Spent a week here in early May. Had alot of laughs with the staff. Service a bit slow at times but as we weren't in a hurry it didn't matter. Wonderful snorkling every day,and feeding the fish off the restaurant decking was a highlight. We chose to use the local bus service, great way to get around, and some of the bus drivers have a wicked sense of humour. If you want to go fishing I recommend going with Marlin Queen Fishing Charters. Excellent service. Resort facilities and rooms were fine. Between relaxing on the beach, snorkling, and exploring the island, you don't spend a huge amount of time using the facilities. The island is relatively clean and the people are very friendly. I would probably go there just for their wonderful sense of humour.
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Kia Orana “Sue W”
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Thank you for your review in regards to your May 2013 tropical escape at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa.
Set on Aroa Beach, Rarotonga's most beautiful white sandy beach on the shores of Aroa Lagoon (the Lagoon of Love), The Rarotongan is located on the island's sunshine southwest coast where guests can enjoy all-day sun, stunning sunsets, all-tide safe swimming and excellent off-beach snorkelling in the traditional marine sanctuary directly in front of the resort.
Expansively laid out amidst six acres of lush tropical gardens featuring hibiscus, banana and coconut palms, all of The Rarotongan's one hundred and nine rooms, suites, honeymoon bungalow and 3 bedroom pool villa are no higher than two storeys and are either set on absolute beachfront or in very close proximity to the beach, and feature an authentic Pacific aesthetic combined with the charm of Polynesian-style architecture.
A daily Tropical Breakfast Buffet (Continental Breakfast) of a variety of seasonal island fruits, homemade yoghurt, fresh-baked muffins, Danish pastries, croissants, toast, spreads, tropical juices, tea & coffee, is served for your enjoyment in the TE VAKA Restaurant from 7am to 10am daily. You can also select from a variety of cooked and light breakfast options from the Breakfast Menu.
Our Activities Hut is located poolside and is open daily from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Our activities staff would be delighted to assist you with any equipment and information relating to the extensive resort activities programme. The Resort offers a wide range of exciting recreational, sporting and cultural activities, many focused on the lagoon itself which is a marine sanctuary (ra’ui), declared by traditional leaders on 1 March 2000 for the conservation of marine life within the zone. Consequently the all tide snorkelling in Aroa Lagoon, a fish breeding area, is exceptional with an amazing variety of fish and the very best available on Rarotonga.
The activities staff are also happy to assist with providing beach towels and equipment for Resort activities such as snorkelling masks and flippers, reef shoes (essential if you’re exploring the magnificent marine reserve), kayak paddles, tennis balls & racquets, tennis court bookings, volleyballs, petanque and a wide variety of board games, plus extensive local knowledge. Other beach and lagoon activities include beach volleyball, kayaking, outrigger canoeing, fish feeding, crab hunting & racing and night snorkelling.
Additionally The Rarotongan Resort & Spa also has a fantastic games lounge which provides great facilities for entertaining all age groups. Features include a big screen TV, pool table, guest library, table tennis and giant chess playing area.
Thank you once again for your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back to The Rarotongan in the near future.
Kia Manuia & Kind Regards
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