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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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2006

The Sunset Resort was a true paradise in which my wife and i spent my holidays this year. within easy driving or riding distance from the main town and with a pleasant variety of nearby restaurants catering for a broad spctrum of tastes. the resort itself is self contained, has 2 swimming pools in addition to the warm sea, a brand new bar area and bistro and a fabulous garden displaying everything from native flowers to fruit trees for the guests to use in season. Despite the apparent size my stay there was very personal, the managers are brilliant fun and know all the best places to see and activities to try including some of the best value scuba diving i've ever encountered. the evenings are an event at the resort, with drink in hand everybody sits upon the beach watching the lazy sunsets.

Rarotonga offers a tourist friendly paradise that isn't overly built up and still retains all of its charm, i highly recommend a stay here.

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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2006

Spent two wonderful weeks at this fantastic resort. Extremely professional and friendly management and staff made our holiday wonderful beyond words. The resort has just been extensively remodelled and was exceptionally clean and comfortable with all the amenities you could possibly need. Having some of the best restaurants on the island within walking distance is an added bonus. We would not hestitate to recommend "The Sunset" to anyone and look forward to a return trip as soon as possible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2004

The Rarotongan Sunset is great place with great people, not so big as to be impersonal but big enough to understand what people want to be comfortable. This is not a big resort but a quasi-mom and pop establishment. The breakfasts were good the rooms were clean and well maintained. The beach, which is approximately 25 feet from your room, is deserted as is most of the beaches on the island. Outstanding snorkeling can be had twenty feet out in the reef. The sunsets are dramatic. Although dinner is not served on the premises restaurants that equal any found within any major resort town are within walking distance. If you go, say hello to Polly and the cat for me! You will not be disappointed if you stay there.

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Address: Ara Tapu | Nikao, Avarua, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Avarua
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Avarua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sunset Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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Also Known As:
The Sunset Hotel Arorangi
Sunset Hotel Arorangi
Sunset Resort Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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