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Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach

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Aroa Beach, Aroa Beach, Cook Islands
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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice view. Tired rooms/property. Poor service and food. We came in on an overnight flight so we were completely exhausted and left to wait on the couches. Our room was ready on arrival but they wanted to charged us more to access it before the regular check in time. We asked for a non-smoking room and they put us next... More 

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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very hotel driven environment. One small room with a big bed, no kitchen facilities and very little storage, poor TV coverage etc. Fantastic view from the bed though. You don't see anything but sea! We got there at 11am (check out time at the last accommodation) and were sat on a couch given a drink and ignored.... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great location as you have a private sandy beach that you can snorkel in. They have free hire for all equipment including paddle boards, kayaks and snorkel gear. Service is a little slow may be that's "island time"? Food was ok and again a little slow it looked like the buffet next door was ok though! Wifi everywhere is expensive... More 

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Kaitaia, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

However....the rooms are old...in dire need of a good clean a and upkeep..the taps are broken, shower broken and leaking...the rooms are serviced after 4pm each day...and then could still do with a bit more effort....BUT the view is to die for...the swimming is great and this side of the island us so much better than the Muri side...make sure... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

The hotel is clean and well managed with none of the tiredness often seen in such places. Being in the Sanctuary gives the guest the option of a little exclusivity but with the ability to join in all the activities at the adjacent Rarotongan. The staff were cheerful, friendly and helpful. Just don't be in a hurry for breakfast. It's... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

This was my first stay here, it was a pleasant stay. Nice quiet room on the beachfront, the room was well appointed and clean and tidy. The staff were friendly and helpful throughout the stay. Food was nice, a little expensive for the amount received but otherwise very enjoyable.

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Bay of Plenty
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

My partner and I wanted a relaxing holiday and chose the Sanctuary Resort as it was child-free. We were in room 604 - ground floor and near reception, pool and the bar but don't let that put you off - it was very quiet. Bed was so big and comfortable and we both slept very well. Being on the ground... More 

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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

We recently celebrated our 6th Wedding Anniversary with a weekend stay at the Sanctuary Rarotonga and just loved it. We were greeted by the very friendly staff who looked after us for our entire stay. Barbara always had a smile on her face no matter how early or late in the day! We love the Sanctuary as it’s one of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

My husband and i stayed here for 5 nights in October for the first part of our honeymoon. We arrived in Rarotonga at approx. 6am following a direct flight from Sydney straight after our wedding. Needless to say, we were exhausted when we arrived. As it was raining, we decided to check into the hotel room early. We were told... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

Definitely over rated. No children at this resort but the Rarotonga Beach n Spa that is actually connected offer and cater for children. My point being.....why bother? The children walk along the accommodation beach frontage, we seen children the whole time here. The meals are delicious but very small. Cocktails are over priced with no kick. We'll be stopping at... More 

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