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Sunset Resort

3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Ara Tapu | Nikao, Avarua, Cook Islands
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Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Avarua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Where do you start! The staff where outstanding from AUNTY Kimmy who greeted us at the airport,to all the staff that worked at Sunset they were fantastic they remembered our names the wine we drank the beautiful grounds,the place is immaculate,everyone that was staying there all said the same some had returned year after year after staying at other resorts... More

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we arrived home last night from staying at Sunset resort for 7 nights, the rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. The highlight for us was the amazing staff! They treated us like family! friendly, helpful, fun and made us feel so welcome. We will be back just to see them! they really made our holiday! Thanks so very much! keep... More

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at Sunset Resort from 1st Aug - 8th Aug.We were greeted by staff at Rarotonga airport who took our group back to the resort where we were welcomed by brilliant reception staff.Our room was on the second storey overlooking the main pool.The rooms were spacious with a great bathroom which were all well presented and clean. The first... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didnt stay here but decided to stop in on a hot day for a drink. Its immaculate & has 2 great pool areas, one with a pool bar area & a great lagoon front. Very friendly staff & definitely a place we'd stay next time!

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Invercargill, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first comment was, its just like the brochure. The accommodation and surrounds were great. We made the most of the pools, beach, sea and restaurant. The resort was wonderfully clean and tidy, the staff were friendly and efficient. We found it hard to believe that the minimum wage on Rarotonga was $5.00 an hour, they sure work hard for... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Impeccably presented from reception rooms to restaurant to grounds to rooms and pools. You would have to be remarkably picky to find any fault in the way the Sunset Resort greets you. For the most part the staff were very friendly, good conversationalists and diligent. The only let down we experienced was that some reception staff were either uninformed or... More

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ParadiseRarotonga, Manager at Sunset Resort, responded to this review

Kia Orana 2 Kiwis, thank you for posting your review on tripadvisor. It is lovely to read your stay with us was a truly pleasant one and we will be sure to pass on your comments to our housekeepers and gardeners as they do take pride in their work. We take on board your comments about the wi fi costs.... More

New Plymouth, New Zealand
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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have just returned from a fantastic peaceful week at Sunset. We had a two bedroom unit closest to the road on the top floor. Very clean and modern room. Bedrooms are really big and the whole unit is spacious with two balconies. Bonus was a second bathroom which was handy when we had five of us in our unit.... More

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Lochem, The Netherlands
4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed for 9 days at this resort. The room we had was facing the sea, which was for us the "dream-holiday". Step out of your bed, open the door and look at the ocean..... Breakfast was ok, nothing special. There was a problem with the aircon. The maintenance guy came the other day and fixed it. Really friendly and... More

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ParadiseRarotonga, Manager at Sunset Resort, responded to this review

Kia Orana Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We do have a regular room check and maintenance program in place at the Sunset Resort but it is always helpful when guests report any issues to us as they happened . That way we attend to them immediately . We want all of our guests to feel... More

Whangarei, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had one night here as a stopover on the way back from Aitutaki. Transfers from and back to the airport were efficient and friendly. The accommodation was very nice. It was spacious, clean and had a comfy bed. The resort gardens were beautiful, the feeling of the whole place was welcoming and lots of excursions/activities were on offer. Loved... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here for 6 nights and could have easily stayed here for ever. The welcome and check in was easy and friendly, the rooms were spotless with air con. There is an onsite restaurant which we tried the breakfast, dinner and snacks once. The food is good but nothing amazing, but again the staff give great service. There is... More

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ParadiseRarotonga, Manager at Sunset Resort, responded to this review

Kia Orana We are defiantly a resort for couples and find that couples return again and again to stay with us due to our no children under 12 policy. I was surprised to see that you did not enjoy our beach . We often have reports on how great the snorkelling is just out from the resort. It was great... More

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Address: Ara Tapu | Nikao, Avarua, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Avarua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sunset Resort 3.5*
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Also Known As:
The Sunset Hotel Arorangi
Sunset Hotel Arorangi
Sunset Resort Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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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 
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