We stayed at the Sunset resort for 7 days in May 2010. I travelled with my fiance (we are 23 and 25) and my parents (46 and 49), and we stayed in a two bedroom pool side apartment. I'd say the average age profile of people staying there were 50+ couples.
Having travelled to Samoa, Tonga and Fiji in the past 2 years I was impressed with the room - it was spacious, had a full size fridge freezer, a fully equipped kitchen (and what's more it all looked exeptionally clean), and a large balcony. However, my parents, having never been to the Pacific Islands before (they are used to European and Carribean standard hotels) felt it was a little shabby as the paintwork wasnt maintained and the interior decor was a little basic. The beds were large and comfortable, although I was disappointed to see a blood stain on my sheets on the first night (to Sunset's credit they changed the sheets the next day without me asking when the cleaner noticed this). The room had a powerful shower. Most impressive though was the air conditioning - there were three units in the apartment and as a result it stayed cold.
The hotel itself had a couple of nice pools and excellent comfy sun loungers. We were a little disappointed with the beach and sea next to the hotel because the beach was very corally and we spotted more than 1 shard of glass. You could rarely swim in the sea because it is shallow and is full of coral. The coral is quite interesting to look at, however I'd recommend getting the bus to Muri to snorkel as it's deeper and there seems to be more fish.
The Ancorage restaurant had fairly good food, and put on different menus on different nights. We felt a bit sorry for them on BBQ night as they laid out a large buffet and it wasn't really touched. It is definitely worth having a meal here one night.
The bars were well stocked but I found the cocktails a bit bland - best to stick to spirit and mixer or lager.
We were a little disappointed that there were no small gestures made by the hotel on my mum's 50th birthday - I wrote to inform them of this beforehand, but they didn't do anything. The staff at the hotel were ok, but we found hotel/bar/restaurant staff around the whole island to be pretty rude and generally disinterested (on the contrary to all the other locals we chatted to who were very friendly).
Overall we had fun at this resort and I'd recommend it. It was quiet when we stayed, which we enjoyed, but I wouldn't stay here if you were looking for a lively atmosphere because it is very laid back.
- 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