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Tauranga, New Zealand
Reviewed 6 January 2014

We recently stayed at the Sunset Resort for 4 nights. Our time was relaxing, so relaxing it seemed like there was nobody else around. Our accommodation was excellent and at affordable rates. The pool was refreshing but the ocean swimming was even better. They also do a great happy our at the Drumbeat bar. I would recommend to couples or...

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ParadiseRarotonga, Manager at Sunset Resort, responded to this review

Kia Orana We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. As it was only four nights you will definitely need to return soon. Thank you for taking the time to write your review especially as your stay with us was short. We will make sure that the staff at the drum bet bar receive your positive feedback...

Victoria, Canada
Reviewed 6 January 2014

Arrived from LAX at 6am, was picked up in the shuttle, which was nice, we didn't pay the $100 for early check in, so we changed and let our bags at the front desk till 11 when check in was.. The restaurant was still closed so we walked down the beach to the next resort on the left and had...

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ParadiseRarotonga, Manager at Sunset Resort, responded to this review

Kia Orana and thank you for taking the time to post a review on Trip Advisor. We are pleased to hear to had a warm welcome and lovely holiday here at the Sunset Resort and Rarotonga. We do pride ourselves in the cleanliness of our rooms and our friendly Cook Island staff and we will be sure to pass on...

Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 January 2014

We have just returned from a 6 night stay at Sunset Resort. I have travelled to Raro before and understand all about island time, however there were a few things here at the Sunset Resort that I feel a 4 star property should be doing much better. We read all the positive reviews before choosing Sunset and to be honest...

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ParadiseRarotonga, Manager at Sunset Resort, responded to this review

Kia Orana Natalie, many thanks for your feedback, we appreciate all comments as they do help us with quality control. We would like to point out we are a 3.5 star property, not a 4 star, although we endeavor to give 4 star service. Thank you for your positive comments about the resort. Regarding the negative feedback this too is...

Vancouver, Washington
Reviewed 2 January 2014

We went to Raro with My nephew, his wife and our sister in law. They stayed in the two bedroom lagoon suite and my wife and I stayed in room 7, also lagoon view. From our pick up at the airport by Kimi at 6:45am to our trip back to the airport by Kimi at Midnight, absolutely nothing went wrong....

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 January 2014

Stayed at Sunset Resort over Christmas we had a garden poolside room which was great , however the air conditioning unit sounded very sick , but otherwise the room was great . The three day scooter hire was good, managed to get out and explore the Island . The staff were really helpful and friendly , always there with a...

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ParadiseRarotonga, Manager at Sunset Resort, responded to this review

Kia Orana Imripley 20, many thanks for posting your review on Trip Advisor. We appreciate all feedback and we will pass on your lovely comments regarding the friendliness of our staff who we know are our best asset for promoting the Cook Island and the Sunset Resort. We are pleased that you managed to chill out and we look forward...

Hamilton, New Zealand
Reviewed 28 December 2013

We were in a pool side room. Had a few problems with the air con unit making loud clicking noises but not so much of a bother (in retrospect probably should have mentioned it to someone). Great friendly service from the front of house who were happy to book dinner for us at various places around the island and give...

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ParadiseRarotonga, Manager at Sunset Resort, responded to this review

Kia Orana and thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. Heartening to read you had a good experience with us and we will be sure to pass on your positive remarks to our staff who genuinely take pride in what they do. We take on board your comments re the restaurant and will be...

Palmerston North, New Zealand
Reviewed 28 December 2013

We chose this hotel due to the reviews here. In some ways, a good hotel. Let's get the positives out of the way. We will complain about a small number of the staff, but most are warm and friendly. The room we finally got was very good but still problematic for a hotel that costs so much. Let's start with...

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ParadiseRarotonga, Manager at Sunset Resort, responded to this review

Kia Orana and thank you for taking the time to post a review on tripadvisor. We appreciate and take seriously all feedback. It is concerning to read your comments about our staff as they are constantly receiving positive reviews on tripadvisor and our guest comment sheets. We have regular staff meetings so will be sure to address these issues with...

Invercargill, New Zealand
Reviewed 26 December 2013

Our travel agent recommended this place for us so we took a punt and we are so pleased we did. Our garden poolside room was fabulous. Very clean, tidy and serviced everyday. We enjoyed our conversations with Violet during our breakfast and watching the very brash antics of the Minor bird and it arch rival the chicken compete for breakfast...

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ParadiseRarotonga, Manager at Sunset Resort, responded to this review

Kia Orana It is a really busy time of year with the Christmas season , so thank you for taking the time to write your review on our resort. We are really pleased to read that you found our poolside garden units suited your holiday needs . They are very spacious and as you have pointed out private with their...

Reviewed 25 December 2013

Just spend a wonderful week here, our group had both beach front and pool view rooms, I would definately recommend paying a bit extra for the beach front . Great snorkeling just in front of your room. The hotel was very quiet but we didn't mind this. Great tropical breakfast every morning. Staff were lovely and friendly Alberto's resteraunt next...

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ParadiseRarotonga, Public Relations Manager at Sunset Resort, responded to this review

Merry Christmas and thank you for taking the time to write your review at such a busy time of the year. Thank you for your positive comments about the resort . We think that our beach front units are pretty fabulous but it is always nice to have this confirmed by our guests. I do dine at Albertos from time...

Gatineau QC
Reviewed 15 December 2013

We booked this resort for a total of two nights, before and after a stay 2-day stay in Aitutaki. For the first night, there was a mistake in our reservation and the resort manager was up front about their error and greeted us at the airport with a letter explaining the situation and arrangements had been made for us to...

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ParadiseRarotonga, Public Relations Manager at Sunset Resort, responded to this review

Kia Orana We appreciate your understanding on what was an error on our behalf with your booking. Thank you for taking the time to writing such a balances review of your experience with us. We always hope that we are ensuring not only the comfort of our guests , but that they leave our Island with a positive feeling about...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sunset Resort

Address: Ara Tapu | Nikao, Avarua, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Avarua
Price Range: $201 - $383 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sunset Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
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Also Known As:
The Sunset Hotel Arorangi
Sunset Hotel Arorangi
Sunset Resort Rarotonga
Sunset Resort Cook Islands/Rarotonga
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“I think any room would be nice the ones with the ocean view looked nice but we liked our poolside room.”
 of 5 bubbles kerryr28, 13 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Beachfront units - just for the view”
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“Water view rooms are the BEST!”
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“Best rooms are the Beach Front”
 of 5 bubbles jennyc426, 13 Dec 2016 | Read review
“A beach studio has better ambience than a poolside/garden studio but you lose a little privacy.”
 of 5 bubbles hansm939, 21 Nov 2016 | Read review
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