Fishing
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Dining area
Private balcony
Safe
Kitchenette
Microwave
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
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Toni I wrote a review 23 Sep
Palmerston North, New Zealand46 contributions6 helpful votes
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The room was spacious and the beds comfortable. I found the pillows a little firm though. This resort has two swimming pools, both away from the water's edge so protected if it's windy. Great little pool bar with awesome cocktails. The staff are lovely and friendly and the restaurant on the grounds provided beautiful meals. Would defiantly go back again.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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vanfamAuckland wrote a review 9 Sep
Waiuku, New Zealand188 contributions57 helpful votes
This resort is a bit of a hidden gem - in fact I almost don't want to advertise how great it is so we can keep it for ourselves! The main points are: beautifully kept, modern, clean rooms, lovely gardens kept to a high standard, two inviting pools, great restaurant and cocktail bar, beachfront, peaceful, child-free. The staff are exceptional. We had a poolside room and it was everything we needed - very comfortable king bed, spacious room with plenty of storage ( I like to unpack) and a well appointed kitchen if you felt like using it. (we didn't). Not far from the main centre and the bus stops right outside. We made use of the airport transfers and they were right on time, very helpful and efficient. We will definitely be back. Thank you for a wonderful and relaxing holiday.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Room Tip: There are two rooms with very good disabled and wheelchair access, located poolside.
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Response from Sunset Resort, General Manager at Sunset Resort
Responded 1 week ago
Kia Orana VanFam Auckland Really appreciate your positive feedback and we have passed this onto our team. Great to hear that you had a wonderful and relaxing holiday here with us and enjoyed the amenities that we have here at the Sunset Resort. Kind regards Kev and Cathy
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Karen D wrote a review 9 Sep
Auckland, New Zealand58 contributions25 helpful votes
This is our 4th time staying at Sunset and will be back for a 5th. Manager's and staff are so friendly and helpful. The resort is beautifully kept. Gardens are a credit to them. Rooms are very comfortable and has everything you would need. Having two pools are a bonus. Love the happy hour at the Birdcage. Great Cocktails. Hope to be back soon.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Sunset Resort, General Manager at Sunset Resort
Responded 1 week ago
Kia orana Karen D The Sunset Team will look forward to hosting you on your 5th visit to our lovely resort - thank you for your feedback we have passed this on. Kind regards Kevin and Cathy
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Jeanette1979 wrote a review Aug 2022
Hamilton, New Zealand7 contributions
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What a beautiful place, even through the rain it was absolutely breathtaking. Staff were so kind, knowledgeable and helpful. Watched the whales cruise along the reef from the shore with a coffee in the morning and a yummy cocktail in the evening. The room was beautifully presented, the beds and linen really comfy. Well stoked with teas and coffee and bathroom supplies. Cleaned daily. Grounds wonderfully kept, sand racked in the morning daily. Very calm soothing environment.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Sunset Resort, General Manager at Sunset Resort
Responded 4 weeks ago
Kia Orana Jeanette thank you for staying with us at The Sunset Resort. Yes we did have heavy rain in August for a few days however it was very timely for the island as Rarotonga was experiencing a drought - it was great that you still found it fabulous here in the Cook Islands and here at the Sunset Resort. Thank you for your comments re our property our staff take great pride in our place and appreciate when our guests also enjoy the lovely surroundings and your accommodation. Kind regards
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GRL1951 wrote a review Jul 2022
Auckland, New Zealand142 contributions38 helpful votes
We had a 2 bedroom bungalow on beachside and it was awesome. Hosts Kevin & Kath are excellent and they keep the place and garens looking great. Very experienced operators ex NZ. Birdcage Happy Hour bar pools side is nice for a late arvo drink. Breakfast included at Anchorage restaurant next door. We also found the restaurant very good for casual dining.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: Beach view rooms should be your first choice :)
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Response from Sunset Resort, General Manager at Sunset Resort
Responded 12 Jul 2022
Kia Orana Thank you for staying with us here at the Sunset Resort. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and thankyou for the compliments. Our staff from grounds/maintenance through to reception and housekeepers take pride in the resort which makes it so much easier for us. We look forward to hosting you here again with us. Kind regards and best wishes for the year ahead. Kevin and Cathy
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Jo wrote a review Jul 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
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Absolutely loved our stay at Sunset Resort…will be back again. Such friendly staff and surroundings are fantastic. Room and housekeeping everyday amazing. Miss being there. Thank you so much for making our holiday special. Craig and Jo
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 11 Jul 2022
Kia Orana Craig and Jo Thank you for your review - lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us here in paradise. We will pass your comments on to our team. We will look forward to hosting you here when you return. Kind regards Kevin and Cathy
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Hans E wrote a review Jun 2022
Auckland, New Zealand43 contributions6 helpful votes
Our first trip overseas after Covid was brilliant. From winter to tropical summer, travel easy from NZ, the resort spruce and refreshed after two years of Covid, the staff competent and very friendly, the accommodation generous and clean, the gardens well-tended and tasteful, the pools refreshing, the restaurant welcoming and menu excellent, the beach and sunsets nourishing for the soul. The perfect holiday which encouraged us to enjoy being rather than constantly doing.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: beach-facing units are best; avoid the ones nearest the road.
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Response from Sunset Resort, General Manager at Sunset Resort
Responded 28 Jun 2022
Kia Orana HansE413 Thank you for your very positive review. We will pass your review onto our staff who will appreciate your comments. We trust that the winter is not too cold back in NZ, good luck for the year ahead and we look forward to hosting you again should you return to our lovely paradise here in Rarotonga. Kind regards
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29AJW wrote a review Jun 2022
NZ89 contributions86 helpful votes
I celebrated my 40th birthday in Cook Islands with a friend for 8 nights at Sunset Resort and loved my time there. Airport pick up was a breeze. Rooms were spacious and comfortable with an outside balcony. Wifi worked well on most of the resort. Delicious fruit for breakfast, restaurant was good. 2 swimming pools right by a nice beach outside. Fresh towels were provided. Friendly staff who helped arrange sightseeing. Gardens kept immaculate with lots of flowers. Bus stop right outside the accommodation made it very convenient. Perfect place for a relaxing holiday, would definitely recommend it.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded 28 Jun 2022
Kia Orana 29AJW Thank you for your positive review. It is excellent to read that you enjoyed your 40th birthday - a special milestone - with us here at The Sunset Resort in Rarotonga. It would be lovely to welcome you back here in the future - good luck for the year ahead. Kind regards
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Brent wrote a review Jun 2022
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My wife and I have just completed a 7 night stay at Sunset Resort. This place is perfect for a quiet relaxing break. It's much more laid back than the bigger resorts with kids and bars that are open all day. There are a number of poolside areas where you can choose the mingle with other guests or find some quiet space to yourselves. Or there are loungers and hammocks on the beach. The location of this resort on the NW of the island offers calmer conditions. There are a couple of roosters on the Resort but everyone has those. We weren't bothered by them at all in the garden rooms around the main pool. WIFI vouchers are best bought at receptions and reception is generally good but there are "blind spots". The staff are fantastic and keen to make you stay a memorable one. Snorkelling is OK strain off the resort but better further around the island next to the Rarotongan Resort. For those looking for a friendly, quiet, relaxing holiday; you won't do better than this.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: Garden rooms by the main pool are good value. Beachfront rooms are also great but may be more...
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Response from Sunset Resort, General Manager at Sunset Resort
Responded 18 Jun 2022
Kia Orana Secala Thank you for your lovely review - we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us here at The Sunset Resort, and we look forward to hosting you on your next visit. Kind regards
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Kirsty G wrote a review May 2022
Tauranga, New Zealand1 contribution
This was my Husband and I's first trip to Rarotonga. I could not recommend Sunset Resort enough!! The staff are so lovely and friendly and so helpful, they make you feel so special! We had a blast and will definitely be coming back!!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Colleen Darby, General Manager at Sunset Resort
Responded 19 May 2022
Kia Orana Kirsty, many thanks for your positive feedback. We know our staff go the extra mile for our guests and I will be sure to let me know your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back sometime very soon.
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PRICE RANGE
US$159 - US$207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
the sunset hotel arorangi, sunset hotel arorangi, sunset resort rarotonga
LOCATION
Cook IslandsSouthern Cook IslandsRarotongaAvarua
NUMBER OF ROOMS
35
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sunset Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Sunset Resort?
Nearby attractions include Tik-e Tours (0.9 km), Black Rock Beach (0.6 km), and Aumata Mini Golf (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sunset Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Sunset Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Sunset Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Sunset Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sunset Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tuoro Tapas Bar, Antipodes, and Kikau Hut Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sunset Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Sunset Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Sunset Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Sunset Resort?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Sunset Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wreck of the Matai (5.4 km).
Does Sunset Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.