The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

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Overview

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium is beachfront accommodation set on the stunning Aroa Beach on the pristine shores of Aroa Lagoon, a brilliant marine environment protected from the open ocean by an encircling coral reef. The resort is on the island's south west coast and is just over 10 minutes' drive from the airport and downtown Avarua.

This wonderful resort has a selection of beautiful rooms & suites at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium, with all accommodation enjoying an absolute beachfront location set among 6 acres of hibiscus, banana and coconut palms. There is so much on offer however guests can choose to do as much or as little as they like. Relax on the stunning beach while you work on your tan, sip a tropical cocktail and take in the awe-inspiring sunsets or indulge in some fine Pacific cuisine.

For the more adventurous, The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium also provides a range of excellent facilities including all-tide swimming, kayaking and snorkelling activities. The high quality accommodation blends perfectly with the resort's Polynesian charm providing an authentic yet laid back holiday experience.

Accommodation

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium offers guests rooms and suites that are set right at the water's edge, and some set in the resorts lush gardens.

All Rooms Feature:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Private furnished verandah or balcony
  • Refrigerator
  • Mini Bar Service (on request)
  • Ceiling/Wall Fan
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • TV
  • Satellite Channels
  • DVD Player
  • WiFi Internet Access (Fee)
  • IDD Telephone
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Radio
  • Alarm Clock
  • In Room Safe
  • Filtered drinking water on tap
  • Insect Screens
  • Daily Housemaid Service
  • Microwaves (available on request - except where full kitchen facilities are available)

Beachfront Room: Absolute beachfront location with lovely views of the beach and lagoon and sunsets. Located on either ground level with direct beach access or second storey with views from the deck. Size is 27.95 - 30m². Bedding is 1 King Bed OR 2 Single Beds + 1 Single Bed OR Double Bunk Bed. Maximum room capacity is 3 Adults OR 2 Adults & 2 Children.

Deluxe Beachside Suite: Located beachside on the sands of Aroa Beach close to the water's edge. All located on ground level and also feature a whirlpool spa bath and private open-air shower. Size is 50.18m². Bedding is 1 King Bed + 1 Single Bed OR 2 Double Bunk + Cot. The maximum room capacity is 3 Adults OR 2 Adults & 2 Children and 1 Infant.

Deluxe Beachfront Suite: Located directly on the white sand beach with expansive lagoon views. All located on ground level and also feature a whirlpool spa bath and private open-air shower. Size is 50.18m². Bedding is 1 King Bed + 1 Single Bed OR 2 Double Bunk + Cot. The maximum room capacity is 3 Adults OR 2 Adults & 2 Children and 1 Infant.

Grand Beachfront Suite: Very spacious open-plan interior features terracotta tiles throughout, bathroom with spa bath/shower, private open air shower, full kitchen, dining and sitting areas (with sound system and LCD TV). The expansive veranda offers excellent indoor-outdoor flow and leads directly onto Aroa Beach. There's also a private upper sundeck with fabulous views of the beach and lagoon. Size is 103m². Bedding is 1 King Bed OR 1 King Bed + 4 Single Beds OR 1 King Bed + 2 Double Bunks. The maximum room capacity is 2 Adults OR 2 Adults & 4 Children..

Honeymoon Pool & Spa Bungalow: Features a unique design with a broad wraparound veranda and a high-pitched thatched roof providing a sense of space and island romance. Nestled in a completely secluded, lush tropical garden, your own private paradise, complete with private pool and sauna. Featuring polished wooden floors, rattan-lined walls, chocolate-coloured water-hyacinth furniture, LCD TV, open-air shower, spa bath on the veranda, and bathroom with rain-tree vanity top and over-sized double basins. Provides easy access to the lagoon via a private gateway tracing a sandy path to the beach and blue lagoon. Bedding is 1 King Bed + 1 OR 2 Single Beds OR 1 Double Bunk. The maximum room capacity is 3 Adults OR 2 Adults & 2 Children.

2 Bedroom Beachside Suite: Feature a master bedroom which opens onto the veranda, a second bedroom, full kitchen, tiled bathroom with spa bath/shower, separate toilet and a sitting and dining room which opens onto a spacious veranda. The sitting room is equipped with a satellite TV and DVD, sofa, armchairs, dining table and chairs that can be used inside or al fresco. These suites also feature separately controlled air conditioning units in the sitting room and hallway. Size is 80.93m². Bedding is 1 King Bed + 2 Single Beds OR 2 Double Bunk Beds. Maximum room capacity is 4 Adults OR 2 Adults & 4 Children.

Beachside Room: Located on either ground level or the second storey. Tropical in style and short stroll to the beach. Size is 27.95 - 30m². Features a Microwave. Bedding is 1 King Bed OR 2 Single Beds OR 3 Single Beds OR 1 King Bed + 1 Single Bed OR 1 King Bed + 1 Double Bed. Maximum room capacity is 3 Adults OR 2 Adults & 2 Children.

2 Bedroom Family Suite: Features a Kitchenette with stovetop and microwave plus a small refrigerator and dining area. This room type does not have a verandah or outdoor dining area. Great option for young families. Features Bedding 1 Queen Bed (in 1st bedroom) and 1 Double Bunk or 1 Single Bed (2nd Bedroom). Maximum room capacity is 3 Adults OR 2 Adults & 2 Children.

2 Bedroom Beachside Interconnecting Family Room: 2 Interconnecting Beachside Rooms including a complimentary Microwave. Bedding is each bedroom room has either 1 King Bed OR 2 Single Beds OR 3 Single Beds OR 1 King Bed + 1 Single Bed OR 1 King Bed + 1 Double Bunk. Maximufbeachm room capacity is 6 Adults OR 2 Adults & 4 Children.

2 Bedroom Beachfront Interconnecting Family Room: 2 Interconnecting Beachfront Rooms including complimentary Microwave. Maximum room capacity is 6 Adults OR 2 Adults & 4 Children.* Price On Application *

3 Bedroom Private Pool Villa Onemaru: Located on the South West side of the Island. Great for large groups and families, features private fresh water swimming pool and fully equipped kitchen. Maximum room capacity is 6 Adults OR 4 Adults & 6 Children OR 6 Adults & 3 Children. * Price On Application *

3 Bedroom Private Pool & Spa Villa Lime Blossom: Located across the road from The Rarotongan. A great choice for large groups. Maximum room capacity is 6 Adults OR 4 Adults & 4 Children. * Price On Application *

Dining

The resort offers differently themed buffet dinners each night accompanied by live entertainment including popular girl group Always, Garth Young on piano, Tok and his moving love songs or the electric sounds of one of the island's popular music bands.

Guests can choose to eat or drink in a variety of locations to match their mood. The expansive veranda overlooking the sea is perfect for a sunset cocktail or dinner under the stars.

Treetops Verandah Restaurant: Popular for theme buffet dinners such as the 'Legends of Polynesia' Island Nights.

Treetops Verandah Room: Offers amazing views of the resort swimming pool, ocean and gardens. This area is used for private dining experiences such as weddings, cocktail parties or meetings & some themed buffet dinners.

Hibiscus Hut: Set right next to the resort swimming pool & next to the games lounge. Grab a quick meal or a refreshing drink such as soft drinks, fresh juice, milkshakes plus coffee & cakes! You may be able to catch your favourite sporting match on the big TV!

Reef Fish Cafe: Look into the open kitchen while an amazing dish is created! The Reef Fish Cafe is sometimes closed for functions however at all other times it is open for resort guests.

Captain Andy's Beach Bar & Grill: Choose from an extensive all day dining menu. Offering a relaxed and casual atmosphere there are an array of fresh seafood dishes available. Enjoy a memorable dining experience with family or friends at Captain Andy's Beach Bar & Grill.

Te Vaka Restaurant: This is The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa's signature restaurant that offers a large outdoor deck overlooking the crystal clear waters that surround Rarotonga. Here you can enjoy entertaining Polynesian shows & fire dancers. Breakfast is served here each morning plus other meals throughout the day and into the night can be eaten here.

Blue Lagoon Fine Dining: Available a few times each week, this adults only fine dining restaurant is offered in an open air setting overlooking the beach & ocean front lagoon. Guests will enjoy a multi course menu with premium meals being enjoyed.

Facilities

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Day Spa
  • Salon
  • Heath & Fitness Centre
  • Tennis court
  • Kids Club
  • Games Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Business Centre
  • Internet Access
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tour Desk
  • Guest Library
  • Gym

Activities

Set on Rarotonga's sunshine coast directly on the pristine shores of Aroa Lagoon, the resort is ideally situated for guests to enjoy the sunny days and wide range of water activities on offer. One of the most popular water-based activities is the world class snorkelling in the lagoon. You can walk straight off the beach and see an amazing underwater wonderland of Moorish Idols, Wrasse, butterfly, parrot and angel fish, all in chest-deep water protected naturally by the reef! The resort offers complimentary snorkelling lessons and excursions as well as Give-Scuba-A-Go sessions in the swimming pool.

The following activities are free of charge:

  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking
  • Beach volleyball
  • Table tennis
  • Fish Feeding
  • Coconut Show
  • Kikau weaving lessons
  • Palm Frond Weaving
  • Beach walk
  • Shell hunting
  • Kids Club
  • Stand Up Paddle Board
  • Outrigger Canoe
  • Beach Soccer
  • Pool Table
  • Games Room
  • Guest
  • Board Games
  • Fitness Trail

Day Spa

SpaPolynesia: Offering a comprehensive range of treatments to restore and replenish, guests can relax with a 'Mirimiri' Aromatherapy Full Body Massage, 'Moana' AquaMarine Salt Body Rub, 'SpaPolynesia' Thalasso Algae Body Wrap, 'Vaevae' SpaPedicure, 'Pa'i' Hydrating Facial, or opt for one of the fabulous range of Rejuvenation, Relaxation or Romance Packages to pamper you in Paradise!

Children

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium offers the Cook Islands' only kids club, the Moko's Kids Club, named after the mischievous moko - or gecko - which entertains all children in Rarotonga. The combination of The Rarotongan's stunning natural setting along with the outstanding Kids Club makes for a perfect vacation destination for families. Access to the beach is easy from all guestrooms and suites, especially from ground-floor Beachfront Rooms, Beachfront Suites and the Grand Beachfront Suite, where the sand is literally at your door. The Rarotongan is truly an unbeatable family holiday destination.

Kids Stay Free: The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium, Kids Stay Free! Rollaway/s or bunk bed sets are provided free of charge - please request preference at time of booking. Interconnecting rooms can be requested at time of booking. Baby cots/cribs and baby baths are available free of charge. Please request at time of booking.

Kids Play Free: The Moko's Kids Club is open year round and caters to kids aged 4 to 11 years inclusive (maximum of 1 child per adult) offering a fully supervised and comprehensive kids' activity programme from Monday to Saturday, 9am-noon, 2pm-5pm and 7pm-9pm. The emphasis at the Moko's Kids Club is on fun combined with learning about the unique natural world and cultural heritage of Rarotonga. The kids will love learning about the island volcano, the rainforest plants and creatures, tropical fruits, life on the coral reef, and the local customs of the people - from drumming, dancing, outrigger canoeing, and lei (flower garland) making, to the 101 uses of the Tree of Life, and the coconut palm. The Club's extensive resources include computer games, videos, a library with a good selection of books, painting and drawing materials, a large range of toys, board games, musical instruments, Lego and PlayStation. There is also a wide variety of play and sports equipment with the emphasis on beach and lagoon activities such as snorkelling, swimming and beach volleyball. But the Club's biggest asset is undoubtedly its Cook Islands' caregivers, who exude warmth and genuine friendliness and delight in seeing the children happy.

Children aged under 4 years are also able to join in the fun at the Moko's Kids Club when accompanied by a parent or babysitter. No minimum stay applies for kids to take advantage of these great, free Moko's Kids Club benefits.

Babysitting: Day and evening babysitting service is also available at a cost of $NZ15 per hour (subject to change), maximum of 2 children per babysitter. Please allow 24 hours' notice.

Teen Zone: Open to teens 12 - 16 years this separate club house offers a range of games & activities such as arcade games, air hockey, table tennis, mocktail bar plus more. Entry to the Teen Zone is free to resort guests. Some activities may incur a charge.

Little Dolphins Mini Waterpark: Complimentary for all in-house children as part of Mokos Kids Club Program, features water slides and water cannons.

Banana Beach Playland and baby creche: available for children 0-3 years. Charges apply approximately minimum NZ$45 per 3 hour session.

Weddings

Rarotonga is the heart of the South Pacific and one of the most romantic places on Earth, which is why it is so popular with couples from all over the world looking for a special place to exchange their vows.

There are a number of different locations on the island where a couple can choose to tie the knot, but it would be hard to go past a long white sandy beach on the shores of Aroa Lagoon, on Rarotonga's southwest coast. In native Cook Islands Maori the name means the 'Lagoon of Love', and it's easy to see why. Swaying palm trees, turquoise sea lapping the pale sandy shore, turn golden as the sun sets.

Rarotonaga Beach Resort offers a variety of wedding packages to suit everyone. For Wedding Package inclusions and rates please click on Instant Quote.

Minimum requirements for Resort Weddings at Rarotonga Beach Resort: In order for Personal Wedding Planners (included in the wedding package) to best assist them with their arrangements, the Bride and Groom are required to stay at the resort for a minimum of 5 nights, which must include 3 working days prior to the wedding day, the wedding day itself and the day following the wedding.

Additional Information

Children: Children up to 16 years stay free when sharing with parents
Check In: 3.00pm
Check Out: 10.00am
Reception: 24 Hours
Address: Aroa Beach, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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Reviews

4.2/5
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Ratings are averaged based on 13 reviews.

Great location, average hotel

Hotel is located at one of the greatest location of Rarotonga island. Nevertheless, the hotel itself is more average: Rooms are quite old; selection at breakfast is quite poor.

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Rarotonga Beach and Spa Resort

The resort is situated on a beautiful beach with pristine waters. Great for snorkelling and great for kids. The resort has some nice areas but there are some areas that they could improve on. We had 2 different rooms during our stay, the Beachfront rooms were cleaner and nicer than the Deluxe Beachside suites, kids beds weren't great although our bed was firm and comfortable. Only limited dining options, food was just 'ok' (but we area bit picky), probably fairly average for a resort like that. The resort had a small shop although it stocked barely anything so it is worth the 15 minute walk up the road to a great little cafe/ general store nearby. The island its self is gorgeous and definitely worth a trip.

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Well positioned resort, great pool and excellent access to a fantastic snorkelling beach

We had nine nights at the resort and had a wonderful family holiday. Having stayed at two Fijian resorts we obviously compared the resorts but in saying that we accepted the resort as it was and were very happy with our stay. A few suggestions, noone clears the tables, at all, there are glasses plates etc left at the pool and on all the tables, all the time and you have to go to the bar to order drinks. There is no lying at the pool and being waited on. Perhaps they were short staffed which often appeared the case. In my opinion, they would make a lot more money if they had some training on service and up selling cocktails, pool side snacks etc. Special mention must be made of Inia, Maraea, Esterlina and Jolynda who went the extra mile. The gardens and facilities are well kept although the resort is a little dated and could do with a little maintenance and love. The beach was one of the best on the island in our opinion and some of our best snorkelling was off that beach. Sunsets were amazing and the relaxed Cook Island feeling was contagious. The Manager cocktail evenings would be made even better if the Manager popped in some time. All in all, we would recommend both the Cook Islands and the Rarotongan Beach resort and Spa(although the spa is not operational) as a family holiday destination.

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