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Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach

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Aroa Beach, Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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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
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed here for three nights ocean front room. There are two resorts here one for family's and one for couples this is nice to have the option to stay away from the noise. The rooms could use a little updating but the island is amazing the water is crystal blue and that makes up for the room. If we... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed at Sanctuary for one night each side of our 8 days in Aitutaki and were a bit disappointed for a 4.5 star property. It feels like an offshoot of the Rarotongan that is adults only rather than family friendly so is quieter but lacks the staff to make it efficient. There was a long wait to check in... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Sanctuary is part of the Rarotongan but provides a separate block of rooms along with bar, restaurant, pool etc .... and importantly, I suspect to many, is that it is a child free zone. The rooms are "right-on" the beach although my room was on the 1st floor ... which had the advantage (very real advantage) of having a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first time in Rarotonga and we chose Sanctuary because it is adults only (not that we don't like kids!) it is at Aroa which is a marine reserve and it is on the south west side of the island and sheltered from the easterly winds that can affect Muri this time of the year. We don't take... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose to stay at The Sanctuary as it is small, adult only and within our price range and whilst having mixed reviews, we felt that the positives outweighed the negatives. We were not disappointed. The Sanctuary adjoins but is completely separate from The Raratongan and offers a completely different experience - much smaller, quieter and individual. We are very... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After reading some reviews I went with lowish expectations of this resort. I can see how some things would bug some guests especially if the weather wasn't great but my husband and I are well travelled and both agree we had a really good experience at the Sanctuary. We had a small glitch with our room at the start though... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our second trip to Rarotonga and we decided to stay at a different resort. The Sanctuary is in a lovely position and the rooms are good. the staff are very friendly and helpful. The downside is the service. It takes a long time to get breakfast in the mornings. One morning I waited 1.5 hours just for my... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't book this hotel if you are wanting a 4.5* experience. The hotel is tired and needs modernisation. The staff have little or no interest in their guest and lack management. The quality an condition of Kayaks and Paddle Boards is unacceptable. I think they were new when the hotel was opened over 30 years ago. I'd heard great things... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful location but service very average. Our package included buffet breakfast but if we wanted bacon and eggs (hell yes) we had to pay for it - what a rip off! The breakfast they offered us in our section had the oddest menu I think I've ever come across! No wonder they were never busy but I've got the feeling... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good place for couples. No kids. You will not believe how good the snorkeling in front of the hotel is... Amazing. Service at times was a little slow but good.food at restaurant is great and fantastic cocktails.

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