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!
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- The Edgewater Resort And Spa
- The Edgewater Hotel Arorangi
- Edgewater Hotel Arorangi
- Edgewater Resort Arorangi
- Edgewater Rarotonga
- Edgewater Resort Rarotonga
- The Edgewater Resort & Spa Rarotonga, Cook Islands