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The Edgewater Resort & Spa
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Main Road, Arorangi 121, Cook Islands   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 hotels in Arorangi
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“We loved Edgewater!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

My partner and I went to Rarotonga for the first time recently. We stayed 5 nights at the Edgewater Resort and loved it. We are both 24. We arrived at the resort and were welcomed by friendly staff and shown to our room. We stayed in a Lagoon View room very close to the restaurant. We loved this room, we could sit on the balcony overlooking the pool and restaurant area and also had the most stunning view of the lagoon and ocean. The noise didn't bother us, it was quiet most of the time but we enjoyed feeling like we were in the middle of what was going on. The water by the resort is stunning (don't forget reef shoes). Lots of comfy chairs for sunbathing and absolutely stunning sunsets from this resort. Get in early to hire snorkel equipment on good weather days or you may have to wait a while. We were impressed with the standard of the room, it had absolutely everything we needed and was very clean. We found the bed to be very comfortable. The shower was great too. It was nice to have a TV with a selection of good channels for the one night we were too exhausted to go out. The food at the resort was delicious, loved the beef burger and prices are really affordable although drinks are weirdly expensive (fizzy drinks). The staff were all lovely and the activities hut staff were especially funny. Great bus service from the resort every hour and if you're lucky you will have the hilarious bus driver who talks over a microphone. We had several great games of tennis, table tennis and pool in the games room. The snorkelling outside the resort was amazing, we also went to Muri and found that Edgewater was a lot less windy and the fish were just as great. Free snorkel gear and beach towels is great. We loved the happy hour cocktails and found the breakfast to be fantastic - the bread was delicious and loved the abundance of paw paw!! The only thing that wasn't quite as good as we hoped was the massage we booked (anti stress massage). The health and beauty spa isn't very nice inside and the massages were not the best but maybe we should have gone for the more relaxing aromatherapy massage. If we could go back in time we would have gone to orientation as we missed out on a lot of good tips and finding out what was going on different days (we missed the party bus on Wed night which we would have loved). Also a good idea to book all activities very early, i.e. the first day you arrive as they book up fast (we did Koka Lagoon cruise and Raro safari tour on 4wd which were both AMAZING) and we missed out on a quad biking which we were keen to do. We also didn't book the Island night on Tuesday which was a buffet off Island food and a drumming show so we missed out on sitting in the dining room to watch the performance which was disappointing - so definitely BOOK everything early!! Also a good idea to buy a concession bus pass on the first day, we ended up just paying for all the bus trips which was a bit silly on our part. Overall we absolutely loved Edgewater and will definitely return again next year! After looking around the rest of the Island we felt lucky to be where we were at it really seemed to be one of the nicest places. Whenever we came back from town it felt like coming home! If you are young and looking for a party place, this isn't really it. The guests were mostly families but they had night life tours on Wed and Fri for when you want to party!

We loved Edgewater!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We were concerned to read the very negative review (posted by TRing_13 on 2nd July) about how poorly the visitor described his/her stay. My husband and I (in our sixties) recently returned from three weeks at Edgewater and are keen to get back next year. Last year we spent ten days in a garden room and upgraded this year to a beautifully fresh, beachfront villa on the third floor due to my suffering with severe asthma from being close to the damp ground which can predispose some garden rooms to becoming musty. If the visitor had any concerns about their accommodation, they only needed to call Reception, especially asking to speak to a Duty Manager, for friendly and very helpful attention. Sheets at Edgewater are generous in size but are tucked under the end of the mattress rather than folded over at the top. As for pillows, everyone has different preferences and needs. I always travel with my own pillow due to a neck problem, while my husband asks for a thick pillow if there is none in the room or uses two thinner ones placed on top of each other. Mattresses are spring-based at Edgewater and will move under body weight, or two people sleeping near each other. They are not firm, latex or pillow-topped. As for bed bugs, there are none! Any bites might be from a stray mosquito that follows you into your room. In the tropics, it is always wise to pack personal insect repellent. There is also a fast knockdown, low irritant insect spray in every room at Edgewater as there are tiny ants around (keep food and drink covered or in the fridge) but are not a sign of poor cleanliness, just Nature. We were shocked to read about the criticism of the breakfast, a well-known highlight of a stay at Edgewater. With their mounds of freshly baked muffins, assorted (dark rye, fruit, white and gluten free) breads, variety of spreads, heaps of cereals, and the loaded tropical and canned fruit bay with yogurt and Burcher muesli, teas, brewed coffee and juices, no one can reasonably complain about lack of variety or tastelessness. Of course, you can have all of this breakfast free, as well as ordering a full cooked breakfast for a modest price. We will keep coming back to Edgewater for their incredible value, service, cleanliness, warm heartedness of all staff, and the healing calm of the location.

Room Tip: Beachfront villas are worth the extra cost.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This was our third trip to Rarotonga with another couple, we spent 5 nights at Muri then 5 nights at The Edgewater to experience both the sunrise and sunset sides of the island.
The Edgewater is made up of older blocks of rooms as well as newer more expensive blocks of rooms. We stayed at the Aitutaki block which is older and showing signs of wear, but interior was nice. Our friends had a ground floor room and so a wall around their balcony for privacy. We had a third floor room which we were very happy with, the view out over the lagoon and of sunsets was great (room 411). The included tropical breakfast is cereal, fruit, toast, yoghurt, and muffins. There is one pool, which is quite small relative to the size of the resort which has 280 rooms. The pool was usually full of children, there is a small slide, it's great for kids. We did not use the pool due to lack of quiet space in it.
The beachfront has a barrier of huge rocks possibly to prevent erosion as we were told that loads of sand had just been brought in the previous week.
We walked along the beach at night to neighbouring properties and next time will choose a smaller property.The Edgewater is great for families with it's kids club.
The staff were very friendly with their Kia Orana's and smiles.
The on-site car rental can be very busy and they had no scooters available for us but a walk to the end of the drive enabled us to secure scooters cheaper than at the resort without queuing.

Room Tip: We enjoyed room 411 and the view from balcony. This room is on the end on top level so no other gues...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

I recently stayed at The Edgewater Resort & Spa with 3 other family members. I had never been to Rarotonga before, but based on my Flight Centre agent Claire's recommendation was assured that it would tick all the boxes for a relaxing 'Girls Only' mid Winter break where we could simply land at a nice tropical island only 31/2 hours from Auckland and be at our nice resort/spa accommodation within 20 mins of arriving. She was so right! We got a special deal on one of their recently refurbished garden villas, which included 3 bedrooms including en-suite and an open plan kitchen, lounge and dining room. This also included a back deck (very nice for drinks in the evening) and a front porch for enjoying the morning 'traffic' mostly chooks.
Breakfast was included with our deal and while busy we all managed to find spoons and bowls when needed. The selection included a wonderful selection of seasonal fruit, cereals, breads including a yummy fruit bread and a very nice porridge and juices. A cooked breakfast menu was also available at an extra cost.
I also tried lunch at the resort and the raw fish salad is wonderful as are the island chips.
People did recommend going to Muri beach for snorkling, but while scenic I found the snorkling at The Edgewater to be great and the fish are very friendly because they get fed regularly by the guests.
Some hints include -
Water booster switch. They use solar power in the islands so you do need to use the switch on cloudy winter days. This is usually a dial on the wall by the meter box. This produces endless hot water.
Ear plugs - They grow on you eventually, but roosters and the islands go hand in hand. Use your ear plugs or just go with the flow and Island time and sleep in.
Reef shoes - coral cuts and there are also stone fish which sting. Wear your reef shoes when in the sea. I preferred my Tevas as these being strappy dried out quickly.
Snorkle gear - The free/shared gear is often cheap with poor seals. Take your own with flippers for endless snorkling time you wont regret it.
Relax - the best thing about Rarotonga is that the locals are friendly and the place is relaxed and unpretentious.

Room Tip: You don't need to be beach front to enjoy the resort. We found the garden villas to be the best...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Noosaville, Queensland, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

When we arrived at the resort we were ushered to what we thought were staff quarters, there was a dusty dirty car park out the front and a concrete car park out the back, no outside light of the unit and a pile of dirty disposable nappies outside the front of the room next door. The unit itself was sparse, dated and smelly, the bed was concave, the sheet threadbare and it didn’t even reach the top of the bed let alone be able to be folded over, the pillows were as thin as pancakes and dirty and the next morning my husband had bites all up the inside of his arms, beg bugs! I wonder if we paid extra for those! The so called tropical breakfast consisted of a few slices of bread, a few slices of fruit and a couple different varieties of cereal, very ordinary and tasteless. I would highly recommend you avoid this place like the plague, on line it almost looks believable, but after staying there I could only compare it to a 1 Star hotel, very disappointed, luckily we only had to stay one night en-route to Aitutaki.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Edgewater R, Public Relations Manager at The Edgewater Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Kia Orana
Thank you for taking the time to post your review on your one night stay before departing to Aitutaki, with us here in July. We are disappointed your expectations were not met, We have prior to this posting responded to your concerns. So it is surprising to see this turn up on Trip advisor however I shall respond in the following manner in regards to your room. We pride ourselves on providing an excellent value for money holiday with a range of accommodation to suit all types of travellers and budgets, from our lead-in garden rooms to our beachfront deluxe suites and 3 bedroom self-catering villas.
In regards to your comments on arrival, with the rubbish outside the room, our housekeeping staff service rooms from 8am – 4pm and all rubbish is disposed of accordingly within these hours. As for the carparks you mention there are concrete driveways to the front and back of the units and as you say a carpark facing the building on the one side and on the other the carpark is the other side of the road. As for your comment that they are dusty the one car park is on grass and the one at the back is on coral.
As for the comments on the beds and pillows and the concave bed we have no comment to make except that we can never please everyone with the bed comforts as no bed is like the one we are used to in our own homes. The room been smelly again we have no comment.
As for the comment on bed bugs we have inspected the beds and have found no trace of these and can also comment that the resort has never had issues with bed bugs.
In respect to the comments made about the breakfast I find it hard to reply, as we get great comments from other guests. Breakfast runs from 7-10am each morning and the only time that stocks will have run down is if they have come after the official breakfast time was over. The Resort is a 3.5 star resort and we have satisfied guests returning year after year and we are sorry that you guest did not enjoy their experience with us. Nor did they mention their concerns with Reception or Management while they were at the resort, Again, thank you for taking the time to post your review and we wish you well in your future travels.
Kia Manuia
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Waimate, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Second time in Rarotonga but first time at Edgewater, and will definitely be my last. Our villa was dirty, and full of ants. The majority of the staff were very unfriendly and looked like they didn't want to be there, but Esther was great. The breakfast buffet was very disappointing and having to wait for plates and food every morning was a real pain

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
16 reviews 16 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Anyone travelling to Rarotonga NEEDS to check out The Edgewater Resort. We travelled as quite a large group in Nov 2012 and all stayed in different room types yet all of us were equally pleased with them. I would suggest paying that little bit extra and getting the 3bedroom Beachfront Villa. It has beautiful views, and it is almost like having your own private beach down away from the main reception area.
Breakfast each morning outside looking over the ocean is a nice relaxing day to start the day, whether you want a hot cooked meal or a light breakfast of fruit it is all readily avaliable and well stocked no matter what time you arrive.
I would suggest hiring a scooter from across the road of the hotel rather than there (Less lines)
Happy Hour each night means you definatley want to make sure you get back to the hotel for the AMAZING cocktails. The bar staff are really helpful, quick to serve and have no problems setting up extra tables if you are a large group.

All in all the Edgewater accomodates for everyone in every situation. It is beautifully located and the staff are some of the best I have come across. Would reccomend to all, although if you are going to do the Island Night I would suggest getting out of the resort and heading to Te Vara Nui the show is AMAZING and a true Island experience.
Will definatley be going back to Edgewater in the future

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Main Road, Arorangi 121, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Arorangi
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Edgewater Resort & Spa 3.5*
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