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Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Aroa Beach, Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
24Percy Melbourne, Australia
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots to like about the resort. We threw ourselves into the activities (wove hats out of palm leaves, learnt to play drums, printed sarongs, went on walks ...). The snorkelling was excellent, and there were plenty of beach lounges and equipment such as flippers, paddle boards etc. The kids in our party loved hunting for crabs. Most of the staff... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Sanctuary for 7 nights in July 2014 to attend a friends wedding at The Rarotongan resort next door. We enjoyed our trip but had mixed feelings about the resort..... PRO's * The Sanctuary gardens and rooms were very nice - we were very pleased with our upper level room 721 which was probably the closest unit... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent 5 nights here after spending 8 nights at its sister resort The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa.We had to ask to be checked in so no fancy welcome or drink for us,it was raining so we had to walk through puddles and no undercover to get to our room, that wasn't ready at 3.30pm (check in was 2pm).Once... More

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Redhead, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed 6 nights for our honeymoon, and after mixed reviews, we were a little concerned, but we had nothing to worry about. The room was lovely, not small by any means (we didn't go to stay in the room, just to shower and sleep).. we stayed in 603. The room was serviced everyday with fresh towels etc. The reception... More

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Pacifica, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed there last week for five nights. I was a little apprehensive about staying here after reading mixed reviews. Apparently my expectations are not set as high as a lot of the people who had negative reviews, I guess! We arrived at the airport and were greeted by the driver of the van. He was funny and friendly. Check... More

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Brisbane, Australia
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked to stay here because there was an offer during Xmas last year where we booked 10 nights and paid for 5. I thought it was a good deal and took it but I was wrong. I guess that's why they offered half price deal at the time. We ended up staying here for such a long time and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in a beach front room for 6 nights. Awesome beach great snorkelling. The room and view was beautiful very clean and tidy and serviced everyday by very friendly people. However we also found the reception and bar staff quite rude it would make your stay alot more welcoming if they were friendly especially given that they in the... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like snorkeling, this is the place to be. If you like friendly service and have expectations commensurate with the $420 room rate, this is not the place for you. We had booked our Sanctuary accommodation months ago and were asked to pre-pay before our arrival, which we did. On arrival late Saturday night, the not so pleasant receptionist... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Just returned from 7 nights here May 2014. Asked for a beachfront room, upstairs block 700C (as advised by others on Trip Advisor). We got what we asked for and it was very private and quiet. Stunning view of the beach and reef from the shower, the bed and the lovely balcony where we had morning coffee and evening drinks.... More

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15 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We have just returned from a 7 day holiday, staying at the Sanctuary. We chose this resort, as family members had stayed there before and recommended it. Things we liked: very clean & tidy rooms (no bugs seen!) with everything in good working condition; great location right on the beachfront/lagoon. (You really couldn't get any closer to the water!) Very... More

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Address: Aroa Beach, Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Aroa Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach 4*
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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A true taste of the exotic Cook Islands in the heart of the South Pacific, Sanctuary Rarotonga is an adults-only resort located on the pristine white sand shores of Aroa Lagoon. All suites are absolute beachfront. Tropical buffet breakfast, many resort activities, and daily activities program are included in the nightly rate. The perfect location for a romantic honeymoon or a relaxed beach holiday. Three effortless Weddings in Paradise packages. A true South Pacific paradise. ... more   less 
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